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Wednesday’s Card: Paisley Butterfly

Paisley Butterfly

Hi All!

I used one of my favorite stamps right now – the Penny Black Paisley Outline background. I like it because it’s a small print and not very detracting from your focal point. I stamped the butterfly right on it – it’s not a separate layer. I really like how this card turned out.

One other thing I did a little differently is the card base. The white folded card base is cut 1/4″ shorter than a normal card. I layered it on top of a flat black panel measuring 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ (the normal card base size). That way, I don’t have an extra layer to get the black frame without the black card interior. Does that make sense? It may make more sense when you watch the video.

Anyway, have a great week!!










  1. wrote on October 10th, 2012 at 10:38 am


    GORGEOUS.. what a fabulous tutorial again Darlene! Thanks you so much!

  2. wrote on October 10th, 2012 at 10:48 am


    I love this card, Darlene! It’s such a great idea to color right over the background stamp. I shared your link on the Stamp Fever Facebook page, I’m sure our ladies will love your tutorial.

  3. wrote on October 10th, 2012 at 11:05 am


    So talented as usual! I have been following you for over a year now and I am still enjoying your work! Waiting to see the Christmas card!!

  4. wrote on October 10th, 2012 at 11:38 am

    JoAnne in Wa.

    This is so beautiful! I love the idea of doing the black card stock in the back of the card. You are so stinkin’ clever, Darlene!

  5. wrote on October 10th, 2012 at 11:39 am


    Oh my goodness, Darlene!!!!! When I saw this card in my inbox I thougth you cut the butterfly out and pop it up with dimentionals…..how beautiful is this card!!!!!
    Ok, now I can go for my run in peace. I was waiting for the video, LOL.

  6. wrote on October 10th, 2012 at 12:00 pm


    Great card using some of my favorite colors! I love using black on my cards and it surprises me how many people seem to be afraid of black. I just bought that Penny Black bg stamp. I was actually hoping it was the great bg stamp that I had seen on Jill Foster’s blog a long time ago. Even though I’ve seen this one on her blog as well, unfortunately it’s not the one I really wanted, but I like it anyway. As you said — it’s a small print and will make great backgrounds. I’m off to watch your video.

  7. wrote on October 10th, 2012 at 12:00 pm


    Wow! What a beautiful card! Really like the design! The butterfly looks like it is going to fly off 🙂

  8. wrote on October 10th, 2012 at 12:09 pm


    Another great card. Love both the ideas of using the black cs the way you did and that butterfly is amazing. Thanks for sharing..

  9. wrote on October 10th, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    Pam Z

    Gorgeous card!! I absolutely love watching you color your images!! It DOES look like you actually popped it off the page! Well done again! Thanks!

  10. wrote on October 10th, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Holly M

    I love your technique of stamping directly on the background pattern. I have many lovely background stamps, and intend to play with this idea. I look forward to your videos every week, and thank you sincerely for making them. Holly M

  11. wrote on October 10th, 2012 at 2:15 pm


    Great idea how you adhered the white card to the black panel! Love that tip!
    Very pretty butterfly and I love the way you colored and shadowed it. Such a great card!

  12. wrote on October 10th, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Cat C

    Gorgeous, I too love that background stamp!

  13. wrote on October 10th, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Brenda B.

    Wow, yet another brilliant card! Love the colors of your butterfly and the beautiful background. The black really does make the butterfly pop and I would have never guessed that the butterfly was stamped on the background. It looks like it is another layer.

  14. wrote on October 10th, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Jane Harrah

    Stunning and clever and I learned some new ideas! I love it.

  15. wrote on October 10th, 2012 at 3:41 pm


    G’day Darlene, what a lovely, vibrant card – beautiful! Have you turned your camera around? I had to watch it upside down to get the card the right way up……amused the kids anyway!!!! Another great idea from you so thank you from down under, cheers…

  16. wrote on October 10th, 2012 at 6:49 pm


    I just found you on Pinterest, I love your videos! Ty’s!

  17. wrote on October 10th, 2012 at 7:16 pm


    Darlene – you did it again! Beautiful card. I love the top note die cut. And what a way to showcase it. Thank you for your wonderful ideas! Have a great rest of the week.

  18. wrote on October 10th, 2012 at 8:12 pm


    What a fabulous design and card! There’s so much to love here – especially stamping directly on the BG and coloring only that area. I was impressed by how perfectly you had lined that up only to realize it was all one layer! Secondly you’ve solved the problem of adding a black mat beautifully. Your explanation totally makes sense and it’s a fantastic tip. Thanks!

  19. wrote on October 10th, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Angela R

    Love it, it is stunning!

  20. wrote on October 11th, 2012 at 12:15 am

    Loly Borda

    Gorgeous! Love your coloring and adding that black pannel was a great idea. TFS

  21. wrote on October 11th, 2012 at 4:13 am

    Eveline van Heijst

    Hi Darlene, what a beautiful card. I love the butterfly.
    BTW, SU came to The Netherlands on October the 8th, I’m a happy girl. This does make ordering a lot easier.

  22. wrote on October 11th, 2012 at 3:07 pm


    Another incredible project! You are so talented, it’s frightening ! Thank you for sharing your talent!

  23. wrote on October 11th, 2012 at 9:31 pm


    Once again I am in awe, beautiful card and the techniques are amazing. Thank you for sharing.

  24. wrote on October 12th, 2012 at 1:40 pm


    Wow! that card is gorgeous Darlene. I love that you always use a technique with a twist – it looks so 3D. Thank you so much for your videos – I look forward to them every week.

  25. wrote on October 14th, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Emma h

    Wow, I never would’ve guessed the butterfly was stamped right on the background, it just pops right off the page! So gorgeous!

  26. wrote on March 11th, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Anna Jernigan

    OMGosh!!….I NEVER would have thought that butterfly (my fav) was colored right on top of that background! I, of course, never thought to do that…I would have stamped and mounted it separately, (yawn) which only goes to show that I AM learning soooo much from your videos! See, the voice-0ver is just the ticket for me…I feel like I am right there with you…(in a good way, soaking up all the tips and tools) BTW, I want some of that great glue you keep using…LOL This card is spectacular! Personally, I love butterflies, and I have some background stamps that I am visualizing with a stamped” something” (or butterfly) right on top…I have GOT to try this method. It is so beautiful!!! Also, I found something else super interesting: adhering the white card onto the black (which looks like the base, but it isn’t really the base.) Clever!!! I am having a blast here, watching your videos, then back to tidying/cleaning my craft-room…ugh, don’t ask….but, wish I could speed it up like you do your videos… it would definitely go a lot quicker…just kidding, but it feels kinda overwhelming today, because I am not feeling well, so…sigh.) But, I am determined! LOL So glad I found this site. Thanks for sharing.

  27. wrote on February 21st, 2015 at 3:26 pm


    Love this card! Is there a way to do it with the Blendabilities? I don’t have Copics. I know I would have to use Whisper White paper and Memento Tuxedo black ink.

    • wrote on February 23rd, 2015 at 1:21 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      The Blendabilities should work the same way Crystal. I would test the Blendabilities on the SSS ink, if you decide to use that brand, just to make sure it doesn’t affect the Blendabilities different than the Copcis.

  28. wrote on April 14th, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    Jan Castle

    Beautiful and clever card!!! Thanks for sharing the video again!!!
    Paper Hugs,

  29. wrote on April 14th, 2016 at 8:51 pm


    Gorgeous! I love butterflies and I love watching you color with Copics!

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