Fossilized Amber is one of my second tier favorite colors in the Distressed Ink Pad line. Certain colors like Hickory Smoke, Tea Dye, etc. are the ones I reach for again and again. Yellows are harder to use with stamping since they just lack POP and often recede into the background. This can work in your favor, of course, it just depends on how you use Distress pads.
I reach for Fossilized Amber when I want a warm glow whether it's sunshine, a halo effect, or autumn leaves mixed with other fall colors. Brighter yellows can be harsh or too color wheel primary.
I also choose Fossilized Amber as a base layer for some steampunk elements because it suggests gold or brass -- additional layers of browns and rusts result in a more antique look. It is always best to work from light to dark, and this color can work for some projects.
Another place to use Fossilized Amber is brocade. If your paper is a light kraft or a dark cream, brocade stamps have a unique feeling. There is a great short story called "Yellow Wallpaper" if you want a direct reference.
One more use is using a blending tool, makeup sponge, or dauber to add more pastel color to stamped jelly beans, paper doll's hair, the outer petals of roses, etc. Because Fossilized Amber is not a true yellow, it reads more natural. Along these lines, I love this color as part of an ombre sunset, especially ones that fade to black at the top of the page.
If you are buying Distress Ink Pads to start your collection, I'm not sure this color is the best choice since yellows are harder to work with. At the same time if I were to only buy a single yellow from this line I would choose Fossilized Amber.
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