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Watercolor Leaves

Watercolor Leaves

Hi All,

With Thanksgiving next week, time is running out to create Fall cards! I love this cute Maple Thanks set by Neat & Tangled. I used my distress markers and a very easy water-tapping technique to achieve this look. Seriously, no thinking involved! Here is a close-up of the blended colors:

Watercolor Leaves

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I’ll be front-loading the posts next week due to the holiday, so come back Monday. I have a holiday card with one of the coolest stamp sets out this season!



To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.
Distress markers used: Festive Berries, Forest Moss, Spiced Marmalade, Scattered Straw, and Gathered Twigs

Maple Thanks
Maple Thanks
Petal Burst Embossing Folder
Petal Burst Embossing Folder
Tim Holtz Bricked Embossing Folder
Distress Markers
Gansai Tambi White
Gansai Tambi White
Ranger Artist Brushes
Ranger Artist Brushes
Versamark Ink Pad
Versamark Ink
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
Stampin' Up! Whisper White Thick Cardstock
Stampin’ Up! Thick White
Canson Mix Media Paper
Canson Mix Media Paper
Stampin' Up! Early Espresso Cardstock
Early Espresso Cardstock
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Heat Tool
Heat Tool
Scotch Foam Tape
Scotch Foam Tape
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner


  1. wrote on November 18th, 2016 at 6:31 am


    This would have been an ideal card to send to some friends in the US but it’s too late now. An early Happy Turkey Day to everyone over there (smile). I’m putting this card in my Favorites for next year though. I love the water-tapping technique. You’ve done that one before and I often use it as a good standby. As you said, it doesn’t take a lot of concentration to turn out a good card every time. Thanks again for your delightful video.

  2. wrote on November 18th, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    Sherry W.

    I like this a lot. I’ll have to try it. I don’t use Distress markers very much, so I am glad to see a technique that uses them. Thanks, Darlene!

  3. wrote on November 18th, 2016 at 2:08 pm


    So awesome!!!

  4. wrote on November 18th, 2016 at 2:12 pm


    Love this card and the technique for the watercolors.

  5. wrote on November 18th, 2016 at 3:09 pm


    I love love love the colors of the leaves. Love Autumn. This is a classy card. I am telling my husband that I want distress markers for Christmas! ?

  6. wrote on November 18th, 2016 at 3:34 pm


    LOVE this technique!!! Just WOW!

  7. wrote on November 18th, 2016 at 5:59 pm


    Love this technique Darlene…can hardly go wrong with it!

  8. wrote on November 18th, 2016 at 6:02 pm


    What??? It’s still Fall??? LOL I’ve been in holiday-card-making & crafting mode for so long I kind of lost track of the season. Of course, with the warm temperatures we’ve been having here in Texas, it hasn’t really seemed like Fall much either. Anyway, I really love the color variegation you got in your card. Thanks so much for sharing this! 🙂 ~ Andrea

  9. wrote on November 18th, 2016 at 10:56 pm


    Love this card, so quick, easy and gorgeous. Thanks for always being an inspiration and Happy Thanksgiving. God bless you. Elaine

  10. wrote on November 19th, 2016 at 6:07 am


    Hi Darlene: Love this beautiful leaf image and how you white embossed and colored all the leaves. I too love the Strathmore Multi Media paper, it’s brighter and it indeed takes the water well. It does warp a bit but I put my finished colored image between a paper tower folded in half and put a big acrylic blog and a few punches on top of it to unwarp it and, after a short time, the image is perfectly flat.
    Thank you for sharing Darlene.

  11. wrote on November 19th, 2016 at 3:53 pm


    Darlene….HI!! I have been quiet for months because made a big move from California to Pennsylvania. We are in temp housing and moving into our new (65 year old!) home in early December. YAY!! I finally got a moment to not just view but also comment. And I wanted to tell you again that you are the BEST teacher EVER. You always take the time to explain how you get those great results. THANK YOU!! I can’t wait to get into my house and my new craft room set up so I can start card-making again. Happy, happy Thanksgiving!

    • wrote on November 29th, 2016 at 10:58 am

      Darlene DeVries

      Wow Amy, congrats on your big move! I hope everything goes smoothly into your new (old!) house. Sounds wonderful. Can’t wait to see how your new craft room turns out!!

  12. wrote on November 19th, 2016 at 4:00 pm


    Love, this card. Great technique. Shame we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving here in Australia although this card could still be used for bithdays etc. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you who celebrate.

  13. wrote on November 19th, 2016 at 9:02 pm


    Another great card, you make it look so easy!

  14. wrote on November 20th, 2016 at 2:08 pm


    Lovely Darlene,
    I have been out of the country for a while and am just getting back to your videos. Can’t wait to view what I have missed..

  15. wrote on November 24th, 2016 at 3:57 am

    Kylie Adams

    I love this card. That sort of technique might be lovely too, with soft pastel colours all mingling together… Will have to try it 🙂

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