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Color Selection and Botanical Blooms

Botanical Blooms

Hi All,

I think the most important component of this type of card is color. Color is somewhat subjective, but there are definitely colors that are more appealing together than others. In the recent survey, some of you asked if I could explain how I choose my colors, so here it is. In today’s video, I explain why I picked these colors and not others. I’m not sure if this is unfortunate or fortunate, but my explanation is not very scientific but more “feeling”. So, rather than a color wheel explanation, I say “too bright together” or “too Halloweenish”, lol. Hopefully you will recognize the same types of feelings you might be having but can’t articulate. I think the eye is good at figuring things out, whether the brain can explain it to you or not. I hope you can make some sense out of it.

The rest is pretty easy stamping. 🙂

Enjoy the video!



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Botanical Blooms
Botanical Blooms
Oriental Orchid
Oriental Orchid
Stampin' Up! Rich Razzleberry Ink
Rich Razzleberry Ink
Stampin' Up! Pool Party Ink
Pool Party Ink
Stampin' Up! So Saffron Ink
So Saffron Ink
Copic Multiliner Pens, 4 pack
Copic Multiliner Pen
Versamark Ink Pad
Versamark Ink
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
Hero Arts
Stampin' Up! Whisper White Thick Cardstock
Stampin’ Up! Thick White
Fog Cardstock
Fog Cardstock
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Black Ink
Stampin' Up! Heat Tool
Heat Tool
Fiskars Trimmer
Fiskars Trimmer
Martha Stewart Mini Scoreboard
Mini Scoreboard
Thin Paper Tape
Thin Paper Tape
Scotch Foam Tape
Scotch Foam Tape


  1. wrote on January 20th, 2016 at 12:39 pm


    Hi Darlene, Luscious is the word I’d use to describe your card. I wasn’t particularly impressed with this Stampin Up stamp set until I saw it used in this way. Now I can see a lot of possibilities. I also was wondering what has happened to the early time slot for releasing your tutorial videos? It really helps us keen ones Down Under (smile).

    • wrote on January 20th, 2016 at 9:37 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Sorry about that Connie – my auto-brain took over and I forgot this time. 🙂

      • wrote on January 20th, 2016 at 9:54 pm


        No problem Darlene. I just love your videos so much and always learn heaps from them!

  2. wrote on January 20th, 2016 at 1:15 pm


    Love the vibrancy of the Rich Razzleberry flowers against the softer Pool Party and So Saffron inks, beautiful contrast Darlene, so glad you added the detail of the black lines on the flowers, that is a really fantastic detail.

  3. wrote on January 20th, 2016 at 1:36 pm


    This is a beautiful card. I look forward to getting this stamp and die bundle. I love the way a couple of the dies cut the flowers so they can be popped out. You always do something unique with stamp sets like this and keep us thinking outside the box!! =) Thanks for sharing another great card and I think I am caught up now! YAY!!!!

  4. wrote on January 20th, 2016 at 1:42 pm


    Thank you, I am not nuts. I could not get a correctly cut line with that trimmer. I bought 3 just a little different in size thinking it was the trimmer. Then I went to Amazon and they had Wescott ones for $5. really! So I got two. They are behaving! I really thought it was me and that I was doing something wrong. Alternatively, I use a quilter’s tool or a blade to cut on a cutting mat with a metal ruler as my guide.

  5. wrote on January 20th, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    Carol B

    Beautiful canard, love the popped up Fog CS, this really adds a nice touch and the colors are fantastic. I have a Fiskers cutter, bit larger than yours, I love it and it doesn’t seem to have your problem. I have had this cutter for a long time and have been eyeing the newer bit bigger version. Your problem makes me hesitate to purchase it. What cutter do you really love?

    • wrote on January 24th, 2016 at 4:56 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Carol, my absolute favorite has always been ekTools Trimmer. The problem is that I keep leaving the arm open and hanging off the end of my table. I run into it, it falls on the floor, and then I have to buy a new one. I’ve been wanting to buy a more professional trimmer, so I’m just in the research stage right now. If you’re looking for something economical, get the ekTools and be careful with it. 🙂

      • wrote on January 24th, 2016 at 9:24 pm

        Carol B

        Thanks Darlene will think about the EK Trimmer. Have you tried the SU one and if so what do you think? My one gripe on the Fiskers is the blades don’t last long.

        • wrote on January 26th, 2016 at 9:40 pm

          Darlene DeVries

          Hi Carol. I haven’t tried the SU one. It looks a lot like the Fiskars.

          • wrote on January 26th, 2016 at 10:05 pm

            Carol B

            Thanks Darlene, still pondering what’s best for me.

  6. wrote on January 20th, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    Carol B

    Oh my eyes are getting so bad and auto correct is a pain. I meant card , so sorry. I get a Cataract surgery on left eye in 2 weeks hope this helps, probably not, LOL.

  7. wrote on January 20th, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    Mary Jane

    Great card Darlene and thanks for mentioning about the trimmer. I have that exact trimmer and have the same issue. I thought it was just me but glad to see its not. I am definitely straight edged challenged so I need something that trims straight!
    Thanks again for sharing.

  8. wrote on January 20th, 2016 at 4:06 pm


    Thank you Darlene. Very pretty card. I have a fiskers rotory trimmer. I have had it for a pretty good while now. I kept wondering why my papers were not cutting streight. It took me a while to realize that the plastic guide was bowing out and causing me to get an uneven cut. It was soo frustrating. I kept thinking it was me. Never occured to me that it was the trimmer.

