How To: Go Press and Foil Machine

Hello everyone! I am thrilled to have you here with me today for a how-to video on the Couture Creations Go Press and Foil machine! Have you seen this fun, foil transfer tool? We now have them in stock here at Simon Says Stamp, and you can find all of Couture Creations’ products HERE.

The Go Press and Foil machine works by using heat and pressure (via any standard die cutting machine) to transfer heat-activated foil on cardstock. You can also transfer foil onto other materials as well, like chipboard and textiles!

A cool feature about the Go Press and Foil machine that makes it stand apart from other foiling machines is that you can create easy letterpress results! The machine also works with embossing folders, which expands your foiling techniques even further!

Let me show you some samples of the different things you make with this machine.

This first card showcases a Hot Foil stamp from Couture Creations; we have quite a few of these “stamps” that can be found HERE. These “stamps” are not a typical rubber or clear stamp that we are used to; they actually remind you more of a die without any cutting edges. Made from steel, these Hot Foil stamps heat up when placed inside your Go Press and Foil machine and help transfer your foil onto paper. I used the foil stamp with some of the Couture Creations gold foil; if you watch the video, I will walk you through the steps in using the foil and stamp together.

After you place your stamp, foil and paper into the machine, you take the entire platform of the machine (with everything still inside) and run it all through your die cutting machine. The Go Press and Foil machine applied the heat needed to transfer your foil, but it did not add the pressure; this is where the die cutting machine comes into play. The pressure and heat combination transfers the foil while the impression of the stamp “embosses” the paper with a letterpress effect. It is truly beautiful!

I decorated the card with snowflakes from the To Be Jolly stamp set (from Couture Creations), the Swell Christmas and the On a String stamp sets (from Simon Says Stamp). There are gold metallic Nuvo Drops around the heat embossed snowflakes and the panel is matted with white and kraft cardstocks.

With an embossing folder, you can create similar results as the Hot Foil stamps. This embossing folder is a stamp and folder set from Couture Creations called To Be Jolly and I paired it with some of their silver  foil. This technique requires a different sandwich than the Hot Foil stamps, which I demonstrate in the video below.

On this card I had a bit of foil transfer in places it was not supposed to (in the open areas of the folder); this I believe was the result of a bit too much pressure. However, you can fix little mistakes that may happen with this foil by taking a Tombow Sand Eraser and rubbing the excess foil off the paper. The eraser does not harm the foiled pattern; instead it removes only the foil that was not transferred as a result of an embossing folder impression.

I kept this card simple and elegant. The fonts are from the Believe sentiment stamp set from Simon; “believe” is heat embossed in Steel Navy powder and the rest of the greeting is stamped with red ink. For extra color, there are Ruby Slipper, Navy and Silver Nuvo Drops dotted around the foiled, holiday foliage.

This red and gold beauty is created in the same manner as the previous embossing folder technique. You may notice however that the foil transfer was not “perfect”. I wanted to share this card with you because I think it demonstrates how you can still make use of your “imperfect” foiling (because who wants to throw away a foiled design???).

This was a result of not enough pressure in my die cutting machine;  yet the “distressed” look actually goes nicely with the stamped greeting I placed in the center. It now looks like the “distressing” was intentional! I placed gold heat embossed and white Enamel Accent dots around the foiled pattern to bring things together. The bright green ribbon also helps finish the design off.

I hope that this encourages you to not give up on your “less than stellar” projects that you may end up with once in a while. Usually there is a way to salvage things!

You can also do letterpress with the Go Press and Foil machine! This is such an easy technique when you use the Hot Foil stamps. This gorgeous thank you sentiment is another Couture Creations Hot Foil stamp and I inked it up with some Distress Oxide ink. The best ink transfer results are achieved with a pigment ink; because Oxides behave similar to pigment inks, you can use these as well. I explain the reason why pigment inks work best in the video (plus another idea for letterpress!). For letterpress with (or without) ink, you do not need to heat the machine up prior to running it through your die cutting machine.

I decorated this card with some floral stamp images, Nuvo drops and some patterned paper.

Thank you so much for stopping by and visiting with me today. Be sure to watch the video below! I hope that after reading this post and seeing the Go Press and Foil machine in action, you will try out this fun foiling tool for yourself!

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  1. Beautiful cards!! Great video too. You had some helpful information in it and it gave me a better understanding of the product and all that you can do with it.

  2. Very cool machine! I don’t think this works in a cuttlebug though. I would love to upgrade to a Big Shot someday. This would be a great addition to that. Your cards turned out beautifully! I love the blue and silver one!

  3. I saw this machine a few weeks ago on Scrapbooking Made Simple and was intrigued by it. You have shared even more ideas for using it Nina and I am really impressed (no pun intended! haha) Your cards are gorgeous and this machine does look very easy to use. Thanks for such a great tutorial on more ways of using it.

  4. This is like the coolest thing ever!! I absolutely love the look of letterpress and I love the look of foiled letterpress even more!!! The cards you made were absolutely stunning. This machine is definitely going on the top of my wishlist from Santa!!

  5. Cool! And thanks so much for the tip on removing stray foil from the paper! I have a laser printer and Minc machine and it appears my printer doesn’t print very cleanly as I end up with flecks of foil where I don’t want it.

  6. Awesome machine. Great inspiration. I would love to have one, but would like to know if you could use simon say dies to foil with this machine and can you use other brands of foil? It needs to be more versatile before I invest in one.

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