Tim Holtz 3D Texture Fades

Hello my crafty friends! I hope you had a great weekend and a good start to your week! I’ve started going on walks again because I plan to do my fifth 5K in April! I still be sure to make time to craft, it keeps me sane. I will try to link to as many of the products I use as possible. These are not affiliate links so I make nothing if you decide to purchase from them. I’m here to enable, haha. Today I want to share with you how to use the Tim Holtz 3D Texture Fades, his version of embossing folders but these are way better. There are so many more intricacies and details in these folders that you wouldn’t normally get in an embossing folder which are just flat or popped up one level. It’s a little hard to explain without pictures, so let’s jump in!

I have two of the Tim Holtz 3D Texture Fades, Kaleidoscope is on the right and Botanical is on the left. These texture fades themselves are very thick and sturdy so they can take a beating. I like to use mirrored cardstock with these folders because I feel that they show the multiple dimensions nicely. For this project I used Tonic ‘Harvest Gold’ cardstock because, a) it’s what I had and b) I like the cardstock. Because it is mirror cardstock it is thicker which is what you want. The thinner paper may rip because it can’t stand up to the multiple dimensions and stark contrasts. I cut the paper into two A2 sized card fronts, 4 1/4″x 5 1/2″.

Next, to combat tearing and ripping, I spray the back of each of my pieces with my Distress Sprayer but any mister will do. You want to spray the back so much that it will be wet but not so wet that it is liable to tear because it is so soft. I learned to do this after watching a Tim Holtz video of him explaining how to use his 3D Texture Fades. If you want to check that video out, click here. Once it’s sprayed I’m ready to move to my Big Kick.

Since these folders are so thick, you have to do the layering in a different way. Open up your platform so you’re on Tab 1. Then you put your sprayed paper in your folder and set it on top. Finally you add ONE cutting plate and lay it on top. Then you crank it through just like you would if you were layered for a normal embossing folder or for a die cut. This I had to learn from his video because I couldn’t figure it out on my own but once I saw him do it it became quite easy to do.

Here are the two final results. It’s hard to see in a picture how beautiful and how truly unique these pieces are. Sometimes it can be hard to decide how to make a card using a background like this so if you want to see me make a card or two using these folders please let me know. I would be glad to do it, I want to make content YOU want to read.

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