Watercolored Butterflies – Zig Markers, Distress Markers and Spectrum Noir Markers

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watercolored butterflies3 Watercolored Butterflies – Zig Markers, Distress Markers and Spectrum Noir Markers

When I made this video, I wasn't sure what I didn't have a plan…so I whipped out the planner that I sent my newsletter subscribers on Friday and saw that I needed a birthday card for my sister-in-law's birthday.  PERFECT!

I got the Vine & Butterfly stamp set from Gina K out with the plan of doing some Emboss Resist with Zig Markers.

Well, you can see that I got a lot more than I bargained for when I started this card!  View the video and then we'll chat about the results!

I started with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and Watercolor Paper.  I loved the results so much I decided to make 5 more cards!

I switched to Bazzil Marshmallow cardstock (which I LOVE) and I didn't see much of a difference between the two watercolored pieces.

Since I was making several, it was the perfect opportunity to try out other water based markers.

I've made a few comparison videos HERE and HERE where you can see these markers in action with different techniques and cardstocks.

watercolored butterflies2 I found the end result with each type of marker to be very similar…but to get the colors to BLEND and not leave the brush marks, I had to add a LOT more water to the cards using Distress Markers (purple card) and the Spectrum Markers (orange card).

So leave a comment on this blog post and let me know which markers you have, if you have a favorite and what color combination from these cards is your favorite! watercolored butterflies UPDATE:  I'm feeling the need to slow down for the month of December, so I'll be changing up my schedule a bit.  I'll be posting a new video every Monday – but Thursdays are going to have to go for a bit.  I will likely take off the week between Christmas and New Year's off as well.

January is also going to be SUPER busy for me with traveling to CHA, StampNation's FIFTH Birthday Party AND the release of the third Stamp Of Approval Collection at the end of the month.  (I'm going to need all the time I can get to prepare for all of that goodness!)

No worries, I have some super fun videos and collabs coming this month and guess what – soon there will be a way to WIN your next SOA box!  I'll be announcing details for this soon!



Vine & Butterfly stamp set (Gina K)

  • Lisa Harrolle November 30, 2015, 10:17 pm

    Gorgeous backgrounds Catherine! I love that you show the different affects that the markers have on different papers. It really helps….if I can remember it all. LOL! And yes the different shades of butterflies are beautiful! Great cards!

  • Shirley November 30, 2015, 10:23 pm

    I love these cards Catherine, would love to see what you choose for a background for the Christmas one. I keep trying to watercolor Christmas card background and green and red = brown everytime of course! my favourite of your cards is perhaps the purple but I like them all. I love the way the Spectrum Noirs blended. I don’t have them sadly! will try the technique with my new love – Silks acrylic glaze

  • Shirley November 30, 2015, 10:25 pm

    … forgot to say, yes prefer contrasting butterfly colours myself!

  • Mary Kay Werry November 30, 2015, 11:55 pm

    I love them all. and having the different color butterflies mixed with different color backgrounds is so cool. I like it that way best.
    Anxious to see the Christmas designs.

  • lisa808 December 1, 2015, 5:50 am

    Beautiful cards. I like the purple best (but then again purple is my favorite color!).

  • Janet Kohler December 1, 2015, 6:30 am

    I liked all the color combinations but I like the contrasting color of the butterflies so they stand out more.

  • Marlene December 1, 2015, 6:36 am

    I love the background. I have the Zig markers on my Christmas list……I hope Santa comes through…! The butterflies with the contrasting colors are perfect.

  • Lisa K December 1, 2015, 10:11 am

    I liked how you used several kinds of markers to add color to the background. The contrast of the butterflies looked great on the cards. I am awaiting for that stamp to come back in stock and money to be in the bank. I have been watching it for a while come and go in the store.

  • Jeanne Trone December 1, 2015, 12:35 pm

    Love the different colors for the cards. I also liked the contrasting butterflies. I’ll have to give this a try. Thanks for sharing ;)

  • Theresa Cooper December 1, 2015, 2:14 pm

    Really loved the top row of cards. My favorite of colors were the yellow orange red yellow card. I just love your ideas.

  • Carol McGregor December 1, 2015, 3:14 pm

    These cards are totally AWESOME! I love the background stamp, the vibrant colors you used, and the butterflies are great the way you placed them. I would not have done color on color. I thought they washed out. I have to try this.

  • Sherry in MI December 1, 2015, 4:56 pm

    Love, love, LOVE those cards! Being a “purple” girl all of my life, they are my faves. But I’m liking the blue green ones a lot, too. (Can you tell that I love the water colors? Makes sense for a Pisces!) Love the contrasting butterflies. They stand out as a great embellishment. Would really enjoy seeing a Christmas set done the same way. Thanks for sharing.

  • Christine Smith December 1, 2015, 7:10 pm

    These all like cool! Awesome backgrounds. My favourite colour combos are the purple butterfly on the purple and the blue butterfly on the red. Really enjoyed the video! xxx

  • Melissa December 1, 2015, 10:13 pm

    I love doing watercolor so I’m going to try this. I have both Aqua markers and the Zig. Also you can use a Swiffer dry cloth to buff away the antistatic powder on dark cardstock.

  • Chris S. December 1, 2015, 11:32 pm

    Beautiful cards! I wouldn’t change a thing. I like the contrasting butterflies since they show up better. Looking forward to seeing the Christmas card as well. Thanks for sharing.

  • Sharon Field December 2, 2015, 12:25 am

    I cannot pick one over the other because I think all of them are fantastic, but I do like the contrasting butterflies the best. I would really love to be able to get the Zig Markers, but sadly they do not fit into a fixed income budget, so I will just watch how great they are when you use them!

  • Lucie Aspirot December 2, 2015, 12:59 pm

    LOVE IT!!! I love the idea of a Christmas card… I’m trying it right now!! xx

  • Janice December 3, 2015, 3:29 pm

    Love, love them all. I also appreciate the tips on paper and markers. Really helps. Love the contrasting butterflies and I’m going to try my butterfly dies for this card. :-) I can’t wait to see a Christmas card done with this technique. As always, thanks for building my stamping experiences. :-)

  • Ruth Grayberg December 3, 2015, 5:52 pm

    Loved the cards and the contrasting butterflies, although the purple/orange combos were not my favorite. Loved the orange/blue and the purples together. Thanks so much for the demo.

  • Melissa Friedrich December 3, 2015, 6:18 pm

    Love these birthday cards, thanks for a fun technique and for doing the work to tell us how different brands of markers perform.

  • Robin in WA December 8, 2015, 1:41 pm

    I love them all!! Beautiful!! I also prefer the way you did the butterflies–they stand out better.

  • Maureen Chandler December 10, 2015, 5:14 pm

    These cards are gorgeous – I love them!!! Thanks so much for sharing your talent!!

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