Clean Color Marker vs Distress Ink Background

I went through Jenn’s Pinterest (easier than looking through a blog and scrolling page after page) – and I saw her fishy card HERE. I had been looking for the perfect opportunity to use my new Lawn Fawn fishies – and this was it! I decided to see what happened when working larger than an image, coloring an entire background on this paper. And I compared it to Distress Markers too, so I hope that helps those who haven’t liked the “texture” they get with the Zig pens – this shows a good side-by-side. Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Same thing, Distress markers & inks

The Distress Marker version was an interesting test – when I started it in the video, I had NO idea what was coming. Had I left it with just the marker, I might have gotten it to work if I kept scrubbing at it with the brush. But once I swiped on a little ink from a pad – bam! I loved it.Sandy Allnock Distress background card

And the side by side – I think I like parts of both. The Zig color is really fun and intense, and I like some of that drybrush look. The transparency on the Texture Paste is fab! But after adding the fish, I think I have to love the Distress version better, since the colors are more muted….it’s a little less of a bombardment of the eye that the Zig version finished out to be.

Clean Color Vs Distress Comparison

But I think both work GREAT in different ways – now it’s a matter of figuring out when to use which one! I promised you the colors for the fishies…here you go!


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My apologies for not getting the winner listed in the post yesterday – eeep! Travel really did a number on me, I can’t even remember what day it is anymore! But at least I know I’m home, so I can remember what state I’m in now. LOL. Anyway – the winner of the Inktense Pencils is Mendi….email me your address and I’ll get them packed up to send out!



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