Inking with Markers

by Beate Johns

Learn how to use markers to ink up your stamps.



  1. Step 1

    With stamp facing up start coloring your image with a marker.

  2. Step 2 (Optional)

    To add more depth, take a slightly darker color and add shading directly on the stamp.

  3. Step 3

    Continue to use markers to fully color your image.

  4. Step 4

    Huff (exhale to moisten the ink) on your image before stamping it on cardstock.

  5. Step 5

    Markers are a great way to use only a part of an image or sentiment. Simply just ink up the part of the stamp that you want to use.

    This technique is called omitting.

  6. Step 6

    Add more partial sentiment to create a completely new one.

  7. Step 7

    Most markers have a brush and fine tip. The fine tip can be used to add doodling to your image layer.

  8. Step v

    Watercolored Look
    Instead of huffing on your inked image, mist the stamp with water. Check the tutorial for it HERE.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Inking with Markers. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Thanks for reminding us that this technique exists, Beate.
I tried to open the gallery but got this response:
Category 'marker, distressmarker' not foundmarker, distressmarker

Greetings from Scotland,
Nessie  |  Wed Aug 28, 2013 at 4:24 AM
I just love this technique -- water coloring is my favorite -- so many beautiful cards here, especially the tutorial and the one under it.
Anne Fletcher  |  Wed Aug 28, 2013 at 7:35 AM
Great technique and tutorial (always love the video too!). Thanks so much for this great reminder, Beate!!
CherylQuilts  |  Wed Aug 28, 2013 at 8:24 AM
this was very helpful.Thank U for sharing
Shirley  |  Wed Aug 28, 2013 at 9:49 AM
Thanks for your tutorial, I really enjoy all of them. I've tried this technique without much luck. I guess I need to practice more. You make it look so easy and your cards turn out so pretty.
Donna Whitten  |  Wed Aug 28, 2013 at 11:33 AM
Lovely cards...

thanks for tut, may have a go at this tomorrow, as making some charity cards for MacMillan Nurses....
Denise x
Denise  |  Wed Aug 28, 2013 at 12:48 PM
Can you use just regular brush markers that are typically sold for scrapbooking and are water based or these specific distress markers? I don't even understand distress inks, markers, etc., Can you please explain those? I hear that term used so much, distress inks, etc., Thanks so much.
Lori McGarrity  |  Mon Sep 30, 2013 at 1:50 PM
You can use any water based markers for this technique. Distress Markers or other Distress products are Ranger products, designed by Tim Holtz.
Beate Johns  |  Mon Sep 30, 2013 at 3:37 PM
I understand who makes the distress markers, etc. I am not sure of why they are called that. Distress Markers, distress inks. What does the term "distress" mean when referring to inks and markers. Is it how long they stay wet or whether they are watered down? Just not sure about that terminology and I see it all the time. Thanks so much for the help.
Lori McGarrity  |  Tue Oct 1, 2013 at 9:18 AM

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