1 February 2013

Craft Stamper Blog Hop - Looking Back

Welcome to this stop on the Craft Stamper Hop! If your visit isn’t related to the Hop then be sure to pop over to the Craft Stamper Blog to join in, as there are lots of prizes to be won and all the information about the blog hop and the events for the week! There is also a lot going on on the Craft Stamper Facebook Event page with flash giveaways!

For those of you who are visiting my blog for the first time I'm delighted that you're here and to my friends who visit often I thank you for your support as always. I'm delighted to be joining the Craft Stamper design team which is a dream come true and for those who don't already know I've been stamping for around five years and enjoy all kinds of stamps, my tastes are quite diverse, from the very cute to the very grungy and everything in between! I enjoy learning new techniques, experimenting with new products and the joys of just playing with stamps, inks, and paints, it's the best relaxation.


My project for the Hop is a concertina bound book and a card using 
Distress Ink Markers for the colouring which were my favourite new product from 2012 therefore my project is really all about the colouring.

The card base, front and back covers of the book and die cut Sizzix Framelits arches are stamped with stamps from the Penny Black T for transparent stamp set 'Petal Power' using Versafine Onyx Black ink which is my favourite for bringing out fine details of stamps and I know that it won't run or smudge when I watercolour.

I also stamped extra flowers and leaves to give a 3D effect to the focal flowers and these were coloured and cut out, glazed with watered down stickles glitter glue and then Ranger Distress Paint in  Rock Candy. Markers I used for the flower petals are Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed and a bit of Barn door and Black Soot. The leaves and flower centres are coloured with Forest Moss, Mustard Seed and Crushed Olive. I coloured the backgrounds with a Stormy Sky marker.


I find the distress ink markers work well either direct to the paper or by scribbling them down onto a craft mat and picking up the colour with a brush but if I use the direct to paper method I need to be fairly quick with the brush to avoid harsh lines and I found that this happens more with the darker colours. Just the same as the Distress Ink Pads the marker colour can be reactivated when dry with water. The brush end of the marker is lovely to create more painterly colouring and the fine nib is excellent for colouring strands in hair, for doodling and writing as it's quite fine. My Distress Markers are one of my most used products, they're very easy and quick to use and versatile. I've found them great for all kinds of colouring situations and as I've shown here lovely for blending colours together on the flowers and leaves and also for the backgrounds around the flowers where I've simply block coloured and spritzed with opalite reinker mixed with water for a mottled look.

In order to complete the hop you need to collect a letter from each of the blog hop participants and the letter that you collect from me is....................'I'

Your next stop on the hop is with the lovely Chrissie Stokes at simply-one-of-a-kind.blogspot.co.ukhttp://simply-one-of-a-kind.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/craft-stamper-blog-hop.html and the great thing is you have all week to complete it. If you get stuck on the hop at any time, pop back to www.craftstamper.blogspot.com for the full list of participants and all the information. Have fun hopping!


149 comments:

Stempelientje Stempy said...

Thats looks fabulous.....I want some distress markers now.... :)
Btw the link of the facebook page isnt working....:(
Greetings,Stempelientje

Minxy said...

What a cool and lovely vivid project, Gotta love a poppy or 2.

Lisa said...

Gorgeous work Chris, so vibrant and colourful. I'm loving the blog hop so far.......

Lynne Vowles said...

Gorgeous project, thanks for the tips for using distress markers. I keep forgetting about reactivating with water.

nannapat said...

What a stunning project. The colours are just beautiful. Pat x

Tabbatha Sandoval said...

The flower looks so fabulous! I've been itching to try the Distress Markers and you really are pushing me over the edge! :D Thanks for such great inspiration.

Helen Anderson said...

Gorgeous project Chris! Thanks for the tips for Distress markers :) x

Miria said...

Amazing creation, Chris and great tips, thank you for sharing, Miria from Italy xx

Rosie said...

Hi Chris.
It's my first visit to your site today but it won't be the last.
I think your project is lovely and it has inspired me to get my distress markers out.
Enjoy the week.
Rx

Carol Christie said...

