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Video Series: One Stamp, Four Designs, Four Mediums – Card #4

One Stamp Four Mediums

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Welcome to my final card in the series! Today I’m using Prismacolor colored pencils to color my Spring Flowers. I haven’t use them in awhile, so I thought this would be a great opportunity to show you what they can do with stamp sets you might typically watercolor with. Here is the card:

Prismacolor Pencils

In the video, I walk through the coloring step-by-step. Even after just the first step, the card is beautiful, but you could take it to further levels if you wish. Here is a close-up of the coloring:

Prismacolor Pencils

It’s not too late to get a discount on the stamp set. You can still get $5 off your order of this set at Simon Says Stamp until the end of January. Use code darlene at checkout.

I hope you enjoyed the series as much as I did. 🙂


Card Measurements:

Element Imperial Metric
Crumb Cake panel 3 3/4 x 5 1/2 inches 9.5 x 14 cm
Early Espresso strip < 1/8 inch < 3 mm
Card base 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches 10.8 x 14 cm


To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.
Colored pencils used: White, Apple Green, Dark Green, Cerulean Blue

SSS Spring Flowers
SSS Spring Flowers
Prismacolor Pencils
Prismacolor Pencils
Painted Hugs Die
Painted Hugs Die
SSS Love
SSS Love
Uniball White Gel Pen
White Gel Pen
Versafine Vintage Sepia Ink
Versafine Vintage Sepia Ink
Ultra Fine Clear Powder
Ultra Fine Clear Powder
Stampin' Up! Crumb Cake Cardstock
Crumb Cake Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Early Espresso Cardstock
Early Espresso Cardstock
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Heat Tool
Heat Tool
Sizzix Big Shot Machine
Sizzix Big Shot
Magnetic Platform
Magnetic Platform
Zig Two-Way Glue Pen
Glue Pen
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner


  1. wrote on January 27th, 2017 at 7:41 am


    This series was outstanding, Darlene. Every card was one I really liked and wanted to recreate myself. Thanks so much for putting the time and creative effort into bringing it to us.

  2. wrote on January 27th, 2017 at 10:35 am


    This card is beautiful. I’ve had Prismacolor pencils for years and have never managed to figure them out, so I’m going to try to reproduce this card. I loved the entire series – so glad I got this stamp set, and I hope you use it in future videos!

  3. wrote on January 27th, 2017 at 11:40 am

    Sherry W.

    The series idea is great. I enjoy seeing the multiple ways you use stamps and each is so different. I don’t use my pencils enough, so this is great inspiration. Also, that is a big ah, ha! Re: the signs gel pen. I am getting that streaky line and there is still plenty of ink. Now I understand it gets old and dry. That’s unfortunate since I don’t use it a lot, but when I want it, nothing else will do. Augh.

  4. wrote on January 27th, 2017 at 1:18 pm


    OMG…what a wonderful tutorial…I have this set and also the Prisma’s, , so no excuses. I will make this. I have 4 of those white gel pens and apparently they are dried out…grrr. I have tried everything to make them roll. They will even scratch the papers. I guess I will have to order again.
    Thanks so much for this tutorial…it is my favorite. Those white dots just add so much beauty to an already gorgeous card.

  5. wrote on January 27th, 2017 at 1:43 pm


    Adding that little blue fade on the Left. really elevated the card! Wow

  6. wrote on January 27th, 2017 at 1:44 pm


    I really like this series! Sometimes the way you see a stamp first sort of gets stuck in your head and a little nudge in a different direction is just what you need!

  7. wrote on January 27th, 2017 at 1:53 pm


    Hello Darlene: I love to color with my Prismacolor pencils, I love the creaminess of them and how they blend so well.
    When I use my Prismacolors, I always finish up the blending and smoothing of the lines with paper stumps dipped in baby oil or mineral spirits, this will totally change the look of your finished piece, the colors will blend even more, specially on the shadow areas and the whole image will look really smooth, you wont see any pencil lines at all.
    On your last survey where you asked us to tell you if you could do something different or something you’ve never tried before I told you about this technique with the Prismacolor pencils or Polychromos and the paper stumps dipped in baby oil or mineral spirits, when I saw the title of this post I really thought you were going to give this a try. Maybe next time? I’m sure you will love it.
    Thank you for another awesome video.

