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Hearts Alive

Hearts Alive

Hi All!

I made this card using the Hearts Alive die from Simon Says Stamp. I think it has a lot of uses – possibly a shaker or a pretty inlaid design. Mine is a window card – here is a view from the top:

Hearts Alive

I didn’t put acetate in between the layers on the front, but you could if you wanted. The “inlaid” hearts are glued to the inside of the card:

Hearts Alive

Based on some member feedback, I’m going to start including card measurements in each post. I’ve included them below in both Imperial and Metric. I hope that helps. Enjoy the video!


Card Measurements:

Element Imperial Metric
Watercolor hearts 4 x 4 1/4 inches 10.2 x 10.8 cm
Exposed washi stripe width 1/8 inch 3 mm
Card base 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches 10.8 x 14 cm


To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.
Gansai Tambi colors used: #32, #34, #37

Hearts Alive Die
Hearts Alive Die
SSS Love
SSS Love
Gansai Tambi Watercolors
Gansai Tambi Watercolors
Canson Mix Media Paper
Canson Mix Media Paper
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
Versamark Ink Pad
Versamark Ink
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Versafine Black Ink
Size 12 Round Brush
Size 12 Round Brush
T-Square Rules
T-Square Ruler
Sizzix Big Shot Machine
Sizzix Big Shot
Magnetic Platform
Magnetic Platform
Tombow Mono Multi Glue
Tombow Mono Multi Glue
Zig Two-Way Glue Pen
Glue Pen


  1. wrote on January 18th, 2017 at 5:31 am


    You’re right. This card is very unusual. I loved the heart dies because I’m always looking for dies where I can do ink inlays. I also liked the vibrant colour combination you chose. The Gansai Tambi watercolours are perfect for background washes and I too like to use Canson Mixed Media Paper because it is so lightweight. However, I find it pills up if I use too much water. What is your secret? If I’d gone back and forth on the paper as many times as you did for the background blending, my paper would definitely have pilled up.

    • wrote on January 19th, 2017 at 8:53 am

      Darlene DeVries

      Hmmm… I don’t know. I’ve never had a pilling issue with this paper. Maybe because I use a really light hand with my brush? I don’t push down into the paper – I just lightly glide along the top.

      • wrote on January 19th, 2017 at 3:12 pm


        Yes, it must be your light hand. Thanks!

  2. wrote on January 18th, 2017 at 1:30 pm


    I love the uniqueness of this card. Really great card. Thank you!

  3. wrote on January 18th, 2017 at 2:48 pm


    I love the colors and that die cut!! I’m curious too about the pilling. It looks like your paper started to pill up?

    • wrote on January 19th, 2017 at 8:57 am

      Darlene DeVries

      It does look a little like it’s pilling up in the video, but it wasn’t. It gets a little blotchy when it soaks up a lot of water, but then it smooths out after it dries.

  4. wrote on January 18th, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    Claudia MacGregor

    Great card Darlene, wonderful colours.

    Thanks for including the card measurements. This helps so much. When making a card, figuring out the measurements takes the most time. I hope you will be doing this in the future.

  5. wrote on January 18th, 2017 at 4:26 pm


    This is a great card design and the dies, colors and inlay come together into a really fun card. You never disappoint us!

  6. wrote on January 19th, 2017 at 1:58 am


    What a cheerful card. I am so happy you are now including the card measurements. It will definitely make it easier making the cards : ) thanks for taking the time to do this Darlene!

  7. wrote on January 19th, 2017 at 5:16 am


    Beautiful card Darlene, this die is truly awesome.
    I loved watching you do this color wash, I can’t achieve this beautiful blending of colors, I end up with a muddy mess. I just need to practice more but I think that I need to get me some really good brushes, I usually use the big aqua painter but for some reason, it just doesn’t give me a smooth image of the colors. I love your thick brush, it also looks very soft.
    Thank you for sharing.

  8. wrote on January 19th, 2017 at 3:11 pm


    Such a wonderful unique card. You are so neat and tidy with glue. I seem to have it everywhere. Thanks for including the card dimensions as it speeds things up for me.

  9. wrote on January 19th, 2017 at 7:57 pm


    Lovely card Darlene. You make it look so easy. Always incorporating the right elements. Thank you.

  10. wrote on January 20th, 2017 at 5:35 am


    I love the colours. These water colours must be added to my every growing things I desperately need list.

  11. wrote on January 20th, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    Diana Trout

    That’s so pretty! I don’t know how you come up with these cards, Darlene!

    A tip for watercolor paper that is curling and you want it to be all wet: wet one side, flip it over and wet the other side. It won’t curl and will lay nicely on your mat. Hope that helps! Thanks for all of your great content.

  12. wrote on January 21st, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    Colorful Card Maker

    I really like your card. It’s really different. I don’t own a die cutter so I couldn’t make your card but I am glad that I got to see how you did it.

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