Friday, May 04, 2012

Two Cheers For Distress Markers

Over at Frilly & Funkie, it's my turn to host the Friday Focus. I decided that since so many of you are just now receiving your fantastic Distress Markers, that I would show you a couple of quick techniques using them, that I learned from Tim. For those of you who haven't taken the leap to purchase them yet, you can pick them up for 15% of the already discounted price at the Funkie Junkie Boutique. There is no price anywhere lower than that! I also saw that the new Limited Edition Spring Distress Inks were on sale too...FYI!

Stamping With Distress Markers:
Color directly onto the stamp using your Distress Markers. The markers will not contaminate each other, but if you see a slight color change, then all you have to do is swipe your tip on your craft sheet a few times to clean it off.
Once your stamp is covered, give it a good huff and stamp onto your paper. Specialty Stamping paper or manila work really well. DO NOT clean your stamp.
There is still lots of ink left on the stamp. Lightly mist water in the air and catch it on your stamp (like you spray perfume). You will see the image refreshen. Stamp it on to your project. You can do this until your stamp is clean.
I was able to stamp this four times with the same ink. WOW!!! That not only saves time but money as well, and it gives a very 3D look to your image, and a soft watercolor look as well. Dry your image with a heat tool to set it in well.
Distress Marker Ink also acts as a resist (coolest part). You can ink over this in Distress Ink and your Marker image is unscathed. You can also color on top of the Distress Ink without contamination. I colored in a sun...see below.
I further colored in the berries with Picket Fence Distress Marker. It magically appears after you color it in, to a brilliant white.
Watercoloring With Distress Markers:
Stamp an image using Archival Ink onto watercolor paper, so there is no smearing when you use water.
Choose various colors in the same family, and color in only the inside edges of your image, leaving the rest blank. Use a Fine Tip Watercolor Brush to lift your color and blend it to a desired spot.
Continue blending until your desired look is achieved.
For the background, the process is the same, except you apply color to the outer borders of your image. Use a Broad Tip Watercolor Brush to grab and blend the color.
I mounted this onto a manila tag that was color washed with Adirondack Color Wash and then inked around the edges. The seam binding and flowers were also color washed.
I am submitted this colorful tag to the Simon Says Stamp & Show challenge of "kaleidoscope of color", and the Stamp Man's Challenge of "favorite technique".

I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!


  1. Beautiful tags, so bright & summery. The Distress markers are a genius invention, the more I see of their effects, the more I want them.

  2. Hi Anite, aren't the Distress Markers fabulous, love your tags and tech inquest using them. I love applying them direct to the stamp, so effective and you image is beautiful. Love the embellishments too and the addition of the colour wash in the background. Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challemge, great to have you joining along. Tracy x

  3. Hi Anita gorgeous tags and thank you for the tutorial for distress markers. I have the pastel set but don't use them nearly enough. Must get the picket fence as it seems so versatile. Happy crafting......Annie :)

  4. Ooh it does bug me how it changes my text automatically. That is Hi Anita and techniques grrrrrr. Tracy x

  5. I just love my distress markers (only have 12 so far) as they such a different look to the DI's in my opinion. Your tags are gorgeous. My only slight reservation is the picket fence marker, the jury is still out on that one - maybe I am just using it wrong. Regards, Anne x

    1. I love them all, but the Picket Fence is my favorite. It is so versatile, and since it's the only opaque marker, it is great for contrast and shadow work, not to mention journaling. I love how it shows up after a few magic. I hope you play with it some and find a niche for it. Thank you so much for commenting. I tried to find your blog, but had no luck. Please stop by again and let me know what it is so I can leave you some love!

  6. Gorgeous tags Anita.I also love my distress markers.

  7. Обалденные работы! Просто супер! А вот моё вдохновение куда-то ушло... :-( Совсем ничего не делается и не хочется даже :-(

  8. Leaving the same comment here that I did on the Frilly & Funky blog. What about the women who think they have to BATHE in their perfume? How much water should they spritz on their stamps?!

    Love both tags, but I think my favorite is the second one. (It's that Dyan thing, ya know!)

  9. Thanks for this tutorial Anita, I love the water coloring. I will have to try that once I get more markers. Your tags are beautiful!!

  10. WoW, these tags are gorgeous ... love the looks you achieved with the DM's. Thanks for the great tute, Sweetie! Have a great weekend!!

  11. Hi Anita. What are you like........thank you so much for your amazing comment on my recent post. I made this piece for Hels Sheridan's Sunday Stamper challenge, which is 'Red'. But I just discovered that the rusted enamel technique I mentioned in my post was in book 1. Here was me thinking it was book 2 !!!!!...............really must get my eyes tested !!!!! Currently sitting down reading book 2 and enjoying it. hugs Annie x

  12. ooo got my full set yesterday :) not had a play yet!! love your tags Anita. lainey x

  13. Gorgeous tags Anita, love the watercolour technique, the colours are beautiful.
    Thanks for joining us at The Stamp Man. Sue C x

  14. Anita, your tags are lovely and your tutorial on using the Distress Markers is fab, too. Great job! Thanks for sharing your art with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy


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