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Stippled Rose

Hi All,

Remember the pens I showed you HERE? Well, I wanted to try using them directly on a stamp. It worked really well! All you do is brush the stamp, spritz with water, then stamp on paper. I love these pens so much I’m now wishing I had gotten a bigger set with more colors. My husband always tells me to buy the bigger sets. Why don’t I listen?

I used the Stippled Blossom set (Note: This link is to the clear set but I used wood mount) similar to how I used it on THIS CARD. I had already planned to use it on this card before I found out it is retiring. Ugh, so sad. You can order it until June 1st.

More MISTI tips in this video. The striped background? Made possible by multiple stampings in the MISTI. I seriously love this tool more and more with each passing card. I also love hearing your awesome ideas on using it! I shared one in the video below. Thanks Beau!




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

Stampin' Up! Stippled Blossoms
Stippled Blossoms
MFT Striped Background
MFT Striped Background
Kuretake Zig Markers
Kuretake Zig Markers
SSS Stitched Circles
SSS Stitched Circles
Handwritten Notes
Handwritten Notes
Ranger Detailer Water Brush
Ranger Detailer Water Brush
MFT Black Licorice Hybrid
MFT Black Licorice Hybrid
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Versafine Black Ink
Strathmore Watercolor Paper
Watercolor Paper
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
T-Square Rules
T-Square Ruler
Thin Paper Tape
Thin Paper Tape
Stampin' Up! Two-Way Glue Pen
Glue Pen
Stampin' Up! Dimensionals
Ranger Craft Sheet
Craft Mat
Sizzix Big Shot Machine
Sizzix Big Shot
Magnetic Platform
Magnetic Platform
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner


  1. wrote on April 29th, 2015 at 9:53 am


    Beautiful! You make watercoloring looks so easy! ๐Ÿ™‚ Love all your tips. I flip through all my stamps deciding which ones I can use your techniques with! Thanks for sharing!

  2. wrote on April 29th, 2015 at 11:24 am


    I love the colours you chose for your flower….very vibrant and beautiful!

  3. wrote on April 29th, 2015 at 11:33 am

    Mary Jane

    Wonderful card! I love it. I won an amazon gift card from something we were doing at work so I bought some of those pen sets you used and they are pretty awesome!

    So I will chime in on the Misti craze. I bought one and really had buyers remorse. I wasn’t sure I would ever use it and I was just generally upset with myself for buying it. Anyway, there are two things in card making that I love. Copics and heat embossing. Unfortunately those two do not go together because you can’t color on an embossed image with copics. Well, guess what???? I have happily married my two fav things. I stamped the image, colored it and then heat embossed it and it looks fab! I might have been able to do this with a stamp a ma jig but I was really challenged when it came to using it, I just couldn’t get the hang of it!
    I am really happy about my purchase now and am glad I spent the money.

    • wrote on April 29th, 2015 at 11:51 am


      That’s a clever idea about using Copics and then heat embossing it afterwards with the Misti for placement. Do you use Versafine black with clear embossing powder?

      • wrote on April 29th, 2015 at 3:50 pm

        Mary Jane

        I used versamark and then put black powder on it. I’m going to try that versafine and clear embossing next time….I always seem to get some black dots somewhere but it wasn’t bad this time.

        • wrote on April 29th, 2015 at 8:04 pm


          I much prefer using Versafine black with clear. It is much better every time!

  4. wrote on April 29th, 2015 at 11:54 am


    I loved the way you used the Misti to get a sharp black image for the striped background stamp. I’ve got that stamp and must use it that way. Thanks as always for a good technique.

  5. wrote on April 29th, 2015 at 1:30 pm


    I like the way your husband thinks! ๐Ÿ™‚ I actually ordered the 60 pen set but it won’t arrive for a few weeks because it is coming from Japan! Yikes. I can’t wait to get it. I have this stamp set but I bought the cling mount set. I really like how you have it set up with your stamp-a-ma-jig with vellum but I can’t do that since the positioning won’t always be the same on my block. I tried using the jig the regular way but I definitely need more practice. I am going to try to figure out a way to use it with my Misti for perfect positioning.

    • wrote on April 30th, 2015 at 6:38 am

      Leigh Ann Nafus

      I really wish they would re-release this stamp set in photo-polymer. I also have the cling set which means you can’t use the vellum trick for the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig so it’s so many more steps to use it. Placement would be so much easier if you could just see through them.
      I recently received the Misti as a gift. (I have an awesome best friend!) I will have to try this set with it.

  6. wrote on April 29th, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    Whimsical Creations

    WOW – you are right, that striped paper looks like true designer paper; fabulous. LOVE the flower, the blending is gorgeous; absolutely stunning! Love that you chose blue. ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. wrote on April 29th, 2015 at 1:39 pm


    Just gorgeous, Darlene!! I think I “need” those pens!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • wrote on April 29th, 2015 at 2:02 pm

      Caly Person

      your comment made me LOL – so funny. I do this with every video I watch. I see new things and I “think” I need ALL of it!

    • wrote on April 29th, 2015 at 6:25 pm


      I need everything darlene uses!

  8. wrote on April 29th, 2015 at 3:02 pm


    Great card! After your first video utilizing these Zig markers I mentioned to my husband that I really needed those markersโ€ฆand after he commented “you NEED more markers?” he surprised me by ordering them for me! I can’t wait to start playing with them. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • wrote on April 29th, 2015 at 6:25 pm


      Can I borrow your hubby???!!

