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Wednesday’s Card: Flower Shadow

Flower Shadow

Flower Shadow

Hi All!

When I go to my craft room to create a card, I usually have a pretty solid idea. However, the resulting card hardly EVER looks like what I had originally envisioned. All that extra time spent in the shower planning my cards for nothing, lol! I think it’s just my excuse to take a long shower. 🙂

Anyhoo, I thought it would be fun to show you how this card came about. It started when I saw Heather do this card. So pretty! I liked how she colored her stamp with a marker around the edges, so I figured I would try it out. My first version was yellow with a blue outline:
Flower Shadow

Oh not good at all. I thought maybe I could color the flowers to improve it. As you can see, I tried, grays (warm and cold), yellows, browns, pinks, and even orange. Copics, colored pencils, watercolor. Forget it.

Next I thought I would try using a lighter ink (Antique Linen) and then outline in a dark blue (I used Not Quite Navy by Stampin’ Up!). Version #2:
Flower Shadow

Um, ok. Better, but still not good. I thought, maybe pink flowers? Nope.

I liked the pink and the Antique Linen, but the blue was too blue and too much blue. I decided to go with outlining one flower in black. I used a Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Charcoal Big Brush Pen. The shadow was very subtle and I liked it a lot better, so I finished out the rest of the card elements. Here is the result:
Flower Shadow

For the video, I decided to use the Stampin’ Up! black marker instead. Wow, a lot more black! At first I liked the Faber Castell one slightly better, but the Stampin’ Up! one is starting to grow on me. Which one do you like better?

I left it sentiment-less for now. I plan to add the one that I need on the inside when the time comes.

So there you have it. I am a total work in progress every day of the week. Ha!









  1. wrote on March 13th, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Brenda B.

    Loved that you shared your thought process and different attempts. My planning takes place while I sleep. I usually wake up with an image of a card that I really want to try. However, the resulting card is usually quite different from what I had envisioned.

  2. wrote on March 13th, 2013 at 11:13 am

    Michelle Sasano

    I’m glad to hear that someone else designs cards in their head while in the shower. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your card that didn’t turn out the way you thought it would at first. Many times I sit down to create and then it doesn’t turn out the way I thought, then I end up with a totally different card.
    Me personally, I like the more shadowing of the black around the flower, it seems to bring more attention to the flower.
    Thanks for sharing all your videos with us. You inspire my card-making!

  3. wrote on March 13th, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Lillian F.

    Absolutely gorgeous!! Love that technique Darlene that is one to keep in mind.

  4. wrote on March 13th, 2013 at 11:30 am


    I look forward to your Wed. video – this card is so striking! Thanks for sharing your creativity with us.

  5. wrote on March 13th, 2013 at 12:40 pm


    That is a creatively cool card. Nice job!

  6. wrote on March 13th, 2013 at 3:42 pm


    More great tips on how to use markers – love your card, I think the card using the Faber Castell black where the bleeding isn’t as strong is just a bit more to my liking but they both look great. Thanks again.

  7. wrote on March 13th, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    Maria Rodriguez

    Hello Darlene: Fabulous card, love the way that flower really pops after you went over the petals with the black SU marker. I always wonder when you come up with this ideas for your cards and how you acctually take those ideas and transform them into the fantastic cards you always make. I do love how you color with the Copics but I am very partial to water coloring but, just like with the Copics, in water color, you also get better results applying a layer of the lightest color and then, go in and blend the rest to creat the shadowing while the paper is wet.
    I love the end result on this card, the other two attempts were pretty, but this one is a winner.
    Thank you so much for another wonderful video and techniques.

  8. wrote on March 13th, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Pam Zirbel

    Love this card Darlene!!! As usual!! Great idea with the black marker and water for a shadow!! That was just brilliant!!! Thank you for sharing that! Great work again!

  9. wrote on March 13th, 2013 at 5:36 pm


    Fantastic. Another great technique Darlene. I love the way your flower just pops out. Love it!

