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:

KC said...

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

terriavidreader (IN-USA) said...

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

Janice said...

Clicked for sure! These are brilliant! Jx

cri_kee said...

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

Pam said...

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

Marianne said...

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...

Lynda said...

These look beautiful, I can feel aa purchase coming

Margreet said...

Wow, I'm impressed!
XXX Margreet

Sue - bearhouse said...

WOW!! Your colouring is amazing Beccy!
sue xx

Chrissy said...

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

Phi said...

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

Marlene Atkinson said...

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

Charlene Mitchell said...

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

Merry said...

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

aussie aNNie said...

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

Glennis said...

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

kbrandy4 said...

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

Ardilla said...

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

Rene Stansell said...

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

cardchick's world said...

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

Glenda Atkins said...

Gorgeous Beccy, very creative!

Tieva said...

I love those phantastic effects!
Viele Grüße
Gabi

Lori Aragon said...

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

Kathi Silvia said...

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

Kathi

JennyH said...

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 : )

Marianne said...

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

Kate L said...

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

Donna said...

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

Carolina Girl (Cely) said...

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?

Teresa said...

Wow!

Michelle said...

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

carla said...

Wow this is very beautiful.

Carla

Diana said...

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

Danielle said...

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. :)

Grenouille Greetings said...

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

Gail said...

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

Georgei said...

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

Linda said...

Wow!!!!Sooo gorgeous!

Janice M said...

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

ursula Uphof said...

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

Viv said...

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

Debi said...

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.

Andrea said...

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

Beccy said...

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

hauiline said...

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

Gail said...

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