how to create a gold foil effect {a tutorial}


how to get foil effect

If I had to choose the one question I get asked the most, in regards to my blog/Etsy shop, it’s this: “how do you get that faux gold effect in your prints/graphics?”

Honestly, it’s easy, so today, I’m sharing with you how to create a faux gold foil effect in Photoshop!

I’m actually going to use Photoshop Elements for this, but the technique should apply no matter what version of Photoshop or Elements you have.

To do this, you’ll need gold foil digital paper, Photoshop, and some text that you would like to add the foil effect to. Let’s get started!

In Photoshop, open your gold foil digital paper, and create the text you’d like to foil. Here’s a screenshot of Elements program…

gold foil in photoshop elements


Drag your gold digital paper onto the words you would like to foil…

how to get gold foil photoshop


Make sure your gold foil is covering your words completely.

Now, you’ll want to pay attention to the order of your layers. Take a look below at the two layers. Notice how the text layer is above the gold foil layer (which is why you can see the words). Now, switch them. Drag the gold layer so that it’s above the text layer…

gold foil in photoshop


Like so…

Notice that the gold layer is above the text layer (which is why you can no longer see the text, just the foil).

gold foil


Now, it’s just a matter of combining them.

It’s easier to tell you than to show you this step. What you’ll want to do is hold down the ALT key with your left hand, and take your mouse and place it in between the gold layer and the text layer.

gold foil in photoshop

Once you do that, just click the mouse, and let the magic happen…

gold foil effect

And you’re done! I can’t promise this’ll work for every version of Photoshop out there, but hopefully it’ll work for you and you’ll be able to add a bit of glam to your own graphics and prints.

Thanks for reading!


free printable {summer!}

summer afternoon frame copy

Ok, so it’s not technically Summer yet…but I couldn’t wait to share this free printable with you all featuring lovely watercolor feathers and my favorite Henry James quote. Click here to download, print out, and just add a frame to quickly and easily add a touch of Summer to your home decor!


goat cheese tart with joan of arc {a recipe}

goat cheese tart 4

Warm weather is here, which means I’m constantly on the lookout for light, easy to prepare meals that are perfect for both entertaining and weeknight family dinners. This goat cheese tart, featuring Joan of Arc® Traditional Goat Cheese, fits the bill.

goat cheese tart 2
My family LOVES goat cheese, and the Joan of Arc® brand includes a variety of French and French-style cheeses that are perfect when I want a quick and easy ways to go gourmet. Paired with a simple green salad, this tart was loved by all members of my family.


1½ cups all-purpose flour 
2 4 oz. logs of Joan of Arc® Goat Cheese 
10 ounce package 
Kosher salt 
13 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, divided 
3 to 4 tablespoons ice water 
¾ cup chopped shallots (3 to 4 shallots) 
1 cup heavy cream 
3 large eggs 
¼ chopped basil leaves 
1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

First, we’ll make the crust. Put the flour and ¼ teaspoon salt in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade. Cut 12 tablespoons (1½ sticks) of the butter into large dice, add to the bowl, and pulse until the butter is the size of peas. With the machine running, add the ice water and process until the dough becomes crumbly. Dump the dough out on a floured board, gather it loosely into a ball, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

goat cheese tart

goat cheese tart

After removing dough from the refrigerator, roll the dough on a well-floured board and fit it into a 9-inch tart pan.

goat cheese tart

Butter one side of a square of parchment paper and fit it, butter side down, into the pan. Fill the foil with rice or beans. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove the beans and foil from the tart shell, prick the bottom all over with a fork, and bake for another 10 minutes. Here’s what the crust will look like after removing it from the oven…

joan of arc goat cheese

While your crust is baking, heat the remaining tablespoon of butter in a small pan and sauté the shallots over low heat for 5 minutes, or until tender. Place the goat cheese in the bowl of the food processor and pulse a few times. Add the cream, eggs, basil, ¼ teaspoon salt, and the pepper and process until blended.

Scatter shallots on bottom of crust, then top with goat cheese mixture (you’ll probably have some mixture leftover).
goat cheese tart

Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 35 minutes, until the tart is set and golden brown on top. Let cool and serve.

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goat cheese tart 1

So tell me, what is YOUR favorite way to use goat cheese?

For more recipes and inspiration, please visit Joan of Arc on Facebook, and Pinterest!