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Wednesday’s Card: Gratitude Flower

Gratitude Flower

Hi All!

This week I decided to use the marker/watercolor paper technique I used awhile back in THIS CARD. It’s a way to use Stampin’ Up! markers like Copic markers. The only thing is that you must use watercolor paper. I’m only familiar with the Stampin’ Up! watercolor paper – I don’t know if you’ll get the exact same results from other brands. But try it and let me know!

All you need is ONE Stampin’ Up! marker and a blender pen. So easy! There are so many great things about this technique (i.e. using Stampin’ Up!’s coordinating colors, minimal supplies, less expensive than Copics, etc), but what I really love is how vibrant the color appears.

In January, Stampin’ Up! came out with these Edgelit Dies. I used one of them to create this card shape. It was seriously very easy to do! The pack comes with 2 different dies.

I think this video came out okay, but HOLY COW. Why can’t we just buy a new piece of electronics and have it work right out of the box?? No. There are only 1 million permutations of video quality/picture size/frame rate/recording mode/blah blah blah. All the moons have to align before it works. Amazingly enough, I managed to pull this video out! I’m sure it will get easier – it’s just a little bit of a learning curve.

Oh, one more thing! I am the guest designer on Lily Pad cards next Wednesday! That means I will have 3 cards on their site! I am also planning a video on how I made one of the cards, so I will post that one to the blog. Can’t wait!!

Enjoy and have a great week!








  1. wrote on March 14th, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Lillian F.

    Darlene this is an awesome card. Your coloring technique is great. I have a question though. I don’t have the stampin up markers so can you use the ink pads with a blender pen? Are the markers worth the investment even if you have a full set(almost) of copice markers?

    • wrote on March 18th, 2012 at 1:31 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Lillian, it will be much harder to get the same effect with ink pads and a blender pen – you just won’t get the color saturation you need. As far as whether they are worth the investment if you have all the Copics, it’s hard to say! I use them for different purposes, so to me, they are different products. But, you really don’t have to make a heavy investment in the markers. You can always buy a few and see if you like them. Good luck!

  2. wrote on March 14th, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Carol B

    What a beautiful card, love the way you made the shape. Your coloring technique is perfect, even love the stem.

  3. wrote on March 14th, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Holly M

    Once again, a beautiful and graceful card. You are a treasure! Holly M.

  4. wrote on March 14th, 2012 at 4:35 pm


    Genial, très jolie carte, MERCI. Nanoa

  5. wrote on March 14th, 2012 at 7:32 pm


    Fabulous! Thanks for inspiring my Wednesdays! Your narration is perfect – well described, positive, and easy to listen to. Your techniques are easy to duplicate thanks to your tutorials…and the results are amazing!

  6. wrote on March 14th, 2012 at 9:43 pm


    Hi – I love this card and the nifty way to use the die and so helpful with the coloring. I just can’t bring myself to spend the $ on the copics – but maybe a one of the pens to shade. Thank you so much for the lovely ideas. You must dream in color!

  7. wrote on March 15th, 2012 at 3:04 am


    I could watch you colour in all day long Darlene! Very therapeutic. Lovely card with a lovely technique.

  8. wrote on March 17th, 2012 at 10:05 am

    mary puskar

    I loved your tutorial on the SU markers and coloring the flower. I wonder if you could tell me what kind of camera set up you have. I’d like to do tutorials on my blog and I don’t know where to begin. Your video and audio are both wonderful.

    • wrote on March 18th, 2012 at 10:53 am

      Darlene DeVries

      Mary – I just added a FAQ‘s to address this.

  9. wrote on March 21st, 2012 at 7:50 am



    I loved your card and your blog. Congratulations!!!

    I don’t understand the Copic Sketch Markers colors that you used. You can send me?




    I loved your card and your blog. Congratulations!

    I do not understand the Copic colors that you used. You can send me?

    Thank you.


    • wrote on March 21st, 2012 at 3:19 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Sueli – I just used C1 (gray) and 0 (colorless) to create the shadow behind the flower. The rest of the colors are just water-based Stampin’ Up! markers.

  10. wrote on April 7th, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    Shelly Schmidt

    Beautiful- found your link on Pintrest- love the visuals- I am so bad with the blender pen- loved seeing this in action! Love your beautiful card!

  11. wrote on January 30th, 2013 at 2:41 am


    Hi, just to meet you and I see your wonderfull cards, it’s amanzing and the vídeos too( Sorry…my english is veeery bad)
    A lof of hugs from Spain XD

  12. wrote on April 17th, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Carolyn Busse

    Darlene, this was the most useful blending tutorial I have found. Thank you for sharing.
    I do not have copic markers, but I will be getting the two you used for shadowing. This will take my card making up a notch. Look forward to more tutorials in the future.

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