When I first saw the Heidi Swapp Minc products at Michael’s, I was so impressed and inspired that I was ready to foil everything. Luckily the reasoning side of my brain kicked in and told me to put down the arm full of foil rolls. I went home and did a little research and found that the Minc foil applicator is just a fancy laminator. Instead I said hello to a $20 laminator on Amazon.
Cue to my upcoming nuptials. I found the holographic invites above and knew I wanted to have the holographic rainbow vibe through out the invitation suite and life. Now my fiance and I are way behind on the timeline for sending out of save the dates and anyone planning a wedding knows all those damn little things add up so quickly and save the dates aren’t really necessary…but making inexpensive save the dates is totally justifiable. Come through laminator! Now I can’t take credit for this DIY but it’s so damn impressive I had to share it and our awesome save the dates.
- Heat reactive foil (MINC or Deco Foil)
- Laser printed Save the Date on cardstock
- 1 piece printer paper
- Scissors/X-acto knife/Roller blade
Print your save the date/design on a laser printer. The foil won’t stick to ink from an inkjet printer. I don’t think there is a specific time frame you need to foil after printing. I did the foiling a few days after the printing and it worked fine.
Measure out the design that you want to cover with foil and cut out pieces to that size. I cut out 9 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ pieces to cover both designs to save a little on time instead of cutting the save the dates before hand. I ended up cutting out the middle part that wasn’t used. The left over pieces ended up working great and I used up a whole roll instead of two with left overs.
Turn on your laminator and let it heat up. I used the 5 mm setting because it is a hotter setting than 3 mm. Send the materials through laminator. This takes about 30 seconds. If your piece of foil doesn’t completely cover the design, just place a piece of foil on the missing spot and send through the laminator again. There might be a very fine line, but it’s better than throwing away a perfectly good save the date.
Next you peel off the foil. I tested to see if there is a difference in letting the foil cool versus peeling it off right away and I didn’t see a difference. I think the quality of the printing affects how well the foil sticks.
To break down the cost:
50 pack Cardstock – $2.50 (on sale at Michael’s – regularly $5) – 2 STD per paper
1 roll Heidi Swap Foil – $7 (on sale at Michael’s – regularly $10)
Laminator – $20