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Wednesday’s Card: Tie-Dye Watercolor Butterflies

Tie-Dye Watercolor

Tie-Dye Watercolor

Hi All!

Hope you all had a great Halloween! Way, way too much candy consumed at our house. I love those Fast Break bars.

I wanted to do something cool and different for this card. I really love my distress inks. It’s amazing how much use I have gotten out of the few colors I bought. Because I was going to spray the paper with water, I used watercolor paper by Stampin’ Up!. It’s much more rigid and textured. It doesn’t warp at all from the wet ink.

You probably can’t tell from the photo, but the butterflies have a shimmery, pearl look to them because I mixed the water with Perfect Pearls by Tim Holtz. I keep the Perfect Pearls powder mixed with water in a mini-mister spray tool, which I reuse over and over. And when the distress inks get wet, they look like watercolors. I also added kind of a tie-dye look by inking the edges of the stamp with black.

For the second week in a row, I have experienced user-error measurement difficulties! Oh well, I need to work on that.


SONG: Apologize by OneRepublic – love this song!!



  1. wrote on November 3rd, 2010 at 9:00 am

    Tiffany W

    Wow! Love this card! The video is great… thanks for sharing your card-making process! 🙂

  2. wrote on November 3rd, 2010 at 9:07 am


    WOW,WOW,WOW!!! So beautiful!!!

  3. wrote on November 3rd, 2010 at 9:19 am

    Jeanie Young

    I just love your work. You do such good videos.

  4. wrote on November 3rd, 2010 at 9:30 am

    Sue McRae

    Wonderful design and colours!

  5. wrote on November 3rd, 2010 at 10:05 am

    Ayana Posadas

    Hero Arts mentioned your video on Twitter today!… Yay! Congrats! 🙂 I love this card. I really love the way you stamped the butterflies with multiple ink colors. It adds dimension and such pretty detail. Great work, Darlene, as always! 🙂

  6. wrote on November 3rd, 2010 at 10:41 am

    Sarah M


  7. wrote on November 3rd, 2010 at 11:17 am


    Great card ;D I love using this technique, and Distress Inks are my favorite! I only have a few colors too but they are awesome.

  8. wrote on November 3rd, 2010 at 11:34 am

    Sue A

    You did it again! You took a simple concept and make it look spectacular!!

  9. wrote on November 4th, 2010 at 4:08 am


    Love it.

  10. wrote on November 5th, 2010 at 8:45 am


    WOW! Love this card, and love the music video, too!

  11. wrote on November 6th, 2010 at 12:37 pm


    Wow…absolutely breathtaking! I love the technique & beautiful layout! Thanks sooo much for sharing your creativity with us!
    Take care

  12. wrote on November 6th, 2010 at 4:14 pm


    Your card is nice. The video was great along with the music. That is one of my favorite songs as well.

  13. wrote on December 4th, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    Andrea Sutherland

    I love your cards. Your style is what I strive for.

  14. wrote on June 9th, 2012 at 10:02 pm


    Gorgeous card! Easy to follow and I learned a few new techniques.
    Thanks, Ter 😉

  15. wrote on November 19th, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    Pam Zirbel

    I love this card!! I also love that Christmas “kissmoos’ one!!!! Every time I try to use my stampamajig to ‘restamp’ the same image over, it never works!! LOL thanks for showing this card!!!

  16. wrote on May 18th, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Gloria Taylor

    Better late than never, but I just watched your video on how to mKe this card. Absolutely loved it!!! I love how you stamp the top butterfly then did another one cut it popped on the other with decision ails awesome idea, thanks Darlene.

  17. wrote on April 24th, 2016 at 5:03 pm


    Another great card!

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