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Magic Card

Hi All!

I got one of these cards in the mail one time from Disney World. I thought it was such a fantastic idea! I finally got around to making one. I spent a lot of time watching various techniques on how to make this card, and I attempted to make it as simple as possible. I also made mine an actual opening card (rather than just a pocket), so that you can still write a message inside. Here is the play-by-play:

Magic Card

Magic Card

Magic Card

Magic Card

Magic Card

And here is a close-up of the donuts:

Magic Card

This card is for my 16-year-old. She would do anything for a donut. As many of you know, teenagers don’t tend to smile very much, hence the sentiment. 🙂

Merry day before Christmas Eve!!



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  1. wrote on December 23rd, 2016 at 5:49 am


    Oh, wow! I love this! I couldn’t, for the life of me, figure out how that would work when I first saw it, but now I get it. Thanks for the simplified instructions. 🙂 This is adorable, and I can think of so many images it would work with. Thanks for sharing!! And Merry Christmas!!

  2. wrote on December 23rd, 2016 at 6:16 am


    Thank you so much for giving us this card today. I saw another card done today using the new SSS slider die. But when I saw how expensive this die was and did a mental calculation into Australian $, I forgot that idea immediately as I could never justify it. But, your card doesn’t require a slider die and I think it looks much cuter than the other one anyway. I can hardly wait to make it. As this will be your last card before Christmas, do have a wonderful time with your family and friends … and also don’t eat too much chocolate! LOL!

    • wrote on December 23rd, 2016 at 3:11 pm

      Carol Mac

      LOL, I think I watched the same video(s) Connie! I thought the same thing, but alas comes Darlene to simplify it for us and save us money! This does look easy and you could do a lot inside!!! I like the fact that it is a cpfull card too!

      Merry Christmas everyone!!!

    • wrote on December 26th, 2016 at 8:24 pm


      Yes, I also agree, Connie! Thanks Darlene for making this look easy and for using materials we all probably have on hand. 🙂


  3. wrote on December 23rd, 2016 at 8:34 am


    Love this card! Thanks very much! Wishing you a joyous Christmas and much love and happiness in the new year!

  4. wrote on December 23rd, 2016 at 2:05 pm


    WOWIE, WOWIE! Super cool, another home run Darlene!! Great instructions, can’t wait to make one!! Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!

  5. wrote on December 23rd, 2016 at 3:34 pm


    Super cute! Love this card! ❤️❤️❤️ Merry Christmas ???

  6. wrote on December 23rd, 2016 at 3:45 pm


    Beautifully made, as always. I may try a few of these for Valentine’s Day! Merry Christmas to you and yours, Darlene.

    • wrote on December 26th, 2016 at 8:21 pm


      Oh, that’s a good idea! I may not wait for my son’s birthday in March…maybe I’ll make three, one for hubby and two for my sons, for Valentine’s Day! Thanks!


  7. wrote on December 23rd, 2016 at 4:01 pm


    You are a dead set LEGEND, Darlene. You make the hard look so easy and fun.
    I’m giving this a shot today for a friends b’day card. Thankyou for always thinking outside the box. I never fail to be inspired by your work and art.
    Have a blessed Chrissy missy x

    • wrote on December 27th, 2016 at 10:07 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Dayse, you are so, so kind!! 🙂 Hope you had a wonderful holiday.

  8. wrote on December 23rd, 2016 at 6:29 pm


    Hi Darlene,
    Fantastic instructions. Love how you decorated the donuts.

    Wish you and your family happy holidays!

  9. wrote on December 23rd, 2016 at 8:49 pm


    Merry Christmas everyone!

  10. wrote on December 24th, 2016 at 4:15 am


    Love the card. You make it look so easy. Well, we’ll see!!!

    Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year everybody.


  11. wrote on December 24th, 2016 at 9:23 am


    Darlene, I love this, it’s adorable! Your instructions are so good, I’m going to try it. Merry Christmas to you & your family and the best for the new year.

  12. wrote on December 24th, 2016 at 9:48 pm


    This is a much simpler way than I’ve seen before! Thanks for the how to! Merry Christmas!

  13. wrote on December 25th, 2016 at 10:45 pm


    Awesome tutorial! Thanks for your inspiration!

  14. wrote on December 26th, 2016 at 8:19 pm


    What a fun card, Darlene! Thanks for sharing! My son’s birthday is in March, so I’m going to give this a try for his birthday card using cakes or balloons, or something. lol

    Thanks again!

  15. wrote on December 27th, 2016 at 7:45 pm


    I love this, but before you color your donuts, put a piece of the Nenah into the printer and print a copy to save redoing the layering of the donuts. There is your plain black and white copy for the top. now I have to try it and se if my idea works.

  16. wrote on December 28th, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    Patty Beers

    When I was a child (a long time ago) we used to get a little version of this in Cracker Jacks boxes. Later when I worked in a Teacher Resource Center I decided to try and make a book, using this technique, that teachers could use in their classroom. I used the story Brown Bear, Brown Bear because it was a story using colors. I have made several smaller versions since then. I made a birthday card for my granddaughter also. I love your method for doing it and will try it.

  17. wrote on December 29th, 2016 at 8:31 am


    I LOVE this – truly! When I saw the picture, I couldn’t figure out how in the world you could make this happen – I absolutely have to try this SOON!

  18. wrote on January 3rd, 2017 at 5:43 pm


    Thank you for simplified version .no donuts in my stamp stash though I have cupcakes, cake and balloons though so will have a go mocking up something. Once again, great tutorial . YOU ROCK !!!!!
    Sseasons greetings to one and all …

  19. wrote on January 6th, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    Robin L

    Gosh I can’t believe I just got around to this video. But thanks so much for this. I too like the others saw a card video made with some complicated and expensive dies. This is so much more simple. I was a bit confused at first but then there is that AHA moment. Great card. Thanks for sharing.

  20. wrote on January 11th, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    Colorful Card Maker

    I like this card but until I watch the video it all looks like magic to me, like a trick I saw a magician do. It looks really cool though and if I can figure it out by watching your video, I am going to make one. I’m not good at directions though. They really have to be explained to me. The first card I ever made in a class was an embossed card and when the instructor told us we were going to make this card (she made one to show us) I said “That card is to hard, there is no way I am going to make that card the first time” but I did. It looked harder then it was. That’s probably the same way with this I’ll bet. I can’t wait to watch the video!

  21. wrote on January 12th, 2017 at 11:45 am


    This card is a thing of beauty. I found an easier method on youtube where you remove the blank piece rather than the colored piece. I have to say your method is much more “magical” because the image “disappears” from the card and “reappears” as being colored. I also appreciate the fact I don’t need to buy yet another stamp and/or die to recreate this card. Thank you!

  22. wrote on January 23rd, 2017 at 4:18 am


    This card is absolutely amazing, so I just made one! I used dark grey polka dot paper as it is for a man friend of ours who’s turning 60. I had a lot of trouble, starting with coloring all the donuts and then finding out my paper wasn’t the right length! But it was worth all the effort. Thanks so much Darlene!

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