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Wednesday’s Card: Water Stamping

Water Stamping

Water Stamping

Hi All!

I used a technique today where I inked up some cardstock and then stamped it with water. The water removes the ink I applied, giving the look you see above with the flowers.

For comparison purposes, I tried this technique with watercolor paper. It did not work well at all. The water didn’t leave a good stamp impression. So, I recommend using just plain old white cardstock. I used Neenah, as usual. Is there anything this cardstock is NOT good for? Ha ha.

I splurged on the Avery Elle Custom Panels die set. I loved the idea of having all these new edge opportunities for cards, plus it has a spacer (the “X” in the set). I’ll have to try that one out and report back later.

I used Ultra Thick Embossing Powder on my sentiment. It’s basically just a very thick, granular embossing powder. I love how shiny and raised up it made my sentiment. I also used it on the background hearts of THIS CARD.

Oh, and I referenced the magnetic cards that I store my dies on. You can get them HERE.

Enjoy and have a great week!



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

Penny Black Posies
Penny Black Posies
Avery Elle Custom Panels Die Set
Avery Elle Custom Panels
Paper Smooches Hello Words Die Set
Paper Smooches Hello Words
Ultra Thick Embossing Powder
Ultra Thick Embossing Powder
Versamark Ink Pad
Versamark Ink
Ink Foam Applicator
Ink Foam Applicator
Faded Jeans Distress Ink
Faded Jeans
Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink
Chipped Sapphire
Peacock Feathers Distress Ink
Peacock Feathers
Tumbled Glass Distress Ink
Tumbled Glass
Dusty Concord Distress Ink
Dusty Concord
Shaded Lilac Distress Ink
Shaded Lilac
Black Soot Distress Inkr
Black Soot
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Marker
Black Marker
Tombow Mono Multi Glue
Tombo Mono Multi Glue
Sizzix Big Shot Machine
Sizzix Big Shot
Ranger Craft Sheet
Craft Mat
Stampin' Up! Heat Tool
Heat Tool


  1. wrote on May 28th, 2014 at 8:57 am


    very pretty – thanks for the inspiration!

  2. wrote on May 28th, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Carrie Davenport

    i look forward to your Wednesday cards every week… i love the way the water “stamps” the strips. what a great idea! I’m going to try this technique. i love blues/purples too 🙂 that thick embossing powder looks neat.. thanks for sharing!!

  3. wrote on May 28th, 2014 at 9:06 am


    One of my favorite techniques! Love the colors you used, and your fun design!

  4. wrote on May 28th, 2014 at 9:23 am

    Marie Flayer

    Wow! I love this card and learning new techniques. Thanks for making the video to share what you did. So glad that I read your blog today!
    🙂 Marie

  5. wrote on May 28th, 2014 at 9:31 am


    Beautiful color combinations! I have that ultra thick powder that is way back on my shelf and never used. Now I can’t wait to try it on some word dies. Will you show some more cards using that Avery Elle die set? I’m interested in how those pieces work. Thanks for sharing!!

    • wrote on May 28th, 2014 at 10:15 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Yes, I plan to use that set again Richell!

  6. wrote on May 28th, 2014 at 9:59 am

    Pam K.

    I was wondering where you purchase your magnetic card panels? It looks like a fantastic way to store thin die cuts.


    • wrote on May 28th, 2014 at 10:14 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Pam, I get them HERE.

  7. wrote on May 28th, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Robin in WA

    Love your colors Darlene! I looked at those Avey Elle dies also, but I make 5×7 cards mostly and couldn’t figure out how to use something that’s specifically designed for the A2 size. Beautiful card!! Thank you for the inspiration!!

  8. wrote on May 28th, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Pat Myers

    What a great video! I love how you speed things along and get the job done. I never thought to dip the cut out sentiment into embossing powder – brilliant! Thanks for sharing.

  9. wrote on May 28th, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    Suzanne Watanabe

    Hi Darlene!
    OMG ….what a GORGEOUS CARD! I love the color combination and the stamping with water technique…so cool! I also love the way you design your card layouts…you are always so creative! Thanks for sharing! Have a great day 🙂

  10. wrote on May 28th, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    Pat Jandacek

    Great ideas of ‘water stamping’ and the use of UTEE e.p. I have the capability for both techniques and will surely make use them. My response is similar to Richell’s – I’ve had UTEE since the early days of my stamping and don’t think I’ve ever used it for anything. (I even have the ‘melting pot’
    designed for using quantities of it that has never been used!) Thanks for sharing.

