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Distress Marker Background

Distress Marker Background

Hi All!

Before I get to the card today, I want to let you know that I have received over 1,000 donated cards! I delivered many of them to The Birthday Party Project last week and they were thrilled to get them! They had all sorts of supplies for the parties – streamers, balloons, games, presents, but no cards. It was meant to be. I’ll be collecting indefinitely. 🙂

I have to say that I love my distress inks and my distress markers. They make creating a background so easy because of how they blend with water. For today’s card, I colored Canson XL Mix Media paper with my distress markers and spritzed it with water. After some minimal moving around with a dry brush, I ended up with this background. I did a variation of this technique a couple of years ago HERE.

Here is a close-up of the shimmer and sparkle:

Distress Marker Background

I used Stampin’ Up! Irridescent Ice embossing powder in the video – a clear powder with glitter. Apparently Stampin’ Up! retired it with the new catalog. However, Judikins makes something similar if you are interested.

Enjoy the video!

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Supplies:

To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.
Distress Markers used: Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, Broken China, and Tumbled Glass

Starry Night Background
Starry Night Background
EH|SSS
Woodland Tree Die
Woodland Tree Die
Lawn Fawn Lucky Stars Stamp Set
Lawn Fawn Lucky Stars
EH|SSS
Tim Holtz Bricked Embossing Folder
Distress Markers
AMZN|SSS
Ranger Perfect Pearls
Perfect Pearls
EH|SSS
Ranger Mini Mister
Mini Mister
EH|SSS
Versamarker Pen
Versamarker Pen
EH|SSS
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Versafine Black Ink
EH|SSS
Canson Mix Media Paper
Canson Mix Media Paper
BLSY|AMZN
Hero Arts Black Notecards
Hero Arts Black Notecards
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
EH|SSS
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Cardstock
Black Cardstock
Pick Me Up Stick
Pick Me Up Stick
Sizzix Big Shot Machine
Sizzix Big Shot
EH|SSS
Sizzix Rubber Pad
Sizzix Rubber Pad
EH|SSS
Sizzix Impression Pad
Sizzix Impression Pad
EH|SSS
Stampin' Up! Heat Tool
Heat Tool
Stampin' Up! Dimensionals
Dimensionals
X-Press It Glue Marker
X-Press It Glue Marker
EH|SSS
Tombow Mono Multi Glue
Tombow Mono Multi Glue
EH|SSS
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner
EH|SSS

Comments

  1. wrote on August 24th, 2016 at 6:44 am

    Connie

    Darlene, when you do a stunning card, you really do a stunning card! This is definitely one of those stunners! I just love it. And I have all the “ingredients” so I’ve gotta do it soon. A question though: how much Pearl Pearls Powder do you put in your little spritzer? I don’t think I got enough when I did it but don’t want to get too much either.

    • wrote on August 24th, 2016 at 7:23 am

      Darlene DeVries

      Thank you so much Connie! I take the handle end of my paintbrush and scoop some up. So, you really need very little. I’d say about 1/8″ worth up the end of your brush? I hope that makes sense.

  2. wrote on August 24th, 2016 at 6:45 am

    Connie

    Perfect Pearls Powder – LOL!

  3. wrote on August 24th, 2016 at 7:31 am

    Connie

    Oh thanks Darlene. Yes, makes perfect sense.

  4. wrote on August 24th, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    Patty Beers

    This is really a beautiful card. Thanks. I am thrilled that you were able to take that many cards to the Birthday Party Project. That is wonderful. I hope to keep making them but I seem to be really slow. The nice thing is when I am enjoying sitting and making cards I feel like I am doing something worthwhile. It is funny because I have a lot of friends who aren’t into anything artsy and they always ask me how I find time to make cards. I think you find time in your day to do something you love that makes others feel good. So worth it. Thanks for giving us the chance to do that.

    • wrote on August 24th, 2016 at 9:26 pm

      Connie

      Patty I want to ditto what you said. I haven’t been able to make cards for the past few months because I have to move around a lot when I am creating (ha! ha!) and I am recovering right now from surgery. I will hopefully be back to creating soon. My extent of creating right now is my colouring books (smile). But, I too think that making cards is not only a hobby but a worthwhile thing to do to reach out to others, whether they be friends and family or those who need a little encouragement along the way. Darlene is doing a BIG THING with this project and I also hope to be involved in it some time down the track.

      • wrote on August 24th, 2016 at 9:57 pm

        Patty Beers

        Hang in there Connie. You will be creating again soon. I think it is the best thing anyone can do in these hard times. How can you not be happy when you are creating something that will make someone happy. I hope you recover soon from your surgery.

        • wrote on August 24th, 2016 at 10:06 pm

          Connie

          Thanks Patty. I’m keeping up the good fight!

  5. wrote on August 24th, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    Carol Mac

    Hi Darlene, love this card! mCan you use another cutting plate if you don’t have the black plate you used?

    • wrote on August 28th, 2016 at 12:16 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Carol. You could use the acrylic plate and some shims or extra pieces of cardstock, instead of the black plate. You will, however, need the silicone rubber piece.

  6. wrote on August 24th, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    Andrea

    Darlene, I must admit, when I saw the “state” of your background panel after you got through with it (before it dried), I still thought it looked like a hot mess! Having seen the still photo of the card, I thought, how in the heck did she get that from this??? But when you showed it after it had dried, it looked a lot less streaky–more blended–but still enough to give it that “windy” effect you were after. A good lesson in not giving up on a project just because it doesn’t look “pretty” from the start! 🙂 So I for one am glad you didn’t give up. Love the final results, and thank you so much for the tutorial!!! 🙂 ~ Andrea

  7. wrote on August 24th, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    Suzanne

    very, very pretty, Darlene!

  8. wrote on August 24th, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    Glenismaree

    Yet another amazing card Darlene. I love it. Thanks once again.

  9. wrote on August 24th, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    Brenda L.

    Beautiful card Darlene! I love the sky you made and that star die/embosser. Hugs, Brenda

  10. wrote on August 24th, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    KrisB

    Oh, my! This is such a beautiful card! Now I need that star die!

  11. wrote on August 24th, 2016 at 11:54 pm

    LJ

    Wow, you make such lovely cards. Thank you.

  12. wrote on August 25th, 2016 at 11:52 am

    Cheryl

    Hi Darlene, glad you are receiving so many cards. I recently sent you 25 cards for Meals On Wheels. I’ll start working on birthday cards next. You are to be commended for organizing these card donations.

    • wrote on August 28th, 2016 at 12:22 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Thank you so much Cheryl!! 🙂

  13. wrote on August 27th, 2016 at 3:31 am

    Peg C

    thanks for sharing this, I have had trouble with my stars die forever and you have just solved how to get it embossed for me, thank you, thank you, thank you

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