Flamboyant Card using Distress Markers

Hi everyone,

Today’s card features papers from the Indigo Bleu collection kit by Pink Paislee and some direct to stamp colouring using distress markers.  The Flamboyant stamp from Penny Black was pretty easy to colour and I did just a little blending of the colours when I coloured onto the stamp.  When we went to Melbourne for Technique Overload, Tim Holtz said that you won’t contaminate your markers even if you use a dark colour first.  I think you just colour off the darker colour onto a piece of scratch paper.

This is a technique that I don’t tend to use that much anymore but making these cards (I made a set of 3) reminded me that the result you get is really lovely.  I was able to get a couple of images for each colouring by just re-‘huffing’ onto the stamp but bear in mind they do get lighter each time.  If you had the right Christmas stamp it would be a great technique to make a bunch of cards because since there is colour and detail in the focal image, you could keep the rest of the card really simple and still have a striking result.

For people not familiar with this technique, you just colour with your markers directly onto your stamp (I have found red rubber stamps tend to work better than clear stamps) and then ‘huff’/breathe onto the stamp (the moisture in your breath re-wets the water based markers) and then you just stamp onto your paper.  Another tip from Tim Hotlz was that you can check to see where you have coloured by tipping the stamp in the light and the areas that are shiny are the ones that have been coloured in (so this way you can make sure you don’t miss any areas!).  The colouring directly to stamps technique only works with water based markers, ie like the distress markers.  It  would  not work to do this with copic markers although I think there is a different technique using copic markers to get a similar result but I haven’t tried it.

Hope you have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by.



Supplies: Bazzill card – Java, Distress Markers – Wild Honey, Scattered Straw, Dried Marigold, Spiced Marmalade, Peeled Paint and Forest Moss, Patterned Paper – Indigo Bleu Collection by Pink Paislee, Washi Tape – Bella Boulevard, Twine, Specialty Stamping Paper.

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