Hello there "Doo"ers! Adina here, hoping you are DOOing well this beautiful Saturday morning! :) In keeping with my last post, I want to show you a quick photo tutorial explaining one way in which the versatile Ranger Distress Markers can be used to color stamps...

Supplies used include Hero Arts' Make Your Own stamp, Distress Ink pad in Black Soot, and Distress Markers in Antique Linen, Stormy Sky, Mustard Seed, and Vintage Photo.


First, ink the stamp with Black Soot to completely cover the image.

Then stamp the image onto scrap paper. (You can use this image and color it in using a different technique at a later date... for this technique we will be using a second generation version of the stamped image).

You can then begin coloring in the image with the Distress markers as desired. I started with Vintage Photo for the shoes and first girl's hair.


Then I added some Stormy Sky for one of the dresses...
And Mustard Seed for the second dress...
Then I used Antique Linen for the second girl's hair. Although I don't have a picture coloring in the hair, I DO have a picture of some of the color mixing that happened when coloring with the light marker over the darker ink...

Because the Distress markers are water based, any color blending that occurs will not contaminate the markers. Simply clean the marker off on scrap paper until you get a pure color distribution
(Shown below using Mustard Seed and Black Soot)



Before you stamp your image onto your final paper, I would suggest breathing (or huffing) on the stamp a little to reactivate the moisture of the older ink. This will ensure that you have enough ink for the whole image to clearly transfer onto your cardstock.

The final result is a multicolored, distressed, and vintage-looking image.



I chose to leave the image as it is to get the feel of vintage Simplicity pattern forms, but the image can be further colored in using other distress markers, watercolor pens, or copic markers to add skin tone and other effects as desired.

Remember that these markers are water based so if you do incorporate a watercolor pen, apply watercolors lightly to avoid smudging.

And as always, happy scrapping! :)


date Saturday, March 10, 2012

5 comments to “Coloring With Distress Markers”

  1. lizzie
    March 10, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    Man oh man! Those markers are the bee's knees! I got the detailed water brush by Tim Holtz and it's my favorite thing ever right now!! That dude just can not do wrong in the crafting world!
    Awesome tute!! That stamps is too cute!!!

  1. Sherri Caramico
    March 10, 2012 at 8:54 PM

    WOW Adina! AWESOME POST, INFO, Tutorial! YOU ROCK CHICA!!! You might actually get me to stamp something!! LOL!! HOTNESS MY DEAR!!

  1. Beth
    March 16, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    Great tutorial Adina......Mr. Holtz strikes again!

  1. Pam W.
    March 19, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    Very cool.

  1. Leah the Orange
    March 19, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    oooh, this is FUN! love the muted background - makes the image itself POP more, and brings life to it! i saw T!m using these at CHA and i reeeeally want to play with 'em!

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