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Wednesday’s Card: Butterfly Thank You

Butterfly Thank You

Hi All,

Today I used my favorite white ink: Colorbox. This ink lays on very white and very thick. I recently used it on a very detailed stamp and the image was crisp and perfect. On this card, I applied the ink directly from the pad to the paper. I colored the butterfly with Inktense Pencils… I used a wet brush and pulled color directly from the pencil itself. You get a really vibrant color using this technique. And, it blends really easily with just some water!

THIS FRIDAY is my first collaboration post with Jill Foster! I am so seriously excited about it. We picked a Penny Black stamp to focus on each Friday. I’ll post my creation with it and she’ll post hers. So, come back Friday for the details and our first set of creations!!

Enjoy the video – be back in a couple of days!










  1. wrote on May 1st, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Lori Fodor

    Beautiful card. I’m glad I was able to see the end of the video. It cut off on YouTube. You and Jill are two of my most favorite artists. I’ll make sure you catch you both on Friday. I think I will color me some butterflies today. Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. wrote on May 1st, 2013 at 9:48 am


    What a great way to start a day, thank you. Your techniques, teaching and your music is flawless.

  3. wrote on May 1st, 2013 at 12:04 pm


    Another Winner!!!!!!

  4. wrote on May 1st, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    Susan W

    Very nice…love that background stamp and the way you embossed it! And I need to get some of those Inktense pencils…they just seem so versatile!

  5. wrote on May 1st, 2013 at 1:07 pm


    I think I love butterflies as much as you love owls!!! Great card.

  6. wrote on May 1st, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    Renee VanEpps

    So pretty! LOVE the white embossed woodgrain stamp against the black!

  7. wrote on May 1st, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    Margaret (Scotland)

    Love this card. Really like the woodgrain effect. Thanks for sharing.

  8. wrote on May 1st, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Cee Shearer

    Love, love, love all the great ideas in just your one darling card!!

  9. wrote on May 1st, 2013 at 5:58 pm


    Love it, great card!

  10. wrote on May 1st, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    Brenda B

    WOW! What a stunning card! Thanks for sharing so many tips on the video. I can’t wait to make this card. Really like the design and colors.

  11. wrote on May 1st, 2013 at 7:58 pm


    Great card. Can’t wait for Friday’s video to see what you have created. Happy May Day!

  12. wrote on May 1st, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    Mary H.

    What an awesome – yet doable card after seeing your great video! Really like this one, and can’t wait to see what you & Jill come up with. Two of my fav cardmakers who always share the best videos! Thanks for all the tips on this one.

  13. wrote on May 1st, 2013 at 8:02 pm


    What a beautiful week! Great Wednesday card . . . with a Friday BONUS card ~ Yee-ha!

  14. wrote on May 1st, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    Penny Laschanzky

    wow, Darlene. this card is beautiful and so very striking! you really make me want those inktense pencils! but then, that may be because you make it look so easy~~~ 🙂

  15. wrote on May 2nd, 2013 at 12:16 am

    Loly Borda

    Beautiful card , I love butterflies. Looking forward to seeing your project on Fri TFS

  16. wrote on May 2nd, 2013 at 3:52 am


    Once again a beautiful card, Darlene. Thanks for the inspiration and I can’t wait to see your Friday project.

  17. wrote on May 2nd, 2013 at 5:28 am


    Oh Darlene: Sorry I’m so late commenting on yesterday’s beautiful card, we were taking advantage of the gorgeous temperatures, (80s) to do more yard work. Anyway, I love the way the butterfly looks embossed in black, love the beautiful colors and that background is really awesome. This stamp set is a must have as well as the punch, I’m so happy they will carry this two items to the next catalog.
    I can’t wait till Friday, to see what you and Jill come up with, I’m sure it will be spectacular.
    Your videos are always amazing, thank you for taking the time to make them.

  18. wrote on May 2nd, 2013 at 6:43 am


    hi, I just could not stop myself in commenting this card – it is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO BEAUTIFUL. I really like the colors you used. and the end result. TFS.

  19. wrote on May 2nd, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Lynda M

    Love the card Darlene! Will use the technique of applying the Colorbox white direct -to-paper. Thanks!

  20. wrote on May 2nd, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    Mary-Anne V.

    Beautiful card…the painting technique is awesome.

  21. wrote on May 3rd, 2013 at 12:45 pm


    Hello Darlene,
    thank you for your cardmaking ideas…so beautiful work!

  22. wrote on May 3rd, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Anna Jernigan

    Wow, so pretty. I have to admit, when you starting talking about Colorbox Ink, and I saw the card, without knowing anything else, I immediately thought..that woodgrain is stamped with Colorbox Ink? Once the video started, I knew that it wasn’t because you used embossing powder….but, that had me going there for a second! LOL I was thinking OMGosh, that is one really nice white ink. Whew! In reality, white inks are difficult to select. I have seen different favorites, by different designers, so in the end I think it’s personal trial and error. Loved how you used it straight to cardstock, to make the wood look on the card front! Really liked the woodgrain on the mat and I learned something. Duh, pencil mark the back so you know where you left off…then finish stamping….sheesh, I was using tape, and you name it, I swear some of the most simple things are always the best. LOL Duh, right? LOL

  23. wrote on May 14th, 2013 at 7:19 am


    This is soooo coool 🙂 I love it 🙂 Congrats 🙂

  24. wrote on October 4th, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    Gloria Taylor

    What I loved about this card is how you used the rhinestones and painted them with a black copic marker…I have these supplies will definitely try them on my cards…so beautiful and unique!!

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