Tim Holtz Under the Sea Launch!

It's going to be hard to resist these new additions to the Colorize line! This time we are going to the beach and into the waves to meet 9 new friends in the two new "Under the Sea 1" and "Under the Sea 2" Colorize die sets.

Join me as I make a series of cards by coloring Distress Watercolor Cardstock with Distress Inks and Distress Crayons to bring my sea creatures to life!

In each of my projects, I decided to use my Distress colors via ink pads, sprays, reinkers and Crayons to color the various layers of my Colorize dies and my backgrounds. Don't worry about having all or the different types of colors.

For example, if you don't have Sprays and are not going to buy them, but you have the Reinkers, substitute that instead to color with your diecut layers and backgrounds. All of the distress color mediums are beautiful and can be interchangeable for this particular project. Also, if you don't want to custom color your paper, you can always use your own stash of solid colored cardstock. Have fun!

Card 1 - Sea You

Featured Card Supplies

  • Sizzix Thinlits Die - Under the Sea 1 by Tim Holtz

  • Sizzix Thinlits Die - Treat Bag by Tim Holtz

  • Stampers Anonymous Splash Stencil by Tim Holtz

  • Distress Collage Medium

  • FOR BACKGROUND: Distress Spray Stain or Ink- Peacock Feathers, Cracked Pistachio, Twisted Citron, Spiced Marmalade, Abandoned Coral, Wilted Violet

  • FOR COLORIZE DIE LAYERS: Distress Ink - Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio, Tumbled Glass, Mermaid Lagoon, Wilted Violet, Shaded Lilac, Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge, Ripe Persimmon, Dried Marigold, Worn Lipstick and Tattered Rose

  • Distress Watercolor Paper

  • Distress Sprayer

  • Palette Knife

  • Tim Holtz Media Mat

  • Tim Holtz Water Brush

Key Techniques

  1. Apply Collage Medium with palette knife through Splash Stencil in patches across the card front and let dry.

  2. Spritz Distress Spray Stain over dried medium onto cardstock; let the colors run together and dry. Tip: If you don't have the Sprays or prefer more control, use an ink blending tool to apply the colors to the Watercolor Cardstock.

  3. Apply ink color to Media Mat directly from the ink pad, wet water brush and color small patches of the watercolor cardstock to correspond to the various layers of your colorize dies and let dry. (see below)

4. Die-cut and assemble the Colorize die layers.

5. For your sentiment, cut a ~1" x 4" strip of white cardstock and die cut with the words "SEA YOU" using letters from the Treat Bag die set, aligned to the left of the cardstock strip.

6. Finish card by arranging your sea creatures and add your sentiment backed with black cardstock.

Card 2 - Big Hugs

Featured Card Supplies

  • Sizzix Thinlits Die - Under the Sea 2 by Tim Holtz

  • Sizzix Thinlits Die - Alphanumeric Shadow Upper by Tim Holtz

  • Tim Holtz Stencils - Splash, Mosaic, String, Bubble, Leafy, Hearts