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Wednesday’s Card: Monochromatic Embossed Butterflies

Monochromatic Butterflies

Hi All!

Do you like the polka dots? I wish I had time to do more – I’m kind of getting bored with the current design. The dots were an easy change, so I figured, why not?

For the card this week, I wanted to try out using two different embossing powders on an image. I used both Wild Wasabi and White embossing powders on the butterflies. Kind of a neat look.

I totally love the En Francais background stamp – it’s so pretty! I know I’ve been using it a lot lately – hopefully you’re not getting sick of it!

Update on the Christmas card project (does everyone obsess about the Christmas card like I do? I need to get some sleep for goodness sake!). I have the perfect photo. We only had to do about 7 photo shoots at various times of the day in a variety of locations to get it. I was getting the “seriously mom?” look from my 10 year old. And I am almost done with my prototype. Yes, you heard it… the prototype. I just use plain white printer paper, a pencil, and some scotch tape to make the prototype. Why? Because I don’t have any of the supplies to make it! I’m using a new punch and a new stamp set. But, I want to make sure I’m happy before I go purchasing everything. I will post it sometime in the next few weeks.

A couple of milestones are right around the corner…. I am 19 subscribers away from hitting 1,000 subscribers on my YouTube channel!! I cannot believe it. I remember when I got the first subscription. I was jumping and screaming from excitement. I feel so lucky. AND…. I’ll be posting my 100th card-making video next Wednesday! Wow, 100 videos. That’s kind of a lot!

I know I’ve said it before, but here goes again… thanks for watching and leaving such nice comments. I appreciate it so much. 🙂

And now for the video…


Other Supplies:

  • Spellbinders Curved Rectangles
  • ATG Gun


  1. wrote on September 28th, 2011 at 8:24 am


    So simple, yet soooooooooo elegant.

  2. wrote on September 28th, 2011 at 8:30 am

    Donna Olson

    Beautiful as always.
    Another technique to try.

  3. wrote on September 28th, 2011 at 8:35 am

    Carol B

    Oh my, what a beautiful card! I love how you used two colors of embossing powder, need to try this technique soon.

  4. wrote on September 28th, 2011 at 8:48 am


    I love butterflies – I love green and I love this card!!!

  5. wrote on September 28th, 2011 at 8:50 am


    Wow! Darline, how do you do it time after time? This is such an elegant card. Never thought of using two types of embossing powders. And now I really want to try the frames. Your videos are the best I’ve seen – congrats on so many viewers (fans).

    Thanks again for sharing your talents.

  6. wrote on September 28th, 2011 at 9:04 am


    Oh super neat as usual! I was wondering if I could mix embossing powders like that…now I know thank you! I also so Gina on stamp TV do the same thing with the SBdies to get the perfect border.
    I love ! Congratulations on your upcoming milestones!

  7. wrote on September 28th, 2011 at 9:27 am


    Great card, & loved the ideas you gave. Glad I found your site. Loved it.

  8. wrote on September 28th, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Amy K,

    such a beautiful card, like always. I watch all your videos eventho I don’t always leave a comment. I just want you to know that I’m still watching and I always enjoy the cards you make and I get such inspiration from them. congrats on the subbies! You’re doing so good! Keep ’em comming and I’ll be watching;) hugs, amy k

    p.s. sorry I haven’t messaged you in a while but I wanted to thank you for the encouragement you gave to me a year ago. You helped me to have courage to make my first video and all the ones that followed. You inspire me and I’m ever grateful to you.

  9. wrote on September 28th, 2011 at 10:33 am

    Chris B.

    I love this card! Easy card but it definitely is a WOW. I watch all your videos and I love them. You are so talented and I love your ideas. I subscribed to your You Tube videos so maybe you are closer to your 1,000 subscribers. You deserved everyone subscribing you are awesome to watch. Thank you for sharing.

  10. wrote on September 28th, 2011 at 11:11 am


    Beautiful card!! I can never get enough butterflies!!

  11. wrote on September 28th, 2011 at 12:19 pm


    never fails, another week brings another video of pure card making fantasticalness! 🙂 I can’t wait to get the En Francais background stamp!!!

