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Tim Holtz - Fall Colors and Texture Cards

Hello Lovelies! Today I am giving you a walkthrough of two cards that I made using the Tim Holtz Foliage 3D Texture Fades Embossing folder using a watercolor technique.

My Fall color palette is as vibrant as my summer palette and mixes rich warm and cool tones, but you should consider what Fall colors you like and incorporate them here if these shades do not appeal to you.

This Foliage folder looks really unassuming when you see it, but it totally comes to life with when applied to paper (or other surfaces), with or without color.


HELLO FALL CARD/Desk Decor - Inking Embossing Folders with Distress Mini Ink Pads with Optional Glazing

Card Base: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" folded, 4 1/4" x 11" unfolded scored at 5 1/2"

Key Supplies

Note: the Distress Micro Glaze is optional here if you do not need to protect your project from water. This is going on my craft desk, where there are often droplets are frequent flyers and I would prefer to preserve the colors as is.

Let's jump right into the pictorial then! I will add a few simple notes along the way.

Create Watercolor Wash Embossed Background

  1. Ink the Embossing Folder with Distress Ink Pads

  2. Spritz generously with water

  3. Place watercolor cardstock in folder

  4. Close and secure with a piece of low tack tape if desired

  5. Run through diecut machine

  6. Remove embossed paper

  7. Spritz generously with water so that the color"melts" together

  8. Dry with a heat tool

Finish Background and Prep Embellishments

  1. Use glossy accents to highlight the edges of the butterfly wings and top of the mushrooms from the Field Notes Ephemera Pack

  2. Set ephemera aside to dry

  3. Select your preferred Curio Frame

  4. Drip a small amount of Tarnished Brass Spray Stain onto your crafting surface

  5. Brush the exposed cardboard edges with Tarnished Brass Spray Stain

  6. Diecut the word "FALL" from the Varsity Alphabet Thinlits out of metallic cardstock and again out of white cardstock. Layer the work "Hello" from the Sentiments pack on top of white cardstock

  7. (optional) Scoop out a small amount of Distress Glaze

  8. (optional) Using your fingertip, apply all over the background


All done!


FALL IN LOVE CARD - Inking Embossing Folders with Distress Mini Ink Pads and Creating a Resist Effect

Z-Fold Card Base: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" folded, 4 1/4" x 11" unfolded scored at 5 1/2"

Key Supplies

*Either of these sets are fine, you don't need both unless you really want them, I mistakenly used a leaf from each of these sets on this card!

Create Watercolor Wash Embossed Background

  1. Place watercolor cardstock in folder

  2. Close folder and emboss by running it through a diecut machine

  3. Ink-blend a "light" layer of the selected inks on tho the embossed cardstock in a random pattern

  4. Open the Distress Resist Spray and remove the nozzle

  5. Splatter the embossed/inked cardstock with with Distress Resist Spray by dipping the nozzle into the liquid and creating droplets on the cardstock by tapping the nozzle against your finger as shown

  6. Set aside to dry or gently dry with a heat tool

  7. Once dry, add a second heavier layer of the same inks to the embossed cardstock in the same places until you see a contrast between the areas protected by the Resist Spray vs. the unprotected areas

Create Watercolor Wash Embossed Background

  1. Stamp leaves onto vellum using a clear/watermark ink

  2. Dust with the Copper embossing powder

  3. Gently heat-set the embossing powder with at heat tool.

  4. Fussycut the leaves

  5. Trim the edges of the cardstock base with the Deckle Edged Trimmer


Note: The sentiment strips are made in a word processing program and printed on to 80lb white cardstock.


Both of these cards are super easy to make and relatively quick (minus the drying time).

Lovelies, I am wondering what your Fall Distress Ink Palette looks like. Let me know in the comments.

See you soon!



I listed the products that I have used below. Please note that these are compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. I really appreciate your support. All dies used today were part of my maker package from Tim Holtz and Sizzix. Click on the icons below each product picture to shop with


Stunning cards Keisha, I love your awesome Fall palette. My favorite card of the two is the Hello Fall card. The lay out, the gorgeous frame and mushrooms on top and my favorite alphabet (Still waiting for mine and the shop is currently closed for holidays, hope when they are open again all Sizzix products have arrived) makes that card my favorite. My Fall colours are normally warm browns, oranges and copper, with a hint of greens but I love your Fall colours too and hope I can try them this Fall. Thank you so much for sharing your stunning inspiration, stay safe and have a wonderful day.

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Hi Keisha, the shop opened this week but the Sizzix alphabet isn't in yet. I don't mind on this moment because I'm in hospital and get lung reduction surgery today, so can't do much the couple of weeks. Stay safe my freind and have a wonderful day.

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