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DIY Foil Cards for Planners! + FREE DOWNLOAD

Is anyone else out there loving all the gold foil we’re seeing everywhere? Gold foil has been pretty trendy for a good long while and I don’t see it going away any time soon. :)

I’ve been wanting to create some gold foil 3×4 cards for my planner, so when I saw that Heidi Swapp released a mini version of the Minc foiling machine, I was all over it! It’s the perfect size for cardmakers!

While I was experimenting with the Mini Minc, I created this card that I shared on Instagram…

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Since then I’ve created more designs (which can be found in my shop HERE), and filmed a video to show how to create the DIY foil cards…

Watch video below | Watch at YouTube

NOTE: Check out Jennifer McGuire’s amazing video on the Heidi Swapp Minc machines HERE. She covers nearly everything in her video, including how to foil stamped images!

DIY Foil Planner Cards (PL Cards) with Heidi Swapp Minc Mini

To create these cards, I first created the watercolor backgrounds and scanned them into my computer so that I could print them on smooth cardstock. I wanted smooth cardstock so that the foil would apply better. I printed them on Neenah Solar White 80 lb. cardstock with my inkjet printer (currently I’m using an Epson XP-820).

Then I put the printout into my cheap-o laser printer (it MUST be a laser printer for this to work) and printed the words in black toner over the top of the printed watercolor backgrounds. It’s important that only what I wanted to be foiled was printed on the laser printer because the toner is what makes the foil stick to the paper when it’s put through the Minc Mini.

Time for foiling! I cut pieces of foil just large enough to cover the surface of each card, placed the card in the transfer folder, and fed them into the Mini Minc. When each card emerged, I peeled back the foil and TA DA! FOIL!

DIY Foil Planner Cards (PL Cards) with Heidi Swapp Minc Mini

To finished off the cards and make them more durable, I laminated them using a cheap laminator and 5 mil. laminating pouches. Then I trimmed each down, leaving a wider border on the side where the card would be punched. I punched holes in the laminated cards and then they were finished! :)

DIY Foil Planner Cards (PL Cards) with Heidi Swapp Minc Mini

I love how they look inside my planner!

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As I said before, I decided to put the PDF files in my shop. You can purchase the files HERE.

Free Download!

If you’d like to try your hand at DIY foiling, you can try this FREE download! There are three PDF files included in the download. One is just the watercolor backgrounds, one is the black printing, and then the third file is for those who just want the card without the foiling. Enjoy! :)

The free download files look like this…

DIY Foil Planner Cards (PL Cards) with Heidi Swapp Minc Mini DIY Foil Planner Cards (PL Cards) with Heidi Swapp Minc Mini DIY Foil Planner Cards (PL Cards) with Heidi Swapp Minc Mini

Enjoy! I hope you all enjoy the foiled cards today. :)

Supplies

I often get questions about where to purchase the supplies I use in videos. To make it easier for my blog friends, all supplies are listed below! :) The letters below each image are links to stores where you can buy the product. SSS = Simon Says Stamp, AZ = Amazon, etc. Affiliate links used when possible.

All items were personally purchased.

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