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Tim Holtz New Distress Watercolor Pencils

Hi card making friends, hope you had a fabulous Memorial Day Weekend and we are back into the grind for the week.  Today I’m sharing a couple of cards created with the Tim Holtz NEW Distress Watercolor Pencils.  Combined with that, I’m also using the Tim Holtz new Floral Trims Stamp set CMS461.  I ordered both of these items a few months ago and figured it was well time to dig in and give them a go.

My thoughts on the Tim Holtz New Distress Watercolor Pencils.  They are lovely.  I used them direct by picking up the pigment with a wet paintbrush and adding it to wet watercolor paper.  The colors are nice and bold and they blend beautifully.  I can see having a lot of creative fun with these, so I’m glad I ordered all three sets.  Below are my first two cards and I’ll be back very soon with more as I went a little overboard with this Tim Holtz order, haha…you know how that goes right?

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Tim Holtz New Watercolor Pencils

Tim Holtz New Distress Watercolor Pencils

Tim came out with three sets of these Distress Watercolor Pencils

Set #1:  Picked Raspberry, Speckled Egg, Fired Brick, Salty Ocean, Rusty Hinge, Villainous Portion, Mustard Seed, Walnut Stain, Peeled Paint, Black Soot, Salvaged Patina and Picket Fence.

Set #2:  Kitsch Flamingo, Mermaid Lagoon, Barn Door, Iced Spruce, Spiced Marmalade, Prize Ribbon, Fossilized Amber, Seedless Preserves, Twisted Citron, Antique Linen, Cracked Pistachio and Vintage Photo.

Set #3:  Tattered Rose, Peacock Feathers, Candied Apple, Tumbled Glass, Crackling Campfire, Faded Jeans, Wild Honey, Shaded Lilac, Crushed Olive, Frayed Burlap,Rustic Wilderness and Hickory Smoke.

Tim Holtz NEW Distress Watercolor Pencils

You can order all three sets as a Bundle through SIMON SAYS STAMP

You can also order them individually through Simon Says Stamp

two hand made floral cards colored with Tim Holtz NEW Distress Watercolor Pencils.

There are numerous applications for these lovely pencils too: 

Direct from pencil to brush:  as I have done today.  Having both the paint brush and the paper wet makes them blend easier.

Direct to Paper: Scribble/color your image with the pencils and then use a wet watercolor brush to blend them out so they look like watercolor

Adding water to them in a well:  This lightens the colors dramatically, and makes it very easy to watercolor with them.

Scribble and spritz:  This is like the Ink Smooshing technique, the more water you add, the lighter the color

I do find that the first application gives me the best results, as the pigment is diluted with a bit of water before it hits the wet paper making it very easy to move around.

hand made greeting card with floral images and Distress watercolor Pencils from Tim Holtz and available at Simon Says Stamp

How to create the Tim Holtz New Distress Watercolor Pencils Card #1

Start with a piece of Canson 140lb cold pressed watercolor paper cut to 4 x 5-1/4″. Place into the Misti and stamp the Floral Trims image twice in VersaMark Ink.  Cover with Black embossing powder, shake off excess and heat set. (I stamp watercolor paper twice because it’s lumpy and I want good solid lines).

Next, use the New Distress Watercolor Pencils to watercolor the image:
Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon, Prize Ribbon, Seedless Preserves, Rustic Wilderness and Fossilized Amber

Then, paint the background with Tumbled Glass

hand made floral greeting card created with Tim Holtz New Distress Watercolor Pencils and stamps

How to create the Tim Holtz New Distress Watercolor Pencils Card #1

The first steps are the same as card #1

Next, color the image with:  Candied Apple, Crackling Campfire, Fossilized Amber, Peeled Paint and Rustic Wilderness.  Color the background with Peacock Feathers.

Then, set both on a protected work surface and splatter then with white and gold paint.  Set aside to dry.

Finally, mount them to top folding A2 sized white card bases.

Adding the Sentiments:

Card #1 uses the Fancy Mom Die Set from Simon Says stamp for a pretty Mother’s Day card.  Card #2 uses the new Happy Birthday Die Set.

Finally, embellish both cards with Stay Gold Sequins from Simon Says Stamp.

I will circle back in a week or two and do a video for you with these pencils.  We have just listed our house so viewings have been crazy.  Once that settles down I will know when I have two days back to back to get a video done.  So, stay tuned.  and Yes, we are moving again.  Ian took a job on the other side of the city and his commute is now 1:30 each way.  We are trying to move to significantly shorten that for him.  Never say Never Move Again around here, LOL….

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12 thoughts on “Tim Holtz New Distress Watercolor Pencils”

  1. anyasofia [annie]

    Sandi love them all too. an amazing display of stunning designs. Thanks for your details too using the TH distressed pencils x

  2. Kathy Lanagosh

    I’ve got the pencils – now I need to practice and order some of the new stamp sets * Sandi the goloring i GORGEOUS!!!! thanks for sharing!

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