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Artist’s Butterfly with Faber Castell

Artist Butterfly

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I am lucky enough to be guesting on the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft blog twice this week! See my post on Monday using Gelatos if you missed it.

For today, I thought I would use something different. I’ve never used the Pastel pencils before, so I really enjoyed playing with them on this card. They are just simply vibrant. Even when I applied a little water to smooth it out on my watercolor paper, the color did not fade. They go on kind of like chalk.

The butterfly panel is all one layer. I achieved the dimension by shadowing with the Art Grip Aquarelle pencils, which are Faber Castell’s watercolor pencils. Although you can’t see the outside of the circle very well in the photo, I used a silver watercolor pencil. It has a shimmery look to it.

Please head over to the Faber Castell Design Memory Craft blog for more details. I also included the video below. Enjoy and have a great weekend!



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PITT Pastel Pencils, Neutrals
PITT Pastel Pencils, Neutrals
PITT Pastel Pencils, Blue/Green
PITT Pastel Pencils, Blue/Green
PITT Pastel Pencils, Red/Yellow
PITT Pastel Pencils, Red/Yellow
Artist's Butterfly
Artist’s Butterfly
Neutral Aquarelles
Neutral Aquarelles
Blue Aquarelles
Blue Aquarelles
Yellow Aquarelles
Yellow Aquarelles
Stampin' Up! Field Flowers
Stampin’ Up! Field Flowers
Stampin' Up!Aqua Painter
Aqua Painter
Simon Says Stamp Khaki Ink
SSS Khaki Ink
Strathmore Watercolor Paper
Watercolor Paper
Hero Arts Black Cardstock
Hero Arts Black Cardstock
Spellbinders Classic Circles, Large
Spellbinders Circles
Doodle Twine, Black Beetle
Black Beetle Twine
Stampin' Up! Two-Way Glue Pen
Glue Pen
Stampin' Up! Mini Glue Dots
Mini Glue Dots
Uniball White Gel Pen
White Gel Pen


  1. wrote on February 14th, 2014 at 6:53 am

    Sandra ltb

    Darlene – thank you, I really appreciate you taking the time to walk us through this – beautiful!
    Sandra ltb

  2. wrote on February 14th, 2014 at 6:53 am


    Wow! What an amazing card! Love your videos, Darlene! As I was watching, I was thinking, how in the world you came up with the idea for this design! Love the Spellbinders trick!!

  3. wrote on February 14th, 2014 at 8:23 am


    You are AMAZING!! Every time I try to use colored pencils it looks like my 6 year old has been making a card. How you do this just blows me away!!! Love this! I love the spellbinder trick also. I’ve got all kinds of stacked frames I could try that with. Thanks so much for showing!!!!

  4. wrote on February 14th, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Carrie Davenport

    you are amazing! I just can’t get enough of your cards/videos 🙂 3 this week has been awesome, thank you for taking the time to do that.. I wish we could get a new card everyday 😉 I love how you colored the butterfly.. you are so darn creative!!! I am so bad at shading, but watching your videos and trying to do it with you has helped me tremendously. thank you thank you!!! have a great Valentines Day!!

  5. wrote on February 14th, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Maria A. Rodriguez

    Oh Darlene, love this card, it’s right up my alley, water coloring!!! The shading is gorgeous, beautiful color palate, Spring like theme, just what the Doctor ordered, to brighten this gray, cold day!! What a surprise to find a card on a Friday!!! Yeah!! a real sweet treat for Valentine’s Day!!!!!
    Happy Valentine’s Day!!!!!

  6. wrote on February 14th, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Laura Norris

    You are very talented Darlene!! This card has so much dimension and life to it. Thanks for sharing how you created it! Happy Valentine’s Day!

  7. wrote on February 14th, 2014 at 4:24 pm


    A very cute one !! Thanks Darlene.

  8. wrote on February 14th, 2014 at 6:46 pm


    Thanks so much for this color technique. I just broke into my Inktense pencils, so this video was very timely! Smiles I reviewed a previous video you have on them…lovely also!

  9. wrote on February 14th, 2014 at 7:15 pm


    Wow! I just love the uniqueness of this. Your cards are lovely and I your videos are a joy to watch. I was already excited since it’s Friday, of a long weekend (in Ontario, Canada) and when I saw the email come in with a new video it made today that much better!!!

    Thank you for taking time to do this and show us how 🙂

  10. wrote on February 14th, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    Diana W.

    Darlene – how do you do it? Loved this tutorial. Such lovely colors and a perfect message to go with that sweet butterfly. Thank you. Thank you!

  11. wrote on February 16th, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    Linda J.

    Really a cool card. I am going to give it a try. You do such wonderful work Darlene. Thank you for your posts, I look forward to them. Thank you.

  12. wrote on February 19th, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Danielle B

    Fabulous once again Darlene!! If your pastels are chalky will they rub off at all from the card or do you need to spray it with a sealant? I also wonder if this could be done with chalk pastels that come in a tray – the little squares? I have a big set and never use them as I don’t know what to do with them. Do you have any suggestions? I didn’t see them in the video of your amazing craft room so not sure if you’ve used them in any past videos. I’m wanting to stop “collecting” new supplies and find ways to use what I have. As always I just love your videos and it’s such a treat to find these in my inbox so thank you so much for sharing them.

    • wrote on March 2nd, 2014 at 10:40 am

      Darlene DeVries

      Thank you Danielle! I didn’t spray the card because my pastel coverage wasn’t very thick. I’m sure if you rubbed it with a lot of pressure it might smear, but I figured no one was really going to do that. As far as the chalks that come in a tray, they are more for coloring than drawing. They are more subtle in color than I like, so I don’t use mine much. I don’t think I have any videos on them, but I will tell you that I have set in my “to use” box. 🙂

  13. wrote on February 26th, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    Robin in WA

    Love your card. Really like the placement of the butterfly to the circles. Very clever way to do the circles! When you are watercoloring, it looks so easy that I think even I can do it! Thanks for showing us how you do stuff.

  14. wrote on March 4th, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    Danielle B

    Ohhhh I hope that means a future video!!! Thanks so much for the reply, what a thrill to get another one. Just teasing about the video though. It would be fabulous but I get it with being a mom too and life and all that, it could percolate in that creative genius of yours for a long time in-and amongst many other demands. So, I’ll absolutely look forward to it but no pressure ok? Take care!

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