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Wednesday’s Card: Watercolor Butterfly

Watercolor Butterfly

Happy New Year!!

My first post is on the first day of 2014 – yeah!!

I used my Inktense Pencils to create this watercolor background. The butterflies in the Social Butterfly set by Penny Black are perfect on this background – the highlights are black and the lowlights show the watercolor background. I used Hero Arts black cardstock for my base because it is black on one side and white on the other, so you don’t have to add an extra layer – how nice is that? Another new product I just got is the Simon Says Stamp Postage Stamp Edge Frames. I love how the set comes with a square.

I spent a lot of the holiday break moving my craft room. I took over a bigger room in our house with lots of sunlight – I love it! It’s still in transition, but I will definitely do a tour when it’s done. In today’s video I showed my new magnetic die storage. I actually spent a bunch of money and time before deciding on the magnetic cards from Stamp-n-Storage. I couldn’t be happier with them!

I spent the last few days trying to craft some cards. I say “trying” because that’s what it felt like. I don’t think the break was very good for my mojo. This card was really the only one I liked, so I went with it. And so now I can’t sleep because I’m trying to eek some creativity out of my brain, lol. Well, things can only go up from here I suppose. 🙂

Anyhoo… here’s to a great 2014!! Happy New Year to all of you!



To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.
Inktense Pencils used: Sea Blue, Violet, and Payne’s Gray

Penny Black Social Butterfly
Social Butterfly
Derwent Inktense Watercolor Pencils
Inktense Pencils
Strathmore Watercolor Paper
Watercolor Paper
Simon Says Stamp Postage Stamp Edge Frames
Postage Stamp Dies
Hero Arts Everyday Sayings
Everyday Sayings
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Versafine Black Ink
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Marker
Black Marker
Stampin' Up! Pearls
Copic Sketch 110 Marker
Copic 110 Marker
Hero Arts Black Cardstock
Hero Arts Black Cardstock
Sizzix Big Shot Machine
Sizzix Big Shot
Eclipse Masking Tape Roll
Eclipse Masking Tape Roll


  1. wrote on January 1st, 2014 at 9:22 am


    Beautiful watercolor background, Darlene – such a pretty card! Happy New Year to you!

  2. wrote on January 1st, 2014 at 10:11 am

    Malini C.

    I love this technique! Definitely something I want to try 🙂

  3. wrote on January 1st, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Mary, Wausau WI

    What a beautiful way to start out the New Year!!!

  4. wrote on January 1st, 2014 at 10:55 am


    Love your card! I love the soft look of watercolor! I think I spend every night planning cards in my head while trying to go to sleep. 🙂 Can’t wait to see the tour of your craft room!! Happy New Year to you!!

  5. wrote on January 1st, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Casey Thrush

    I just love watching our videos and seeing how you do your creations? They always look so beautiful and are so simple to do!

  6. wrote on January 1st, 2014 at 1:14 pm


    Love the simplicity of your video’s Darlene…never over done, always…just right…! Have a BLESSED New Year!

  7. wrote on January 1st, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    Mary Ann Huntington

    Happy New Year, I’m looking forward to another year of your masterpieces. I loved watching you watercolor the butterfly card. I always learn so much from your videos.

  8. wrote on January 1st, 2014 at 2:16 pm


    Like the watercoloring on this panel…can envision a lot of possibilities. Don’t you love the PB set. I do. Thanks for the info on the magnetic cards…my dies storage is one hot mess.

  9. wrote on January 1st, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Laura in CO

    Uhm….not to make light of you feeling no mojo (that’s never fun) but we should all be so lucky as to have our kickin’crafty days be as good as your low mojo days! This is a beautiful card! I’m thinking your mojo is just getting warmed up in the sunlight of the new craft room, not to worry….or I should say we’re not worried that your creative & gifted juices will be flowing soon! Happy New Year! = )

  10. wrote on January 1st, 2014 at 2:53 pm


    Happy New Years!!! Love the butterfly and the watercolor background 🙂 I think about card making all day especially at bedtime.. Lol! I look forward to every Wednesdays card video 🙂

  11. wrote on January 1st, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    Meli Isen

    Happy New Year…love the card

  12. wrote on January 1st, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Carol B

    Awesome card to celebrate the New Year. Really like that watercolor look from the Inktense pencils.

