Minc reactive paint: How to foil with out a laser toner printer!

Minc reactive paint: How to foil with out a laser toner printer!

Hi there! So glad you could pop by for today's post on Minc reactive paint. I originally bought this as an extra handy tool for adding foil to my projects that a) might be too large for my printer to print on and b) to use with stencils and die cuts to lift them up to the next level. And yes, this paint does do all this but I also really wanted to highlight it to those without access to a toner printer, foiling is still accessible with this crafting medium!!

The ways you can incorporate foil into your paper crafts with this paint is endless and once you foil you won't want to stop. The excitement you get when you're peeling off the foil to see the finish outcome is amazing and it never gets old!!

The paint comes in an easy  to use tube with 90ml of the medium. You don't need much as a little can go a fair distance. I tend to squirt a little pea size amount out on to a wipe-able surface/craft mat. If I need more I can always squeeze some more out, but due to the tube it isn't easy to put any unused paint back in! The wipe-able surface is useful to quickly clean up with a damp cloth or baby wipe to prevent a the paint drying on your surface. 

Tips on using Minc reactive paint!


This paint is quite different in consistency then regular paint; it is clear and dries clear. This is great as there are times when you cannot get the perfect foil. When using an uneven or un-coated surface, you cannot always guarantee the perfect foil. I have recently watched a YouTube video by Kristen Magee (link to video), where she tried out several types of paper with three different mediums. She had good success, but occasional small flaws are seen with the paint. So, this just shows why being a clear medium is perfect for foiling, no nasty black toner peeking through!

Last note on consistency, it is not as thick as acryclic or oil paints are, but it is not a thin wash/ spray. You don't need to mix this with water as it is a loose enough medium that is easy to spread about. 

Applying the medium:

The best way to apply this medium to your papercrafts is using a good old paintbrush. However, don't go using your most expensive brush, cheap and cheerful will do fine. Once you have finished painting, wash your brush immediately to prevent the paint drying in you brush. 

Drying and foiling:

Another point to mention with the paint is it becomes very sticky/tacky quickly. However, you cannot foil it yet, unless you want to stick it to your transfer folder! You must let it dry completely before running it through your Minc machine or laminator as the heat will cause the wet medium to squidge out, sticking anywhere it comes in to contact with. That can include your transfer folder and make it difficult to remove.

When it comes to sending you painted items through the Minc or laminator, I place my items on a sheet of scrap paper. This all gets placed inside the transfer folder before going throuth the Minc Unless you have been the most careful painter in the world, chances are some paint may have spread over to the underside of you item and dried. Any paint which is not covered in foil when heat is applied, will melt and stick to you transfer folder. To prevent ruining your folders, the scrap paper will absorb the excess paint. Much easier to peel of any stuck on die cuts from scrap paper than plastic!!

Materials required for the project featured:

  • Minc reactive paint
  • Heat reactive foil - this card used two brands. Heid Swapp Light Pink foil and Decoart Silver foil. 
  • Minc Machine or Laminator
  • Smooth coated white card stock.
  • Die cut out sentiments  
  • Cheap paint brushes
  • Transfer folder
  • Scrap Paper
  • Non-stick crafting mat or baking paper 
  • Double sided tape or glue
  • 5"1/2 X 4" 1/4 black card base

Card details:

To begin with, I made the die cut sentiment using my Silhouette cameo. However, you can use whatever die cut sentiments you have to hand. I wanted to give my sentiment some dimension when placed on the card, therefore I created a layered die cut. To do this, I adhered Stick it! double sided adhesive sheets to the back of white card stock and cut out the sentiment. I then layered two cut outs on top of each by peeling the adhesive backing off and adhering on top of one another. The bonus to using Stick it! adhesive sheets: the adhesive already on for when you go to add the sentiment to your card. 

I covered my sentiment in the Minc reactive paint by brushing the medium on with a cheap paint brush. I made sure I gave this a good coating to get a complete coverage. Make sure you wash your brush straight away to prevent the paint drying on your brush. 

Leave this to completely dry. If you are impatient, you can use a heat gun to dry it - be careful it doesn't start to warp your sentiment. 

Once dry, I covered each sentiment with foil.  I placed this inside a transfer folder on top of a piece of scrap paper. This was to prevent my die cuts sticking to the transfer folder and ruining it if the foil has not covered all areas of the paint. Any paint that is not in contact with foil when sent through the Minc will melt and adhere to anything it touches. 

To create the background, I took a blank piece of white card stock and brushed on various brush strokes in a random pattern. Once completely dried I foiled with silver. 

The background was trimmed down to 4"x5"1/4 and mounted onto a black top folding card with a foam backing to give further added dimension. The sentiment was then positioned in placed and adhered to the front of the card. 

I loved how this card turned out especially the background. The foiling has kept the texture seen from the brush strokes and gives a soft modern look to this card.

This card used the Minc reactive paint in a very simple way to highlight how easy it is to foil a card without a laser printer!

This paint could be applied to patterned paper, create custom patterns with washi tape/stencils and could be used to hand letter foil sentiments. The possibilities are endless. If you have never tried hot foiling I would recommend it. You will never get tired of revealing the finish look when peeling away the foil sheet!

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