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Wednesday’s Card: Some Inktense Goodness

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Hi All,

I’m using one of my favorite coloring products, Derwent Inktense Pencils. They are watercolor pencils with the most amazing results.

I love the new Penny Black line of stamps and stencils, one of which I used here (more to come later!). I’m also loving the Mama Elephant Femme Frames die set. Two dies with interesting borders that layer perfectly on a standard A2 card. Both of these items are not very easy to get at the moment. You can order the stamp directly from Penny Black, but the Femme Frames are a little harder to find. There is a link on Ellen Hutson to email you when a product is back in stock. Ellen told me she hopes to have the Penny Black line in by early next week. Sorry about that!

I clear-embossed my Memento Luxe Bahama Blue ink on this card. Here is a close-up so you can see it better:

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If you are thinking about buying the Intense Pencils, Dick Blick has the best price. They also carry the Strathmore watercolor paper.

Enjoy the video and have a great week!



To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.
Inktense pencil colors used: Fushia, Hookers Green (what’s that about?), and Iris Blue

Penny Black Softly
Penny Black Softly
Femme Frames Dies
Femme Frames Dies
Derwent Inktense Watercolor Pencils
Inktense Pencils
Penny Black Lace Delight
Penny Black Lace Delight
Strathmore Watercolor Paper
Watercolor Paper
Memento Luxe Bahama Blue Ink
Bahama Blue
Stampin' Up!Aqua Painter
Aqua Painter
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Versafine Black Ink
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Clear Embossing Powder
Clear Embossing Powder
Sponge Daubers
Sponge Daubers
Stampin' Up! Heat Tool
Heat Tool
Sizzix Big Shot Machine
Sizzix Big Shot


  1. wrote on March 12th, 2014 at 10:19 am


    I love watching you color! Beautiful card, Darlene!

  2. wrote on March 12th, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    Kathy H

    So very pretty Darlene. The shiny blue almost gives the appearance of a fresh rainfall! Thanks for the tips on watercoloring…I’m trying to perfect mine…really do thank you for not only showing us something new each week but also giving instruction in the videos.

  3. wrote on March 12th, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Maria A. Rodriguez

    You did a gorgeous card using my very favorite medium…..Water Colors!!! I love the softness of the blue around the flowers Darlene and the brighter blue of the outer layer looks amazing with the clear embossing powder. Oh, I got to get me some of this Memento Lux inks, I can see how creamy and how even they go on the paper. The other day I was watching your video on the inks as I was sipping my herbal tea Darlene, this is one of the best and most informative videos on the subject of inks. It really helps you so much to choose the right inks for the right project.
    Ladies, if you haven’s seen it, go take a looksee.
    Thank you so much for another fantastic video.

  4. wrote on March 12th, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Laura Norris

    Another beauty Darlene!! Great tips on water coloring too.

  5. wrote on March 12th, 2014 at 2:16 pm


    LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    My boss has a message for you……..
    “Darlene, stop being so awesome! Jennifer is spending work time checking out your site!!!”

  6. wrote on March 12th, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    Carol B

    Beautiful card! Love all the tips in your video. Oh, I just got those wonderful Hero Arts Neon inks and made one card already…..wahoo.

  7. wrote on March 12th, 2014 at 2:51 pm


    Darlene, as usual a brilliant video. I am a great advocate for the inktense pencils, have been using them for years. They are just so perfect as a medium, they travel everywhere with me. When I am working away its great to be able to take the pencils, a couple of the water filled brushes and some images stamped or printed on water colour paper to fill in time in those lonely motels and airports. Even took with me the other day as I had to take my husband to the emergency room to get some rust rings scrapped from his eyes. Typical waiting time is 8 hours on the weekend so I was prepared. Got plenty done.

    • wrote on March 12th, 2014 at 9:58 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Oh my gosh Aileen. I don’t know what rust rings are, but it doesn’t sound good. I hope everything is okay. I know what you mean about traveling with the pencils – I take them with me on vacation with a drawing pad and draw/paint the scenery! Very portable. Tell your husband I hope he feels better soon.

  8. wrote on March 12th, 2014 at 3:40 pm


    Love this card, just beautiful. Now I need to try it. Thanks for another great one!

  9. wrote on March 12th, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    Anne Marie

    Darlene, Again another beautiful card ,totally got to try out Inktence pencils , they look far better than regular pencils even with using with Gamma sol.. I’ve got to try these… Love that penny black stamp too.. As always great video .. Can hardly wait to see what else you have for us !!!yours in ink Anne

  10. wrote on March 12th, 2014 at 6:24 pm


    Very beautiful card! For the first time I actually understand the watercolor technique – thanks for the tutorial! I can’t wait to try some myself.