  13. wrote on January 1st, 2014 at 4:49 pm


    I have followed you for quite awhile. I appreciate your style and way of teaching us. Whenever I get a card maker’s block ,I go back to one of your videos for inspiration.

  14. wrote on January 1st, 2014 at 5:47 pm


    Great card, luving this stamp set too! Thanks for the video. Wondering about the black magnetic die storage panels?

    • wrote on January 2nd, 2014 at 11:22 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Jan! I will be doing a craft room tour video in the new few weeks, so I will give more detail then!

  15. wrote on January 1st, 2014 at 6:06 pm


    Happy new year! Great start to the new year with this wonderful card – even better when I have everything I need to make it too!!

  16. wrote on January 1st, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    Diana W.

    Lovely AND clever. Really like what you do with the Intense pencils. Happy New Year. Can’t wait to see what this year brings to your tutorials.

  17. wrote on January 1st, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    Maria A. Rodriguez

    Well Darlene, I’m late in posting but today was a much needed REST AND RECOVERY day from the awesome party to ring in the New Year at my daughter’s house. We also celebrated my granddaughter Anastasia’s 9th. birthday so, it was double the fun. We are a big family, we love to dance and play games, eat and drink and make lots of noise. We came back at around 3am. exhausted but very happy. Anyway, your card is so pretty, love the way you used the Inktense pencils, I really like this for water coloring.
    I’m sending best wishes for a Joyful and Healthy 2014 for you and your beautiful family.

  18. wrote on January 1st, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    Robin in Plano, Tx

    Wonderful card. Great way to start the new year!

  19. wrote on January 2nd, 2014 at 8:14 am


    Hi Darlene and Happy New Year to you and your family. You start the year with a beautiful card. I’ve got watercolor pencils by Koh-I-Noor and I’m just thinking about investing in some better quality ones. So I’ve bought some single colors by Faber Castell and Derwent and this is the perfect project to start a comparison. I also love the butterfly stamp set – need to check out where to get it. I simply love your clean and beautiful cards and your process of creating them.

    Greetings from Germany

  20. wrote on January 2nd, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    Kathy H

    Another very pretty card! Thank you for posting your new way of storing your dies…I’d like to ask you, do they stay on pretty well? I am looking for something to store my dies and like your idea the best but was wondering if the dies fall off when stored.
    Thank you, Darlene and Happy New Year (a day late!)

    • wrote on January 2nd, 2014 at 8:47 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Kathy, I will post a video about it in the next few weeks if you want to wait, but I am very happy with them. They do not fall off, and the cards do not stick to one another when stored.

  21. wrote on January 2nd, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    Susan D.

    Happy New Year, Darlene!!

  22. wrote on January 2nd, 2014 at 10:47 pm


    Thank heaven I subscribe to your blog, b/c this video never came up on my YT subscriptions…Such a gorgeous card, Darlene! I love your water color background and the butterfly is stunning! Off to check out your video!

  23. wrote on January 3rd, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Kimberli Sarsfield

    Love this card (and all of your projects!!). Quick question: on the stampnstorage magnetic cards, did you get the box they make to store them or what are you using to store them? Thanks!

    • wrote on January 3rd, 2014 at 3:54 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Kimberli…No, I didn’t get the wooden holder – I thought it was too expensive. I found a small photo box at JoAnn’s that works great. Stay tuned for a video in the next couple of weeks!

  24. wrote on January 8th, 2014 at 9:04 am

    Susan W

    Came to look for my Jan 8 video and realized I had missed the January 1st one! And what a great one it was! I love, love, love how you created the background with the Inktense pencils. So soft and pretty! And love that striking butterfly! Great looking card, Darlene!

  25. wrote on January 10th, 2014 at 7:05 pm


    I would to know what makes this magnetic sheet so good.
    I have purchased the Artbin Magnetic Die Sheets because I did not know any other options but I do not think they are so magnetic.

    Thanks for your opinion

    • wrote on January 15th, 2014 at 3:39 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Carmen, they are the perfect size, fit into a little box, hold the dies securely, and don’t stick to one another. I love them. I’ll give more details next week.

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