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Simple Blessings

Simple Blessings

Hi All,

This card is simple to make, but it doesn’t appear that way. Don’t you love those kinds of cards? You can use this technique with any patterned background stamp, a light-colored paper, and a darker ink.

For my card, I used the Circle Doodle background, which I used in a completely different way on this card. Here is a close-up of the background switch:

Simple Blessings

Also, I stretched my Christmas Blessings die by just using the “blessings” part. Enjoy the video!


Card Measurements:

Element Imperial Metric
Crumb cake panel 2 5/8 x 5 1/2 inches 6.7 x 14 cm
Black strips 3/16 inch 5 mm
Vellum 1 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches 3.8 x 14 cm
Card base 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches 10.8 x 14 cm


SSS Circle Doodle
SSS Circle Doodle
Christmas Blessings Die
Christmas Blessings Die
Stampin' Up! Owl Punch
Owl Punch
Copic Multiliner Pens, 4 pack
Copic Multiliner Pens
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Black Ink
Versamark Ink Pad
Versamark Ink
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
SSS Vellum
SSS Vellum
Stampin' Up! Crumb Cake Cardstock
Crumb Cake Cardstock
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Cardstock
Black Cardstock
Red Glitter Paper
Red Glitter Paper
Sponge Daubers
Sponge Daubers
Stampin' Up! Heat Tool
Heat Tool
Fiskars Trimmer
Fiskars Trimmer
Zig Two-Way Glue Pen
Glue Pen
Stampin' Up! Mini Glue Dots
Mini Glue Dots
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner


  1. wrote on May 17th, 2017 at 6:42 am


    Thanks Darlene for showing us an easy card that doesn’t look that easy. I love those kind! I liked the way you did the edges with Memento black ink and also the way you placed black over white to create a shadow effect for the sentiment. I avoud vellum because it is hard to adhere without showing, so I’m going to try cutting a little glue dot to place on the edge. Very clever technique!

    • wrote on May 17th, 2017 at 7:07 am


      Oops! I meant to write white over black to create the shadow effect!

  2. wrote on May 17th, 2017 at 1:15 pm


    love, love, love it

  3. wrote on May 17th, 2017 at 1:26 pm


    Such a pretty card..yes, it looks complicated, but you make it look so darn simple!

  4. wrote on May 17th, 2017 at 1:36 pm


    I love it and how easy is that!!!! I thought the tiny red heart could become the dot on the “i”. Thanks again Darlene for another gorgeous card. I am typing this at 4.34 am (Aussie time). Time for sleep!!!

  5. wrote on May 17th, 2017 at 3:59 pm


    Love the technique here….Such an elegant card…!

  6. wrote on May 17th, 2017 at 8:33 pm


    Love this simple card! I saw somewhere online that you can refill your SU markers by gently removing the nib with your tweezers and dropping in a few drops of the same color reinker. I can’t vouch for it since I’ve never tried it, but maybe it may put your black marker back in business. TFS

    • wrote on May 18th, 2017 at 9:56 pm


      Hi Terrie. I actually tried it a few years ago and I couldn’t get it to work. Maybe I’ll try it again.

  7. wrote on May 17th, 2017 at 8:45 pm


    Easy and beautiful, love the shadow sentiment, I’ve been practicing those, with dies like you and also with stamps, it’s a fabulous look.
    Maria Rodriguez.

  8. wrote on May 17th, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    Colorful Card Maker

    This is what I love. A card that looks really hard to do and looks expensive (like the expensive Hallmark cards) but it’s not. People who don’t make cards though like my mom or my aunt think all the cards I make are hard to do. I’ll have to watch this video to see how you did this. If you can do it, then I guess I can do it too!

  9. wrote on May 18th, 2017 at 11:55 am


    Love this card Darlene. I also so enjoy seeing another vellum idea. I saw someone use tombow glue on the vellum by putting a small amount of glue on your craft mat, then use a sponge or daUber to apply it very thin to the velluma and it is not suppose to show. I haven’t tried it yet. Thanks again

  10. wrote on May 20th, 2017 at 4:21 pm


    Love Love this card, I really like the background stamp but I guess it would work with any non-complicated background stamp. I like the simplicity of it. I love cards using vellum or acetate. Perhaps you could do an acetate card for us. Kinda see thru. Thanks Darlene, I’ve been so busy lately I haven’t had a chance to catch up on all the goodies I’ve been missing.

  11. wrote on June 7th, 2017 at 11:38 am


    Somehow I missed this video when you posted it last month, but I am so glad I found it! What a beautiful and simple card. TFS

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