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Miss You Watercolor

Miss You

Hi All,

Today’s card was the first I colored skin with Inktense pencils. I tried a bunch of different pencil combinations and decided on Willow and Mid Vermilion. I really like the results. The balloon has some shimmer, and the raindrops are clear embossed to look wet:

Miss You

Most of the time, as part of my design process, I draw a sketch of the card. It includes the layout, colors, media used, etc. Some of my sketches are very detailed and some are a little vague. Every once in awhile the sketch goes 95% according to plan. I usually end up with something similar but with minor modifications – probably around 80% of the sketch. I thought it would be fun to share my sketch for this card and how/why I changed it:

Miss You

As you can see, this card was supposed to be straight lines. On the right, the girl standing tall. On the left, stripes. All rectangular panels. I had planned to overlap the balloon. But as you can see, I ended up with raindrops and circles. I decided on raindrops because when I went into my craft room and saw the Falling Rain stamp, I decided it was way better than stripes for a “miss you” card.

After I got the girl stamped and colored, the rectangle panel just didn’t seem to go. At the time, I couldn’t really put my finger on it. I just didn’t like it. Then, when I realized all my elements were round – the raindrops and the balloon, I decided to try a circle. Yes, much better.

My sketch had a dark striped panel (which I show in the video but with raindrops). I know I wrote “fog” on the sketch, but I was mixing the color up with “slate”, which is what I was envisioning when I drew the sketch. If I was using it as a small panel, it would have been okay. However, with the circle, the raindrops were taking up more space on the card than I originally planned, so the dark was too dark and overpowering. It was distracting to my focal point, the girl. I lightened the color to fog. Maybe there was some subconscious thinking I was doing when I wrote fog on the sketch!

My sentiment was supposed to be stamped next to the girl in my sketch. However, to balance the card and break up the rain a bit, I added a banner in the lower left corner.

Anyway, hope my thought process helps you a little when thinking about your card design. I hardly ever walk into my craft room with nothing planned. The options are just too overwhelming!

Enjoy and have a great weekend!



To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.
Inktense Pencils used: Willow, Mid Vermilion, Violet, Oak, Mustard, Poppy Red

Lila's Heart
Lila’s Heart
Falling Rain
Falling Rain
Simon Says Stamp Languages
Love Languages
SSS Stitched Circles
SSS Stitched Circles
Derwent Inktense Watercolor Pencils
Inktense Pencils
Ranger Detailer Water Brush
Ranger Detailer Water Brush
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Versafine Black Ink
Versamark Ink Pad
Versamark Ink
Versamarker Pen
Versamarker Pen
Memento Luxe Love Letter Ink
Love Letter Ink
Ultra Fine Clear Powder
Ultra Fine Clear Powder
Wink of Stella, Clear
Wink of Stella, Clear
Strathmore Watercolor Paper
Watercolor Paper
Fog Cardstock
Fog Cardstock
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Sizzix Big Shot Machine
Sizzix Big Shot
Magnetic Platform
Magnetic Platform
Thin Paper Tape
Thin Paper Tape
Stampin' Up! Heat Tool
Heat Tool
Stampin' Up! Dimensionals
Scotch Foam Tape
Scotch Foam Tape
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner


  1. wrote on May 8th, 2015 at 8:21 am


    Yes, I like this card too, especially the raindrops. They are just perfect. I kid you not but I was looking for a raindrop stamp today and didn’t bother to look at SSS. Wow! I sure like the effect of this stamp.

  2. wrote on May 8th, 2015 at 10:56 am

    Mary Jane

    Really great card today Darlene. Thanks for sharing!

  3. wrote on May 8th, 2015 at 11:29 am


    Thanks for explaining the process! You help me look at mine more clearly.

  4. wrote on May 8th, 2015 at 1:15 pm


    I really have to get this stamp set! Another sweet card – I know your daughter will love it!

  5. wrote on May 8th, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    mary w

    Love to know your thought process – makes it more of a learning experience.

  6. wrote on May 8th, 2015 at 1:26 pm


    Love your sketch! 🙂 The card is lovely too.

  7. wrote on May 8th, 2015 at 1:51 pm


    This is a very sweet and lovely card Darlene, I just love the way this little girl is releasing the balloon, sending her love along.
    I love the raindrop stamp, the way you heat embossed it really makes it look wet, I’m glad you changed it, the straight lines would not have the same effect.
    Thank you for sharing.

