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Wednesday’s Card: Altenew Shadow Play

Hi All!

Today I am honored to be hosting the Altenew blog! If you remember, I participated in their July Release blog hop the weekend before last. They are a new company and it was just their second release ever. The stamp set I used on this card is from this newest release, called Shadow Play. I couldn’t wait to use my Peerless watercolors to create it!

Here’s a little sneak peek:
Shadow Play

For the full reveal and video, see my post on the Altenew blog.

In the video, I referenced my Peerless Watercolor review and tutorial post to learn more about how to use and store these awesome paints. The card video is also posted below.

On a completely unrelated note, I recently read an interesting article on self-image. I don’t share many non-card-related articles and videos on this blog. However, every once in a while, something really impacts me and I want to share it. It’s along the same lines as the Dove video I shared awhile back. We are so hard on ourselves! I know most of you out there are guilty of this, so please check out this short article if you have a few minutes.

Enjoy and have a great week!



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

Altenew Shadow Play
Altenew Shadow Play
Peerless Watercolor Basic
Peerless Watercolor Basic
Peerless Watercolor Bonus
Peerless Watercolor Bonus
Strathmore Watercolor Paper
Watercolor Paper
Ranger Broad Water Brush
Ranger Broad Water Brush
Stampin' Up! Aqua Painter
Aqua Painter
Versafine Vintage Sepia Ink
Versafine Vintage Sepia Ink
Stampin' Up! Clear Embossing Powder
Clear Embossing Powder
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Versafine Black Ink
Simon Says Stamp Black Ink
SSS Black Ink
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Marker
Black Marker
Ranger Craft Sheet
Craft Mat
Stampin' Up! Heat Tool
Heat Tool
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Dimensionals


  1. wrote on July 23rd, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Anita Holmes

    Hi Darlene….it’s been a long week waiting for Wed. after spending so much time watching all of your videos every day I felt lost almost…LOL!
    So, now for this weeks card…oh it is beautiful. I have to tell you that you have inspired me to pull out my watercolors and get to work. I want to thank you for sharing your wonderful talent! Now I have another week to wait….LOL.
    Anita (Hugs)

  2. wrote on July 23rd, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Robin in WA

    Great card Darlene! I’m hoping Santa brings me the peerless watercolors for Christmas! I think they are going to be much easier to blend than the Koi that I have. Thanks for the great video!!

  3. wrote on July 23rd, 2014 at 1:09 pm


    Hi! Beautiful card! I love everything about it! 🙂 I noticed you heat embossed the tree, but I did not see you put any versamark ink on it. I was wondering if the versafine ink you used to stamp the tree had the same “sticky” effect of the versamark which makes the powder stick to the image? Thanks!

    • wrote on July 24th, 2014 at 10:15 am

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Marie, yes, the Versafine ink I used is a pigment ink, so it stays sticky long enough to emboss. I often use the black and brown pigment inks and clear emboss, rather than using colored embossing powder that is more challenging to keep on the image lines. You don’t end up with stray powder on your cardstock that way.

      • wrote on July 24th, 2014 at 11:40 am


        Thank you very much!

  4. wrote on July 23rd, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Casey Thrush

    I love love love trees. This is a very cool card. Thanks for doing videos for us weekly!! You rock!

  5. wrote on July 23rd, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    Celeste Goff

    What an awesome card Darlene! I love the shadow stamp in the set…very clever!

  6. wrote on July 23rd, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    Mary, Wausau WI

    Beautiful work, as always! Altenew certainly is starting off on the right foot by asking you to showcase their product.

    • wrote on July 24th, 2014 at 10:13 am

      Darlene DeVries

      Mary, you are so sweet – thank you!

  7. wrote on July 23rd, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    Carol Held

    Lovely card Darlene!

  8. wrote on July 23rd, 2014 at 9:44 pm


    What an oh so cool stamp set. I love those shadows!
    Such a pretty card….the watercolors look fabulous and it was fun watching you use them in the video.

    Thanks for sharing!

  9. wrote on July 23rd, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    Mary-Anne V.

    Very pretty scene you created with both the stamps and watercolours.

