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Video Series: Quick and Easy Cards – Card #1

Quick and Easy

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Hi All!

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The times when I have the most difficulty coming up with a card idea is when I decide I’m going to do something simple. This usually happens when I’m pressed for time and I don’t have something on hand that meets the need. So what happens? My mind blanks. I can’t think of a single basic thing to do.

And thus… this series! Cards that are quick and easy. Minimal ingredients and low effort. Honestly, this is really hard for me. I’ll probably spend at least as much time as I would on any other card (maybe more!) because the idea of something simple is the hard part. I always want to add more detail or make it a little more sophisticated. I’m outside my comfort zone, haha! However, I think having these ideas at your disposal will be quite useful.

Each Friday during the month of June I will be back with a new quick and easy card. Wish me luck. 🙂

For today’s card, you need an embossing folder, some markers (I used Copic, but any marker will do), and a sentiment:

Quick and Easy

Less is more. This card is actually much more interesting in person. I tried to take the photo from the side so you can see how elegant the raised areas look. Here is a close-up:

Quick and Easy

I give a few tips about using other embossing folders in the video. Enjoy!



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Copic colors used: R29, Y15, BG13

Beaded Garland Embossing Folder
Beaded Garland Embossing Folder
Altenew Sentiments and Quotes
Altenew Sentiments
Copic Sketch Markers
Copic Sketch Markers
Hero Arts Black Notecards
Hero Arts Black Notecards
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Ranger Black Archival Ink
Ranger Black Archival Ink
Sizzix Big Shot Machine
Sizzix Big Shot
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner


  1. wrote on June 3rd, 2016 at 7:20 am


    Love the series. Have this folder so plan to CASE your card. Think I might use glossy accents on the coloured areas too.

  2. wrote on June 3rd, 2016 at 7:48 am


    Love this idea. I have flower folders, so I think I will give it a try.

  3. wrote on June 3rd, 2016 at 8:27 am


    Love the idea of this series ,that was a wonderful quick card ,I will be looking at my embossing folders Thanks Darlene

  4. wrote on June 3rd, 2016 at 2:35 pm


    Great quick, easy and beautiful card Darlene, perfect for those last minute requests, usually from my darling daughters, LOL!!

  5. wrote on June 3rd, 2016 at 2:39 pm


    What a great idea. Such a simple beautiful card.

  6. wrote on June 3rd, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    Jan Castle

    Beautiful ‘quick’ card….and I have that embossing folder and COPICS! Woo Hoo!!!!
    Thanks for the idea and inspiration Darlene!
    Paper Hugs,

  7. wrote on June 3rd, 2016 at 3:15 pm


    Great ideas just pour out of you. Do you dream designs? This is a wonderful card. Thank you for sharing this idea. Have a great weekend.

    • wrote on June 4th, 2016 at 10:12 am

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Diana. You are so sweet. Actually, sometimes God gives me a card idea in the middle of the night. I make sure I stay awake long enough to practice it and burn it into my mind before I go back to sleep so that I remember it in the morning! Before we moved I had a notebook by my bed. 🙂

      • wrote on June 4th, 2016 at 10:18 am


        Your posts are such a treat. Sweet dreams to you!!

  8. wrote on June 3rd, 2016 at 5:08 pm


    Love having something quick and easy! If nothing else, it creates the foundation from which to then build up to something complicated ! Ha

  9. wrote on June 3rd, 2016 at 5:14 pm


    What a great way to use our embossing folders ?

  10. wrote on June 3rd, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    Brenda L.

    Love the card Darlene! I love that it was so easy too. Thank you for the dies, I got them in the mail today. Can’t wait until I have a little time to play with them. Hugs, Brenda

  11. wrote on June 3rd, 2016 at 7:17 pm


    This is so nice and looks really quick and easy!! I am getting the folder and putting this into action ASAP!

  12. wrote on June 3rd, 2016 at 7:24 pm


    I am just cataloging my embossing folders and weeding out those I do not absolutely love. Now I will have to revisit those weeds and reevaluate. lol I noticed the lack of the folders in various videos and here yyou come with one! Too funny.

  13. wrote on June 3rd, 2016 at 7:44 pm


    Darlene I love this card. Out come all the folders!!!

  14. wrote on June 4th, 2016 at 12:41 am


    So simple and so beautiful!

  15. wrote on June 4th, 2016 at 6:10 am


    What a great idea. Perfect for a quick card and still look creative lol. Thank you Darlene.

  16. wrote on June 4th, 2016 at 2:52 pm


    Love the way you “threw” this card together, Darlene! My brother once asked me if I could “whip up” a card he wanted to give to someone. I replied, I could MAKE a card! I’m not sure he got my point. LOL I really like the colors you used here. I’ll have to take a closer look at my embossing folder collection now! 🙂 ~ Andrea

  17. wrote on June 4th, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    mary w

    Beautiful card – just put folder in my SSS project list since it is out of stock. Can’t wait to get it.

  18. wrote on June 5th, 2016 at 12:24 pm


    Thank you, Darlene, for another fabulous card idea, you are amazing! Love it! look forward to the next one!

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