Heidi Swapp Minc Tutorial using Toner Sheets

Hi Everyone;

For today’s post, I have a tutorial using the Heidi Swapp Minc Machine.  By using the Minc, a foil effect an be added to any project that you are working on.  Besides using products by Heidi Swapp, that are ready to be run through the Minc with foil, you can also use the Toner Sheets to cut out dies, make a background and more.  This post will be concentrating on the different ways these Toner sheets can be used.

Make yourself a coffee or tea and while drinking it browse through the tutorial that I have for using the Heidi Swapp Minc Foil Applicator and the Toner Sheets.

1.  Supplies

The Heidi Swapp Minc Foil Applicator, comes in two sizes (regular and mini) and is very easy to use.  The two buttons at the back of the machine are the on/off switch and the other button is a forward/reverse switch. The gold button on top of the machine has the numbers 0 – 2 on the left hand side and 3 – 5 on the right.  These numbers are the various heat settings. The bottom left hand corner is the Transfer Holders and the bottom right hand side are the Toner Sheets.


Below are some of the Heidi Swapp Reactive Foils, which come in an assortment of colours. that can be used.


2.  Dies

Below are some of the dies that I used.


Sentiment and Red Foil.  The sentiments were cut with a Toner Sheet using the Big Shot.  They were then placed in the Transfer Folder and a piece of red foil was cut to size and put over the sentiment with shining side up.  The Transfer Folder was then closed and smoothed out, so that there are no wrinkles.



Once the machine is turned on, the heat setting is chosen by pressing the gold circle button.  Keep pressing it to you get to the desired heat setting.  The recommended heat setting for the Toner Sheets is 3.  This is indicated on the back of the package in the upper right hand corner.  The transfer folder is then fed through the machine and will come out the other side.

merry christmas_1

This is the end result after it has been foiled.  Top is the foiled sentiment and the red foil below is now the negative of the piece of foil.

I used a Holographic Foil with the Create-A-Flake die. Each die was foiled and a white brad was added to the center of all the pieces to create the snowflake.


create_a_flake_foilThe example below is using the die called Labels 46.  The frame on the left was foiled in silver and gold was used for the insert.



3.  Negative Effects

Once an item has been foiled, the left over foil can be used again.  This can be run through the machine and what foil wasn’t used in the original would be used this time.  The foil on the left is the negative of the original that was foiled.  The Toner sheet is on the right hand side.


I used the Mint Reactive foil to do the original foil. The green in the sample on the left is the foil that was not used in the original. Once that had been run through the machine, I then used the Rose Gold foil to foil what was still showing black.

negative_effect_foil4.  Silhouette and SVG Files

The Silhouette will cut any image using the Toner Sheets instead of  cardstock.  The settings that you used will be the same as for the cardstock.  I used the Happy Owl and Tree Stump SVG files, along with the Happy Owl and Tree Stump stamps from the High Hopes Spring 2016 Collection.  The SVG cuts were foiled with the Champagne Reactive Foil.


5.  Tips

 While doing this foiling, I became aware of some minor issues that did not have a good outcome.

 Any piece of foil that has a mark or a crease will show as a black mark after it has gone through the machine.  If there a white spot on the Toner Sheet it will end up as a black mark.  Before using the Toner Sheet, I used a dry swifter sheet to wipe any white spots or dust away.

If you find you are getting some black marks on the foiled item, lower the heat setting.  After a while, the machine gets very hot.

Make sure that your scissors are sharp and have a smooth edge, so that you obtain a nice clean cut.

Black marks on the finished product.

tipsLeft over foil or small pieces that haven’t been used should be stored in a sealed container.  This will help to keep the dust away and not damage the foil.

This is only a small portion of what can be done with the Heidi Swapp Minc Foil Applicator.  Make sure you check out Lora’s OCS store to see what she has available for Heidi Swapp that can be used with the minc.

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and stay tuned for Friday as there will be a brand new challenge starting for July.


Until next time,



Card Layers and Susan’s Garden Tutorial

Hi All;

For today’s post for One Crazy Stamper I have a tutorial using the Doodey Luxury Stitching Card Layers and the following Sissix Thinlit Dies Flowering Quince, Mini Daisy, Mini Lily and Garden Leaves which are part of the Susan’s Garden Collection.

Grab yourself a cup of coffee or tea and get comfy, as this tutorial will take a little bit of time.  The picture below are the finished cards.  Going from left to right the Dies are the Mini Daisy, Flowering Quince and Mini Lily.


