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Hi All!

Today I used the second Paper Artsy set I purchased (I used the first set HERE). I bought these sets for special projects I plan to make for my girls, but then I decided to also use them for card-making.

I experimented with some mixed media paper for my watercoloring, and I must say that I’m really impressed. I’ve mentioned before that I’m searching for a super-white alternative to the Ranger watercolor paper. The only negative to this paper is that it’s pretty thin. So, I’m not sure I would use it for every project. For this card, it worked out great.

I added a sentiment on the inside from a different stamp set:

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Inktense Pencils used: Green Aquamarine, Sicilian Yellow, Tan, Mustard, Mid Vermillion, Willow, Sea Blue, Chili Red

Paper Artsy CL 03
Paper Artsy CL 03
Derwent Inktense Watercolor Pencils
Inktense Pencils
Canson Mix Media Paper
Canson Mix Media Paper
Lawn Fawn Birthday Tags
Lawn Fawn Birthday Tags
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Ranger Black Archival Ink
Ranger Black Archival Ink
Copic Black Liner
Copic .3 Black Liner
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Versafine Black Ink
Stampin' Up!Aqua Painter
Aqua Painter
T-Square Rules
T-Square Ruler
Thin Paper Tape
Thin Paper Tape
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner


  1. wrote on July 29th, 2015 at 11:18 am


    Awesome card, Darlene. Ya know, it’s funny. I was just looking at the mixed media paper by Canson but I didn’t buy any. I bought some of the watercolor instead. Next time, I will give it a shot. I’m pretty impressed with it after watching this video. I have some Stampendous mixed media paper I should drag out and try, too. Thanks for sharing another great video!! =)

  2. wrote on July 29th, 2015 at 12:32 pm


    Good to know about the mixed media paper…. I’ve wondered about picking some up as well. I waste so much watercolor paper trying to get a decent image (can’t wait until I can invest in a MISTI!). Cute, cute girl stamp – love those freckles, too!

  3. wrote on July 29th, 2015 at 12:36 pm


    Cute card! I really want some Inktense pencils!

    Ditto on the mixed media paper. I use the Canson XL watercolor paper and like it..but I love that the mixed media paper is white. I’m going to have to try it when I get through the watercolor paper!

  4. wrote on July 29th, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    Brenda L.

    Your card turned out beautiful Darlene! It is hard finding a nice white watercolor paper, I wonder why. Hugs, Brenda

  5. wrote on July 29th, 2015 at 1:43 pm


    Well my dear Darlene, this is a gorgeous card, love that you water color it just like I do all the time, sometimes I use the SU markers and some times my Derwent WC pencils. That is exactly how you do the shading, whether with markers or pencils, you always get the best results.
    I love the Canson WC paper, I always use the 140lb. and this one does not warp but it’s not totally white but I like it because most times I do sponge around my colored images or just do a shadowing around them, it always works great.
    Thank you for another great video.

  6. wrote on July 29th, 2015 at 2:02 pm


    Very fun card! Not sure if you have a Hobby Lobby the rebut there house brand of watercolor paper is white. It’s pretty thick and I like it. It can peel up if you over water it but it’s not bad (better than Ranger on that point though)


  7. wrote on July 29th, 2015 at 3:31 pm


    Beautiful coloring. The card seems perfect for a teenager.

  8. wrote on July 30th, 2015 at 3:47 pm


    I was wondering how the Canson Mixed Media Paper compares to the Strathmore Mixed Media Paper, as far as whiteness goes? I use the Strathmore, which is 140 lb., so it’s VERY sturdy. I am rarely overly concerned about how bright white my watercolor or mixed media paper is. The sturdiness and ability to hold up to water & scrubbing are more important to me. Anyway, I love your simple card, Darlene! I use Inktense pencils quite a bit, and so am always interested in tutorials with those. I’m still searching for color combos to do darker skin tones, though. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks so much for sharing this! 🙂 ~ Andrea

    • wrote on August 4th, 2015 at 5:50 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Andrea. After finding this combo, I haven’t spent more time experimenting. I think you could just make it darker with these two colors by adding more color or a second layer of these colors.

  9. wrote on July 30th, 2015 at 6:25 pm



  10. wrote on July 30th, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    Susan Berry

    Such acute card. I have the Inktense pencils on my wish list. Love to try doing something like this. Thanks

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