Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Laser Printing and Foiling

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Brother Laser Printer and Foil HL-L2315-DW.  And a few Social Media Influencers I follow that you don't want to miss!

As you know I have recently gotten into foiling with the Minc machine.  It uses glue or toner to adhere the foil.  I realized quickly that I really wanted to be able to design my own files to foil. For that I needed a laser printer.  Laser printers are not that cheap so I started doing a lot of research because I REALLY wanted to do this.

If you are not aware, there is a YouTube influencer named Nancy Stamps.  She is the foiling queen and if you are interested in foiling, she is the ONLY person you should be paying attention to.  She also has a group on FB called Foiling Snobs Club.  Its where I have gotten all my printer tips.  Nancy uses a Brother laser printer and honestly every tip I have gotten has been from her or her group.  I found her initially by watching a video from Simon Hurley who is another one of my absolute favorite YouTube influencer.

You can follow Simon Hurley Create here on FB or here on Instagram
You can follow Nancy Stamps here on FB or here on Instagram
If you are interested in the Foiling Snobs Club, you can find it here.

One more person that I follow for great ideas is Betz Golden.  I met her at the Paper Collage at a crop once and she was so nice.  Now if there is something I want to learn about, she is one of the first profiles I look at.

Betz Golden on FB here
Betz Golden on Instagram here

You really need to check them out because they have the best ideas.

Now for the fun part!  Below is the printer I bought and a couple things I have printed/foiled.

I made this background with a beetle image I had, I plan on using this in my Beetle scrapbook.

In the Foiling Snobs Club FB page they had this file, so I downloaded it and printed it out then foiled it.  This will be used as card fronts.

The cool thing is that I can use the reverse now.  I can easily print a page of paper that is all toner and adhere the  foil on it to use at a later date.  I learned this tip from Nancy Stamps and I could watch her tutorials all day long.

I printed out a few different designs so I could foil them!  See below, the possibilities are endless!

I am going to use these all for card fronts.  I printed out the images and foiled without any issues!

The coverage is perfect!  I cannot wait to make some cards with my newly foiled paper!

If you have any questions, put it in the comments!  I hope this inspires you to start foiling!

Friday, March 12, 2021

Close To MY Heart Embossing Pens and the Glue Quill Pen used with the Silhouette Cameo 4

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We are going to play with the CTMH Embossing Pens and the Glue Quill Pen.

I am eager to find out how the Glue Quill Pen holds up to the Heidi Swap Pen that I did a post on previously.  I cannot wait to get some embellishments ready to use.

You can use these pens without an electronic cutting machine, but my handwriting is TERRIBLE, so I used my machine to create the images.  If you have good handwriting the same techniques could be used freehand or even with a stencil.

You will need the following items in order to Craft With Me:

Silhouette Cameo 4 (Click here to buy)
Silhouette Cameo Pen Holder (Click here to buy)

I have had the Close to my Heart embossing pens laying around outside of their packaging for at least a year and a half and never have used them.  I got concerned of them drying up but guess what, they are not dry at all!  

I have also had the Glue Quill pens for around 6 months but they are in the original packaging and unopened.

CTMH embossing pens

The pens come in a pack of 3 different widths.  I used the fine tip for this project.

I used the embossing pens in my Cameo 4 machine with the pen holder to draw out the images I wanted to emboss with the Pen.  

The embossing ink came out steadily without any additional pressure.  I simply put them into my pen holder and they drew perfectly the very first time!

I then had my Cameo 4 cut the images out of the paper so that I could easily emboss them.

The images below were all embossed and came out awesome.  I had a few rookie mistakes but that was due to the embossing itself and not the pens.  I would recommend using an anti static bag before putting the embossing ink on your paper, this helps with any static.  I obviously forgot that step!

The images turned out so pretty and the embossing pens wrote very nicely without any gaps.  The pens were very moist and the embossing powder had no issues sticking to the embossing ink. 

