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Wednesday’s Card: Watercolor Background with Butterfly

Watercolor Butterfly

Watercolor Butterfly

Hi All!

So glad to be back with you! I had a great vacation.

This week is pretty much all watercolor. I used a stamp I picked up at the Scrapbook Convention here in Dallas a few months ago. I picked a part of the background to highlight (the butterfly), which you could do with a lot of background stamps out there.

I find that watercolor works best when you heat emboss the outlines. So, the background is embossed in white and the butterfly is embossed in black. I experimented with embossing the background in black but it was just too dark and distracting.

The butterfly’s antennae are glued on with embroidery thread, with a little rhinestone on the tip. I had a little mental trouble with the symmetry – you’ll see in the video, lol!

Hope you’ve been well the last two weeks! I actually just got back last night, so I did this card before I left!! It has been 2 weeks with no cardmaking for me. I’m feeling very anxious to get back into my craft room. Lots of ideas running around in my head that I need to get out!

Anyway, enjoy!










  1. wrote on August 15th, 2012 at 10:25 am

    tabitha grace jones

    Absolutely love your card! So very creative – I always learn something new by watching your videos – thank you for sharing your talent & inspiration – I appreciate you. Hope your time away was blessed.

  2. wrote on August 15th, 2012 at 11:10 am


    Really great background technique! I love those stamps. As always a wonderful and informative video with a gorgeous card!

  3. wrote on August 15th, 2012 at 11:23 am


    Beautiful card. Love that glittery and colorful butterfly.

  4. wrote on August 15th, 2012 at 11:45 am


    What a fantastic tip about using heat embossing with the water colors! Your card is gorgeous too! Thank you so much for sharing!

  5. wrote on August 15th, 2012 at 12:07 pm


    Wonderful card, thanks for tuto so clear !

  6. wrote on August 15th, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Berni C

    I love this card, and the technique, beautiful background stamp. TFS. Hugs

  7. wrote on August 15th, 2012 at 12:30 pm


    Welcome back, Darlene!!!!! It was tough to be without your wednesdays videos, sheeesh!! I was starting to feel like withdrawal symptoms, LOL.
    I love this card, so colorful and fun to see. I’ve tried the heat embossing/water color technique and it’s lovely.
    So happy you had a great time. Family vacation memories last a life time

  8. wrote on August 15th, 2012 at 12:45 pm


    Beautiful card! I really like the water colored background and the fact that you used one color to color it all.

  9. wrote on August 15th, 2012 at 12:47 pm


    Really pretty. Like this butterfly a lot.

  10. wrote on August 15th, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Cathy M

    Lovely card. Thanks for all the tips…….

    I love the background stamp. I would never have thought to use thread for the antenna.

  11. wrote on August 15th, 2012 at 4:31 pm


    I love it, I actually like the paler background the nice watercolouring was great! I am glad you had a good break!

  12. wrote on August 15th, 2012 at 4:46 pm


    Fabulous card Darlene. So glad you do all the hard work so we have a great looking card to case!!!!!!
    Love this stamp – such a good idea with that butterfly – will look at my larger stamps differently now.
    Thanks again.

  13. wrote on August 15th, 2012 at 6:02 pm


    Welcome Back! Can it be possible to miss someone when you never met them. You deserve a vacation but I really missed your Wednesday blob! It makes my day when you post something new on your Blob! Love your cards! Suzanne

  14. wrote on August 15th, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    Mary Ann Huntington

    That’s such a beautiful card. I just love your coloring and always look forward to receiving your videos. Welcome back.

  15. wrote on August 15th, 2012 at 7:08 pm


    Wecome back Darlene! We missed you! 🙂
    Great card as always!
    I hope you had a great vacation!
    Hugs from Spain

  16. wrote on August 15th, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Andrea - EnchantINK

    This is so divine, Darlene! I really enjoyed your video! Love the colours … Sponging … & pretty watercolouring! Was wondering where you got that nifty double sided tape applicator? Hugs xxx

  17. wrote on August 15th, 2012 at 8:59 pm


    Absolutely beautiful!!! You always do such a fantastic job. Thank you so much for sharing.

  18. wrote on August 15th, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    Martina N

    Thanks for the post and video. You’ve been missed! I really love the card with all the nice colors.

  19. wrote on August 16th, 2012 at 12:22 am


    Gorgeous card.

  20. wrote on August 16th, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Carol B

    So glad you got to rest and reenergize. Great card and video. Missed your inspiration, know that you will have lots of new ideas after your time away.

  21. wrote on August 16th, 2012 at 8:55 am


    Welcome home! W0nderful tutorial! Wow’d, as always!

  22. wrote on August 16th, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Lynn W

    That is so totally awesome! I would never have thought to color a background stamp that way. I love your tutorials!

  23. wrote on August 17th, 2012 at 7:10 am

    Katia Machado

    Hello Darlene.
    I’m foram Brasil.
    I love your blog !
    All your cards and colors are so beautiful!

  24. wrote on August 17th, 2012 at 8:20 am


    Gorgeous card Darlene. I really love the tone on tone background.

  25. wrote on August 17th, 2012 at 10:20 am


    Darlene, I always love your cards…..they are just so classy.
    Thank you for sharing them with us xx

  26. wrote on August 17th, 2012 at 1:51 pm


    This is absolutely beautiful, will have to try this with stamps I have. Thanks for the introduction to different brands of stamps out there also. Instead of going TO these papercrafting shows and conventions, shouldn’t you be IN them??? Can’t wait to see all the ideas you’re dreaming up to show us! BTW, you can never, never, NEVER go on vacation again. ; ) Just teasing, but we did miss you! = )

  27. wrote on August 19th, 2012 at 7:31 pm


    Just now got to my emails from last week. What a treat to watch your video. I love, love, love that card. It’s probably my favorite now! What a beautiful project. Thank you!

  28. wrote on August 22nd, 2012 at 7:35 am


    Love this card….and the techniques you used to create it! Thanks for all your tips and wonderful ideas!

  29. wrote on August 22nd, 2012 at 10:14 pm


    Beautiful card Darlene…Thanks for your inspiration and wonderful tips…Your cards are always amazing.

  30. wrote on September 16th, 2012 at 8:03 am


    Hi Darlene. I’m pinning this card, I like it very much and I love Joanne Sharpe style’s.
    A bunch of thanks to share your “Wednesday’s video” 🙂
    A big hug from Italy
    xoxoxo Eulalia

  31. wrote on December 24th, 2012 at 10:15 pm


    I just love this card, and I so enjoy your videos! I just went to Ellen Hutson and ordered all of the Artful Cardmaker stamps. Thanks for the inspiration, Darlene.

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