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Wednesday’s Card: Simple Watercolor Flowers

Simple Watercolor

Simple Watercolor

Hi All,

I was watching a video recently of someone watercoloring a card, talking about how easy it was. After about the 3rd layer of color, it occurred to me that no, it was not easy. I’m sure I’m guilty of the same thing… some things may seem easy to the person doing it, but to a lot of people they aren’t! I decided to come up with something that REALLY was easy. This is it. There is no blending, there is one layer of color, and there is no shadowing. Sure, you could add more layers and add some shadowing to make it look more realistic. But, I think it looks just great as-is. I hope you sincerely find this easy to do and try it for yourself.

In my video, I referenced the magnetic die storage cards. You can find them at Stamp-n-Storage. Note that the prices vary by size and amount.

I’m excited to report that the Stampin’ Up! holiday catalog releases tomorrow. To be honest, I have not been too impressed with many of the catalogs released over the last year or two by Stampin’ Up!. But, this one is definitely a come-back. I am LOVING the new products. This catalog has some really cute and unique stamps and punches. The products will be online tomorrow, so I will make a post then with my favorites along with links.

Enjoy the watercolor tutorial!



To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.

Distress markers used: Scattered Straw, Worn Lipstick, Forest Moss, and Shabby Shutters

Penny Black Blooming Garden
Blooming Garden
SSS Friendly Flowers
SSS Friendly Flowers
Femme Frames Dies
Femme Frames Dies
Strathmore Watercolor Paper
Watercolor Paper
Stampin' Up! Crumb Cake Cardstock
Crumb Cake Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Cardstock
Black Cardstock
Pumice Stone Distress Ink
Pumice Stone
Distress Markers, Full Set
Distress Markers
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Marker
Black Marker
Simon Says Stamp Black Ink
SSS Black Ink
Magnetic Platform
Magnetic Platform
Sizzix Big Shot Machine
Sizzix Big Shot
Martha Stewart Mini Scoreboard
Mini Scoreboard
Stampin' Up! Dimensionals
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner
Ranger Craft Sheet
Craft Mat


  1. wrote on August 27th, 2014 at 10:19 am


    Beautiful Card! I love the flowers, and will have to try out this watercolor technique! What is the difference between the magnetic platform, and the platform that comes with the big shot?

    • wrote on August 27th, 2014 at 8:49 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Marie. The platform that comes with the Big Shot is not magnetic, so you have to secure your dies in some way to the acrylic plates (I used masking tape). With the magnetic platform, your dies stick to the plate magnetically, so no need to secure them with masking tape or post-its!

  2. wrote on August 27th, 2014 at 10:19 am

    LesLee Stone-Rasmus

    Your right about when some people say it is “really easy” peoples talent vary. “but practice makes perfect” is what my dad always said. Your card came out beautiful. I can’t wait to try this technique. My thing what I tell my kids (who are grown now) “Patience is a virtue ” just get into to in and focus on what you are doing”. There a a lot of things in this world that are distracting, but one thing about water coloring is it makes you pay attention to it, focus on it. Which is very fun and relaxing. As I have told you before Darlene “you are my wednesday cup of joe”. Thanks for always being there and have someone else be there when you are gone. Hope you had a wonderful vacation with your kidos.

  3. wrote on August 27th, 2014 at 11:49 am

    Anita Holmes

    I love your Wednesday Video! I am so glad you finally got your magnetic plate and like to think I played a part in that decision! LOL…glad you love it as I do.
    Now for the card, beautiful, love the flowers, great technique. Your black border was the perfect touch!
    Thanks for sharing your wonderful talent and inspiring all of us!

  4. wrote on August 27th, 2014 at 11:54 am


    Beautiful card! You do make it look so easy! I’ll have to give this technique a try as I really love the watercolur look, but my other attempts haven’t been very successful.

  5. wrote on August 27th, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Robin in WA

    Beautiful card Darlene! Yes, even I can do this (famous last words!) I have to admit, watercoloring LOOKS deceptively simple. I think the key for me, at this very early stage in my watercoloring adventure, is how much water to how much pigment. With distress markers, I find I can do a lot better. Thank you for sharing how you did different techniques to make your card more visually interesting. I need to practice that idea!!

  6. wrote on August 27th, 2014 at 1:40 pm


    Absolutely Beautiful 🙂

  7. wrote on August 27th, 2014 at 1:48 pm


    So beautiful!

  8. wrote on August 27th, 2014 at 2:04 pm


    Thanks for the really cool technique and great video! You ave really simplified the whole process beautifully.

  9. wrote on August 27th, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    Sharon Hayes

    Darlene, your work is outstanding as it always is. Thanks for the inspiration and an idea for something I might achieve. I love watercolor, but I fail time after time. Maybe I will be successful with your “easy” technique.

