Sunday, 22 July 2012

Splodge N' Distress With The Gorgeous Girls

This week on the blog we are taking a look at how the SplodgeAway Mat can help you with your stamping challenges. To kick us off I have put together a step by step of watercolouring techniques using the Distress Markers and SplodgeAway.

Use a good quality smooth watercolour paper to stamp your image onto using and archival ink pad

Lay your selected distress marker colour down on the mat. I'll give you a complete list of pens used at the end!  Spritz a little water onto your SplodgeAway Mat.


Before laying down any colour always use a clean damp brush to paint over the area you are wanting to paint before adding an colour. This will prevent you from getting harsh lines.
Secondly ALWAYS work on different areas to allow the colours to dry ie don't try and colour the face and the hair at the same time otherwise the colours will bleed and turn to mud!!

When you begin try not to go in too dark with your ink. Allow the colours to bleed and blend. The SplodgeAway Mat is fantastic for this type of work as the ink does not pool and run. You can pick ink up and blend on the mat without the colours running into each other. It's also great for when you want to dry brush.


The SplodgeAway Mat does not cause the ink to dry out so your palette stays fresh meaning that you can go back and darken areas and add shadows as it dries out.

Project By Annette Lee

The finished card was put together. I dry embossed some Easy Ink Card with a Splodge A Mask. Broken China DI was used to blend and highlight the embossed section of the card. The flowers were some I had left over from the Floral Mirror I did on a previous post and the sentiment is a Clarity Stamp I'm using in my next class.

Skin : Tattered Rose / Tea Dye /Worn Lipstick
Hair: Victorian Velvet /Aged Mahogany / Vintage Photo
Clothing: Broken China /  Mustard Seed

Hope You Enjoy

Annette x


  1. Love this Annette.
    Great instructions too. I'm playing with the markers at the moment - never thought to use my Splodge Mat though - how dim am I! I shall be using it today. xx

  2. Annette this card is beautiful. I love the way you have done the frame too. I will never tire of the Gorjus stamps either.

  3. I've been messing around with my distress pens on some stamps Annette its great having all the choices like copics,promarkers and spectrum noirs. This is beautiful I love the colours and I love those stamps see you soon hugssssssss xxx

  4. lovely card Annette, I love the colours used. endless possibilities with the splodgeAway mat.

  5. Painting over the area with a clean damp brush is a good tip ... It works very well. I use my distress markers a lot ....not always with great results! ... Super card here! Thanks.
    Eileen x

  6. Beautiful card Annette, wonderfully coloured. I can't wait until my mat arrives - I'm so looking forward to playing with my inks and splodgeaway! hugs Karen x

  7. Oh its so gorgeous, love the colours and the flowers are fab xx

  8. Thanks for the tip about the damp brush Annette - must have a go at that. You have made a lovely card, I really like these colours. My Splodgie mat arrived this morning - yay- so I shall be playing very shortly.

    Hugs Sue P xx

  9. Wow lovely card. I have never seen anything done with the distress pens. Something else on the wish list for my crafty stash.

  10. ive yet to play with my pens BUT this has given me the confidence to have a play now......many thanks

  11. Very energetic post, I liked that a lot. Will there be a part 2?

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