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Wednesday’s Card: White Watercolor Flowers

White Watercolor

Hi All!

I decided to use the Secret Garden set again today. I really do love all the flowers in this set!

Someone recently asked me how I come up with my card designs. The first thing I do is decide which stamp set to use, then I decide on the technique or style. To decide the technique or style, many times I will search the stamp set on Google images. That’s what I did before creating this card. I found this beautiful card by Marie-Lyne Vervoite. I’m not sure how she created it, so I just sort of made up my own technique. I used Inktense Pencils and an Aqua Painter. Hope you like my version.

Enjoy the video and have a great week!!









  1. wrote on June 12th, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Susan W

    Oh my!!! That is gorgeous and a LOT OF WORK!!! Absolutely stunning. Just love it.

  2. wrote on June 12th, 2013 at 10:58 am


    A very, very nice card. Thanks again Darlene for sharing your ideas and the coloring techniques! Looking forward to trying this.

  3. wrote on June 12th, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Margaret Crawford

    Hi Darlene, I just love this card. I really like the white embossing on the kraft/crumb cake card. Very effective and delicate. Thanks for sharing.

  4. wrote on June 12th, 2013 at 12:39 pm


    Darlene, you are just AWESOME!! Love your tutorials!! Thank you!!!

  5. wrote on June 12th, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Debbie B

    Darlene your cards are always so beautiful or cute or just plain great. This one is no exception. The only thing is it appeared to take you a while to do this one. Probably more time than most of us would want to
    spend on one card 🙂 Thanks for sharing and keep the videos coming………they are always a good source of inspiration. Have a great day! Ciao 🙂

  6. wrote on June 12th, 2013 at 2:13 pm


    Thank you for sharing your awesome video! Love your cards!

  7. wrote on June 12th, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Maria Rodriguez

    Darlene, this is also one of my absolute favorites stamp sets and dies, the stamped images are always so clear and beautiful. I love the way you colored this card, water colors are my most favorite way to add color to my cards. I started heat embossing my images and then, applying the water color and this really help a lot to keep the color inside the lines. The way you framed this card using the edgelit die is amazing, I love it when you find ways to add some beautiful detail to your creations.
    Thank you so much for putting this video tutorials together, I know it must take you some time to do them so, we are all grateful.

  8. wrote on June 12th, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Valerie Martin

    Yes! It’s Wednesday! Darlene, I hope that you don’t get bored with my constant gushing of compliments. The details you put into your creations is stunning! I wonder if the recipients of your cards appreciate all the work you put into them? Hmmm. Thanks for sharing and always inspiring me to challenge my artistic side.
    BTW…Today is my parents anniversary and yesterday my mom called to say that she received my card and she went on and on and on for over 30 minutes over how much she loved my card and she thought that it was the most beautiful card she had ever seen. (come on? seriously?) She is one your subscribers too! I copic colored a stamped imaged in colors that I knew were her favorites and I added dazzling diamonds on the top of it because she LOVES her bling! But it really meant a lot to me because she is hard to please and I have been making her cards for years and I knew that I have learned a lot from your tutorials and it is starting to make a difference. Thanks again Darlene for taking the time to share because never in a million years would I ever thought I could create anything that someone would consider beautiful. Have a blessed week! 😉

    • wrote on June 12th, 2013 at 5:43 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Thank you Valerie – that was such a nice comment. 🙂

  9. wrote on June 12th, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Carol B

    Very interesting whitewashing technique with your pencils. Love your card and the detail is fabulous. I made a card using white craft ink and SU inks pooled in lids added with the aqua painter, similar idea, liked how it came out.

  10. wrote on June 12th, 2013 at 3:55 pm


    Love the coloring! Your videos always make me want to get my inktense pencils out! 🙂

  11. wrote on June 12th, 2013 at 5:13 pm


    Love your technique Darlene as always. I always look forward to Thursdays in Australia to have breakfast with you. I checked out the inspired card by Marie-Lyne Vervoite. It looks like she has embossed in white on Crumb Cake and then used her Aqua brush to go over the whole image with Whisper White Craft ink. She has then gone in softly using a pink and blue. I use this technique a lot so I am guessing this is what she has done. I love just the white (brushed on with Aqua Brush) on Crumb Cake alone with pearls and a bit of lace. Thanks again Darlene. I would love to see you use the teqnique i described on another card. Looking forward to next week.

  12. wrote on June 12th, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    Tammy Hair

    Beautiful card! Thank you so much for your wonderful tutorials, I’ve learned so much! I

  13. wrote on June 13th, 2013 at 12:12 am


    Pretty flowers, lovely card. Thx for the tutorial. 🙂

  14. wrote on June 13th, 2013 at 12:34 am

    Loly Borda

    It doesn’t matter which technique, you rock Darlene! I love your card, your coloring is awesome. TFS

  15. wrote on June 13th, 2013 at 8:11 am


    Thank you for this great tutorial Darlene. This is such a pretty card.

  16. wrote on June 13th, 2013 at 11:29 am


    Wow! Another beautiful card! Since you speed up the video, it looks like it doesn’t take much time to paint all of those flowers, but with your attention to detail, it must take forever. The details are what makes it so stunning! How long did it take you to paint all of those flowers? Love it! Thanks for sharing.

  17. wrote on June 13th, 2013 at 4:54 pm


    Really lovely car…think I may need this stamp. Your tips on using these pencils are very helpful.

  18. wrote on June 13th, 2013 at 6:18 pm


    Another fabulous tutorial and card. Love the colors and how you used the edge die to create that border – very clever. Looks like there are more of us in Australia who love to have our breakfast on a Thursday morning whilst watching your video!!

  19. wrote on June 13th, 2013 at 8:18 pm


    Recently I ordered some Inktense pencils and can’t wait to use them. I’ve watched you use them on some of your other creations and thought I’d give them a try. Thanks so much for sharing your time and talents with us. I wish every day was Wednesday!

  20. wrote on June 13th, 2013 at 9:01 pm


    Your work is absolutely breathtaking….how long do you estimate it took you to color this? Soooo gorgeous!!! Thank you for sharingvyourctakent with us.

    • wrote on June 14th, 2013 at 10:09 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      So many people have asked me how long it actually took to create this card! To be honest, while I was coloring it, I thought to myself that this card needs to go to someone who will really appreciate it because it does take awhile to color. I was going to mention it when I wrote my post but forgot. I’m not sure of the exact time – it was probably 45 minutes to an hour. Yes, definitely a lot of time. But I actually enjoy sitting there quietly coloring. When you’re done, it’s more a work of art than a card! 🙂

  21. wrote on June 14th, 2013 at 1:41 am


    This is beautiful and a wonderful technique I have not used or seen before. Thank you Darlene. Are the Inktense Pencils same as watercolour pencils, if not would I get the same effect using watercolour pencils?


    • wrote on June 14th, 2013 at 10:06 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Sue, yes they are watercolor pencils. You should get the same effect, although these pencils give the most vibrant colors I have experienced.

  22. wrote on June 18th, 2013 at 7:27 am


    What a wonderful technique!! I tried it and posted the card I made using your concept on my blog. TFS

  23. wrote on October 6th, 2013 at 8:56 pm


    I love how the colors pop

  24. wrote on October 6th, 2013 at 8:57 pm


    I love it

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