  10. wrote on July 24th, 2014 at 3:56 am


    Hi Darlene,
    thanks for sharing both videos with us … the second one I knew already, but it is such an eye-opening video, that I enjoyed to see it again. Everyday we all are confronted with artificially performed beauty what causes the loss of a realistic view on ourselves. That’s so true. We are all able to see the beauty in others, formed by inner and outer signs of it. But the look into the mirror is something we begin to fear, the older we get. Beauty is not an equivalent of youth and perfection. Beauty is so much more a question of experience, inner silence, satisfaction, empathy and vitality … these invisible characteristics get visible through our faces. Knowing this by reason, I tend to fear the look into the mirror nevertheless … I’m guilty I confess. But I’ll try my very best, to appreciate my beauty and I thank you so much, Darlene, remembering me. Love your card, like I always do. Wednesday is my “Darlene-Day” … greetings from Berlin, Germany, Claude

    • wrote on July 24th, 2014 at 10:13 am

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Claude, I enjoyed watching the video again too – and I’ve probably watched it 10 times! I agree – we know that beauty is on the inside but we can’t apply it to ourselves. I am guilty too of avoiding the mirror. It’s something I think we all need to work on.

  11. wrote on July 24th, 2014 at 6:04 am

    Maria Rodriguez

    Dear Darlene: I do remember the Dove video, I was so impacted by it that I showed it to my daughters and granddaughters and they loved it and appreciated it. It’s so, so true, we are at times, very critical of ourselves and unfortunately, most times, we just see the ”bad” or the ”wrong”. This video and the article is truly eye opening, we women have a very distorted image of what true beauty is, no matter what age we are but, it scares me so much that now a days, young girls as little as 5 or 6 and of course young teens, are bombarded constantly by the media about how they suppose to look, dress or act.
    We forget at times about what is true beauty, it doesn’t have to be physical beauty, that will fade no matter how much ”anti wrinkle” cream you apply, but our inner beauty will stay, through the years and that is what can make us truly happy.
    The images on magazines and TV. is so artificial, young girls, (and us old gals too) need to understand that this people we see in this adds and shows don’t look like that in real life, it’s all make up, lighting, clothes, etc. Buying that cream or that dress wont make us look like that.
    Thank you so much for posting this video again and for this wonderful article. Like the first time, I will forward this to my daughters so they can show it to my granddaughters, who are 16, 11 and 9 so they remember that true beauty comes from within, that they should nurture it so it can blossom.
    Your card is beautiful, as always. I love to see you water color Darlene, this Peerless colors are amazing and really intense, they blend beautifully, I love them.
    Till next Wednesday, take care.

    • wrote on July 24th, 2014 at 10:09 am

      Darlene DeVries

      Thank you Maria. I agree – it is so difficult for teenagers today with all this social media! My daughter is 13 and in the muck of it. I read an article somewhere (I wish I could remember) that talked about how little children think their mothers are so beautiful, no matter what they look like. My 9 year old is always telling me how beautiful and gorgeous I am, especially when I have bed head and no make-up! According to this article, what she sees is not the outside of me, but the amount of love I have for her, and that’s what’s so beautiful to her. Recently a plastic surgery place opened up near our house. She asked what it was, so I explained it to her. She thought about it for a few seconds and said, “Why would anyone want to change the way they look?”. It was so innocent. I wish we could all think that way. 🙂

  12. wrote on July 24th, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Gloria Taylor

    I love this card. I usually don’t think about making my cards with water colors but after watching this video I am excited to try. Thank you once again, Darlene.

  13. wrote on July 26th, 2014 at 11:07 am



    Thank you for another inspiring card. And, thank you for the links to the Dove video. The content was compelling, and reminded me to be nicer to myself and others. It sounds silly but, I’m going to make a card for myself. I agree with all of the other commenters here… You make Wednesdays worth waiting for.

    • wrote on July 30th, 2014 at 9:51 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Great idea to make a card for yourself Erika! Frame it!

  14. wrote on July 26th, 2014 at 4:21 pm


    Saw your card on the Altenew blog and love it. Thanks for the video tutorial. I don’t own any Peerless watercolours but I did receive my new set of Inktense pencils in the mail this week (Yay) and I cannot wait to start playing with them. I guess your tips and techniques will work for these pencils too.
    BTW, did you pick your winner of the Altenew blog hop yet? Still keeping my fingers cross I might actually win LOL.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

    • wrote on July 30th, 2014 at 9:50 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Omgosh Marianne, I picked the winner and meant to include it in last week’s post and forgot!! I’m so sorry. It was Efrat, who I emailed at that time. I will be sure to make a note of it in my next post. I can’t believe I forgot that. Sorry again!!

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