  10. wrote on March 13th, 2013 at 5:38 pm


    I feel your pain. Had a similar problem yesterday with a baby card. your card is beautiful. I thought you put in the shadow, but the marker did a great job for you.

  11. wrote on March 13th, 2013 at 7:31 pm


    Really stunning card! Thanks for the video!

  12. wrote on March 13th, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    Jane Hunt

    Fabulous! It looks like a dark grey marker on the cap, I love it. How did you get the marker to bleed only on the outside of the flower for a shadow and not the inside? Gotta try this! Thanks for coming up with all these ideas!

    • wrote on March 14th, 2013 at 8:58 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Jane, the stamp is actually a negative image, which means the ink stamps on the background, not the foreground. Click the stamp in the Supplies section and you will see what I mean.

  13. wrote on March 14th, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Gail Larsen

    Absolutely spectacular idea and execution. I love your card.


  14. wrote on March 14th, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    Carol B

    Lovely card, really like the shadow made with SU markers and the way you combined with copics.

  15. wrote on March 14th, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Gerda B

    A striking and beautiful card. Thanks for sharing your great ideas, they are truly inspiring. Btw, I like the card with the darker shadow best.

  16. wrote on March 15th, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    Anna Jernigan

    Wow, when I first looked at the card, I thought OMGosh, how is this done? It looks like a flower is resting on a flowered patterned pillow, and it is sunk in just a tad! Right? Then I watched your video, and I remembered seeing that other gals video, a few weeks ago? I liked her idea, and loved her gorgeous card. Your interpretation is absolutely gorgeous!! Yet, completely different! Guess that is what is meant by inspiration, not copying. Got to say Darlene, that your card is breath-taking. It needs a frame and go on the wall as “art” …ahem, er, ah, at my house… ha, just kidding. The technique is that great, isn’t it ? I love the look so much!! It’s magical! Who would believe it’s drawing around the image with markers? Thank goodness for videos, because how would you explain that method? Thanks for sharing the “near misses”, I really do a number on some cards that end up in the wastebasket, torn to shreds. It does my spirit good to see and hear that even the talented ones have bloopers! Thanks for keeping it real.

  17. wrote on March 15th, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    Anna Jernigan

    PS I forgot to vote on my fav. That would be the card right under the heading of this page. The one with all the shadowing, it’s just so gorgeous!
    I also forgot to mention how much I like the off-set layering of the card topper onto the card base. I have seen you do that several times in your videos, and I like that. I am in a “rut”, I think…LOL Well, I was adding score lines for a change! That is something, at least. LOL

  18. wrote on March 17th, 2013 at 7:46 am


    LOL! Nothing I ever envision in my head turns out the way I plan! LOL! I do some of my best planning in the shower too…or while laying in bed procrastinating about getting up!
    What a great technique…one I definitely will want to try! I love both of the versions….I like the subtlety of the first one but the bolder one with the SU marker is so striking!
    Fun, fun, fun!

  19. wrote on March 18th, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    Catherine Pooler

    I love seeing how you tried out different things before hitting the nail on the head! LOVELY card!

  20. wrote on April 2nd, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    Terri Bendert

    AWESOME. you are amazing. I love the video. Your work is beautiful – it is truly ART. If you ever teach a coloring with markers class I would LOVE to attend. I’m new to markers and your work if awesome.

    Thanks so much for sharing

  21. wrote on October 20th, 2013 at 7:02 am

    Joaquina Cruz

    Hi Darlene, I have been a subscriber to your YouTube channel and now will follow your blog because you are an inspiration. I was in a creative slump and you helped me break out of it. Thank you so much.

  22. wrote on November 22nd, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    Sandy K

    Gorgeous and I have that stamp.

  23. wrote on December 29th, 2013 at 10:25 pm


    Absolutely beautiful card. I don’t remember how I found your blog and youtube site, but I am glad I did. Of course now I have bought myself so many new stamps (right after xmas) because of your videos! I love the way you explain your thought process when coloring with the copics. I am off to try your techniques.

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