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Photoshop Users: Make Gold Foil-Like Prints with Gold Leaf Press

Gold Leaf Photoshop Layer


There are a lot of deals on sites for gorgeous gold leaf prints that you can print from home and I’ve always wondered how the designers accomplished that effect. I know my way around Photoshop but I’m by no means a professional and so while I’m sure this is something that one can learn, I never took the time to figure it out.

Now I never will because an artist on Creative Market is offering a Photoshop download of the layers that one needs to create the gold leaf effect shown above! Combine these effects with some beautiful fonts to make your own awesome signs and prints!

For instance:

Today I Choose Joy Print

This Today I Choose Joy Print costs $9 at Etsy, and appears to utilize the exact same gold leaf technique as the artist is quick to note that this is not actually a foil print – it just has that look!

Requirements: In order to use the Gold Leaf Foil tool, one must own Photoshop CS3 and above (NOT Elements).

The Gold Leaf Press Photoshop download is available for $15 at Creative Market.

Today Only: 50% Off All Address Labels & Gift Tags at Tiny Prints

Scary Label

If you’re already thinking about wrapping gifts and/or sending out holiday cards then you might want to check out today’s one-day-only deal at Tiny Prints where you can get 50% off all address labels and gift tags!

Tiny Prints Coupon: Use code “0918DEAL” at checkout to receive 50% off the purchase of address labels and gift tags. This coupon is only valid today, September 18, 2014.

There are so many cute designs that I’m tempted to go a little crazy. The Scary On: Black Stickers above are supposed to be scary, I guess, but I think they’re just cute. One set of 24 stickers costs $8, or $4 after the discount is applied.

Wrap Around Labels

Wrap-around address labels are the best because they look cute and also help secure the contents of your letter. These Plenty of Confetti Address Labels cost $10 for 24 labels, or $5 after the discount is applied.

Take 50% Off Select Items at the Paper Source End of Season Sale

Paper Source is one of my absolute favorite stores to stop by and browse. Anytime I visit I feel like I could easily purchase one of everything in the store! What’s not to love about cards, wrapping paper, and small gifts?

If you love Paper Source as much as I do, then you might want to check out their End of Season Sale where select items are marked down 50%! No coupons are necessary to save, as all items have been marked down to reflect the discount. It is worth noting that items seem to be selling out quickly, so shop early for the best selection!


With a dog named Bacon, we of course received this I Love You More Than Bacon sign last Christmas. Originally $10.95, it’s now on sale for $5.48.

Ice Pop Glasses

Summer will last forever with this set of four Ice Pop Glasses! Originally $19.95, they’re now on sale for $9.98.

Santa Holiday Gift Tags

It may seem early, but if you’re ready to start your wrapping you can get these Santa Holiday Gift Tags for less. This set of 20 tags originally cost $4.95, but they’re now on sale for $2.48.

Click here to check out the Paper Source End of Season Sale!

Etsy Monday: Tartella

I have, brace yourselves folks, been learning how to cook! However, I still need to follow recipes, unlike my husband who can create a meal out of three ingredients. With that being said, I have a boatload of printed recipes and recipe cards just strewn in my cabinets, with no sort of organization whatsoever. So imagine my excitement when I came across todays Etsy shop, Tartella. The shop’s owners, Amanda and Andrea, create fabulous items for your kitchen.

The one item that initially caught my attention was this recipe card holder.


Wood Flip Recipe Card Holder

I totally need this to keep me organized. This card holder comes with ten inserts, which can hold 20 recipe cards, but feel free to add more inserts, since the rings can be opened very easily. And the wood boards make for easy clean-up. Believe me, I’m super messy. This is a necessity.


Recipe Card Gift Set

These recipe cards are a must in my household. As previously mentioned, I will print recipes out from the internet in my effort to become the next top chef. These cards (which of course can fit in the above holder!) are great to jot those recipes down on and am sure will be way easier to organize. This set includes 25 cards and is packaged in a lovely bookcloth covered card holder.


Winter Tea Towel set

This tea towel set would be a great hostess gift! Tartella has taken the motto, “eat. live. love. repeat” and screen printed it onto a tea towel. These towels are made with 100% cotton flour sacks and are totally washable. Which is good because I make messes…This set comes in two color choices- green (shown) or vintage blue, with the motto towel in blue and the whisks have orange handles. It’s too hard to choose! I love them both!

And, from December 5-11, Tartella is offering free shipping on all U.S. and Canadian Etsy orders. For U.S. Orders, use Coupon Code TARTYFREESHIP upon checking out. If you are in Canada, make sure you convo Tartella and they will set up a reserved listing with the adjusted shipping rate.

Andrea was kind enough to answer some questions, enjoy!

1. How did you come up with your shop’s name?

I knew that I wanted to make up a name, so that I didn’t have to worry about getting web addresses, trademarks, etc. and I also knew that I wanted it to have something to do with baking. So, I made lists of words that I liked (both cooking related and non) and just started putting them together to see what worked. Tart was on the list because pies and tarts are my favorite desserts, and Ella was the name of my cat. I sent my favorites to my friends and had them vote…and, Tartella won!

2. What is your favorite item in your shop?

I think I’d have to say the Bread Print is my current favorite. Bread is my absolute favorite thing to bake and eat, and I love how those illustrations came out. But, Whisk Tea Towels are a perennial favorite.

3. I see you work with your sister. Who’s the better cook between the two of you? (I frankly, can’t cook to save my life!)

My sister is just starting to cook and lives in a different city, so I haven’t tasted a lot of what she has prepared. But, her pumpkin pie outshone my apple pie this Thanksgiving (at least, according to my husband, who is supposed to have clear allegiance to my cooking!), so I think I have some mighty competition in the future. We both draw on experiences of our grandmother’s farm cooking and our mother’s Norwegian heritage, so our food preferences and what we choose to cook and bake is often similar. I add in quite a bit of French-based and comfort food (read: rich & creamy), while my sister experiments more with Asian dishes.

4. What was the first item you created?

The first items I designed for Tartella were letterpress recipe cards and cookbook marks (available at I originally thought that I would produce mainly paper and stationary products, since that was my background. But, then I took silkscreen classes and started printing on textiles like tea towels. Customers at shows responded really well to them, and I started spending more time and energy on textile products. I still design and produce new recipe cards and cookbook marks every year, though, since there is always a core customer base that still uses and appreciates these products (like me!).

Thanks Andrea!

Fab Bonnie Marcus Holiday Cards On Sale at Swirl

I was just poking around Swirl and came across a great selection of Bonnie Marcus Holiday Cards!  I love Bonnie Marcus, and these cards are on sale and way too cute … two combinations I can’t resist.

Hope for PeaceI always send out non-denominational cards, and this might be my pick for this year.  These Hope for Peace cards were originally $30 for 15 cards, but Swirl has them marked down to $15.

Bonnie Marcus Naughty or Nice CardsThese Naughty or Nice cards would be so cute to send to some girlfriends, don’t you think?  These are also $15 now.

Hanukkah InvitationsTechnically this is a Hanukkah Party Invitation, but I think it would also be cute if instead of a full-blown card you chose to just send a holiday note.  You can get 15 cards for $10 at Swirl.

Bonnie Marcus Holiday CardsThere more I look at cards the more I want!  This one says “Have a Fashionable Holiday,” and if it were feasible I’d send this card out to all of you. 🙂 $15 gets you 15 of these cards.

There are lots of styles to choose from at the Bonnie Marcus Sale and everything is under $15.

Click here to shop the Bonnie Marcus Sale at Swirl!!!