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Wednesday’s Card: Masked and Blended Flowers

Blended Flowers

Blended Flowers

Hi All,

Okay, so I have to say that I really don’t know how I came up with this card. I don’t think I’ve ever used a bird on a card before. I’m just not that into birds. Well, except for owls of course!! Anyway, I used masking after I stamped my flowers, then I blended them with a blender pen.

I really like this Elements of Style stamp for scrapbooking. I didn’t think I had used it on a card before, so that’s why I decided to use it for today. But, I just now searched my blog and found one HERE! Ha! Anyway, picking a stamp set is usually the first step in my card-making process. And then I think about it day and night, lol!

Some good news on the shopping front… Dick Blick is having 15% off orders of $79 or more PLUS free shipping if you order $99 or more. If you’re thinking about Copic Markers, you can’t beat $4.45 per marker (after the 15% off). Dick Blick also has my favorite Inktense Pencils for significantly cheaper than other online crafting store (used on THIS card, THIS card, and THIS card). They also sell some Faber Castell products. The sale runs through Thursday, 4/18. Use CDFK at checkout!

Someone pointed out to me that Ellen is out of the Everything Flowers stamp I used on Monday. You can also find it at scrapbook.com.

I’ve spent quite a bit of time working on my new site design the last couple of weeks, so I think I’ll have it ready to go this weekend! I’m excited about it and hope you will like it. I started using my new logo in my photos, so that’s a little sneak peek. It’s actually a very clean and simple look. 🙂

Enjoy the video!









  1. wrote on April 17th, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Cheryl Fricker

    Another beautiful card Darlene with new techniques that are easy enough for me to try. Thank you for letting us know about the savings at Dick Blick. I’ve been wanting to get the 24 set of inktense pencils for a long time now. After watching videos from both you and Jennifer McQuire using them, I really, really, really want them. I wouldn’t be spending the $79 though, so I’m going to wait until I save some more money. When I do buy them, I’ll go through your site so that you get the commission. : )

  2. wrote on April 17th, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Wanda M.

    I look forward to each Wednesday to see what you are going to create. I love your work. Thank you for sharing technique tips. Another great card!

  3. wrote on April 17th, 2013 at 11:07 am


    Love to wonderful card you did, purple and green are my favorite color combinations. Looking forward to your creations, you definitely inspire me to get to my craft room.

  4. wrote on April 17th, 2013 at 12:26 pm


    Awesome, I just LOVE the effect of the shaded and printed background… so pretty! (Glad to see I’m not the only one to tear off a layer … I can never seem to get them perfectly straight!) 😉

  5. wrote on April 17th, 2013 at 12:32 pm


    Thank you Darlene, I really enjoyed this! It’s a beautiful layout. Like Wanda, I now look forward to Wednesdays to see what you are making each week.

  6. wrote on April 17th, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Penny Nichols

    Beautiful card Darlene! Your’s puts mine to shame. I also posted a card using Elements of Style today on my blog, but it is a challenge. I need to try the embossing with this stamp. I just love it!

  7. wrote on April 17th, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Natalie Cox

    My jaw dropped when I saw this card! It is so beautiful!!! Thank you so much for sharing this technique.

  8. wrote on April 17th, 2013 at 12:58 pm


    LOL, Oh Darlene, I know what you mean about being bothered by little things out of place. when I make a card and there is a bit of color or a stain, even if it is tiny, it just bugs me to the point that, no matter how much I try to not look at it, my eyes just concentrate on it, ughhh!! so I usually do what you did, either try to fix it or do it over. I love this stamp set, those flowers are really awesome to water color. I’m getting a bit better at sponging, it has taken me a while since I saw you for the first time doing your cards this way. This card is gorgeous, your coloring is, as always, perfect. Thank you for your videos, they are amazing teaching tools.

  9. wrote on April 17th, 2013 at 1:02 pm


    Oh My! what a beautiful card! This would also make a great Mothers day card
    Thanks for sharing this technique!

  10. wrote on April 17th, 2013 at 1:07 pm


    love your masking technique! I have that En Francais stamp – I’ll have to give it a try!

  11. wrote on April 17th, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Lynda M

    Wonderful card Darlene! I have this set and love it. Will try this layout and techniques.

  12. wrote on April 17th, 2013 at 2:18 pm


    Really like the way you masked this card…it’s lovely.

  13. wrote on April 17th, 2013 at 2:38 pm


    Beautiful card!!! YOU ARE JUST SO DARN GOOD!!!!!!!!! I ASPIRE TO BE LIKE YOU

  14. wrote on April 17th, 2013 at 3:51 pm


    Great card Darlene, so beautiful. And thanks for showing another way to add shading and dimension to the flowers. They look so realistic!