I started by stitching the Luxury Cardlayers first.


Going from left to right they are:  Small Argyle, Flower Circle 1 and the Big Small Argyle.

Sulky thread was used for the stitching and these are the stitches that were used:







Golden Rod (1024) was used on all three card layers, while Pink (1121) was used on the Small Argyle, Tangerine (1078) was used on the Big Small Argyle and Lemon Yellow (1067) was used on the Flower Circle 1.

Here are the finished card layers:




Now we really come to the fun part and that is creating the flowers using the Susan`s Garden selection of dies from Sissix.  These are designed by Susan Tierney-Cockburn.  From left to right they are the Flowering Quince, Mini Daisy and Mini Lily.  Below these are the Garden Leaves.



 These are the tools that are used to create these flowers.


Flower making tool kit includes: Leaf Tool 1mm/2mm, Stylus 5mm/8mm, Loop Tool 3mm/5mm, pair of fine-tip scissors with a protective cap, fine-point reverse


Flower Making Pads:  Molding pad, leaf pad and non-stick sheet.  These are also included in the above kit and can also be purchased separately


Susan`s Garden Flower Colouring Kit

Mini Daisy.


This die set includes multiple daisy petals, leafs and the calyx, which forms the base of the flower.

1.  I cut the petals using white Mulberry Paper and green cardstock for the leafs and calyx.

2.  I then applied some Diarylide Yellow (panpastels) colour toward the stem end of the petals.  Each petal was then shaped using the loop tool, and pinched.

3.  The calyx was formed into a cup using a stylus.  Then each end of the petals was dipped lightly into glue and adhered to an arm of the calyx.

4.  A small dot of colour was applied to the center using a Yellow Viva Decor Pearl Pen, and then sprinkled some Spring Flower Soft instead of Woodland Scenics Pollen.

5.  The leafs were stemmed, veined and bent using the Leaf Tool and the leaf pad.  They were then tucked under the flower and adhered.


This is the finished flower, which was then adhered to the Flower Circle 1 card layer.

This is the finished card.


 Flowering Quince

This die set includes multiple petals, stamen and calyx.


1.  The petals, and stamen were cut using Mulberry paper while green cardstock was used to cut the calyx.

2.  Permanent Red Tint (panpastel) was used to colour the petals while a yellow copic marker was used to  colour the stamen.

3.  Each petal was shaped, pinched and bent to add dimension.

4.  The calyx was formed into a cup, and each stem end of the petals was dipped into glue and set in place — one on each arm of the calyx.

5.  The stamen was rolled and a small amount of glue was applied to one to secure.  Fan the stamen and dip lightly into glue and then sprinkle some Spring Flower Soft.

6.  A bit of glue was used to adhere the flowers to a branch of paper-covered wire.

7.  I cut some leaves using green cardstock from the Garden Leaves die set.



Finished flower


Flowers adhered to paper-covered wire

This is the finished card.


 Mini Lily

Leaves, petals, calyx and stamen are included in the die set.


1.   The leaves and calyx were cut from green cardstock, while the petals and stamen were cut from Mulberry Paper.
2.  The petals were coloured with Orange and Red Iron Oxide (panpastels), while the stamen was coloured with YR18 – Sanguine copic marker.

3.  The petals were then shaped, lined, pinched and bent to give dimension, while the calyx was formed into a cup.

4.  Each stem end of the petals were dipped in glue and adhered to the calyx, evenly spacing three petals.

5.  Three other petals were placed slightly closer to the center between each of the first three petals.  Flower was allowed to dry.

6.  The stamen was rolled and a small dab of glue was placed on the end to seal.

7.  A small amount of glue was applied to the fanned ends of the stamen with a toothpick and some Spring Flower Soft was added.  The base of the stamen was dipped into glue and adhered to the center of the flower.

8.  The leaves were lined with the the leaf tool by dragging two or three lines lengthwise down the leaf.  They were shaped slightly, then pinched and bent.  The leaves were tucked around the flower to finish.

9.  The flower was then attached to the Big Small Argyle card layer.

This is the finished card.


Other miscellaneous supplies used for the cards are Rhinestones, Cream Viva Decor Pearl Pen and the design paper is In the Garden from Whimsy Stamps.

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and here are some links for further instructions for this unique Garden set of Dies.

There are still a few days left to enter this months Kraft Challenge at One Crazy Stamper for a change to win a prize pack from High Hopes stamps.  Until next time have fun crafting.

