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Transparent Holographic Effects


By Marie Gamber, Artistic Guide

Finished card size:  5.5" x 4.25"

Who doesn't love bright and shiny images?   I know I do and when I was visiting Santa Fe, I stopped into a little stamp store  called Guadalepe's and it was packed with fabulous stamps, stamping tools and embellishments.  It was like walking into Santa's workshop!   The owner of the store took the time to demonstrate a new stamping technique using  "Stampee Foil".   I was flying over the moon!  What a fabulous and fun effect to use with your stamping.  I hope you like this tutorial and will take the time to try to add it to YOUR list of stamping techniques!

Vogue Vases by Theresa Momber (Gina K Designs)
White Pure Luxury card stock (Gina K Designs)
Black Onyx Pure Luxury card stock (Gina K Designs)
Designer Paper from my stash
Tim Holtz Black Soot Disstress Ink (Ranger, Inc)
Copic Alcohol Ink Markers (.too, Inc)
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink (Tsukineko)
Scor-Buddy (Scor-Pal)
Paper Trimmer (Fiskars)
Scotch ATG Adhesive  (3M)
Cuttlebug (Provo Craft)
Nestabilities Petite Small/Large Oval die (Spellbinders)
Iron or a laminator
Acrylic stamping block 


  1. Card Preparation:  Place the White Pure Luxury card stock in landscape orientation and cut at 5.5".  Score and fold  one of the pieces of card stock at 4.25".  This will create a 5.5" x 4.25" card that will fit a standard A2 envelope.  Reserve the remaining card stock to use for your focal image.
  2. Layer Preparation: Cut the Black Onyx Pure luxury card stock at 5.25" x 4".  Reserve the rest of the card stock to use for your focal image base layer.   Trim your designer paper at 5" x 3.75
  3. This is the transparent holographic foil from Stampee Crafts  It is best to select a chunky stamp  that will produce a solid image.  I tried using a lined image and applied Versa Mark re-inker to use with my embossing powder.  I think that  initially, it is best to use a solid image stamp.   The transparent foil comes in the triangle effect like the one you see, or with a foil clear water.  (I would love to try that on a water scene!)  Maybe I will do that on another project!
  4. Have all your tools within easy reach.  You will want to access them easily.   I have selected Tim Holtz Black Soot to use for my  main ink source.  The ink is an acid free fade-resistant dye ink.  The ink remains wet a little longer than some other brands and that will allow time to apply the embossing powder.  I tried this technique using a very light color and although it is beautiful, the door does not "pop" like it does with a dark color.  The  deeper saturation of color will allow the holographic effects to come alive!
  5. Stuck On You is an embossing powder from Stampee Crafts that will allow the foil to adhere to your image.   Fold some copy paper in half to use as a work space.    Stamp your image with Tim Holtz Black Soot ink.  Generously apply the Stuck On You embossing powder to the top of your image.  Tap the back of the image  in order to remove any excess powder.  Make certain you do not have powder anywhere except on your image.   Return the powder on your copy paper to the jar. I find that a folded piece of copy paper is much easier to use and I do not waste as much powder as when i try to use the trays.
  6. Heat set your image with your embossing heat setting tool.  When the image becomes shiny in color, you know it has melted the powder.   Allow to slightly cool.
  7. Apply  enough foil over the focal image to cover the vase.  The glossy side must be up.  I find it difficult to determine which side is glossy.  You may want to test it first on something other than your card.   Tip:  When you determine which side is the glossy side, mark the foil so you will remember for your next project!  Place the image between a sandwich of  clean copy paper.  Iron the back with a medium dry iron for 20 seconds.  Turn over and iron the top side for 20 seconds.  Open the sandwich and remove the paper.  If it does not release easy, you may have your iron too hot or you may have used the wrong  side of the foil.   You may also place the sandwich in a laminator and run it though if you prefer.  I have tried both methods and either method works great.
  8. This is a close up image and you can see  how the foil provides a gorgeous holographic effect.  See what I mean about using a dark ink and a chucky, solid image?
  9. Stamp your flowers and foliage with  Memento Tuxedo Black ink in order to keep your Copic nibs safe.  I colored my flowers with Copic Alcohol Ink Markers Y0000, Y11, Y15 and  Y35.

I cut my focal image and base layer using Spellbinders Nestabilities Petite Small/large Ovals.    I applied my layers and set pearls in the center of each flower.   For embellishment I applied Black Nightfall Rhinestones to the top and bottom of the card.I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial as much as I enjoyed creating  it for you!

Hugs, Marie











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6 Responses »

  1. Thank you for all your wonderful comments! :D. Please know that the effects are more subtle than the photo shows. The photography makes it pop more. I love the effects and you can definitely see it.... but the photo intensifies the effect. I am going to play with the one that has lines to see how it looks on water!

  2. Zowie--what a GREAT technique! Love it--and love you for sharing it with us!

  3. What a fun thing to learn. I love the effect it gives the image. Everyone love sparkles. This sure will be fun to play with and I love what it does. Wonderful tutorial.
    Hugz, Pat

  4. WOW! Marie, this is wonderful! How nice that that owner showed you this technique. Beautiful tutorial and very informative. Can't wait to try this! Fantastic card too. 😀
    Lisa xx

  5. WOW - I love it. How do I get out of working today to play with this new concept? Thank you for your wonderful ideas!

  6. what an awesome idea!! I love it! I need to see if I have anything that will work like that! thanks