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Wednesday’s Card: Cool Sister Card

Cool Sister

Hi All!

The white panel of this card is all one layer. I added quite a bit of shadowing to the dog using Copic markers.

Another interesting thing I did on this card was use Stampin’ Up! Classic inks on clear polymer stamps. I REALLY wanted to have Stampin’ Up! colors for my sentiments, but I always have trouble getting a clear image – the water-based Stampin’ Up! inks are repelled on the clear stamp, making it “ball up”. So, I just stamped it over and over using a stamp-a-ma-jig until I got a solid image. Now, it’s not perfect, but it’s good enough for government work. And my personal cards, lol!

One more thing – I’ve been using Versafine Black Ink with my clear stamps and it is totally amazing!! The image is very crisp every time.

I’m sending this card to my sister because she puts up with all my crazy-talk!

Enjoy the video and have a great week!









  1. wrote on October 3rd, 2012 at 9:06 am


    This is why I love to watch your videos, you’re always giving me such great tips! Like the stamp-a-ma-jig using for the perfect stamping of those words! Cool! And the coloring of the dog is fabulous as always!

  2. wrote on October 3rd, 2012 at 9:08 am


    Love this too much!! I am still amazed at your shadowing…I have much work to do to achieve that look!

  3. wrote on October 3rd, 2012 at 10:07 am


    What a cute card. Love the stamp sets you chose. And the tip about using the stampamajig is fabulous! I never thought of that. How smart. I have a problem with some inks beading up too and have tried to “sand” them and do some other things that I hoped would solve that problem…and most of the time it didn’t. How great a tip this is!
    And your shadowing is great around your little pup. I struggle with that….thanks for the help on that too!

  4. wrote on October 3rd, 2012 at 10:27 am


    Great card!! Loved all the shadowing. Great tip on the stamp a ma jig! I’m glad to be the recipient of the card!! Love you!

  5. wrote on October 3rd, 2012 at 11:31 am


    great card, will watch vid later..tfs..hugs…denise x

  6. wrote on October 3rd, 2012 at 11:39 am

    Efrat S.

    Beautiful card. Thank you for the great stampamajig tip – I have the same issue with Inkadinkado stamps and Memento ink – this solved the issue for some of the bigger stamps (I had to try it right away, even before writing this comment). Thank you!!

  7. wrote on October 3rd, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Lynda M

    Great card. Yes, the VersaFine is terrific and my ‘go to’ ink for clear stamps. So far I have black, Sepia and Navy. I’ll be collecting more. Tha VersaFine also gives a good solid image on solid rubber stamps.

  8. wrote on October 3rd, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Holly Saveur

    So Gorgeous and sweet ..wished you was my sister too…so I would receive it…don’t know if I would be all the nice things you say about your sis?
    Love the shadow you added too..super video!

  9. wrote on October 3rd, 2012 at 12:46 pm


    Love watching your videos!! I’m always learning something. Neat how you used the stamp a ma jig to double stamp. So easy. Thanks so much for sharing your talents and ideas.

  10. wrote on October 3rd, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Holly M

    Darling card! Your sister is sure to love it.

  11. wrote on October 3rd, 2012 at 1:18 pm


    Okay. To be honest, I wsn’t going to watch this video because I don’t have copics. BUT, I read some of the comments, so I had to see what the stamp-a-ma-jig trick was everyone was talking about. Thanks for the tip! That is a wonderful, yet simple way to do that! By the way, I do LOVE your copic coloring. Always so well done. Love it!!!

  12. wrote on October 3rd, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Anne Hopley

    Forget where I heard it, but for inks that “ball up” on your rubber stamp, if you ink with an archival ink first and stamp the image ’til there is no colour left, then ink with Distress Inks (which I have always found blobby) you get a perfect clear image. Hope this will work for your Stampin’ Up inks too. Always enjoy your videos – many thanks.

  13. wrote on October 3rd, 2012 at 2:58 pm


    Wonderful puppy dog card. Thanks for the tip on using the stampamajig. Your coloring is wonderful. Especially like the shadowing.
    “Sunshine HoneyBee”

  14. wrote on October 3rd, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Mary Ann Huntington

    Your sister is so lucky to have you. Thank you for sharing your talent. I learn so much from you.