Gorgeous creation, the flowers are so pretty :) x

lucretia said...

Hello. I've never heard of you before, but I'll look out for your name in future. Thanks for sharing with us all.

MayJay said...

Beautiful work. A lovely intro to the blog hop.

Boxofcolours said...

Wowee Chris, fantastic work as always.
Hugs
Jane

Jennie Hart said...

What lovely projects and thanks for all the information on the distress markers, I have a few so i'll get them out :)

cbuswell said...

Stunning project, great colouring with the distress markers! Love the stamps too!

Korry said...

Lovely book and I love the effect you get with the distress ink.

Redanne said...

Hi Chris, your bound book and card are gorgeous, love that PB flower, it is stunning. Great tip too about using the markers fast to avoid streaks. Hope you get lots of visitors. Hugs, Anne x

Irit Shalom said...

What a lovely project! Love the colors!

NGCARDS said...

Wow this is absolutely gorgeous, so vibrant! xxx

Rianne said...

Great idea this bloghop. It means that I found your blog. Love your use of color. Thanks for showing !

Barbara said...

What a gorgeous project, using my favourite colours.... I haven't any distress markers yet, think I've only just managed to complete my collection of distress inks......but they're on my 'list'. Thank you for the inspiration x

Artyjen said...

How vibrant those distress markers are...ab fab colouring...afraid I just do not have the patience!!! LOL xoxo Sioux

scrappyjacky said...

Gorgeous,Chris....such rich colours.

Joanne said...

This is amazing. the depth of colour you've achieved has surprised me and I want to play now.

Pöydän kulmalla näpertelijä said...

Wow! Absolutely stunning! Beautiful stamp and gorgeous colouring.

Karen said...

Hi Chris! WOW I am loving the colours on this project...actually I am loving the whole project hahaha! xxx

rachel said...

hi there Chris - I came over here on the advice of 'redanne' - and I'm glad I did - your work is just wonderful - looking forward to seeing more of what you make! Hugs Rachel xx

Delphine said...

So gorgeous, Chris! Your colours are amazing and the dimension effect simply fan.tas.tic! Hugs Delphine xx

Debs said...

I love your project.. and the colours are stunning!

Cardgenie said...

hi, thanks to the blog hop I've discovered your fantastic blog - this is the first time I've visited, but it won't be the last! Jean

Birgit said...

Gorgeous! Love the bright colors and all the detail!!

JansArtyJunk said...

Gorgeous creation..loving the vibrant colouring :)

pearshapedcrafting said...

Fabulous project - love my distress markers but forget how versatile they are - thanks for the reminder.

Kate said...

Wow, this is amazing Chris. Love the depth of colour you have achieved with the Distress Markers. I'm still experimenting with mine any particulat paper you use when you are colouring with them??

thanks
** Kate **

Kitty Frampton said...

OMG this is stunning hun! So striking and beautiful xx

Mole said...

Your watercolour work is lovely!

Valerie said...

Fabulous project and wonderful colouring!
Val x

Jeannette v.D. said...

What lovely colours for the flowers. Great coloring !!
Thanks for sharing.

Alison said...

Beautiful book Chris! Love the bright colours!
Alison x

Alida said...

wow, I love your flowers and the way you using the distress markers.

Karen Buchanan said...

Beautiful flowers!

Elaine Hughes said...

Chris, this is stunning! Such gorgeous colours.

inkypinkycraft said...

Such vibrant colours and I lovethe dimensional flower you have created! Trace x

Stempelientje Stempy said...

I love the bold colours you have used and the dimesional effect. It looks lovely!

pearshapedcrafting said...

Fabulous project. I love my distress markers but sometimes forget how versatile they are - Thanks for reminding me and for some new tips!

Tine said...

Stunning colouring & dimension, Chris. Fabulous project!
Tine :)

Danielle Champagne said...

Hello Chris, congratulations! you have an extraordinary talent, your inspiration is precious. Thanks for sharing. I love your project, wonderful warm colors, outstanding layout. coloring exquisite. an eye candy! Have a lovely weekend. Hugs.

Lesley G said...

Absolutely love your book :)

Sue C said...

