Friday, August 22, 2008

Distressed Scor-Pal marker Background Tutorial

This technique is a variation on Rita's brilliant Scoring with Markers Technique. I was paranoid about weakening the tips of my new marker, so I prescored the grid with the Scor-Pal tool. I also wanted to get a distressed (softened or watery) marker look on the grid, so it's just wetted (not a word but it should be, LOL.) Here's how to do the distressed version of a marker grid:


  • Scor-Pal
  • Cardstock
  • Markers (Stamp'n'Write markers (SU) bleed well)
  • Aqua Painter (or brush & water)
  • If embellishing: paper piercer & needle and thread

Distressed Scor-Pal Marker Grid:

Step 1.
Cut a piece of cardstock & score a grid on it
This is 4x4 inches (Kim's grid technique video tut here)

Step 2. Drag a marker along in the grid
(prescoring lets you use any markers & protects tips)

Step 3. You can use two/more colours of markers
[these are Old Olive (SU) and Breeze (CTMH)]

Step 4. If you're embellishing, pierce where the lines intersect
[a homemade fun foam piercing mat (4 pieces stuck together)
is 12" wide & fits in the Scor-Pal perfectly!]

Step 5. Go over the marker with a wet Aqua Painter

A wet paint brush will work too. This lets the marker bleed a little (slightly wet brush), or a lot (very wet brush.) Different cardstocks will react to the water differently. Watercolour paper will bleed beautifully and not warp, but this was Naturals White cs from Stampin' Up! and I liked the results with it.

If you want a more pronounced embossing on your grid
, just let it dry mostly & score over your lines again. The water lets you get really neat deep grooves

Step 6. Embellish as desired.
I used a Faux French Knot technique to embellish this grid:

More details on this thinger (& the finished project) to come in the next post.


Deb Neerman said...

Stunning! Gorgeous! Beautiful! Genius!

Okay, I'm runnin' outta adjectives with you, Kiddo!

This is simply amazing; I absolutely adore it and Anna will cry like a l'il girl when she sees how you've used the stamp she craves!


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Denise ~ Paper Ponderings said...

Oh that's SO pretty! And just so you know, I am trying some gesso stamping because of your great ideas...I am so thrilled with the results!

Elena said...

Gorgeous card! Fabulous tutorial! You are fantastic!

Robin Perry said...


That is a beautiful card, and a technique I'm going to HAVE to try. TFS!

Angie Tieman said...

This is beautiful and sooo cool! TFS!

Tonniece said...

Very, very pretty Mel. I love it.

And so you know Deb, I have dubbed her A M(AMAZEING MEL), which sums up all those adjectives for you.

Anonymous said...

Mel--such a beautiful card and of course a big thank you for the pictorial. I really appreciate all the time you spend on your blog sharing your talent and tips with us. Have a great weekend.

darlene l

Annapurna said...

I better cry like a lil girl now :-)

Sigh... it is like your friend going out with the boy you have a crush on. LOL!

I absolutely love the color combination you used on there. That PP is super gorgeous too.

Simply superb!

Sheila said...

Stunning Mel.
After your last post I had a go at this and let's just didn't look anywhere near as fab as yours. Obviously need to!!!

Erum Tasneem said...

Oh god Mel you have a lot of free time I am sure! But that is a good thing apparently for all of us not so genius ppl :-p
looks fab! cant wait to see the end result!

Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

I love these projects you are showing! I am *needing* a scor-pal more and more!

Anonymous said...

This is awesome. you are really going to get me to order myself a scorepal. Of course I am not sure where to put it in my little craft room but I guess I could find a place.

Anonymous said...

Great idea, Mel, and I like the suggestion of scoring before you use the pen - so you will stay inside the lines. You make everything look so easy!


Rhonda Kelly said...

Fabulous card! Thanks for the great tutorial, that looks so pretty. I love the colors you used on this card. TFS

Penny said...

Simply inspired!

Shirley said...

Mel, totally in love with your project. How beautiful. I had been meaning to get that stamp and then forgot and now its retired I think. Lucking you. I love your card. TFS

Janine said...

How fabulous!!!

Maria said...

Ooh, I'm going to definitely try this technique this weekend. It looks so fun, Mel! I've seen others make this grid effect but I've never been motivated until now. Thank you for the tutorial!!

Your card. . .fabulous as always!


Mrs. Nancy G said...

What cool effects and a stunning creation! LOVE IT!!


Anonymous said...


Maria said...

Hey Mel! I tried the grid technique. . .my very first attempt. I'll try the distressed marker background technique on my next attempt.

Gosh, this technique was so fun. Check out my card:

I sort of CASED your card. Thank you for the inspiration!!


Risa said...

Your embossed card and matching envelope are stunning Mel!!!