  12. wrote on September 28th, 2011 at 12:32 pm


    The butterflies are amazing! Love the whole card as it is very elegant. Of course green is my favourite colour.

  13. wrote on September 28th, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Eveline van Heijst

    Gorgeous card Darlene.
    I worked the whole day and it’s very relaxing to view this video this evening. It’s almost 9 pm over here.

  14. wrote on September 28th, 2011 at 2:22 pm


    Beautiful card! I use embossing powder and have never thought of using two at once. You’ve given me so many great ideas. Thank you!

  15. wrote on September 28th, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Darlene Z

    This card is so pretty and simple! I love it!!

  16. wrote on September 28th, 2011 at 4:09 pm


    My Grand-daughter and I watch your videos and one or both always find something interesting. I really like todays card. We do not have and embossing tool but after this video we might have to get one. Too cool using two powders.

  17. wrote on September 28th, 2011 at 4:27 pm


    Stunning card Darlene!
    I did not know you could use two embossing powders at the same time.
    The spellbinder tip is great too.
    I always enjoy your cards and videos. Learn something new every time.
    WOW…100 videos! Congrats and keep them coming 🙂

  18. wrote on September 28th, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Sue McRae

    Such a pretty card. Love the two colours of ep!

  19. wrote on September 28th, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Chris R.

    What a wonderful card! So simple yet so elegant. The colors are very striking.
    I love your idea of drawing around the nestabilities to get a narrow border.
    Your videos are fabulous. Congrats on 100.

  20. wrote on September 28th, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Lillian R

    Congratulations Darlene on your one hundred videos (as of next week)!! That is quite an accomplishment. I am so glad I found your website. You are so talented and a Great teacher. Thank You, thank you, thank you.

  21. wrote on September 28th, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Cathy E

    Great tip for using 2 embossing colors – I’ll have to give it a try and hope it turns out as lovely as your card. Congrats on the video milestone and subscriber list – I hope it continues to grow!!! (can’t imagine a Wed without you…)

  22. wrote on September 28th, 2011 at 8:17 pm


    Lovely card! I love the effect of the green and white embossing powder.

  23. wrote on September 28th, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    Wendy Carr

    Wow! I love this card! It is very doable for me. I don’t have copic markers and can’t reproduce a lot of what you normally do. I love to listen to you talk about how and why you do the steps. I might just attempt to case this one though 😉

  24. wrote on September 28th, 2011 at 9:22 pm



  25. wrote on September 28th, 2011 at 9:56 pm


    I adore this card and I am going to try the two powder technique — I did try it on Surfboards but I like how yours looks more blended – Mine showed a definite line.
    Thanks for sharing your tricks and tips!

  26. wrote on September 28th, 2011 at 10:13 pm


    Wow! Have I mentioned I LOVE everything you make? I just cased your butterfly on distressed rainbow background for a card at a craft retreat this past weekend. I have a feeling this one is my next steal……

  27. wrote on September 29th, 2011 at 8:17 am

    Francine G

    So beautiful yet so simple. Thank you for the double color embossing technique. I am sure to try it today.

  28. wrote on September 29th, 2011 at 9:56 am

    Sue Alg

    So simple, but it looks so sophisticated. Thanks for demonstating the embossing technique–love the look.

  29. wrote on September 29th, 2011 at 1:46 pm


    Congrats on your upcoming milestones!! I’m so glad I found your blog and your videos 🙂

    Great card today!!!!!


  30. wrote on September 29th, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    Sandra ltb

    very pretty!
    Sandra ltb

  31. wrote on September 30th, 2011 at 1:31 pm


    Beautiful!! I love how you do your videos, so enjoy watching them!!

  32. wrote on October 9th, 2011 at 6:34 pm


    I simply LOVE your blog. Your taste is very similar to mine, and I have many of the stamp sets that you use! I love that you show the card, then show the video to make the card. After scouring the web, I have found only 3 other cardmaking blogs that do that. (none as elegant as yours). Curious, do you make the card on your own first, then repeat it in front of the camera? Where do you get your inspiration? Please keep them coming, I just subscribed! LOVE,LOVE,LOVE it! Cindy

  33. wrote on October 20th, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Margit Alles

    Hello Darlene,

    thanks a lot for this great video about this new technique.
    Your card is soooooo beautiful.

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