Glue Quill Pen

The Glue Quill Pens come in a set of 2 or you can buy a Glue Quill Kit.  The kit comes with some images for your electronic cutting machine, glitters, and instructions.  The kit will work with almost any electronic cutting machine on the market.

I used the glue pen with my pen holder in my Silhouette Cameo 4 machine just like I did with the embossing pens.  Then I sprinkled glitter all over the images and got the cutest blue beetle and silver donut!



After using the Heidi Swap Glue pen in a previous post, I decided to try out foiling with the Glue Quill Pen.  I was really hoping for better results.

I got way better results and I highly recommend the Glue Quill Pen!
It is really juicy and requires NO priming.  I then ran the image and foil through my Minc and it turned out great!

I am extremely impressed with the CTMH embossing pens and the Glue Quill Pens.

I will be using these again in the very near future.  They were easy to use and again required NO priming.  You would be able to easily letter with both of these products as well.

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Monday, March 8, 2021

Foil With Me Again!

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Transfer Gel Duo and some paper printed with Toner ink and ran through my Minc

I bought some transfer gel due from amazon and tried it out.  This Duo gel will work with the Minc (hot foil) as well as through your manual die cutting machine.  I will try both and show you the results.

Items used:

Minc Foil
Deco Foil Transfer Gel DUO
Manual Die cutting machine

First I tried foiling with my Minc.

Look at the great results!

I used this stencil from Park Lane.

This is what my stencil looked like after applying the transfer gel duo.

I lifted the stencil off and let it dry completely clear.

After it dried I applied the foil and ran it through my Minc.

Below are a few other stencils I used.  I am not sure where I got them but some of them came from The Dollar Tree.

Next, I will use my Sizzix Sidekick to get the duo gel to transfer.

It works, no heat needed!  The foil isn't as smooth but if you wanted to use your manual die cutter you could.  Its best to use cutting plates that are not scored up because you will be able to see the scoring in your foil.

Simply run the foil covered due gel transfer through your machine and peel the excess foil off.

Paper printed with toner ink

I have been trying some of my black papers to see if they were printed with toner ink and will take foils with my Minc.

I got this perfect paper in my mystery box from the Paper Collage and it turned out perfect for my VW Beetle scrapbook.

This paper was black and white.  I covered it with teal foil and ran it through my mink.  Now it matches my VW Beetle book perfectly.  I cannot wait to use it.

I tried another sheet that was printed with toner ink but it had really fine detail and most of it was covered up.  It still turned out super fun.  I might use it as a die cut for VW beetles or something.

I will keep posting as I find new techniques.

Leave a comment if you want to see new ways to foil or know any that I have not posted.

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💓 Jennifer

Thursday, March 4, 2021

The Paper Collage

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At the Paper Collage  
My favorite craft store in the valley.  If you live in AZ its worth your while to head over and meet Pam the owner.  Pam and her daughter run the store and are always so nice and happy to greet her customers.

I have done multiple crops and classes at her store and she has a huge workshop area to sit people.

She carries her own line of stamps and papers that are adorable and the best quality!

One of the items she usually carries is called a mystery box.  I have bought 2 and I am hooked.

The mystery box is currently $20.00.  It includes a random selection of items and will state the theme on the outside.  For the online shoppers, it can be found on her website.

The mystery box I bought was called black & white.  Below you can see what was included in the box I bought.

If you are into storage, the box it comes in is a sturdy 12x12 box (worth keeping)

The box included the following items:

  • 3 rolls of cute black and white ribbon
  • 1 bunch of white roses
  • 1 bag that would be great for crops, even has a pen holder on the back
  • 1 8.5x11 sheet of glitter paper
  • 6 12x12 sheets of patterned paper, that can be foiled with toner foil :)
  • A couple 12x12 solid sheets of black paper
  • A couple 8.5x11 solid sheets of paper
  • 1 Zig metallic marker
  • 1 Zig Cocoiro pen
  • 1 Zig Cocoiro pen refill
  • A couple sheets of black and white stickers

Its quite a value for 20.00 and I really love that everything goes together.

