Saturday, June 6, 2015

Coloring with Distress Markers!

Hello friends! I really LOVE to color! You can create such beautiful watercolor effects with Distress Markers, Watercolor cardstock and a Detail Waterbrush. 

Stamp Flower Garden images onto Watercolor Cardstock cut to 2 1/2" x 4 1/4". I have tried lots of watercolor paper and I absolutely love the Ranger Watercolor cardstock for this technique. This Tim Holtz stamp set #CMS215 by Stampers Anonymous comes with 6 flowers and 3 stems. 

Color the flower with Distress Markers. No need to fill in everything just a rough color, this way you will have light and dark areas in each petal for a more realistic look. 

Use the Waterbrush to smooth out the color. This is where the cardstock is important, with cheeper cardstock this technique doesn't work quit as well. 
TIPS: Have a cloth handy to blot off excess water. 
Dry between layers to prevent pilling on the cardstock. 
Layer the colors until you have the desired effect. 

Color, color, color! 

Round the corners with a 1/4" corner rounder. Ink the edges with Distress Ink on an Ink Blending Tool. 

For the card base I used the Big Ticket Bigz die. First fold the Kraft-Core cardstock in half, place the fold just inside the steel rule at the top and die cut the other three sides. Cut a mat from green Kraft-core cardstock. Sand and ink all the pieces. 

Color ribbon to match. Wrap the Crinkle Ribbon around a few fingers keeping the edges lined up. 

Draw some Distress Marker onto your Craft Sheet and spritz with water. 

Soak up the color with the folded Crinkle Ribbon. 

Repeat with a different color for the opposite edge. 

Dry with a heat tool. If you want the ribbon crinkled just scrunch up the ribbon as you're drying it. 

Stamp a little message with the Hashtags Stamps set #CMS183. Now you have all the pieces to create a pretty little card set.

Here are a few pictures to inspire you!

 So I went a little crazy, like I said I LOVE to color!! 

Grab some stamps, your Distress Markers and do some coloring! 
You're going to LOVE it too!

Thanks for stopping in!


  1. Great coloring Richele. Those flower stamps are wonderful

  2. So wonderful! Reminds me of something I'd have found in my grandma's house those lovely colors feel full of love & tender kisses on the forehead

  3. I love your coloring, so soft and pretty!

  4. Wow.... they are looking so great all !!

  5. Your cards are beautiful! Whoever receives them sure will be lucky. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Beautiful watercoloring. I love Tim's watercolor paper too. Nothing else is quite the same.

  7. These are awesome cards! TFS Richele!

  8. These are so cool and distress inks are so wonderful - thanks so much for sharing!!!

  9. Simply WOW, Richele!! Just WOW!! XOXO-Shari

  10. Oh how I love that flower stamp set and you have used it so beautifully with your gorgeous little watercolours - they would make lovely gifts. The way you coloured the ribbon is so clever.

    The second set just made me smile - the crazy birds always do - love those cards too. Thanks, as always, for the inspiration, I must try this. Anne xx

  11. So very pretty ... I too love that flower stamp set ! All of these cards are awesome ... (love coloring with markers... I'm getting better at it and it) looks so nice ; love your choice of colors and your backgrounds. And who doesn't like those crazy birds ?!

  12. As much as I love the flower stamps, I adore those crazy birds! Wonderful coloring on all.

  13. These cards are super nice! I love how you used the big ticket die to mount them. I love the pastel colour splatters, I only ever think to use dark colours, so thanks for the inspiration. :)

  14. Love these and I love to color! Thanks for the inspiration

  15. thought i'd give these a try, but it didn't seem to blend like yours did. i have tried the distress markers and the water brush on dif types of card stock and watercolor paper and still th eink doe snot budge!
    whats with that? help!