Tuesday, February 19

Distress Markers

Last year I purchased the whole set of Tim Holtz's distress markers with the intention of stamping up a whole rainbow of pretty images.  But for some reason I just couldn't get them to stamp as vibrantly as I wanted... probably something to do with the paper I was using.   Anyway, they kind of languished on the shelf for the next few months with the occasional trip to the craft table with very little success.
Over the weekend we got to talking about them in the Yahoo card group I'm a part of with people sharing their stories of varied success.  I decided to pull them back out and give them another go, this time with the intention of using them to colour a heat embossed image rather than using them to ink up a stamp...
 




... I don't know why but all of a sudden the markers and I just clicked and I am thrilled with the results!  I had so much fun that I decided to do the birdhouse as well, and tomorrow I'll be making them up into cards. 

46 comments:

  1. oh wow these are so pretty! I really need to get me some of these markers.

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  2. Just lovely. I just bought that first image last week!!

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  3. Clicked for sure! These are brilliant! Jx

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  4. I can see why you´re thrilled with the result! This is fabulous :)

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  5. WOW! Gorgeous! They look like watercolor paintings!
    Pam
    scrap-n-sewgranny.blogspot.com

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  6. I can see you definitely clicked this time around. Especially love how your coloured the birdhouse image. I have an extensive collection of distress ink pads that I want to start using more this year...

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  7. These look beautiful, I can feel aa purchase coming

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  8. WOW!! Your colouring is amazing Beccy!
    sue xx

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  9. So beautiful Becky, I love the colours and images and your colouring is fabulous.The frogs eyes look so real...clicked???...I think it is a match made in heaven..beautiful.

    Luv CHRISSYxx

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  10. OMG!! This is stunning. Love all the different colours blending into each other. Now I want some distress markers too!!!

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  11. These are Gorgeous Beccy, love the colours and your colouring is stunning. I have just started colouring with Tim Holtz distress inks. I am having a few attempts. I think they make the images come alive. Marlene

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  12. Your cards are both stunning Beccy! I would say you and your markers definitely clicked!! Thanks for sharing - they're so beautiful!

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  13. Beccy....these are stunning. Did you do the background with the pens too. Love that frog image.

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  14. Thanks for showing this Beccy as I just purchased some TH distressed markers and too found they have not enough ooomph in them so I see you are using a water pen with them as well and blending in so am off to try this one out today...luv annie

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  15. You have coloured these so beautifully - I don't have the markers and would love to try some

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  16. Wow!! Thanks for sharing these beauties Beccy!! I would love to know what you mean when you say you coloured the heat embossed images and what cardstock do you use? Thanks!
    Hazel xx

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    1. Hi Hazel. I used medium coarseness watercolour paper for this project. I stamped the image with clear versamark ink, sprinkled black embossing powder over it, shook off the excess and then heat the embossing powder with my heat tool until it melted. You can probably find lots of tutorials on the internet if you do a search on "heat embossing" or "embossing powders". Hope this helps.
      Cheers,
      Beccy

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  17. WOW, this is beautiful!
    I really love what you did.
    With my daughter, during the weekend, we were looking for tutorials on how to use distressed markers, because she won a candy and one came as part of it and have no idea on how to use them.
    Your work is much more better than what I saw in youtube!!!!!!!!
    Hugs,
    Ardilla

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  18. Really lovely, the images really stand out.
    Rene from OZ xo

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  19. goegeous!! I would luv to see a video of you coloring and explaining the steps...any thoughts??

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  20. I love those phantastic effects!
    Viele Grüße
    Gabi

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  21. *Gasp* These are WONDERFUL! Oh... now you've done it... I've GOT to have these markers LOL

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  22. WOW! These are just stunning! So gorgeous! Especially the flower/frog image. I bet you'll be using those markers now! :)

    Kathi

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  23. Same with me Beccy, had intentions of colouring stamps but found these markers don't work that well with clear stamps (of which I have loads) but great on rubber stamps which I don't have a lot of.
    You have inspired me to get them out and do some "proper" colouring as yours turned out so beautiful....... can't wait to see the cards you make with them : )

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  24. Wauw, this is relly beautiful. Lovely cards!!
    Hugs,
    Marianne

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  25. Wow, I just started to use my pen and Its hard in the beginning. But I learn somrthing every day....maybe my results be like yours soon... thank you for let us see your work!! Tc xx

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  26. Gorgeous images! How did you do the backgrounds? I love the water color effect!

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  27. Wow...they are lovely and vibrant and soft all at the same time. I like to know what changed over the year....was it didn't paper or choosing deeper colors! What's the secret?

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  28. Hi Beccy,

    WOW, these are absolutely fabulous!! I see you are thrilled with the results and rightly so, I would be jumping for joy if I were able to produce something as lovely as this. I've often thought about getting these markers but decided against them as I thought I wouldn't be able to use them properly and plus my craft room is coming down with markers of various makes. After seeing the results you have achieved I now think I will get them. Thank you for sharing.

    Michelle xx

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  29. Wow this is very beautiful.

    Carla

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  30. Love these. I have these markers but didn't know u could use with water.I will have to try. Thank u for showing.
    Hugs fron the Oregon Coast

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  31. Beccy, your cards are gorgeous! I love the results you got with the Distress markers... I've been playing with mine as well, although not as much lately. You've inspired me to dig them out again. :)

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  32. It's great when something you are working on comes together and boy did your work with these distress markers come together, Beccy! Two beautiful images beautifully coloured. I especially love the froggy one. Sure do love them frogs! Hugs, Lesley

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  33. They are both lovely but I have to say the birdhouse is my fav.

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  34. wow these image are beautiful
    and you did good work in coloring them
    thank for showing

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  35. WOW! These are beautiful!! can't wait to see them on cards!

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  36. These are stunning, seeing how you have used them, makes me think about them as well. hugs, Ursula

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  37. Wow these look good Beccy! I bought one of these pens just to try it ages ago. Of course mine hasn't been used much either...............oh boy I must try again now I have seen yours!!! Love how you shaded that first flower..............think I may need some more now lol. I agree with Cardchic..you will have to do a video on you tube next then he he, you are so good at these tutorials :) Viv xx

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  38. Beautifully colored. I may need to look into some of these markers. Things work that way sometimes... at class I always messed up heat embossing. It wasn't until I borrowed a heat gun and spent a day playing that I decided I could it. Now I love to heat emboss. Did all the sentiments on my Christmas cards last year. You just have to do it! Perseverance!!! My grandson would like that word.

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  39. wow these are stunning works of art I i love how the colours work togethr and the frog stamp is awesome. what type of paper did you use ?and cant wait to see the cards you make have thse on my wish list now !although would never be bale to create anything as wonderful as these Andrea

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  40. Hi Beccy,
    wonderful coloring, I think I need this markers ;)
    Hugs
    Anja

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  41. Beccy - that is totally gorgeous! You did a wonderful job on that digital coloring it!

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