  10. wrote on August 27th, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    Holly Saveur

    such a gorgeous card..love all the different ways you show how to paint the flowers..super video!
    I will sure try it!

  11. wrote on August 27th, 2014 at 3:24 pm


    lovely card – thanks for all the different techniques!

  12. wrote on August 27th, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    Maria Rodriguez

    Oh Darlene, what a wonderfully gorgeous card!!!!! Water coloring is my most favorite medium to color my images and this video really is perfect for me. One thing I haven’t tried is stamping my images with a lighter colored ink like you did on this video, I always use Stazon black ink and, even if the images look very crisp, it’s a bit harsh, doing it with a lighter ink makes a lot of sense, your images are absolutely lovely, you colored them masterfully. Thank you so much for sharing. 🙂

  13. wrote on August 27th, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    Carol Lucas

    Very pretty! Thanks for showing us the different options using the same colors for water coloring.

  14. wrote on August 27th, 2014 at 4:28 pm


    This is the most beautiful card I’ve ever seen!!

  15. wrote on August 27th, 2014 at 4:32 pm


    This is the most beautiful card I’ve ever seen!

  16. wrote on August 27th, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    Casey Thrush

    I love this!! It turned out sooooooo pretty. Soft and simple.

  17. wrote on August 27th, 2014 at 4:57 pm


    What a lovely card! You did a great job with explaining and showing how to accomplish that watercolor look. Thanks – I love all of your videos!

  18. wrote on August 27th, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    Melissa Field

    This card is absolutely beautiful!! I am incredibly new to card making and just look through your gallery and at your videos with awe! I think this card is one of my favourites and I love that you do the videos so we can see exactly what you did. I’ve looked at other websites and, in my opinion, you are, without a doubt, the best I’ve come across…so creative and such a great teacher! Thanks for sharing with us!

  19. wrote on August 27th, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    Celeste Goff

    What an absolutely beautiful card Darlene! I love the softness that the distress markers give during water coloring!

  20. wrote on August 27th, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    Rosy Newlun

    Aloha Darlene, this is very elegant. It looks so much like conventional watercolor and makes me dream of getting distress markers. Lovely.

  21. wrote on August 27th, 2014 at 6:45 pm


    <3, <3, <3 and can't wait to try this. Simply beautiful!!

  22. wrote on August 27th, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    Danielle B

    One word….STUNNING!

  23. wrote on August 27th, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    Joan Spevak

    Gorgeous card. Thank you so much for your comments and understanding of newbies to water coloring. Practice does make perfect.
    I truly enjoy your comparisons of inks and papers.
    Thank you for sharing your joy.

  24. wrote on August 27th, 2014 at 9:33 pm


    SUPER helpful video! Thank you!
    Your card is LOVELY:)

  25. wrote on August 27th, 2014 at 9:49 pm


    Love those pretty, pretty flowers, Darlene! Gorgeous card!

  26. wrote on August 27th, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    Kim S.

    This is a beautiful card , Darlene and I think even i can do it! thanks.

  27. wrote on August 28th, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Loll Thompson

    Beautiful watercoloring Darlene. Definitely will give this a try. Thanks! Loll xx

  28. wrote on August 31st, 2014 at 10:31 am


    This is truly gorgeous. Thanks for sharing your wonderful tutorial. I wish I had some of those markers now!

  29. wrote on August 31st, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Gloria Taylor

    Wow, Darlene this is such a beautiful card using water colors. The more I watch your videos with water colors the more I am encouraged to try this technique, thanks.

  30. wrote on August 31st, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    Sherry W.

    Do you think you might do a video of showing how you might do one project, but use different products? ie, This card, but using Inktense pencils or Peerless water colors or Copics ? I don’t have Distress markers, so I’ll try using what I have. I’d be interested to see what, if anything, you would do differently with the different products.

    BTW, I appreciate that you go back and use different stamps from the set. More ideas for using what I already have. – I like that. Thank you!

    • wrote on September 2nd, 2014 at 10:05 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Sherry, I will keep that in mind for a future post (i.e. making the same card with different products). It would be interesting to see the results!

  31. wrote on September 2nd, 2014 at 5:34 pm


    LOVE this card and tried to CAS it. Don’t have distress markers so I tried to use my watercolor pencils directly and watercoloring–fail. After four tries (managed to smudge the best one, of course) I ended used Copics. Not as pretty as your original but it looks pretty good so I will be proud to send it to my daughter-in-law for her birthday. Thank you so much for the beautiful card and awesome inspiration.

  32. wrote on September 4th, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Diana W.

    Darlene – this card is so lovely. Such attention to detail and patience you have!! I love how you painted these flowers. Whoever gets this card is very lucky! Thanks for sharing it with us.

  33. wrote on January 7th, 2015 at 7:25 pm


    Lovely! I’m going to give this a try as soon as I get home.

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