Posts Tagged ‘Zig Clean Color Markers’

What a Difference Paper Makes!

Friday, May 8th, 2020

Happy Friday, my friend! It’s Deb here, for the Design Team. I hope that wherever you are, you’re looking forward to a nice weekend.  If you’re following along with the Scrap ‘N Stamp Random Acts of Cardness, today’s theme is ‘Sunshine’. So I’ve incorporated bright colours and sun rays in my project! Today I’m sharing two cards with you, both made using the exact same stamp set and markers. The difference is the papers I used – and what a difference paper makes! Here’s a look at both cards, side by side.

What a Difference Paper Makes!

If I hand’t already told you that they were coloured with the same markers, would you believe me just by looking at the photo above? It’s true! The exact same colours in the exact same markers were used. However, the card on the left is done on watercolour paper. The card on the right is done on  regular smooth white cardstock.


To start, set up the watercolour paper in your stamp platform. Because of the texture of the paper, you’ll want to ink & stamp twice, for a complete image. Ink up the Picket Fence Studios Early Tulip Bouquet image stamp in Versamark ink. Ink & stamp twice, and then cover with fine white embossing powder. Use a heat tool, to set the powder.

Now, use Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and a water brush to colour the tulips, stems and leaves. Next, use the yellow marker to create some sun rays, and blend them out with the water brush.  Once the panel is dry, stamp the sentiment from the same PFS Early Tulip Bouquet set in the upper left corner, in Nocturne ink.

What a Difference Paper Makes!


For the card on regular cardstock, swap out the watercolour paper, and stamp the image in Nocturne ink on regular smooth white cardstock. Use the same Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and a water brush to colour the images.

The marker colours I used for both cards are: 050 Yellow, 052 Bright Yellow, 025 Pink, 081 Light Violet, 041 Light Green and 045 Pale Green.  This time, use a stencil to create the sun rays. Apply Mustard Seed distress Oxide with a blending brush through the stencil. Then, again stamp the sentiment in Nocturne ink.

Finish both cards by layering onto a piece of light green cardstock, and then a light yellow card base. A few clear drops are added for embellishment.

What a Difference Paper Makes

Quite a difference in the intensity of colours, don’t you think?!  Even if I had embossed the image in white for the 2nd card, that wouldn’t have changed the intensity of the marker ink. Plus, with regular cardstock, you can’t add as much water for blending, for fear of completely breaking down the card fibers.


It’s amazing what a difference paper makes, isn’t it? Do  you have a preference? The soft look of watercolour, or the intense full colour of regular cardstock? I think both are beautiful, in their own way. So as you can see, if you want to ‘mix things up’ with your artwork, just try switching up the substrate you’re working on! Or use the same substrate (base), and change the medium. Or change both! Wouldn’t these tulips look beautiful in alcohol inks? How about Perfect Pearls?

Before you head off to start creating, just a reminder that there’s still time to visit & leave your comments on our May Blog Hop! CLICK HERE to start with Tara’s post, and leave a comment on each blog as you hop along. By doing this, you’re automatically entered into the draw for a $50 Gift Certificate to Scrap ‘N Stamp! But hurry – it closes on May 14th!   Also, join our Random Acts of Cardness challenge on the Facebook Challenge Page HERE. At the end of the month, one lucky winner will be randomly chosen from all the submissions for another $50 Gift Certificate!  That’s a lot of shopping you could win 🙂

Thanks for hanging out with me today! I hope you’re inspired to create.  Please leave me a comment, and let me know what you think of these 2 versions of the same sunshine tulip card.

What a Difference Paper Makes!

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Winter Tales by Penny Black

Monday, December 16th, 2019

Happy Monday, my friend! I have a super cute card to share with you today, so grab your favourite beverage, and settle in for a bit. As soon as I saw the preview of the winter release, I knew that I would be ordering this Winter Tales stamp set by Penny Black. I just love scenic stamp images, and the little birds on this one are just too cute! Seeing this stamp brought to mind my wonderful Design Team member Kia – she loves birds, and probably has the most bird related stamps than anyone I know. And that’s okay, because she’s so talented, and always creates gorgeous projects with them. So, hopefully I’ll live up to her standard with my birds in today’s project.