Chris as always your work is stunning ! I love the colours you've used and the DM's have worked beautifully. Sue C x

Paula said...

This is gorgeous - I love the colours! xx

Sandra Crosfield said...

beuatiful project, your colouring is fantastic, love it xxx

karenm said...

Gorgeous colouring Chris. I love those Distress markers too!

Kate Roberts said...

Stunning work Chris, thankyou for the very detailed tutorial. I can see me buying the distress markers this weekend!

lena-dailyscrap said...

Looks really great! Love those distress ink markers. Bright, but still calm colours. Lovely concertina bound book!

Alexandra said...

This is gorgeous. I love your colouring, so bright and vibrant. I only have a few colours of the DM's, I need to build up my collection. It cheered me up to see this on this dull damp day

roc said...

Beautiful! Love your color usage.

Astrid Maclean said...

Love the clever way you have blended the colours here, it really makes your project pop! I'm lucky enough to own a full set of markers and you have just given me the inspiration to pull them out more often, so thanks for that. This was my first visit here, but I'm sure to be back and will follow you.

Gio said...

Such gorgeous piece and colors, Chris!

Maggie said...

Gorgeous projects loving the bright colours.....the markers are my favourite craft item too.

Kelly Neis said...

You started this hop off with a huge Bang! Gorgeous colors and creations, thank you for explaining how you work with your markers, I need to apply your tips and use mine.

"l" is for LOVE your artwork Chris!!
Hugs and many congratulations, you deserve it all!
Hugs Kelly

SemSee said...

WOW Chris, what beautiful, gorgeous creations!! I love rich colours and adore the ones you've used here. Fantastic work and congrats for being on the CS DT! Hugs, Sem x

ElizabethR said...

Beautiful and the shading of the flowers is gorgeous Elizabeth x

Crafting Queen said...

Two stunning creations, your colouring is wonderful.

coco said...

Hi, I'm discovering you thanks to the blog hop.. Wonderful flowers and coloring on your two projects, woww !!! Thanks for the how-to... and also thank you for your kind presentation of you, very useful for new comers like me ! Coco x

Linda said...

Stunning projects Chris, love the vibrant colours and I really must get my hands on this stamp set! xx

Helen said...

I've seen your gorgeous work in the magazine of course, but can't believe I've never found your blog! That 3d project is just gorgeous, I love the flower!

butterfly said...

Gorgeous dimensional flowers in fabulous colours! Love Distress Markers too... just seen that Tim's just uploaded a new video about them - great minds!!
Alison x

Ginger said...

Wow, lovely colours. Carol x

Lucy Edmondson said...

What a lovely project!

Lucy x

Coby van willigenburg said...

lovely colours Thanx for the explenation of your work!

groetjes Coby

Gayna said...

Wow stunning and such vibrant colours. thank you so much for sharing.
Gayna

Gayna said...

Wow, stunning projects and such vivid colours. Thank you so much for sharing.
Gayna

Carol Q said...

what gorgeous resonant colours - stunning project.

Janet Wilson said...

fantastic project

Tinkertaylor said...

Fab flowers so vibrant

ionabunny said...

Lovely project and thanks for the tips on the distress markers

Cazzy said...

Life is beautiful, well the book is beautiful and I love the ink colours and I so want to try some of those markers!

Glennis said...

Fabulous project - I love the vibrant colours

Lynn Hardy said...

What lovely vivid colours on your artwork - beautifully coloured too. Congratulations on joining the DT at Craft Stamper - looking forward to seeing more of your work.

cathylynn said...

Chris your colors are so rich and alive! Fabulous project!
Hugs, Cathy-Lynn

Sara Naumann said...

Beautiful design!!!

Stamping in Pink said...

Such gorgeous creations - the vibrancy is not what I normally associate with the Distress range - love this and thank you for the blog hugs Karen

Paper Profusion said...

This is gorgeous Chris. I love its vibrancy ... I'm hopping on... Nicola x

Paula Whittaker said...

such wonderful colours...great project.

LoraineC said...

Fantastic wonderful ideas :)

Maisie Moonshine said...