Gardening Gertie and a Tutorial Using Cutting, Embossing, Embroidery Dies

Hi All;

It is the end of the week and Sunday, has rolled around and for today’s post for One Crazy Stamper I have a card as well as a  tutorial using some of the Cutting, Embossing, and Embroidery dies by Joy Crafts.  I have a co-worker who is retiring and I will be giving her this card.  I have used Gardening Gertie and sentiment from the latest release by High Hopes Rubber Stamps.


Inside of Card


Supplies used:

  • Stamp:  Gardening Gertie and Whatever sentiment (High Hopes January Release)
  • Ink:  Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Paper:  X-Press It Blending Cardstock, DP — Spring Jubilee (Pink Paislee)
  • Copic Markers:  Skin – E0000 – Floral White, E000 – Pale Fruit Pink, R20 – Blush; Hair – E25 – Caribe Cocoa, E31 – Brick Beige, E50 – Egg Shell; Eyes & Glasses – B60 – Pale Blue Gray; Top – R81 – Rose Pink,  R85 – Rose Red; Pants – BG70 – Ocean Mist , B91 – Pale Grayish Blue; Hat – E30 – Bisque, E31 – Brick Beige; Flower – Y35 – Maize, Y38 – Honey, YG17 -Grass Green; Ribbon & Gloves – BG70 Ocean Mist, B91 – Pale Grayish Blue; Shoes – BG90 – Gray Sky, BG93 Green Gray; Grass – YG13 Chartreuse, YG17 – Grass Green; Soil – E43 – Dull Ivory, E44 – Clay
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities:  Lacey Circles
  • Dies:  Embroidery Corner Scallop 60021002 (Joy Craft), Cutting, Embossing & Embroidery by Chrissie 6002/1001 (Joy Crafts)
  • Miscellaneous:  Flower Soft – Shamrock Green, Pearlescent Chalking Set which was added to all of the embroidery dies.

Make yourself a coffee or tea and while drinking it browse through the tutorial that I have for using the Joy Crafts Cutting, Embossing, Embroidery Dies.

These dies are cut and embossed in the usual way, using any die cutting machine.  Some of the embroidery holes might need extra piercing. I have used all three of the stitches listed below on different dies; some just a back stitch and others all three of them.  These dies do take a bit of time to stitch.

When starting to stitch start at the first hole of the area you are starting with and pull the needle through and leave 1 – 1.5 inches of thread at the back.  Attach a piece of scotch tape to hold the thread in place.  Do not knot the thread to keep it in place.  I use Sulky thread which has a nice texture to it and the colours are vibrant and comes as a single thread.  You could try embroidery thread such as DMC, but you will have to split it so that you have only one strand.

Stitches:  Stem, Back and Long


Stem Stitch:  Bringing the needle through hole 1, you skip the next 2 holes on the front and go down through the next hole, skip 1 hole on the back and up through the next one. The stem stitch would be worked like this 1 – 2 (front), 2- 3 (back); 3 – 4 (front), 4 – 5) back etc.  For a smooth curve, work on the inside of the curve.

Back Stitch:  Bring the needle through hole 1 on the front, go up through hole 2 and back down through hole 1, then up through hole 3 and back down through hole 2.

Long Stitch:  This stitch can be used to do flowers and leaves.  You start at hole 1, which is usually at the bottom of the shape, coming up through the back and go to hole 2 (see sample), then down and back up at the starting hole.

Cutting, Embroidery & Embroidery by Chrissie (Joy Crafts) die is 60021001


Using pink and green Sulky thread both the long and stem stitches were used in the sample above.  I added some Pearlescent chalks to the embossed parts of the die.  This is the die that is on the front of the card.

 Embroidery Corner Scallop 60021002


Using the pink and green Sulky Thread, stem, long and back stitches were used.  The back stitch was done on the circle at the flower base.  The long stitch was used inside the areas of the leafs and the remaining areas used the stem stitch.  Sometimes when using the long stitch, the stitches need to be smoothed out and flattened so that they lie nicely.  I added some Pearlescent chalks to the embossed areas of the die and this on the inside of the card.

 Cutting, Embossing & Embroidery Die 60021201


Using Lavendar and Green Sulky threads, a back stitch was used to stitch on the Cut, Embossing and Embroidery Die that is shown above.  This die was used on last week’s card called Kitty Post.

Cutting, Embossing & Embroidery 60021202



The back stitch was one done using green Sulky Thread.

 Cutting, Embossing & Embroidery 60021204


Using a reddish orange Sulky Thread, the flowers were done using the long stitch while using green thread the stem stitch was done for the rest of the die.  You can see how I used this die at this link Snoesjes – Snoes with Dog.

