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Wednesday’s Card: The Blended Look with Stampin’ Up! Markers

Blended Flowers

Blended Flowers

Hi All,

Now that we can put last week’s drama behind us, let’s get busy!!

Although it looks like I colored these flowers with Copic markers, I actually just used Stampin’ Up! markers (Riding Hood Red, Perfect Plum, and Old Olive), a blender pen, and a white colored pencil. That’s it! However, there is one trick that makes it work… you must use watercolor paper. Watercolor paper is very textured and thick. It’s 140 lb paper, as compared to the regular white cardstock at 80 lb. It absorbs a lot more moisture before it will start to peel off in layers. You can still use this technique with regular cardstock, but it won’t look quite as blended (the flower stems are on regular cardstock). Stampin’ Up! sells five 6″x9″ sheets of watercolor paper for $4.95. Because I only use a little bit at a time, mine has lasted me quite awhile, so I think it’s a good deal.

The difference between using markers and Copics? There is much less blending with markers (hence the workaround with throwing moisture into the mix), and you cannot take color out once you put it down. With Copics, you can actually remove color, making dark spots lighter or even white. So now you understand my need for the white colored pencil! It’s not going to be perfect, but the pencil really helps finish it off.

I created the background using my scoring board to make lines, then inking over it. I also flicked a bunch of water onto it. I love how the Top Note die has the stitching around it. When you ink it with brown ink (I used Brushed Corduroy distress ink – I can say that out loud!), it really stands out.

Remember this when coloring: focus on one petal at a time and the whole thing will come together in the end. 🙂




  1. wrote on November 2nd, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Carol Lucas

    Beautiful, just beautiful! Thanks for sharing your marker coloring techniques. I don’t have the Copic markers but do have the stampin up ones and was wondering if they give the same effect. I can’t tell the difference with your coloring. Lovely!

  2. wrote on November 2nd, 2011 at 9:12 am


    Super! I loved it and you did an amazing job!

  3. wrote on November 2nd, 2011 at 9:23 am

    Tonya Denton

    YES!!! You ARE BEYOND DOUBT TALENTED & CREATIVE!!! I absolutely LOVE this card (as well as so many others you have done)! I have all the SU Markers and wondered how to get the same effect as Copic Markers. I’m still going to start investing in some Copic Markers though!

    Thank you for sharing your talent and technique! Could I refer to that as TNT?! You’re just ‘Dynamite’ at what you do! LOL! Once again, you’ve out done yourself!! 🙂

  4. wrote on November 2nd, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Linda Zaworski

    Absolutely STUNNING!!!!! You did such an amazing job coloring this in. Gorgeous, really gorgeous.

  5. wrote on November 2nd, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Lillian F.

    Hey Darlene this is a great card. Love all the detail that you put into it. I totally understand your decision about Stamping Up because I too thought about becoming a demonstrator but I felt that they were trying to control my creativity and thats not gonna happen. I think that you have a lot of great ideas and I love all the products that you use. With that said keep creating girl I love your videos!

  6. wrote on November 2nd, 2011 at 9:41 am


    I really loved this weeks card, along with many others you have made. I was wondering, did you do anything special with the centers of the flowers, or did you leave them alone?
    Thanks again for sharing your talents via the internet. It almost feels as if you are giving a home demonstration!

    • wrote on November 2nd, 2011 at 9:42 am

      Darlene DeVries

      @Susan – I just left the inside of the flowers alone, letting the white cardstock underneath show through. Thank you for your nice comment. 🙂

  7. wrote on November 2nd, 2011 at 9:50 am


    Gorgeous!! You make it look sooooo easy! I can’t wait to try this technique!

  8. wrote on November 2nd, 2011 at 9:54 am


    Thank You, Thank You, Thank You… Been wondering how to do this… and now I can try it out….


  9. wrote on November 2nd, 2011 at 10:25 am


    This is spectacular! Love how you explain the process and so opposite of Copics.

  10. wrote on November 2nd, 2011 at 10:25 am

    Carol B

    What an original and beautiful card. Love how you used your markers and watercolor paper to get the look of Copics. Your talent really stands out, looking forward to Your new path, follow it with your heart.

