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Wednesday’s Card: Colored Pencil Background

Colored Pencil Background

Colored Pencil Background

Happy Thanksgiving Eve!

Yes, you read that right. I created this background with just two of my favorite colored pencils: Derwent Intense. It was fun, and it was easy. Doesn’t this card look so celestial? It makes me think of the real reason for the season. 🙂

I love these pencils. I have lots of cards on this blog where I used the pencils, such as this one, this one, and this one. They can be used both wet and dry.

These watercolor pencils are full of vibrant color. More water will give you a subtle look, less water will give you a bold look. And you can layer the color, making it interesting and full of depth (as I did with this card). I splattered white ink spray with a brush to make the snowflake dots and covered it with a spray of shimmer using my mix of Perfect Pearls and water.

The die cut snowflakes are a set by Simon Says Stamp called Fun Flakes. There are four in the set and they are really intricate and pretty.

The funny thing I noticed about last week’s Videopalooza comments was that everyone really liked when I made a mistake! Haha, I guess everyone can relate to that. This video is no exception. 🙂 I kind of messed up the snowflakes – you’ll see in the video.

By the way, I knew it would happen… Scrapbook.com is having the Sizzix Big Shot for 50% off, PLUS you get a free die. Can’t beat that!!

Enjoy the video and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!



To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.
Note: Intense pencil colors used – Iris Blue and Violet

Derwent Inktense Watercolor Pencils
Inktense Pencils
Simon Says Stamp Fun Flakes Dies
Snowflake Dies
Strathmore Watercolor Paper
Watercolor Paper
Dylusions White Linen Ink Spray
White Ink Spray
Ranger Perfect Pearls
Perfect Pearls
Ranger Mini Mister
Mini Mister
Dazzling Diamonds
Dazzling Diamonds
Stampin' Up! Two-Way Glue Pen
Glue Pen
Stampin' Up! Dimensionals
Sizzix Big Shot Machine
Sizzix Big Shot
Martha Stewart Mini Scoreboard
Mini Scoreboard
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Hero Arts Holiday Sayings Stamp Set
Holiday Sayings
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Versafine Black Ink


  1. wrote on November 27th, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Robin in WA

    Beautiful!!! Happy Thanksgiving! P.S. Thanks for the tips on sales!!!

  2. wrote on November 27th, 2013 at 2:01 pm


    Beautiful card! I love watching how you created the background. I also appreciate telling us what worked best for this card. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  3. wrote on November 27th, 2013 at 2:10 pm


    Thanks for sharing this! I love my inktense pencils for coloring but haven’t tried using them this way before! What a great idea!

  4. wrote on November 27th, 2013 at 2:39 pm


    well Darlene you have done it again, that is just stunning, I will be trying this today…wow

  5. wrote on November 27th, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    Eleni Nikolina

    Dear Darlene,

    this is absolutely gorgeous. Can’t wait to try it out myself. Thank you so much for your very helpful video!

  6. wrote on November 27th, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    Maria A. Rodriguez

    Love the water color effect, the way you blended this pretty colors is fantastic. Like in other posts, I like the fact that you show ways to get out of either mishaps or you find other ways to do the technique you are sharing with us. I love the way this “sky” looks, specially when you splattered the white “snow” on it. Those Snow Flakes are so pretty and detailed, they do look really beautiful with the Dazzling Details, sometimes glitter is hard to adhere to the images. Love this card, thank you so much for sharing it with us.
    Once again, my dear, I want to wish you and your family a Wonderful Thanksgiving Day!

  7. wrote on November 27th, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Lisa M

    Love love love this background!! I must give it a try myself! Thanks for sharing this pretty card!

  8. wrote on November 27th, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Barb M.

    Beautiful card! Love the technique, I have inktense pencils on my Christmas wish list! Just want to thank you for all the inspiration and joy your bring with your videos. Wishing all a Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving.

  9. wrote on November 27th, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    Casey Thrush

    It is beautiful!

  10. wrote on November 27th, 2013 at 3:23 pm


    I sure like this card. Can’t wait to go try my Inktense pencils with this method.

  11. wrote on November 27th, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    Penny Laschanzky

    so very pretty! I appreciate your showing us how you achieved that look with the pencils. Lovely!

  12. wrote on November 27th, 2013 at 4:24 pm


    A gorgeous card Darlene. I am looking forward to trying this out. Love the snowflakes. I just love getting up in the morning to find another email from you with another idea. It makes my day. Thank you Darlene for sharing.

  13. wrote on November 27th, 2013 at 4:27 pm


    Always enjoy your videos!! You do such a great job. Thanks and keep them coming.

  14. wrote on November 27th, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    Susan W

    Very pretty…love all that shimmer and shine!
    Happy Thanksgiving, Darlene!

  15. wrote on November 27th, 2013 at 7:52 pm


    That is such a cool technique, Darlene! Looks like lots of fun! Your card turned out gorgeous!! Love all the shimmer and sparkle!

  16. wrote on November 27th, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Kim Thomas

    Hi Darlene! I love your card. The background is gorgeous. I haven’t played with my inktense pencils so thank you for the reminder to pull them out. Thank you for the inspiration. Take care. (raeraesma) 🙂

  17. wrote on November 27th, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    Carrie Davenport

    WOW! this is, by far, my favorite holiday card this season! I love the purple and blue “celestial” background. amazing!!!!! where does your inspiration come from?? I just cannot get enough of your cards, tutorials, and tips.. I appreciate all the time you take to do this for the viewers.. thank you 🙂

  18. wrote on November 27th, 2013 at 11:31 pm


    I’m off to make banners using my square punch. What a brilliant idea. I love
    ideas that get more out of what I have already. Another beautiful card, too.

  19. wrote on November 28th, 2013 at 12:40 am


    Beautiful bkgrd and snowflakes, DarleneI love my Inktense pencils but haven’t been “brave” enough to use that much water. i will try to add more than usual, soon. TFS this card and making the awesome, detailed video! 🙂

  20. wrote on November 28th, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    Sue McRae

    Such a pretty card! Love how the colours swirl on the background.

  21. wrote on November 28th, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Carolina F.

    Pretty Card. Love how you color the background.

  22. wrote on November 28th, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    Mary, Wausau WI

    Mmm – – delightful card! I am thankful that you share your talent via these amazing videos!

  23. wrote on November 30th, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    Carol B

    Love the background. Always nice to hear your voice on the videos, also love how you tell what worked and what didn’t. Wishing you the best of holidays.

  24. wrote on December 1st, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    Karen Smee

    Gorgeous card! I have Stampin’ Up pencils and will have to try it with them. Have bookmarked your site to come back and learn some more. Thanks!

  25. wrote on December 9th, 2013 at 2:05 pm


    Blessings to you and the sweet lady who sent you the Intense Pencils. Thank you for your FABULOUS website and blog. I learn SOOOO much from you!

  26. wrote on December 9th, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Cindy H

    Thank you and the very generous lady for such a great giveaway. Love your videos. They really keep me inspired!

  27. wrote on December 10th, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    Debra Vaughn

    Hi Darlene,
    I absolutely loved the video you did with the Inktense Pencils…. I would love to add the Inktense Pencil to my craft room and be able to create such beauties as you did. (I even have that stamp set). Thanks for your generosity and congrats on the 10K!!! Best wishes for the holidays…deb

  28. wrote on March 22nd, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Holly Young

    Hi Darlene! I just bought these pencils, and I LOVE THEM! I was googling ideas on how to use them, and this post popped up! gorgeous card! I have those two colors on order, and I can’t wait to try it for holiday cards!!!!!!! thanks so much for the fabulous video!

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