Christmas Greetings Card | Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 4

Hey friends! The holiday crafting continues as Tim Holtz just released his Sizzix Chapter 4 dies. Although this release is a bit smaller than the others, it is filled with loads of inspiration and so many great dies that are perfect for the upcoming holiday season. If you happened to miss the Facebook Live, you can always watch the replay either on Tim's Facebook page or his blog. Today, I'm sharing this Christmas Greetings Card using the gorgeous new 3D Texture Fade Engraved, which was one of the projects I created for the Facebook Live.

Christmas Greetings Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Engraved 3D Texture Fade and Embossed Shimmer Technique

Embossed Shimmer Technique

I just want to share, that the photos really don't do this card justice in my opinion. There is so much shimmer, shine AND distress with this technique! When I was first working on this card, I really thought it was going to just end up in the trash. I really didn't like the way things were going. However, I was crafty chatting with a friend of mine (AKA crafting and chatting on Facetime) and I had mentioned wishing I could add some shine to the card, but I didn't want glitter. She mentioned Perfect Pearls and my brain took off. So let me walk you through what I'm calling the Embossed Shimmer Technique.

I began with a piece of watercolor paper cut to 4.5 x 6.25 inches. I embossed it with the Engraved 3D Texture Fade following the recommendations of spritzing it with a little water and then running it through my machine three times.

Once the paper was dry, I rubbed over it with an embossing ink pad. I then sprinkled it with Weathered Wood Embossing Glaze and heat embossed it. Next, I worked in small sections and rubbed Walnut Stain and Evergreen Bough Distress Crayon into all the nooks and crannies of the design and then wiped over the entire piece to remove any excess.

This is where I originally stopped and was not feeling the love. It needed something more and that is where the Perfect Pearls came into play. As you may or may not know, once you rub over the Embossing Glaze with the Distress Crayon, it leaves the surface slightly sticky. This stickiness made me wonder if the Perfect Pearls would stick to it. Well guess what? It does! I brushed Perfect Pearls Bronze all over the card. At this point, it will looks like one big bronze shimmer and you'll think you've ruined everything. I promise you that you haven't! Next, I took my Distress Sprayer and spritzed over the paper and then dabbed to dry the water droplets. This is when the embossed shimmer magic happens! When I dabbed the droplets dry, it removed some of the Perfect Pearls and revealed the grunge below. I knew I had found my happy!

Once the background was complete, I then had to figure out what to do to turn it into a card. The Engraved design looks so much like a snowflake to me, so I pulled out the Stunning Snowflake Thinlits and realized that it lined up perfectly with the design on the Engraved 3D Texture Fade. It was like it was meant to be!

I spritzed a piece of watercolor paper with Speckled Egg Distress Spray and then die cut it using the Stunning Snowflake Thinlits and then adhered it to the embossed background. I then stamped the sentiment from the Yuletide stamp set and fussy cut around it. For the final touch, I added some hardware heads distressed with Mushroom Alcohol Ink. I then layered the entire piece onto a piece of white cardstock and inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you enjoyed learning about the Embossed Shimmer Technique and how this Christmas Greeting Card came together.


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  1. Now that is very interesting. I never would have thought Perfect pearls. The card is beautiful and I love the colors that you ended up with. I know it has to be beautiful in person with the shimmer from the PP!

  2. This is beautiful! I’ve never used Perfect Pearls. I love the look you accomplished here!

  3. I just adore the way this turned out and so glad that the passing mention of Perfect Pearls resulted in such a gorgeous outcome! ~ Blessings, Tracey

  4. What a textural, visually alluring delight. This is absolutely gorgeous.

    Autumn Zenith 🎃 Witchcrafted Life

  5. The rich sumptuous colour and shimmer and the gorgeous textures make this a stunning card. Perfect pearls! hooray mine are abandoned in a drawer now I shall get them out to play again. Thanks for sharing your inspiration and beautiful card.


Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing. ~Mother Teresa