  11. wrote on November 2nd, 2011 at 10:38 am

    Rita R

    I was really looking forward to this video! This is a wonderful coloring technique …. those flowers look beautiful. Also love the scored and inked background and, as always, that flick of water adds so much interest. Thanks again for inspiring us with new ideas!

  12. wrote on November 2nd, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Melissa Shea

    Wow, wow, wow, you are amazing! So beautiful! Blended perfectly, bright and bold colors. A talented woman you are! Thanks for the video!

  13. wrote on November 2nd, 2011 at 11:35 am


    Just lovely!!! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  14. wrote on November 2nd, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    jeri c

    BEAUTIFUL card!!!

    I love watching your videos. Your voice is wonderful to hear, the music is
    the perfect volume. Your videos are NEVER boring, great pace.

    Coloring is my weak point, your videos make we want to step out there and
    give it a try. GREAT step by step instructions!

    Thank you for sharing your crafting and teaching talents!

    peace and health

  15. wrote on November 2nd, 2011 at 1:26 pm


    It’s beautiful! Thank you for the instructions that you took the time to present. I can’t afford Copic markers in all of the colors that I’d truly need. I really appreciate learning your technique using my SU markers. Thank you so much!

  16. wrote on November 2nd, 2011 at 1:29 pm


    Beautiful card. Thanks for your inspiration.

  17. wrote on November 2nd, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Sue Alg

    Beautiful card and wonderful teaching video.

  18. wrote on November 2nd, 2011 at 2:29 pm


    You are fantastic! Wow! I would have never tried something like that and it looks great! Thank you so much for the technique.

  19. wrote on November 2nd, 2011 at 2:32 pm


    Wow! Darlene, Thanks for sharing the many techniques on this card. Luv the background and using the SU blending pen and markers

  20. wrote on November 2nd, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Lillian R

    I can’t wait to try this technique. The card is gorgeous. You made my day!!!!

    Thanks so much Darlene.

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  22. wrote on November 2nd, 2011 at 3:32 pm


    Lovely card and so vesatile, Sympathy, Birthday, etc. So glad you’re continuing with yur videos.

  23. wrote on November 2nd, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Kimberli Sarsfield

    Every card video I watch from you, I think “that’s my favorite” but every one of your creations is utterly stunning, so I guess I think they’re all my favorites! I don’t know how you top yourself each week, but this one is so beautiful. I love the scored and inked background, it adds so much to this already gorgeous color palette. Those flowers are so lovely! I am always left in awe after looking at your gallery! Also, kudos to handling this whole SU affair so professionally and with so much dignity:)

  24. wrote on November 2nd, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Ruth Ann

    Another stunning gorgeous card. Thank you for sharing your techniques. Can’t wait to give this a try. I’ve been wanting to use some watercolor paper, so creativity awaits. Thanks!

  25. wrote on November 2nd, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    Sue Deane

    I love, love, love your card and video. I especially love watching your videos. Super great, keep em coming. Thank you.

  26. wrote on November 2nd, 2011 at 7:11 pm


    Wow, this card is great! The tutorial was fabulous and the depth of color you reach with just dye markers and glycerine liquid is simply amazing.

  27. wrote on November 2nd, 2011 at 9:11 pm


    Another Wonderful Wednesday!! Thank you so much. I have lots of pens and the blenders. Can’t wait to try your idea. Kudos to you. And I am so glad that you are still online.

    Have a great week!

  28. wrote on November 2nd, 2011 at 9:37 pm


    Great technique. I love your videos. They are so well done!!

  29. wrote on November 2nd, 2011 at 10:12 pm


    This card is SO very pretty! Love the technique. I will have to try this out. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  30. wrote on November 2nd, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    Brenda Urbanik

    Darlene the coloring on this is exquisite!

  31. wrote on November 3rd, 2011 at 5:07 am

    Embossing Queen

    Gorgeous card Darlene. I love the colours you have used! Thanks for sharing.

  32. wrote on November 3rd, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Cathy E

    Amazing !

  33. wrote on November 3rd, 2011 at 11:39 am

    Holly M

    What a beautiful card! I have both Copics and SU markers, and I love using both. It’s great to learn a new technique to use with my markers. Using the watercolor paper with the markers is a great tip. Thanks so much. I appreciate your work! Holly M.

  34. wrote on November 3rd, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    Maria Luisa

    Beautiful card!!!
    Thanks for your inspiration.

