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One-Color Flowers

One-Color Flowers

Hi All,

For the background on today’s card, I decided to go with something a little different. Rather than smooth watercolor, I brushed on swipes of fairly dry color. No plain water prep or water-spritzing beforehand. By doing it this way, you get a textured look… kind of like the flowers are against a wall rather than a sky.

The flowers are pretty easy to color because it’s another one of those repetitive techniques. Just keep doing the same thing on each petal and eventually it all comes together and looks great! Here is a close-up:

One-Color Flowers

Enjoy the video!



To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.
Zig Colors used: blue, light green

Helping Me Grow
Helping Me Grow
Kuretake Zig Markers
Kuretake Zig Markers
Gansai Tambi Cornflower
Gansai Tambi Cornflower (#61)
Stampin' Up! Aqua Painter
Aqua Painter
Hero Hues Black
Hero Hues Black
Versamark Ink Pad
Versamark Ink
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
Hero Arts
Strathmore Watercolor Paper
Watercolor Paper
Hero Arts Black Notecards
Hero Arts Black Notecards
Stampin' Up! Heat Tool
Heat Tool
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner


  1. wrote on July 29th, 2016 at 6:42 am


    I love the way you did the background. It was quite effective. When you showed us this Stampin Up set from your catalogue purchases, I really wasn’t all that impressed with it. But after seeing both cards you’ve made with it, I’m giving it serious consideration.

    • wrote on July 29th, 2016 at 4:43 pm

      Carol Mac

      I’m with you Connie, I was not too impressed with that set either, so I usually check out what Darlene does, or Pintrest and YouTube to see what ppl do with them before I buy. For example, I saw a video using the serene scenery paper pack from SU and these pages make for really nice sympathy, thank you and thinking of your cards! The catalogue does not do justice to some of the products.

      Did you have your surgery yet? How are you making out?

      • wrote on July 29th, 2016 at 9:09 pm


        Hi Carol Mac, My surgery was 7 July. So it’s all done and dusted, as they say! I was in hospital overnight with no rehab. I’m walking a lot with crutches and doing exercises at home. It’s a slow process. They say it takes 6-8 weeks to do everything again even though full healing takes a year. Some people rush it but risk falling which could be disastrous. I’m being sensible. Thanks for asking!

  2. wrote on July 29th, 2016 at 8:02 am

    Robin L

    Great card. Love the offset panel. Very cool and easy instead of trying to center. May have to look into this set as well. Thanks for all the inspiration.

  3. wrote on July 29th, 2016 at 11:22 am


    Such a pretty card. And, thanks for the tip on watching the video full screen. Wow! I’ve noticed you have been using Hero Hues black more recently. I agree about with this stamp set…another one to add to the large wish list!!

  4. wrote on July 29th, 2016 at 12:39 pm


    Stunning card, Darlene! I love this technique and will be using it. Thank you.

  5. wrote on July 29th, 2016 at 1:46 pm


    Oh, this is just GORGEOUS!!!! And I have everything you used to make it too! I love it when that happens!

  6. wrote on July 29th, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    Brenda L.

    Beautiful card Darlene, love the coloring. I need to heed that advice when I color! I did know you could make the screen full when watching video’s. That is the only way these old eyes can see anything. lol Hugs, Brenda

  7. wrote on July 29th, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    D Furlong

    You are so fluent with your computer skills that I was amused to visualize you seeing the big picture — i.e., the full screen view. I often use that feature and enjoy seeing the details (up close and personal) of your talented card making techniques. Thanks!

    • wrote on July 31st, 2016 at 4:46 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      I know – I was almost embarrassed to admit it, lol!

  8. wrote on July 29th, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    Carol Mac

    Darlene, I think that is a really neat background…much different that usual watercoloring! I love lilacs and you made these ones look so realistic! TFS ?

  9. wrote on July 29th, 2016 at 5:15 pm


    So pretty, Darlene! I love how you did that background!

  10. wrote on July 29th, 2016 at 5:53 pm


    I have pretty much always viewed videos full-screen, here & on YouTube. You’re right–it makes all the difference in the world! I love the monochromatic color scheme on your card here. Those flowers are just gorgeous! 🙂 ~ Andrea

  11. wrote on July 29th, 2016 at 6:29 pm


    Well, I have to say I didn’t know about the full screen thing. WOW!!!!! Cool idea and life changing! Thanks for a wonderful different card. I also felt about that stamp set as some of the others! It goes on my wish list too!!

  12. wrote on July 29th, 2016 at 7:16 pm


    Beautiful and so simple! You have to have art somewhere in your background, you are so good with colors. I struggle with them.

  13. wrote on July 29th, 2016 at 7:29 pm


    Love the background. I think I will be trying this one! Thanks for teaching us!

  14. wrote on July 29th, 2016 at 8:32 pm


    LOVE this!!

  15. wrote on July 29th, 2016 at 8:53 pm


    Darlene I just love this card. Blue is my favorite color too. Thanks once again for sharing your talent.

  16. wrote on July 29th, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    Jan Castle

    Lovely look….flowers as well as the background!!!!
    Paper Hugs,

  17. wrote on July 30th, 2016 at 7:29 am


    Love color combo! I have those 2 colors and will try this technique too. Thanks!! Julie

  18. wrote on July 30th, 2016 at 8:14 am


    Hi there. How’d I miss this surgery? Hope all continues well. I have two artificial hips and dance away! This card is lovely. You never disappoint….

  19. wrote on July 30th, 2016 at 9:40 am


    Enjoyed this video. Love this card but have decided that SU is just so expensive in Australia (A$45) for that stamp set (for two flowers). I would rather get 2 Altenew sets for that price.

  20. wrote on July 30th, 2016 at 11:00 am


    Beautiful! Love simple beauty.

  21. wrote on July 31st, 2016 at 5:28 am


    Such beautiful colors and card Darlene. I don’t watch your video since a while because of a lake of time, so I am sooo happy to have a bunch to see :))
    Best !

  22. wrote on July 31st, 2016 at 6:02 pm


    Pretty card.

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