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Fall Bouquet with Hand-Drawn Frame

Fall Bouquet

Hi All!

Today I’m using the Fall Bouquet set by Pink & Main. I was looking for a flower border stamp, and this set had two for a reasonable price. Sold! It also has some great Fall sentiments, which I really didn’t have many of.

I drew the frame and added some color with the Mowed Lawn Distress Marker. I colored the flowers with Distress Markers as well – a pretty simple card. Here is a close-up:

Fall Bouquet



Card Measurements:

Element Imperial Metric
Watercolor panel and card base 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches 10.8 x 14 cm


Distress Markers used: Seedless Preserves, Festive Berries, Abandoned Coral, Carved Pumpkin, Squeezed Lemonade, Worn Lipstick, Pine Needles, Mowed Lawn, and Twisted Citron

Fall Bouquet
Fall Bouquet
Tim Holtz Bricked Embossing Folder
Distress Markers
Stampin' Up! Aqua Painter
Aqua Painter
Micron Pens
Micron Pens
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Versafine Black Ink
Ultra Fine Clear Powder
Ultra Fine Clear Powder
Canson Mix Media Paper
Canson Mix Media Paper
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner


  1. wrote on September 13th, 2017 at 7:12 am


    Yes, I agree with you – keeping the top of the card white draws your eye to the border flowers. If you put anything at the top of the card, such as a bumble bee (smile), it would draw your eye away from the flower border to the bumble bee and defeat the purpose of the card. I have a similar border stamp that I love but haven’t used yet because I just couldn’t work out the placement. Now, I know exactly what I’m going to do. I also moved my Distress markers in their box today when looking for something else. And I thought at the time that I should use the markers again soon. So, your card came at exactly the right time!

  2. wrote on September 13th, 2017 at 1:20 pm


    I like it too. Although I probably wouldn’t have had the self-control to resist adding something. I need to learn to be comfortable with white space!

  3. wrote on September 13th, 2017 at 1:22 pm


    Beautiful card. Love the border. I will have to try that.

  4. wrote on September 13th, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    Sherry W.

    Very pretty – i really like the border. I wouldn’t be able to leave the white space alone. LOL.

  5. wrote on September 13th, 2017 at 3:00 pm


    Perfect timing! I’ve been trying to color with my distress markers and having a huge problem with my Bristol paper pilling up. So, after seeing this I was reminded to try the Canson mixed media paper I have. I think that will solve my problem!

  6. wrote on September 13th, 2017 at 3:27 pm


    Lovely card Darlene, those fall colours are so pretty. We are coming into Spring here so blossoms starting to bloom with pinks, whites and so on. I think the white space is settling and as much as we like using up space the still quiet of the card is refreshing.

  7. wrote on September 13th, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    Carol Mac

    Love the card but I would not have the self control to leave so much white! 😎

  8. wrote on September 13th, 2017 at 3:53 pm


    White space & I have a contentious relationship. LOL I know it can be an important design “element,” but I still feel like there should be something. If I had done this card, I probably would have added at least some clear sequins or Nuvo Morning Dew Crystal Drops to the space. But I appreciate your restraint, Darlene! 🙂 Love the colors you used. I can’t tell if they really are muted or just appear that way in the video, but they are beautiful & quite autumnal. Thank you for sharing this! 🙂 ~ Andrea

  9. wrote on September 13th, 2017 at 4:41 pm


    LOVE your card! and it’s inspired me to pull out my distress markers and do some water colouring… thanks for a wonderful tutorial 🙂

  10. wrote on September 13th, 2017 at 8:00 pm


    I love the clean look of white space…this is such a pretty card, and would make a wonderful set for gifts.
    I love how you freehand the lines around the card…mine would be all over the place.
    Thanks for this delightful tutorial..so informative.

  11. wrote on September 14th, 2017 at 7:37 am


    After seeing this video, I was inspired today to take out my Distress markers and do some watercoloring. Unfortunately, some were very dry. Do you know how long these markers last? The oldest markers in my stash would be 3 or 4 years old. I also don’t use them as much anymore as I use other watercolors. Also, I found that Canon XL Multi-media paper really pills up on me without much water being used. I think I’ll have to go back to Strathmore again!

    • wrote on September 18th, 2017 at 8:28 am


      Hi Connie. Several of my markers are dry as well – mostly on the fine tip end. Not sure of their life – I’ve had mine for several years. Regarding the pilling, maybe try tapping the color to move it around instead of brushing?

      • wrote on September 18th, 2017 at 6:56 pm


        Thanks Darlene. I’m currently using this paper again but with a very light hand and regular brushes to control the water flow rather than with a waterbrush. I’ll remember to do more tapping too!

  12. wrote on September 14th, 2017 at 11:54 am



    • wrote on September 18th, 2017 at 8:28 am


      As always, Amy, thank you for making me smile!! 🙂

  13. wrote on September 14th, 2017 at 7:24 pm


    Love this card and I really love the white space especially since the flowers are so colorful!. You wowed us again Darlene. Thank you!

  14. wrote on September 19th, 2017 at 9:54 pm


    I really like your card, am currently looking at my stamps to see if I have anything like the stamp you used. I’m so tempted to buy that one. I hadn’t thought of composing such a card, but I’m in love with yours.

  15. wrote on September 19th, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    Colorful Card Maker

    Do you know what your card reminds me of? Stationary! I know people don’t write letters much anymore or have pen pals but I do and I know I had some stationary just like that.
    I agree with everyone. When I make a card and have a huge piece of paper, I like to use almost all of it. It’s a blank canvas and I want to show off my talent. I didn’t get exempt from my art exam in high school for nothing! LOL I do like how you did this card though and I love this stamp. I love how you colored your card. I see yellow, my favorite color, in the card and I love that. I really like this stamp. I may have to acquire it.

  16. wrote on September 28th, 2017 at 1:47 am


    I love the seeming simplicity of this. Just beautiful!

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