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Glass Tile Poinsettia

Glass Tile Poinsettia

Hi All!

Did you know that Poinsettia has an “ia” at the end? Thank you, spellchecker. You learn something new every day. 🙂

One announcement before I get to the card… Stampin’ Up! is having 15% off all stamps, now through Friday. They hardly ever have this kind of sale, so take advantage while you can. Shop here.

I have a different take on the poinsettia I used on THIS CARD a couple of weeks ago. I absolutely love these poinsettias because they are very easy to color. I colored this one with Copics. As you probably have noticed over the years with my flower-coloring, I figure out the method for doing one petal, then I apply it to every single one. I think breaking it down into a simple repeatable step makes it much easier to tackle.

The background was created using Ultra Thick Embossing Powder. It’s a very heavy, coarse, clear embossing powder. Here is a close-up of the “glass tiles”:

Glass Tile Poinsettia

I’ve used this powder multiple times in the same way on past cards for the same type of effect – a subtle, cool, shiny background. For example, stars on THIS CARD and hearts on THIS CARD. I’ve also used it to create a shiny embellishment on THIS CARD and THIS CARD. In the video, I refer to this powder as UTEE, Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel. After recording the video, I realized that Ranger has re-packaged it as Ultra-Thick Embossing Powder. I guess “enamel” didn’t get enough attention from papercrafters.

Anyhoo, enjoy the video and have a great day!



To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.
Copic colors used: R22, R27, R89, YG17, YG23, YG25

Mondo Poinsettias
Mondo Poinsettias
Mondo Poinsettias Dies
Mondo Poinsettias Dies
Small Checkerboard
MFT Checkerboard Stencil
Wink of Stella, Christmas
Wink of Stella, Christmas
Copic Sketch Markers
Copic Sketch Markers
Embossing Paste
Embossing Paste
Palette Knife
Palette Knife
Ultra Thick Embossing Powder
Ultra Thick Embossing Powder
Versamarker Pen
Versamarker Pen
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Black Ink
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Versafine Black Ink
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Cardstock
Black Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Heat Tool
Heat Tool
Thin Paper Tape
Thin Paper Tape
Tombow Mono Multi Glue
Tombo Mono Multi Glue
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner


  1. wrote on October 21st, 2015 at 8:20 am


    Love your “glass tiles” in the back too! I have some of that ultra thick embossing powder that has been sitting in the back of my supplies for about 5 years! You’ve inspired me to pull it out and give it a whirl! Thanks for all the tips! Love this card!!

  2. wrote on October 21st, 2015 at 10:57 am

    Mary Jane

    Love the card, Darlene. That Poinsettia really pops. I have never used that embossing powder but I know I have some so I will be digging it out also and trying my hand at this technique!
    Thanks for sharing!

  3. wrote on October 21st, 2015 at 1:15 pm


    the tiles look great!

  4. wrote on October 21st, 2015 at 1:38 pm


    Another great card!!! I haven’t used my UTEE in a long time and now have the motivation ago do so. Love the look of it. Thanks Darlene

  5. wrote on October 21st, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    Patty Beers

    The glass tiles are beautiful. I can see a lot of other backgrounds using different stencils and that technique. Thanks

  6. wrote on October 21st, 2015 at 2:45 pm


    Hi Darlene,
    Wow another awesome card loving the tiles shining in the background..
    In Aussie we pronounce the flower Point-set-e-a, even though it is spelt with an ia we use the “e” sound. One of my fave flowers also and just perfect for Christmas cards.
    Thanks for another great card idea.

  7. wrote on October 21st, 2015 at 4:18 pm


    Love those tiles…..and this is a beautiful card!!!!! I’ve never used my “UTEE”…but I believe I’ll be trying it in the next few days ?.

