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Wednesday’s Card: Lil Hoot

Lil Hoot

Hi All!

As soon as I saw this stamp set, I had to get it. My 9-year-old snuggle bunny loves mother/baby images, so she will be receiving lots of cards with these stamps. 🙂

I actually had a few problems with this card, but I managed to fix it okay in the end. And I learned a little too. Watch the video and you’ll see what I mean.

I bought this tiny star background stamp with this Lawn Fawn set because they are just so perfect together!

I am going to be making a few extra posts over the next few weeks – lots to show you!

Hope the rest of your week is fantastic. 🙂



To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.
Copic colors used: Owls (B41, E43, E44, E30, E31, YR20, Y21), Tree branch (E55, E57), Leaves (YG21, YG23)

Hero Arts Lil Hoot Stamp Set
Hero Arts Lil Hoot
Hero Arts Tiny Stars Background Stamp
Tiny Stars
Lawn Fawn Lucky Stars Stamp Set
Lawn Fawn Lucky Stars
Copic Sketch Markers
Copic Sketch Markers
A2 Curved Edge Die
A2 Curved Edge Die
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Black Ink
Memento Luxe Dandelion Ink
Dandelion Ink
Stampin' Up! Night of Navy Ink
Night of Navy Ink
Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink
Squeezed Lemonade
Scattered Straw Distress Ink
Scattered Straw
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Whisper White Cardstock
Stampin’ Up! White Cardstock
Ink Foam Applicator
Ink Foam Applicator
Spellbinders Classic Circles, Large
Spellbinders Circles
Stampin' Up! Clear Embossing Powder
Clear Embossing Powder
Stampin' Up! Dimensionals


  1. wrote on January 22nd, 2014 at 9:39 am

    Carrie Davenport

    i LOVE the little owls! i can’t wait to buy this stamp set! great card!!!

  2. wrote on January 22nd, 2014 at 9:42 am


    I just love your cards… and this one definitely is a winner! You’re right if you had not told us about the sentiment stamping I would not have guess anything was wrong… which there isn’t anything wrong! Tks for sharing your creativity… I enjoy coming to your blog!

  3. wrote on January 22nd, 2014 at 9:45 am


    I love it! I think taking the edge of those stars away did the trick. It’s not too busy. And that stamp set is adorable!! I wish my hand was as steady as yours! 🙂 If I had tried to write over that stamp, it would have been a hot mess! It looked perfectly stamped to me in the photo!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  4. wrote on January 22nd, 2014 at 9:47 am


    ADORABLE!!! I love your design, Darlene! So fun with all those bright stars and the cut, curved edge!

  5. wrote on January 22nd, 2014 at 11:21 am


    Love these little critters too. Your card is terrific,. You were right to cut down the background and using the curved die was inspired.

  6. wrote on January 22nd, 2014 at 11:27 am

    Dotty A

    Love that covered edge… that just pulls the eye into thoes 2 cute little Owles…
    Really Cute Card!!!!

  7. wrote on January 22nd, 2014 at 11:54 am

    Amy Pjura

    i love the card and the tiny stars stamp!! i think i might have to get it – and the curved edge die! I just love what you did with the card

  8. wrote on January 22nd, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    Maria A. Rodriguez

    Oh, I just love this tiny star stamp, it makes a wonderful starry night background for this super cute little owls. The curved edge is a fabulous detail, Darlene. You made another fantastic card, thank you for sharing.

  9. wrote on January 22nd, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Dale Rose

    The lettering looks fine to me. I sometimes have to go over the words on my cards and a tiny nib works wonders. I love the tiny stars stamp as well as the curved edge.

  10. wrote on January 22nd, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Laura Norris

    So cute! I have this set and the stars BG too, I think I might have to CASE this card! All the animals in this set are adorable. I like your design with the curved edge, it really adds a lot.

  11. wrote on January 22nd, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    Sara T.

    I love this! Great idea to clear emboss then sponge over it! I don’t think I have ever tried that, but I need to now 🙂 Every week I see your designs and think “OMGOODNESS I NEED THAT!!!!!!” LOL

  12. wrote on January 22nd, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Sara T.

    I’m also really excited to see a curved edge die. I’m not good at cutting straight, so this will help!

  13. wrote on January 22nd, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    Sara T.

    Sorry, one more bc I can’t edit….I am not good at cutting perfectly on a line is more accurate b/c a curved line is not straight. Geez I need a nap LOL

  14. wrote on January 22nd, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Susan W

    I love how this turned out….love that dark background with the yellow! The owls are so cute…what a great little set!
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  15. wrote on January 22nd, 2014 at 3:38 pm


    Love the stars and embossed resist technique…thanks for the tip about dipping the tissue onto the baby wipe, too!

  16. wrote on January 22nd, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    Embossing Queen

    Love the card Darlene. You surprised me again with the background, I really thought when I looked at the card before watching the video that the background was a design paper! The trouble you are having with the ink balling up, used to happen to me with my clear stamps a lot. Someone suggested to me that when I get a new set of clear stamps that I should gently rub an eraser over the stamp. I tried it (of course brushing off any rubbings before using the stamp) and I haven’t had a problem since!

