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Peerless Watercolor Dandelions and Giveaway!


Hi All,

It’s time for my monthly post on my blog, DarleneDesign.com. Today’s post uses Stampin’ Up!’s Summer Silhouettes stamp set and Peerless watercolors.

I’m also having a giveaway over there! It’s the same prize we have here for the May Challenge – a mini travel palette of Peerless Watercolors. You are eligible to win too, so please hop over there and leave a comment. 🙂

I included the ad-free video below so that we can enjoy it in the Gallery here. My videos here don’t accept links inside the video, so I included them below the video. See you Wednesday!




  1. wrote on May 25th, 2015 at 9:38 am


    Such a beautiful card. I just love how the watercolors looked.

  2. wrote on May 25th, 2015 at 12:49 pm


    Beautiful card !! I just started experimenting with adding watercoloring to my cards…love it !!!

  3. wrote on May 25th, 2015 at 1:23 pm


    Beautiful card. The flower is one of my favorite stamps. Really appreciate the water color hints.

  4. wrote on May 25th, 2015 at 1:32 pm


    A beautiful card. Love the watercolor.

  5. wrote on May 25th, 2015 at 1:56 pm


    Gorgeous card! Masking fluid is the next supply on my list!

  6. wrote on May 25th, 2015 at 1:59 pm


    Darlene, you make water coloring look so easy. I think I’ll give it a try. I love the background you created and your use of the masking fluid.

  7. wrote on May 25th, 2015 at 2:01 pm


    What an awesome card. You make it look so easy. Thank you.

  8. wrote on May 25th, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    Sandy Joe

    I like the 3d look of adding the second layers of flowers. Hadn’t considered doing that. Awesome technique

  9. wrote on May 25th, 2015 at 2:13 pm


    Wow! That background is gorgeous. lovin’ that samp set, as well.

  10. wrote on May 25th, 2015 at 3:38 pm


    Nice card
    If you want your paper to stay flat when you are water coloring you have to make the back of your card wet
    Greeting from Bruges Belgium

  11. wrote on May 25th, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    Carol B

    Lovely, beautiful card, love the .asking fluid dots.

  12. wrote on May 25th, 2015 at 3:58 pm


    I love the background. It’s beautiful!

  13. wrote on May 25th, 2015 at 4:34 pm


    Neat idea to add the flicked dots of masking fluid! I’ve never done that. Usually I’ve just painted on the masking fluid. May have to give that a try, though. Love the watercoloring on your card! ~ Andrea

  14. wrote on May 25th, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    Whimsical Creations

    Beautiful Darlene, love how the masking fluids allows you to reveal the white spots…have some, need to USE it. lol
    How do you like your Apple watch?

    • wrote on May 25th, 2015 at 10:19 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      The Apple watch is a little bit of a problem. I’m addicted to it. At first it annoyed me because I had to touch it or flick my wrist to see the time (otherwise it’s black to save battery power). But, as Apply has hoped, I changed my behavior and now don’t mind it. Many times I don’t hear my phone ringing or texting, but now I feel it on my wrist. It tracks all my activity (steps, exercise, moving, standing). So, if I’m not wearing it, I feel like I’m getting cheated out of my activity! It’s not the prettiest thing to wear, but I sure do love it.

  15. wrote on May 25th, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    Brenda L.

    I love this card Darlene! You always make watercoloring look so easy. lol This turned out really pretty. Call me crazy, but I so love dandelions. Hugs, Brenda

    • wrote on May 25th, 2015 at 10:20 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      I do too Brenda. I love them because my girls get so excited about making a wish and blowing on them.

  16. wrote on May 25th, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    Therese Arsenault

    Watercolour gives your card a much more artistic look. Just beautiful. And every card will be different. Such a personal touch.

  17. wrote on May 25th, 2015 at 6:04 pm


    Darlene, I love your work. The techniques you chose to use came together to make a beautiful card. Watercoloring and heat embossing are two of my favorites. How do you decide which colors to use? For example, how did you decide on the Orange, blue, and purple for the background?

    • wrote on May 25th, 2015 at 10:22 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      This was kind of an odd combo because orange and purple don’t mix very well. But, I was thinking about a sunset. Many times you see pink in the sunset, so I used purple to make it more intense.

  18. wrote on May 25th, 2015 at 6:21 pm


    What a beautiful card. I am gong to give it a try. Love your cards Darlene.

  19. wrote on May 25th, 2015 at 6:34 pm


    Wonderful video and the peerless watercolors look like so much fun to use!

  20. wrote on May 25th, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    Barb H.

    I love this card! I’ll need to get some watercolors and masking fluid. Have you ever tried Scotch brand velum tape? You do a great job hiding the glue dots, but I find the velum tape so much easier.

    • wrote on May 25th, 2015 at 10:27 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Barb, no I have not tried it. I’ve tried several vellum-specific adhesives but I haven’t found anything I like. Does it really disappear, as it says?

      • wrote on May 26th, 2015 at 12:51 am


        If you use it exactly as per the instructions then it is great and not visible at all however I have found if you do your own thing with it and don’t read the instructions then you can see it a little. Learnt the hard way of course…… he,he,he.

      • wrote on May 26th, 2015 at 8:04 pm

        Barb H.

        I think it almost completely invisible

  21. wrote on May 25th, 2015 at 7:29 pm


    So pretty. Great technique to try.

