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Heart Parade with Pearl Embossing

Heart Parade

Hi All!

I am so excited about the video today because I’m using new video editing software PLUS I’ve changed my export settings to be more optimal with Web viewing. Seriously, I am in awe of the difference. Hopefully you will also see how much better it is.

I heat embossed the background of this card first with Ranger Pearl Embossing powder. After that, I die cut, inked, and embossed the background. As a result, the pearl embossing flows throughout the entire design without interruption. Here is a closeup of the hearts:

Heart Parade

I love this die. For more ideas, see the other cards I’ve made with it HERE and HERE.

One thing I forgot to mention in the video is why I trimmed the background piece to 3 inches high. White space is very powerful when used. And it’s so hard to use, isn’t it? If I would have left the pearl hearts covering the entire card base, it would have been too much. Although it’s subtle, it starts to become a distraction. Cutting it back so that more of the focus is on the string of hearts makes it a lot prettier to look at. Does that make sense? I added the black strips at the top and bottom to balance the heart outline and enclose the design.

Enjoy the video and I’ll be back Friday. 🙂



To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.

Simon Says Stamp Heart Parade Die
Heart Parade Die
Drawn Hearts Background
Drawn Hearts Background
Simon Says Stamp Filled with Love
Filled with Love Stamps
Pearl Embossing Powder
Pearl Embossing Powder
Stampin' Up! Black Embossing Powder
Black Embossing Powder
Thin Paper Tape
Thin Paper Tape
Pink Pirouette
Pink Pirouette Ink
Versamark Ink Pad
Versamark Ink
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Versafine Black Ink
Sponge Daubers
Sponge Daubers
Paper Piercer
Paper Piercer
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Cardstock
Black Cardstock
Sizzix Big Shot Machine
Sizzix Big Shot
Magnetic Platform
Magnetic Platform
Stampin' Up! Heat Tool
Heat Tool
Tombow Mono Multi Glue
Tombo Mono Multi Glue
Stampin' Up! Dimensionals
Stampin' Up! Mini Glue Dots
Mini Glue Dots


  1. wrote on January 21st, 2015 at 8:15 am


    Adorable Valentine card! Thanks for sharing this fun technique. I think using the string to “hang” the large heart makes the card irresistible.

  2. wrote on January 21st, 2015 at 9:40 am


    Loved this card, especially the resist heats on the die cut!

  3. wrote on January 21st, 2015 at 11:41 am


    Love this! When I first saw your picture, I thought, “How did she line that all up?” I was thinking you had die cut one white piece and one pink piece. But alas, you always show how simple something is that looks so elegant! 🙂 Can’t wait to copy this one! 🙂

  4. wrote on January 21st, 2015 at 12:43 pm


    Awesome card! I love how you attached the black threads for the hanger.

  5. wrote on January 21st, 2015 at 1:04 pm


    This is adorable, Darlene. What a fabulous technique!

  6. wrote on January 21st, 2015 at 1:20 pm


    Great card. I agree that white space is powerful. I’m bad at white space. I realized this the other day when I was trying to make a CAS card and it just wasn’t working. Then it dawned on me — I’m trying to cover the whole card! Ugh. My next attempt with more white space didn’t work either, but at least I’m getting closer. lol Thanks for the inspiration.

  7. wrote on January 21st, 2015 at 1:20 pm


    Beautiful card!

  8. wrote on January 21st, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    Peg C

    Just love it! Fab technique with the die cut and thread on the large heart!

  9. wrote on January 21st, 2015 at 1:47 pm


    Beautiful card!!

  10. wrote on January 21st, 2015 at 1:56 pm


    I’ve seen you use this beautiful and delicate die before and each time, your cards are gorgeous. I just love the way you made those little pieces of hearts fit in there, what a great focal point.
    I must get me that die and CASE your cards, LOL!! 😉
    Congratulations on getting new video editing software Darlene but I hope you are not going to edit to much of your videos, I enjoy seeing you create in the real, making your little mistakes and stuff like that.
    Thank you for sharing.

    • wrote on January 21st, 2015 at 2:49 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Maria, I even like to laugh at some of the dumb things I do, so I will continue to keep them in!

  11. wrote on January 21st, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    Mary Jane

    Love the card!
    The video quality I was mentioning before is totally gone! The video is awesome!

  12. wrote on January 21st, 2015 at 2:41 pm


    Really cute card! Thanks so much Darlene

  13. wrote on January 21st, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    Laura Norris

    This card is so cute! I really love the pearl hearts that cover the whole thing. What an impact. Great job as always Darlene.

  14. wrote on January 21st, 2015 at 3:28 pm


    Absolutely love this card. Purchased this heart die after watching the first video you made using it so I’m very happy you used it again.

