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Wednesday’s Card: Ink Blending with Posies



Hi All,

Just a quick note today, as I am on vacation! I’m spending a few days with my girls in Colorado Springs.

For the flowers on the card, I used Stampin’ Up! markers directly on the stamp. I do this quite often when I don’t have the same color in an ink pad. The SU markers work just as well as a normal ink pad, which is why I purchased all the markers when I first started with SU. It’s cheaper than buying every ink pad!

For the background, I used clear embossing powder and then blended a few ink colors. I used one of my favorite blues, Not Quite Navy.







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  1. wrote on May 30th, 2012 at 10:10 am


    Beautiful card! The colors look just perfect together 🙂

  2. wrote on May 30th, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Loll Thompson

    I am loving your designs! Thanks for the wonderful video instructions.

  3. wrote on May 30th, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Terri (blindstamper)

    So pretty. Love how you layered the background stamp over the main image.

  4. wrote on May 30th, 2012 at 12:03 pm


    I love Colorado Springs and I love this card. In the very long ago past I tried coloring with markers without a great result because I was too slow. Now that I know about your water tip, I will give it another try. Thanks!

  5. wrote on May 30th, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Debbie B

    Love it!

  6. wrote on May 30th, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    jeri c

    LOVELY card!!!

    You have such a nice color sense.

    Thank you for sharing your talents.

  7. wrote on May 30th, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Lillian R

    Love this card. Can’t wait to try this

  8. wrote on May 30th, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Brenda B

    This card is BREATHTAKING! Wow, wow, wow….thank you so much for the awesome tutorial!

  9. wrote on May 30th, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Holly Saveur

    Gorgeous card and great video as always!

  10. wrote on May 30th, 2012 at 1:58 pm


    I can’t believe it never occurred to me to buy all the markers so that I didn’t need to buy all the stamp pads. That tip was golden to me! Thank you! I look forward to every Wednesday because I know there will be a lovely new video for me to delight in. You know I love your cards! Now here is a supremely dumb question. I know that you use the foam applicators all the time and it always looks like you have a nice, shiny new white pad. When you get back from vacation, do you mind explaining to me how that works? Do you wash them out? Do you have pad for each color? I think I’d like to try this. Thanks, Darlene!

    • wrote on May 30th, 2012 at 8:56 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Michelle – I’ve gotten lots of questions about this, so I’m planning a video soon. Stay tuned!

  11. wrote on May 30th, 2012 at 5:53 pm


    This card is beautiful! I love the warm colors against the black sentiment and the border. Such contrast reminds me of warm summer night.
    Also love embossing on the vellum: very contrasting effect, too. JUST a lovely lovely card!

  12. wrote on May 31st, 2012 at 5:32 am


    Hello Darlene: I can’t stop saying that I love the way you use the foam aplicators too. I went and bought 6 the other day at my Hobby Lobby store and I got a pack of 10 foams. I couldn’t find the rack that you have so I think I will order it from Ranger. I had to practice for a while to be able to get the same difussed effect you get on your cards and well, I’m not quite as good as you yet but it’s just a matter of time and more practice. Once again your card was amazing, with the couple of sprays of water, it looks like a water color painting, I love the SU markers, I too bought them all and I use them all the time to color my cards using the aqua painters, which I LOVE, LOVE.
    Enjoy your time with your little daughters, God knows kids grow up so darn fast. Thank you again for your awesome videos.

  13. wrote on May 31st, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Renee VanEpps

    This is so very beautiful!! Thank you so much for sharing the video with us, I can’t wait to try this!

  14. wrote on May 31st, 2012 at 10:53 am


    I love all the layers in this card! Beautiful! Have fun with the girls!

  15. wrote on May 31st, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Brenda B

    I came back to watch the video again and admire this brilliant card. I absolutely love it.

  16. wrote on June 1st, 2012 at 1:02 pm


    Your videos are always so well done. Clear and to the point. Thanks much for sharing your creativity with us.

  17. wrote on June 2nd, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Cat Craig

    Thank you so much for the videos. Discovered you through a pinterest post, and I signed up for email updates. Beautiful card.

  18. wrote on June 5th, 2012 at 5:48 am

    Riti Banka Poddar

    Hi Darlene,
    This is such a Fabulous card !!
    I loved the colors u picked. It’s just Perfect!
    Thank You for sharing such a Great Tutorial/Video with us. (Am always on a lookout for new videos from u..pls keep them coming)

    Riti :o)

  19. wrote on June 5th, 2012 at 6:15 am

    Heather S.

    Hey Darlene! I just stumbled on you a few weeks ago and what an inspiration! I have been going through your older videos as well and am so glad you started doing your voice over 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration – you are so very talented! I was also very touched to read about your Stampin’ Up! ordeal and how you turned a negative into such a positive thing. I think a few life lessons can be learned there…

    Thanks for sharing your talent!
    (sent ALL THE WAY from Germany 🙂

  20. wrote on June 13th, 2012 at 2:07 pm


    It’s very nice card! It’s a good idea!!

  21. wrote on January 10th, 2013 at 3:47 pm


    Hello Darlene,
    I discovered your blog through youtube very recently, and I totally fell in love with all your creations.
    I proposed a challenge to some friends of mine. The topic was to use one of the techniques you present in this video.
    Here is my take on it:
    Thanks again for your videos, it is very inspiring.

    • wrote on January 10th, 2013 at 11:01 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Christelle! Cool! I’ve never been the subject of a challenge before. 🙂

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