      • wrote on April 30th, 2015 at 6:23 pm


        Lol! I am a pretty lucky gal, he supports AND enables my addictionโ€ฆI mean hobby. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • wrote on April 30th, 2015 at 4:53 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Oh, that is so sweet! ๐Ÿ™‚ Lucky you!

  9. wrote on April 29th, 2015 at 3:27 pm


    Wow, another great tutorial. I just got this stamp set last week, so I am going to try to recreate your card.


  10. wrote on April 29th, 2015 at 3:53 pm


    really lovely, thanks Darlene.

  11. wrote on April 29th, 2015 at 4:02 pm



    I’m curious how these compare to Stamin’ Up’s markers (which I have) or even Tombow or Distress markers (which I don’t). Is their advantage that you can move them more after stamping? (Trying to see if I REALLY need to buy yet another set of inking products. lol)

    Thanks in advance!

    • wrote on April 29th, 2015 at 9:59 pm


      I have found that they are truly better than any other “watercolor” markers on the market. I have these ones and the Akashiya Sai Watercolor Brush Pen that are coming strait from Japan that work pretty much exactly the same. The only advantage with the Zig brand is that as far as I know, there are a ton more colors and you can actually read the colors… the Akashiya are still amazing but EVERYTHING is in Japanese and I can’t read a lick of it lol. The Akashiya Sai Watercolor Brush Pens only have 20 colors where as the Zig has I think 60. But they really are amazing I can color an image and let it sit on my watercolor paper for hours and then come back and blend them with water and they act like I just laid the color on the page. That is something that you can’t get with distress or Tombow because they start to soak into the paper so you will end up really having to work at getting a blend where there is no line. Even Tim Holtz has said in his tutorials of the distress markers that the faster you blend, the better blend you will get with them. I have to say they are probably now my favorite way to watercolor even over the Gansi Tambi watercolors (not sure if I spelled that right lol). They act a lot like Copics on how they give that beautiful blend and can reactivate at any time without any problems. I have never seen such a smooth watercolor that is just breath taking. Hope this helps ๐Ÿ™‚

      • wrote on April 30th, 2015 at 1:18 am


        This is a great review for the Zig markers. I just received the Akashiya Sai markers and I am testing them. My husband offered to get the Zig set for Mother’s Day!

        I also ordered the MISTI a few weeks ago. It arrived in three days and it my favorite stamping tool! I also followed Iliana’s instructions to convert the MISTI into a left handed version. I found the super magnets at Joann’s I needed 3 more) and I can finally repeat stamp those large Prima Bloom girl stamps!!

      • wrote on April 30th, 2015 at 5:03 pm

        Darlene DeVries

        Thanks for that thorough comment, Beau. I look at these markers more like brushes with paint/ink than like true markers. The blending just can’t be beat. Stampin’ Up! markers really don’t blend well after applied directly to paper, even with watercolor paper. The distress markers are better than SU, but still they sometimes will leave an unblended line depending on how long you wait and also the color (I found some colors blend better than others, which is a little strange). So to answer your question, do you really need this new set of inking products? If you are looking for something fun and different, I really like these markers. They are definitely different and not your typical set of markers. Gosh, I bought the 12 and I’m contemplating buying the 36 because I like them so much! Maybe the 60 – I wish my birthday wasn’t so close to Christmas!

  12. wrote on April 29th, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    Cynthia Berquist

    Darlene, you just inspire me so much! Bought both the zig markers and this stamp set, so am going to copy your lovely techniques from your videos. Now. . . . Continuing to ponder over the misti………..

  13. wrote on April 29th, 2015 at 4:53 pm


    Beautiful card.

  14. wrote on April 29th, 2015 at 6:23 pm


    Another great card darlene. Thanks for the great tip re the old Cricut mat- must try that.

  15. wrote on April 29th, 2015 at 7:24 pm


    You never cease to amaze me. Love this card. Great tips – thank you! As with the others, I think I need these pens, too!! Can’t wait for your next post.

  16. wrote on April 29th, 2015 at 10:02 pm


    Darlene I love this card and that background is stunning. I at first thought it was patterned paper lol so yes wonderful job! I am really happy that using the Cricut matte worked out for you it is also great for coloring small images that you have already die cut. With the portion you have left over is great to hang on to for that so you have one for your Misti and one for your coloring ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the shout out and the amazing card! ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. wrote on April 29th, 2015 at 10:30 pm


    All I have for watercoloring is the old fashioned and out of date SU! wonder crayons… I am stubborn and don’t want to order anything until I do give up on these, but I can’t say I’ve tried using them too much… so I’ll give them a chance : )
    Thanks for another treat in showing us how to get the most out of the stippled blossoms. This technique really transforms the flower!

  18. wrote on April 30th, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    Brenda L.

    Simply gorgeous! I love, love that bold striped background, it just lets the rose pop right off the paper. Hugs, Brenda

  19. wrote on May 1st, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    Susan Berry

    Very stunning card. I bought the zig markers, can’t wait to try them. Want to order the Misti but is out of order at Simon Says, Have you ordered from the MSP or has anyone ordered from them? It actually cheaper.

    • wrote on May 1st, 2015 at 10:31 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Susan. MSP is Iliana,, the inventor of the MISTI. I think that’s where most people are purchasing it. That’s where I got mine. ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. wrote on May 12th, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    Miss Robin

    Beautiful card!! Everyone seems to be using these markers all of a sudden and they seem to work beautifully. Thanks for the video Darlene.

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