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Gansai Tambi Watercoloring Scene

Gansai Tambi

Hi All,

I must say that I was surprised to see the polling results. I thought for sure option #2 would be the most popular, but option #3 (use 1/2 and 1/2) was the most popular by a landslide. That’s a good thing for me to know… I will try to save money and use my existing products! 🙂

By the way, I want to tell you that I am so grateful you have all joined me in this new community. I am humbly proud to report that we have 850 community members! Wow, I never imagined that. And we haven’t even hit the 2 month mark yet! I’m so excited about what the future holds. Thank you, thank you!! 🙂 And speaking of the future… I have a challenge program in the works. I will be launching it on Monday, so be sure to come back then.

Onto the card for today, which uses two sets I’ve used multiple times before – Paper Smooches Chubby Chums on THIS CARD and THIS CARD, and Simon Says Stamp Best Fishes on THIS CARD and THIS CARD.

A little shout-out to Michelle E, my crafty friend, who saw me with both of these sets (while I was making special lunch notes for Courtney) and suggested they would be great together!

I got the Gansai Tambi Watercolors for Christmas and I’m finally getting around to using them! I think that means I have too much stuff. I was really impressed with these watercolors. They are very creamy and almost like acrylic. The colors can be very vibrant and opaque if used with just a little water. And because they are a little thicker in consistency, you get more control of your blending. Meaning, they don’t run amuck when you put them together – they kind of wait for you to blend them. Distress inks are to a latte as Gansai Tambi is to an espresso. Here is a close-up of the coloring:

Gansai Tambi

Enjoy the video and have a wonderful weekend!



To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.
Gansai Tambi colors used: 58, 38, 31, 139, 62, 37
Copic colors used: C1, C4

Paper Smooches Chubby Chums
Paper Smooches Chubby Chums
Best Fishes Stamps and Dies
Best Fishes Stamps and Dies
Gansai Tambi Watercolors
Gansai Tambi Watercolors
very Elle 6x6 Brights
very Elle 6×6 Brights
Stampin' Up!Aqua Painter
Stampin’ Up! Aqua Painters
Ranger Detailer Water Brush
Ranger Detailer Water Brush
ekTools Craft Knife
ekTools Craft Knife
Stampin' Up! Linen Thread
Linen Thread
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Versafine Black Ink
Ultra Fine Clear Powder
Ultra Fine Clear Powder
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Marker
Black Marker
Copic Sketch Markers
Copic Sketch Markers
Strathmore Watercolor Paper
Watercolor Paper
Stampin' Up! Basic Gray Cardstock
Basic Gray Cardstock
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Sizzix Big Shot Machine
Sizzix Big Shot
Magnetic Platform
Magnetic Platform
Stampin' Up! Two-Way Glue Pen
Glue Pen
Tombow Mono Multi Glue
Tombo Mono Multi Glue
Micro Glue Dots
Micro Glue Dots
Stampin' Up! Dimensionals
Ranger Craft Sheet
Craft Mat
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner


  1. wrote on February 27th, 2015 at 10:00 am

    Peg C

    Love it! I’ve just got these water colours, so perfect timing for me!

  2. wrote on February 27th, 2015 at 10:19 am


    Was getting worried that you hadn’t used surgical tape on the card but you got it in there in the end! Cute card!

    • wrote on February 27th, 2015 at 9:09 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Haha Carolyn – it’s a problem!

  3. wrote on February 27th, 2015 at 11:10 am

    Mary Jane

    Seriously cute card!

  4. wrote on February 27th, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    Patty Beers

    I am so happy to be a member of this community. I have learned so much from you. I love watching your videos and I think I told you before in a comment that my 6 year old granddaughter watches them with me when I visit her. I was so surprised one day when she asked me to video her when she was doing some stamping. It was a riot. She sounded just like you while she narrated her video. It is a treasure that I will keep forever.

    • wrote on February 27th, 2015 at 9:09 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      OMGosh Patty, is it possible for you to share the video with me? I would love to see it!

      • wrote on February 28th, 2015 at 4:23 pm

        Patty Beers

        Let me see if I can do that. Not very good at this sort of thing.

  5. wrote on February 27th, 2015 at 1:15 pm


    Thank you, Darlene. Your birthday fishes card is so cute. I really like the brilliance of the watercolors and that that is controlled by the amount of water you apply. You give wonderful directions and details involving what you are doing. I am happy for you that This community of Livelivecards is thriving. You need to reach many people to share your talent. Thanks for all you do.

  6. wrote on February 27th, 2015 at 1:20 pm


    Love this adorable card! So fun!!

  7. wrote on February 27th, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    Barb M.

    Cute, Cute, Cute!!!

  8. wrote on February 27th, 2015 at 3:00 pm


    Love all your cards but this one is prob one of my favorites!! 🙂

    • wrote on March 1st, 2015 at 10:09 am

      Anna D.

      I was thinking the same thing. This card really grabs me. And I really liked that Darlene linked where the stamps were used previously.

