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Rubber Art Stamping & Card Making.

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Distress Markers- a little playtime.

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    I’ve had my Distress Markers for a while now, but only found a few minutes to have a go with them, so today I made a determined effort to do something more creative. I’ve watched the Tim video of him at the CHA, and loved what the pens will do,especially being able to colour straight onto the stamp. What really amazed me though was just how many impressions you can get from just one inking of the stamp.
   I had also bought the Papillon (CMS106) stamp set, Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous, and wanted to have a play with that too.  61b8 MYpN8L._SS500_I had bought some Tim Die cuts on e-bay, dies that I haven’t got yet, and frankly, at the price, they’re a fantastic way to get a good selection. Loads of people are selling them on there, mine came from DIECUT HEAVEN, and I got the Sewing room set,some Weathered clocks, Cogs and Bird & Cage, and I think each set cost me around a £1, and the Sewing set for instance contained 10 each of the Mannequin, cotton reel and button.IMG_6299 w

 In the main, I used Clarity card for stamping on, again, only bought recently, but highly recommended by a lot of people I know. I can see why, having tried it. Its a silk coated card, and is indeed a beautiful surface to work on. Its A5 in size, and they pack it in either 25 or 100 sheets.
So back to my Tim Markers & stamping:
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     This was the stamp I saw him using in his video, blending the inks on the stamp, then ‘huffing’ on it to re-wet the ink. So for my first go, I used :Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick, Frayed Burlap,Tea Dye, Aged Mahogany , Brushed Corduroy, Spun Sugar, Barn Door and Rusty Hinge.
As he explains, you can take your time at this, there is no rush to get the ink on, because you reactivate it by breathing on it.
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You can see here that I got 4 impressions from just one inking, obviously getting paler each time, just by breathing on the stamp between impressions.The first one is on Clarity card, the second on a piece of white card that had been coloured by dipping into water that had had alcohol ink dropped into it, a technique from Andy Skinner, ( I’ve linked this to his video tutorial) the third onto a white pearlescent card tag, and the fourth onto a piece of white copy paper.
Being quite pleased with the success of this, I tried it again, using mainly Blues & Purples:
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  The first one I did onto one of the Die-cuts, which is just a plain white cardstock, the next two onto Clarity card again, and the final and palest onto a  piece coloured using the Andy Skinner technique.
   Looking at this picture now, I think I have  number two & three the wrong way round, but the imprints were so close together in colour I wasn’t sure which way round they were.
The pens blend together wonderfully, and even working dark to light, you just scribble the pen onto scrap paper and the colour returns to true.001887-0038
 Another stamp set I had was the Wallpaper & Wood set, also by Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous. I tried the Wood stamp using a combination of Distress Inkpads & Distress Markers.

Again, I got three really good impressions, and would have got a fourth,really pale one. IMG_6320 wFor these, I first swiped all over the stamp with Pumice Stone Distress pad, then added Frayed Burlap and Vintage Photo in thinner swipes & patches. Finally I added Walnut Stain, Tea Dye and Brushed Corduroy with the brush end of the Markers. All three pieces were done on Clarity Card, which is just IMG_6315 wa tiny bit bigger than the stamp.
I  also stamped one of the mannequins with the Wood stamp using Walnut Stain Distress pad,and then using aIMG_6326 wnother piece of  Clarity card,I stamped the Wallpaper, this time using a blue selection of Distress pads; Stormy Sky, Faded Jeans, Broken China & Tumbled Glass. I applied the pads using a slight swiping and twisting motion, so I got more of a blend of colour without any sharp edges.

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Finally I stamped yet another mannequin, this time using the Papillon background with Archival Black ink.

So I have a few nice pieces now, and something to expand on. I think I might get some nice tags from the Wood background, and I am also thinking that the Butterflies would look good stamped over the pale Wood background as a second impression, using the first Impression to cut them out and mount over the stamped image, slightly raised, like the sort of thing you see in museums.
And perhaps a dress for the mannequin, cut from the Wallpaper background? Now that reminds me that I have a box full of fabric swatches somewhere- maybe a nice silky/shimmery piece of fabric draped over the mannequin? Methinks that the Tim Holtz magic is working, because Mr Mojo is definitely edging closer than he was this morning!


fairy thoughts said...

What a lovely play youv'e had and great colouring. Iv'e had the markers a while too I must have a good paly with them soon too

NancyD said...

Wow, Shaz! Great information - thanks for sharing. I have been thinking about getting these markers. NancyD

Scrap Affair said...

Oh! Thank you!!! This is a FAB review of things that I allready LOVE with all my heart!
Gives so many options ad possibilities!
Thank you Shaz!

inkypalms.com said...

Thank you so much for sharing your review of the Distress Markers, great information and fun to follow along as you play!

Helen said...

What a great post! i scrolled down after your WOYWW post because I had to see what you did - I really want to get these markers and now just think I' going to have to do it NOW! Gorgeous...

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MaggieC said...

Don't forget that if you are stamping on Clarity silk card, you need to "ink. blot, plot". You ink up your stamp well, then stamp it on cheap copy paper before then stamping onto the Clarity card. That way, you get a sharper image. Have you tried the Clarity paper (just the same only a lighter weight) and the black Clarity card is stunning for Perfect Pearls and for embossing. xx Maggie

Shoshi said...

Wow, Shaz, if this is what you come up with when you think Mr. Mojo is half-way absent, what will you be like when he's fully back?!!! Lol! I just love what you've been doing, and thanks so much for sharing all your experiments with us - we learn so much more that way, than just seeing finished results.

I have been toying with the idea of getting the distress markers. I don't do a great deal of stamping but have just ordered some new big background ones, and I've got some fabulous butterfly and floral ones. Could you get the same effect by rubbing a distress ink pad on your craft sheet, and picking it up with a wet brush and painting it on the stamp? I've also got some Ranger (I think) pen nibs which you can use like markers, dipping them in ink. Haven't tried them yet. Anyway, what you have done is just stunning. I'm really impressed.