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Distress Markers

Hi All!

Based on the May poll results so far, the majority of you like to watercolor with distress inks and markers. So, I decided to use my distress markers for today’s card! I colored the stamps with markers, then I watercolored the image with the same marker. Afterwards, to make the images pop, I used the fine tip of the same marker to add some highlights. It’s actually a pretty easy technique and all you need is one marker! I like to use a water brush, but a paintbrush and cup of water will work just fine. 🙂

For those of you considering purchasing these markers, I really love them. I found the best price at Amazon.

Don’t forget to upload your craft space to the Craft Spaces Galore section so you will be eligible for amazing giveaway prizes from Stamp-n-Storage. I love seeing everyone’s space! It’s funny how some people are very, very organized with most things put away, and some people like to have everything out. Some of you have a lot of stuff!

By the way, Stamp-n-Storage just released Episode 3 of their Crafted Spaces series. I don’t know why, but I am drawn to these videos. Keisha totally cracks me up. As they pan over her massive room (with how many slots of blue paper did I count last time? 21?), she talks about how important it is to “remove duplicates” from your stash. However, I must say, her room is dreamy and beyond beautiful. It really makes me want to be more organized. There’s definitely a good message in this video about knowing what you have. It’s so true. If you end up buying the same thing twice because you can’t remember what you have, you definitely have too much and it’s time to clean house. Which reminds me… I will be having my own sale probably in a month or so. I’ll keep you posted.

Enjoy the video!



To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.
Distress markers used: Picked Raspberry, Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters, Scattered Straw

Altenew Persian Motifs
Altenew Persian Motifs
Altenew Sentiments and Quotes
Altenew Sentiments
Tim Holtz Bricked Embossing Folder
Distress Markers
Ranger Detailer Water Brush
Ranger Detailer Water Brush
Ranger Watercolor Paper
Ranger Watercolor Paper
Slate Cardstock
Slate Cardstock
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Marker
Black Marker
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Versafine Black Ink
Thin Paper Tape
Thin Paper Tape
Ranger Craft Sheet
Craft Mat
Stampin' Up! Two-Way Glue Pen
Glue Pen
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner


  1. wrote on May 13th, 2015 at 9:34 am


    This card turned out very beautiful. I love them on the diagonal like that. Thanks Darlene. I love watching your videos! You inspire me to want to be greater so thank you!

  2. wrote on May 13th, 2015 at 11:19 am

    Miss Robin

    Wow! Stunning card!! Love it!

  3. wrote on May 13th, 2015 at 12:44 pm


    Beautiful card! I love the diagonal centre piece. Thank you for all the great ideas and videos!

  4. wrote on May 13th, 2015 at 1:17 pm


    Sure is a good reason to have a Misti…love mine..

  5. wrote on May 13th, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    Brenda L.

    You always make coloring look so easy no matter what medium you use Darlene. I love how this card turned out, it is so beautiful and the colors are so vivid. Hugs, Brenda

  6. wrote on May 13th, 2015 at 3:01 pm


    Love the water coloring! Your project turned out beautiful! I was relieved to hear that you, too, had issues with the Ranger paper pilling. I have had the same problem and, frankly, avoid the Ranger paper because of that. Nice job — something I aspire to create with much more practice.

  7. wrote on May 13th, 2015 at 3:20 pm


    Really pretty card.

  8. wrote on May 13th, 2015 at 4:27 pm


    Love the water color you did on this lovely image Darlene, it does look softer than if you had stamped it with Stazon Ink. Love all the highlights you did on the flowers and leaves and the diagonal design truly enhances the beauty of this flowers. Those Ranger Distress Markers have a very fine tip and lot’s of color.
    Now, about the water color paper…..I use Canson 140lbs. WC paper, it’s a bit like off white but, there is another Canson paper that is brighter and whiter than the plain one I always use and it’s Canson Canva-Paper, it has the texture of Canvas and the colors mix really beautifully. Both this papers take a lot of water and a lot of brushing with my aqua painter.
    Thank you for another fabulous Water Color video, love it!!!

    • wrote on May 14th, 2015 at 11:00 am

      Darlene DeVries

      Maria, I was actually looking at the Canson paper at Michael’s last weekend. I compared it to the Strathmore and it seemed to be the same off-white. Is the Canson Canvas paper made for watercolor? I like how my strathmore is 90lb so that I can layer it, so I’d like to get something more lightweight.

      • wrote on May 14th, 2015 at 2:37 pm


        Hello Darlene: The Canson Canva-Paper totally made for water color, to me, it looks a bit more white than the regular Canson, this is definitely off white.
        I’m going to send you some samples tomorrow, so you can actually try it before you buy, ok?
        I have had WC paper that is not to heavy, like the one you use, 90lb. but it doesn’t take water to well, I need something a bit heavier so I can do the blending with the aqua painter brush without the paper getting warped or frayed. I also like this heavier paper because the ink from the markers stay wet long enough for me to do the blending.
        The Canva-Paper has a very pretty texture, it does look like canvas.
        I’ll send this to you tomorrow, ok?

        • wrote on May 14th, 2015 at 6:50 pm

          Darlene DeVries

          Maria, you are so awesome – thanks so much!! I can’t wait to get it. I love happy mail. 🙂

          • wrote on May 14th, 2015 at 6:54 pm


            Oh heck yeah!!!!! happy mail is the best. Forget bills and junk mail, I rather get stamping goodies and cards from my friends.

