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Another Simple Watercolor Technique Card

Watercolor Flowers

Hi All!

I totally love this technique – it’s so easy and it makes you look like a professional artist! I also used this technique on THIS CARD. Be sure to use watercolor paper. I mostly use Strathmore 90lb paper because it’s thin, so if it warps, it won’t bend your card base. I like Ranger watercolor paper, but I find that it’s a little too thick for big panels.

Distress inks are great for watercoloring because they tend to dilute and blend much better than other water-based markers. If you’re considering buying them, Amazon usually has a really good price. I tried this technique with Stampin’ Up! markers just to see how it would work. I had a lot of marker lines that wouldn’t blend, so I wouldn’t recommend using them for this technique.

Here is a closeup of the petals. You can see how the ink pools to create a water stain on the edge. Also notice that it’s not perfectly colored when you get up close. 🙂

Watercolor Flowers

Enjoy the video and have a great weekend!



To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.
Distress Markers used: Salty Ocean, Scattered Straw, Peeled Paint

Artful Flowers
SSS Artful Flowers
SSS Sketchy Banners
SSS Sketchy Banners
Tim Holtz Bricked Embossing Folder
Distress Markers
Pumice Stone Distress Ink
Pumice Stone
Ranger Black Archival Ink
Ranger Black Archival Ink
Versamark Ink Pad
Versamark Ink
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
Hero Arts
Stampin' Up! Heat Tool
Heat Tool
Strathmore Watercolor Paper
Watercolor Paper
Stampin' Up! Basic Gray Cardstock
Basic Gray Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Cardstock
Black Cardstock
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Acrylic Blocks
Stampin’ Up! Acrylic Blocks
Stampin' Up! Dimensionals
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner


  1. wrote on March 20th, 2015 at 8:19 am


    So Beautiful! Love the color combination. You make it look so easy. Looking forward to trying myself.

  2. wrote on March 20th, 2015 at 11:38 am


    Adore this technique as well. Thank you for another great video!

  3. wrote on March 20th, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    Barb M.

    Just beautiful! I need to try this! Thanks.

  4. wrote on March 20th, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    Whimsical Creations

    Gorgeous water coloring – love the veins, they are the PERFECT finishing touch!!

  5. wrote on March 20th, 2015 at 2:02 pm


    lol – You’re such the “renegade!” Wonderful card, as always!

  6. wrote on March 20th, 2015 at 2:08 pm


    You must be an artist, I love the way you design your cards.

  7. wrote on March 20th, 2015 at 2:15 pm


    Beautiful colors on the flowers Darlene. You are so good at this technique. Thanks for sharing your ideas/skills. Peg

  8. wrote on March 20th, 2015 at 2:19 pm


    Ahhhaaa….love how you use the distress markers for this. Really awesome!

  9. wrote on March 20th, 2015 at 2:20 pm


    Oh Darlene, this card is simply gorgeous, this technique truly gives you the water color look, it’s easy and fun. And you are so right, water colors are very forgiving, little mistakes are easily fixed with a bit of water and a tissue. I just love to see the colors run when you apply the water, it forms delightful designs and each card you make is unique. Truly an amazingly beautiful card, thank you so much for sharing.
    PS. You are truly a perfectionist, I would have used the first banner you made, it look perfectly fine to me, LOL!! 😉

  10. wrote on March 20th, 2015 at 3:10 pm


    Just a bit off topic but having watched a huge number of videos recently (due to enforced bed rest!) your videos are just perfect! I am not sure if it’s because you do the audio over it or what.. but they are so calming, and such a pleasure to watch. Please don’t change your format because IT WORKS!

    This is another great idea too.. is the card in the photo the same as the video? The colours are so much more vibrant….!

    • wrote on March 20th, 2015 at 11:32 pm

      Anna D.

      Very calming. I watch them at night to destress.

      • wrote on March 20th, 2015 at 11:33 pm

        Anna D.

        And then I don’t want to go to sleep because I get the creative bug. Lol.

        • wrote on March 22nd, 2015 at 11:42 pm

          Darlene DeVries

          That was me on Friday night, Anna. I was working on this one card before bedtime and I couldn’t sleep because I kept thinking about it! They tell you to not be online for one hour before bedtime. I think cardmaking should have the same rule!

