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Hi All!

I haven’t used my Inktense Pencils for awhile, so I thought I would break them out for this card. I tend to use my Inktense pencils for watercoloring smaller areas that need more control over color distribution. With flowers and backgrounds, you can be kind of messy and artsy. With images that are small and detailed, I like to use some kind of pencil or marker (i.e. distress markers) to lay down the color exactly where I want it.

I just love the animals in this Baby Party Animals set. They are not too cutesy but perfectly cute. The bunny looks like a marshmallow peep to me, so the whole s’more theme just fit. 🙂

Enjoy the card and have a wonderful weekend!



To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.
Inktense Pencils used: marshmallow – oak; bunny – sepia ink and carmine pink; graham crackers – willow; chocolate – dark chocolate; shadow – neutral gray; sky – peacock blue

Baby Party Animals
Baby Party Animals
Lawn Fawn Love You S'More
Lawn Fawn Love You S’More
Falling Stars
Falling Stars
Derwent Inktense Watercolor Pencils
Inktense Pencils
Ranger Detailer Water Brush
Ranger Detailer Water Brush
Ranger Broad Water Brush
Ranger Broad Water Brush
Ranger Black Archival Ink
Ranger Black Archival Ink
Versafine Vintage Sepia Ink
Versafine Vintage Sepia Ink
Versamark Ink Pad
Versamark Ink
Stampin' Up! Chocolate Chip Marker (part of Neutrals set)
Chocolate Chip Marker
Ultra Fine Clear Powder
Ultra Fine Clear Powder
Stampin' Up! Heat Tool
Heat Tool
Strathmore Watercolor Paper
Watercolor Paper
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Dimensionals
Scotch Foam Tape
Scotch Foam Tape
Ranger Craft Sheet
Craft Mat


  1. wrote on May 1st, 2015 at 8:35 am


    Was just thinking tonight that you hadn’t used your Intense pencils in quite a while. Neither have I. So I decided to go online to review one of your earlier flower cards where you used Intense pencils. I couldn’t believe you’d decided to use them on your card today. Another one of those strange coincidences! Well, I love S’Mores and so what more can I say?!

    • wrote on May 1st, 2015 at 9:14 am


      Oops … Inktense pencils LOL

  2. wrote on May 1st, 2015 at 8:36 am

    Peg C


  3. wrote on May 1st, 2015 at 9:36 am


    ADORABLE!!! Love the Smore’s stamp set.

  4. wrote on May 1st, 2015 at 10:22 am

    Mary Jane

    Totally adorable card!

  5. wrote on May 1st, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    Mary Jane

    Hi Darlene I meant to ask two questions
    1. when you printed the grid for the MISTI did you use an inkjet printer or a laser printer? I want to print it but not sure which printer to us.
    2. Is there going to be a challenge this month?

    • wrote on May 1st, 2015 at 10:22 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Mary Jane. I brought mine to Kinkos and had them print it, so I’m not sure what they used. And yes! The challenge will be announced on Monday. 🙂

    • wrote on May 2nd, 2015 at 3:10 pm


      Mary Jane, don’t use the Inkjet on a transparency as the ink will smear. I just tried it.

  6. wrote on May 1st, 2015 at 2:45 pm


    Awesome card! I’m so happy you used that pink! I bought the set of 24 Inktense pencils because I felt it had all the basic colors I would need…but it does NOT have a nice pink! I really love the card and even though you didn’t use that much color…somehow it was perfectly enough. Very nice, simple card. Thanks for sharing! =)

  7. wrote on May 1st, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    Mary Jane

    Hi Darlene,
    I wanted to pass along a tip that I have been trying and it seems to be working pretty good. Its one of those, Doh,, why didn’t I think of that! instead of using the dimensional tape I have been using fun foam. Its not the one with glitter or the self adhesive one. Its just foam and I just cut it smaller than the card and it works out great , so far at least!
    Just wanted to pass that along.

    • wrote on May 1st, 2015 at 10:26 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Thanks for the tip. I have some foam that I bought for making shakers – I’ll have to give it a try, especially with maybe a warpy watercolor panel. 🙂

    • wrote on May 2nd, 2015 at 1:37 pm


      I use the fun foam for a lot of things on cards too, especially when I want dimention. It is a bit cheaper than the foam tape. I also use it instead of cutting out severl of the same die when I want a particular piece to have dimention, such as a deer etc.

      • wrote on May 2nd, 2015 at 9:32 pm

        Caly Person

        I haven’t gotten any fun foam because it seems expensive to me. Is there a place where you can point me to get it cheaper? I want white only and the craft stores tend to sell them in bundles with many colors. Thanks!

        • wrote on May 4th, 2015 at 9:24 am



        • wrote on May 31st, 2015 at 4:56 pm


          Hobby Lobby & Michael’s sell it by the sheet. I know Hobby Lobby has both 2mm and 3mm thick. I generally buy the 2mm, just so my cards will mail more easily. (2mm is just a hair thicker than the 3M Foam Tape.) Hope this helps some!

