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Wednesday’s Card: Coloring Flowers with Copics


Hi Everyone!

I have been on a craft-buying binge. And I can’t stop. Someone help! Sound familiar? Seriously, I decided to branch out with some new product brands, so I purchased a few sets from There She Goes Stamps. Next, I went to Colorado Springs and found Archivers. Oh. My. Heaven. Literally. Then, we had the Great American Scrapbook Convention hit Dallas last weekend. I can’t pass up these opportunities, right? I know you agree! So I have one more round of shopping to do… the new Stampin’ Up! catalog. I already have the wishlist set and will place my order in the next week. Then I promise myself. I will use what I have… I will use what I have.

One more thing before I talk about the card this week. I know a lot of you purchase Stampin’ Up! products from me (my sister) because I donate the commission to Foster Kids Charity. If you don’t have a demonstrator and would like to purchase, please consider my sister’s store. These kids can really use the help. 🙂

Okay, so this card is mostly just Copic coloring. I give step-by-step instructions with tips on how you can get a realistic look with flowers using Copic markers. I used one of my new There She Goes stamps. The quality of these clear stamps is really fantastic! They are very strong, sticky, and thick. I have a few more really cute sets from them that I will use over the next couple of months.

I used my Beautiful Wings Embosslit to die cut the butterflies – they are dry embossed, so they look very elegant against the clean flowers. In the original version of the card I used the butterfly that came with the set and colored it yellow. Too big, too distracting. I changed it out for black smaller butterflies in the morning and they look much better – I talk about it more in the video.

Anyhoo – hope you’re having a great week! Enjoy the video.








  1. wrote on June 6th, 2012 at 9:58 am


    Your colouring is amazing as always…I can;t say it relaxes me because I am constantly thinking I am not doing it correctly. I need some grey copics….to do the shadow. I personally like the yellow butterfly…but the black works also…..I chuckled the same time you did when you could not decide on the placement of the small butterfly. Thanks so very much!

  2. wrote on June 6th, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Jackie in NC

    Stunning card, just gorgeous! Thanks for the video and the coloring tips, I love your videos.

  3. wrote on June 6th, 2012 at 11:15 am


    What a gorgeous card!! TFS

  4. wrote on June 6th, 2012 at 11:16 am


    I am totally impressed by your coloring abilities. AWESOME! Good grief, I sound like my granddaughter. Anyway, you must have the patience of a saint. I’ve tried your technique with less success than you have but I keep practicing. The card is gorgeous; you’re right, the black butterflies add such a dramatic flair. Lovely.

  5. wrote on June 6th, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Terri (blindstamper)

    Beautiful! You do such a good job coloring/blending/shading. I never would thought black for the butterflies, but it really works!

  6. wrote on June 6th, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Debbie B

    Not much more to say………except you are absolutely fabulous at coloring with Copics! I’ve tried over and over but I just can’t get the same look as you get. Every now and then I will go back and try again, but not much luck. Anyway, your card is beautiful and love the black butterflies better. Have a great day and look forward to another one of your videos! Ciao db:)

  7. wrote on June 6th, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Carol B

    Darlene this card shows how much your Copic technique has grown. I love your card and the black butterflies really add to it. Now I need to go practice with my Copics.

  8. wrote on June 6th, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Loll Thompson

    Gorgeous card. Your coloring is amazing and thank you for the video on how it is done. Love your designs!

  9. wrote on June 6th, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Dulce Salvi

    Darlene: lindo demais, maravilhoso!!! Parabéns pela sua criatividade e bom gosto.

  10. wrote on June 6th, 2012 at 1:25 pm


    hello darlene, your designs are beautiful….i love your creations and your coloring…
    greetings from germany!!!

  11. wrote on June 6th, 2012 at 1:48 pm


    Wow, absolutely beautiful! You inspire me to try Copic coloring…uh oh, something else to add to my craft wish list. I had to chuckle at your first paragraph about being on a craft buying binge, and closing with repeating “I will use what I have”, too funny. My husband teases me that he’s not sure whether I enjoy the hobby itself as much as I enjoy buying the ‘stuff’ to do the hobby! Busted!…I think he has my number! LOL! Love hearing reviews of and seeing your cards made with all the new brands of product! Also love hearing how much has gone to support Foster Kids Charity, what a champion you are for them! Thanks!

  12. wrote on June 6th, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    Holly Saveur

    STUNNING coloring…you are such a great teacher too..thanks so much!