Check our the Paper Collage, its located at:

The Paper Collage
16671 N. 84th Avenue, Suite 130
Peoria, AZ 85382
(623) 398-8300

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Monday, March 1, 2021

Foil With Me!

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I'm not sure why, but I LOVE foil and foiling.  I don't actually foil all that often but I love how it looks.  My husband bought me the Minc Foil machine for Valentines Day and I'm excited to play with it.

I will go through each Foil tool below:

(This is going to be a long blog post)

  1. Fun Foils by Queen and Co.
  2. Nail Foil by Amazon
  3. Heatwave Pen by We R Memory Keepers
  4. Foil Quill for a cutting machine such as (Silhouette Cameo, Cricut) by We R Memory Keepers
  5. Foil Quill Freestyle which is a handheld foil writer by We R Memory Keepers
  6. Minc Foil Machine by Heidi Swapp

Queen and Co. Fun Foils

This foil sticks to sticky surfaces.  If you are not familiar with Queen & Co. they make super cute shaker card stuff.  The foil they came out with will stick to their shakers or really any sticky surface like tape or glue.

you simply press the foil to the sticky surface and it is foiled.  Super simple, super easy.  Sometimes you do not get a good foiled surface so I add glue or tape and press more foil on top till you get the coverage you want.  It also comes in this cute nice storage box.  Each foil measures 1" wide x 1.5 yards I paid $6.95 for one box of fun foils.

If you are interested in foils or other Q&C items check them out:  Queen & Co

Below is a scrapbook page kit I bought from Q&C.  The letters were sticky so that you could use the foil on top.

Nail Foil

Very similar to Queen and Co Fun Foils.  Actually, scary similar and I did not see any difference in size, packaging, or performance.  Nail Foils on Amazon are inexpensive and work the exact same way as Q&C fun foils.  The boxes above that I purchased were only $11.99 for all 4 sets of foil.  Each piece of foil measures 1" wide x 1.5 yards

Check it out on Amazon by clicking:  Amazon

Anywhere you place glue, you can lay the foil over it and it will adhere.  I used my Heidi Swapp glue pen to put glue in random spots.  I then smoothed the foil strip over the glue spots, pulled it up and the foil stuck where I had glue.  They all turned out so pretty.  Paper was found at the Paper Collage in Peoria AZ.  Pam owns the store and is so nice.  www.thepapercollage.com

Heatwave Pen by We R Memory Keepers

This pen is their entry level foiling pen.  The first time I used this I threw it back in a drawer and said I would never use this again.  After getting the pen back out for my blog, I decided that it isn't so bad after all.  Foil quill or heatwave foil is used, I am not sure if any other heat reactive foil will work on this.

This takes 3 AA batteries and I let it heat up for about 5 minutes.  Its very important to write with the pen straight up and slowly.  As you can see below, some are better than others.  The top portion of the page was done with stencils and the bottom was done freehand.  I personally do not like my handwriting but the results were not terrible.  I would recommend the foil quill freestyle pen before this one, but if you want an entry level foiling pen, this one is pretty inexpensive.

If you would like to see more info click here:  HeatWave

Foil Quill

The foil quill is awesome.  It reacts with heat and needs to be plugged in or used with a battery pack like the ones you charge a cell phone with.  If you own an electronic cutting machine this is a tool you need in your craft stash!  You can foil any image your machine can draw.  This means a traced, download, created, or purchased image can be foiled.  There are 3 sizes you can use.  I won't go through all the instructions but below is an example of the foiling I did with mine using the middle sized foil quill.

To see this tool click here:  Foil Quill

Foil Quill Freestyle

This foil pen is a handheld foiling pen that reacts with heat.  It comes in 3 sizes and you will need to plug it in or use a battery pack like the regular foil quill.    It  can be used like a pen or with a heat resistant stencil for help.  I need to use stencils as my handwriting is not good.  If you have hand lettering skills, you could do so much with this.  It writes on leather, paper, fabric really anything.