Cutting, Embossing & Embroidery 60021203

I haven’t used this die yet, so it will be upcoming in the future so do keep an eye out for it so you can see what the finished product can look like.

Cutting, Embossing & Embroidery – Holly & Berries 60012012 

I didn’t stitch this die, but you can see what it would look like here at the December Challenge.

Lora does have the Embroidery Corner Scallop die in stock at One Crazy Stamper and hopefully she will be able to obtain some of the others and new ones if they are available.  Hope you enjoyed the tutorial and want to try a new technique.

There are still a few days to enter this month’s challenge which is “Anything Goes” for a chance to win a Little Darlings Stamp Prize Pack from One Crazy Stamper.


Chloe’s Little Light and Joy Fold Card Tutorial

Hi All,

It’s Sue here for another great Sunday and as Christmas Eve is almost here, I used this adorable stamp called Chloe’s Little Light designed by Elisabeth Bell for Whimsy Stamps.  The first picture is the outside of the card while the second one is the inside of the card.

Outside of Card


Inside of Card


Supplies used:

  • Stamps:  Chloe’s Little Light and the sentiment is from Holiday Cards Notables 4 both from Whimsy Stamps
  • Ink:  Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Paper:  X-Press It Blending Cardstock, DP – Father Christmas (BoBunny from last year)
  • Die:  Notables 4 (Whimsy Dies)
  • Copic Markers:  Skin- E0004 – Pearl White , E000 – Pale Fruit Pink, R20 – Blush; Hair – E25 – Caribe Cocoa, E31 – Brick Beige, E50Egg Shell ; Night Gown – E40 – Brick White, E81 – Ivory, E41 – Pearl White; Mistletoe – G46 – Mistletoe, YG17 – Grass Green, R29Lipstick Red; Bows:  R29 – Lipstick Red, R46 – Strong Red; Dog – E25 – Caribe Cocoa, Y28 – Lionet Gold, R46 – Strong Red; Light – YR20 – Yellowish Shade, Y21 – Buttercup Yellow; Stairs – E42 – Sand White, E40 – Brick White
  • Atyou Spica Glitter Pen:  03 – Red
  • Miscellaneous:  Ribbon, flower and glitter

I saw the Joy Fold Card tutorial by Iris Wiechmann in the Whimsy Stamps Inspirations Magazine July 2012 Issue 9.

I used green, red and white cardstock as well as Father Christmas patterned paper from BoBunny.  The paper was cut to the following sizes:

  • Green cardstock – 2 pieces — 8 1/2″ x 5 3/8″ and 4 3/8″ x 4 3/8″
  • Red cardstock – 3 pieces — 4 1/2″ x 9″, 5 3/8′ x 5 3/8″ and 5 3/8″ x 2 7/8″
  • White cardstock – 1 piece — 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″
  • Patterned Paper — 6 pieces — 4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″, 2 3/4″ x 5 1/4″, 5 1/4″ x 5 1/4″, 5 3/8″ x 2 7/8″, and 2 pieces each of 4 3/8″ x 4 3/8″





Step 1:  Score the 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ piece of green cardstock at 3″ then score the 4 1/2″ x 9″ red cardstock at 4 1/2″


Step 2:Starting with the inside of the green cardstock add the piece of 5 1/4″ x 2 3/4″ patterned paper to the smaller side.  On the larger side first add the 5 3/8″ x 5 3/8″ red cardstock and then the 5 1/4 x 5 1/4″ piece of patterned paper.


Step 3:Decorate the inside of the red cardstock with patterned paper 4 3/8″ x 4 3/8″ on each side.  On the left side add the piece of white cardstock 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ for a personal message and a sentiment on the right side.


Step 4:To decorate the front of the card, adhere a green layered cardstock 4 3/8″ x 4 3/8″ with a piece of patterned paper 4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ to the square piece and a red cardstock piece 5 3/8″ x 2 7/8″ and patterned paper 5 3/8″ x 2 7/8″ to the smaller side.  Before adhering all the layers of paper I added a piece of ribbon.

Step 5:Now that all the cardstock and patterned paper layers have been completed the rest of the card can be finished in the usual manner and add whatever embellishements you desire to.


There is still a few days left to enter this month’s challenge for a change to win a prize from One Crazy Stamper.

A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all.  See you next week.


Gatefold Card and Variation Tutorial

For today’s post for One Crazy Stamper I have a Gatefold Card and Variation Tutorial.