  17. wrote on January 22nd, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    Suzanne Watanabe

    Hi Darlene!
    LOVE your ADORABLE card! You are so talented….your card designs are always AMAZING! Thank you for the inspiration. I have problems stamping with my clear stamps at times too. Tim Holtz once demonstrated how to stamp perfectly with clear stamps. First, ink your stamp with Ranger Archival ink and let it dry for a few minutes. Then, wipe off any excess ink with a damp towel. Your stamp is now seasoned….it will be stained but clean enough to use with any color of ink. This technique helped me with my stamps that were not producing a crisp image….Hope this will work for you too! 🙂 Have a wonderful day!

  18. wrote on January 22nd, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    Casey Thrush

    SO CUTE!!!

  19. wrote on January 22nd, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    Meli Isen

    woohooo yea extra post!!!! super cute card 🙂

  20. wrote on January 22nd, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    Robin in WA

    Hi Darlene, well, even now that I know that your words were “doctored,” I still can’t tell. They look great and so does your card!! Very cute!! Thanks for sharing!!

  21. wrote on January 22nd, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    Diana W.

    Darlene, the card is really sweet. Love how you curved the side and the sentiment looks just fine. Those little owls are so cute. I can see why your little girl likes them. Can’t wait to see what else you have for us.
    Thank you!

  22. wrote on January 22nd, 2014 at 8:46 pm


    Darlene, this stamp set was created for the group Operation Write Home for the cards we make and as a fundraiser for the group. So happy to see it used here. great card!

  23. wrote on January 22nd, 2014 at 9:22 pm


    such a sweet card! beautifully done!

  24. wrote on January 22nd, 2014 at 9:25 pm


    What a darling and adorable card!
    Congratulations on being featured on the Penny Black Blog today! It is kinda like you are a celebrity…I clicked open my email and there you were being featured and I was like, “Oh my goodness….I KNOW HER!” It was kinda like Buddy on ELF…”SANTA! I KNOW HIM!!!!!”

  25. wrote on January 22nd, 2014 at 9:34 pm


    Such a cute card! Love it!!

  26. wrote on January 22nd, 2014 at 9:41 pm


    This card turned out great! Thanks for all the tips. I always learn a lot from you.

  27. wrote on January 22nd, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    Mary, Wausau WI

    What a fantastic card that uses a HA Operation Write Home fundraiser stamp! Love it ~

  28. wrote on January 23rd, 2014 at 5:43 am


    Such an adorable card – love it. This Hero Arts Set is so cute and also the starry background. As always your video is a great inspiration.

  29. wrote on January 23rd, 2014 at 7:16 am


    Darlene – I love your projects and I really appreciate you keeping in the “boo-boos”. It helps each of us know we are not alone and it shows that “mistakes” are really just creative opportunities to try something different.

    Thank you for consistently sharing your creativity and art with us. Best wishes to you in 2014!

  30. wrote on January 23rd, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    Mary-Anne V.

    So sweet…. love this cute new set by HA and I love your starry background.

  31. wrote on January 23rd, 2014 at 5:13 pm


    Love the star background. Did you try using an eraser on you clear stamp before using the ink it gives it a grip .

  32. wrote on January 23rd, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    Gloria Taylor

    What an adorable card for just about any occasion. Thank you for all sharing such cute and created.

  33. wrote on January 24th, 2014 at 8:29 am

    Valerie Gee

    What a cute card! I love seeing what you create every week, and I love how you work through your issues and “mistakes” and share your creative solutions with us all. I wanted to share with you that I was taught to take my clear stamps, ink them up with a permanent staining ink (like Archival or StazOn) and let it dry. Then your ink won’t bead up on the acrylic stamp surface. I don’t have to do this with ALL my clear stamps, some of them seem to bead worse than others, but I have found it solves the problem!

    Thanks again for sharing!

  34. wrote on January 25th, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    Susan in SC

    This is a cute card! Thank you for including your techniques, as well as the mistakes and how you recovered. I just found you and now I am a subscriber.

  35. wrote on January 26th, 2014 at 4:31 pm


    A gorgeous card Darlene. I wouldn’t have noticed the hand written like sentiment if you hadn’t pointed it out. Such a cute design 🙂

  36. wrote on February 19th, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Sara T.

    Hi, Darlene! I was just checking through some things again and was hoping you could help clarify what the difference is between stenciling and embossing rubber stamps. They seem to have the same effect, so I can’t see if one has any benefits over the other. I love this owl card and was wondering if you could achieve the same background using a star stencil on blue paper, then embossing in yellow. Don’t get me wrong, they both look amazing, and stenciling looks SO fun, but from a budget standpoint, I’m trying to figure out what would be the best bang for my buck. Thanks!

    • wrote on March 2nd, 2014 at 10:43 am

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Sara! Yes, you can use a star stencil on blue paper. You’ll need to use a pigment ink so that it shows up on the blue cardstock. Or, you could use Versamark through your stencil and heat-emboss with yellow powder. I hope that makes sense.

  37. wrote on March 15th, 2014 at 7:51 pm


    I love the tiny star background stamp, but when I hit your link, it said it couldn’t be found. Suggestions?

    • wrote on March 18th, 2014 at 8:04 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Anne, Simon Says Stamp says “product not found” if it is out of stock, which is why you don’t see it. However, Ellen Hutson will show you the product and say “out of stock”. For some reason, this stamp is a little hard to get. I had to signup to receive an email at Ellen when it came back in stock.

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