watercolour marker background Debby Hughes - Lime Doodle Design http://limedoodledesign.com/2015/05/zig-vs-distres…ker-background/ #watercolor #watercolour #marker #card #background #birthday

I’m watercolouring everything in sight at the moment LOL. Today I went with the new Multifaceted set from Winnie & Walter. I wanted to experiment more with Zig Clean Color Markers and compare them to Distress Markers. I started with the Zig Carmine Red (number 22) available in the 12 pen starter pack and White heat embossed the Multifaceted background on watercolour card, washed the card with water and then started bringing the colour in. I concentrated the colour to one corner of each triangle and also aimed for an ombre effect with the deepest colour at the base of the panel and fading out towards the top. All this with just one colour – amazing!

watercolour marker background Debby Hughes - Lime Doodle Design http://limedoodledesign.com/2015/05/zig-vs-distres…ker-background/ #watercolor #watercolour #marker #card #background #birthday

Surprisingly for me, I love how vibrant the colour is, how easily it blended with the water and how the brush tip made it a cinch to apply the colour just where I wanted it. To finish the card I die cut the ‘happy’ from The Big, The Bold and The Happy cutaways and blended in Mint ink, again aiming for an ombre effect. The ‘birthday’ from Sugar Rush is White heat embossed on Slate card, trimmed out and mounted on the panel with a twist of silver thread behind. A few sequins and then the panel is mounted on a Fog card base.

watercolour marker background Debby Hughes - Lime Doodle Design http://limedoodledesign.com/2015/05/zig-vs-distres…ker-background/ #watercolor #watercolour #marker #card #background #birthday

So on to the masculine version of this card with the Distress Markers. I chose Wild Honey and Pumice Stone and completed the card in a similar way as I did above with the exception of enamel dots and a star to finish. The differences between the two? The more muted colours of the Distress Markers sits well with me, as a result I used more to give a richer depth to the colours. Again, the colour moved well with the water, however, I do prefer the brush tip of the Zig marker to that of the Distress.

watercolour marker background Debby Hughes - Lime Doodle Design http://limedoodledesign.com/2015/05/zig-vs-distres…ker-background/ #watercolor #watercolour #marker #card #background #birthday

Conclusion? Ask my friends; I’m laid back and indecisive LOL so it might come as no surprise that I love both the Zig and Distress! I can see me reaching for the Zig for their fresh colours and the way they mix together to create more lovely colours but can’t turn my back on my old friends, the Distress. Both move beautifully with water, but the brush of the Zig does win it for me. Would I recommend the Zig markers? Definitely, but if you want to try them I’d start with just one or two or the 12 pen Starter Pack. You can go a long way with just one or two of these pens :D

Supplies

You can find links to the supplies I’ve used below; click on the picture or wording to get taken directly to the product. Where available affiliate links are used which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support towards the costs of running this blog.

  • jan metcalf - May 25, 2015 - 1:17 pm

    Nice effects with the water color technique. Really like the yellow and gray combo!ReplyCancel

  • pooja - May 25, 2015 - 2:05 pm

    I loved both of them !ReplyCancel

  • Nancy - May 25, 2015 - 2:44 pm

    Beautiful as always! Thanks for the comparison. I subscribe to a lot of blogs but yours is always my favorite.ReplyCancel

  • TK - May 25, 2015 - 3:49 pm

    Love the comparison, thanks so much! Your card is wonderful and I love the technique!ReplyCancel

  • Angela Bowie - May 25, 2015 - 3:55 pm

    Wow Debby, both these cards are gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • conil - May 25, 2015 - 4:08 pm

    Now, have to say, I wouldn’t put the two colors of the 1st card together, but it looks spectacular. Guess that’s why you’re the expert. Anyway, these are really gorgeous, both of them. Of course, the 2d card is my favorite color scheme. I’m so glad you’re giving reviews of the Zig Clean Color. Means a lot coming from you. Just received mine, so I’m off to play.ReplyCancel

