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by Julie Brooks

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Friday, 18 May 2012

Playing with my new Distress Ink Markers!

Hello again

Just another quick post from me! I recently became the proud owner of a set of the new Tim Holtz Distress Ink Marker Pens but hadn't really had time to play with them ... until today. I will say right now that I love the idea of all those fab inky colours in a marker pen format. I love my Promarkers, and I have a few Sakura pens, but to add the Distress Ink Markers to my collection provides me with so much more scope for what I can do.

Anyway, here are two little tags which aren't yet finished, but on both of them I stamped a cute sea themed image and I used my new Distress Ink Marker Pens to colour them in.

I am really pleased with the way the colours work on the manilla tags and it feels very different from other things I've made where I've used the Distress Ink Pads. I am looking forward to using them more in the coming days and weeks and will post again at some point in the future with some more samples of how I've been using them.

Bye for now,
love from me xx

Playing with Promarkers

Hi folks

Hope you've all had a good week. I can't believe it's the weekend again and have very little of crafty interest to share with you as it's been such a busy week for me with other things.

I've been catching up with all of your Blogs and was reading Kath Stewart's blog and spotted the link to her friend Debbi's blog. Debbi has just been appointed as a designer for Letraset and has made a lovely tag using the new Metallic Promarkers. It's absolutely beautiful and the metallic markers look like metallic embossing - fab! So, this got me thinking that I might have something to show you along the theme of Promarkers, and here it is! I enjoy using Promarkers when I get a chance and used them to colour my Warren image in one of the projects which earned me a place on the Craftwork Cards Design Team. (See earlier post.) But this time it was a little dragon I was colouring in. He's from a range of Wild Rose clear stamps and I'm sure you'll agree he's very cute.

So, I stamped the image onto white card and had a fun time colouring him in using my Promarkers, and I'm quite pleased with the shading I achieved. I added glitter to the party hat and the yummy cake (and the candles) and Glossy Accents to the little dragon's eyes. I then cut him out and fixed him to the card on foam pads. (The sentiment and card blank are from Craftwork Cards.) The card isn't finished yet as I need to add a few little embellishments to it!

I've also included in this post a few previous cards where I've used Promarkers to provide you with more inspiration, should you need it!

 In this one I used some Liquid Pearls for the flower centres, fixed the picture to a scalloped circle and fixed this to the card using foam pads. I then inked around the edges of the card to tie in with the colour of the scalloped circle.
 This was coloured more simply because of the style of the image, but the stronger colours of Promarkers worked a treat on it. I did some shading (though I'm not sure I got it entirely right!) and then added some glitter to the edges of the flowers to represent light shining on them. The butterflies were coloured on a separate piece of card and then cut out and fixed on to the design using foam pads. I added some glitter to the butterflies' wings to represent that shimmering effect they have.
This was a pre-printed floral wreath (Craftwork Cards) which I coloured, sticking to just three or four colours. I cut out a larger flower and coloured this in a matching colour. Again, Liquid Pearls for the flower centres, and again the main image was mounted on a scalloped circle but this time it was fixed straight onto the card rather than being on foam pads. Again inked around the edges of the card to tie it together. Card blank, scalloped circle and sentiment also by Craftwork Cards.
This is my personal favourite! I coloured the lovely Warren image and added glossy accents to his nose and eyes to make them shine. I mounted this onto some lovely linen texture floral paper and then punched out some flowers, embossed them and fixed them in place, along with some punched out foliage. Pearls and Liquid Pearls for the flower centres on this one.

So, I did have something to show you after all!

Have a great weekend whatever you're doing and I'll be back soon.

Take care,
love from me xx