New Tim Holtz Distress Color | Lumberjack Plaid

Hello friends! I'm super excited to be sharing some inspiration and techniques using the new Tim Holtz Distress color Lumberjack Plaid. Before I get started, I want to thank for their generosity in sending this new color to me to create with. In this blog post, I'm going to share some different swatch ideas, some color combinations and then take you step by step through how I created this Christmas card using Lumberjack Plaid Distress Embossing Glaze!

Merry Christmas Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Distress Color Lumberjack Plaid


The first thing I had to do when I got Lumberjack Plaid was swatch it! I've found that creating a swatch tends to help me get into the groove with a new color and how it fits in with the other colors in the Distress pallette.

One way I like to create and store my swatches is in this 6x8 album from and their 2x2 square pockets page protectors are the perfect size for swatches. I simply swatch the ink onto a piece of Distress Watercolor paper and trim it down to fit on a square of white printer paper with the ink color printed on it.

6x8 Album with Distress Ink Swatches by Juliana Michaels

Here you can see how Lumberjack Plaid fits in with the other reds in the palette. I've swatched both the Distress Ink and Distress Oxides as the inks are slightly different in color due to the nature of their properties. Since Distress Ink is more transparent and the Oxides are more opaque and they are both swatched onto white paper, I spritzed the Oxides with water and dabbed them dry to lift off some of the ink.

6x8 Album with Distress Oxide Ink Swatches by Juliana Michaels

If you want to take your swatch game to the next level, you can create what I like to refer to as "pretty swatches" that show both the color AND are pretty to look at!

Pretty Tag Distress Ink Swatches by Juliana Michaels

When creating these types of swatches I recommend using the products in ways that you typically use that product and on paper that you would use for that technique.

One of my favorite techniques is ink smooshing, so I used watercolor paper to die cut the tag because I know it can hold up to the ink and water used with this technique. I used the Distress Ink on the tag with the ink smooshing technique. For the butterfly, I die cut a piece of Distress White Heavystock and ink blended it with the Oxide Ink, because that is a common way I tend to use the Oxide Inks. I then added some stamping and a label with the new color. Here you can see how it looks when compared to the other reds in the palette. You could also create something similar using the spray inks!

For more swatches you can check out the ones I made for the pinks when Saltwater Taffy was released and for the blues when Uncharted Mariner was released.

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Now that we've seen the swatches, let's get to the card I created using the Lumberjack Plaid Embossing Glaze! And if reading isn't your thing, I also have a video I created that you can check out below or HERE.

To get started, I cut a piece of Distress Watercolor Paper to 4 x 5.25 inches and stamped the poinsettia image from the Tim Holtz Festive Collage stamp set, but feel free to use any stamp you like, using Archival Ink in Vintage Photo. I'm using this ink because it's a permanent waterproof ink that won't bleed, which is important for the techniques I'm going to be using as I create this card. 

After stamping the image, I inked the edges using a foam blending tool and Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  I then use a heat tool to dry the ink and paper. I need it to be completely dry before the next step. You can also allow it to air dry if you aren't in a hurry.

Once the ink is dry I apply Distress Translucent Crackle Paste through the stencil using a palette knife. This paste will create a beautiful crackle effect as it dries and because it's translucent you can see through it! To get the crackle effect though, you must allow the paste to air dry. If you try to speed it up with a heat gun, it just doesn't seem to crackle at all. Also as you apply the paste, the thicker it is the larger the cracks and the thinner the smaller. However, the thicker application will also take longer to dry, so keep that in mind as well. The drying time will also vary depending on the temperature and humidity of where you live. Once you are finished applying the paste, wipe off any that is hanging over the edge and then make sure to wash your stencil immediately so the paste doesn't dry on the stencil.

Next, I add the Lumberjack Plaid Embossing Glaze. If you aren't familiar with Embossing Glaze it's similar to embossing powder, however it's biggest difference is that it's translucent, so you can see through it to whatever is underneath it. As for the similarities, it's also a powder that needs something to stick to and you must heat it with an embossing gun to melt the powder. That's why you want the ink to be dry before going onto this step. The powder can stick to any ink or even water and we just want it where we apply the paste.

On this card, I'm using the Crackle Paste for it to stick to, so I pour the glaze over the paste and then tap off the excess. I then set this to the side and allow the paste to air dry.

Once the paste is dry, I hold the paper with a pair of tweezers to protect my fingers and use a preheated embossing tool to melt the powder.

While you're melting the powder, make sure to keep the heat gun moving so you don't overheat the powder and once you see it turn shiny move on to the next section. If you overheat the powder, you run the risk of melting it so much that you can't see the crackle texture anymore.

To bring out the crackle effect, I added some color to the background using an ink smooshing technique. You can use Distress Spray Stain or Distress Ink. I used an ink pad and smooshed the pad onto my craft mat and spritzed it with some water. I then used my finger to mix it together and kind of smooth out the straight edges from the ink pad and then smooshed my paper into the ink. I then used my heat tool to dry the ink. You can repeat this process as desired. You can also spritz the paper with water to help the ink move around more and to add to the distressed look.

With the background completed, I added a snowflake cut from gold metallic paper using the Snowflakes Decorative Die Set. I added a sentiment from the Celebrate Expressions Stamp set from, which I stamped using the Lumberjack Plaid Distress Oxide ink and popped it up using double sided foam adhesive strips. The final touch was to add a bit of machine stitching before layering the background onto a piece of gold metallic cardstock.

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One last thing I wanted to share with you are some color combinations using Lumberjack Plaid. I used these combos to create a set of Christmas tags and I love how they show how Lumberjack Plaid can go from a traditional to a modern color scheme depending on which colors you mix with it.

Tim Holtz Lumberjack Plaid Distress Color Combinations by Juliana Michaels

I began by using a tag die to cut a piece of Distress White Heavystock Paper. I then placed the Candy Stripe Stencil over the tag and applied Lumberjack Plaid Distress Oxide using a blending brush. I then used the holly image from the Festive Collage Stamp Set and stamped it in Oxide Ink. The bow is made using seam binding that I inked with Lumberjack Plaid Distress Spray Stain. To finish off each tag, I inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and added a Tim Holtz Idea-ology Christmas Tiny Bells.

Here are the color combinations I came up with:

Lumberjack Plaid + Uncharted Mariner

Lumberjack Plaid + Rustic Wilderness

Lumberjack Plaid + Saltwater Taffy

Lumberjack Plaid + Twisted Citron

Lumberjack Plaid + Salvaged Patina

I also think it would pair great with any of the pinks (Picked Raspberry and Kitsch Flamingo would be fun), blues (Faded Jeans would be gorgeous), greens (Peeled Paint one of my all time favorite greens) any of the browns and of course Black Soot if you want to go straight up Lumberjack Plaid!

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Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed seeing the new Tim Holtz Distress Color Lumberjack Plaid in action with the and how to work with Distress Embossing Glaze.


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