Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Distress Markers, Artistic Outpost Oh My---Part Two

Hi Dreamers!!
I am back today with the second installment ( See part one here.)  of the Blockheads Design Team Artistic Outpost extravaganza!!   Let's see...card-travaganza?  Or, maybe color-travaganza??  Well, anyway lots of fun projects using markers and Artistic Outpost stamps.  
 I used stamps from the set called "A Lovely Day".   I stamped, colored, and made watercolor backgrounds  with Distress Markers from Ranger.  Okay, so let's get started with project number one.  

Get out your Craft Sheet.   Start by applying  Black Soot Distress Marker right onto the stamp.  Spritz with a tiny bit of water.  Stamp onto Solar White CS by Neenah.  

Dry the image with a heat tool.   On the craft sheet, apply some ink from a Broken China Marker.   Spritz with water and press the CS into the inks.  Dry with heat tool  Distress the background with Broken China and Black Soot Distress ink pad.    Love the look of this background treatment!

The stamped piece is layered onto black CS and a blue card base.  I added some gems and a sheer black ribbon to complete the card.

Now, on to project number TWO!  I used the same stamp set - "A Lovely Day". 

To begin, stamp the windmill onto watercolor paper with Coffee Archival ink (Ranger).  Make the background by putting ink from the Stormy Sky Distress marker on the craft sheet....add water.  Pick up the ink with a paint brush and paint the area around the windmill.   I also added some Victorian Velvet marker.  

Color in the floral/grassy area with markers--blend with a slightly damp brush.

Now let's stamp the Bike.  Apply the ink (first Walnut stain and then Black Soot) right onto the stamp.   Stamp onto CS.  I tried stamping on Kraft and White.  I liked the way the white CS turned out better than the Kraft, so I went with white.

Color the background in the same manner as the windmill.  Layer both pieces with dark brown CS.  

Stamp the Sentiment on a scrap with Coffee ink and layer.   Make a card base from the same dark brown.   To create the blue layer piece:  Stamp the script stamp from the "French Flight" Artistic Outpost set with Broken China Distress Ink pad.  Distress the whole piece with Broken China DI pad.  

Then just put all the pieces together and you are done!!  Love how both cards turned out and I am having a  blast working with the Distress Markers.  

I also am entering this project into the Artistic Outpost July Referral Program---Anything goes.
All Sorts: distressing

Creative Card Crew: black CS---card #1
Fashionable stamping: let's get messy and inky
Paper Take Weekly: make your own.  I made my own background paper with CS and Inks.
Tuesday Alchemy: Very vintage

Hope you have enjoyed my color-travaganza!!!   I wish you a beautiful day ...love ya.


  1. Love the use of the distress markers and ink pads. Love playing with them. Thanks for joining us over at CCC.


  2. I just bought a set of the markers. Can't wait to play!

  3. Blue and brown are two of my favorite colors. Your card is lovely. Thanks for joining in our "Black Card Stock" challenge over at Creative Card Crew.

  4. Hi Karen....

    Love the idea to combine those 2 colors for the bike....really gives it a cool vintage look....love it!



  5. Good morning Karen,

    What a great collection of cards.

    I was very interested to read that you worked on Neenah card stock with your distressing inks, have to say I've never tried that we stick with watercolour or reverse of Centura. Need to give that a try.

    Thank you so much for joining in at Allsorts challenge this week.

    B x

  6. Another beautiful card! Love the subtle background! Thanks for playing along with us at Artistic Outpost!

  7. You've created two wonderful cards. Love the wind mill. Thanks for joining us at FSC.

  8. Beautiful cards, Karen--great techniques!


  9. Hi Karen
    A lovely sense of nostalgia to your cards,maybe it is your stamp choice or the muted colours. Lovely.
    Thank you for sharing with us at FSC.

  10. These two cards are totally stunning love the techniques you have used to create them Karen.

    Thank you for sharing with us at FSC.

    Hugs Shirley x x

  11. Wow! Another fabulous creation. Thanks for getting messy and inky again with FSC.
    Fliss x

  12. Both of these are really nice, Karen! Love the backgrounds!

  13. Both cards are gorgeous Karen! Great technique :)
    Thank you for joining us at Papertake Weekly!


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