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Hi All!

For this card, I stamped a background stamp, then stamped and colored an image over top of it. I used this technique awhile back on this butterfly card but with a black background. I tried today’s card in black first, but the herringbone was making me a little dizzy. I switched to gray and I like it much better.

The difference between my butterfly card and this card is not just the color of the background but also the type of ink I used. The butterfly card uses Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, an ink very safe for Copic markers. This card uses Hero Arts Soft Granite Shadow Ink. Hero Arts Shadow Inks and Simon Says Stamp inks are manufactured with the same chemical properties, which is why you see them behave very similarly in my ink comparisons. These inks don’t stamp as crisp, and they absorb into the paper over time. Another interesting characteristic of these inks is that they fade with alcohol. So, when I covered the shadow ink with Copic markers, the background stamp faded a little. At first, I was a little worried about my markers – I’m very protective of my markers and nibs. However, I didn’t experience any effect on my markers at all when I colored over the shadow ink. Here is a close-up of the flowers:


If you are going to try this technique, I recommend a background stamp with a small pattern. For the foreground stamp, I recommend one with lots of blank space for coloring. I would stay away from foreground images that have a lot of lines in them.

An update on my computer issues… I’m still using Courtney’s computer, and she’s having less Minecraft time (do you hear the violins?). I’m contemplating an iMac. I’ve always been a Windows person but I think it would be fun to experiment with some Apple technology.

Enjoy the video and have a great weekend!



To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.
Copic colors used: V12, V15, V17, Y11, Y15, YR04, G07, YG41, C1, C4

Penny Black Charming
Penny Black Charming
Impression Obsession Herringbone
Impression Obsession Herringbone
Stampin' Up! Flower Patch
Stampin’ Up! Flower Patch
Copic Sketch Markers
Copic Sketch Markers
Hero Arts Soft Granite Shadow Ink
Soft Granite Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Black Ink
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Versafine Black Ink
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
ekTools Trimmer
ekTools Trimmer
Stampin' Up! Dimensionals
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner
Ranger Craft Sheet
Craft Mat


  1. wrote on February 20th, 2015 at 11:02 am

    Mary Jane

    Beautiful card and so simple! I love your creativity!

  2. wrote on February 20th, 2015 at 11:30 am


    So simple and cute. Love it! Thanks for sharing. =)

  3. wrote on February 20th, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    Hannah Means

    Oh Darlene, go with an iMac! You’ll never be sorry! Cute card.

  4. wrote on February 20th, 2015 at 1:47 pm


    You are the awesome one! I love it that I have this flower stamp (and the stencil) so I can try this. I just need to find a similar background stamp – or make one. In any event, this was a lovely tutorial. Thank you!! I missed the butterfly one – can’t believe I did that!! I will check that out next. Thanks for another great tutorial.

    • wrote on February 21st, 2015 at 9:28 am

      Darlene DeVries

      Great idea on making a background stamp Diana! You could definitely do it with repeating some small stamps!

  5. wrote on February 20th, 2015 at 2:21 pm


    What a great technique, love that you can still see the background lines through the flowers and leaves. You made me laugh when you said that the Chevron lines done in black made you dizzy, this lines in gray have a bit of an optical illusion as well but they do not distract your eyes from the beautifully colored image.
    You are a master with the Copics Darlene, one day (maybe) I will be able to be almost as good as you.
    Thank you for another delightful and inspiring video.

  6. wrote on February 20th, 2015 at 2:55 pm


    Beautiful card! Thanks for the tutorial. I was a longtime PC user then got an iMac two years ago, when the PC died. I’m so glad I made the change. I signed up for training classes, which I enjoy, and am amazed at the patience and courtesy all the young instructors show.

  7. wrote on February 20th, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    Barb M.

    Your coloring is so great, it is a beautiful card. I have spectrum noir pens and I keep practicing, but just can’t seem to get the hang of shading correctly. I am going to attempt your card tho and see if I can get it right. Thanks for all the inspiration!

  8. wrote on February 20th, 2015 at 3:41 pm


    Darlene-you are the awesome one! Your videos are bright spots in my days. Thank you for caring enough to share your amazing talent.

  9. wrote on February 20th, 2015 at 4:01 pm


    love it!! the colors really pop on that patterned background. adorable!!

  10. wrote on February 20th, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    mary w

    I used only PC’s for over twenty years then retired and my daughter gave me a Mac laptop. It was frustrating for this old lady to learn new stuff BUT it only took one day to convert me to a much easier format. I hope you love yours as much as I love mine. I’ve bought another one since and love it also. The PC was a computer but my Mac is a good friend. Good luck.

    • wrote on February 21st, 2015 at 9:12 am

      Darlene DeVries

      Wow Mary, those are some pretty powerful and convincing words. I’m geeky at heart, so I want a computer to be my good friend too, haha! Sounds like you made the transition pretty easily. That’s awesome, and encouraging for me!

  11. wrote on February 20th, 2015 at 4:10 pm


    Love how you got the the flowers to POP on this cards.

  12. wrote on February 20th, 2015 at 4:28 pm


    Beautiful card, will have to try the technique. Thank you for the tutorial.

