Tips, Tools and Techniques + Big Giveaway!


I have been getting a lot of questions about my Tips, Tools and Techniques on Distress Markers from the September/October issue of Paper Crafts. So I thought I would share here a bit more about each project.

Here are the projects – each showing a different way to use Distress Markers. These markers are insanely good:

First up is stamping with the White Distress Stain on kraft paper. It gives such a unique and fabulous look. Just pounce the Stain on the stamp and stamp as you normally do:

Next is faux watercolor painting with Distress Markers. Just color the marker right on the stamp (no need to hurry), mist it lightly with water and stamp. Looks like lovely watercolor and all the colors blend so well:

I know many people love the look of Copic Markers but don’t want to pay the high price tag. Distress Markers can also give a nice blended look. Just color with the light marker, add shading with a darker marker and then go dab with the lighter color where the two areas overlap. It will blend nicely:

You can also do simple multi-color stamping with Distress Markers. Just color right on the stamp… and stamp. Easy:

I like to use Distress Markers for backgrounds, too. Just scribble a “rainbow” of markers across the back and mist with water to blend. (You can use a paintbrush to guide it if you want.)

You can also use Distress Markers for watercolor! I just scribbled the marker onto an acrylic block (or a piece of plastic) and pick up color with a wet brush:

These are just a few of the many fun things you do with Distress Markers. For a video I did using them, go HERE.

And I have a great giveaway! The fabulous Tim Holtz and the kind folks at Ranger have donated a set of Distress Markers for a lucky winner! Just leave a comment here by Friday night at 11:59pmEST for your chance to win. Good luck!

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  1. Tiffani

    Awesome! I’d love to try some out!

  2. Fab to have these reminders in one place.

  3. ruth tacoma

    Gorgeous cards! I especially love the ‘hello’ one!

  4. Robin Walston

    Wow! Thanks for the tips and great examples. I’ve just bought a few of the markers and am now ready to use them.

  5. Sylvia

    Great ideas and a great give away, as usual.

  6. Scrappy Belle

    I love your ideas…thanx for sharing.

  7. Beautiful cards… Thank you for the great tips!

  8. Carole RB

    I love these techniques. Thanks for the tut. Thanks a bunch for the opportunity to win

  9. Brooklynn H.

    Thanks so much for the giveaway! I love your cards and ideas. Such a great inspiration! Most of all.. I love seeing your little kiddos grow! Oh, how much they look the same!

  10. So many colours to own & I ONLY own 2! My husband says that as I have the ink pads I cannot possibly need the markers or the stains :-( ( . Please pretty please, or maybe you could just let Santa know that I would really like to win these.


  11. Claire

    thanks for the chance!!

  12. Kris E

    So excited to see these fab ideas because I have several of the items needed (other than the markers ironically!). As always, truly amazing and so creative!

  13. MicheyMoo

    Seriously….a whole set to give away!! That’s awesome….thanks T!m and Jenn. I love that you can also use these markers for backgrounds…thanks for showing these techniques. xx

  14. Trexxann

    Thankyou Jennifer for once again sharing some fabulous techniques! :) Thanks for the giveaway lovely people!!

  15. Cheryl SD

    Thanks for more details on the different ways to use Distress markers. Distress Markers have been on my wish list since you started using them and showing the cards on your blog! I’d love to win a set!

  16. Eek, I’d adore a set of Distress Markers!!!

  17. oh wow!! These are really helpful tips!! Would love to get a set of those markers!!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  18. Sandra

    Thanks so much for sharing your talent!
    And thank you for the chance to win!

  19. Becky

    You do such a great job on your cards and Tim Holtz rocks. I would love to win this.

  20. charlene

    love my distress inks, so the markers would make me happy too!

  21. Robin Barwacz

    Great ideas for use of those fab markers. Gotta try sone of your tips and techniques. Thanks and have a great weekend. Robin

  22. Sara Craig

    Your hints techniques will help me be a better artist. Thank you so very much.

  23. Pamela Bennett

    I love the cards you created with these markers, I would be soooo over the moon
    if I won these fabulous markers. Thanks for the chance.

  24. Katrina

    Thank you for the tips! I bought some Distress Markers quite a while ago. I tried them out and I couldn’t get them to do what I wanted them to, so I gave up and haven’t tried again. But your tips here have made me want to pull them out again. Thanks!

  25. Patricia

    Oh wow…looks cool. Would like to put my hands on a set of those Distress Markers…I love Tim Holtz and Ranger Products. Papers are also so beautiful! I am an absolute fan.

  26. They are on my Santa list; but since Santa has been so poor these last couple of years, would you please help him with my gift?

  27. Connie

    love the distress markers, hope to win.

  28. Debra Stoner

    You are an inspiration…thank you for the great ideas…I am going to try using them for the watercolor effect on holiday cards.

  29. I absolutely love the colors of the markers and would love to win. Ranger products make me zoo happy!!!

  30. Thank you for this! I have been meaning to buy distress markers and going back and forth with my decision. Your cards look absolutely lovely!

  31. Victoria h

    Would love to win! Lots of gr8 ideas Jennifer.

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