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Avery Elle

Hi All!

Today I am using some of the new Avery Elle pigment inks. Aren’t the colors so pretty? I think Raspberry is my favorite. I used watercolor paper because these inks work great with water! The stamp set is also by Avery Elle called All Squared Up.

Pigment inks are very different than your traditional dye inks. Dye inks actually “dye” your paper. They absorb and dry quickly (some more quickly than others). Pigment inks act more like an acrylic paint. They lay on top of your paper, kind of like when you apply paint on the walls of your house. It’s wet for awhile. So… you can blend it, move it around, watercolor it, and… heat emboss it! I’ve been pretty much heat embossing all my pigment inks with clear powder. It’s like using a colored embossing powder. Here’s a close up:

Avery Elle

For this card I first heat embossed the stamped images, then colored them with the same color inks using an Aqua Painter.

Enjoy the video and I’ll be back on Friday for one more video post this week!



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

Avery Elle All Squared Up
Avery Elle All Squared Up
Avery Elle Raspberry Ink
Avery Elle Raspberry
Avery Elle Fizz Ink
Avery Elle Fizz
Avery Elle Mimosa Ink
Avery Elle Mimosa
Avery Elle Lemon Grass Ink
Avery Elle Lemon Grass
Avery Elle Sea Glass Ink
Avery Elle Sea Glass
Strathmore Watercolor Paper
Watercolor Paper
Stampin' Up! Clear Embossing Powder
Clear Embossing Powder
Stampin' Up!Aqua Painter
Aqua Painter
Stampin' Up! Heat Tool
Heat Tool
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Versafine Black Ink
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Marker
Black Marker
Paper Piercer
Paper Piercer
Stampin' Up! Pierce Mat
Pierce Mat
Stampin' Up! Dimensionals
Hero Arts Black Cardstock
Hero Arts Black Cardstock


  1. wrote on February 12th, 2014 at 8:05 am

    Carrie Davenport

    AMAZING again!! I love how bright the pigment ink looks when you clear emboss.. this card is definitely one of my new favorites!! can’t wait to see Friday’s card. 🙂

  2. wrote on February 12th, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Barb M.

    Beautiful card!

  3. wrote on February 12th, 2014 at 8:51 am


    Your watercoloring of all the hexagons looks amazing, Darlene! What a fabulous, dimensional effect! Awesome card!

  4. wrote on February 12th, 2014 at 9:56 am


    Who would have thought to add that kind of dimension other than you!!! You’re amazing. I would have been happy after I stamped the rainbow hexagons, but I love, love, love how you go one more step! This is one of my favorites of yours! Thanks for sharing!

  5. wrote on February 12th, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Robin in WA

    I’ve been stamping for over 15 years and I didn’t know that you could use pigment ink for watercoloring! Imagine my surprise when you showed me how to do it!!! Beautiful card and love the added touch of watercoloring.

  6. wrote on February 12th, 2014 at 12:11 pm


    I had no idea that pigment inks worked so well with water! Such amazing dimension on this card, Darlene…Love it!!!

  7. wrote on February 12th, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Casey Thrush

    Love it!! Gonna have to get crafty tonight!

  8. wrote on February 12th, 2014 at 1:56 pm


    Your card is so beautiful and love your stamping & embossing technique it is quite clever and creative.
    I love what you do with stamps and ink you take it to a whole nother level. You are very talented.

  9. wrote on February 12th, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Pam T.

    Beautiful card as usual. I’ve learned so much from watching your videos. The Avery Elle ink colors are gorgeous!

  10. wrote on February 12th, 2014 at 2:02 pm


    Darlene this card is absolutely beautiful! I really enjoyed listening to your thought process as you go through your cards because it helps all of us to understand why you do things the way you do it. The feedback that you are getting on how much you enjoy these new pigment ink pads is great I would not have thought that you could use water with them but you have shown us how they work beautifully in this process. Great work can’t wait till I see the next one!

  11. wrote on February 12th, 2014 at 2:18 pm


    Gee, u r so inspiring. I wish I could make cards like you. Always a great card!

  12. wrote on February 12th, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    Maria A. Rodriguez.

    Darlene, I love the water color look on this card, love the embossed look of the design, at first I thought you used an embossing folder because each little hexagon looks actually raised, it’s amazing how you gave the image such great dimension by just using this beautiful inks. My favorite colors on this card is the Mimosa and the Sea Glass. Thank you for another fabulous video.

  13. wrote on February 12th, 2014 at 3:55 pm


    This card is gorgeous. I love the way you made the dimensions. I always tell my friends to watch your videos. I say if your card looks too simple then keep watching because there is always something to learn.
    Thank you again for a gorgeous card Darlene.

  14. wrote on February 12th, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    Diana W.

    Darlene – sweet card. And such patience to do all the coloring! Loved the different colors. What a fun way to use that stamp. Thanks for sharing your talents.

  15. wrote on February 12th, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    S. Molinari

    Thank you so much for the video! I have a background stamp I can never line up right. Since it’s a clear stamp it never occurred to me to use the Stampamajig. Duh! Thanks for stopping me from throwing a stamp block across the room 😉

  16. wrote on February 13th, 2014 at 1:42 am


    Hi Darlene,
    thanks for sharing. That looks great. I’ll try out this technique as soon as I can. Have a great day.

  17. wrote on February 13th, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Hamutal Shafrir

    What a pretty card! Thanks for sharing this awesome technique.

  18. wrote on February 13th, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    donna mikasa

    Wonderful showcase of the new inks! Love how your card turned out with so much dimension on the design! You could link this up to Moxie Fab World’s Hexagon challenge, too.

  19. wrote on February 15th, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Avery Elle

    This card is just gorgeous. I love the technique!

  20. wrote on February 28th, 2014 at 5:03 am

    Melissa D

    So simple with a graphic design stamp. Never think to use pigment inks with my aquapainter so you have opened up a realm of alternative colours I can use now. TFS!

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