    • wrote on March 22nd, 2015 at 11:35 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Oh no… bedrest? That doesn’t sound good. Are you okay? I’m so glad you think the videos are perfect. 🙂

      Yes, the card in the photo is the same as the one in the video. I don’t normally edit the color of the card photos unless the photo I took doesn’t represent what it looks like for real.

  11. wrote on March 20th, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    Carol B

    Awesome watercolor card. Love how you explained every tiny little detail you put into making it.

  12. wrote on March 20th, 2015 at 4:21 pm


    I love this style of watercolor. The veins you added really made these flowers pop even before adding the flower centers. It didn’t seem like a big difference, but it was. Thanks so much for sharing!!

  13. wrote on March 20th, 2015 at 5:42 pm


    I love your card. So pretty!!

  14. wrote on March 20th, 2015 at 5:49 pm


    Wow! I do love this card and I agree with you on the markers. When I first got into watercolor markers, I bought Memento markers thinking they were the same thing as Distress markers. Nope! You can’t move the color at all.
    Love the distress markers for so many fun coloring techniques!

  15. wrote on March 20th, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    marilyn shannon

    I think this is my favorite card that you have ever done!!

    • wrote on March 22nd, 2015 at 11:36 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Wow, thanks Marilyn! 🙂

  16. wrote on March 20th, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    Jennifer Stark

    The weekend is here!! Can’t wait to try this out! Why are you so clever?????

    • wrote on March 22nd, 2015 at 11:40 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      LOL Jennifer. But seriously, I often wonder where I get my ideas. I think I’m lucky enough to have a little art angel that whispers things in my ear.

  17. wrote on March 20th, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    Anna D.

    This is an amazing technique with so many options. I can’t wait to try this. I don’t have distress markers but I do have watercolor pencils and am interested how that will turn out. You have so many great ideas!

  18. wrote on March 21st, 2015 at 2:02 am


    I agree with the last comment. You make it look so easy! I’m going to have to try it with a similar stamp set and see how I go! Looking on the SS website, the sample cards using that stamp set weren’t nearly as good as your card. You’ve got the touch!

    • wrote on March 22nd, 2015 at 11:44 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Thank you Connie! 🙂

  19. wrote on March 21st, 2015 at 5:13 am


    The veins brought those otherwise plain flowers to life! So much to learn, so little time to play! Thanks for the lovely video. You never disappoint! : )

  20. wrote on March 21st, 2015 at 9:53 am


    Lovely….can’t wait to try out these ideas and tips….Thanks a bunch!

  21. wrote on March 21st, 2015 at 2:42 pm


    What a gorgeous card Darlene ! Thank you for a watercolor technique video with distress markers as I’m just trying myself into this at the moment ! Great video again !

  22. wrote on March 21st, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    Lorrie Yeager

    I love this card, once again you nailed it !!! love watercolor techniques.

  23. wrote on March 21st, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    Susan Berry

    What a beautiful card. Love this watercolor technique. I do not have distress markers but have some distress stamp pads. I have the stampin up markers. Will have to think about getting the distressed markers. Thanks again.

  24. wrote on March 21st, 2015 at 10:37 pm


    I just love this card and the technique, Love the stamp and your use of the mask out of post its. looks so simple and yet this will help lots of other flower ideas. The distress colors are beautiful, ( could really see this in my bedroom as a picture). Your video and the way you direct each step is so easy to follow. You have made me a true card making nut. Love it, and you really do get me to buy stuff by what you make. You rock. Thank you so much for your video’s .

    • wrote on March 22nd, 2015 at 11:45 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      You’re in good company with the rest of us nuts. 🙂

  25. wrote on March 24th, 2015 at 12:42 am


    LOVE this technique, Darlene! I’m going to have to purchase some flower stamps to try the watercolor effect… You know, for a long time I wasn’t a fan (of watercolor), but it’s really grown on me. Especially when it’s so easy and fun to do. I’m excited to try this technique and the one where you use the builder flower stamps, then blur the ink a bit to create a watercolor look. You’re a genius 🙂 Can’t wait to try it! Xoxo

  26. wrote on March 24th, 2015 at 9:31 am

    Linda M Hasz


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