  • Bobby - May 25, 2015 - 4:33 pm

    I’ve ordered the Zig brushes and can’t wait until I get them. It’s great to see what people to do with them, and I love the ombre’ look you’ve achieved.ReplyCancel

  • Jamie Vanskiver - May 25, 2015 - 5:18 pm

    Both are simply gorgeous cards! Thank you for the comparison, I LOVE your work!ReplyCancel

  • Lady Fair - May 25, 2015 - 6:16 pm

    Lovely cards, love that you also did a masculine card.ReplyCancel

  • Diana K - May 25, 2015 - 7:05 pm

    Thanks for taking the time to do a comparison, Debby. Both of your cards are so beautifully done!ReplyCancel

  • ~amy~ - May 25, 2015 - 7:13 pm

    They are both gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Tonya - May 25, 2015 - 7:28 pm

    Both cards beautiful! I love the color on the first one!ReplyCancel

  • Angie Hall - May 25, 2015 - 7:44 pm

    Debby, love the comparison video. I about to order the Zig markers cause they look like so much fun (lots cheaper than Copics). Just wondered if any of your Distress markers have dried out. I’m having that issue with several of mine. I store them horizontally as suggested but to no avail. Any suggestions?ReplyCancel

    • Debby - May 26, 2015 - 9:31 am

      Angie, I had one or two dry ones when I first bought my set. I contacted the retailer who replaced those dry ones. Since then I’ve not had any trouble. I’d contact who you bought them from if I were you. Hope that helps. ReplyCancel

  • Kate - May 25, 2015 - 8:51 pm

    I am very interested to see any reviews of the Zig pens as I am thinking about moving to them for my main watercolouring materials. I like the distress inks but think the pens are pretty poor, which is a shame as I like using them. The tips pill a lot and they seem to dry out very quickly. I often can’t get the fine tip to work at all even on fairly new pens, so I am looking for something better.ReplyCancel

  • Julie Heyer - May 25, 2015 - 11:27 pm

    WOW this is such an amazing set of cards. Love what you have done with these markers. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

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clean and simple (CAS) cute kitty birthday card - Debby Hughes - Lime Doodle Design http://limedoodledesign.com/2015/05/cas-meowwww/ #cat #card #birthday

I love cats and that inbuilt arrogance they have! The Meowwwww set from Neat and Tangled captures that perfectly; can’t you just imagine this naughty kitty having stolen the fish, ball of wool or anything else that you want at the time just thinking ‘ha!’ with glee and sticking it’s tongue out LOL. Being quirky in nature I thought this set was great for CAS cards. I started by stamping the speech bubble on masking paper and trimming out to leave a slightly larger negative mask. I placed this on a Stitched Rectangle cut from White card and gently blended in Surf Blue ink. After lifting the mask I stamped the speech bubble, Meowwww, cat and fish in Memento Tuxedo Black. The cat and fish are coloured with Copics and then I used a Copic multiliner to draw a horizon behind the cat. I stamped everything again on masking paper, trimmed out and adhered to protect the images while splattering with some Heidi Swapp color shine in Black. The panel is foam mounted to a Smoke card base and then accented with the Happy Meowday stamped in Hot Lips and trimmed out. I used a wood veneer star and sequin to accent.

clean and simple (CAS) cute kitty birthday card - Debby Hughes - Lime Doodle Design http://limedoodledesign.com/2015/05/cas-meowwww/ #cat #card #birthday

Having made a birthday card I thought I’d make a more all-purpose one too so I repeated the process but moved the cat slightly more central and used Mint ink for the background to the speech bubble.

clean and simple (CAS) cute kitty birthday card - Debby Hughes - Lime Doodle Design http://limedoodledesign.com/2015/05/cas-meowwww/ #cat #card #birthday

Love how quirky and yet cute this Meowwwww set is! It was out of stock for a while but yay, it’s now back in stock at Simon Says Stamp :D

Supplies

You can find links to the supplies I’ve used below; click on the picture or wording to get taken directly to the product. Where available affiliate links are used which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support towards the costs of running this blog.

