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!

How-To Video: 3 Metal Accents

Hey there.

I am posting over on the Paper Crafts blog today and have a video to go with my projects. (Be sure to head THERE for the main post and more info.)

The video shows three ways to create your own “metal” accents – 3 different ones…

Here is a look at the cards featured…

I used THIS fabulous stamp set…

… and the Memory Box Candy and Apothecary Jar dies…


Again, be sure to head to the Paper Crafts blog for more info… and a giveaway of the metal goodies I used.


Below are the supplies used for this card. To find them at Simon Says Stamp, click on the SSS below the thumbnails. For Ellen Hutson, click on EH

Metallic Brushed Pewter Distress Stain (SSS|EH)


Ranger Foil Tape Sheets (SSS|EH)


Tim Holtz Idea-ology Mirrored Sheets (SSS|EH)



Impression Obsession Random Lines Background Stamp (SSS|EH)


Memory Box Candy Jar Die (SSS|EH)


Memory Box Apothecary Jar Die (SSS|EH)


Fiskars Stamp Press (SSS|EH)


Corner Chomper (SSS|EH)


Copic Markers (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts Red Royal Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts Black Dye Ink (SSS|EH)



Memento Black Ink (SSS|EH)



Neenah White Cardstock 25 Sheets (SSS|EH)



Glossy Accents (SSS|EH)



Distress Markers


I have had this watercolor paper die cut with white embossed flowers sitting on my craft table for entirely too long. It was time to put it into action…

So I scribbled over it with messy lines of Distress Markers. Lots of colors – all the blues and greens. Scribbled – easy and messy. Then I sprayed the living daylights out of it with pearlized water (Perfect Pearls + water) and let it dry for quite some time. When I came back? It looked super cool. I love how splotchy and messy it became…

You could skip the Perfect Pearls and just use water for a more subtle look. And for less of the splotchy-look, you could use less water.

That background (great for subtle texture) and greeting are new. Lovey…


Quick. Easy. Artsy. Fun!

See you soon. :)


More with Summer Distress Inks + Heroes Card Drive

Today I have another share using the new Summer Distress Inks. Warning: it is a bright one. And bold…

I white heat embossed the big flower image on watercolor paper and rubbed the inks directly over it with Salty Ocean (blue) in the center and Picked Raspberry (pink) around the edges. (It looked awful at this point! Not blended at all.) I then sprayed it verrrrry generously with a Perfect Pearls+ water mix and let it blend and dry on it’s own. Love the purple that resulted, too…

I did the same steps with another embossed flower and the Mowed Lawn ink and cut a few petals to create leaves. For the word “brilliant,” I covered white cardstock with the Mowed Lawn ink and die cut it with THIS great die. (That ensures it is a perfect match to the leaves!) I stamped “you are” from THIS stamp set

Here is a closer look at the die

… and the stamp set where I got “you are” for the greeting…

By the way, these new colors leave your hands looking colorful. (No worries – ink comes right off with THIS Scrubbie. Just wash your hands with it and soap – it easily comes off.) Gotta love the baby feet, too. :)

Loving these ink new colors! (Oh, and if you want a chance to win them, just go HERE.)

Recently, my friend Laurel‘s husband was deployed with the US Navy. She has started a card drive to collect cards for her husband and his fellow crew members to send home to family.

What a great way to put our crafting love to good use. Donating cards to this Heroes Card Drive is easy – you can find all the information HERE. Thanks for considering!


Summer Distress Inks + Giveaway!


I am happy girl whenever I get new Distress Inks. Very happy. I immediately put the Summer Distress Inks to good use, but then got busy with the baby and didn’t get a chance to post it. But better late then never…

Welcome to the new Summer Distress Inks. Bright. Cheery. Happy. Perfect for those of us who like non-distress-like colors but like the Distress Ink properties. The three new colors are Mowed Lawn (the perfect grass green), Picked Raspberry (the perfect hot-ish pink) and Salty Ocean (the perfect true blue). These colors are “true” colors – the perfect green, pink and blue. Definitely filled a missing spot in the Distress Ink palette!

So I put them to good use the same way I did the Spring Distress Inks a couple months back (HERE). I white heat embossed my favorite background stamp on watercolor paper and rubbed the inks directly over it in three big stripes. I then sprayed it verrrrry generously with a Perfect Pearls + water mix and let it blend and dry on it’s own. Love how the pink and blue blended to make a gorgeous purple, too…

Lovin’ THIS new Studio Calico greeting. (The whole set rocks.) And I punched cardstock hearts with my favorite heart border punch and covered them with Black Enamel for dimension and shine…

Fun. Simple. Ready for the mail. Ready to brighten someone’s day.

By the way, THIS is the stamp set I used. In love.

I will be back soon with another bold card I made with these great new inks. See you then.

 I was able to get my hands on an extra set of these Summer Distress Inks to give to a lucky winner. Leave a comment here by Friday night at 11:59pmEST for your chance.

(And the winner of the Simon Says Stamp die was Tania – I emailed you.)



Distress Marker Video + Giveaway

So, I have been waiting for a long time (just like I have been to give birth – ha) to share a video on Distress Markers.

In fact, I did this video almost two months ago! But I didn’t want to share any love for this product until they were back in stock at stores. There was a storage on them for awhile, but now you can get your paws on them again. :)

I am thrilled to be able to play with them all I want now! Here is a video showing one of the many ways you can use them – to create a fun background with the Hero Arts and Studio Calico Lattice background

I love that you can get little spots of color with the marker tip, and then can spray them like mad to get blending like watercolor…

When I showed this card to Tim awhile back, he asked me how long it took to color all those shapes. Honestly? 5 or so minutes. And that is nothing compared to what I normally spend on a card – ha. (I am slow.) So I think it is worth it.

Here you can see the pearlized look you get since I used water with Perfect Pearls mixed in. (If you don’t want that shine, you can just use regular water. Both are lovely.)

So many people have asked me if I really love these markers. The answer is yes. They take all the things I love about Distress Inks and puts them in a marker form – so I can get detailed spots of color. What could be better? And this background is just one of many ways to use them. (The best of which is for multi-color stamping – more on that another day.)

You can get the Distress Markers individually (get the colors you like best and just try them out) or go ahead and take the plunge to get the whole set

I love new toys. :) Almost as I love giving them away…

And I have a set of Distress Markers to give away! YAY! (Thanks, of course, to the fabulous Heidi at Simon Says Stamp.) Just leave a comment here by Sunday at 11:59pmEST for your chance to win. Good luck – this is a great giveaway!