Hi Chris, this is my first time visiting your blog and I know it wont be the last! This is such a lovely project and I'm really impressed by the glowing depth of colour you have achieved with the Distress markers - oh no that's ANOTHER thing for my wish list!

Elaine said...

Great project - love the 3d you've achieved and lovely bright colouring! Hopping over to Chrissie!

Kim H said...

beautiful coloring and colors. I love the dimension you created with the layering. simply lovely, thanks for sharing.

Elly said...

Your choice of colours is excellent as always. Your 3D Flower looks awesome.
Hugs Elly (:o)

Buttons said...

This is gorgeous Chris. I love the depth of colour and the way you have put this together. Hope you have a wonderful weekend, hugs Jenny x

Jane said...

Gosh amazing colouring, thanks for sharing x

Claire said...

Hi Chris, this is my first visit to your blog but I love it and am going to become a follower now! Also I love my distress markers too :)

Sandra said...

Hello my lovely. Wow!!!! Stunning Stunning... I'm lost for words. Your piece is fabulous as always. Love the 3D flower.
CoNgRaTs again. CS are so lucky to have you on their DT.
Much love
The other Mrs D xx

Claire Boelema said...

Gorgeous book, love the flowers x

gardenpinks said...

Fantastic projects. Love the flowers stamp and the marker colours you have used. Thanks for the tips on using them.
Lynn x

okienurse said...

awesome colors on that book! Love it!

Patti J said...

Beautifully done! Love the gorgeous colors! Thanks so much for sharing :)

Anonymous said...

Great start to the Blog Hop! Great project, and I enjoyed your blog! Judy D.

Michelle Webb said...

I am astounded that I haven't spotted your blog before Christine, really glad I've popped by today, probably along with many other people. I'm your newest follower too. I really love your work and this concertina book is just brilliant. Love the stamping and the colours. just wonderful. Michelle x

Only By His Grace said...

Ooooh! Such feel good colours.
these are beautiful Chris.
Your colouring with the Distress markers is wonderful. I m so tempted to get the markers.
Hugs maz

Sue said...

This is gorgeous, such vibrant colours. Love it!! xx

Frea said...

Hi Chris, well it was my first visit to your blog and I was amazed by your project! I have a couple of Distress markers myself which I use mostly for adding accents when colouring with distress ink, and I'm just amazed about in intensity of the colours on your projects! I should definitely use my markers more!! Thanks for the inspiration. Hugs Frea

Jen Brown said...

Absolutely love the colours. Great projects xx

TwinkleToes2day said...

Wonderful pictures! I'm desperate to try the distress markers but I'm making myself wait until I need to replace current colouring media - Lots f colouring going on here! Haha :0) Mo

Nan G said...

Gorgeous! Such fabulous coloring.

Dawn @ LilyPinkScraps said...

Simply gorgeous - makes me want some Distress Markers now!

Krista's Paper Cafe said...

Gorgeous cards--so vibrant and needed for mid-winter. You have a lot of patience.

Sandy said...

I got arthritis in my pointer finger from scrolling down so far!!!!! You really keep me inspired Chris. This book is fantastic and that flower is really grand and how about those colors!!! Oh my, oh my - lovin' it all!!
sandy

Miriam Prantner said...

Oh wow! The coloring and dimension is just gorgeous! Wonderful project!

kaylou said...

Absolutley fantastic Christine, I just love your work and your style, and a fantastic project to start the hop with...
Hugs Kaylou xx

Gill said...

Delightful card and book. This has certainly given me some ideas about using my distress markers. Thanks.
Gill x

Croms' Cubby Hole said...

WOW what a beautiful book. That flower is amazing. Thank you for the inspiration.

Kate said...

Life is Beautiful and so is your work. I have to admit I normally steer clear of colouring but maybe I'll have more success with distress markers. I love the vibrant colours you have chosen and the way you layered the petals for dimension.

isisimaginings.com said...

Beautiful project, I love the colours.

Lin said...

Wow, all about the colouring indeed. Such fabulous vibrant shades and that orange really makes those flowers pop.

Lin xx

Linby said...

