Tim Holtz Distress Ink Color Pop: Fossilized Amber!


Hi readers! I sure hope you’re loving this fun feature as much as I am! We’re back with the awesome Wanda Guess for our monthly color POP series, and this month she’s spotlighting Fossilized Amber! Next: Twisted Citron! If you missed our features on Cracked Pistachio/Abandoned Coral or Mermaid Lagoon, be sure to check them out!


It’s Wanda, and I’m here today with the third installment in our Color Pop series – featuring the newest Distress Ink Color! I’m excited to share a project using the color for April – Fossilized Amber. This is a rich, deep, warm, golden yellow. Perhaps the color of sunflowers? That is what inspired me! So I made a card with some bright and cheerful flowers.


This ink color was an easy one to match with other colors – since yellow goes with almost any other color. But, I wanted something special, and something maybe not obvious. Well, it came to me – Picked Raspberry! And, yes, I love these colors together now! I used the Fossilized Amber Ink pad to stencil my background paper with the Typo Stencil. I also used the ink pad to color my Tattered Floral Dies. I used the Fossilized Amber Spray Stain to color in some Tim Holtz Gumdrops for the centers of my flowers. I like to show you different ways to use each medium. The spray stain is dark and pigmented and it drenches on the color.

I’ve made another color swatch reference chart for you to see where the new color fits in with your existing Distress Ink colors. Here is the entire Distress Ink Yellow color story.


To make my background paper, I taped my stencil down to some watercolor paper and used a sponge dauber to ink it. Then, while the stencil was still on the paper, I misted the entire thing with water – to soften the edges of my stenciled images. Then I spattered some Vintage Photo ink and also edged my paper with the Vintage Photo ink. This gives me a nice base to work with. You can see I put my stencil on at an angle for some visual interest.


I die cut my Tattered Floral die pieces out of Ranger Watercolor paper and then applied ink from the ink pads. Here you can see my color choices. I die cut the word ‘beautiful’ from a TH word die and then added my stained gumdrops and my small word stickers. I decided to pop the card by using a layer of pretty raspberry cardstock behind my images.

Next up is the gorgeous Twisted Citron! (Editor’s note: Available to reserve now!!) Since the moment Tim announced he was doing a new color each month, I have been hoping for a bright citrus green! Yahoo – can’t wait to get my hands on the new color. See you next month! Have a great day and happy crafting!



Thanks for reading today and thanks so much to the awesome Wanda for this inspiration today!

Blog Candy Alert! Is this color a must have for you? Comment your thoughts on this post for a chance to WIN a reusable Tim Holtz Idea-olgy tote bag! Good luck!


  1. It seems that every month the new color is a must have for me, the new colors are so vibrant that just pop off the page when you use them with others colors.

  2. Another stunning colour – my everyday go to has been peacock feathers will this be the one that changes that? – thanks again

  3. Wow, Wanda – you certainly did this colour (and other colours) justice – this card is simply S-T-U-N-N-I-N-G!!!

  4. I love the new fossilized umber yellow!! This card is gorgeous with its bright colors and flower details. Just love your design!!

  5. I must have this new color! Love the layering on the card and your use of the stencils! Beautiful!

  6. LOVE the new Fossilized Amber! I got an early start on Halloween and Thanksgiving cards and this color is perfect to give these cards some life! Thanks for another must have color!

  7. Beautiful new colour! I cant help but be excited every time a new colour is released! All the DI’s are must have’s!

  8. I really like how you showed that swatches of all the yellows and where the new color fits in. Would like to see more swatches like that. If you are taking requests please do the coral one next. Thankyou

  9. That card is really BEAUTIFUL! !!! Just lovely. Loving the picked rasberry with the amber, great choice!

  10. I love all the colors and their names are clever. I don’t have any of the new colors yet…but I will!

  11. This card is gorgeous with its rich colors and yes I do love this feature. Keep them coming. I love any yellow color but this color just I just love, the warm richness of it.

  12. Another great addition to the Distress Ink collection – really complements the Picked Raspberry.

  13. I have just recently started using distress inks and will be slowly adding to my collection! Gees have I been missing out or what!!! Love how easily they blend! This card is so cute… ready to start creating!

  14. Beautiful card Wanda !!! Thanks for sharing. I love the new color from Tim Holtz, it’s so different, I think that is why I like it so much, it is a must buy !!.

  15. Wonderful card. I love the colorful flowers and the pretty pink you used for the base. Thanks for sharing how you put this project together.

  16. Love your series & love today’s card! Thinking I need all the new colors, including FA, which is really beautiful with the PR! Thanks for all the info & inspiration!

  17. When I first saw this color I thought hum, how am I going to use this? Now it is my go to color. Fantastic!

  18. Just the other day I was working on a card and wanted a really bright yellow. I love the new colors.

  19. Love this! Am in love with this color and it is so pretty combined with all your elements!

  20. Didn’t like this color when I first saw it – however, your card is so colorful – mixing the picked raspberry with the new amber was a great choice!

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