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Wednesday’s Card: Copic Bouquet

Copic Bouquet

Hi All!

For some reason, I am having a lot of trouble with my creativity. I have created so many cards recently that I just don’t think are good enough to post! I’m a perfectionist, so I want to make the perfect card every time. I know that’s not going to happen, so I guess this is a good learning experience for me. But I tell you, it is a stressful learning experience. I’m hoping this is just one of those temporary blocks that will release soon.

My kids are finally out of school and I am loving it. I am lucky to have really good kids – 2 very sweet girls, ages 10 and 6. And they always tell me that my card is beautiful, no matter what it looks like. 🙂

Anyway, this week’s card uses Copic markers for coloring. I really slowed down this video and explained my coloring technique – hopefully it helps you.

The stamp set is Fifth Avenue Floral. Even though it has been in the Stampin’ Up! catalog for awhile, I just recently purchased it. I’ve used it on a couple of recent cards – the flowers are fantastic for coloring. And, it’s not retiring this year! Yeah!

Enjoy and have a great week!

SONG: “She Talks to Angels” by The Black Crows.



  1. wrote on June 22nd, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Eveline van Heijst

    I agree with your daughter’s Darlene, the card is beautiful. I really like the colored flowers.

  2. wrote on June 22nd, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Carol B

    What a pretty card. Great colic technique video. The white shading on tips really set off your flowers. Sometimes it is hard to get in the creative mood, your card was wonderful even without the mojo.

  3. wrote on June 22nd, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Denise M

    BEAUTIFUL!!! And it did happen!! Pretty card!!

  4. wrote on June 22nd, 2011 at 10:36 am


    Lovely as usual!

  5. wrote on June 22nd, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Lillian F.

    I love the card!!! Your cards always leave me wanting to see more. Your kids know a great card when they see one. Love the use of SU ink to destress. I gave my demo your website to check it out. Can’t wait to see what you do when you get that “release” you are talking about. 🙂 Your work is AWESOME! See ya next week.

  6. wrote on June 22nd, 2011 at 11:18 am


    I wish I had creative block slike you do…. This is absolutely gorgeous! I have to make it!

  7. wrote on June 22nd, 2011 at 11:32 am

    Ayana Posadas

    Super, super pretty! Love the embossing and love the coloring! Great card and video. 🙂

  8. wrote on June 22nd, 2011 at 11:46 am

    Homespun Gal

    Another awesome card! I was wondering, which copic markers did you use? I love me copics, but I never seem to pick the right ones to get a great pink-ish combination..should have known you would know a good combo!

    • wrote on June 22nd, 2011 at 1:34 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      @Homespun Gal – I used R29, R81, and RV13. I added the numbers to my supply list. Good luck! 🙂

  9. wrote on June 22nd, 2011 at 12:28 pm


    Lovely card and great video! Your card certainly doesn’t reveal a loss of mojo but
    it happens to all of us.

  10. wrote on June 22nd, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Terri (blindstamper)

    Beautiful card! I so look forward to Wednesdays!

  11. wrote on June 22nd, 2011 at 1:15 pm


    I love your card. I have recently found your blog and have been watching tons of your videos. You have inspired me to pull out my foam applicator and use those distress inks also!

    I do have a question though…..where did you find your duck adhesive runner? That is my all time favorite adhesive and I haven’t been able to find it in a long time. All I can find now is the tab duck adhesive (which I really hate).

    Thanks for all your inspiration!! I will look forward to Wednesdays!!!

    • wrote on June 22nd, 2011 at 6:44 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      @DWest – ah yes, the Duck adhesive runner. I love, love, love it. When I saw that they changed it to the tabbed version, I bought out the store. Probably about 50 runners or so. That was a year ago maybe? I only have about 8 left!! Then, I’m going to have to find something else. The Stampin’ Up! runners work well too, so I’ll probably start using them. Why did they have to go and change something that was so great???

  12. wrote on June 22nd, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Lynda M

    Whenever my creative juices are on a break, I find it helps to remind myself that every card does not have to be a masterpiece. That said I love your beautiful card. It gave me a real lift.

  13. wrote on June 22nd, 2011 at 2:04 pm


    Your daughters sound just precious!! I know how you feel. I keep thinking about starting a blog, but I’m such a perfectionist that I’d probably never feel that enough of my cards were good enough to post! LOL!! guess I need to push myself and just do it. I enjoy your videos and watch each one even though I don’t always take time to leave a comment. Thanks for making the videos and sharing your techniques!!!

  14. wrote on June 22nd, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Dixie C.

    Darlene, thanks for another beautiful card! Your design showcases those flowers perfectly.

  15. wrote on June 22nd, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Linda Saunders

    Stunning as always. I wish you could mail product to Australia as we can’t get all products here and I love the flowers. Thank u for sharing your talent. I make so many of your cards and you continue to inspire me.

  16. wrote on June 22nd, 2011 at 7:01 pm


    G’day Darlene….. I understand about creative blocks – I often have them but then you go and make a card you’re really pleased with and it’s even more satisfying at the end sitting there looking at what you have created, the mojo will ‘flowjo’ again I’m sure of it! Thanks for sharing.

  17. wrote on June 22nd, 2011 at 9:23 pm


    This is such a beautiful card – I love every element! I have been using my SU markers in the same fashion as you use the Copics, and dependent upon how big an area you need to colour, and the quality of your cardstock, the results aren’t too bad. Thanks again for sharing your lovely work. Now I’m off to try and re-create it…Tx

  18. wrote on June 23rd, 2011 at 4:50 am

    Embossing Queen

    What an absolutely gorgeous card. I love it as I do with all your cards. Thanks for the inspiration.

  19. wrote on June 23rd, 2011 at 7:28 am


    Hi Darlene,
    Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful talent. I too have this stamp set and sometimes struggle as to what I can do with it. I agree with your daughters, this card is awesome (as are all your cards). I will give it a go as well. Thanks for the inspiration.

  20. wrote on June 23rd, 2011 at 12:57 pm


    I loved this card, of course I LOVE all your cards. I’ve had a horrible time with copic markers. My initial investment was 3 of them + blender. I just looked and matched up colors. When I’ve tried using them the results are horrendous. They are V09, V12, BV08. Any suggestions as to what corresponding numbers would work with these colors. THANKS

  21. wrote on June 23rd, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    Lois DeRoo

    You’re girls were right on with this one. Loved the color on the dots!

  22. wrote on June 23rd, 2011 at 11:35 pm


    It’s another great card! Sometimes we are our own worse critic! Thank goodness for kids, they always speak the truth! Thanks for sharing another great video. 🙂
    Have a good day!

  23. wrote on August 1st, 2011 at 12:40 pm


    I love it! Can you use Stampin Up markers?

    • wrote on August 2nd, 2011 at 8:56 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      @Shannon: Good question! The answer is “sort of”. To get the same shaded look, you would probably want to use a blender pen and watercolor paper. If you go straight to the cardstock with markers, it will come out very dark and with little dimension.

      You don’t have to use watercolor paper, but it would look nicer. Just take your marker, scribble onto something waterproof/plastic, such as a stampamajig sheet or a stamp set container, then use your blender pen to pick up the ink and apply it to the flower. You can see an example of me using a blender pen to create some perspective on a cake on THIS CARD.

      Be sure to scroll down to the “advanced version” and jump to 2:25 in the video.

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