  • conil - May 23, 2015 - 4:31 pm

    That cat certainly makes me laugh. I have one like him. Just love how you’ve embellished this card. Looks perfect.ReplyCancel

  • TK - May 23, 2015 - 5:02 pm

    Love your “quirky cat” card! Funny how some love that “inbuilt arrogance”, and to others, it’s exactly what frustrates them about the felines lol. TFSReplyCancel

  • Judy - May 24, 2015 - 11:03 am

    I too managed to order a set from Simon Says Stamp yesterday, I can’t wait to have a play. I just hope I can create something even as fraction as good as yours! You are right, they are absolutely perfect for this CAS style of card, and yours are fabulous!!ReplyCancel

  • SHULY - May 24, 2015 - 6:51 pm

    These cards are so sweet !!! Simple and charming stampReplyCancel

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Teacher appreciation thank you card - Debby Hughes - Lime Doodle Design - http://limedoodledesign.com/2015/05/teacher-appreciation/ #card #teacher # apple

It’s that time of year when my to-do list extends for pages as I try to get everything done as we spiral towards the end of the school year and the summer holidays! It’s still weeks away but the diary is full of end of year activities, sports days and the promise of those long summer days not too far away. Sigh …. but in the meantime, that to-do list LOL. Top of the agenda are the teacher appreciation cards and thank you gifts. I often gravitate towards a tradition apple theme as I love colouring in a nice apple and adding a good dose of shine with glossy accents :D For today’s card I chose the apple from Simon Says Stamp’s You’re So Sweet set, stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black, cut out with the matching dies and Copic coloured. A little Wink of Stella on the leaf and stem and then that shine – two coats of Glossy Accents to really give a thick, lush shine.

Teacher appreciation thank you card - Debby Hughes - Lime Doodle Design - http://limedoodledesign.com/2015/05/teacher-appreciation/ #card #teacher # apple

The apple is popped up on a Stitched Circle stamped in Black with a thank you sentiment from Circle Sayings which in turn is popped up on a Stitched Banner cut from Lawn Fawn paper. There’s more dimension as that banner is mounted on a panel of Fog card White heat embossed with the Dotted Alphabet set. Finally the Teacher die cut from Black is adhered along the side of the banner and a couple of enamel dots to finish. Phew! There’s a lot to this CAS card when you write it all out like that LOL. Despite the crazy going on here I’m still squeezing in a little crafty time so I will be back soon :D

Supplies

You can find links to the supplies I’ve used below; click on the picture or wording to get taken directly to the product. Where available affiliate links are used which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support towards the costs of running this blog.

  • Michele F - May 22, 2015 - 2:18 pm

    Debby this is just as crisp, clean, and sweet as the best juicy apple – a Honey Crisp, here in the States – both delicious!
    =] MicheleReplyCancel

  • Diana K - May 22, 2015 - 2:33 pm

    That’s exactly what I was going to say – crisp and clean and perfect. Lovely design and colours.ReplyCancel

  • Dot Freel - May 22, 2015 - 2:36 pm

    Gorgeous card!!!ReplyCancel

  • conil - May 22, 2015 - 5:28 pm

    Worth all the typing because the card is lovely. The recipient will treat your children better, maybe give them a higher grade?ReplyCancel

  • jan metcalf - May 24, 2015 - 2:19 am

    Love the script font for teacher!ReplyCancel

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review of Zig clean color markers - Debby Hughes - Lime Doodle Design http://limedoodledesign.com/2015/05/review-zig-clean-color-markers/ #watercolor #watercolour #zig #clean #color

Recently I saw a couple of good friends trying out the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers; recommendations from friends as well as liking the Zig products I currently have intrigued me and I indulged in a little shopping! If you want to see a couple of in depth reviews of these markers please pop over and see Jennifer McGuire and Sandy Allnock who enabled my little shopping spree :D While filling my shopping cart I thought this gorgeous Winnie & Walter In Bloom: Addie’s Garden set would work really well for a bit of watercoloring. So with new supplies in hand I set to. I stamped the large bloom in Versamark on watercolour card and White heat embossed. I also stamped the same image on masking paper, trimmed out and adhered over the top so that I could add some more of the images from the set. I continued in this vein until I had a little floral scene ready for colouring.

