Friday, July 6, 2012

Water Color with Distress Markers


I have been playing some more with the techniques in the Creative Chemistry 101 online class.  I finally broke down and bought some of the Tim Holtz Distress Markers.  They are pretty fun to use.  I tried the watercolor technique with them and I think it turned out pretty well.

I first put a couple of Tim Holtz Visual Artistry stamps on an acrylic block.  I then just put some color down on the stamps with the markers.  Once I had the stamps colored, I spritzed them with water and stamped them on water color paper.  They blur a little bit, but that gives them the soft color.  I then heat set that set of images.  Then I thought I would try to spritz the same stamp with water again to see if I could get more color out of it.  Well, not a lot of color, but it filled in some of the areas "behind" the image.  Once I was satisfied with the flowers, I colored and stamped the butterfly using the same method.

To finish off the image, I used pumice stone and tumbled glass distress ink to ink the edges of the image. Pumice stone has now become my favorite color.  Then I stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set in the corner.  I fixed the image to a mat and put it on the card face.

For the inside, I used some more water color paper and just one of the images.  This image came out a little bit blurrier than the front, but I am ok with it.  I think it just looks soft.  I stamped the sentiment and ran some distress ink around the edges of the paper.  Then matted it to a background.

I hope you enjoyed this technique and will give it a try!

I would like to enter my card in the following challenges:
LEJ Designs - Fabulous Flowers
The Crafty Bloggers Network - Anything Goes
Dream Valley Challenges - Things with Wings
Stampin Sister in Christ - Use something new

Thank you for stopping by!

Blessings until next time!


  1. Hmmm...Neat. I like that. (Psst, if you make it again, I'd be interested in seeing what it would look like if you switch the sentiment and the butterfly).

  2. Very pretty cards. I like the colors you used. Sounds like a fun technique to try! Great job!

  3. Your experimenting turned out sensational! Love how you've created the watercolor effect and the layering looks wonderful


  4. Great card, love the colours you chose, I must try this with my pens thanks for the inspiration. Thanks for joining us at the Crafty Bloggers Network Challenge

  5. Oh my! These are gorgeous! I have to try that technique :)

  6. You never cease to amaze me, Athina! These are just gorgeous!

  7. Really stunning, such a beautiful scene and the colours look stunning. Thank you so much for joining in with the LEJ Designs Challenge Blog
    Lindsay xx

  8. Awesome! Thanks for joining us at Stampin Sisters in Christ!

  9. WOW, Athina this is simply gorgeous!

  10. I've been wondering about that class. You picked up a great technique here. I really like what you did with those markers. I'd pretty much written them off, but you have changed my mind:)

  11. Absolutely beautiful. Great technique! Thank you so much for playing along with our Challenge at Crafty Bloggers Network this week!

    Hope to see you again soon!

    CBN DT


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