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It’s Pasture Birthday…

Pasture Birthday

Hi All,

I totally love this stamp set – it’s From the Herd by Stampin’ Up!. When I first saw it, I just envisioned the farmer whistling to get everyone’s attention, then snapping a photo. That’s why I made it look like a polaroid.

I used distress inks and an aqua painter to watercolor it. I prefer the aqua painter over a regular brush because it has a constant flow of water coming out. I made my own garland with some hearts from the confetti punch and linen thread for the upper left corner. Here is a close-up of the garland:

Pasture Birthday

I didn’t stamp the bird on the front. I saved him for the inside:

Pasture Birthday

By the way, if you are considering buying Distress Markers, I purchased mine at Amazon, where they are almost 40% cheaper than other online retailers. Plus free shipping if you are a Prime member.




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

Stampin' Up! From the Herd
From the Herd
Tim Holtz Bricked Embossing Folder
Distress Markers
Heart Confetti Punch
Heart Confetti Punch
Ranger Watercolor Paper
Ranger Watercolor Paper
very Elle 6x6 Brights
very Elle 6×6 Brights
Thin Paper Tape
Thin Paper Tape
Stampin' Up!Aqua Painter
Aqua Painter
Stampin' Up! Linen Thread
Linen Thread
Stampin' Up! Clear Embossing Powder
Clear Embossing Powder
Ranger Multi Medium, Matte
Ranger Multi Medium, Matte
Pick Me Up Stick
Pick Me Up Stick
Stampin' Up! Blender Pen
Blender Pen
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Cardstock
Black Cardstock
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Black Ink
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Versafine Black Ink
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Marker
Black Marker
Stampin' Up! Heat Tool
Heat Tool
Ranger Craft Sheet
Craft Mat
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner
Stampin' Up! Two-Way Glue Pen
Glue Pen


  1. wrote on January 28th, 2015 at 12:23 pm


    I love the watercoloring! Can you do the same thing with Stampin up markers? I am trying to use what I have!

    • wrote on January 28th, 2015 at 3:41 pm


      Laura, the SU! markers don’t move as well when colored directly to the paper the way distress markers do. You may need to wet the paper first. But you can scribble them on an acrylic block or a craft sheet and use them with a water brush. Hope that helps. I’m all about using what you have, too. 🙂 ~Irene

    • wrote on January 28th, 2015 at 10:33 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      The distress markers work a little better with water, BUT, if you use a blender pen, the SU markers do a pretty good job. You can see how I did it in THIS POST. I would recommend using Strathmore watercolor paper with the SU markers though, as the Ranger is very sensitive to pilling up with too much coloring.

  2. wrote on January 28th, 2015 at 12:44 pm


    Cute! I love how you made it look like a picture! Thanks for the techniques! And thanks for showing the inside!

  3. wrote on January 28th, 2015 at 1:38 pm


    Such a cute stamp. Makes me want to intentionally send a belated card! Thanks for the video, Darlene.

    • wrote on January 28th, 2015 at 10:30 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      I’m always so organized that I rarely forget a birthday, so I was thinking I’m going to have to purposely do it to send this card Alma!!

  4. wrote on January 28th, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    Laura Norris

    This is sooo cute Darlene! Great job with the water coloring. I love how it is a picture too, so funny!

  5. wrote on January 28th, 2015 at 2:22 pm


    Great card. Your ability with any medium is amazing. I always learn something new from your videos. Putting the bird and balloon on the inside was a good idea. I like to take the outside of the card to the inside when possible. I am loving your “Livelivecards.com” site.

  6. wrote on January 28th, 2015 at 2:35 pm


    Oh my gosh!! when I saw this stamp in the catty I really didn’t like it to much but, you just convinced me to get it, the faces of this critters are just hilarious and so sweet, they do look like the farmer just called their attention and then snapped the photo.
    I love your water coloring Darlene, it’s always a great idea to wet your paper just a little like you did. Water coloring is very forgiving as it is beautiful.
    Love your card and your awesome video, thank you so much for sharing.