  35. wrote on November 3rd, 2011 at 10:10 pm


    Hi Darlene, Its Maria from Sydney Australia and I just love this card (as I do all of them) and the way you coloured it with the markers. I too own Stampin Up markers and now have found another use for them, so thank you very much.
    I want to show my support of your decision with resigning from Stampin Up. I totally understand the need to be creative without you being supressed as to how you express it. Maybe Stampin Up should realise that alot of papercrafters use a variety of products and showing how to use Stampin Up products along with other branded products shows customers out there how versatile Stampin Up products can be. Keep up your wonderful and inspiring work. Looking forward to your next video 🙂

  36. wrote on November 4th, 2011 at 3:28 am


    Wow. Wow. Wow. This is beautiful. Love your colour combo and your colouring (as always) is just lovely. I so enjoy watching your videos Darlene.

  37. wrote on November 4th, 2011 at 3:50 am


    Oh and I forgot to mention…sorry to hear about your rough week, but I think you made the right decision. The whole idea is to express your creativity and inspire others – regardless of the products you use.

  38. wrote on November 6th, 2011 at 12:05 am

    Dixie C.

    Beautiful card! Love how you did the background!

  39. wrote on November 9th, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Lynda Nichols

    Great video…I am so going to try this! Question…how do you clean your blender pens…mine seem to hold the color and then transfer to other projects?

    • wrote on November 9th, 2011 at 8:23 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Lynda! You should be able to just wipe your blender pen on a piece of cardstock a couple of times to get the color out. It definitely should not transfer to other projects after you do this. If it does, then it is not functioning the way it should. Mine are pretty old… they are a little stained, but they still don’t transfer color. Is it SU? If so, you can call customer service and exchange it for a new one.

  40. wrote on November 12th, 2011 at 3:44 pm


    Pretty coloring technique and a gorgeous card.

  41. wrote on November 12th, 2011 at 4:29 pm


    Great video! I usually get so bored watching demos but yours was fast paced and showed a lot of detail.

  42. wrote on November 14th, 2011 at 12:12 pm


    Beautiful card. Thanks for the video.

  43. wrote on November 16th, 2011 at 9:35 am

    Cindy Ware

    Stunning card! I love the coloring!

  44. wrote on November 19th, 2011 at 6:58 pm


    Great card and video. I also learn something new watching your videos. Keep up the great work!

  45. wrote on November 26th, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    Linda Irwin

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful card. The instructions are awesome. You made it look so easy that even I can do it.

  46. wrote on December 1st, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Dawn Marie

    Thank you so much for the AWESOME tutorial! My friend pointed me to your video and I cant wait to try this! I do have copics but because I am a SU demo I rarely use them. glad to find out I can do this technique with SU markers!

  47. wrote on January 16th, 2012 at 4:26 pm


    Thank you for the awesome tutorial! Amazing !

  48. wrote on March 24th, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    Sandy K

    Your card is beautiful. Thank you for the tutorial.

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  50. wrote on October 17th, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    mary r

    I Love your coloring technique! I have some copics but it seems i dont have enough of each color to shade. I am a SU! Demonstrator so i DO have all the markers and with your easy to understand tutorials i believe i can do this. Thank you so much for these tutorials. I love your style and i can listen to your easy going voice all day. Please keep them coming. Mary

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  53. wrote on January 27th, 2013 at 10:19 pm

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    I love your video!!! Can’t wait to try a blending pen!! Thank you for sharing!!
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  56. wrote on July 23rd, 2013 at 3:01 pm



    You used the Memento Dye Inkpad.
    How is this different from Stazon sold by SU?
    Stayzon is what I have used with watercolor paper and SU markers and watercolor pencils.
    Just wondering if there is a better product for my purposes.


    • wrote on July 24th, 2013 at 9:45 am

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Suzanne, I tend not to use Stazon because of the special cleaner. The Memento ink does not bleed for me at all, so you could use either.

  57. wrote on July 31st, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Kerri Tarrant

    Love all your videos! Not only are you a great artist, but you make it look so easy and inspire me.
    Thank you

  58. wrote on November 22nd, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    Sandy K

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    I love this one, they are all beautiful but I’m really loving this one.

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    Gloria Taylor

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