foiled flowers...

Hello my fabulous friends!

Wow, it's been a long time since I've written a blog post... For those of you who have stuck around and been so understanding, thank you so much! For those who are new, welcome! 

A quick update before jumping into today's tutorial. If you want to skip to the project, go ahead and scroll down to the first photo...

On May 3rd, my dear mom slipped quietly to the other side, ending her long, hard battle with cancer, and for the first time in a long time, being free from pain. Due to the pandemic and current local laws, our family couldn't gather... Only my dad and I were by her side. We also couldn't have a funeral...  I don't know how to describe how strange and hard that was... Nor how grateful I was for the friend who knew that I needed a hug far more than I needed a 6 foot gap of painfully empty space surrounding me... 

Over the next month, I carefully packed up my mom's sewing room... Everything in labeled boxes, waiting for the day when my sisters will be able to come go through everything with me. My dad asked me if I would like to turn my mom's sewing room/she shed into an art studio for me to work in... so I have been slowly moving my stamps, inks, dies, and paper out of my house and over to my new studio... 

Before she got sick, my mom spent many happy hours over here creating amazing quilts and other fabric creations...I want this place to be a happy place again.

As I have been struggling with my grief, and helping my dad find a new normal, I have been dealing with my own health problems that have been flaring up, and watching with a broken heart as the world sinks into chaos around me. All of it has felt completely overwhelming and has left me struggling to find any creative mojo. 

However, I am slowly starting to feel a bit more 'normal', and I've been pulling out my stamps, markers and paint more often, and I'm hoping to be back to bringing you regular inspiration soon. In fact, I have some new product making it's way to me now that I'm excited to share when it finally gets here... (This slow mail thing is hard,  even though I completely understand why it is slow) 

Ok... enough about me.  Let's talk about gold...

Paper: Arches Hot Press Watercolor; Paper Studio Country Road
Stamps: Hero Arts/Gina K. Designs Friendship Blooms; Simon Says Stamp Be My Valentine
Ink: Inkon3 Juicy Clear*, Blackout*; Copic Multiliner
Coloring: Mijello Mission Gold Watercolors
Rose Madder, Bright Clear Violet, Indigo, Yellow Ocre No 1
Dies: Honeybee Stamps Deckle Rectangle A2
Other: Clear Embossing Powder, Heidi Swapp Gold Foil

The other day, I shared this WIP video over on Instagram that had an overwhelmingly good response, and many people asking for more information... Which I'm happy to provide!

Step 1: Heat emboss your image with clear embossing powder. 
When doing a project like this, I like to use an anti-static powder over my paper first because you don't want any stray powder, then ink up your stamp using  a clear embossing ink and stamp onto your paper. While the ink is still wet, dump clear embossing powder over your image. You want the entire image to be covered. Gently tap off all the extra powder back into the jar, then heat the image. You want to watch carefully as you heat. You want all the powder completely melted, but not over melted. Just watch for the powder to turn shiny and smooth. 

Step 2: Color
I knew I wanted to use watercolors for this project, so I stamped on some hot press watercolor paper. This is a great way to practice with watercolors as the embossed lines help create little wells to catch the water so it stays more controlled. This technique also works with Neenah paper and alcohol markers (like Copics) if you prefer, or on Bristol Smooth paper.

This is what it looked like after painting... You can stop here if you want, however, I am making this for a 50th wedding anniversary, so I wanted to add in some gold. 

Step 3: Foil.
I use a laminator and heat reactive foil for this. I start by folding a piece of copy paper in half to create a carrier. Open your carrier, place your image inside, then lay a piece of reactive foil (I'm using Heidi Swapps Minc foil) over the image, making sure to completely cover the image. Close your carrier and send it through your hot laminator. This will remelt your embossed lines, and that will stick to the foil.

Step 4: Remove foil transfer sheet
Once your carrier sheet and image have gone through the laminator, let the paper cool (doesn't take long) then carefully pull off the foil sheet. Your lines should now be foiled!

NOTE: This method of foiling DOES NOT create PERFECT foiled lines. If you look closely at my photo, you'll see there are small gaps in the lines, and the lines aren't perfectly smooth... I know that bothers some people, but I like it. It's what makes it twinkle when you move it instead of shine like a mirror. 
So embrace the imperfections.. they make it sparkle!

See you soon!

For more inspiration, follow me on:

*Affiliate links used when possible. This doesn’t affect the price you pay, it simply allows me to continue bringing you better content. :)


  1. I’m so sorry for your loss. It’s good that you could be with your mom as she passed. It’s a bittersweet thing to witness a loved one passing away, while being freed from pain and suffering. I was present with my parents and monther-in-law when they passed. Take your time to ease back into your normal.
    I had to see your gorgeous card up close. I haven’t bought a foiling machine/laminator yet, but have dabbled in foiling other ways. Seeing cards like yours makes me want to buy a laminator. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I’m sorry for your loss. So happy I found your blog and YouTube channel. You have a new subscriber in me.
    Big hugs and I’ll be praying for you and your dad too.

  3. I am a new subscriber to all of your "follow me" links. I am very sorry for the loss of your mom. I will keep you and your family in prayer as you walk through these new days.

  4. I love the peonies. They are beautiful!I love the gold accents as well! I am so sorry for your loss.

  5. Kassi, I'm so happy to see your post and just want to wrap you up in a big hug hun. I'm so sorry for your loss, but what a beautiful gesture from you Dad to open up your Mum's creative space to you. I think that is so lovely and I am sure it will feel very special creating in that beautiful space that your Mum so enjoyed. Your Peonies are stunning hun and it's so good to see you creating again. It's okay to take the time you need work through the pain of loss, but it's so nice too, to see you finding your way back to 'you'. Sending huge hugs, Wends xoxo

  6. the will won't be forgettable. but your approach was beautiful.


Post a Comment