Embrace The Journey

Hello crafty friends! Today I'm sharing a mixed media birthday card that features a fun background technique that tried recently. It incorporates the 3D Botanical Texture Fade Embossing Folder with Distress Ink for a fun way to add color to your embossed paper.

Embrace The Journey Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Sizzix Wildflower Stems 2, Tattered Butterfly, Botanical Embossing Folder and Mini Scallop 3D Impresslit

I began with the 3D Botanical Texture Fade Embossing Folder and applied Faded Jeans Distress Ink directly to the folder. I then spritzed a piece of water color paper trimmed to size and placed it inside the embossing folder. Following the instructions that come with these folders, I then ran the piece through my Sizzix Big Shot three times. I just love how the ink pooled in and around the edges of the embossed areas to bring out their shape and texture. I then inked the edge with Frayed Burlap and layered this onto a piece of watercolor paper with the same inked edges.

I then took a piece of watercolor paper and ink smooshed a mix of Distress Oxides onto it. Unfortunately, I don't recall what mix of colors I used, but it definitely included Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo! I then die cut this piece using the Stacked Baroque dies to create a base for my flowers and butterfly.

Embrace The Journey Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Sizzix Wildflower Stems 2, Tattered Butterfly, Botanical Embossing Folder and Mini Scallop 3D Impresslit

Now onto the main embellishments...Here I used the Wildflower Stems 2 and the Tattered Butterfly dies and cut them from watercolor paper. I inked up the flowers with Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide and the stems with Peeled Paint and Shabby Shutters.

Embrace The Journey Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Sizzix Wildflower Stems 2, Tattered Butterfly, Botanical Embossing Folder and Mini Scallop 3D Impresslit

To give the butterfly some interest, I stamped it with the script stamp from the Ledger Script Stamp Set using Espresso Archival Ink. Next, I inked the layers with Mustard Seed, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress Ink.  I then adhered all the layers together and gave it some antenna using a bit of wire from my stash.

Once this main piece was complete, I added the Small Talk Stickers for the sentiment. Since I was making this as a birthday card for a dear friend, I thought "use your wings" and "embrace the journey" were a perfect fit!

Embrace The Journey Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Sizzix Wildflower Stems 2, Tattered Butterfly, Botanical Embossing Folder and Mini Scallop 3D Impresslit

After all that, I still felt like it needed a little something, so I cut a piece of watercolor paper using the Mini Scallop 3D Impresslits Embossing Folder. I inked it lightly with some Frayed Burlap Distress Ink and adhered it along the left hand side of the card.

Embrace The Journey Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Sizzix Wildflower Stems 2, Tattered Butterfly, Botanical Embossing Folder and Mini Scallop 3D Impresslit


I'm entering this project into the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Midsummer Blues.

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  1. I really admire this! I have this embossing folder and your technique sounds so interesting--I am anxious to try this--thanks for sharing!

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