My friend Christine (known as calex on SCS) and I spent yesterday at Loll Thompson's (Stamping with Loll) house having a great time crafting with her. One of the things I wanted to do was try Loll's Zig markers as I've heard so much about them.
I stamped this image by Penny Black on mixed media cs and coloured it using yellow, orange, and green Zigs, laying down a little bit of colour and pulling it out with a water brush.
The Zigs were very smooth and easy to use, and have a great brush tip and wonderful vibrant colours. Christine did a comparison with SU markers and concluded that the Zigs pulled the colour out much more easily and gave a smoother blended result.
When I got home, I cut a rough mask to lay over the poppies and added some pale green stencilling (using a leaf stencil made for me by Loll) around them. I felt a need to balance the yellow of the poppy on the left so added a thin strip of yellow cs along the right edge. And popped the panel up on a white cardbase.
I'm entering it in Loll's Happy Little Stampers "Masking" challenge and one of the SCS Dare to Get Dirty challenges.
Distress Marker Version:
Before I spend the money on the Zigs, I want to know how they compare to the Distress markers as I have the full set of them. So before I left Loll's, I stamped the same image on the same cs and brought it home to colour in. Here's the result:
The Distress markers took more water and more effort to pull the colour out but gave a pretty good result, though of course the Distress colours are more muted. So do I need the Zig markers? I'm not sure - though I definitely want them!
In keeping with the use of the Distress markers, I finished this card in a more distressed style. I spritzed the Peeled Paint marker in random spots, and then, using Peeled Paint ink, I added a partially inked text stamp and sponged the edges. A simple green cs border seemed to be all it needed. I used an ivory cardbase for this one. I'll add the sentiment to the inside.
Supplies for the first card:
|Stamps: Penny Black poppies, Impression Obsession sentiment|
|Paper: mixed media cs, white and yellow cs|
|Paper Size: A2|
|Ink: Archival Jet Black, Distress Bundled Sage|
|Accessories: leaf pattern stencil, Zig markers, SU label punch, dimensionals|