To see this tool click here:  Foil Quill Freestyle Pens

Minc Foil Machine

As mentioned the Minc foil machine is my newest toy.  It comes in a 6 inch and 12 inch version.  I had been eyeballing this for sometime when my husband asked me if there was something I wanted for Valentines Day!  I got the 12" version because I did not want to be limited with my foiling capabilities.  

This machine reacts to toner ink.  

A few things you can do with the machine are below, I do not own all of them so I will not be able to show you all of them yet.  I will write more blogs as I get the accessories and show you how they work.

A few things you can use with this foil machine:
  • Toner ink stamp pad to stamp with your stamps and foil your stamped images
  • Print with a toner ink printer and foil over that
  • Foil over embossing powder
  • Heidi Swapp has paper and assortments of embellishments that have toner already applied to them and are ready to foil
    • Tags, Bags, papers, acetate words, chipboard to name a few
  • Special texture paste is applied and foiled over
  • Toner sheets for purchase you can cut and foil

To see this tool click here:Minc Foil Machine

This is the first time I have used the Minc Machine so all the results are based off first time use.

I will go over the following application methods.

  • Preprinted Tags by Heidi Swapp made for the Minc
  • Minc toner pen on rough paper, smooth paper, and with a stencil
  • Zig 2 way glue pen
  • Heidi Swapp glue pen
  • Embossed stamped images
  • Glue stamp pad by Recollections
  • The Essential Glue stamp pad 
  • Vinyl
  • Heidi Swapp toner sheets
  • Heidi Swapp toner ink pad
  • Heidi Swapp foil flakes

Heidi Swapp pre printed tags

This was the first thing I did and they turned out beautiful.  It was so easy.  You put the tag in the folder, foil on top, and run it through.  

Minc Toner Pen  

At first I thought the toner dried up because it was not coming out.  It took a really long time pressing to get the ink to come out.  

First, I tried on a rougher paper with some texture and the image did not come out nicely.  I have also been told since that you shouldn't use rough paper and that you want to use a smooth good quality paper.

 I tried again and it came out a little better but you can tell the texture of the paper doesn't work well with this pen.

At first I wanted to blame the toner pen but this paper is more textured so I grabbed a sheet of 65 lb. cardstock and it came out great!  My handwriting is not good though so I will not be hand lettering anytime soon.  Haha  I am not sure this pen is juicy enough to hand letter and it has a regular nib not a brush tip.  I would mostly use this with a stencil or to touch up a project if there is part that did not foil, you could use this and then refoil.

Next I used a stencil with the pen and the foiling came out awesome.

Zig 2 way glue pen

I  wrote on the paper and let it dry.  If I had good handwriting at all, I would use a glue pen and it would look really good!  And if you happen to mess up anything you are foiling just dab some glue on and run it through your Minc again to over any areas missed.

Heidi Swapp glue pen

I bought this just for fun and to find out how it would perform and I was not impressed.  It looks good but more of a distressed look and it just didn't provide the coverage I expected.


I have not embossed in a few years but heard you could use embossing to foil in this machine.  I did not like the results of foiling embossed images though.  The Minc heats up the embossing powder and it turns into just a blob.  The letters and arrow turned out better but it was not great.  This is not a method I would use in the future.  I have heard if you use a special embossing powder that is ultra fine it will work but with other options turning out so well, ill pass.

Glue Stamp Pad by Recollections

I have not used this stamp pad in quite some time.  I did have to reink or should I say re glue it but I liked how it performed.

The Essential Glue Pad

Okay I love this one.  I used the stamp that says You are the queen (I've had it so long I have no idea where I got it)  If you know please leave a comment.

This has great coverage and I will be using this method again.

Vinyl 651

I was unsure about what vinyl would do, but how cool does it look to foil your vinyl before adhering it.

