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Wednesday’s Card: Watercolor Birthday Buddy

Birthday Buddy

Hi All,

Isn’t this little guy so cute? It’s a beaver, right? Sometimes I get confused, kind of like singing the wrong words to a song. It’s another stamp from the Birthday Buddies set – the fish on this card is from the same set. I used my Inktense Pencils to watercolor him. I think I’ve decided that I prefer my Aqua Painter to a paintbrush, at least when it comes to detailed images. I was making a lot of mistakes with the paintbrush, so I scrapped the whole thing and started over with the Aqua Painter. The Aqua Painter has a fine tip, so maybe that’s why I prefer it.

Also a little bit different for today is that I used watercolor paper. I hardly ever use it, but one thing I did find interesting…. when I use the Neenah paper, the color is absorbed extremely quickly. There’s not a lot of time for blending. So, once I leave the paper to pick up some more color, any stark lines I created will be hard to blend out when I come back. With the watercolor paper, I was able to pick up more color and start where I left off. That was kind of nice.

Also, another thing I did off-camera… I had some blue ink on my hand, and I accidentally touched the paper with it. Ugh! When you’re already done it’s such a disappointment!! It wasn’t a huge spot, but you know I like it to be perfect. So, I just used this sanding block to buff it out. The watercolor paper is very thick and the sand block is not very gritty. So, it came right off and you can’t tell at all. And while I was at it, I used it to sand off a little bit of the stray black embossing powder spots!

Enjoy the video and I’ll be back on Friday for my last collaboration day with Jill Foster. 🙂










  1. wrote on May 29th, 2013 at 11:11 am


    Hi Darlene, I just adore him, he is just soooo handsome!! lol Lovely card, made me smile…he looks as though he is in lurve!¬!

    D’ya know, I actually bought that embossing folder at a craft show recently, and can I find it!!! ….whilst searching for it, I did manage to find a “web” embossing folder which was hiding inside my recycled jiffy bag box – and that too had been missing for a while. ho-hum…we have way tooooo much stash eh! big UGZZZZ Denise xx

  2. wrote on May 29th, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Maria Rodriguez

    I love how you colored this little cutie with water colors, he is ready for Summer and so am I!!!!! Water coloring is my absolutely favorite medium, like you said, it’s very forgiving, even if you step out and come back later, you can just pick up where you left off. I too like the Aqua Painters but, after a while, the tip gets frayed and it gets harder to paint the small details, I have a set of not so expensive water color brushes that also work great and they don’t fray at all.
    I absolutely love the idea of the sanding block to fix little mishaps, I really don’t like when I get little specks of embossing powder around my image, it makes me crazy but now, I thank you for that fantastic solution.
    Another wonderful video Darlene, I look forward to Wednesdays and now, I’m also looking forward to the release of the New SU catalog.
    Thanks again for all you do.
    Maria Rodriguez.

  3. wrote on May 29th, 2013 at 12:07 pm


    This is such a cute card, Darlene! Thanks again for doing these videos. I love watching them!

  4. wrote on May 29th, 2013 at 12:18 pm


    …i love it…. thank you!

  5. wrote on May 29th, 2013 at 12:34 pm


    So cute! I’ve been watching your videos and have been trying to play more with my inktense pencils…

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. wrote on May 29th, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Susan W

    How cute! I love that little beaver. Just bought some Inktense pencils and can’t wait to try them out!
    Great card, Darlene!

  7. wrote on May 29th, 2013 at 2:14 pm


    Such a cute card. Every time I see another card that someone has watercolored it makes me think I should at least try it. I bought all the watercolor supplies when I first started making cards, but since I have limited eyesight, I’m always afraid to try coloring techniques. I guess I should at least try it and find out if I can see well enough to do a decent job.

    I also have to comment about something you mentioned when you used the fish from that same stamp set. You mentioned that your daughter said that the fish had a birthday hat on but you thought it was a fin on the fish. Well, I followed the link you included today to see the stamp set and I noticed that each and every one of the animals in the set has a birthday hat on… thus the name of the set is “Birthday Buddies”! I looked at the fish again and it’s fin is behind the birthday hat. I also noticed in the card samples that are included with the picture of the stamp set that someone had masked off the birthday hat on the beaver to make an “earth day” card rather than a “b-earth day” card as one of the sentiments says. While I thought it looked a little odd, I didn’t recognize the “point” on top of the beaver’s head on your card as a birthday hat until I looked at the stamp set and saw all the animals had the little pointy birthday hats on! LOL!

  8. wrote on May 29th, 2013 at 3:08 pm


    I really enjoy watching you watercolor! This turned out so cute 🙂

  9. wrote on May 29th, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    Debbie B

    I just love watching your videos. You always make things look so simple 🙂 Great card and I too love the water coloring. Thanks for sharing. See ya next Wednesday!

  10. wrote on May 29th, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Suzanne Watanabe

    Hi Darlene!
    Thank you for sharing another AMAZING card! I’m always inspired by your beautiful cards and coloring techniques. And…I love Paper Smooches stamps…the little beaver is so adorable! I purchased a set of Inktense Pencils a fews months ago but have not tried them out yet (I really love my Copics, so I’ve been practicing my Copic coloring). Your fabulous card tutorial today has inspired me to dust off my Inktense pencils and give them a try (lol) 🙂 Take Care and Have a wonderful day!

  11. wrote on May 29th, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Linda Goodman

    This was an acorable card! You are amazing!

  12. wrote on May 29th, 2013 at 8:52 pm


    Yours is a talent that never fails to amaze. Thanks for making my Wisconsin Wednesdays simply wonderful!!!

  13. wrote on May 29th, 2013 at 10:33 pm


    Darling card! Love Kim’s images. TF the video. Are my stamps in yet? 🙂

  14. wrote on May 30th, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Barbara Lasky

    So cute! You have such wonderful design ideas and execute them beautifully. I had to chuckle when I read the comments that Denise posted. I regularly lose and then find embossing folders. Often they are misplaced for quite some time before they magically reappear. Must be gremlins!

  15. wrote on May 30th, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Robin in WA

    Cute card! You always make it look so easy. Love the tip on the sanding blocks too! I’ll be trying that today!

  16. wrote on May 30th, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Gloria T.

    Hi Darlene, what a cute birthday card. I love how you showed us the way you added the twine to the card especially since I never seem to think about doing it this way. Also it seems that you use more pop-up adhesives than any other supplies for glueing. Thanks and looking forward for the next one.

  17. wrote on May 30th, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Jeanette Duke

    Darlene, your videos are so relaxing to watch. I learn so much everytime you post these.
    Thank you much– we appreciate all you share.

  18. wrote on May 30th, 2013 at 6:10 pm


    Darling card!! A day late, but so glad to be able to watch you do your magic. What a cute little critter.Thank you for sharing once again. Your tutorials always make me smile!

  19. wrote on May 30th, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    Joyce Boylan

    So cute! I love your videos; they are always so inspiring!

  20. wrote on May 31st, 2013 at 9:51 pm


    SOOOO cute Darlene. Such beautiful colouring with those inktense pencils.

  21. wrote on June 14th, 2013 at 1:37 am

    Darnell J Knauss

    What a fun way to use that image, Darlene! Thank you for another wonderful video!!

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