Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Playing with Markers

We all have them, some of us have hoards of them..........markers!!  Water based markers, alcohol markers, cheap ones and expensive ones and the list can even continue further. They were really the rage, years ago, just to color  a stamped image.  Now they have taken us down the artist road with all the colors for blending, and classes on HOW to blend to get those luscious shaded images.
I went back to a time to when using your marker to actually color the stamp was the thing to do.  All things old are becoming "new" again.....*grin*
I chose this delicate vine of flowers stamp, most people prefer to use a solid image, but I really like this stamp and have had it for years.  For those who have not tried this, it is rather simple........color your image with a water base, we used to "huff" the stamp......huff??? Just means to give it a good moist breath of air.  I use a small misting bottle of water, these days, held about a foot away. ( you might want to try this on a scrap paper first, just to see how much spritz you want to use) Then stamp the image......simple huh? 
Since this is an outline stamp the image didn't have any weight to it.  I took the same markers, scribbled on a piece of plastic ( the top to know, the ones you have to CUT open)
With a small, detail paint brush, I added a little water to my "scribbled" ink then lightly gave the blossoms a touch of colored shading.......repeat for the leaves.
Now, why would I cut that ragged edge??.......because I stamped a butterfly in that lower corner, and hated it, but didn't want to start ALL OVER AGAIN.  So, I trimmed it off,  went along the edge with the same pink marker and then took a damp brush along the edge to make the marker run a little. I added an embossed paper to the back for a little texture.
This is a great technique that leaves you NO black outlines, or coloring book look.....and it's FUN!
The butterfly I did use is from a stamp and die set from Art-C and are NBUS (Never Been Used Schtuff) Using the very same technique. The same holds true for the sentiment and die. AND since Darnell is running her annual, or semi annual challenge to use YOUR NBUS........I'll link this card up on HER blog.
Inspired by All the Little Things  has a challenge that is photo inspired:
I just fell in love with the delicate pink and the butterflies in this photo.
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Stamping Sensations March challenge is Flower Power.......everybody is getting ready for spring.
and so is Just Us Girls with their "word" week.
ALL of these blog sights are showing some really terrific samples by their DTs.  I do hope you drop by and leave them a little love for all their hard work.  Being a DT is not always an easy task, fun, but not always easy.  And while your there.....why not join the fun?
Inky Hugs


  1. Such a pinky pretty card. I will have to play around with my markers. That is if they aren't so old they have dried up. Don't have many stamps but can think of ways to use the blending/bleeding idea.

  2. I love your pretty pink flowers and fun design! Thanks for playing along with us at Just Us Girls!

  3. I don't have many markers, except Sharpies, but I do have a few of those water based ones. Mine are just cheapies, not the Copics or Promarkers, but a brand from Germany. You told me I could use them on stamps and I even tried it once. It works, too. I LOVE what you made. Didn't try the misting, but I have a good huff. Your card is wonderful.

  4. A beautiful Spring floral creation Krisha, many thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations challenge.

    B x

  5. So pretty with those soft pink flowers that are shaded beautifully. Love how you used your markers and great save on this beauty by adding the embossed piece under the jagged edge. Thanks for playing with us at JUGS!

  6. Lovin' all the pink!
    Thanks for joining us at Inspired by All the Little Things!

  7. How pretty flowers and butterfly! Love the embossed corner. Thank you for sharing your lovely card with us at Stamping Sensation.
    Eret x

  8. Very pretty card using a favourite technique, thank you for joining us at Stamping Sensations this month


  9. This is a technique that has never gone out of fashion either in the garage or the Playhouse! I love it, Krisha, and I think you chose a wonderful stamp for it! AND, go you for making a really artistic save!! No one would have known that artsy border wasn't intended in the first place if you hadn't confessed!! Thank you so much for playing in my NBUS Challenge #6! I apologize for taking so long to come by and thank you. Enjoy your day!! Hugs, Darnell