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Easy Dot Gradients

Easy Dot Gradient

Hi All!

Something a little new and different today. A clean and simple look that you can accomplish with any solid die, a sentiment stamp, and 3 markers. I think you’ll get the best results with Copic markers, but because there isn’t very much blending, you could achieve a similar effect with any kind of marker.

Simply color dots all around your die in varying sizes. Here is the heart-shaped card I create in the video:

Easy Dot Gradient

And a close-up of the dot pattern:

Easy Dot Gradient

I also used a circle die:

Easy Dot Gradient

A star die:

Easy Dot Gradient

and a butterfly die:

Easy Dot Gradient

They are pretty easy to make. Enjoy the video!


Card Measurements:

Element Imperial Metric
All mattes 1/16 inch 2 mm
Heart and Circle cards 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches 10.8 x 14 cm
Star card 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches 10.8 x 10.8 cm
Butterfly card 4 1/4 x 4 inches 10.8 x 10.2 cm


Copic sketch markers used: pink heart (RV02, RV04, RV09); green circle (G09, G12, G14); turquoise star (BG49, BG45, BG11); purple butterfly (V17, V15, V01)

Litte B Heart Dies
Little B Heart Dies
Lawn Fawn Love You S'More
Lawn Fawn Love You S’More
Copic Sketch Markers
Copic Sketch Markers
Stampin' Up! Melon Mambo Cardstock
Melon Mambo Cardstock
Hero Arts Black Notecards
Hero Arts Black Notecards
Hero Hues Black
Hero Hues Black
T-Square Rules
T-Square Ruler
Thin Paper Tape
Thin Paper Tape
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner

Additional Supplies for other cards:

SSS Stitched Circles
SSS Stitched Circles
Simon Says Stamp Birthday Balloons
SSS Birthday Balloons
Stampin' Up! Bermuda Bay Cardstock
Bermuda Bay Cardstock
Altenew Bejeweled
Altenew Bejeweled


  1. wrote on June 23rd, 2017 at 6:39 am


    This card design came at just the right time. I need a few fairly quick cards to make for friends. So I now know what I’m going to make tomorrow! Thanks as always, Darlene.

  2. wrote on June 23rd, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    Brenda L.

    I’ve seen this done on coffee mugs with sharpies, but never on a card before. Love it on a card, makes such CAS cards but so unique as well. Hugs, Brenda

  3. wrote on June 23rd, 2017 at 1:41 pm


    What an imagination you have Darlene! I love this…just takes time…thanks so much for your tutorial.

  4. wrote on June 23rd, 2017 at 2:15 pm


    So cool and easy!

  5. wrote on June 23rd, 2017 at 6:23 pm


    This is so cool. Love how you did it and so easy to replicate. You always come up with some awesome ideas for cards!!

  6. wrote on June 23rd, 2017 at 6:24 pm


    Love this one, Darlene. It reminds me of a painter from Key West, Fl whose work was created using pointillism where the whole painting is done by using dots. Thanks for sharing.

  7. wrote on June 23rd, 2017 at 9:26 pm


    WOW!! love this look, very unique and beautiful, it appears to be a bit time consuming and you must have a steady hand just to avoid making the dots look to close together.
    Super cool.
    Thank you for sharing all of this new ideas and techniques.

  8. wrote on June 24th, 2017 at 5:51 am


    I think these cards are sweet and simple and are a good go-to when one needs a card in a hurry.

  9. wrote on June 24th, 2017 at 11:36 am


    WOW…THAT IS SO COOL!!! I have never seen anything like it! GREAT IDEA!!!

  10. wrote on June 25th, 2017 at 11:27 am


    These cards are life savers!!!
    Thank you so much for another super idea, Darlene!!!

  11. wrote on June 26th, 2017 at 11:54 pm

    Colorful Card Maker

    I love this idea! I could so totally do this but I don’t have a die cutter. Maybe I could do this with a simple stamp that isn’t to detailed that way the dots would show up. I’m going to try it on scrap paper and see how it looks. If I like it, i will post it. Thanks for a great idea!

  12. wrote on June 30th, 2017 at 11:18 pm


    I’ve been really feeling the dots, too lately. Mixed it with the June challenge. 🙂

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