  7. wrote on January 28th, 2015 at 2:42 pm


    How fun! What an adorable finished card…thanks for the inspiration! Great job, as always!

  8. wrote on January 28th, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    mary w

    Such a cute card the way you did it.

  9. wrote on January 28th, 2015 at 2:52 pm


    Fantastic!! 😀

  10. wrote on January 28th, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    Carol B

    Watercoloring those cute farm animals was perfect. I haven’t bought this set yet, but love what you have done with it so far. Your new site seems to be doing well, happy for you. Love how you show us how to fix problems in your videos.

  11. wrote on January 28th, 2015 at 3:39 pm


    Very cute card! I’m another one who saw the stamp set in the book and thought “No I don’t think I need that one.” Now, thanks to you bringing those critters to life, it’ll be on my next S.U. order!!!! You do have a way with your creativity … and I thank you!

  12. wrote on January 28th, 2015 at 3:40 pm


    Wow! This DID turn out great. Those animals look like deer caught in the headlights.

  13. wrote on January 28th, 2015 at 5:32 pm


    Darlene – some years ago, SU! put out a similar stamp set but this is even cuter! I love those wild eyes. Appreciated the water coloring lesson, too. Darling idea. This set may get a second look. Love your new site.

  14. wrote on January 28th, 2015 at 5:33 pm


    Love it. As always, some great tips. Thanks.

  15. wrote on January 28th, 2015 at 6:25 pm


    Wonderfully done video. You made it look so easy.

  16. wrote on January 28th, 2015 at 6:37 pm


    So cute, fun, and adorable! It was really exciting to watch!


  17. wrote on January 28th, 2015 at 6:41 pm


    Such a cool card. A perfect card for my Dad, but I just lost him. Love your design and tips. The helpful watercoloring fix is appreciated.

    • wrote on January 28th, 2015 at 10:27 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      I’m so sorry about your Dad Jan. Hugs to you.

  18. wrote on January 28th, 2015 at 7:38 pm


    Love it-such a cute card!

  19. wrote on January 28th, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    Jean McGee

    Greaaaat watercoloring. Had LOTS of problems with the video -it kept stopping every few minutes, then it was waaaaait. Then just as you were cutting the balloon the video stopped and started allllllllll over again from the beginning. Soooo I used my mouse and clicked where I thought the video had stopped and just kept on clicking so I could see it to the end but with no voice. I think all in all the video took at least 25 minutes to watch before it had stopped. I have had this same problem with your previous videos but not this bad. Is there something I should be doing or can do to correct this?????
    Jean McGee

    • wrote on January 28th, 2015 at 10:27 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      I’m so sorry you had trouble Jean. I put together a help page (you can link to it from the upper right hand menu). Take a look at some of my suggestions and see if they help. I’m also going back-and-forth with Vimeo, my video provider, to see if they have any other suggestions.

  20. wrote on January 28th, 2015 at 9:26 pm


    Such a cute layout for this image. Thanks Darlene for showing the watercolouring process in so much detail. Every time I see you do this, I get more inspired to try it myself.

  21. wrote on January 29th, 2015 at 8:53 am


    Another great card, Darlene- love all the little details!

  22. wrote on January 29th, 2015 at 11:04 am

    Danielle Woods

    Wow, its so cute. I love the little bird inside! Great card!

  23. wrote on January 29th, 2015 at 4:21 pm


    Really great card. And want to add a special thanks for adding the inside.

    Re problems w/the video, I had same problem as Jean McGee but found that when I turned the HD off it ran perfectly.

    Now on to the SU link to buy the stamps and punch used for this card. I would never have considered either had I not seen your video. So, guess it’s blessings for all here!

  24. wrote on January 30th, 2015 at 2:57 pm


    Super cute card! I love the little bird on the inside with the balloon. 😀

  25. wrote on January 30th, 2015 at 8:47 pm


    Darlene: Your videos are always so helpful! I really appreciate all the detail. thanks!!! Julie L

  26. wrote on February 4th, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    Miss Robin

    Very Cute card!!! Thanks for the video!!

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