  15. wrote on April 17th, 2013 at 3:57 pm


    This card is SO beautiful. Loved the way you colored the flowers and the leaves. The bird embossed in black really stands out and looks amazing!

  16. wrote on April 17th, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    Barbara Thomassen

    Fantastic and beautiful colors and design. Just love it. Thanks for sharing.

  17. wrote on April 17th, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    Doris Cote

    I always love your cards and the videos are always really great for learning techniques.
    Kudos on your video on Ellen Hutson’s web site. Love when you show us how to use different products and I want one of the big white pens. I have never seen that before.

  18. wrote on April 17th, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    Cathy R

    Gorgeous card Darlene. Love your use of masking here, am definitely going to try that technique, the shading looks amazing 🙂 Cathy.

  19. wrote on April 17th, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Meli Isen

    Love the card…as usual!!!! 🙂 you are so good at what you do!!! Cant wait to see the new site…will it be Monday?

    • wrote on April 17th, 2013 at 6:40 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Meli, I’m shooting for Saturday!

  20. wrote on April 17th, 2013 at 6:33 pm


    Of all your cards Darlene, I think this is my favourite, but then again I say that EVERY week, LOL. Your design and technique skills are a true inspiration. I look forward to your next creation.

  21. wrote on April 17th, 2013 at 7:12 pm


    Every time I watch a video of yours I learn something new! Thank you for sharing your creativity and skills with us. I bought the blender pen recently but it didn’t occur to me that of course the ink that I stamp the image with would be affected by the pen. I have a feeling you’ve just saved me some headaches when I go to use it.

    Also the card is _gorgeous!_ Definitely one of my favourites.

  22. wrote on April 17th, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Renee VanEpps

    OMG Darlene! I know what I’m making my momma for her birthday card now! She loves black, and she loves hummingbirds! Thanks so much for sharing this beauty and for all the tips on using the blender pen!

  23. wrote on April 17th, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    Loly Borda

    Gorgeous card Darlene, love the contrast of the soft color flowers and the black hummingbird. Awesome job!TFS

  24. wrote on April 17th, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    Melissa D

    Beautiful colours, would also make a lovely sympathy card. Interesting how you masked the image with the little pieces of tape, I would just stamp the image again and cut out and leave in my wallet with the stamps for use over and over. Great tip about the Stampin’ up ink with the blender and markers.

  25. wrote on April 18th, 2013 at 1:36 am


    A really ‘wow’ card! And it’s even more ‘wow’ for me as I pretty much have all the supplies to make this card . Also love the fact that I don’t have to fussy cut a mask for the flowers – will save a lot of time – so off I go – should go smoothly thanks again to your wonderful instructions.
    How good was your card over at Ellen Hutson! That’s another one that I have most of the goodies to make – but for now I’ll do this masked flower card .

  26. wrote on April 18th, 2013 at 6:48 am


    Thanks for continuing to fill my snow-covered central WI days with a bit of spring! Someday our flowers will bloom . . .

  27. wrote on April 18th, 2013 at 9:09 am

    Linda N.

    Darlene, you inspire me so much! Thank you!

  28. wrote on April 18th, 2013 at 9:24 am

    rachelle Arcaro

    I love the masking technique and have never used it with masking tape to stamp over an already stamped image – what a great idea. That is one of my most favourite stamp sets and I’m so glad to see! Great card.

  29. wrote on April 18th, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Cindy W.

    Love the hummingbird card!!!! How elegant!!!

  30. wrote on April 18th, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Joan Garlough

    What a fabulous card, Darlene. I had to send out a get well card today and wished that I had a card like this to send. I always love your videos. Thanks for sharing all of your techniques.

  31. wrote on April 19th, 2013 at 7:58 am

    Susan W

    What a beautiful card! I tend to stay away from stamps that have so much detail on them because I never know what to do with them…this coloring technique is just perfect! I will need to give it a try. Thanks for the Wednesday inspiration!

  32. wrote on April 23rd, 2013 at 6:35 pm


    Love this card! I’ll go and find my blender pens again. Your new web site is really great. So love your ideas. Thanks for sharing!

  33. wrote on April 30th, 2013 at 4:23 am


    Very nice and creative 🙂 I really like it 🙂 Congrats 🙂

  34. wrote on May 4th, 2013 at 9:03 pm


    Hi Darlene,

    I just wanted to say how much I appreciate your talent and you sharing what you do with those who read your blog. You have inspired me to continue making cards and I have learned many techniques from you. I look forward to receiving your emails every Wednesday.

    Thanks again,

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