      • wrote on May 4th, 2015 at 10:08 pm

        Darlene DeVries

        Oh, I really like that idea — maybe for a thicker sentiment die. Thank you!

  8. wrote on May 1st, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    Laura Norris

    Super cute!! Love the stars in the sky, the popped up marshmallow on the stick and the coloring of the bunny and smore! Great card Darlene!

  9. wrote on May 1st, 2015 at 9:16 pm


    Cute card! Thanks for the tip on the pencil tips. I’ve seen others who swear by super-sharp points, but I kept having trouble with not being able to blend properly. Now it makes sense why! Blunt tips it is from now on. 🙂

  10. wrote on May 1st, 2015 at 11:13 pm


    Hi Darlene,
    I found this post by chance, I wonder why I didn’t get an email? Also I’ve just ordered an owl builder punch, as I really LOVE your explosion card. I’ve never made intricate cards, as I feel they are too time consuming, but this one… will be worth it! Thanks again!

  11. wrote on May 2nd, 2015 at 6:25 am


    Now I gotta dig out my Inktense pencils! Forgot about those bad boys. Thanks for sharing!

  12. wrote on May 2nd, 2015 at 1:23 pm


    Darlene- I need to dig out my Intense pencils, too. I forgot how fun they are to use. Darling card. Someone will get a real smile when they open their mail. Thank you!

  13. wrote on May 2nd, 2015 at 1:40 pm


    My 10-year old grandson asked for an electric pencil sharpener for his birthday. I guess he’d been wanting one forever. So he’s getting a lime-colored pencil sharpener… and a set of Inktense pencils plus a few other art supply goodies. I sure hope he opens the Inktense pencils at my house so I can try them out too! 🙂

  14. wrote on May 2nd, 2015 at 2:43 pm


    This is an adorable card Darlene, all of this little critters are so cute, I love the star covered sky, the effect of the embossing powder and the water color is fabulous.
    I can’t wait for the next challenge, Woo Hoo!!
    PS. I also get broken pencil tips on my Prismacolor pencils but I fix them with a little drop of Crazy Glue. I don’t know if this will work with water color pencils but try it, let me know if it worked for you.

  15. wrote on May 2nd, 2015 at 4:33 pm


    Darlene, what a cute card. Your colouring is superb and you make it seem so easy. Thanks for sharing.

  16. wrote on May 2nd, 2015 at 7:19 pm


    What a cute card! You always put such creative ideas together. Wondering if I need the pencils? I love to watercolor ( Kuretake, distress inks ). Thanks for another great video! Julie L

    • wrote on May 4th, 2015 at 10:09 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Jules, of course you need the pencils. 🙂

  17. wrote on May 2nd, 2015 at 9:25 pm


    Such a cute card- love it!

  18. wrote on May 2nd, 2015 at 9:37 pm


    Really, really cute. You make it look so easy.

  19. wrote on May 2nd, 2015 at 9:40 pm


    Darlene your card is so adorable and beautiful! Love the colors and the way the white background graduates from opaque to translucent. It’s so amazing!

  20. wrote on May 2nd, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    Caly Person

    Yet another thing to add to my wishlist – thanks for doing a card using these pencils, Darlene! Such a cute card!

  21. wrote on May 3rd, 2015 at 7:34 am


    Your card is just as cute as can be, and I really appreciate the many coloring tips in the video– thanks, Darlene!

  22. wrote on May 3rd, 2015 at 11:06 am


    You are amazing.

  23. wrote on May 3rd, 2015 at 2:30 pm


    I always learn something new from you. Cute card.

  24. wrote on May 3rd, 2015 at 5:45 pm


    I love my Intense pencils. And ‘Smores. Yes, I’m occasionally a more-eating vegan. 🙂

  25. wrote on May 4th, 2015 at 5:52 pm


    What a sweet card! I have learned so much from you and your videos. Thank you so much.

  26. wrote on May 4th, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    Susan Berry

    Such a cute card. Might have to add the pencils to my wish list.

  27. wrote on May 5th, 2015 at 6:22 am


    Such a fantastic card-those pencils are “inktense”! I want to get some. Especially after you mentioned that they sharpen so nicely. Well done once again, Darlene.

  28. wrote on May 11th, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    Camille Dykas

    thanks you for sharing your coloring techniques, very cute card. You inspired me to bring out the Love you Smore’s stamp set again. I’m so glad you use repeat stamp sets for other designs.

  29. wrote on May 31st, 2015 at 5:00 pm


    I just found this video (I’m a relatively new member), and the coincidence is astounding. My mom & I had s’mores just last night. 🙂 You’re right about the bunny–it does look like a Peep. Great job on the coloring. Thanks for the tip about painting up just to the color and then stopping to wipe your brush. I may have seen that in your other videos on YouTube, but I don’t remember you explaining it quite like that. Light bulb moment! Thanks so much for sharing your so-cute card!

    • wrote on May 31st, 2015 at 10:41 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      I need to have S’mores more often. Everytime I buy the ingredients the kids sneak into the pantry and eat the chocolate before I have a chance to make them! Glad you’re getting some good tips from the videos. Thank you for joining! 🙂

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