I love the vibrant colours of these pieces. Maybe I need to get some distress markers too!
Linbyx

Sylvia x said...

fantastic project and love the colour scheme...

Great little blog hop too..

Sylvia x

Ellen said...

Great projects, I especially love your book, great layering and wonderful colours!
Ellen.

carol e said...

Hi Chris I love this book and card. Thecours are really vibrant. Thanks for the techniques
Carol E

LaJanette said...

Wow this is absolutely fantastic. Those flowers are out of this world gorgeous! Loving the layers and dimension. Oh and you did it with Distress Markers....FABULOUS!

Hopping along;
Janette

jill said...

What a beautiful vibrant choice of colours, and I love the flower stamp too!!

Helen said...

1st visit. Absolutely love the vibrant colours after all the white on white cards that are about. Love Helen

Izzwizz said...

Fab project, love your colouring and colours? I use my distress markers a lot too! They're great for matching the sponged backgrounds. Maddy x

GA said...

Hi Chris,

your book and card are really lovely pieces of art.

Best wishes

Gerd

Sarina Coffin said...

Wow, this is just amazing! I love the colors you chose. Such great depth and the layering is awesome! I was just talking about these markers today. I don't currently own any but would love to receive some and try them out. Thanks for participating in this blog hop. Great work! :)

Maz Wood said...

TFS I love the colours on this project. So glad I stumbled onto this hop.

My name is Cindy said...

Resisting those markers but the colours look gorgeous.

Anita Houston said...

Fabulous coloration!!! WOW! Wonderful design on this creation as well!

She said...

Hi Chris....Just started my blog hop, I'm so glad I found you, I love your work and I will be back!! I love your Poppies.....you have made Distress Markers look good!! They never looked that good when I used them.......Have a good Sunday. S.x

Choka said...

what a lovely vibrant page - not tried distress markers much but will have another go

Sasha said...

Hi Chris,
Sorry I haven't been by for a while. Unfortunately, this was due to much disruption in my craft room and having no computer access.
Congratulations! on becoming a Craft Stamper designer. But so well deserved, as your work is always stunning! I love your concertina book, which is so amazingly vibrant and beautifully created xx

Wanda H said...

Gorgeous project!!!!!!!!!

nicoleqmullen said...

Your project is stunning, the colours are just amazing!

CRAZYCRAFTSHED said...

Gorgeous and beautiful Chris just love the colour's
Hugs Dianne xx :)

Ali said...

Thanks for a gorgeous project - so pretty and such rich colours! I love your idea of using watered down Stickles as a glaze too. :)

Ali

Craftychris said...

I love the vivid colours you have used - fabulous! I have never tried Distress Markers - will have to give them a go. xx

Handmade by Elaine said...

Hi this is my first time i've done a blog hop and the first time i've visited your blog...love the colours you have used and thanks for sharing
Elx

toni said...

Hi chris great work with the distress markers, i must get mine out as i haven't used them for a while x

Ellie Knol said...

HI Paula,
LOVE your project! ... and this is a wonderful blog hop!

Karen Edwards said...

Love the brightness of the pens, i havent got on with the distress markers, but you have re-inspired me to get them out and have a play. x

kjjc said...

What's lovely colours you have used. Fab idea too

Kezzy said...

Wow stunning creation it's amazing I love it. Kezzy xx

Francesca said...

Fab book love the vibrant colours.

DonnaMundinger said...

Gorgeous coloring and fabulous dimension. xxD

Denise Bryant said...

Beautiful colors on your project Chris! I haven't tried the Distress Markers yet, but the colors are so pretty, I can't resist! I'll have to get some!
DeniseB

Craftyfield said...

Lovely bold colours on this project.

Kjersti said...

Beautiful Chris, brilliant colours and beautiful design - love it!
Have a wonderful week!
Hugs Kjersti:)

Lura said...

thank you so much for sharing your incredible project the colors and layers are just beautiful. xox

Fliss said...

Absolutely beautiful creation Chris and just love those gorgeous bright colours.
Also love your cover project on the latest CS mag and will definitely be giving this a go (just hope it turns out half as good as yours!)
Fliss x