Another Distress Marker Tutorial – Gradient Coloring

Hey there! Stopping by today to share another video tutorial with you. I wanted to take a break from the tray this week to play with my Distress Markers again. Here, I show you how to do what I’m calling “Gradient Coloring.” This look is really spectacular because you can only do  it with Distress Markers. Enjoy the video!

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Here’s a look at the finished cards. This background makes me so happy. You could even stick to just one color range of markers and go with that. That look would be so elegant! The combination of the Distress Markers + the Sweet Threads Spirals background stampPerfect Pearls in water in a mister + some good watercolor paper is wonderful.

The first card of the two cards is this more vibrant one. I unified the background with the Envelope Pattern stamp from Hero Arts and created a image and sentiment block that could stand its own against the bright background. Lawn Fawn’s Dad’s Day isn’t just for Father’s Day, but for fun, “relax!” cards too. :)

Here’s a look at all of those pretty colors. I love how the colors meld together so flawlessly with the help of a little water.

And here’s the second card. I just love that this technique works for multiple backgrounds at once. These cute little flowers from Lawn Fawn’s On the Mend are perfect to go with the scalloped edges of these spirals.

Here’s another peak at the second card. It’s hard to capture on camera, but the spirals absolutely dazzle in the light. Of course, you could do this technique with regular water, but the Perfect Pearls add such a nice touch to the overall look.

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial for today as much as I enjoyed sharing it! I also wanted to share a quick picture I took yesterday. The last couple of days, I’ve been obsessed with Caprese Salad. With fresh, delicious tomatoes, mozzarella and basil, this is such a wonderful taste of summer. I learned some tips and tricks for making it here from one of my favorite short film makers, Datev Gallagher. She rocks!

What are some of your favorite summer salads? I’ve found that I absolutely love eating a ton of fresh fruits and veggies for lunch. It gives me the energy I need to get through the day and doesn’t heat up the kitchen at all. :)

I hope you’re having a happy and productive week so far. Happy summer to those of you in the Northern Hemisphere (and happy winter for those of you in the Southern)!



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13 Responses to Another Distress Marker Tutorial – Gradient Coloring

  1. Jeannie L

    Great tutorial. Love the effects of the gradient distress coloring. Definitely trying out this technique. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Regina

    Love this technique! Thank you for the tutorial.

  3. Rhiannon S.

    Thanks so much for the tutorial! You’ve inspired me to buy some distress markers from SSS. I followed your link so hopefully you get the credit. Thanks again for all your great videos!

  4. Maria helena

    Hi Britta! Loved this tutorial where can I find the color wheel for the Distress Ink markers or Copics that you mentioned on this video?

  5. What a lovely card! As for favorite salads, mine is chopped cucumbers, tomatoes and Feta cheese. It’s addicting.

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  7. Enjoyed your video and great cards. You are great at tutorials.

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