This Winter Tales stamp is a large one, but I trimmed it down to fit a standard A2 card.

Penny Black Winter Tales

Well – was I right about these adorable birds?! They look like they’re having a very animated conversation – how fun would it be to understand bird talk?


This image lends itself to colouring with your favourite medium. I chose to watercolour with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, and a water brush. To start, set up the stamp and your watercolour paper in your stamp platform. Because watercolour paper has a texture to it, you’ll want to be able to re-ink and stamp at least twice, for a clear impression. Use an archival ink to cover the entire stamp, and press onto your panel. Repeat at least once more, until the image is crisp & clear.  Now, stamp the image again onto a piece of masking or photo copy paper, and hand cut with scissors. This is your mask, so that you can stamp the trees behind the image.

Use the Winter Tree stamp, also from Penny Black, and stamp it in Gina K. Fresh Asparagus ink, with the mask in place. Stamp the tree on either side of the middle fence post; repeating the stamping for good ink coverage. With that done, you can remove the mask, and start colouring the image.  For colouring with the markers, first apply a bit of colour directly to the image, and then immediately blend it on with a damp water brush. Continue to do this until you’re happy with the depth of colour. Once the colours are dry, you may want to go back in to add more ink, to create depth and shadows.


To create the snow, add white Gouache paint without thinning it, directly onto the areas where the snow should be. Those are the tops of the fence rails and post, on the ground, and on the trees. For the sky, use the Blue marker and lightly brush it across the sky. Do a small area at a time, immediately blending with the water brush, so it isn’t too dark, or blotchy. I love how the other colours within the blue start to show through, when it’s blended with the water.

When the sky and snow are dry, thin out the remaining gouache paint with a bit of water. Put your mask back in place, to cover the birds and fence. Pick up the thinned gouache with your paintbrush, and splatter it onto the panel, creating smaller snowflakes. Remove the mask, and add a few snowflakes by hand onto the fence and trees.

Here’s a close up photo, so you can see how the gouache, without water, creates dimension for the snow.

Penny Black Winter Tales


Now, stamp the small sentiment from the Concord & 9th Mistletoe Messages at the bottom, in Nocturne ink. Cover with clear embossing powder, and heat set.  Layer 2  blue squares in opposite corners of your red card base, and then attach your image panel with foam tape.

Penny Black Winter Tales

I coloured my birds to look similar to robins, but you can make them into your favourite bird!

Thanks for spending some time with me today! I  hope  you’ve been inspired to have fun creating your own winter or Christmas cards. Or, just change up the sentiment, don’t add the snow, and this would make a great anniversary or thank you card, too! If you haven’t already, be sure to leave comments on each blog in our White Christmas blog hop, for a chance to WIN a $50 Scrap ‘N Stamp Gift Card! You can start HERE at Tara’s post.

To order the products to make this card, links are included below.

Winter Tales Penny Black

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Simple Water Coloring With Zig Markers

Thursday, July 25th, 2019

Hi Everyone, it’s Susan with a quick tutorial showing how easy water coloring can be with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. These are a great marker set. They have a lot of fun colors, they have a brush tip and they are really easy to use!  This is a set of 60 but you don’t have to dive in to the big pack to start because they come in 4, 6, 12, and 24 packs – lots of choices to start you off.

I did promise you that these markers were easy to use and I’m going to show you how I made this card. I’ve even got a video tutorial showing the process.

The best tip I can give you, and this tip is good for any medium that you’re working with, is to make color swatches. This is a great way to see the full potential of the inks you’re working with and actually they’re fun to make too.

Now, some of you may think that choosing brown for the flower is a little odd, but another tip I want to give you is to not think about that. Think about what you like and go with it.

Start by adding the ink to the where you want it to be the darkest. Then, using your water brush blend the ink out to the outer edges of the petals. When this layer dried I went in with a darker gray color and adding some shading into the center of the flower.

I like to finish off the water coloring by adding a wash of color around the edges of the image. To do this spread some ink onto a stamping block or a sheet of acetate, add some water and then apply it loosely around the edges.

I told you this was easy. I highly recommend these pens no matter what your skill level may be.

I did mention earlier that I made a video showing the whole process. Here it is – if you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Click HERE to watch it on YouTube.

Happy Stampin’

and thanks so much for visiting