  8. wrote on October 21st, 2015 at 4:33 pm


    Love the look of your glass tiles, Darlene! I can see making a mosaic of sorts, just by coloring the embossing paste different colors before sprinkling on the embossing powder. I guess I’ll be digging out my OLLLLD jar of UTEE and experimenting. 😀 Thanks for the inspiration! ~ Andrea

  9. wrote on October 21st, 2015 at 5:08 pm


    Guess like everyone else, I am going to have to dig out my Utee. I don’t think that I have ever used it. Very pretty card. Thank you.

  10. wrote on October 21st, 2015 at 5:44 pm


    Beautiful Darlene!! I love the glass tile look!! Thank you for sharing!!

  11. wrote on October 21st, 2015 at 5:50 pm


    Anyone would love to receive that card. Pretty.

  12. wrote on October 21st, 2015 at 6:24 pm


    The tiles look great! Might have to invest in UTEE. Let me ask…did you use paste first for the stick? Or for the dimension? Not having used UTEE before, do you think we’d get the same tile look if we just did a bunch of layers of UTEE without the paste? I’m thinking about some of the other stencils I have that might work, but haven’t used them with embossing paste.

    • wrote on October 25th, 2015 at 7:03 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Irene. Yes, I used the paste as the first stick. And yes, you will get a similar look with lots of UTEE layers. It’s what I did for the heart on this card.

      • wrote on October 26th, 2015 at 11:42 am



  13. wrote on October 21st, 2015 at 6:36 pm


    Here’s another beauty! I just ordered the supplies I don’t already have for this one. Plan to case the daylights out of it! Darlene, you’re hard on my wallet!! :>)

  14. wrote on October 21st, 2015 at 8:56 pm


    So pretty. I love the shinny tiles in the background.

  15. wrote on October 21st, 2015 at 9:15 pm


    I love every bit of this card from the beautiful embossed texture paste to that amazing Copic coloring. I have to say that this is probably the most beautiful Copic coloring that I have seen. And I have seen a LOT of Copic coloring so well done. I love it.

    • wrote on October 25th, 2015 at 7:03 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Wow Beau, how nice of you to say! 🙂

      • wrote on October 25th, 2015 at 8:44 pm


        What can I say…it is sooo true 🙂 I love your work!

  16. wrote on October 21st, 2015 at 9:24 pm


    Very pretty… I love the shiny tiles as a backdrop!

  17. wrote on October 21st, 2015 at 9:52 pm


    Hello, Darlene. I was wondering what your feelings are on the new MISTI. I see it’s now $60 on the MSP website but still $112, I think, on the SSS site. I understand theres a difference, but since I haven’t been able to afford it at the higher price, I might be able to get the lower priced one. As someone who bought the first one, how do you feel about a price cut so soon. Maybe I’m missing something. If so, would you explain what’s going on?

    • wrote on October 25th, 2015 at 7:05 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      SSS has always been significantly higher, so I don’t think you are getting a price break at MSP. SSS sells it as a package with accessories – that’s the only difference I can tell, but maybe I am missing something too.

  18. wrote on October 22nd, 2015 at 3:28 am


    Beautiful look!

  19. wrote on October 22nd, 2015 at 2:14 pm


    Yes I did know about the ‘ia’. I’m kinda dictionaryish (that is really a word, too *nods*). If I don’t know how to spell it, I look it up and learn it. ‘Necessary’ was the only word I had trouble with until I tried to spell ‘diarrhea’. I have to look that up even when I spell it correctly…it’s just one of those stupid words they could have made a lot more simple. Oh yeah…back to the card!!! :b

    Love the card — the embossing paste & powder was a great idea for some added texture!! I have a “jumbo” stamp of a poinsettia made by Stampendous I should dig out and use. I bought it a few years ago and have not used it since around that time. 0.o Thanks for another pretty card!!!

    • wrote on October 25th, 2015 at 7:06 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      OMG Sandra – I laughed so hard at your first paragraph. I look it up every time too!!! Haha.

      • wrote on October 26th, 2015 at 8:19 am


        Oh goodness!! hehe

  20. wrote on October 22nd, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    Susan Berry

    Love this card, it is so beautiful.

  21. wrote on October 23rd, 2015 at 7:55 pm



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