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Distress Ink Watercolor Band

Distress Band

Hi All!

Yes, I’m using Peaceful Pines again. I’m sorry, I can’t help it, and it won’t be the last time. I just really like this set a lot. I used the same technique I used on THIS CARD. It’s so easy and quick. I liked how this watercolor looked a little like sun rays through a forest.

In the video I also show a tip for how to glitter-up your little stars easily. Here is a close-up:

Distress Band

Don’t forget to let me know if you’re interested in any of my goody boxes for sale. The deadline is Tuesday. Hope you have a great weekend!



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Peaceful Pines
Peaceful Pines
Hero Arts Holiday Sayings Stamp Set
Holiday Sayings
Pine Needles Distress Ink
Pine Needles Distress Ink
Forest Moss Distress Ink
Forest Moss Distress Ink
Crushed Olive Distress Ink
Crushed Olive Distress Ink
Stampin' Up! Crushed Curry Ink
Crushed Curry Ink
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Versafine Black Ink
Ranger Glitter Ice Stickles, Yellow
Yellow Stickles
Paper Piercer
Paper Piercer
Strathmore Watercolor Paper
Watercolor Paper
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Sanding Block
Sanding Block
Thin Paper Tape
Thin Paper Tape
T-Square Rules
T-Square Ruler
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner


  1. wrote on September 11th, 2015 at 8:49 am


    What a beautiful card, Darlene. It has such an ethereal look about it too. I’m going to try something similar and hope it works out. I’ll miss your cards each week while I’m away and look forward to catching up when I get back. Ciao!!

  2. wrote on September 11th, 2015 at 11:35 am

    Mary Jane

    Beautiful Card. I was thinking about doing something similar but wanted a little more sparkle. Do you think I could use a clear Wink of Stella rather than water?

    • wrote on September 11th, 2015 at 1:01 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      My experience with the wink of stella clear is that sometimes it will mute the color. What I think would be better for shimmer in this case is to add a pinch of Perfect Pearls to a small glass of water. Then, apply with the water with the paintbrush as usual. It would look beautiful! Wish I would have thought of that earlier! If you don’t have Perfect Pearls, you could brush some of your wink of stella on a craft mat, then pick it up with the wet paintbrush before applying. It will tone down the amount of shimmer.

      • wrote on September 11th, 2015 at 1:29 pm

        Mary Jane

        I have white perfect pearls…would that work? I have never used it so not sure if there is a clear or not.

        • wrote on September 11th, 2015 at 3:00 pm

          Darlene DeVries

          I don’t have white, so I can’t say for sure, but my guess would be yes. Maybe try it out on a piece of scratch paper first.

        • wrote on September 12th, 2015 at 4:22 pm


          I haven’t used the white to paint with, but I do use it in my homemade Perfect Pearls mist. It adds kind of a milky look to the project, but that is very subtle. Just keep in mind it may mute your colors just a hint. But I would say give it a go! HTH! 🙂 ~ Andrea

      • wrote on September 11th, 2015 at 7:46 pm


        I guess you’ve answered here the forum question about a perfect pearls shimmer mist recipe. I thought I should maybe use 70% alcohol with perfect pearls but glad I can just use water and brush it on rather that using a mister.

  3. wrote on September 11th, 2015 at 1:31 pm


    Really like the blending you’ve done over you trees. Very artistic.

  4. wrote on September 11th, 2015 at 1:45 pm


    Darlene…I just LOVE this card! Great technique that I will definitely have to try. I love that stamp set too!

  5. wrote on September 11th, 2015 at 2:22 pm


    I love this card. I think I need to order this Stampin Up stamp set!

  6. wrote on September 11th, 2015 at 2:23 pm


    Darlene…how beautiful and love the serenity of the scene. Thank you so much! I need to get a #6 brush!

    • wrote on September 12th, 2015 at 4:24 pm


      I would recommend not going just by the number of the brush for size. Manufacturer A’s size #6 is not necessarily the same as Manufacturer B’s size #6. I’d suggest buying brushes in person, rather than ordering online, unless you know exactly what you want. 🙂 ~ Andrea

  7. wrote on September 11th, 2015 at 3:33 pm


    Really like this technique! And sure appreciate the Christmas card examples. Gotta get going on starting those NOW!! Julie L

  8. wrote on September 11th, 2015 at 4:02 pm


    Very nice card. I love anything with watercolors.

  9. wrote on September 11th, 2015 at 4:08 pm


    Lovely card, thank you for the ideas.

  10. wrote on September 11th, 2015 at 8:18 pm


    Beautiful card. I passed over that stamp set when perusing the SU Holiday Catalog, but may have to revisit after view the great things you’ve done with this set. Thanks for the inspiration.

  11. wrote on September 11th, 2015 at 8:59 pm


    Another awesome and elegant card. Thank you for all the great ideas!

  12. wrote on September 12th, 2015 at 11:02 am


    That was an amazing technique.

  13. wrote on September 12th, 2015 at 2:17 pm


    This card is fan-tab-u-los! Looks like so much fun to create!

  14. wrote on September 12th, 2015 at 4:27 pm


    Great card, Darlene! Wonderful colors, and I love the tip for glittering the star. I’ve tried that with Stickles, but never with a paper piercer, and so never liked the results much. I’ll have to keep your technique in mind! 🙂 ~ Andrea

  15. wrote on September 12th, 2015 at 7:28 pm


    Oh my goodness! This card is so beautiful yet so simple! Fantastic job! 🙂

  16. wrote on September 13th, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    Susan Berry

    Love the card and liked the technique you used.

  17. wrote on September 14th, 2015 at 10:33 am


    Brilliant. Just brilliant.

  18. wrote on September 14th, 2015 at 6:00 pm


    Love, love, love this idea!

  19. wrote on September 15th, 2015 at 7:32 am


    I can’t wait to try this technique. I believe this tree is in last year’s tree stamp set from Stampin Up! as well. I like the color combination. So pretty!

  20. wrote on September 15th, 2015 at 3:54 pm


    You always do the coolest things with watercolors!!! This is awesome and simple….but…I would probably make a mess of it. LOL I’ll give it a shot, though and see how it turns out. I may just surprise myself. :b TY!!

  21. wrote on September 16th, 2015 at 10:03 am


    Pretty card! I always try to figure out how you do things before I watch the video. I must say, I was quite surprised this time. Lol

  22. wrote on September 17th, 2015 at 8:38 am

    Nancy R.

    Such a beautiful card! And I’ve loved all the comments on what others would add to “make it their own” with a little shimmer. How very much fun this site is with all the information and YOUR beautiful creations!!!

  23. wrote on September 27th, 2015 at 9:29 pm


    This is a beautiful card. I love the simplicity of the technique, but the loveliness of the card.

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