Bird Collage Card using distress markers

Hi everyone,

I have had a bit more time to play with my distress markers and I am really happy with them.  Don’t get me wrong, I still love my copic markers but they just do different things.  You can’t really use copic markers to colour on stamps (as far as I know) but the distress markers are great for this technique.  I decided to try colouring a detailed image and since I love this Bird Collage stamp I chose this one.  It took me a little while to colour the stamp with the different colours but when I was ready I just ‘huffed’ on it so the moisture from my breath ‘reactivated’ the marker ink and then stamped away.  This technique has been around for a long time but is one that I haven’t really done for a while.  I was really happy with how the image came out.  I did a little bit of watercolouring on the image by just using my fine tip water brush to carefully move a little of the colour.  This is most easily seen on the leaves.  I used distress ink around the edges of the image. If you are interested in finding out more about distress markers you can check out Tim Holtz demonstrating these markers at CHA at this link.  He will do a much better job than me of explaining the markers and their features.  There is another video of Tim demonstrating distress markers on the his website here.

I also used the marker to colour in the white paper flower pink and then spritzed with glimmer mist and this gave a really lovely flower that matched my card perfectly – Gotta love that!  This worked similarly to when I have coloured flowers using distress inks and then sprayed with water or mist.  I created water spots by flicking my fingers, but used my other hand to protect my image from getting water on it as I didn’t want the splatters on the image itself. If you have any questions about how I made this card please let me know.

Thanks for stopping by.

Bye for now


Supplies: Distress Markers – Worn Lipstick, Vintage Photo, Forest Moss, Brushed Corduroy, Walnut Stain, Scattered Straw, Antique linen, Aged Mahogony, Stamp – Hero Arts Bird Collage, Distress inks – Walnut stain, Antique linen, Brushed Corduroy, Frayed Burlap, Distress Stain – Walnut Stain (on the Prima Resist Canvas Flower), Glimmermist – Creme de Cocoa, Kaisercraft Flower, Prima Flutterbits Fairy Belle, We R Memory Keepers – Floss, White cardstock, Bazzill Cardstock – Java, Patterned Papers from Glitz Designs 6×6 Paper Pad – Pretty in Pink, Small paperclip – Tim Holtz, Corrugated heart by Jillibean Soup.  Specific Tools – Distressing Tool, Tiny Attacher, Mister by Inkssentials, Fabric Tracing Wheel

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