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Tone-on-Tone Flowers

Tone on Tone Flower

Hi All!

I’ve got a pretty simple card for you today. In the video, I show two ways to get a tone-on-tone look – with a Versamarker and with a Blender pen. Personally, I like the Blender pen because you get color with it.

The stamp set is called Remarkable You by Stampin’ Up!. I like the sketchy flowers. I used it previously on THIS CARD.

Still working in the Dallas clouds today, so please excuse the shadows. I can’t wait to get to my new room! They are painting the walls this week – I chose a light purple. It’s finally coming together! As soon as I have an update I will post.

Have a wonderful weekend!



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Remarkable You
Remarkable You
Altenew Bejeweled
Altenew Bejeweled
Taylored Expressions Frames
Taylored Expressions Frames
Versamarker Pen
Versamarker Pen
Dove Blender Pen
Dove Blender Pen
Stampin' Up! Blender Pen
SU Blender Pen
Marina Mist
Marina Mist Ink
Stampin' Up! Marina Mist Cardstock
Marina Mist Cardstock
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Versamark Ink Pad
Versamark Ink
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
Hero Arts
Uniball White Gel Pen
White Gel Pen
Stampin' Up! Heat Tool
Heat Tool
Thin Paper Tape
Thin Paper Tape
Scotch Foam Tape
Scotch Foam Tape


  1. wrote on December 4th, 2015 at 10:04 am

    Mary Jane

    Beautiful Card, Darlene. So simple but so beautiful.
    Thanks for Sharing.

  2. wrote on December 4th, 2015 at 10:48 am

    Jennifer Stark

    This card is truly lovely!!! I guess I know what I’ll be making today! Thank you!

  3. wrote on December 4th, 2015 at 1:12 pm


    Love the card and the technique. Good thing I have time for my craft room today.

  4. wrote on December 4th, 2015 at 1:17 pm


    Very nice!! Great color choice for your crafty room 🙂

  5. wrote on December 4th, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    Patty Beers

    I am going to make a bunch of those right now. Great Christmas gift idea. Easy to make a few sets using different flowers. Thank you

  6. wrote on December 4th, 2015 at 1:32 pm


    Cool technique!

  7. wrote on December 4th, 2015 at 2:03 pm


    Gorgeous!! I haven’t used this set yet so I am looking forward to using it soon. This card is so beautiful and with different sentiments you could creat a nice card set as a gift. Love it Darlene!!

  8. wrote on December 4th, 2015 at 2:04 pm


    I love the tone on tone technique Darlene, I don’t do enough cards with it but this card just inspired me to make some. It’s a fun and fast way to mass produce a pretty set to give as a gift.
    Thank you for sharing.

  9. wrote on December 4th, 2015 at 2:26 pm


    Simply beautiful Darlene!
    I’ve seen Jennifer McGuire use a very light grey Copic on colored cardstock to add the shaded dimension you’re trying to achieve here with the Blender pen and Versamark. I wonder if that would work on this project too as the Copic does not pill the paper. Check it out.

    • wrote on December 6th, 2015 at 3:02 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Gina. Because I used white heat embossing, I would not use the Copic marker. I’ve found that embossing powder gets on the tip of the Copic marker. You could stamp with white ink and then use the Copic marker, but it won’t pop as much as the white embossing powder.

      • wrote on December 6th, 2015 at 3:56 pm


        Do you mean that the embossing powder can get on the Copic marker even AFTER it’s been heat set? Wow, I did not know that. Thanks for the great tip.

        • wrote on December 6th, 2015 at 5:07 pm

          Darlene DeVries

          Yes, it’s true. Some people suggest only using them with clear powder, but I still think it gets on there – you just can’t see it.

  10. wrote on December 4th, 2015 at 2:31 pm


    I agree with everyone. This card is so beautiful and elegant yet actually easy enough we should be able to recreate. I hadn’t realized how rare we see coloured cardstock in your cards. They are so amazing but thinking now that it is usually you adding the colour through ink. I have a stockpile of coloured cardstock myself but never seem to reach for it. Thank you so much for inspiring me! Maybe sometime you could do that for a challenge or showcase some other ways to use it? If anything I only use it as a cardbase which is still not very often. I love the white on white look or your inked backgrounds but wow this really grabbed my attention I couldn’ t wait to see the video.

    • wrote on December 13th, 2015 at 5:18 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Great idea for a challenge Danielle – I will add that to my list!

  11. wrote on December 4th, 2015 at 2:37 pm


    Very pretty…. I think I’m going to have to case this too! 🙂

  12. wrote on December 5th, 2015 at 8:27 am

    Barb H.

    Like everyone else I love this card. I had a Dove Blender pen years ago before I discovered Stampin Up. It came with a bottle of the liquid to refill it and a couple extra nubs. I also struggled to use it. Had trouble filling it and controlling it. I like the Stampin up pens much better too.

  13. wrote on December 5th, 2015 at 8:30 am


    Beautiful card. I have this stamp set and have to try this. Thanks for another great tutorial!!

  14. wrote on December 8th, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    Whimsical Creations

    Absolutely stunning, I’ve never tried this technique. Beautiful!!!

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