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Picture Perfect Starfish

Picture Perfect

Hi All,

I’m very sad that I only got to use the retiring set Picture Perfect once, on this card. The starfish is such a cool stamp in the set, so I’m using it while it’s still active. Plus it’s sea life, in line with this month’s challenge! It’s a two-step stamp, but I added a third step by partially coloring the second stamp with a different color. It looks very realistic! Here is a close-up:

Picture Perfect

I inked the background with distress oxide inks. I’m very surprised how often I’m using these inks considering how skeptical I was at the beginning! Here is a closer look at the background:

Picture Perfect

You can purchase the Picture Perfect set through May 31st. Enjoy the video!


Card Measurements:

Element Imperial Metric
Circle 3 3/4 inches 9.5 cm
Card base 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches 10.8 x 14 cm


Picture Perfect
Picture Perfect
Nesting Circle Dies
Nesting Circle Dies
Distress Oxide - Faded Jeans
Distress Oxide – Faded Jeans
Distress Oxide - Broken China
Distress Oxide – Broken China
Distress Oxide - Walnut Stain
Distress Oxide – Walnut Stain
Gansai Tambi White
Gansai Tambi White
Pumice Stone Distress Ink
Pumice Stone Distress Ink
Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink
Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink
Walnut Stain Distress Ink
Walnut Stain Distress Ink
Gathered Twigs Marker
Gathered Twigs Marker
Hero Hues Black
Hero Hues Black
Canson Mix Media Paper
Canson Mix Media Paper
Stampin' Up! Crumb Cake Cardstock
Crumb Cake Cardstock
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Martha Stewart Mini Scoreboard
Mini Scoreboard
Sizzix Big Shot Machine
Sizzix Big Shot
Ranger Mini Round Blending Tools
Ranger Mini Round Blending Tools
Sponge Daubers
Sponge Daubers
Stampin' Up! Dimensionals
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner


  1. wrote on April 26th, 2017 at 7:22 am


    I like this card. It would make a great masculine Happy Birthday card. There’s still time for anyone interested to buy this retired Stampin Up stamp set. It would be a shame for you not to be able to use it again, especially since there are a number of other great stampsin the set as well.

  2. wrote on April 26th, 2017 at 8:06 am


    I own this set and haven’t used it much. Your starfish looks realistic. I like that. Hope to try stamp a bit with that set in the near future.

  3. wrote on April 26th, 2017 at 1:16 pm


    That is weird how REAL it looks!! Would never have guessed that was a stamp!

  4. wrote on April 26th, 2017 at 1:41 pm


    Darlene, I thought this was a real starfish! I thought, now why would Darlene put a big, clunky starfish on a card? So simple, yet so amazing. Thanks for sharing your talent!

  5. wrote on April 26th, 2017 at 1:48 pm


    I reiterate what everyone else said at how realistic the starfish appears. Just curious, why wouldn’t you be able to use it again, any time you like? Is there a rule that prohibits use of a retired stamp set? I thought you did not belong to Stampin’ Up any longer.

    • wrote on April 26th, 2017 at 2:32 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      There’s nothing stopping me from using them if I want. However, if someone likes the card and wants to purchase the supplies, they won’t be able to because the stamp set is no longer available. And especially if it’s something special like this one, which you can’t easily substitute with another set. I’m sure many people think it’s not a big deal, but there are several people who don’t like when that happens. Many people get unhappy when something is temporarily out of stock that I’ve used. So, I just generally try to use what is available so everyone is happy. 🙂

      • wrote on April 27th, 2017 at 1:26 am


        I appreciate how you bend over backwards to accommodate everyone. That’s what makes you so special! I’d like to mention though that there are plenty of places in Australia to buy retired Stampin Up stamps long after they are no longer for sale at SU. So the US must have even more places to buy them after they retire. We have a wonderful website in Australia that specialises only in SU retired stamps dies, etc etc at great prices. They are also available on eBay – often new and sometimes used but in good condition. I’ve never had a problem buying a retired SU stamp set and own quite a few because of the big savings!

