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Video Series: Quick and Easy Cards – Card #4

Quick and Easy Cards

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Welcome back for the final card in my series, Quick and Easy Cards! I think this one might be my favorite. I’m always proud when I can use patterned paper in a positive way – it can be hard!

Quick and Easy Cards

When you are selecting paper and inks for this card, the inside ink of the butterfly should tie into the color of the patterned paper (in my case Stampin’ Up! Crushed Curry). The Tempting Turquoise ink creates the separation between the paper and the ink of the same color.

Here is a close-up of these two colors together, mixing to form the pretty green in the middle:

Quick and Easy Cards

I’ve used this stamp set and punch on almost 10 different cards over the last few years! Definitely one of my favorite products ever. Search Papillon Potpourri to see them.

I hope you enjoyed this series – I sure did! Until next time.



To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.

Papillon Potpourri
Papillon Potpourri
Stampin' Up! Elegant Butterfly Punch
Large Butterfly Punch
Altenew You Are
Altenew You Are
Stampin' Up! Linen Thread
Linen Thread
Stampin' Up! Crushed Curry Ink
Crushed Curry Ink
Stampin' Up! Tempting Turquoise Ink
Tempting Turquoise Ink
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Versafine Black Ink
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Cardstock
Black Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Aqua Painter
Aqua Painter
Micro Glue Dots
Micro Glue Dots
Ranger Multi Medium, Matte
Ranger Multi Medium, Matte
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner


  1. wrote on June 24th, 2016 at 8:03 am


    Yes, this is a great way to use patterned paper for a quick and easy card. And I too love this Stampin Up butterfly set and punch. It’s an old standby for sure.

  2. wrote on June 24th, 2016 at 12:58 pm


    Nice card, quick, easy and fun. Thanks, I’ve really enjoyed this series. I can’t wait to see what you come up with for next month!

  3. wrote on June 24th, 2016 at 1:28 pm


    Wonderful for a quick, easy and great card. I struggle to use patterned paper so this is a great idea.

  4. wrote on June 24th, 2016 at 1:46 pm


    Beautiful, quick and easy card Darlene and, I just learned something today…..I didn’t know that you could use Ninah card stock for water coloring!!! and I was super impressed with the Archival ink too!! it dried immediately, WOW!!
    I know that you used very little water but this is great news, I love that Ninah card stock is so white and sometimes I wish water color paper would be totally white, but it’s kind of “Off White” so this is great for me because I just ordered a pack for the inside of my cards but now I know it could be used for the main panel as well for light water coloring.
    Thank you so much for sharing this awesome series of easy and beautiful cards.

  5. wrote on June 24th, 2016 at 2:23 pm


    Beautiful but simple card! I also love this butterfly set. I’m always looking for ways to use it. Thanks for the series Darlene!

  6. wrote on June 24th, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    Brenda L.

    Your card is beautiful as is your butterfly! I think you have convinced me that I need this set. lol Hugs, Brenda

  7. wrote on June 24th, 2016 at 4:30 pm


    Gorgeous card, Darlene! I love the coloring on the butterfly, and the simple design of the card. This has been a great series. I also can’t wait to see what’s next! 🙂 I was glad to see you had a new video up. My depression is kind of kicking up at the moment–again!–so it helped to hear your voiceover. You have a calm & soothing tone. Hope that’s not too creepy! Thank you so much for all you do. ~ Andrea

    • wrote on June 24th, 2016 at 8:40 pm


      Hi Andrea, Hope you feel better soon. It must be awful to have depression. So my heart goes out to you.

      • wrote on June 27th, 2016 at 10:36 pm


        Hello, Andrea ~ we’ve all been there. Speaking out about it is a good start to getting past it. Creating something pretty like this card feels like a good accomplishment. I want to make it right away but need that punch. Good luck and stay strong.

    • wrote on June 28th, 2016 at 9:26 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Not creepy at all Andrea. It makes me happy to know that I can help in some small way. Thanks for letting me know. Hugs to you. 🙂

  8. wrote on June 24th, 2016 at 5:03 pm


    Lovely card. I learn something new each time I watch your video tutorials. Thank you!

  9. wrote on June 24th, 2016 at 8:46 pm


    I think I liked this one the best, nice and simple!

  10. wrote on June 24th, 2016 at 8:46 pm


    Yet another lovely card. I really like the simplicity of it and I like the use of patterned paper. I have really enjoyed this series. Thanks Darlene

  11. wrote on June 24th, 2016 at 10:08 pm


    Another great card! Love the tip about the colors for the butterfly!

  12. wrote on June 25th, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    Teresa S

    Beautiful and easy card Darlene. I love it when I can use items I already own to come close to your inspiration. I quickly whipped several of these out to add to Christmas gift collections. Someone earlier mentioned depression. I also monitor depression. I agree with them, your voice is calmly and smoothing. Plus creating something beautiful to give away is also very therapeutic. Thank you!

  13. wrote on June 26th, 2016 at 7:44 am


    Simple yet lovely card. I also want to thank you for the tips in the PT Touch Label Maker.
    I remembered there was a way to save tape, but went through their web site and no luck. I went back to your video and bingo, right there. Thanks, I love this lable maker.

  14. wrote on June 27th, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    Susan Berry

    Love this easy card. I have the butterfly set and punch. I know I will be trying this card.

  15. wrote on June 27th, 2016 at 6:14 pm


    Thanks for this series! Nice to see quick and easy can be just as good as more complex cards! I got some good ideas from your videos as always! Julie

  16. wrote on August 8th, 2016 at 12:16 am


    My husband died in June and I wanted some special thank you notes for those people who did special things: brought food, sent flowers, read at the funeral, served as pall bearers. I found some paper that had a watercolor look to it in crushed curry and cajun craze for the tops of these cards. I ended up making 40 of these cards 20 of each color. They looked so pretty. Yesterday I finally finished all the thank you notes. What a weight off my shoulders! Thanks for this inspiration!

    • wrote on August 13th, 2016 at 12:17 am

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Beth. I’m sorry about your husband. I’m happy to know that you got some inspiration to get you through the thank-you card writing. I will keep you in my prayers.

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