  15. wrote on January 21st, 2015 at 3:30 pm


    Super cute! Love that embossing powder! 😀

  16. wrote on January 21st, 2015 at 3:31 pm


    Just read back my comment “after” I posted it. Doesn’t sound right but you know what I mean!!

  17. wrote on January 21st, 2015 at 3:37 pm


    Super cute card! And I sure can tell the difference on your video, nice video software!

  18. wrote on January 21st, 2015 at 3:52 pm


    Really sweet. Love the sentiment in the open heart.

  19. wrote on January 21st, 2015 at 4:25 pm


    I love that emb powder and the card turned out awesome. I like the fact that the little hearts went all the way through the card and did not get lost in the die cutting. I have looked and looked at buying that die for a year now. I guess I need to just bite the bullet and do it.

  20. wrote on January 21st, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    Linda Seeley

    I’ve always thought your videos were good quality but the new video software brings it to the next level!

  21. wrote on January 21st, 2015 at 5:35 pm


    Wow! The video was fantastic, and I agree about what a member said earlier about not editing too much since we enjoy seeing some of the mistakes and how you deal with it. I love the look of this card and will try it with my cupcake die.

  22. wrote on January 21st, 2015 at 5:37 pm


    When I saw this card I thought that it was going to be more complicated to do. But as usual you always make it easy and quick. Beautiful card.

  23. wrote on January 21st, 2015 at 6:13 pm


    Love this card! I have seen other cards you have done with the Heart Parade, I need that die!

  24. wrote on January 21st, 2015 at 6:18 pm


    What I love about watching your videos, is the way you can do something interesting and clever that I NEVER would have thought of.

    Thanx, Cyn

  25. wrote on January 21st, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    Janet Currie

    Great card you are going to send me broke all the new things you show I just have to have them all haha!

  26. wrote on January 21st, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    Jennifer Stark

    LOVE IT!!!! You’re great. Thank you so much for sharing with us!!!

  27. wrote on January 21st, 2015 at 9:05 pm


    Wow! The new video quality is amazing & very noticeable on my iPad. Thank you for the upgrade.

  28. wrote on January 22nd, 2015 at 1:03 am

    Jan Richardson

    What a lovely card. You make it look so easy. Thank you for sharing this with us.

  29. wrote on January 22nd, 2015 at 4:22 am


    I particularly like the black details on the card, it is really effective and makes the hearts stand out so nicely. xniki

  30. wrote on January 22nd, 2015 at 9:12 am


    This is a fabulous card, thanks for sharing x

  31. wrote on January 22nd, 2015 at 2:31 pm


    Another beautiful card, Darlene. I love your designs very much. I can see what you mean about the video – it has a very professional finish to it.
    Would you consider slowing it down though? I feel very disorientated on those videos where you whizz through – it’s just a bit too quick. I like the slower pace where I can think about what you have done and take it in. The speed of this video made that very difficult (and I felt a bit sea sick watching it!)

    Thanks for your wonderful site, I’m loving being a member of this wonderful ‘club’!

    • wrote on January 23rd, 2015 at 7:20 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Okay, thanks for the feedback. I will think about that when I recording in the future.

  32. wrote on January 22nd, 2015 at 5:55 pm


    Love this card!! the embossing is just enough to make it shine. thanks for sharing 🙂

  33. wrote on January 22nd, 2015 at 6:17 pm


    So creative!!! and new video quality excellent! Julie L

  34. wrote on January 22nd, 2015 at 11:45 pm

    Polka Dot Rosie

    Adorable CAS card, Darlene! I’m so glad you got the magnetic platform. I remember talking to my computer screen a few times encouraging you to get it LOL

  35. wrote on January 23rd, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    Carol B

    Little late watching, but worth the wait. Love your card, that pearl embossing is fab looking. Video quality is great.

  36. wrote on January 24th, 2015 at 9:49 am


    SO very clever! I just love it!

  37. wrote on January 29th, 2015 at 1:37 am


    Loved your card Darlene! What software do you use? I just HAVE to get that die…love it. 🙂

    • wrote on February 1st, 2015 at 9:35 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Do you mean for video editing? If so, I use Adobe Premiere Elements.

      • wrote on February 1st, 2015 at 11:09 pm


        Yup…thanks so much – curious which program you used – I love all your videos. 🙂

  38. wrote on January 31st, 2015 at 1:45 pm


    Darlene – I missed this one – how can that be? Love this tutorial. You always make it look easy. And I just used that heart die last night. My creation was just “so-so” but I am going to try what you did. You inspire me!! Hope you like your new site as much as your fans seem to.. Take care!

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