  13. wrote on February 20th, 2015 at 4:59 pm



    As usual beautiful card you make it all seem so simple.

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


    Thanks for posting this great tutorial. Wednesdays and Friday are highlights of the week now. I used to be a Windows person until my husband converted me to Macs. I’ve never looked back. I love my MacBook Air. Macs have always been know to be the artist’s computer, so I think you are the perfect fit Darlene!

    • wrote on February 21st, 2015 at 9:07 am

      Darlene DeVries

      Thank you Mairead! You’re convincing me it’s the right thing. My husband is coming in from out of town tonight. I’m always so hesitant to spend the money, but I know he’ll do a good job of convincing me to just do it! 🙂

  15. wrote on February 20th, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    Sherry W.

    I like how you explain the properties of the inks and how the formulation of the different brands are the same. May I suggest a chart or table of ink brands and what you would recommend they be used for (or not)?

    Also, I love this idea – another way to use what I have. I really like that.

    • wrote on February 21st, 2015 at 9:05 am

      Darlene DeVries

      A chart is a nice idea. It seems a lot of people have questions about which ink is best for what. I will add it to my list!

  16. wrote on February 20th, 2015 at 9:43 pm


    Beautiful card Darlene! And I used to be a Windows girl…got a Mac from my husband for a birthday gift a couple years ago and I am a true convert. LOVE my Mac!

    • wrote on February 21st, 2015 at 9:04 am

      Darlene DeVries

      Thanks jennyjo88. I’ve had several people say the same thing. It’s a hard decision! I went to the Apple store yesterday to look at them. Wow, they sure look beautiful. 🙂

  17. wrote on February 21st, 2015 at 12:26 am


    Gorgeous flowers card ! Thanks for this great copic coloring video, it is always welcome to me !

  18. wrote on February 21st, 2015 at 4:05 am

    Peg C

    Wednesday and Friday are my favourite days, your cards are an inspiration thank you for your great tutorials

  19. wrote on February 21st, 2015 at 8:38 am


    Love this technique but especially with that Herringbone background stamp. May have to add that to my list!

  20. wrote on February 22nd, 2015 at 7:35 am


    Great card, but even better is an iMac! I’ve been a Mac user for about 20 yrs. I started using them when I worked as a graphic artist and I’ve never looked back. If you have any questions, get in touch with me. I’d be happy to answer! I also use iMovie for my videos and it’s awesome!

  21. wrote on February 24th, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    Polka Dot Rosie

    LOL “I hope you enjoyed the card today and…oh wait a minute, it’s not perfect!” That made me laugh out loud, Darlene 🙂 This card is really great! I don’t recall seeing a technique like this, but I really like it. I love that you added the shadow, too. I’m not fantastic with shadows nor shading, but am working on them. They don’t come easy for me.

  22. wrote on February 25th, 2015 at 8:49 am

    Linda M Hasz

    Darlene. You dropped off the face of the earth for me for a while! I wasn’t receiving your videos anymore & I couldn’t figure out what happened. I was on You tube looking for something when I saw your face & “Big Announcement!” Now it all makes sense (although I seem to be a month late). Anyhow, I’m happy that I found you again & immediately joined your new venture.
    Two things: first– computer issue. I am also looking for something like a tablet. I’ve had so many issues & it’s interesting to note how many people are choosing an Apple product. My husband & 2 IT, super-computer-savvy sons think I have a talent for destroying all things electronic (yes, I am chuckling to myself). Do you have any interest in switching to a Mac product? I understand they are great for artistic/creative-type people & they are being used in schools almost exclusively. Any opinion of one over the other??
    Secondly, would you do a video please on the bokeh technique? I’ve seen several videos where dots are randomly placed on the card face– dark & light circles–and that’s it. Others are starting out with dark stripes randomly on watercolor paper with white circles blurred on top of them. I’m a little confused about the whole thing. Please ignore this if you have already addressed this issue! Congrats on the new venture!

    • wrote on February 25th, 2015 at 10:59 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Linda and welcome! I ended up buying an iMac! It will be delivered on Tuesday. I have an iPad and an iPhone and I just love them. I will let you know what I think and how it compares, but based on everyone else’s feedback, I have a feeling I am going to love it. I’ve never owned a tablet other than the iPad, so it’s the only one I can really recommend. In fact, my husband gave me an upgrade for my birthday last month. The new iPad is so much lighter.

      Regarding the bokeh, I received an email from someone else last week asking about this technique. I have a few cards in my craft room that I’ve been playing around with using this technique, but I haven’t quite finished them yet. Hopefully in the next week or two you will see them.

      Thanks for joining. So glad to have you. 🙂

  23. wrote on March 11th, 2015 at 7:22 pm


    I like this technique, the card has some added demension with the background stamp. I think I’d like to give it a try. I’m not good at coloring though. Could you do a video explaining more about the light source. I get it, but then get confused as to how you know where else to add shadows for interest.

    • wrote on March 11th, 2015 at 10:24 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Did you watch my Copic 101 video? I talk about light source in that video. Let me know if that helps or if you think more discussion on that topic is needed.

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