      • wrote on April 27th, 2017 at 1:33 am


        Darlene, I agree with Jan’s comment below. I think a polling question would sort out this question once and for all. We’ve all discussed the increasing price of SU stamp sets especially. The polling results may reveal that only a few disgruntled ones do not reflect the majority.

  6. wrote on April 26th, 2017 at 1:48 pm


    Darlene, I can’t believe that is not a real starfish simply glued on the card!

  7. wrote on April 26th, 2017 at 2:24 pm


    I had the same question as changedbyHim. Why not use them?

  8. wrote on April 26th, 2017 at 2:33 pm


    Darlene, I thought you actually fussy cut a picture from a magazine, the star fish is absolutely gorgeous.
    Love the beautiful sponged background, it really looks like a small section of a beach.
    Awesome card, thank you for sharing.

  9. wrote on April 26th, 2017 at 2:34 pm


    Just a comment, do you ever look in your “All Cards” section and scroll down to the bottom and see how many cards you have actually posted. I just did and was awed. Keep up the good work. We all enjoy the work you do!

    • wrote on April 30th, 2017 at 3:32 pm


      Thank you Dolores! I just did what you said and yes, there are quite a few! Another thing I found interesting was that the cards closer to the top are cooler colors, and the cards closer to the bottom are warmer colors. You have to scroll kind of fast to see it. It’s strange!

  10. wrote on April 26th, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    Shirley H

    This starfish card is one of my all-time favorite cards you’ve made. I’m so impressed with your ink choices as they all seem perfect to compliment each other.

  11. wrote on April 26th, 2017 at 3:32 pm


    Wow! I thought, when I first saw the card, that the starfish was a photo-realistic sticker! You did an awesome job on color selection for your stamping inks, and I agree that the shading you did with the marker adds a lot. Love the overall look of the card, too. 🙂 ~ Andrea

  12. wrote on April 26th, 2017 at 4:52 pm


    Love this card! Great job!

  13. wrote on April 26th, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    Carol Mac

    Yup…I agree with Andrea, the addition of the marker made a huge difference!! I don’t have distress markers, but I am sure I could use a SU marker and do the same thing! I have had this set since it came out and never used the star fish! Can you believe it? I will use it now…I can think of about 5 different sentiments to put on this card! Awesome! 😎

  14. wrote on April 26th, 2017 at 7:24 pm


    Absolutely stunning! I have had this stamp set on my list for awhile. I must get it now. Maybe you could do 1 card a month with stamps that are no longer available or add to the polling question.

  15. wrote on April 26th, 2017 at 8:44 pm


    What a beautiful card! I’m with everyone else on this; the starfish looks amazingly real.

  16. wrote on April 26th, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    Colorful Card Maker

    Oh my gosh! I have a real starfish, a dried one anyway. It looks just like yours! I really thought that was real and not a stamp like everyone said. Wow! I don’t have this set and I don’t have a lot of sea or ocean stamps.I really like how it looks though. Real is always a good thing but sometimes I don’t do real like my multi colored hydrangeas. Hydrangeas aren’t multi colored in real life but when I do them they are.

  17. wrote on April 26th, 2017 at 10:13 pm


    Wow that starfish looks 3D and just pops off the card!!

  18. wrote on April 27th, 2017 at 9:50 am


    I am very impressed with the starfish, you did an amazing job. I personally, am not a lover of sea shells, starfish etc. but that starfish is very impressive. Great card Darlene.

  19. wrote on April 27th, 2017 at 10:46 am

    Brenda L.

    Wow, this is gorgeous Darlene! That starfish looks very real indeed!! Hugs, Brenda

  20. wrote on April 28th, 2017 at 1:38 pm


    The starfish looks great! I still have not used my distress oxide inks…I need some time to play with them. You make it look so easy!

  21. wrote on April 28th, 2017 at 11:20 pm


    Thank you for making this card! I have the stamp set & I may never have tried these stamps if it wasn’t for you, Darlene. I unabashedly copied your card & I am SO pleased with the results. I so appreciate you and love all that you do. Thank you!

  22. wrote on April 30th, 2017 at 2:05 pm


    Unbelievable how truly realistic your starfish looks. You never cease to amaze me!

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