  22. wrote on May 25th, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    Colleen F

    awesome card, love how you used the making medium!… what a great birthday card it would make… make a wish …you know, blow those wishers all over the place! Thank you for the technique!

  23. wrote on May 25th, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    Suzanne Watanabe

    Hi Darlene!
    OMG What a BEAUTIFUL Card! Thank you for sharing your amazing water color techniques…I love how you created your gorgeous background using the masking fluid. Love your creativity and card designs! Have a wonderful day! 🙂

  24. wrote on May 25th, 2015 at 8:31 pm


    I’d say that this one is pretty near perfection. Lovely!! I have the Peerless water colors and have yet to use them. Now I will try. Thanks for the great ideas.

  25. wrote on May 25th, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    Susan W.

    Beautiful card. I have a fw of these watercolors but haven’t used them in years. You’ve inspired me to pull them out and play with them. Thanks for sharing. Susan W.

  26. wrote on May 25th, 2015 at 10:13 pm


    Again, thank you for creating a lovely card! I will try the masking technique. Thanks again.

  27. wrote on May 25th, 2015 at 10:31 pm


    Love this card Darlene! You are so talented.

  28. wrote on May 25th, 2015 at 10:34 pm


    Gorgeous card! I am going to have to get some of that masking fluid.

  29. wrote on May 25th, 2015 at 10:37 pm


    Love the card

  30. wrote on May 26th, 2015 at 12:53 am


    Love the colour choice for this one. I must remember to pull out my masking fluid, I never remember that I have it so I forget to use it. Thanks for the nudge Darlene. 😉

  31. wrote on May 26th, 2015 at 7:55 am


    I have been eyeing the Peerless watercolors and this card and video are not helping my wallet any! I love the intense color they offer as well as the ease of storing them. I’m in the middle of a huge organizing endevor – I have purged 6 truckloads out of our home – 1/2 of that out of my studio – to GoodWill and countless bags of trash – so anything coming into my studio must be justified and I have to know how I will store it as well as catalog it so I remember to use it.
    As always, your card it inspirational and this one is simply beautiful.

    • wrote on May 31st, 2015 at 10:10 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Holy cow – 6 truckloads is a lot! Good for you – I think it’s liberating to organize and purge. When we move at the end of the year, I’m hoping a lot of stuff is not coming with us. We still have lots of baby stuff in the attic! It needs to be organized, cleaned, and donated.

  32. wrote on May 26th, 2015 at 10:18 am


    This is so simple and so lovely! I am going to have to pick up that masking fluid because everytime I have seen you use it, it just amazes me!

  33. wrote on May 26th, 2015 at 10:31 am


    Such a beautiful card, Darlene!

  34. wrote on May 26th, 2015 at 10:59 am


    This is just such a lovely card, this image of Dandelions is so beautiful and I too love this hated weed, every year it’s a battle between my hubby and this pretty, yellow flowers, a battle that he ultimately looses, they come back year after year, they are resilient as they are beautiful. I just love to see the little seeds, bravely flying in the wind to land who knows where. Lets hear it for the humble and pretty Dandelion!!!!!
    By the way Darlene, I literally gasped when you dropped that big blob of masking fluid, I stopped the video and rewound it and watch that part again. I would have been pulling my hair out in desperation. You always keep calm and solve the problem, fabulous nerves of steel.
    Thank you for the chance to win this fabulous water colors.

  35. wrote on May 26th, 2015 at 1:35 pm


    What a gorgeous card….can’t wait to try these techniques. Thank You

  36. wrote on May 26th, 2015 at 2:55 pm


    I wish I had your artistic eye Darlene! Love this beautiful card! Thank you for sharing your art!

  37. wrote on May 26th, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    Mary Jane

    Beautiful card! Thanks for sharing.

  38. wrote on May 26th, 2015 at 7:55 pm


    What a simply beautiful card! Do the Peerless watercolors leave a bit of shimmer or am I just seeing things? Watercoloring is on my summer to-do list.

    • wrote on May 31st, 2015 at 10:13 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      No shimmer. None of the palettes I own have shimmer. I know the brand sells metallic paints, but I don’t know if they have any palettes like these with shimmer.

  39. wrote on May 27th, 2015 at 3:11 pm


    I am new to watercolor. This is a great card. Thanks.

  40. wrote on May 27th, 2015 at 8:20 pm


    Gorgeous color combination

  41. wrote on May 28th, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    Susan Berry

    What a beautiful card. Love the look of the sunset made with the peerless watercolors. I have not justified buying them but like the idea of a Peerless watercolor travel kit. Sure would be nice to win one. Thanks for the videos, have love every one.

  42. wrote on May 29th, 2015 at 2:09 pm


    Hello Darlene,

    What font do you use on your blog?


    • wrote on May 31st, 2015 at 10:36 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Gail. It’s Pontano Sans.

  43. wrote on May 30th, 2015 at 1:42 pm


    Awesome card , colors and techniques again Darlene. Looove it !

  44. wrote on May 30th, 2015 at 11:30 pm


    Love love love this card! It’s so beautiful and gave me a warm cozy feeling! Aw…you are so talented!

  45. wrote on May 31st, 2015 at 10:57 pm


    Love this card. I have not tried water coloring much but I would love to make a card like this! Need to check my stamps for a dandelion stamp. absolutely beautiful!

  46. wrote on July 26th, 2015 at 11:48 pm


    Just been catching up with the posts. This has to be one of my favorites! I’m on a mission to get the ingredients so I can make it!

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