  8. wrote on May 8th, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    Carol B

    Very sweet miss you card. Love the some of the raindrops and the balloon. Great watercolor with the pencils.

  9. wrote on May 8th, 2015 at 3:04 pm


    Cute card. Love the raindrops

  10. wrote on May 8th, 2015 at 3:05 pm


    Very sweet card Darlene. It’s great to see the planning side you do with your cards. I kinda wing it a bit, but will try some more planning after seeing your methods.
    Thanks for a super cute video.

  11. wrote on May 8th, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    Laura Norris

    She is super cute Darlene! I think the switch to rain drops was a good move. Thanks for sharing a bit of your creative process.

  12. wrote on May 8th, 2015 at 6:48 pm


    Adorable card! And believe it or not, I do exactly the same thing with a little post-it note and sketch notes! I am honored I thought of the same thing you do. 🙂

  13. wrote on May 8th, 2015 at 10:08 pm


    It is a really cute card perfect:)

  14. wrote on May 8th, 2015 at 10:09 pm


    I have missed no skin tones in Inktense pencils. I will have to try these colors together. Hey turned out perfect. Thank you for the tip!

  15. wrote on May 9th, 2015 at 8:51 am


    Wonderful…love this card and I just adore that stamp set…so sweet!

  16. wrote on May 9th, 2015 at 9:30 am


    Can you please make a mothers day card? We would love to see it. We haven’t misted a single card since you started!

    • wrote on May 14th, 2015 at 9:28 am

      Darlene DeVries

      Sorry I skipped over the Mother’s Day cards this year. 🙁 I’ll make sure that doesn’t happen next year! So glad you are enjoying the cards. 🙂

  17. wrote on May 9th, 2015 at 11:02 am


    Really cute card. I have never done a sketch before making a card, but know several stampers do. I can see now how helpful it would be. So many times I walk into my craftroom with an idea as to what I’m going to do, get totally overwhelmed when looking at supplies, and end up walking away doing nothing 🙁 Going to give this a try – maybe I’ll actually start producing something so I can show my hubby I really do “need” all these supplies 🙂

  18. wrote on May 9th, 2015 at 11:47 am

    Anna D.

    Thank you for sharing all these nifty techniques. Love this website.

  19. wrote on May 9th, 2015 at 5:06 pm


    Hi – finally getting to your post. Darling card. Love my Inktense pencils, and now I know about the skin tone secret. Thanks!! And what a sweet note from Rebecca. Have a very happy Mother’s Day tomorrow.

  20. wrote on May 10th, 2015 at 12:10 pm


    What a nice card Darlene, I have to get this stamps set, love it ! TFS another great ideas and techniques ! Also love your coloring.

  21. wrote on May 11th, 2015 at 10:51 am


    Darlene, it is a very sweet and gentle card. I love it as well as your instructions.

  22. wrote on May 11th, 2015 at 1:40 pm


    I really like this card as well. I love the look of the rain drops. I didn’t think I would like the size of the background stamps, but not that I see it used, I love it !! Darlene, you are terrific. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  23. wrote on May 12th, 2015 at 9:32 am


    Hi Darlene –

    Thanks so much for showing your thought process. When you’re making these changes and coming up with new ideas are you redoing the elements or the entire card over and over?
    If I create a card that I know isn’t working, I’m overwhelmed by having to do everything over again – maybe multiple times. That’s my personal challenge – I assume everything should be quicker and easier than it is for me.
    So, I’m curious if you have to redo things many times once in a while?

    Thanks so much for your work and creativity and for sharing…:)


    • wrote on May 14th, 2015 at 10:53 am

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Vicky. As I complete parts of the card, I redo them. For example, I’ll create the background and I won’t like it, so I’ll create a new background. Sometimes I finish the card and don’t like it. If that is the case, I’ll tweak the pieces I don’t like on the next version (the one I record). But, I try to redo the pieces as I create it, rather than redoing the whole thing at the end. If you’re creating your card and you know it isn’t working, I would stop at that point. Maybe walk away for a day or so – that helps me a lot.

      • wrote on May 14th, 2015 at 5:26 pm


        🙂 Thanks Darlene. Have a great day!

  24. wrote on May 14th, 2015 at 12:05 pm


    Great card, I just love this stamp set!! =) TFS!

  25. wrote on May 20th, 2015 at 6:33 am


    This is a very special card, Darlene! Just love it!

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