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Today’s card involves stamping and then “swiping” with water. My focus was not on dimension or shadowing. My focus was on making sure I had a variety of shades. I wasn’t too concerned about where the light and dark shades were – just that I had several different shades, including white. I think it will make more sense when you watch the video.

I used Altenew’s Golden Garden set. It’s another multi-step stamp set, but there are at most 2 steps per stamp. There is a cheat sheet, and this one is actually worth something – it’s very clear on how they line up. I think it’s also easier because it’s more “sketchy”. You don’t have to get the stamping exactly right.

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Distress markers used: Fired Brick, Forest Moss, Peeled Paint, Spiced Marmalade, Scattered Straw

Altenew Golden Garden
Altenew Golden Garden
SSS Friendly Flowers
SSS Friendly Flowers
Forest Moss Distress Ink
Forest Moss Distress Ink
Fired Brick Distress Ink
Fired Brick
Candied Apple Distress Ink
Candied Apple Distress Ink
Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink
Spiced Marmalade
Scattered Straw Distress Ink
Scattered Straw
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Versafine Black Ink
Stampin' Up! Aqua Painter
Aqua Painter
Canson Mix Media Paper
Canson Mix Media Paper
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner


  1. wrote on April 15th, 2016 at 6:36 am


    Hi Darlene, I’m glad to see you use distress ink and markers again. With some of the newer mediums, I’ve put mine to one side recently and forgotten how lovely they can look. This stamp set is very unusual and the card was simple and elegant!

  2. wrote on April 15th, 2016 at 10:51 am



  3. wrote on April 15th, 2016 at 1:24 pm


    I think this is a great card for me to practice coloring with distress inks. Love the card.

  4. wrote on April 15th, 2016 at 1:26 pm


    Thank you for all the instructions. Your card is beautiful! I, too, am one who has a hard time stopping and wind up losing the dimensional look. I can’t wait to try something like this with my stamps! Thanks for sharing!!

  5. wrote on April 15th, 2016 at 2:34 pm


    Elegantly beautiful! Another wonderful video. Thank you!

  6. wrote on April 15th, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    Brenda L.

    Beautiful card Darlene, not sure I could watercolor it to look like yours, but I love that you can. Hugs, Brenda

  7. wrote on April 15th, 2016 at 5:16 pm


    I think this card has a cool tropical look. Love it. It was nice to see the use of our distress inks and pens again. Thanks Darlene for another great video.

  8. wrote on April 15th, 2016 at 5:26 pm


    Darlene I am loving this card big time!! What beautiful note card gifts they make. I’ll have to try it and see how I do. Thanks and Blessings

  9. wrote on April 15th, 2016 at 10:44 pm


    Stunning Darlene…clean look that I love! Thanks for the tutorial.

  10. wrote on April 16th, 2016 at 7:54 am


    Beautiful card. You make watercoloring look so easy, but I tend to lose all the white areas I leave in. I know I don’t stop when I should. But, I will keep practicing and one day may be able to make a card that looks somewhat like yours. 🙂 Thanks for your detailed instructions. You are a wonderful teacher.

  11. wrote on April 16th, 2016 at 9:08 am


    This is a beatuiful clean card. I love the use of distress markers and ink pads, too. When you use those, I think I don’t need any of the others, lol.

    I also like lining up the card base on the Misti.

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