Sunday, August 15, 2021

Tim Holtz Sizzix Halloween 2021 - Autumn Leaves Metallic 3D Foliage Cards

Hello everyone, and sorry for the hiatus, but I've been off the charts busy. Today starts the first of five makes for the Tim Holtz Sizzix Halloween release. Did you happen to catch the Live yesterday? My head is still swimming with so much inspiration from the designers...just amazing out of this world projects. If you missed it, you can see the replay, and be prepared to be amazed! These cards were one of my favorite makes as I LOVE Autumn and all the colors of the season, and Alcohol Ink from Ranger makes that easy. I had such fun with the sentiments too, and my daughter joked that I was channeling my inner Walt Whitman...LOL...I think Autumn's leaves are it's costume for the season, don't you?!! Enjoy!
(Note: I made two cards, one using the debossed side of the 3D Texture Fade and one the embossed side just to see what each would look like. I planned to do the Enameled Metals technique or each to see which I would like better.) Cut two pieces of silver cardstock from Ranger or apply Adhesive Silver Foil to cardstock, about 4 1/4 x 5 7/8 or you can cut them to size later, just make sure they are big enough to cover the whole fade. Place the cardstock in the Foliage 3D Texture Fade and lightly mist with water and run through the machine three times. When doing the other piece, flip it over so the silver side gets impressed with the other side of the fade.

Using the Glass Mat for easy cleanup with alcohol or hand sanitizer, add Crimson, Sunset Orange, Dijon, and Willow Alcohol Inks to the felt of an Alcohol Ink Blending Tool, about a dime size each. Pounce this over each piece of the embossed silver cardstock, covering the whole piece so no silver shows. The colors will blend together nicely. Let these dry about 5 or 10 minutes before moving on.
To start the Enameled Metals Technique, use Ground Espresso Distress Paint and a paintbrush, and paint over one of the Alcohol inked panels, pushing the paint into all the crevices and debossed areas. Let this air dry a few minutes and then begin removing the paint from the surface with your finger and thumb like I do or a dry paper towel, leaving the paint in and around the embossing and revealing the Alcohol Ink on the surface. If you remove too much just add more paint. You want the paint to highlight every nook. You can lightly mist the paper towel to further remove the paint on the surfaces and bring back the shine of the metallic. Do the other panel and let these dry naturally about 30 minutes. 
These is what both panels looked like after the paint was added. I was sure I would like the embossed leaves with the veins of the leaves debossed better than the other, but I ended up liking the other better, so I am glad I did both.

To complete the Enameled Metals Technique, lightly rub over the raised areas of the panels using the pad of a Distress Embossing Ink. Immediately pour Antique Linen Embossing Glaze over the panels and remove the extra. Use a paint brush to remove any you don't want and flick the bottom to remove any that way as well. Heat emboss these to melt the powder. Let cool as these are metal and stay hot longer. There might be some residue of the Embossing Ink on the panels as mine had, if so use a damp paper towel to clean the panels until the ink is gone. Trim the panels if need be to 4 1/4 x 5 7/8 inches if you haven't already. The Antique Linen gives these an even nicer amber color, and these panels look like real metal, and so sturdy as well. I love these so much that it was hard to cover up any of the leaves. 
Fold a kraft card base to 5 x 6.5 inches, and use a Deckle Trimmer to trim off the long bottom edge slightly for a more distressed look. Ink the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and an Ink Blending Tool. Cut a dark brown cardstock mat to 4 5/8 x 6 3/6 inches and mount on the kraft card base with two sided tape. Cut Gold Kraft Stock to 4.5 x 6 1/4 inches, and mount onto the dark brown. Ink the edges heavily of the leaves panels and mount onto the gold. Use a little Collage Medium if needed to make sure all is adhered. 
Using more Gold Kraft Stock, place it inside the Floral Frame 3D Impresslit and lightly mist with water before running through the machine three times. Do two, one for each card. To bring out the embossed design and to distress ink, apply more Ground Espresso Distress Paint to the frames and push in the paint. Let sit for a few minutes and wipe off until you like the look and all the design parts are highlighted by the paint. Let dry. Select the wording from the Curiosities Stickers that you want to use (This takes the longest as there are so many to use. Be as poetic as you want.), and mount these onto kraft cardstock. Cut out and ink the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. Apply Collage Medium to the back of the frame and adhere to the card front. Adhere the wording in the center of the frame. 
(Paper Trimmer, Water Mister, Die Cut Machine, Glass Mat, Alcohol Ink Blending Tool, Paintbrush, Paper Towel, Heat Tool, Deckle Trimmer, Ink Blending Tool, Scissors, Two Sided Tape)
-Sizzix Tim Holtz 3-D Texture Fades (Halloween 2021): Foliage 
-Ranger Surfaces: Silver Cardstock, Kraft Cardstock 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink: Crimson, Sunset Orange, Dijon, Willow 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Paint: Ground Espresso 
-Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Metallic Kraft Stock, Neutral Kraftstock, Curiosities Sticker Book 
-Sizzix Tim Holtz 3-D Texture Impresslits: Floral Frame 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Embossing Ink, Gathered Twigs 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Glaze: Antique Linen 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Collage Medium: Matte

Thank you so much for stopping by and for commenting. I'll be back soon with another Autumn makes. Until then, I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!


  1. Love the new leave embossing folder, more my kind. Here in the Netherlands we are not so much into Halloween, so I love the new Harvest items.
    Your samples is stunning. Can’t wait to see what else you come up with.

  2. thanks for posting this quickly so eager to try and create using the products

  3. so incredible - your colors are gorgeous & I just want to reach out & touch that texture. wonderful autumn creation. thank you.

  4. Your cards are awesome !! They are so pretty both of them . I love the metallic which is presented in a fabulous way using this technique. You are so talented and very creative. Thank you for the great tutorial.
    Hugs from Monica

  5. This is a stunning technique. Thank you for posting the tutorial!

  6. Your cards are so beautiful. You are so talented! Thank you for sharing!

  7. These cards really stood out in the live, I just love the autumnal colours and what a great technique! I am definitely going to have a go at this. As always, thank you for the inspiration Anita! Hugs, Anne xxx

  8. Absolutely gorgeous 😍
    I don't have Distress paint, but I do have the rest of the supplies. Can I use just a brown acrylic paint to achieve a similar look?? I really really want to try my hand at these! They are simply beautiful and would make amazing fall themed/Thanksgiving cards. Thank you so much for the inspiration and for the great tutorial!
    (Tee Ara on Facebook)

    1. Yes, that should work fine maybe thinned down a bit with water. Thanks!

  9. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing the process. I hope I can make something as beautiful as what you did here!

  10. Anita,
    I feel in love with these cards during the live release. I'm not much of a Halloween person even though my only daughter was born on Halloween. I love fall, leaves, pumpkins, & corn stocks.
    Your cards are absolutely amazing. I've read your tutorial several times to understand this process as I'm better with videos. But after the third time I believe I understand it. At least enough to give it a try. Your directions were great. Thank you for this gorgeous design. Stunning!!


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