  11. wrote on May 28th, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    Holly M.

    Fun techniques and a bright and cheery card. Thanks for the tutorial!

  12. wrote on May 29th, 2014 at 2:04 am

    Magda van Spankeren

    hi Darlene
    such a lovely card to make
    Please can you give some measurement from the strips cardstock and size of the card
    thank you

    • wrote on June 4th, 2014 at 9:11 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Magda, the card is 4.25×5.5″. The strips are just a random height I picked – somewhere around 4″ or so.

  13. wrote on May 29th, 2014 at 4:50 am


    Another great card Darlene. Love that stamp technique so will definitely give it a go. Thanks

  14. wrote on May 29th, 2014 at 5:38 am

    Celeste Goff

    What a pretty card Darlene! But then all of your cards are pretty.

  15. wrote on May 29th, 2014 at 5:55 am

    Maria Rodriguez

    I love this new way to water color, I never thought about it but it makes sense. I love the colors you used but most of all, I love the look the embossing powder gives to the die cut letters, it gives them a fantastic dimension and luster, really fabulous.
    I too look forward to your Wednesday videos Darlene and, when you surprise us with a video on another day of the week, it’s truly fantastic.
    Thank you so much for the inspiration.

  16. wrote on May 29th, 2014 at 8:20 am

    Carol B

    Awesome card Darlene, haven’t made a card with this technique in years, must give it a try again soon. Your die cut words with the UTEE gives the card a perfect pop.

  17. wrote on May 29th, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Valerie Gee

    Darlene, I love this CAS card! I can’t wait to bust out my distress inks and a stamp and try this technique. I feel some crafting time coming up! Thanks for sharing! XXOO from CO.

  18. wrote on May 29th, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Myrna Sweet

    love, love, love this technique…I am on my way to my craft room to try it. TFS! Love your card design

  19. wrote on May 30th, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Lisa (ThePurplePlace)

    Love this card and also the technique you used, which looks so pretty with these gorgeous colors. I also recently added that new Avery Elle Die set and LOVE all that you can do with it. I also have the Hello Die and it seems that we share the LOVE of many of the same products!!

    Super card — thanks for sharing!

    • wrote on May 30th, 2014 at 4:46 pm

      Lisa (ThePurplePlace)

      PS: Where do you buy the magnetic sheets you use for storing your dies? Thanks in advance for your help!

      • wrote on June 4th, 2014 at 9:08 pm

        Darlene DeVries

        Hi Lisa, I get them HERE.

  20. wrote on May 30th, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    Diana W.

    Darlene – another amazing card. Can’t wait to try this technique. You are just too talented!!

  21. wrote on June 3rd, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    Anita Holmrd

    First let me say how glad I am to have found your site, I love your work. I love listening to your voice explaining everything so gently and so thoroughly. Thank you for sharing your talent! I do have a question however, I looked at your video tour of your craft room and saw that you had all your Tim Holtz distress inks face up. I thought you had to store them upside down so the ink stays near the top of the pad? Am I wrong in assuming this? Thanks ahead of time for taking the time to help me.

    • wrote on June 4th, 2014 at 9:07 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Anita, I store mine upright and haven’t had any issues. I do store some of my other ink pads upside down when I can. Honestly, I think it’s the best way to store them if it’s feasible. They need to put labels on the bottom!

      • wrote on June 4th, 2014 at 10:19 pm

        Anita Holmes

        Thanks so much, let me say again…I love your work! Please keep sharing!
        Only have one complaint, I wish it was more often…LOL!

  22. wrote on June 18th, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    Susan Berry

    Love the card, technique and colors you used.

  23. wrote on June 20th, 2016 at 12:53 pm


    I just joined your group for one month and I am loving what I have found. I’ll be switching to an annual membership because I don’t want to miss anything. This is a fabulous card, cannot wait to CASE it. Thank you for inspiring me!

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