Monday, March 12, 2012

Lil Bee's Product focus: Tim Holtz Distress Markers by Ranger

Every year after a CHA, I find myself waiting for the yummy new goodies to arrive by the post. Though they are tempting, it's hard to decide where to start with them, usually the tools and accessories.

So this year, I waited for Tim Holtz Distress Markers to arrive and to begin coloring my stamped images.
So ta daa here are the Tim Holtz Distress Markers!

Through Ranger we know that Tim Holtz Distress Markers are water-based inks for coloring, journaling, stamping and more. They are safe for scrapbooking too as they are Acid free, non-toxic
Available in Distress 37 color palette, that is 36 colors of Distress inks and Picket fence.

 So what did I tryout with them? I went through quite a lot of the reviews on these markers  (some good ones are available at the end of the post) but didnt find many techniques with them yet.

Anyways, I usually color my stamped image with Copics and am happy with that, so what I really wanted to try backgrounds with the Distress markers . I love to make my own backgrounds for using on cards, scrapbooks and my journals.

So what I came up was "The Wallpaper" effect. Let me take you through:

Supplies used:

Antique Linen Stain
Distress markers : Victorian velvet, Broken China, Shabby shutters, Forest moss, Vintage photo
Water spritz

 I took a Hero Arts folded card and covered it with Antique Linen Distress Stain, with horizontal application (above). Next I took a rubber stamp(any stamp with some coloring space would do) and colored in with 5 Distress markers. Flowers are colored with Victorian velvet and Broken China, the leave branches have no particular sequence of coloring. I spritz the colored stamp with just one spray application of water from a distance. wait for a few seconds and then stamp. If you press hard while stamping ,it will bleed more. see below the upper half of the card.

For the other half of the card I colored the stamp the same way(used Aged Mahagony instead of Victorian Velvet to check ) and then tried the huff way by Tim Holtz, I guess my huff and puffs were not strong enough, see below:

and below is the upper half with the first technique:

Now to show you the "Wall paper effect":

This time instead of coloring the card with Antique Linen stain, I stamped my image first in same way as above using the water spritz technique:

Then I swiped the Antique Linen stain horizontanly over the card only from left to right.
Swipe only once or twice over the stamped image or the image will bleed alot. Then at some place I reswiped with Distress stain but this time from right to left. This way the Distress Stain played with the Distress markers, bleeding them in two directions. This effect I named as the "Wall Paper effect". See Below:

Here is a comparison of the two techniques:

The left Hand side is "Wallpaper effect" and Right top is First technique with Stamp with water spray, and Right bottom is stamp with huff n puffs.

I keep these backgrounds in a box to come handy when I am working on a project.
Hope you liked today's Product focus with Lil Bee's Boutique. See you again with next episode of Lil Bee's Product focus on Monday, 19th March.

Till then enjoy some Distress markers reviews and demos here:

  • Demo by Tim Hotz at CHA by Paperclipping
  • comparison between Marvy, Zig and Distress markers:
  • Colouring Magnolia:
Happy Crafting!


  1. I couldn't explained it better... I have to say though your huffs and puffs are not bad at all! I find this technique handy for those times when the image of a stamped background is not enough. Can't wait for the next tutorial!

  2. Very informative! Tks for sharing with us! And both look great....I prefer the water spritzing though! :)

    1. Thanks Shobana, even i like the water spritzing one :)


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