Friday, December 7, 2012

Friday Focus: Distress Markers

Please note:  The Funkie Junkie Boutique is temporarily closed for moving, and will not reopen until around January 20th, so the Friday Focus products will not be offered at 15% off until then. Sorry for the inconvenience.'s Friday! Anita Houston here, and it's my turn to host the Friday Focus. I want to show you one of my favorite techniques using Distress Markers, which happens to be stamping with them onto Specialty Stamping Paper. They are a match made for the creative good I tell ya!
Have pieces of Ranger's Specialty Stamping Paper cut and ready, as well as stamps ready to go. I'm using images from Tim's Mini Holiday series. Using Distress Markers, color directly onto the leaping deer rubber stamp.
Give your colored in stamp a good huff of breath.
Here comes the cool part. Stamp your image onto the Specialty Stamping Paper. Give your stamp another huff of breath, and stamp the image again onto another piece of the paper. You can even repeat again...that is how color rich these markers are. Even a light mist of water will make even the faintest hint of color on the stamp come alive and make for a wonderful watercolor effect. Cool huh?
Always use a light blast from a heat tool after stamping onto Specialty Stamping Paper to set the color.
Repeat the coloring, huffing, and stamping again using the sprig and acorn image. Keep stamping it around the main sprig until all color is gone.
Repeat again using the mini tree image.
More coloring, huffing, and stamping using the large tree image.
Using Jet Black Archival, stamp the leaping deer onto a piece of Idea-ology Masking Sheet. Dry and cut it out.
Using a scrap sheet of paper, freehand cut a wave pattern to mimic a hill.
Apply the mask onto the stamped leaping deer and then apply the hilly scrap paper on top of the deer.
Color in the mini tree cluster image using the Distress Markers, huff on it, and stamp it onto the scene right where the scrap paper meets the Specialty Stamping Paper. Stamp it several times after huffing along the scene. Remove the paper and mask and dry.
Here is the coolest part. Apply the scrap back onto the scene where it matches up, and begin coloring in the sky portion with Distress Ink right over the Distress Marker images. The Distress Markers resist the Distress Ink.WOW!  I used Salty Ocean and Tumbled Glass for a graduated look to the sky.
Using the Black Soot Marker, trace around the leaping deer image to make it really pop. Stamp a sentiment onto the top portion of the scene using Jet Black Archival. Ink the edges of the paper using Vintage Photo Distress Ink except the edge with the white portion.
Adhere the paper scene onto a Kraft card. Ink the edges of the card as well with the vintage photo.
Use Stickles to highlight parts of the scene for that special Christmas sparkle.


  1. Hi Anita, they are such great techniques that you have used on your gorgeous wonderland scenes. I have tried this but have not got the best results BUT your outlining of the deer makes it look so much better and it really does 'pop' off the page - I am off to try this again. Thank you, as ever, for your inspiration! Hugs, Anne x

  2. These cards are wonderful, Anita! I love the way they came out with the masking. Thanks so much for sharing the techniques with us!


  3. Absolutely inspiring with a weekend of crafting ahead. Just popped over from your own blog. Hugs, Jenny x

  4. Exquisite work from Anita - just glorious!
    Alison x

  5. Thanks for the great step by step. I love the way you created a scene using just stamps and ink. The forest is wonderful with all the different sized trees.

  6. Love the cards and wonderful technique! thnx so much for sharing I love them!! and I hope the move is going well!! Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday time!!