Making Foiled New Year’s Cards with the MINC Mini Machine

In the early evening yesterday I thought it would be nice to get some use out of my MINC mini and make some last minute New Year’s Cards.

Using a free program called Inkscape I was easily able to make my vision come to life. I googled “Happy New Year” and found a nice sentiment for the front. Then I googled ” Champagne Bubbles” and found another image I liked. I used the trace feature in inkscape to manipulate the bubbles how I wanted and then rearranged them to create corners similar to the bubbles in Lawn Fawn’s Let’s Bokeh Stamp Set  . When I am creating for a card I like to make a 4.25 x 5.5″ box to make sure I am scaling everything properly.

This is what I ended up with:

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You can perfectly fit four A2 sized cards on a single piece of paper. Next I printed these images out on a laser printer. It has to be a printer with toner to work with the MINC foil! I printed on Copier Transparency Film , White Cardstock and some thicker textured cream cardstock as well. I wanted the bubbles to be on the transparency in the foreground, but you can put them on the paper in the background if you prefer that.

All that was left to do was run them through my MINC Mini machine and assemble. Simple as that!

Here’s a photo of how they came out:

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The foil really doesn’t like textured cardstock, but I wanted to try it out anyways. For best results, use a smooth cardstock of 110 lb or less.

Here’s the LiveStream I did when I was making these cards:

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful New Year’s!

Re-designed Website…by accident!

Hey, just wanted to let everyone know that I re-designed the online store at http://shop.intoxicatingarts.com . It actually happened by accident. I went on there to make one little change to something  I didn’t like and something happened when it was saving. It froze and I lost everything! Ugh, why does that keep happening to me?! Anyways, it turns out that it was a blessing in disguise. Luckily, all of my inventory, policies, text, etc. was safe. I just had to re-design the visual aspect of the site. It dumped everything I had and replaced it with some canned template that literally said “Logo” where mine used to be. EEK! I freaked out because I obviously couldn’t leave my website in this condition. Thank goodness it only took about an hour and a half to fix the design. The reason I say it was a blessing in disguise is because I got rid of the black background in a lot of spots. I found that having the item descriptions in white text on the black background might be annoying to some and hard to read for others. So I went back to the traditional white background with black text. I think it looks a lot better all around too.

Enough of that…

On a happier note, I have even MORE Graphic 45 items on the way (yay!) and some of my Ranger Industries (a.k.a. awesome Tim Holtz goodies) items have shipped and should be here next week. I got some of the CHA Release stuff, but some is still on back-order. I also got a couple Melting Pots. If you have been looking for a Melting Pot for a good price (that someone actually has in stock), be sure to keep an eye on my website. I’ll post everything for sale when I actually have them in my hands. http://shop.intoxicatingarts.com .

Thanks for stopping by!