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Sketched Roses

Sketched Roses

Hi All!

I have been on vacation for the last two weeks, so all the posts you’ve been seeing were scheduled before I left. I feel rusty in writing posts, haha! Alaina starts school on Thursday and Courtney starts on Monday, so pretty soon it will be back to the routine. Although I’m looking forward to the structure, I’ll miss all our “home” time… no school, activities, or sports. “Car” time, here we come.

For today’s card, I used the same watercoloring technique I used on THIS CARD and THIS CARD. It’s pretty fast and super-easy. Just remember to tap-tap-tap the water in. No blending.




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Distress markers used: Barn Door, Worn Lipstick, Scattered Straw

Sketched Roses
Sketched Roses
Birthday Border Die
Birthday Border Die
Tim Holtz Bricked Embossing Folder
Distress Markers
SSS Woodgrain Cardstock
SSS White Woodgrain
Strathmore Watercolor Paper
Watercolor Paper
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Cardstock
Black Cardstock
Versamark Ink Pad
Versamark Ink
Black Embossing Powder
Black Embossing Powder
Stampin' Up! Embossing Buddy
Embossing Buddy
Stampin' Up! Heat Tool
Heat Tool
ekTools Trimmer
ekTools Trimmer
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner
Scotch Foam Tape
Scotch Foam Tape
Stampin' Up! Two-Way Glue Pen
Glue Pen


  1. wrote on August 19th, 2015 at 8:15 am


    Nice card. Love this technique. Was planning to use it with Artful Flowers tomorrow. What a coincidence! Hope you had a relaxing vacation. Keep forgetting it’s starting to be Fall for you guys over there!

    • wrote on August 19th, 2015 at 12:06 pm

      Carol Mac

      Not fall yet, Connie…we still have another month!

      • wrote on August 19th, 2015 at 5:02 pm


        Well 2 weeks LOL if it still starts in September.

  2. wrote on August 19th, 2015 at 10:24 am

    Mary Jane

    Beautiful card, Darlene! I really like this technique and will definitely be trying it!
    Thanks for sharing!

  3. wrote on August 19th, 2015 at 11:30 am


    GOOD MORNING!!! ~8)

    So pretty! I love how you watercolored those roses!! I have one of those huge rolls of foam tape too…I’ll have to find me a little empty roll of something to put some of mine on…it’s such a monster to dig out when I need it!! LOLOL!!! Thanks for sharing another fantastic card!!!

    P.S. I moved my craftroom last weekend. Still doing clean up and organizing. WORTH IT!

    • wrote on August 21st, 2015 at 10:34 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Congrats on your new craft room! I need to post an updated photo of mine – there are walls and a floor now!

      • wrote on August 21st, 2015 at 11:37 pm


        Oh that’s great! Good to hear!! Yes, do please post us an update!! =)

  4. wrote on August 19th, 2015 at 1:55 pm


    Lovely look and super easy too, I love how the heat embossed lines keep the puddles of colored water from “traveling” to the next petal.
    Beautifully done Darlene, the die cut sentiment looks elegant and fabulous.
    Thank you for sharing.
    PS. I wish for your girls the best school year!!! learn a lot but also, have fun!!

    • wrote on August 21st, 2015 at 10:35 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Thank you Maria. Alaina started 9th grade yesterday and had the best day of school ever, according to her. 🙂

  5. wrote on August 19th, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    Carol Lucas

    Very nice! Elegant, yet not too hard to do.

  6. wrote on August 19th, 2015 at 4:18 pm


    That rose panel makes me think a little of stained glass, with the black lines around the colored sections. I was a bit surprised when I saw you start painting the second rose right next to the one you finished–and the colors didn’t bleed between them! I guess the embossing keeps the water that well contained? Love this card! Have you tried using the Stick It adhesive sheets on your die cuts? I got a package, and have used it some. It’s really great, IF I can remember to use it! It also allows some wiggle room, since it’s not permanently adhered until you really press it down. Anyway, just thought I’d throw that out there. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your gorgeous card! ~ Andrea

    • wrote on August 21st, 2015 at 10:38 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Andrea. Yes, I have a couple of different brands of adhesive sheets. It just makes the die cut so sticky! I think I’m just too lazy to deal with it when the results from the glue pen are pretty much the same.

  7. wrote on August 19th, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    Cynthia Berquist

    Beautiful card! Thank you for sharing this tap, tap, tap watercolor technique. Putting it on my “to try – list”, can’t wait!

  8. wrote on August 19th, 2015 at 4:56 pm


    Beautiful! I will have to try this technique and the color combo.

  9. wrote on August 20th, 2015 at 1:03 am


    Lovely card. I will certainly be trying this. Thanks Darlene.

  10. wrote on August 20th, 2015 at 5:13 am


    The roses are just gorgeous!

  11. wrote on August 20th, 2015 at 8:59 am

    mary w

    Really gorgeous card and love the technique. I think it would also work really nice for a succulent stamp image to give the monotone colors a real pop. Can’t wait to try it.

  12. wrote on August 20th, 2015 at 12:38 pm


    So so lovely! Thanks, Darlene!

  13. wrote on August 21st, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    Susan Berry

    Such a beautiful card, roses are gorgeous and love the technique. Thanks Darlene

  14. wrote on August 21st, 2015 at 9:00 pm


    Playing catch up again with your site. Love this card. So so so pretty! Thank you!

  15. wrote on August 21st, 2015 at 9:32 pm


    Just looking at the stamp on it’s own I probably wouldn’t have given it much thought, but your card sure changed my mind. I just love the look of those flowers. Once again you just upped your batting score! Thanks Darlene

  16. wrote on August 31st, 2015 at 1:13 pm


    This is a so pretty card Darlene, I don’t have this background stamp yet but will purchase it soon ! Looove your techniques as always !

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