  15. wrote on October 3rd, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Renee VanEpps

    ADORABLE!!!!!!!!! Perfect use of the words and amazing coloring as usual! Love your videos, thank you so much for the inspiration 🙂

  16. wrote on October 3rd, 2012 at 7:35 pm


    What a fantastic, wonderful, cool & unique card! 😉

  17. wrote on October 3rd, 2012 at 8:29 pm


    Darlene – what a great card. Your love and appreciation for your sister really shows. Once again, you made Wednesday a fun day. Thanks for sharing your talents and teaching us so much.

  18. wrote on October 3rd, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Melissa D

    Cute card, I’m sure your Sister will love it!

  19. wrote on October 4th, 2012 at 3:43 am

    Jeannie L

    Hi, I saw a video by Tim Holtz once and he said that certain new stamps need to be conditioned before using and he actually recommends the Ranger Archival ink to condition the stamp. And he said once you condition the stamp, there shouldn’t be any issue with getting the ink to ‘stick’. I read that some others use a sanding block to lightly sand the surface but I use the ink method. I have a few Penny Black stamps and I did encounter it but not after the stamp has been used.

    Totally love your card. Need to try it some time. Thanks for sharing.

  20. wrote on October 4th, 2012 at 3:46 am

    Jeannie L

    Sorry I thought I’ll be more specific about conditioning the stamp. He said to stamp using the archival ink (which he recommends), let it sit for few seconds and wipe it off with wet tissue or a wet cloth. You won’t need to use a stamp cleaner. The stamp should be able to absorb the other inks after that. I need to highlight that archival ink does stain the stamp.

  21. wrote on October 4th, 2012 at 6:42 am


    Hello Darlene: Sorry I didn’t posted yesterday. We lost our internet for a long while due to “repairs”. Ughhhhh!! It really bothers me when it happens, specially on Wednesdays!!!!! They don’t know I’m waiting to see your videos. Anyway, by the time it came back, along with the cable, I was busy with my grandkids’s orthodontic appointments, some grocery shopping, etc.
    Anywho, lovely card, that puppy is adorable! I know I’ve said it before but I will say it again…..the way you do those lines free hand amazes me every time. You have the stediest touch. Thanks again for a great video.

  22. wrote on October 4th, 2012 at 7:11 am


    Darlene your card is so so cute! Your Copic coloring is amazing, thanks for the great tips also.

  23. wrote on October 4th, 2012 at 10:22 am


    I always look forward to your videos …. love learning new techniques and love your relaxed presentation! The soft music you play in the background is a great enhancement to your videos! I’ll bet your sister will really enjoy receiving this card with the adorable Penny Black dog and all the great sentiments. Thanks so much for all the work you do on these videos!

  24. wrote on October 8th, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Angela R

    Hello Darlene

    One of the good things about the Copic express paper I sent you is that you can stop coloring something and go back to it later and still blend it that is one of the good things about that paper. And yes referring back to the video about the Neenah Paper and the Copic express paper is personal preference. Suzanne Dean has a good video about paper on her you tube channel.
    Have a wonderful day 🙂

  25. wrote on October 10th, 2012 at 6:46 am


    You are fabulous! I so look forward to Wednesdays because of your videos.

    I do have a question:. When I try to apply the color with the same tool you used on the card base, I continue to have line marks on the cardstock. I have tried doing it with a light touch and priming the applicator first but I continue to have those lines. Any tips?


    • wrote on October 10th, 2012 at 10:23 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Tammy! The only other thing I can think of is to maybe use less ink on your applicator. So, don’t dip too hard into the ink pad. Try that and see if it helps, along with the light touch and the priming. Hopefully all those together will work.

  26. wrote on January 1st, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    Teresa R.

    Thank you so much for all of your inspiration! I have just ordered my first set of Copics & I’m so excited to begin learning how to use them. Your tutorials have given me the confidence to give them a try. I’m sure I’ll be tuning back in over and over to your videos to practice. I appreciate all that you do! Happy New Year!

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