    • wrote on January 27th, 2017 at 6:21 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Maria. Actually, based on your comments, I did try it on this card but it didn’t really do much on the crumb cake. I need to do a little more playing around on white paper.

    • wrote on January 27th, 2017 at 8:35 pm


      I have not tried the mineral oil technique but must do so. Thanks for reminding me of this option, I always finish with a colorless blender by Prismarcolor that makes the colors more vibrant and blends them beautifully without any effort at all. It uses less of my pencil too with the blending. The only negative here is that it gives a more waxy surface and this may not be what some would like. Darlene’s blending is beautiful without using either approach and so I am going to try to do it her way for this card and see what happens!

  8. wrote on January 27th, 2017 at 2:46 pm


    Loved this series!!! I have this stamp set, it’s one of my favourite. This card was so pretty- I will definitely try this technique with the leaves. Thanks Darlene!!

  9. wrote on January 27th, 2017 at 4:13 pm


    Thank you Darlene, the series was awesome. I think this card is my favourite out of the 4, there is just something so appealing about the Kraft coloured cardstock that elevates the mediums. Got to love the gel pen effects. Even the old white Pitt pen gives a little something to projects which is great for when gel pen fails happen.
    You rock Missy xx

  10. wrote on January 27th, 2017 at 4:29 pm


    Thanks for a great series Darlene! I liked this card the best of the 4 cards. Did you go to art school or are you just naturally brilliant??!!! Love you!

  11. wrote on January 27th, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    Carol Mac

    Hi Darlene, nice job. I actually used my Prismacolor pencils recently (I too don’t use them enough) and used a Dove Blender pen. I agree with Maria, it really does blend beautifully but does change the look. I never use kraft card stock but the white really pops on it. Thanks for this series, I know I said I was disappointed you didn’t use your zigs, but glad you used another product that I have too!

    • wrote on January 27th, 2017 at 8:38 pm


      Maybe Darlene will surprise us with another tutorial later using this stamp set with her Zigs.

  12. wrote on January 27th, 2017 at 7:37 pm


    Lovely! I really need to color on non-white cardstock more often. I seem to have missed the third card. Backtracking now.

  13. wrote on January 27th, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    Brenda L.

    I think this was my favorite one of the series Darlene! It’s a beautiful card and I love the pops of white. When I color in my adult coloring books, I love to use my white gel pen to put dots on just like you did. Just gives it that something’, something’. Hugs, Brenda

  14. wrote on January 27th, 2017 at 9:18 pm


    Thank you Darlene for this video series. I’ve really enjoyed it. This last card is beautiful and a good reminder that we can use just leaves for a simple yet elegant look. Well done!

  15. wrote on January 27th, 2017 at 9:19 pm


    Darlene, I noticed that you did not use an embossing buddy on camera before you stamped the leaves and heat embossed them in clear. Did you use an embossing buddy off camera or do you not think it is necessary to do so. I have been having problems with my white embossing powder especially sticking and sometimes my clear even after I use an embossing buddy.

  16. wrote on January 27th, 2017 at 10:29 pm


    This has been a great series. I received my stamp set a couple of days ago and am looking forward to recreating your cards this weekend.

  17. wrote on January 28th, 2017 at 5:26 pm


    every step looked good, but you kept upping the wow factor as you went. Just beautiful!

  18. wrote on January 30th, 2017 at 8:07 pm


    Love it. I can see this in lots of colors. The tiny dots really dress it up. You make magic!

  19. wrote on January 31st, 2017 at 8:43 am


    Thank you so much for this series! I bought the set, but have not played with it yet. I’m thinking that my first will be do play with pencils on kraft – LOVE what you did here! Thanks again!

  20. wrote on February 4th, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    Teresa S

    Love it when you make series videos! The third card is what pushed me over to buy the stamp set and am extremely glad I did. Thank you too for using the colored pencils. I’ve blended with my aqua painter, but will try the mineral oil technique when playing around with my pencils. Also, thanks for the tip about the white pen. Sometimes I feel so infantile not figuring something like that out, lol.

  21. wrote on February 5th, 2017 at 7:19 am


    Really enjoyed the video series, the cards are ALL very nice!!! I don’t use kraft paper much, but I will start trying it out,I just think it looks soooooo pretty and pops the color. Thank you again!!

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