I used just four of the Zig Clean Color pens (22 Carmine Red, 40 Green, 50 Yellow and 31 Cobalt Blue all available in the 12 pen starter set); using plenty of water to dilute and mixing the colours too to create new colours. I started with a wash of water over the large flower and then dropped in Carmine Red into the areas which would be naturally shadowed. The colour spread through the water creating a light pink at the flower tips compared to the darker shadow colour. I repeated this process using Green for the leaves bottom left, mixing Green and Yellow for the sprig of leaves in the middle and for the flower on the left I mixed Carmine Red with the Yellow to give a peachy colour. Once dry I went around the images with a water wash and then dotted in touches of Cobalt Blue, blending out with more water as need until I had just a hint of colour for the background.

I must admit to loving these pens! The colours are gorgeous, the brush tip unique and the colours move beautifully. The colours I used today are quite vibrant but by using only a touch of colour and plenty of water I was still able to get the soft results I like. I’ve since gone and bought more colours and can see my collection of these growing over time LOL.

review of Zig clean color markers - Debby Hughes - Lime Doodle Design http://limedoodledesign.com/2015/05/review-zig-clean-color-markers/ #watercolor #watercolour #zig #clean #color

Once the watercoloring had dried I cut the piece with one of the Stitched Circle dies from Simon Says Stamp and mounted on panel of Fog card White heat embossed with the Tiny Alphabet Background. I used the Misti for this to make it easy to get a good impression first time with this large 6×6 stamp. To accent, I cut the Wishing die from Slate card and White heat embossed a sentiment from the coordinating Sending & Wishing set on Fog card, trimming into a banner shape and foam mounting. No card of mine is complete with out a little embellishment in the form of a few Pretty Pink Posh sequins :D

My conclusion? Well I’m happy to give these markers a home! Yes, there are lots of markers already out there that do a fabulous job but each is unique in its own way and personally I love these :D Don’t forget to check out Jennifer’s and Sandy’s reviews too :D

Supplies

You can find links to the supplies I’ve used below; click on the picture or wording to get taken directly to the product. Where available affiliate links are used which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support towards the costs of running this blog.

  • Betty - May 20, 2015 - 1:29 pm

    i too love these new watercolor pens – they are so easy to use and the blending in so painless – and i have tried many watercolors from really cheap to pretty expensive. and your card is gorgeous. thanks for the inspiration and input!ReplyCancel

  • vicki dutcher - May 20, 2015 - 1:37 pm

    Beautiful coloring and card~ReplyCancel

  • caryn - May 20, 2015 - 1:55 pm

    Wow Debby – if I hadn’t already been swayed after Sandy and Jennifer and swiftly ordered them that day – this would have definitely sealed the deal, lol!! Just gorgeous – mine are coming from Japan so got a wee while longer to wait but am so itching to try them!!ReplyCancel

  • Diana K - May 20, 2015 - 2:18 pm

    I hadn’t heard about these yet; thanks so much for making me “need” them :) Your card is swoon-worthy! I’ll visit Jennifer and Sandy’s blogs to see more, but in the meantime would love to know if the Zigs would be easier for a beginner than the Gansai Tambi watercolours. Thanks for always inspiring!ReplyCancel

    • Debby - May 20, 2015 - 9:17 pm

      Buying one or two pens would certainly be more affordable than the paints. Some techniques you could use either media but equally each media has their own strengths. I love them both. I’d reach for the paints for big washes of colour and when I want something more intense. I’d reach for the pens for more detail, portability, blending directly with the pens etc.ReplyCancel

  • Diane - May 20, 2015 - 2:22 pm

    This is SO lovely! I bought a 24 set of the Zig markers and am having fun playing with them :)ReplyCancel

  • Mirna - May 20, 2015 - 2:25 pm

    Beautiful, love the color combination is so serene…ReplyCancel

  • Dot Freel - May 20, 2015 - 2:29 pm

    Your card is so beautiful! I sure want to try those Zig brush pens also.ReplyCancel

  • Tess Hackett - May 20, 2015 - 2:57 pm

    What a stunning card!!! I love it. Makes me want some of these zig clean color brush markers even more. Guess that means I need to start saving. : )ReplyCancel

  • Dottie J - May 20, 2015 - 3:31 pm

    Thanks for the product review. I loved hearing your perspective since I like softer colors, too, and I probably wouldn’t invest in the larger set. I have also been curious about how well they would mix new colors. Looks like the perfect addition to a cardmakers tool box.

