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Wednesday’s Card: Watercolor and Shimmer

Watercolor and Shimmer

Watercolor and Shimmer

Hi All!

For those of you who haven’t seen my new site, welcome! As you know, I am inspired by butterflies – I use them a lot on my cards. If I see one outside, I must stop and just admire it, no matter how busy I am. They are just so peaceful and beautiful.

This week I used an Aqua Painter to watercolor my background. It’s a really cool pen that is filled with water. When you squeeze it and dip it into ink, you get a watercolor brush. To make your painting lighter in color, add more water. To make it darker, use less water. When you’re done, just squeeze a bunch of water out and it’s clean!

I also used the Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz. I sprayed it over the whole card after I finished painting. I tried to take a close-up photo of it, but it really doesn’t show how pretty it is in real life.

I’ve talked about Stampin’ Up! color coordination before… the Not Quite Navy ink I used to watercolor my background is the same color as the cardstock I mounted it on. And then I just added 3 tiny pearls to the inside of each flower.

Thanks to everyone who sent me emails and commented on my new site design. It seems like everyone really liked the gallery, so I will continue to add a thumbnail after each card I make. Enjoy!!


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  1. wrote on October 19th, 2011 at 8:03 am


    Love it! I have that stamp set and the punches that go with it. Now I have another idea. I love the water pens, too. Thanks so much, Darline.

  2. wrote on October 19th, 2011 at 8:18 am


    I love your new website it is very easy to get around in and fun to look through.
    You are truly an artist. Your shading and blending is exquisite. Your quality of cards are not found in many other sites. Thank you so much for sharing.

  3. wrote on October 19th, 2011 at 8:52 am


    I LOVE your new site, especially the thumbnails! Your site draws me to it even if it’s not Wednesday, just to check things out. You truly are amazing! Thanks for all of your inspiration.

  4. wrote on October 19th, 2011 at 10:39 am


    So soft and delicated looking. Impressive design skills.

  5. wrote on October 19th, 2011 at 12:26 pm


    You make everything look so easy! and its not! Lovely as usual. I like the new site especially the gallery!

  6. wrote on October 19th, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Brenda Urbanik

    Love the shimmeriness of this card Darlene and the watercolouring adds such a nice effect!

  7. wrote on October 19th, 2011 at 2:28 pm


    Very lovely card, Darlene. We use the same containers for our embossing powders ;- ) TFS!

  8. wrote on October 19th, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    Holly M

    I love your art work. I also love the background music, and have bought some of the music you’ve played in your videos. What music was playing in this video? I’d like to add it to my collection. Thanks, Holly M

    • wrote on October 21st, 2011 at 1:01 am

      Darlene DeVries

      @Holly: For the last couple of months, I have started using some royalty-free downloadable background music for my videos. I was having trouble with music rights issues and being able to post pop songs on YouTube. You can find the music here: http://dig.ccmixter.org/.

  9. wrote on October 20th, 2011 at 8:18 pm


    I love this card. I especially like the idea of combining sponging and watercoloring. I don’t have the copics, so to watch you make a card with supplies that I have on hand was terrific.

    Thanks for yet another fabulous idea.

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