Monday, March 19, 2012

Stamping with Distress Markers

Hi bloggers! I hope you all had a great weekend.
I was able to work in the studio for a little bit this weekend. I came across this stamp from Stampers Anonymous, it's an old favorite of mine.
You can tell in the photo that it's well loved. I colored the stamp using Distress Markers starting with the lightest colors first and working my way to the darkest color. I gave it a little mist of water and then stamped it on a natural cardstock.
Your image needs to be good and dry so I dried it with a Heat Tool. 
Next I wanted a watercolor look to my Dragonfly, I went over it with the new detail water brush of Tim's. I love the small tip of this brush you can really get into those small areas. Use the Heat Tool to dry the image quickly so you don't loose the detail of the stamped image.
With a small brush paint a thick layer of Rock Candy Crackle Paint over the wings and a super thin layer over the body. Let dry.
When the Crackle Paint dries the wings are shinny and the body is matte. Almost looks real.  
Use the Mover and Shapers "Imagine" die and die cut the word from some dark blue Kraft Core paper then sand with a Sanding Grip. 
Now cut a piece of dictionary page just a little smaller then the Image. Ink with Vintage Photo Distress ink on an ink Blending Tool.
Paint generously with Rock Candy Crackle Paint and while it's still wet lay on top of the dictionary page. 
Carefully press down with a Craft Pick. The Crackle Paint sort of oozes around the letter. Let dry.
Die cut the Tattered Floral Garland from Kraft Core in yellow and green. Love this die! Maybe my new favorite. It even die cuts the hole in the center. Sand and then ink the edges with Vintage Photo Distress ink on an ink Blending Tool.
Shape and assemble the flowers using tiny fasteners and metal Foliage. Don't forget the leaves.
My base card is 6 x 6 from dark blue Kraft Core. I sanded the edges and then tore a piece of dictionary page and adhered it down the left side of my card. After inking the edges of the Dragonfly piece with Distress ink I then matted the Dragonfly image, tied twine around the bottom with a bow and pop dotted to my card.  
Now for the finishing touches. Matt the Imagine with some colors that match your dragonfly and pop dot this piece to the card. In the photo above you can see the detail of the Crackle Paint in the letters. 
Add the flowers where you would like. I also added a few Min Gears and a tiny Game Spinner. 
Love the vintage look of this card. I hope you will try some of these techniques for yourself. 

Today is day one of Tim's online class Creative Chemistry 101. It is fabulous! Today Tim talked about the chemistry of the products we use. 
It's not too late to join in on the fun. 
Click here to see the video and sign up. 

Please leave a comment. 
Thanks for your time!


  1. Oh that is a beautiful stamp! I can see why it's a fave of yours!!
    Awesome project! very pretty Richele! TFS!

  2. Beautiful........LOVE!!

    kaz x x

  3. Great tutorial and beautiful card Richele! Thanks for sharing!

  4. How beautiful is your artwork Richele, I love it and that dragon fly is so exquisite,especially the colours and the crackle. Hope you enjoy the rest of your day. Hugs Rita xx

  5. That is so cool, great tutorial!

  6. Richele, this is so beautiful, love the colours and textures, great tutorial too, thank you!

  7. Thank you for the wonderful directions for reproducing this awesome card.

  8. Love your card and YOU! Great work my friend!

  9. After watching day 4 of Tim's class I was going to ask you to do a workshop at Stamper's Corner using the watercolor technique with re-inkers. Maybe it could be combined with water coloring with the new pens. I love this tutorial!

  10. This is absolutely gorgeous! I love this card and would totally frame something like this to look at all the time!

  11. Love it! It's durn right AMAZING!

  12. Wow! Gorgeous Card... Thank you for the inspiration.

  13. Wow, this is totally amazing. I too am loving the water brush and the beautiful results it produces. I love how you crackled the wings. Now I want that stamp!

  14. Beautiful! love the dragonfly so much! amazing.