How to: Shimmery Go Press and Foil Christmas Card

Hello, hello!

As promised we have an amazing card that uses several techniques and your Go Press and Foil Machine! What’s great about this card is that you get a foil outline,  embossed foil layers and the regular foil stamped images. This project may be a little complex, but the outcome is definitely worth it! You’re going to create a card that is elegant, intricate and packs a serious holiday punch! At the end of the post be sure to read through some of our favorite tips and tricks for perfect results every time.

Are you ready to get started?

Shimmery Christmas Card

Finished Size: 5”x 7” card


  • Anna Griffin® Gold/Ivory Cricut® Cuttlebug™ Version 3, 510-398
  • Anna Griffin® Go Press & Foil Machine, 529-122
  • Anna Griffin® Holiday Art Hot Foil Stamps, 572-701
  • Anna Griffin® Baubles and Bells Embossing Folders, Scattered Holly
  • Anna Griffin® Holly Cutting Dies
  • Anna Griffin® Terrific Tags, Stamps and Dies, 505-094
  • Anna Griffin® Pocket Embellishment Christmas Die Cuts
  • 1, 5”x 7” ivory card base
  • 1, 5”x 7” light green cardstock
  • 1, 4”x 6” and 1, 3”x 4” green cardstock
  • 1, 4”x 5 ½” dark green cardstock
  • 1, 3”x 4” ivory cardstock
  • Metal shim
  • Cardstock shim
  • Red bow
  • Adhesive (tape runner)
  • Foam squares
  • Scissors


  1. Using the Cricut® Cuttlebug™ die cut the largest Terrific Tag die from the 3”x 4” green cardstock and die cut the 2nd largest Terrific Tag die from the 3”x 4” ivory cardstock.

Follow the steps in the Go Press and Foil instruction manual for the following:

2. Green foil on the light green cardstock using the Holly cutting die.

3. Gold foil on the dark green cardstock using the holly Hot Foil Stamp.

4. Gold foil on the ivory cardstock using the “Season’s Greetings” Hot Foil Stamp.

5. Use the Scattered Holly embossing folder to press the red foil to both pieces of green cardstock. Place in the Go Press and foil machine in the following order: metal shim, foil (colored side down), cardstock, embossing folder (open, embossing side down), cardstock shim.

6. Using scissors, fussy cut the Pocket Embellishment as shown.

7. Fussy cut around the dark green frame with scissors.



Adhere the light green cardstock to the ivory card base using a tape runner.

Using foam squares, adhere the green cardstock, then the dark green cardstock to the center of the card.

Attach the ivory cardstock tag to the green tag with a tape runner.

Using foam squares, attach the red bow to the tag.

Adhere the tag to the center of the card with foam squares.

Attach the fussy cut pocket embellishment pieces as shown.


  • Cut the foil to roughly the same size as the surface to make a more even impression.
  • If the foil is not making a clear enough impression, use an extra layer of cardstock or poster board as a shim.
  • Place a piece of thin cardstock closest to the lid to keep the foil from getting on the lid of the Go Press and Foil Machine.
  • When using a foil stamp or cutting die, heat it in the Go Press and Foil machine for 1 minute before adding foil or cardstock.
  • When using an embossing folder, let the metal shim, foil, cardstock and embossing folder sit in the Go Press and Foil machine for about 30 seconds with the lid closed before running it through the Cricut® Cuttlebug™.
  • When using an embossing folder, do not close the embossing folder. Leave the embossing folder open, with the back fold of the embossing folder on the cardstock, embossing side facing down. It is okay for the front fold of the embossing folder to hang out of the Go Press and Foil machine.

Here are a couple more examples of the professional results you can easily acheive with this machine and accesories!

Friday we will have another project for you to follow along and create with us! Be sure to tune in, and happy crafting!

Bye for now,



  1. Susie B says:

    Beautiful – Love the foils! Thank you for the step by step instructions. Looking forward to your shows!