    Only now, I must have that W&W stamp set, too! Gorgeous designs for all sorts of coloring media.ReplyCancel

    • Debby - May 20, 2015 - 9:10 pm

      Yes that W&W set was a must have for me!ReplyCancel

  • TK - May 20, 2015 - 4:25 pm

    Beautiful! I love the softness of the colors, and the whole package really!ReplyCancel

  • Jill Smith - May 20, 2015 - 4:39 pm

    Wow! This amazing colouring! And to do this with so few colours. I think I may have to purchase!! A beautiful card.ReplyCancel

  • conil - May 20, 2015 - 5:10 pm

    As usual, your card is just gorgeous. Love the softness of the watercolor and the use of the alpha background. I’m so glad this card was made with the Clean Color 12 piece set. I wasn’t quite sure that I wanted it but it appears that the range of colors in it will work well. Of course, I’ll probably need more (hahahaha).ReplyCancel

    • Debby - May 20, 2015 - 9:09 pm

      Don’t we always conil ;)ReplyCancel

  • Carol Mc - May 20, 2015 - 5:29 pm

    The colors due look beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Marianne - May 20, 2015 - 9:53 pm

    So pretty, Debby. I actualy gasped when I saw your card. I watched Jennifer’s video yesterday and was already impressed with these new brush markers, but now I’m sure that markers these need to go onto my ever growing wish list…ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Lara - May 20, 2015 - 10:41 pm

    WOW this is beautiful how you used the markers on that flower image Debby.ReplyCancel

  • jan metcalf - May 21, 2015 - 2:24 pm

    Beautiful floral colors!!!ReplyCancel

  • Christine Winiecki - May 21, 2015 - 3:44 pm

    Love this card. Can you tell me what watercolor paper you used? ThanksReplyCancel

    • Debby - May 22, 2015 - 11:20 am

      I used Canson cold pressed 140lb. I bought a large pad of it the other day as I’ve been doing so much watercoloring and now I just cut the pages down into card sized pieces :DReplyCancel

  • Mandy LaCroix - May 21, 2015 - 4:03 pm

    This is just gorgeous, Debby! I love it – it’s making me want to go buy it all! I’ve been itching for something new to break up the monotony I have in my craft room – FABULOUS INSPIRATION — Love your blog! :)ReplyCancel

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The winners of the giveaway for a spot on the next Online Card Class: Mask-erade are ………

Dottie J

Looking forward to this class. I realized the other day that I almost never mask, and it is a technique that opens up more possibilities with my stamps. Looking forward to some inspiration from you, Debby!

Lynn Hardy 

Great! I love their classes and have taken two of them before. Thanks for the chance to win a place 😊

aag_t

Could be my last OCC before our baby comes. 😊👍🏻 Thanks for all 3 opportunities! 💕

 

Congratulations Dottie J, Lynn Hardy and aag_t! Please send me an email (limedoodle@gmail.com) and we can get you set up for class :D

If you’ve not won on this occasion but would like to join us for class you can still register here, class starts on Tuesday May 26th :D

 

  • barb macaskill - May 18, 2015 - 9:35 pm

    Congratulations to all three incredibly lucky winners! I am oh so jealous but very happy for all of you!! Have fun, learn lots and create beautiful things!ReplyCancel

  • aaga - May 19, 2015 - 8:27 am

    Thank you so much, sending you an e-mail right now! Congrats to the other two ladies too and see you there!ReplyCancel

  • Carol Mc - May 20, 2015 - 5:27 pm

    Congrats to the lucky winners!ReplyCancel

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