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A Rainbow of Ice Cream Cones

Ice Cream Rainbow

Hi All,

In today’s video, I spent a lot of time walking through the watercoloring. I usually kind of breeze through the coloring, but this time I kept things mostly at real-time and explaining fixing mistakes, blending colors, moving color, etc. Here is a close-up of some of the ice cream (going for the popsicle with ice cream center look):

Ice Cream Rainbow

I used Peerless watercolors, but an even easier way to get this type of 1/2 and 1/2 blend is with distress markers. Specifically, use the technique I used on THIS CARD and THIS CARD.

I mispoke in the video – my ice cream cone panel is Canson XL paper – not Neenah. Anyway, enjoy the video!



To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.
Peerless watercolors used: Rose Red, Scarlet Cake, Orange Yellow, Brilliant Yellow, Grass Green, Butterfly Wing Blue, Heliotrope, Warm Sepia, Sepia Brown

Altenew Way Too Sweet
Altenew Way Too Sweet
Avery Elle Custom Panels Die Set
Avery Elle Custom Panels
Peerless Watercolor Basic
Peerless Watercolor Basic
Peerless Watercolor Bonus
Peerless Watercolor Bonus
Little B Rainbox Washi Tape
Little B Rainbox Washi Tape
Ranger Glossy Accents
Glossy Accents
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Versafine Black Ink
Ultra Fine Clear Powder
Ultra Fine Clear Powder
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Canson Mix Media Paper
Canson Mix Media Paper
T-Square Rules
T-Square Ruler
Stampin' Up! Heat Tool
Heat Tool
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner


  1. wrote on July 27th, 2016 at 5:56 am


    Super cool card, Darlene. I’ll keep it in mind to make in January when our Summer Down Under will be in full throttle!

  2. wrote on July 27th, 2016 at 8:42 am

    Carol Mac

    Wow, so vibrant! Love it! ?

  3. wrote on July 27th, 2016 at 10:46 am


    Adorable! I love how you used the rainbow moving one color over into the next. I’m going to have to invest in some Peerless Watercolor. Those colors!!! Thanks for sharing!

  4. wrote on July 27th, 2016 at 11:37 am


    Crazy fun card. I completely need to make some watercolor rainbow with glossy accentscards. Butterflies might come out nice with this technique, too.

  5. wrote on July 27th, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    Sherry W.

    I have to have that washi tape! I don’t have the stamp set, but I think I can draw something like the popsicles or maybe a giant shave ice or snow cone for the same effect. Thanks for a fun card.

  6. wrote on July 27th, 2016 at 1:20 pm


    Beautiful and colorful card Darlene, the colors are so vibrant and fun for Summer.
    I’m astonished at the fact that you used Ninah card stock instead of water color paper, I didn’t know that the Ninah could take being wet, even if your ice cream cones are not like dripping with water still, there was quite a good amount on each and the paper didn’t even warp, amazing!!!!!
    I love everything about this card, thank you for sharing.

    • wrote on July 27th, 2016 at 1:28 pm

      Carol Mac

      Hi Maria, Darlene wrote in the description that she actually used Canson XL paper – not Neenah. You must have read too fast…?

    • wrote on July 27th, 2016 at 1:29 pm


      She said she misspoke, it’s not Neenah but Canson XL. Don’t use Neenah for water coloring, it won’t hold up to that much water!!!

  7. wrote on July 27th, 2016 at 3:33 pm


    such a cute card!! Thank you Darlene! I seem to have problems with glossy accents getting bubbles! Am I doing something wrong?

    • wrote on July 28th, 2016 at 10:59 am

      Darlene DeVries

      I usually try to tap them as I’m applying it. However, you could also try flicking the bottom of your cardstock with your fingers. Be careful though – if you have a thick layer you could spread it a little.

    • wrote on July 29th, 2016 at 3:07 pm


      Don’t know why but some of us always think we need to shake bottles before we use the product. Be sure you aren’t shaking your bottle of Glossy Accents or you’ll have lots of bubbles.

  8. wrote on July 27th, 2016 at 6:58 pm


    Nicely done. My Granddaughter said they look delicious. I agree.

  9. wrote on July 27th, 2016 at 9:59 pm


    One of my favorite cards too! Love it!

  10. wrote on July 28th, 2016 at 5:24 am


    Well Darlene, you’ve done it again. What a gorgeous, colourful card. Love it!

  11. wrote on July 28th, 2016 at 11:21 am


    I so like the refreshing colors. It makes me think of sherbet. That Washi tape is perfect for this card. I am sure anyone would be thrilled to receive it in their mailbox. Well done!

  12. wrote on July 28th, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    Terri Blindstamper

    My first thought was “hey! I got that card!”, then “how sweet!”. It is a great card. I didn’t realize it was washi tape. Thank you so much.

    • wrote on July 28th, 2016 at 5:57 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      You’re welcome. 🙂

  13. wrote on July 28th, 2016 at 9:07 pm


    Great card Darlene! So refreshing…love it.

  14. wrote on July 29th, 2016 at 12:10 am

    Laura Norris

    They do look good enough to eat! Great fun card Darlene!

  15. wrote on July 29th, 2016 at 3:08 pm


    What a fun card this is!

  16. wrote on July 30th, 2016 at 9:19 am

    Barb H.

    Great card, Darlene. I see you have the Avery Elle Custom Panel die set. I’ve seen that set and with the exception of the arch die you used, wasn’t sure what the rest of the dies could be used for. Can you describe or show some uses for this set?

    • wrote on July 31st, 2016 at 4:54 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Barb. I’ve used several of the edge borders, for example on this card, this card, this card, and this card. I’ve also used the little circles for pieces on cards. The rounded corner piece comes with a spacer (the cross), which I think would be cool to use but haven’t gotten around to it yet!

  17. wrote on July 30th, 2016 at 5:22 pm


    Really like this one! So appreciate the watercolor tips! Julie

  18. wrote on August 2nd, 2016 at 9:52 pm


    Love this card – one of my favorites too!

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