Distress Oxides & Derwent Graphik pens one layer card

Today I’m really excited to share a new method I found to colour directly on a Distress inked background, using a medium I just discovered, Derwent Graphik Line painters! If you’re like me and want to create one layer cards but hate masking, or have stamps that are too time consuming to mask, like the stamp I am using today from Stamplorations, then these markers are a great solution to colour in your stamps without having the background colour mix or come through your stamps! I made a video of how I coloured this card and you can find it at the bottom of my post.

Derwent lily

These water based pigment pens are probably well known to graphic artists and I found a great video showing how you can use them here. They are fine line (0.5) paint pens that give immense depth of colour, even on dark backgrounds. You can create layers, dribbles and washes with them. Whats great about them for me is that the colour is so opaque, they cover my inked background completely if needed. And as they are water based, they can also be blended easily into each other when they’re wet, just like watercolour paints. Once they’re dry though, they become permanent inks & you can draw over them with these pens to create detail or even spray water over them and they don’t move an inch!

Derwent lily ccu

If you see at the top right hand corner of my card, I sprayed water on it after I had let my coloured stamp to dry, and it reacted with the distress oxide background but didn’t do anything to the colour of the little blue flower. I apologise that this is the not the best painting I’ve done and I’m sure these pens can produce more beautiful works in a better artist’s hand, but I’m so excited about this method that I wanted to show you my first attempt with these pens! I’m in the midst of making another card where I show you how you can do more shading on the flowers to create more perspective, and I will share that tomorrow.

Derwent lily cu

I first sponged in Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide ink onto a 250gm Clairefontaine multi technique paper. I then stamped the beautiful lily stamp from Stamplorations Dee’s blossom sprays #3 onto the sponged background with distress oxide ink and started colouring it. The sentiment is also from Stamplorations, the Fond Expressions 2 stamp set and I stamped it with Versafine ink. I chose this sentiment as I am going to send this card to a young lady that is recovering from a suicide attempt and her family has asked that she gets a card shower when she returns home. You can get more info here. If you don’t have Facebook and want to send a card, the address is:

Katie Brennan 1925 Avenue OFt. Madison, IA. 52627, USA

Well I hope you like my card and the Youtube video. If you enjoyed it, please give me a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel if you haven’t done so already. I will be posting another card soon to show you how I used more shading on a flower using the same markers, on a distress inked background too and I will also try colouring critters with it. I love it when I find a new method to play with, don’t you? If you know of any other markers that can colour & shade on distress inked backgrounds, I would love to know about them!

Thanks for stopping by and your comments are so precious to me!


I’m sharing this at:

CRAFT STAMPER_TIMI CHALLENGE Craft Stamper Take it make it challenge – Anything Goes

ssswchallenge Simon  Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes

time out Time out challenges – CASeing this beautiful card  UnikoTimeOutCASE  by Beverly of Uniko. Her lily stamp stuck in my head ever since I saw it which is why I used it here!

HLS watercolour.pngHappy Little Stampers Watercolour challenge – Anything Goes with an option to Spritz which I did

stamplorations CAS Stamplorations Theme and Sketch Stamps & Anything Goes challenge

STAMPlorations-anythinggoes Stamplorations never ending Anything Goes challenge using Stamplorations products

addicted to stamps Addicted to Stamps and More – My 2nd entry to their Make your Mark challenge



9 thoughts on “Distress Oxides & Derwent Graphik pens one layer card

  1. This is incredibly gorgeous and your post was very informative and possibly expensive for me. LOL. The colors you chose are awesome together, and your coloring skills are fabulous.A wonderful CASE of Bev’s card. Thanks so much for playing with us at Time Out and sharing this beauty and this new (to m) paint medium!


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