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Wednesday’s Card: Distress Watercolor

Heart Parade

Hi All,

This card was pretty quick and easy. If you’d like to experiment with watercolor, I highly recommend getting some watercolor paper. It makes a HUGE difference in your results. With this card, you’ll see how I was able to keep changing the background until I got the exact look I wanted. With regular paper, it’s much harder to change once the ink is on your paper.

I totally love this new sentiment set I got called Stripe Greetings. It has a lot of different sentiments I don’t have:

Stripe Greetings

I also used this new set called Made By. It has a lot of fun stamps for the back of your card:

Made By

Okay, I guess that’s it for now. Enjoy the video and see you next time. 🙂



To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.

Simon Says Stamp Heart Parade Die
Heart Parade Die
Simon Says Stamp Striped Greetings
SSS Striped Greetings
Simon Says Stamp Made By
SSS Made By
Picked Raspberry Distress Ink
Picked Raspberry
Tim Holtz Ripe Persimmon
Ripe Persimmon
Worn Lipstick Distress Ink
Worn Lipstick
Ranger Craft Sheet
Craft Mat
Strathmore Watercolor Paper
Watercolor Paper
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Cardstock
Black Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Pearls
Copic Sketch Markers
RV14 Copic Marker
Paper Piercer
Paper Piercer
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Versafine Black Ink
Tombow Mono Multi Glue
Tombo Mono Multi Glue
Stampin' Up! Two-Way Glue Pen
Glue Pen
Stampin' Up! Mini Glue Dots
Mini Glue Dots


  1. wrote on May 21st, 2014 at 8:42 am

    Carrie Davenport

    wow, such bright colors! I love this one 🙂 the bright colors and the black/white contrast is great!!! I’m adding those sentiments on my wish list right now!!!

  2. wrote on May 21st, 2014 at 8:42 am


    Very pretty! I love that color combo with those distress inks – but is there any bad combo with distress inks? 🙂 I LOVE that stamp set with the all the “Made by..” sentiments. I’m so glad SSS came up with that idea. As always, beautiful! Thanks for sharing!!!

  3. wrote on May 21st, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Robin in WA

    I love watercolor and your card is gorgeous!! Thank you for sharing!!

  4. wrote on May 21st, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    Cynthia Patti

    Great card and fun to watch it come together! Thanks

  5. wrote on May 21st, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Casey Thrush

    So cute! Love that you are giving it to your daughter…so sweet.

  6. wrote on May 21st, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Maria Rodriguez

    Oh Darlene, I think I will try this technique, so much fun and the colors blend perfectly with one another, really fabulous. Every time I see you use this Heart die I say to myself, “I need to get it” but I put it off 🙁 . Well, no more, I will go and buy it, specially because I just love the way you fitted the row of hearts like a puzzle with the top and bottom of your paper.
    Thank you for another fantastic card and video.
    Off I go to get me those pretty little hearts.
    Have a great week.

  7. wrote on May 21st, 2014 at 4:34 pm


    Your cards are always so wonderful!! I enjoy watching your videos every week. You do such a great job of both!! Thank you for sharing all your helpful tips.

  8. wrote on May 21st, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    Carol B

    Awesome card, your daughter will love it. Love the way you trimmed off the two end hearts, gives such a nice look.

  9. wrote on May 21st, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    Beverley Ballard

    Another great technique, Darlene! I always look forward to Wednesdays and your video. Thanks for all the great ideas … you’re AMAZING!

  10. wrote on May 21st, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Diana W.

    Darlene – what a great design. I have this heart die but have not used it yet. Imagine what I am doing tonight? Love the colors. Thanks again for another great video.

  11. wrote on May 21st, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    Maureen Chandler

    I love this card — and I just bought this die! Thanks so much for your videos, they are really informative and fun!

  12. wrote on May 21st, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    Loll Thompson

    Beautiful design and beautiful color combo Darlene! Loll xx

  13. wrote on May 21st, 2014 at 10:31 pm


    Love all your cards. You always make it look so easy!

  14. wrote on May 21st, 2014 at 11:02 pm


    Such pretty colors, Darlene! So clever to use the string and bow! Love it!

  15. wrote on May 21st, 2014 at 11:05 pm


    Another AMAZiNG card, Darlene! I love how creative you get with your layouts! Thanks for sharing!!

  16. wrote on May 21st, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    Gloria Taylor

    Wow, love the idea of you using clear or pearl rhinestones and color them the color you need or want. Doing this technique is fun plus saving money in purchasing all the colors of different rhinestones which I totally love using in making my cards. Love how you used the three different distress ink to make the background, thanks for another great idea for a card.

  17. wrote on May 22nd, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Susan W

    What a very pretty card. I love the watercolor technique and that heart die looks so striking against it!

  18. wrote on May 22nd, 2014 at 7:00 pm


    Very nice card! Love the colors you used and the die!

  19. wrote on May 28th, 2014 at 7:47 am

    Mary-Anne V.

    Very pretty …love you little tricks in the video.

  20. wrote on June 11th, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Andrea La Vigne

    Love your card & that watercolor technique! I’ve done that kind of thing, and you’re right–watercolor paper makes all the difference in the world. Thanks also for the tip on using the Stamp-a-ma-jig to re-stamp your greeting. I think I’ve seen that before, but a reminder is always good!

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