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Wednesday’s Card: Subtle Watercolor Background

Subtle Watercolor

Subtle Watercolor

Hi All,

I had a little fun with my Inktense pencils again today. I love using them for watercolor. I used more water on this background, as compared to when I used them with less water on THIS CARD.

This Summer Garden stamp set is new by Simon Says Stamp and I love the flowers in it. Although I didn’t use them on this card, it has matching dies. It reminds me of Secret Garden, which is retiring from Stampin’ Up! this year. 🙁

I also used my masking fluid again, like I did on THESE CARDS. I really love this product and can’t wait to use it in the winter for snow scenes!

Oh, and yes, the Mama Elephant Femme Frames again (see THIS CARD). These are so awesome for cardmakers – perfect layering for A2 size cards. They are really hard to find. Ellen Hutson has an email notification you can sign up for, which will let you know as soon as it’s in stock. I have used that feature many times and it’s great.

Also, Simon Says Stamp has two active coupons: $5 off now through June 15th with code 5BUCKS. And, free shipping on US/Canada orders over $75 with code DSC799. International orders over $75 receive $7.99 off with code DSC799.

Enjoy the video and Happy Mother’s Day!



To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.
Inktense Pencils used: Carmine Pink, Peacock Blue, and Field Green

SSS Summer Garden
SSS Summer Garden
Derwent Inktense Watercolor Pencils
Inktense Pencils
Femme Frames Dies
Femme Frames Dies
Strathmore Watercolor Paper
Watercolor Paper
Masking Fluid
Masking Fluid
Versamark Ink Pad
Versamark Ink
Stampin' Up! White Embossing Powder
White Embossing Powder
Stampin' Up! Clear Embossing Powder
Clear Embossing Powder
Stampin' Up! Pearls
Copic Sketch 110 Marker
Copic Sketch 110 Marker
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Cardstock
Black Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Heat Tool
Heat Tool
Black Soot Distress Inkr
Black Soot
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Versafine Black Ink
Stampin' Up! Mini Glue Dots
Mini Glue Dots
Sizzix Big Shot Machine
Sizzix Big Shot


  1. wrote on May 7th, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    Maria Rodriguez

    Darlene, I just love the way you did the water color wash for this card, it’s so, so beautiful and it allows this little flowers to pop. I’ve never used Masking Fluid but I think it would be a great thing to give it a try, it looks great on your background. What a great idea to cut the glue dots, I didn’t know you can actually cut them, they are so sticky.
    Thank you so much for another fabulous video and another great technique for us to try.
    Happy Mother’s Day to you to!!!!!

  2. wrote on May 7th, 2014 at 2:42 pm


    Lovely card with a very pretty soft look.

  3. wrote on May 7th, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Robin in WA

    Beautiful card Darlene!!! Lovely colors and texture! I can hardly wait to give it a try. Happy Mother’s Day to you too!!!!!

  4. wrote on May 7th, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    megan mcdonald

    I love the card today, but I really wanted to say WOW you guys have donated a huge amount to foster care. this is brilliant. Well done

  5. wrote on May 7th, 2014 at 7:14 pm


    Love when you use inktense pencils on your cards – the results are just awesome. BTW, didn’t mind getting the 2 emails from you – just disappointed when I realised they weren’t different!! Having said that I actually didn’t get an email for this card – can you tell I hang out for your great videos!!?? Thanks.

  6. wrote on May 7th, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    Michal Chapman

    You are the original! Beautiful card, thanks. Happy Mother’s Day!

  7. wrote on May 8th, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Debbie V

    Wishing you a very Happy Mother’s Day!

  8. wrote on May 9th, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    Patty Pearson

    This card is absolutely beautiful!!!

  9. wrote on May 12th, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    Susan W

    Beautiful card and what a fun technique! Love the way this turned out.

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