  9. wrote on February 27th, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    Jennifer Stark

    I’ve been out of pocket for awhile. I missed the vote. I agree…I want to see 1/2 and 1/2 new supplies and what you already have!! Thank you for asking. You’re tops!! I love this fishey card!

    I live in New Mexico. It’s snowing here, and I believe we are sending more snow and ice your way. Stay warm!!! Stay inside and make loads of videos!!!!!!! It’s just a suggestion….I’m just looking out for your safety!!! You’re welcome!

    • wrote on February 27th, 2015 at 9:08 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      lol Jennifer! Thanks for thinking of me. 🙂

  10. wrote on February 27th, 2015 at 3:39 pm


    Adorable and funny…like the “transparent” effect with the kitty.

  11. wrote on February 27th, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    Laura Norris

    Super cute card Darlene!! Love the cat looking so happy about climbing into the fish bowl! Those watercolors look amazing – so creamy and bright. Thanks for another great video!!

  12. wrote on February 27th, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    mary w

    Really cute card and having the cat be a much lighter color behind the glass makes a big difference. Love it.

  13. wrote on February 27th, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    Carol B

    Love the sentiment dangling on the line, cool look.

  14. wrote on February 27th, 2015 at 4:41 pm


    VERY cute!! I always love finding new ways to use the Chubby Chums PS set b/c I think it’s adorable.. great idea to make it look like the cats body was behind the fish bowl! and that watercolor set has been calling my name for a looooonnng time!!! I guess I finally need to invest, bc the colors are so vibrant and I love the idea that it has it’s own little boxes of color 🙂 thanks for sharing!!! love this card!

  15. wrote on February 27th, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    Mary Jane

    Hi Darlene,
    I know you also use Peerless Watercolors. Do you have a preference? Is one better than the other? Also, I have been looking into the KOI but not sure about those. Have you used the KOI water colors?
    Mary Jane

    • wrote on February 27th, 2015 at 9:07 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Mary Jane. The peerless are a little less creamy and opaque. However, they are both very vibrant. Since I just started working with the Gansai, I’m not sure I can say which I like better at this point. I have not used the KOI. I was choosing which set to buy and I decided on the Gansai.

  16. wrote on February 27th, 2015 at 5:44 pm


    Adorable and fun card! Another great video.

  17. wrote on February 27th, 2015 at 7:37 pm


    Great tutorial! The trick of making the cat’s body look as though we’re seeing it through the fish bowl is one I’ll file away.

  18. wrote on February 27th, 2015 at 9:28 pm


    I just ordered my own set — finally! I found it on Amazon for only $42 for the 36 color set! It was listed by another name in the title, but the description and pictures were the same. I’m hoping I haven’t been snookered. lol

  19. wrote on February 27th, 2015 at 10:13 pm


    Oh Darlene, I’m so late commenting but I had my grandkids here all afternoon, they left a little while ago.
    I just love this little critters and the cards you’ve made with them, this cute card is no exception, specially because you colored it with my favorite medium…..water colors.
    Congratulations on your success with your blog my dear, you deserve it, for all your efforts. You are incredibly talented Darlene and so generous sharing all of this with us.
    I wish for you continued success and I can’t wait to find out about the challenge, as you know, I love participating.
    Thank you for all the sweet comments on my blog, I truly appreciate them.
    Many hugs.

  20. wrote on February 28th, 2015 at 8:47 am


    Aw, fun card! I like how you made your cat dimensional. I wouldn’t have thought to lighten him up when looking through the bowl! See this is why I love your videos! You make me think of the little steps that add a whole new level!

  21. wrote on February 28th, 2015 at 9:33 am


    Another adorable card but then that’s what I expect when I see your videos. I am loving your new website and as usual learning so much. With all this bad weather we are having the only thing to do is stay inside and make cards, yeah! Have you ever used a Cricut machine? I have a machine and lots of cartridges and other items to go with it but I don’t use it anymore. The machine is the Cricut Expressions 2, only used a few times. I have so many dies that I use now and so I would like to give it to you if you would like it. Or maybe one of your viewers would really appreciate having it. Please let me know. Thanks,
    Melba Johnson

  22. wrote on February 28th, 2015 at 11:23 am


    Adorable card Darlene, I am waiting for my Gambai order ! Can’t wait to play with ! TFS a coloring video with !

  23. wrote on February 28th, 2015 at 2:05 pm


    Wow! I love how you created the look of the kitty behind the fish bowl. So cute!

  24. wrote on March 1st, 2015 at 5:50 am

    Judy Saunders

    This is so exciting being part of your stamping family! Love your work!!

  25. wrote on March 2nd, 2015 at 8:22 pm


    Love this card! Once again your creativity shines through!! I have these water colors and like them. Have been using regular paint brushes but will try the water brushes. Really enjoying being part of this community. Always learn something! Thanks!! Julie L

  26. wrote on March 4th, 2015 at 10:33 am


    I have no idea how I missed this post, but I certainly did. Love, love, love the card! Thanks so much!!! =)

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