  13. wrote on June 6th, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Valerie Martin

    OH MY WORD!!! Darlene…Your coloring is FANTASTIC!!! I know you hear that all the time but it truly is. You make it look so easy! I guess my problem is trying to stay consistent with where my light source is coming from. For several years I had been on the fence about copics. Once I started watching your videos I finally crossed over to the “dark side” and over years time I now own the entire collection! I get so discouraged with my results are less than desirable. KWIM?
    Anyhoo…I am also working on my SU order list…mine is nearly $1000 so I have to do some serious editing of that list! I can’t wait to see what goodie you get and what you create with them.

    BTW…How are things with Sophie? Hopefully all is well with her (and you guys of course 🙂 )

  14. wrote on June 6th, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Holly M

    Just beautiful! Coloring with red has always been a challenge for me, so I especially appreciate this video. Thanks!

  15. wrote on June 6th, 2012 at 7:41 pm


    That is AWESOME Darlene!! Thanks so much for sharing it!
    Hugs from Spain

  16. wrote on June 6th, 2012 at 7:47 pm


    Love the black butterflies. Very creative! The card is beautiful and different. I see butterflies almost as shadows, lovely.

  17. wrote on June 6th, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Tonya Denton

    As always . . . BEAUTIFULLY DONE!

  18. wrote on June 6th, 2012 at 8:19 pm


    I love all of your Copic cards. I have just started collecting Copic markers after seeing all of your videos. Could you post your wishlist from the new catalog?

  19. wrote on June 6th, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    Melissa D

    Darlene I am always amazed at how you know precisely where your light source is coming from and where it will throw the shadows and where to remove the colour to lighten it. How have you learnt that? That is my biggest dilemma even without copics to play with.
    Beautiful card as always.

    • wrote on June 8th, 2012 at 10:34 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      @Melissa – I’m not sure how to answer that question actually! I guess I just picture a real flower in my mind and try to separate the lights and darks. I think I study things that way when I look at them. Maybe try to look at images and see what parts are dark vs light and you’ll get practice? It might help to take a local drawing class where they teach perspective – I remember taking a class like that when I was in school and learned a lot. I hope this helps!

  20. wrote on June 7th, 2012 at 8:56 am


    Beautiful card. Heck yes, I have a blast pondering, shopping, comparing and purchasing my craft products. You are not alone! Have a great day.

  21. wrote on June 7th, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    Lola G.

    Words fail me, except to say that this card practically jumped off the screen! Gorgeous and amazing are all I can squeak out to describe this – excuse me while I go and pick up my jaw from where it dropped when I saw this……..

  22. wrote on October 10th, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Pam Z

    Darlene! As everyone else has said…WOW!! Another fave! I kind of liked that yellow/orange bfly you had and then do a couple of black ones..Have to go check out how you did that bfly! Thanks again!!

  23. wrote on January 19th, 2013 at 12:30 pm


    I pinned this on Pinterest. I found your site this week & think your cards are quite stunning. (Not overly busy, crisp & clean) The videos I’ve watched have been nicely done. Thanks for your time, effort & sharing.

  24. wrote on March 11th, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Anna Jernigan

    WOW!!! Those flowers are absolutely positively stunningly fabulous!!! Whew! I am awe-struck by the ease in which you just move right along and then boom! the end result…is just awesome!!! Now, I know I will have to get out those Copics, and get moving. I have procrastinated long enough! I am playing hooky from cleaning and re-organizing (the black hole that used to be) MY Craft-room, I am ashamed to say. LOL OMGosh, it is the pits! I am trying to be strong, get rid of the extra stuff, way more scrap than anyone needs, and blah, blah, blah. LOL So, I have challenged myself to do 20 mins at a whack, then break, then go back….so, Darlene, you are MY break….oh, and my cuppa Joe…..LOVE that delicious card, the lay-out, the colors, and the video how-to….TFS!!!! I am loving my breaks!!!!

  25. wrote on May 31st, 2013 at 11:02 pm


    Darlene, thank you so much for all your wonderful tutorials. I love how you speed it up and talk us through it. I’ve learned a lot from you. You’re a very talented artist!

  26. wrote on August 16th, 2013 at 12:04 am


    Darlene, this is one of the most beautiful cards that I have ever seen! Thank you for sharing it! You’re very talented and are amazing with Copics 🙂

  27. wrote on September 18th, 2013 at 10:29 am


    Love, love this card! Beautiful! Thanks for sharing. I love working with Copics and poppies are my favorite flower. Definitely have to try this! Thanks again! 🙂

  28. wrote on April 3rd, 2014 at 5:42 pm


    Just want to say your tutorial is wonderful. I’m a beginner and found it very helpful!

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