I had an old sticker I made with vinyl on my cameo so I grabbed it and ran it through the foiling machine.  It turned out so cute!  I can also use the foil waste for another beetle.

Toner Paper

I then put the discarded foil from above on to a Heidi Swapp toner sheet.  Its basically cardstock with a full coverage of toner that you can die cut or foil how you would like and it turned out like this.

Then decided I should foil the rest of the toner where the black shows through!  Notice how the black is now multicolored?  I will be fussy cutting to clean up the edges but it turned out so cute!

This left me with another beetle, I had to stop the madness and just put it on a pc of toner paper, I can use my cameo to cut something out of the fully foiled parts and around the beetle itself.

Heidi Swapp Toner ink pad

I have heard mixed reviews on this toner stamp pad.  Once it dries out, you do have to change the stamp pad out so there are refills to purchase.  I luckily found them on clearance at Joann.

You need special cleaner to get this off your stamps so I am going to use some stamps I got at a really good price just in case my staz on cleaner doesn't take the toner off.  I didn't buy the special cleaner for this.  I also found that running under hot water and scrubbing them immediately after using worked and took it off.

First I filled the ink pad and waited to let it seep in.  Then I stamped.  I noticed quickly that you need to lightly stamp your stamp to get a good non goopy impression.

Below you can see the stamped images and the stamps I used.  Its messy and not as crisp and clean as I would expect from a 20.00 ink/toner pad.  It is a must to get a clear clean impression or you are not going to get your image foiled well.  I tried this 2 times with different stamps and did not get one really really good foiled stamped image.

Stamped images with the toner ink pad

Before foiling

After Foiling

There were a lot of areas that seemed to have some ink but the foil did not adhere.  You would need to have a very clear image which is really hard to get.

This was the mess I had, the stamps and the paper were covered in a very sticky toner ink.

I tried to use a brayer to apply the ink to the stamp and it did apply it a little better.  The foil did stick to the entire stamped image.

It gives the stamped images more of a distressed look which looks cute. I expected more coverage.  Some of my images seemed to have enough coverage of ink but the foil did not stick.

I tried a few more times to get a good foiled image and just couldn't.  

Quick tip, if you are foiling a scratch piece of paper, make sure it was not printed with toner or it will adhere to your carrier sheet.

To get this off use acetone nail polish remover.  See below that the carrier sheet says 50. 

I really wanted this to work better so I kept trying.  For a distressed look and uneven coverage it is fine but I think the glue pad worked so much better and was so much more inexpensive to buy.

Heidi Swapp Foil Flakes

These do not get ran through the minc machine.

I used the Heidi Swapp glue pen and foil flakes on the thicker "Jennifer" and "Love" and then the Essential Glue pad and a stamp on the "thank you".  I felt like the foil did not stick to the stamped image as much as the glue pen.  I even tried to add more glue to the pad and didn't get a better image.  This stuff got EVERYWHERE.  I have never really played with foil flakes and WOW, its worse than glitter. hahaha.  If you have any tips on this let me know!  I should have used a large pc of cardstock underneath but it still scattered everywhere.  

I am not giving up on foil flakes and will try again with a better glue.  Maybe a Zig glue pen fine tip.

I know this was a super long post and if you really read the entire thing, thank you.  I spent a few weeks writing this because I tried so many different products.

My faves:

  • Foil Quill for my Cameo Cutting Machine.  
    • This can be used with any electronic cutting machine on the market.
  • The Essential Glue Pad
    • It seemed to work really well with the Minc
  • The Minc Foiling Machine
    • There are so many items that work really well with this type of foil
      • Mod podge
      • The Essential Glue Pad
      • Toner sheets
      • If you have a toner printer that works too
      • Zig Glue Pen
      • Vinyl
      • Preprinted papers that are printed with toner
  • Fun Foils and Nail Foils
    • All you need is glue and you can add a touch of foil to anything
Do you have a favorite foiling method?  Do you have any tips for me on the products I have written about?

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💓 Jennifer

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