  2. Michelle Garbutt says:

    Shimmery foils really add a lovely dimension to any card – thanks for all the inspiration and useful tutorials

  3. Angel Cyr says:

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  4. Angel Cyr says:

    Sure, wish ~~~ we had an ” Anna Griffin, Magazine ” to read !!! Evening, comes … and I sit for a bit ~~~ to see, if anyone has posted new ” Crafty News,” ~~~ but I’m not finding much, here !!!

  5. June Estep says:

    lots of festive fun. I am able to use all my Anna G toys and have the Merriest of times creating beautiful items that completely WOW everyone else. Wink to Anna, she wants us to take credit.


    Oh my goodness Anna, I can’t keep up with you. How do you do it? I don’t know how but I know I love it. Don’t ever stop.

  7. Becky Jo Cannon says:

    Oh this turns into a beautiful work of art! Even though I do not have the machine, I still learned new ideas for my card making. Always inspiring! Thank you Anna & team!

  8. Tracey Magner says:

    Hi All..Has anyone checked out the New products just got in from Anna? They are AMAZING, just STUNNING, maybe I missed them on HSN but I don’t believe so. These Tags are so Beautiful, I just started filling up my cart, some of them I purchased 4 and 5 of them, but hurry because some of them are selling fast!!! Check them out , you will love them!

  9. Annette Johnson says:

    Anna, your talent never ceases to amaze me. These cards are so beautiful…I plan to archive the directions for future use.

  10. Barbara F. Smith says:

    Tempted to get the Go Press and Foil just because of the first card of today’s instructions. Beautiful!

  11. Deidra says:

    Thank you for the tips at the end of the post. One has to be mindful when using the Go Press and Foil.

  12. Sandra Griswold says:

    I have the Go press and foil on my wish list. I love anything that adds more dimension and beauty to my card making. Thanks for all the marvelous ideas..

  13. Gina says:

    I have the minc, but have been thinking about this machine for a while now. Just trying to figure out the pros and cons of both! Thank you Anna, you are such a blessing to the crafting world!

  14. Myrna Hartley says:

    Love that the gold looks antiqued. So pretty,
    love that you fuzzy cut the die, good idea on some others.

  15. Beth Gutzwiller says:

    I will have to go through the list and see what I’ll need. I love using my Go Press & Foil. Any chance I get I want to play with it. Wish HSN would keep the foil in stock. Where else can I get the foil or what other kind is usable?

  16. Sandy H says:

    I wish I had the time to devote to this kind of intricate card, but my life is so full and so busy that I don’t have blocks of time to devote to all of this, gorgeous as it is. I tend toward the card toppers and embellishments that can make a lovely card in a few minutes, but still draw oohs and awwws from friends. Your ideas are so beautiful and I envy the Griffinites who can do all of that.
    A happy but hurried crafter
    Sandy H

  17. Linda Davis says:

    Another great tutorial! — I’ve been having such a wonderful time working with the Go Press machine! I have botched up a couple of things, but have managed to figure out how to use them as backgrounds and embellishments. For anyone who likes some bling, I recommend this one! It is sooooo…. much fun!

  18. Donna for Florida says:

    Your Go Press & Foil Machine sure makes a big difference in uplifting the elegance factor of our cards. We love sparkle and shine! Thank you for making the tools available to do fantastic things in the paper crafting world. .

  19. Mary Alice Hunter says:

    The Go Press and Foil is on my wish list for November. Can hardly wait to get it and create my pretties to give away! Thank you Anna for sharing.

  20. Mikki Morris says:

    Beautiful cards!! I have the Minc, don’t have Go Press and Foil yet, it’s on my wish list. I do have everything thing else to make these cards. I might have to try and use the Minc and see if I can make a version of this. Thank you Anna, for sharing the “how to’s” each week with us!!