Layered Poinsettia Gatefold


Snowflake Gatefold Variation

Supplies used for Layered Poinsettia

Supplies used for Snowflake


1.  Using a 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ piece of cardstock, score at the 2 1/8″ and 6 3/8″ . Scor-Pal has these markings on it. I used red for the Poinsettia and a blue for the Snowflake

2.  Fold both ends in to meet in the center.


Layered Poinsettia

1. Cut 4 pieces of gold cardstock 1 7/8″ x 5 5/8″ and 1 piece of cardstock 4 x 5 5/8″. Also cut 4 pieces of Father Christmas Berries (BoBunny)1 3/4″ x 5 1/8″ and 1 piece of the same paper 3 13/16″ x 5″.

2. Using the X-Press It Double Sided Tape, the designer papers were adhered to the gold, which was adhered to the appropriate panels.



3. Using the Spellbinders Layered Poinsettia, and paper that was hidden in my stash, the various layers were cut and embossed.


4. The poinsettia was then assembled using glue dots and a brad. X-Press It Double Sided Tape was then added to one side of the poinsettia and adhered to the right side front panel.

5. The sentiment Snow Brackets (Stampendous) was stamped on a piece of X-Press It Blending Cardstock that has been cut and embossed with Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Eighteen and adhered to the center inside panel of the card.


Create-a-Flake Three (Variation)

1. Cut 4 pieces of silver cardstock 1 7/8″ x 5 5/8″ and 1 piece of cardstock 4 x 5 5/8″. Also cut 4 pieces of Snowfall Blizzard (BoBunny) 1 3/4″ x 5 1/8″ and 1 piece of the same paper 3 13/16″ x 5″.

2. Using the X-Press It Double Sided Tape, the designer papers were adhered to the silver cardstock, which was then adhered to the appropriate panels.

3. Using the Spellbinders Shapeabilities Create-a-Snowflake Three and a sheet 12 x 12 Snowfall Drift (BoBunny)the various pieces were cut and embossed.  As the dies wouldn’t cut completely through, an extra piece of cardstock was used as a shin.


4. The snowflake was assembled using Sticky Thumb Dimensionals.

5. A Tear Drop Circle was cut and embossed using a piece of Snowfall Drift (BoBuny) and the Spellbinders Nestabilities Tear Drop Circles.

6. The Snowflake was adhered to this circle which was then taped on one half and adhered to the right front panel.

7. Using the Spellbinders Shapeabilities Grommet Tags, a tag was cut and embossed. The Holiday Greetings sentiment from the Cardinal Holiday Mailbox (Heartfelt Creations) was stamped onto the tag which was then lightly inked with Polar Blue (Versa Colour) ink. X-Press It Double Sided Tape was added to the left side and the tag was adhered to the left front panel.


8. The sentiment Snow Brackets (Stampendous) was stamped on a piece of X-Press It Blending Cardstock that has been cut and embossed with the Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Eighteen and adhered to the center inside panel of the card.



3D or Decoupage Tutorial

For my post today, I am doing my first for One Crazy Stamper which is a 3D or Decoupage tutorial. For the main card I used the Humming Along stamp by Flourishes, and for the other examples I used the Backyard Birds by Just Rite. These can all be found at Lora’s amazing store One Crazy Stamper.


Other supplies used:

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Spellbinders Nestabilities: Labels Seventeen
Paper: X-Press It Blending Cardstock, Reflections (Prima), miscellaneous cardstock
Copic Markers: YG17, YG11, YG13, B21, B23, BV00, BV000, BV11


1. Stamp several copies of the images that you want to use.


2. The image on the left will form the base for the card. For the second image cut around the flowers and leaves using an exacto knife or a small fine pair of scissors.


2. Cut around the flowers only in the next image, and then just cut the humming bird out.

3. Colour all the images using the same colours that were used on the main image.

4. Assemble the base of the card first, as the layers will be built on this.


5. Mount the image that has been cut out around the flowers and leaves using the foam adhesive to the main image on the card.


6. Attach the flower only part to the previous image using the 3D adhesive.


7. Adhere the cut out humming bird to the humming bird that is on the base of the card using the 3D adhesive.


8. Attach the phrase to the card.

This technique can be used on many types of stamps. Below are examples using the Backyard Birds stamps by Just Rite. This stamp set has to be used with the 3 1/4″ wood stamper.



All supplies can be found at Lora’s One Crazy Stamper and she certainly has amazing stuff. Don’t forget that you have until the end of the month to enter our challenge which is Men/Boys.