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Wednesday’s Card: Mixed Media Flowers

Mixed Media Flowers

Mixed Media Flowers

Hi All!

I’m calling these mixed media flowers because I colored them with ink, Copics, SU markers, and colored pencils!

The card is made up of two Spellbinders die cuts adhered together at the top. I really like the way the orange and red distress inks came out so bright!! And I totally love this Penny Black background stamp with the paisleys – click this link to go to Two Peas in a Bucket, where it is on sale for just $4.20!! And speaking of Penny Black… they asked me to be a guest designer on their blog! Now I just need to find some time to create a few cards for it. I have a plan in my head – I just need execution time. With two kids home 24/7 over the summer, free time is a rare commodity. Am I the only one who doesn’t relax over the summer? I can’t sleep because nothing I normally get done during the day is getting done! I know, I know… it will all get done in due time and I should just enjoy myself for the summer. But when you are an overachiever like me, that’s extremely hard to do, lol!! I’m working on it.

Another new thing I did today was color Stampin’ Up! Rhinestone Jewels with Copics. I’ve known about this for awhile, but I just haven’t had those jewels on my list. I finally purchased them – how awesome is it to have every color available to you to match your Copics?

Anyhoo…enjoy the video!










  1. wrote on June 20th, 2012 at 9:56 am


    How pretty and how fun! Thanks so much for all these tips…I can’t wait to try it!

  2. wrote on June 20th, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Brenda B

    Congrats on being at guest designer at Penny Black. Today’s card is just incredible and so is your video. Thanks so much for the inspiration.

  3. wrote on June 20th, 2012 at 11:49 am


    Wow! Love that stamp too! I just ordered one 🙂

  4. wrote on June 20th, 2012 at 12:29 pm


    I am happy for you, I usually check the penny black blog everyday….so I am thrilled I’ll see you there! I too recently started colouring my clear gems with copics and sharpies….I only have a few copics.

  5. wrote on June 20th, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Carol B

    Congrats on the Penny Black gig, will watch for you there. Your card is so pretty and love the colors.

  6. wrote on June 20th, 2012 at 1:13 pm


    Darlene – I love you Mixed Media Flowers. Such a beautiful and striking card. You do such a good job on the video’s, and that makes it easier for us visual people to understand the creation of the card. Thanks you for the time you take to share with us. I am going to try and duplicate this card. Love the shape of it and the colors.

  7. wrote on June 20th, 2012 at 1:26 pm


    Hello, Darlene: I totally understand about not having enough time to do everything you need to do witih your little ones on Summer break. I have my 5 grandkids here 4 or 5 days a week and I also take and pick them up from summer school because the oldest is taking 5 weeks of gym so she can have one more hour to take something else during the year and her brother is taking trombone lessons to play in the school band. It’s hectic but I love it, this kids keep me on my toes.
    I love your card and that background from Penny Black is awesome!! Thank you for all the inspiration every Wednesday. Congratulations of being a Guest Designer for Penny Black, you deserve it, you are awesome.
    Don’t forget to pause during the day to enjoy LIFE.

  8. wrote on June 20th, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Diana Evensen

    Beautiful card! Definitely mixed media — or is that mixed up media? LOL. This card would be perfect for the Our Daily Bread Designs June Challenge for Operation Write Home — shaped cards!!
    I just spent 15 minutes searching Web sites to find the link for this challenge — but came up empty!! Maybe I was dreaming???

  9. wrote on June 20th, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Barb Ghigliotty

    Hi Darlene,
    I saw your video on YouTube, but wanted to stop by to tell you how much I LOVE this card! Thanks so much for the tutorial…I really appreciate it!
    Can’t wait to see you on the Penny Black Blog…you go, girl!!!

  10. wrote on June 20th, 2012 at 2:04 pm


    Lovely card. Love orange and blue together.

  11. wrote on June 20th, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Maureen Jones

    The Penny Black Blog is one of the other blogs I follow. I can’t wait to see what you create for them!

  12. wrote on June 20th, 2012 at 7:47 pm


    Another fabulous card and more great tips – thanks so much. Well done on the Penny Black gig and good luck with finding time for yourself these holidays.

  13. wrote on June 20th, 2012 at 8:05 pm


    Another Wednesday Wow!!!! Thanks so much for your inspiration. Congrats on your blog. You’re the best!

  14. wrote on June 20th, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Embossing Queen

    Hi Darlene, Great card and techniques as usual. Congratulations on the Penny Black Guest Designer position! You will be fantastic.

  15. wrote on June 20th, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    Loly Borda

    Gorgeous card! I love all your creation, thanks so much for taking the time to explain everything you do, I’ve learnt so much from you. Thanks and don’t forget to take time to smell the flowers…
    Loly Borda

  16. wrote on June 21st, 2012 at 1:37 am


    Your videos are my happy pills in the morning! You should do more! You are amazing!

  17. wrote on June 21st, 2012 at 6:41 am

    Renee VanEpps

    Beautiful card, loved the video and loved the coloring process 🙂

  18. wrote on June 21st, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Maureen Chandler

    This card is lovely and your tutorials are wonderful! Thank you so much!!

  19. wrote on June 21st, 2012 at 2:38 pm


    Thank you once again for the inspiration and helpful tips. This is a stunning color combination!

    What storage system do you use for your distress ink pads? I’m having a hard time with stacking them upside down upon one another and keeping the lids tight when picking through them for just the right color.

    • wrote on June 23rd, 2012 at 10:36 am

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Faith – I store my distress inks in a container that has three thin drawers that pull out. The drawers fit 10-12 ink pads each. I just store them flat in the drawer. One drawer has yellow/orange/red, another has blue/green/purple, and one has browns/black/neutrals. It allows me to see the top covers of the ink pads easily when I pull out the drawer. I’ll probably do another craft room tour at some point, since it’s not in the one I did awhile back.

  20. wrote on June 24th, 2012 at 7:05 am

    Francine G

    Lovely card! I really love this mix media technique. will try it. Thank you for wonderful videos and congrats for the Penny Black blog. can’t wait to see you there.

  21. wrote on June 24th, 2012 at 8:09 pm


    Thanks, Darlene. I will watch it for certain when you post it … someday in the future.

  22. wrote on June 25th, 2012 at 6:48 am


    This cards is so lovely! I love your use of Copic markers – beautiful. I really liked the simple tip of coloring the rhinestones – I always forget you can do that. Your background blending with the distress ink is wonderful. Great card!

  23. wrote on July 4th, 2012 at 10:05 am


    I am so happy I stumbled onto your blog! I love ALL the useful tips!!! You are definitely an inspiration thanks so much for sharing!

  24. wrote on October 10th, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Pam Z

    Ok…this is one of my FAVES of your cards!! Love that background!!!

  25. wrote on December 28th, 2012 at 2:40 am

    Antonetta Pereida

    Some really excellent blog posts on this site, thank you for contribution. “The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it.” by Arnold Glasgow.

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