Friday, July 27, 2012

Distress Marker Tutorial!

It is hard for me to believe that it is already the last Friday in July. August means "back to school" and I need to start getting my mind set in that direction! I have lots to do before my students walk in that 5th grade door! : )

 I am really enjoying Tim Holtz' Distress Markers and have a little tutorial on how I used them for this card.I used Crafty Secret's Dahlia set.  The flower is just so big and gorgeous! 
The image didn't need much to dress it up....just a simple bow, tag, and a couple of stick pins. 

Now I hope you will forgive my rather dark couple of missing steps....that is what happens when you have this "bright" idea to create a tutorial at midnight! ; )  For my card above you will need the stamp, Versamark, watercolor paper, and white embossing powder.  (And a heat gun!) 
Once heated, I used these 3 markers to color the flower in: Barn Door, Worn Lipstick, and Spun Sugar.  I colored like you would using any marker, working dark to light. 
Take your water brush and work the colors so they blend and fade into each other. 
Mop up the excess water with a Kleenex or towel.....
Once the flower is colored in, use the blue around the flowers and leaves to help define it.  It will make the flower pop a bit more.
I could have stopped is certainly pretty and has a soft quality to it. But if you know me, I can't ever keep it simple. ; )
So I grabbed two colors of Distress Ink. The first one I used was Antique Linen. Swipe the edges to give it a distressed aged look.
Then to soften it a bit, I used a bit of Spun Sugar to give it a hint of pink.
Because these are all waterbased inks, you need a water mister to spray your finished product! Why?
Because when you spray it, it gives it this beautiful mottled look. : )
And why stop there?  Grab some Goosebumps spray  and add "water" droplets to the flower! 
Now it looks a bit like my Dahlia was out in the rain! 
This past weekend we celebrated my niece and nephew's birthdays.....7 and 5. I love these pics of them....complete with goggles and nose clip! ; ) Can you tell we are related? ; ) 

Have a great weekend my friends!  Thank you for supporting me, encouraging me, and making this hobby 100 % more enjoyable! 


snappy scrappy said...

So beautiful!! I still haven't even use my distress markers...yikes! Lee-Ann :)

Sharon Johnson said...

What a lovely card and fabulous tutorial. Love your silk bow treatment with button, pins and tag -- just lovely!

Louise (KardKrazy) said...

Love your tutorial, Michelle. A gorgeous card, too! Good luck with whatever new ventures come your way:)

Cindy@ said...

Beautiful card. Thank you so much for all the information. You always inspire me and I learn so many new things.

Gita said...

What a pretty flower. Love that goosebumbs look.

Nadia ( said...

Thank you, Michele! I love getting to see your latest project!

Sis Patterson said...

Thank you, Michele. Your card and techniques are fabulous (just like you). I picked up some distress markers last weekend; I will be trying some of your techniques soon. And buying some Goosebumps too!

Sukie said...

What a beautiful card, love the technique you used and thanks so much for the tutorial!

Houses Built of Cards said...

WOW!!! What a great tutorial! I'm gonna bookmark this one for future reference! I didn't even know you could do all that stuff! Thanks for sharing - and BEAUTIFUL card too!!!

Marie said...

Beautiful card! Your attention to detail is amazing - I just adore the little heart punched out on the tag. Thanks so much for the tutorial too!

Carolyn/MamaC said...

Beautiful card! Thank you for detailed instructions! Visting by way of the Circle MB link!

Margie Higuchi said...

Great tut!! LOve how it turned out :) Last Friday in July?! YIKES - didn't even think about it until you mentioned it. Oh, boy...time flies! It was SO GOOD to see you!!! xo

Liz S. said...

Very pretty card. Thanks for that tutorial. Your niece looks like you and the nephew looks like your son so yes, you all look related! said...

Such a lovely card. Thanks for the tutorial. I've seen the Goosebumps spray, but never knew what I'd do with it. :-) Thanks for you sweet comments on my blog today! ~ Blessings, Tracey

Maria Matter said...

absolutely GORGEOUS Michele!!
great tut!

Charlotte Zweigoron said...

Lovely card!! I have a large flower stamp I can use to try out your tutorial today... oh, and the markers, as well. Even the goosebumps spray! Great!!!

Jill Norwood said...

Love your card and the tutorial!!! I think I need some goosebumps spray etc....:)

Handgathered said...

I just only now found your tutorial. WOW is all I can say. The colors you used are gorgeous together. Great job.

Ren-Yi said...

oh what a gorgeous tutorial. thanks for sharing. I really want to try this technique!

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