  9. wrote on May 13th, 2015 at 5:03 pm


    Gorgeous card Darlene ! The diagonal strip really makes the watercolor POP ! I’m gonna try this VERY soon. Thanks for another Great video !!! Have a Blessed Day ! Terry

  10. wrote on May 13th, 2015 at 5:51 pm


    So pretty! I love your “outside the box” take on a focal panel. I love my distress markers…use them for almost all my watercoloring 🙂

  11. wrote on May 13th, 2015 at 8:12 pm


    Mmmmhhh Im starting to believe that I DO need a good bunch of
    Distress markers ….
    Does Amazon post to Australia?

  12. wrote on May 13th, 2015 at 9:31 pm


    Darlene – another winner. I’m going to look at my stash of WC paper and see if I have any others that are white. I want to try this! Thanks for sharing.

  13. wrote on May 13th, 2015 at 9:41 pm



  14. wrote on May 13th, 2015 at 11:56 pm

    Sherry W.

    Very pretty. Ha. I don’t know why I never think to use angles. Great idea and very pretty card.

  15. wrote on May 14th, 2015 at 12:23 am


    Absolutely gorgeous Darlene…I love, love watching you..I do learn a lot. I love your coloring techniques. I bought the Ranger Watercolor paper also, and I noticed it was pilling up on me. I tried both the textured side and the flat side and it pilled up on both sides. I bought it because it was so white, I am hoping to find a bright white water color paper that does not pill and easy to color on. I have other water color papers but they are really very off white.
    Thank you for this video.

    • wrote on May 14th, 2015 at 11:01 am

      Darlene DeVries

      Okiedee – I’m am going to try and find a good super-white one. I’ll report back when/if I find it!

  16. wrote on May 14th, 2015 at 3:47 am


    Gorgeous card Darlene, wonderful coloring technique and effect ! Everything come out so nice in your hand !! Looove your videos and work always !

  17. wrote on May 14th, 2015 at 7:38 am

    Jenny Chilton

    What a stunning card. I love watching you watercolour. I love the idea of the Misti. Thank you for sharing.

  18. wrote on May 14th, 2015 at 9:16 am


    I really liked this video. You have a great presentation style.

  19. wrote on May 14th, 2015 at 12:56 pm


    Wow, such beautiful watercoloring! I have not colored with my distress markers in a while. I usually just use the pads. :b This makes we want to get them out and play with them again. Thanks so much, Darlene! I really love this card. =)

  20. wrote on May 14th, 2015 at 3:53 pm


    You have great coloring skills and I love your gifts of teaching too! I have these stamps and markers and now don’t have to figure out how to get a great looking image. HUGE thanks to you, I am loving your videos and this special place!

  21. wrote on May 14th, 2015 at 4:21 pm


    Lovely card, Darlene! I really like how you angled the focal panel. I never thought to do that, but now may have to give it a try! I don’t have any Distress markers, other than black & white, due to cost. Have you tried the Spectrum Aqua markers yet? I saw Jennifer McGuire use them, and she highly recommended them. Just wondering if they would give a similar look to what you were doing. Anyway, thanks so much for your tutorial!

    • wrote on May 14th, 2015 at 7:02 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Andrea. I have not used the Spectrum Aqua markers. However, I’ve seen then and read about them. They are similar to the Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers, which I love. They are different from distress markers in that there is more water in them and they blend a little more easily. The distress markers can leave markers lines on your cardstock. The watercolor markers don’t do that at all. However, if I was only going to purchase one or the other, I would probably go distress for the variety of techniques you can do with them.

  22. wrote on May 15th, 2015 at 5:32 am

    Anna D.

    This card is stunning. I would never in my wildest dreams have invented something like this. Thank you.

  23. wrote on May 15th, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    Susan Berry

    Beautiful card. Love to watch you watercolor especially with the distressed markers. Also love the angles. I will have to try,.

  24. wrote on May 16th, 2015 at 6:08 pm


    Is there a way that I could “Favorite” some of your videos on your web site — rather than to perform a search. I like the YouTube ability to categorize “Favorites”. Anyway, just a thought …

    • wrote on May 19th, 2015 at 8:03 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Dawn. This feature is on the top of my list. I’m working on it as we speak! 🙂

  25. wrote on May 19th, 2015 at 8:36 pm


    Thanks so much Darlene! I love your site, and I am thrilled that I just added your distress ink water coloring technique to My Favorites.

    Thanks again.

    Dawn Reams-Burbach

    • wrote on May 22nd, 2015 at 7:40 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Dawn. The My Favorites isn’t totally active yet. I’m turning it on and off as I test it. Hopefully in the next couple of weeks.

  26. wrote on May 20th, 2015 at 6:51 am


    Ohhhh, this is just beautiful!!! (Must help that u used some of my favourite colours!)
    I so love your wc cards and I learn so much from you. Thank you dear Darlene for sharing your awesome talent!

    • wrote on May 22nd, 2015 at 7:41 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Thank you Vee! 🙂

  27. wrote on May 27th, 2015 at 2:23 pm


    I loved this card so much I bought the stamp set and made a picture using this technique. To much work to use as a card. I don’t have the heart to cut it. I think I will frame instead. Lol

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