Christmas In July Series No. 2 | All Is Calm Christmas Card

Merry Christmas in July friends! In this post I'm continuing my Christmas in July series with a fun background technique involving an embossing folder, Distress Ink, Luster Wax and Glitter! For those of you just stopping by, each week during the month of July I'm sharing how I created a Christmas card using supplies from my stash in a video over on my YouTube channel. 

 My hope is to inspire you to get a jump start on your Christmas cards and actually use some of those products you haven't used yet!

All Is Calm Christmas Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Embossing Folder, Distress Ink, Sizzix Luster Wax, and Rocky Candy Glitter.

In each video I'm sharing some great techniques, along with some helpful tips and tricks to make your Christmas crafting more enjoyable. Here on my blog, I'll be sharing the basic steps to complete the card. you can watch the video below or head over to my YouTube Channel. And while you're there, I'd love for you to consider subscribing to my channel!

If you're interested in using the exact products I have used, they will be linked in the supplies list below and when you shop through those links, it helps support me and I really appreciate that so much!

For this card, I'll be working with the Tim Holtz Sizzix Darling Deer Die Set, some of the greenery from the Tim Holtz Sizzix Holiday Brushstroke 3 Die Set and the Tim Holtz Entangled Embossing Folder. I'll also be using the Tim Holtz Tiny Text Christmas Stamp set and the Tim Holtz Music and Advert Stamp set. If you don't have these exact dies and stamps, feel free to take a look in your stash and find something similar. To create the background for the card, I'll be using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and Sizzix Gold Luster Wax. I'll also be using Distress Collage Medium and a Glitter Duster filled with Rock Candy Distress Glitter.


I started off with a piece of Distress Watercolor paper cut to 4 x 5.25 inches. I took the Entangled Embossing Folder and rubbed the Walnut Stain Distress Ink pad directly onto the deep textured side of the embossing folder. Once the folder was covered with ink I lightly misted the piece of watercolor paper, placed the paper into the embossing folder and ran it through my die cutting machine. 

Next, I applied Sizzix Gold Luster Wax to the raised areas of the embossed paper. This really made the details of the embossed design pop!

For the next step, I applied Distress Collage Medium to some of the raised areas. I then used a Glitter Duster to apply Rock Candy Distress Glitter to the areas where I applied the adhesive.

For the base of the card, I cut a piece of Black Kraftstock to 4.25 x 5.5 inches. I then took a rectangle die and cut the center from this same piece of cardstock. This is a great way to save paper, especially if it's a paper like this that is maybe more expensive than just plain black cardstock. I used the same rectangle die to cut a piece of white cardstock to the same size. I used a sanding disk to sand the edges of the Black Kraftstock to reveal the kraft core.

Next I stamped the music image from the Tim Holtz Music and Advert Stamp Set onto the white cardstock with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. Next, I went a little old school and used my Deckle Edge Scissors to trim the edges of the piece so that it was just slightly smaller than the black rectangle. If you happen to have the Tim Holtz Deckle Edge Trimmer, you could also use that. Once it was trimmed to size, I inked the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

For the die cuts, I used a variety of colors from some paper pads. These paper have a white core, but feel free to use any cardstock you have. I also cut the deer from white cardstock and adhered the layers together to make them a little more sturdy.  With some of the greenery, I sanded the pieces to reveal the white core of the paper. I love how this makes them look like there is snow on them! If you'd like to learn more about this, I shared some tricks for doing this in my first Christmas in July video.

For the sentiment I used the Tiny Text Christmas Stamp Set. I stamped it in Ground Espresso Archival Ink onto white cardstock, trimmed it down and inked the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

To add some interest to the die cuts, I applied Artis Glue to the antlers and some of the greenery and then applied Rock Candy Glitter using the Glitter Duster. 

I seriously love the sparkle and shine achieved with the dusting of glitter to the die cuts AND the combination of the Luster Wax with the glitter on the background! I hope you enjoyed learning how this card came together and are inspired to create something similar. What technique or tip did you find most helpful?

All Is Calm Christmas Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Embossing Folder, Distress Ink, Sizzix Luster Wax, and Rocky Candy Glitter.


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