  9. wrote on January 20th, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    Laura Norris

    Hi Darlene,
    What a beautiful card today! I have that same trimmer, and when I first got it, it did not cut straight either. I contacted Fiskars, and they sent me a replacement arm for it. ( the part that you lift and lower when you put your cardstock in) The new one cuts straight, and I haven’t had any problems since. They were very nice about it – they seem to have great customer service! It might be worth a try, since you have already purchased the trimmer!
    Thanks for explaining the color choices too! I often can’t explain why I think some colors work together better than others!

  10. wrote on January 20th, 2016 at 5:13 pm


    Hi Darlene,
    That card is adorable! I have this stamp set so I will certainly be making this card, Thank you for sharing, I hope you are having a wonderful week.

  11. wrote on January 20th, 2016 at 5:34 pm


    You always make ugly stamp sets appealing! I looked at the stamp set and asked myself “What in the world would I do with it?” The card it wonderful!!!

  12. wrote on January 20th, 2016 at 5:41 pm


    Love the colors you used!!! Sorry about your trimmer issues. Have you see the newest Fiskars trimmer? You can read about it here: http://www2.fiskars.com/Products/Crafting-and-Sewing/Paper-Trimmers/Deluxe-Paper-Trimmer-with-Aluminum-Cut-Rail-12. I saw it at Hobby Lobby last night. It’s a bit pricey ($39.99), but you could use a coupon there, so that would knock off quite a bit. It has an aluminum rail instead of a wire guide, so it’s supposed to do a better job at making straight cuts. Just a thought. The only downside I can see right now is there don’t seem to be replacement blades on the market yet. Hopefully those will be out soon, too. I’m hoping my mom will get it for my birthday next month! 🙂 ~ Andrea

  13. wrote on January 20th, 2016 at 5:42 pm


    Love the card. The Stampin Up paper trimmer is my favorite of all the ones I’ve had.

  14. wrote on January 20th, 2016 at 6:58 pm


    What creative ideas you always have!! I just ordered this stamp set and was unsure but now I see lots of possibilities. I have a guillotine paper cutter and the Stampin Up paper trimmer. I like both. Thank you for another inspirational video!! So fun! Julie L

  15. wrote on January 20th, 2016 at 7:00 pm


    Great card Darlene, I love the colors and the entire design. I would never have bought a stamp set like that one but now I see I can do some really cool things with it. Thanks Darlene

  16. wrote on January 20th, 2016 at 7:17 pm


    How fun was that! Love that the flowers are in the background with the corner sentiment popped up. Great idea.

  17. wrote on January 21st, 2016 at 2:09 am


    hi there Darlene, i have the same trimmer. i was only having the problem off and on and somehow i figured out that when i pull the blade toward me, its not a problem. i thought it was just me. i love the trimmer so much. i had a problem with the wire breaking and fiskars was really great about it and sent me that same piece with the wire in it. as long as i pull the blade toward me i get great results. hope this helps. have fun! oh and i loved your card. love the colors. thanks, treen

  18. wrote on January 21st, 2016 at 7:11 am


    I loved hearing how you made your color choices. I agree with you on the trimmer. I ended up purchasing Fiskars 12 Inch ProCision Rotary Bypass Trimmer and have been happy with it. It is huge.

    • wrote on January 21st, 2016 at 8:34 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Iliana, that’s exactly the one I was looking at buying! Does it cut seriously straight, all the way to the end? This Fiskars one just gets a little angled as I get to the top of the cardstock.

      • wrote on January 21st, 2016 at 8:41 pm


        It does cut straight. The only thing I don’t care for is that you have to measure tiny slivers on the opposite side (not the cut side). Hope that makes sense.

  19. wrote on January 21st, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    Patty Beers

    It was good to hear about the Fiskars Trimmer. I have an older small one but I never seem to get really straight cuts and i am always trimming the base of my card. I have heard comments about the Ranger Tonic cutter and I see a lot of Tonic cutters on Amazon. I am trying to figure out which one to get. I am wondering if the Guillotine paper cutters are more accurate. I have had problems with all the paper cutters I have had. I wonder if after you use them for awhile they get off.
    I have the 12 inch Fiskars Rotary one also but it is just too big for cards. Any information you have for another option would be great. I have enough problems getting things straight without them starting out that way.

    • wrote on January 21st, 2016 at 7:33 pm


      Same here! I’ve had the same Fiskars trimmer for years, and about the last year or so could never get a straight cut, my folded card never lined up. Thought it was me, or the package of card stock I had purchased. Just by chance I bought a new Fiskars non rotary trimmer, (impulse buy) at Joann’s. Low and behold, it’s working so much better. You’re so right, I have a hard enough time keeping things straight without the trimmer contributing to it.

  20. wrote on January 21st, 2016 at 6:02 pm


    Bravo!! Still recovering from a nasty illness and your posts re like good medicine!

    • wrote on January 24th, 2016 at 5:04 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hope you’re feeling better Diana. 🙂

      • wrote on January 25th, 2016 at 8:23 am


        I am – thanks. 8 weeks of going to the hospital each day for an IV antibiotic chews up my day and my energy. Watching your videos are a welcome respite. I like my SU! trimmer because I can score easily – but the blades don’t last very long. Hope you are having a good winter.

  21. wrote on January 22nd, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    Kim Bears

    Thanks for validating what I have thought all along about my Fiskars trimmer!! I have purchased many of these trimmers over the years thinking maybe the next one will cut straight…I am curious to see what you do or if you are able to find another trimmer that actually cuts straight. One question…do you know if the Stampin’ Up! trimmer is a Fiskars? Thanks Darlene. 🙂


    • wrote on January 24th, 2016 at 5:12 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      I’m not sure if SU is a Fiskars – they sure look similar.

  22. wrote on January 25th, 2016 at 4:03 pm


    I love this card! I’m going to try and make it and I only hope I can do as good a job as you. You make it look very easy, so I’m hoping….. I’m glad that I joined your site.

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