  11. wrote on March 12th, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    Irene Grau

    This card is gorgeous! I finally played with my inktense pencils. So bright and vibrant! I love them! Thanks for always inspiring me and showing me how to use them.

  12. wrote on March 12th, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    Meg M.

    Darlene, I absolutely love your videos. I have learned so much about coloring from watching you – and I actually turn around and practice what I learn. Thank you for being such a kind and generous teacher and creator. I appreciate you!

  13. wrote on March 12th, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    June K

    Thanks for the video, Darlene. I learned a lot about the Inktense pencils.

  14. wrote on March 12th, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    Embossing Queen

    I love it Darlene. Another beautiful card that you make look so easy. Very pretty and now my fingers are itching to do some watercolour….can I put my Copic’s down long enough to have a go though?

  15. wrote on March 12th, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    Cheryl Lea

    I’ve had Inktense pencils for awhile and haven’t had much success with them. Being able to watch you actually do the watercoloring with them is going to help me a great deal!!! 😉 Also, I got a chuckle out of “Hookers Green (what’s that about?)” Here ya go: Hooker’s green is a dark green color created by mixing Prussian blue and Gamboge. The color is displayed at right. Hooker’s green takes its name from botanical artist William Hooker (1779 – 1832) who first created a special pigment for leaves. ~Hugs!

    • wrote on March 12th, 2014 at 10:10 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Ha! Thanks for clearing that up Cheryl! 🙂

  16. wrote on March 12th, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    Sharon Hayes

    Your videos are always very helpful to me. You are so good at talking through what you are doing. In teaching first grade, we called it “thinking out loud”. I am amazed how much I really learn by just watching you and listening to you “thinking out loud”. I check your blog everyday…..hoping you might be posting an extra video. Thank you.

  17. wrote on March 12th, 2014 at 11:56 pm


    Love this card Darlene. Your instructions are great as usual with more amazing tips for best results. Thanks.

  18. wrote on March 13th, 2014 at 10:54 am

    Gloria Taylor

    Darlene, this card was so lovely. Thank you for always sharing your creations.

  19. wrote on March 13th, 2014 at 10:54 am

    Loll Thompson

    Hi Darlene. Your card is gorgeous. I love the technique you’ve used for watercoloring using the Intense pencils. Thanks for sharing your tips … I’ve learned a lot today! 🙂 Loll xx

  20. wrote on March 13th, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    Casey Thrush

    Beautiful! I love those frames those are cool.

  21. wrote on March 13th, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    Robin in WA

    Beautiful card!! I love the Mama Elephant frames too, but most of my cards are 5×7. I love watching you use Inktense pencils–I really want to buy some, but I haven’t broken down yet. I also tried the watercolor paper that you use, the 200 series, and I really like it. I used to use the Strathmore 300 series, but it’s so heavy and I really like the lighter weight better and I hardly get any warpage. Thanks for the recommendation. Thanks for another great video!!!

  22. wrote on March 17th, 2014 at 9:52 pm


    A really beautiful card Darlene. I loved watching you colour this 🙂

  23. wrote on March 20th, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Myrna Sweet

    Darlene: I love your card. It looks so soft and feminine. I find your videos very inspirational. Thank you for sharing your talents with us

  24. wrote on March 23rd, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    Holly Young

    oh my, this is gorgeous! I have a 12 pack, but I wanted more colors,,,,,so I went to Dick Blick,,,,they have awesome prices, but they wanted 14 bucks to ship 10 pencils. Jerry’s artarama only wanted 9.00,,,,,,,

    still ludicrous, if you ask me,,,,,I got six on EBAY and only paid 3.27 for shipping, but his supply of colors was limited.

    Anyway, love the card, and I am so enjoying these pencils myself! Thanks for sharing!

  25. wrote on March 31st, 2014 at 7:01 pm


    Lovely card! Nice embossed border and pretty flowers. THX for the video. I LOVE my Inktense watercolor pencils and use them a lot. I had a set of 12 for a long time but loved them so much that a few mos ago, I bought a set of 72. : )

  26. wrote on October 13th, 2015 at 3:41 pm


    Darlene, I wanted to tell you how much this video helped me. I was having so much trouble with my inktense pencils. I could not do the shadowing, I could not move the ink, I was a mess and so were the cards. maybe other people had done this coloring the way you do, but I never got it. when I watched this video, finally IT CLICKED!! it was like ding ding ding ding! just to prove I could do it I got out a very detailed stamp of a little girl (she had skin and hair, yiikes). with just a little practice (mostly on the skin and hair), I suddenly had painted it and was happy with the results. Thank you so so much, treen

    • wrote on October 19th, 2015 at 10:33 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Yay! So glad to hear I was able to help you Treen. 🙂

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