Monday, September 28, 2015

In Focus with Gayatri Murali No. 5 | Style #2

Hello and welcome back to September In Focus tutorial. This is Gayatri Murali.


Keeping with this month’s theme of Metallics, I am focusing on the Gold Trend.


Gold is trendy and hot at the moment. But gold has been traditional for holiday and Christmas cards. Gold brings instant festivity to the occasion. So in keeping with the tradition, I am sharing with you another way of adding gold to your projects.

Gayatri Style banner copy

In this tutorial, I am sharing with you the gold foiling technique on stamped images.

I have couple of finished cards here. The first card shows gold foiling on white cardstock and the second shows on coloured cardstock. Just some variations.

Season's Greeting card

Season's Greetings Foiling on coloured cardstock


tutorial collage


I started with stamping the reindeer in black from Winter Woodland stamp on the centre of white cardstock panel trimmed to card front size. Then the frame from The Write Stuff: Leave it to Mom stamp set to frame reindeer and the sentiment from Winter Woodland. I used Versafine Black ink as it is a pigment ink and gives nice coverage on detailed images.

Next I scanned and copied this panel on an 80-pound Neenah cardstock using my laser printer. Make sure the flatbed scanner is clean of any dust. Otherwise the dust will be picked on the copied cardstock and foil will stick to it. If you are mass producing this card, just copy multiple times on the cardstock using the settings on your scanner printer. Since this is my first time, I just copied once. So I trimmed the copied cardstock to the size of the card front.

Now, I am using a Minc machine to foil the images. I set my setting to three and foiled the images using gold foil paper. I ran it twice just to make sure the details on the frame picked up the foil. With the white cardstock, the foiled images came out smooth and lovely. There were a few spray dots which was not noticeable. I believe the dots were the dust from my scanner bed. You can see my photo above, the left foiled panel has a scratch on the reindeer but then when I scanned my second time, wiped my flatbed off dust, then darkened x2 on my settings to get a nice dark image. That image when foiled came out perfect. Loved it.

Season's Greetings closeup

On this angled photo below you can see the gold foil better.

Season's greeting card #1 angle

Then I wanted to see how this works on coloured cardstock. So I copied the image on a dark coloured cardstock and foiled only the reindeer and sentiment. The image was not as smooth as on white cardstock. This one has streaks. It does not look like a mistake but looks like distressed. You know what I mean. It is cool. But the sentiment came out smooth though.

Season's Greeting closeup1

I then used Essentials: Katherine cutaway to die cut panels out of the foiled panels, then using Essentials: Audrey cutaway to die cut the layering panels. I kept the card simple by layering the panels, adhering on the card front, then using gold twine to tie and add bows on top of the card. Finally embellishing with Cranberry sequins from Pretty Pink Posh on the white and gold sequins on the coloured.


If you don’t have a laser printer, get your stamped images laser printed at any stationary store. In Australia, Officeworks does it on cardstocks. They do have thicker cardstocks so you do not have to take yours in. If you don’t have Minc machine yet, run it through a laminator to foil. Play around your settings to find what works well.

The foiling technique takes stamping to another new level. It is so much fun. Hope you are inspired to give this technique a try. Enjoy foiling!

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  1. Gayatri these are gorgeous - sorry to say I don't have the necessary equipment, but I could be happy using your design ideas with embossing powders! Thanks for sharing!
    =] Michele

  2. Gorgeous cards Gayatri ..Though I love the foiling technique I would have to try this using embossing powders .. what a fabulous design ..thanks for sharing !!

  3. Absolutely stunning and elegant! Love love these! Another reason why I need/want the Minc! Awesome technique - thank you for sharing.

  4. Beautiful cards. I love all of them. I could use embossing powder to CASE your designs. TFS

  5. Elegant, classy and sophisticated, Gayatri! In awe...

  6. WOW!! This is totally stunning!! I love the way you used the gold on these!!

  7. BOTH cards are BEAUTIFUL Gayatri!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing this technique and tutorial, as well as your tips and experiences along the way!!! I watched a demo of the MINC at Spotlight the other day and - WOW - the foiling looks GORGEOUS in real life, hope to try it soon :)


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