Distress Marker Goodness ~~ Norine

     Posted by Lori on September 27, 2012

Hi lovely people,  Norine here again with some Distress marker goodness!

I saw a cool tutorial by Jennifer McGuire that helped me understand how much I needed the Tim Holtz Distress Markers! I got right down off the fence and clicked Add-to-cart as fast as I could!! When I got them I tried this technique…

Stamp on 140 lb cold press water color paper with Versamark clear ink, emboss with white emboss powder and heat.
Color in the spaces with your choice of Distress marker colors. (Aside: The only drawback about these markers is that there aren’t MORE COLORS!! T!m. We need more colors!)
Mist fairly generously with water, dab randomly with a clean paper towel. Heat dry with an air gun or just let it sit till dry. With this kind of a stamp you get the most beautiful stained glass window effect and if you were to add some Perfect Pearls Pigment powder to your water mist, the ink will dry with a gorgeous sheen!! You can see how the color “shared” from one space to the next because of using lots of mist spray.

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Then I had to try another technique. I ran more 140lb cold press (sounds like an Olive Oil process does it not?) water color paper through an embossing machine (Big Kick, Big Shot, Cuttlebug, anything like that), several times to get a sharply raised design.
Then adhere the paper with repositionable adhesive to a craft mat, and using a brayer loaded up with Versamark, run it very carefully over the raised design. The idea is to get the raised part sticky enough for white embossing powder to stick to. (If you don’t have a brayer, you could draw over all the raised design with an adhesive pen.) Before heat embossing the powder, use a dry, fine tip paint brush, to remove the excess powder from the “recessed” part of the design. No matter how careful you are, there will be some Versamark overflow. (As you can see I could have been much more thorough with brushing off excess emboss powder but I was too excited about what I could do with the Distress markers to spend the necessary time, lol.)
Now take your choice of Distress markers and color patches on your craft mat or any other smooth non porous surface such as an acrylic stamp block. Use one paint brush to wet one area of your design, then with another paint brush (damp to wet) load up one color of Distress marker color. Paint that color into an area. You’ll notice, if you have a nicely soaked area of paper, that you can just touch down the brush and the color will spread in a cool painterly way that makes you look way more talented than you actually are. Unless you’re an accomplished watercolor painter. Then don’t listen to me at all! The ridges in the embossed design will be a barrier to keep the color localized. Once dry, you can stamp on a sentiment, or use your design in any way you like.


I hope these samples will inspire you to pull out your markers and make something pretty!!

11 Comments so far

  1. Peggy September 27, 2012 4:59 pm

    Wow!  I especially love the rose!

  2. Bonnie Friesen September 27, 2012 5:02 pm

    Really cool, Norine! Those cards are gorgeous!

  3. Brooke September 27, 2012 6:32 pm

    *drool* that flower card

  4. Linda September 27, 2012 9:16 pm

    I love that rose Norine. That is way cool how the ink from the markers runs like that. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Lorna September 28, 2012 6:55 am

    Both are amazing but I’m really loving the rose one!

  6. Kim October 8, 2012 12:05 pm

    Wow, those are great Norine and the instructions are perfect.  Now do I really need distress markers ????

  7. Kathy August 30, 2014 2:28 pm


  8. Gina October 28, 2014 1:25 pm

    Oh WOW! This is a fabulous technique and such a great use for the Manhattan Rose. Thanks so much for sharing as I will be giving this a go very soon:-)

  9. Frances Arhipoff July 12, 2015 6:24 pm

    Love the embossed and water colour rose have that folder will have to try have to be happy more colours are available

  10. Corinne Young August 28, 2017 9:31 pm

    Hi Norinne. Ive never seen anything like your roses before it is a beautiful card. Ive got Distress Inks but again I havent heard of his markers. Thank you for sharig Its given me inspiration to o in that direction. ….Regards Cri…

  11. Daria October 3, 2017 6:53 pm

    This is a fabulous card!  Thank you for sharing it.

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