  21. Maureen says:

    Absolutely gorgeous, but I’ll have to reread the instructions more than once. But as you have said many times it’s a journey and well worth reading all your tips, secrets and techniques more than a once, repetition works for me. I might add the go press foil machine is super as it allows you to put foil color of your choice on your card makes matching so perfect . I have been playing with Anna’s foil dies , then placing them on Anna’s flock papers oh so elegant! You feel like I am in Anna’s Christmas Land…

  22. Karen Lorenz says:

    Thank you so much for this tutorial for the Go Press and Foil Machine. I am so excited to try this. I have everything except the metal shim. Will the shim be available on HSN to purchase? I really like my Machine. You can do so much with it. The results look so professional. Thanks for bringing this to show to everyone on HSN.


    Hi Anna and Team,

    Go Press and Foil has been on my wish list for a while (I already own the Minc). There have been so many things I have wanted besides this machine that I have had to put it on the back burner. I will buy it eventually, but right now I am watching my pennies.. Just had my fifth grandchild and she has to come first. The above cards are beautiful. Thank you for the beautiful designs, See you soon.

  24. Donna Marie DeGraw says:

    Beautiful card. Someday maybe I we’ll make one as beautiful as Anna. But first I we’ll have to buy the supplies. Thanks for sharing..

  25. Mary White says:

    Thank you so much for all your amazing tutorials and all the step by step information to make this beautiful card! I need to keep practicing with all my Anna kits to perfect the quality of my cards! Thank you Anna! Hugs!

  26. Angel Cyr says:

    So, sorry ~~~ that my comment was entered twice ! Hope, it won’t happen, again ~~~ with this one ! Should have mentioned, in my comment … How
    ” Amazing ” I think that this machine is … and how I am so excited to purchase it ! I do have a question … Can I ” Overlap ” ~~~ using the same die ? For example : Could, I take your wreath die, in grn. foil, starting on the left side of 5 x 7 pc. of card stock, then overlap 3/4 to the right with red foil, then 3/4 to the right with gold foil ~~~ and have this technique work ? Think, that this would be my thing, if this would be possible !

  27. Anne with an "e" says:

    Good morning!
    Wow – just, wow! Every one of these tutorials is so amazing and inspiring! (Where do you find the time, with Create and more shows just around the corner?)
    I’m still pondering last week’s card – I’ve been planning to use the wreath from the Holiday Embellishment Dies set with the wreath from the Holiday Gatefold Embossing Folders set (in harvest colors) for Thanksgiving cards. But now I’m wondering if I should try to color the wreath – although I can’t imagine accomplishing the same level of meticulousness as the example – it was perfection!
    Thank you, once again, for all you do for us!
    Regards, Anne

  28. Pam says:

    I always watch the instructional presentations even though I don’t always have the equipment being used. Always learn something; this week I learned it is okay to cut apart your die-cut embellishments to make them work better for certain cards. I’m a beginner so even the simplest of hints work for me. Thanks again Anna !!

  29. Angel Cyr says:

    Hmmm … I’m Thinking, Here !!! … This is a machine that I am considering purchasing, but am also waiting, for more pieces to hit the market, before doing so ! It, seems to me ~~~ like there should be a lot more options, perhaps, there is a lot more being worked on, that is soon to be released ! Seems, like masks / corner plates & border plates would be a nice addition ! … Something, that takes your breath away, with beauty !!! …

  30. Angel Cyr says:

    Hmmm … I’m Thinking, Here !!! … This is a machine that I am considering purchasing, but am also waiting, for more pieces to hit the market, before doing so ! It, seems to me ~~~ like there should be a lot more options, perhaps, there is a lot more being worked on, that is soon to be released ! Seems, like masks / corner plates & border plates would be a nice addition ! … Something, that takes your breath away, with beauty !!! … I Can See This … Can You ???

  31. Nicky Craig says:

    Hi Anna!
    Thanks for another beautiful in the making card. I really love the red pine cones in contrast with the gold sentiment. The font is lovely.
    Have a joful and blessed Monday!

  32. Jodie says:

    Like music or art, I think that working with some of the elements takes practice and experimentation…but that’s the fun part. Seeing the progress over time is so rewarding. Thank you for taking the time to remind us that it’s about the journey and growth.

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