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White Flowers

Hi All!

For today’s card, I used a masking fluid pen to protect my flowers while I watercolored the background. I then added some Copic marker shadows to the flowers.

One tricky thing about this card was that I needed an ink that works with both Copics and watercolor. I referred back to the handy chart I created when I did my Black ink comparison, and voila – My Favorite Things Hybrid. And it worked perfectly.

I left it sentiment-less on purpose. It’s one of those designs that could be used for almost anything. I will likely use it as a notecard – kind of like stationery.

I used the elusive Mama Elephant Femme Frames dies again. I love how it’s scallopy but not too scallopy. 🙂




To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.
Peerless Watercolors used: Rose Red, Scarlet Cake, and Orange Yellow
Copic Markers used: C1, C4, 0, YG25, Y15, E13

Helping Me Grow
Helping Me Grow
Femme Frames Dies
Femme Frames Dies
Molotow Masking Pen
Molotow Masking Pen
Peerless Watercolor Basic
Peerless Watercolor Basic
Peerless Watercolor Bonus
Peerless Watercolor Bonus
Copic Sketch Markers
Copic Sketch Markers
Stampin' Up! Chalk Marker
Chalk Marker
MFT Black Licorice Hybrid
MFT Black Licorice Hybrid
Canson Mix Media Paper
Canson Mix Media Paper
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Hero Arts Black Notecards
Hero Arts Black Notecards
Size 12 Round Brush
Size 12 Round Brush
Adhesive Remover
Adhesive Remover
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner


  1. wrote on July 20th, 2016 at 6:46 am


    Such a strong card with an elegant look. It would work with so many similar stamps too. Hope you had a wonderful time in NY City!

  2. wrote on July 20th, 2016 at 2:02 pm


    I love your card and was amazed to see how well your Molotow pen worked. I bought one a month ago to try this technique but it never worked. The contents were a mix of blue and beige colors and no mater how much or how often or how easy or hard I presses up and down on the point, nothing came out of the pen. What a huge disappointment and expense. I tried to return it but wasn’t allowed. Do you have any other suggestions for spot masking on the layer without cutting out a mask? I can’t remember…have you ever done masking this way with rubber cement?

    • wrote on July 20th, 2016 at 2:46 pm


      I’ve used rubber cement. It works okay — just make sure you’re really careful staying in the lines but covering completely and wait until it’s completely dry. It also works best on uncolored paper — mask before you color.

      I have the molotow pen, but haven’t tried it yet. I hope it’s okay — I haven’t even tested it. Hmmm… lol

    • wrote on July 20th, 2016 at 5:36 pm

      Carol Mac

      Hi Helen, I think there is a white masking fluid and you out it on like nail polish with a brush. Maybe Darlene know, but I know I saw it on YouTube….probably Krista Werner.

      Darlene, might be a good comparison video you could do, depending on how many different masks you have. Just a thought! ?

    • wrote on July 20th, 2016 at 8:10 pm


      I use rubber cement and it works just fine.

    • wrote on July 22nd, 2016 at 9:51 am

      Darlene DeVries

      I’ve tried rubber cement but found it more difficult to use – it kept ripping up the paper, and it’s harder to apply. I’ve use masking fluid a lot and it works great. You could also clear emboss your image, or cover it with glossy accents or a pico embellisher like I did on this card.

  3. wrote on July 20th, 2016 at 4:18 pm


    Lovely card, Darlene! The background looks kind of sunset-y. I was wondering about the Molotow pen. You said that it peeled the paper sometimes. Are you making sure that the paper is thoroughly dry before removing it? I know, if there is even the least little bit of moisture, than can cause the masking to tear the paper when you remove it. I’ve used liquid masking in a needle-tip bottle that I got at Hobby Lobby a long time ago. (I forget the name at the moment.) With that, I not only have to make sure the paper is dry when I remove it, but also that I don’t put on too thick a coat in the first place. I don’t think I’ve ever used it with 100% no tearing–yet. 🙁 I know Kristina Werner also said that the Molotow pen can stain some papers. I think the pen is a nice idea. I just don’t know if it’s worth the price. Anyway…I’d just be curious to hear more thoughts on it. Hope you & Courtney had an awesome time in New York. Thanks for sharing your wonderful creations! 🙂 ~ Andrea

    • wrote on July 22nd, 2016 at 9:58 am

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Andrea. I suppose it’s possible that I didn’t wait long enough on the Molotow pen. I think it works better on regular cardstock because it’s not as absorbent as watercolor paper. I did find that the pen stained the paper just a tiny bit when I did this card. I don’t think it was noticeable unless you were looking for it (i.e. only the card perfectionist would see it). If I had to choose between purchasing the masking fluid and the pen, I would probably go for the fluid, since you can both paint it on and splatter it for a starry or snowy effect.

    • wrote on July 27th, 2016 at 5:11 pm


      You can get an empty Molotow pen and then fill it with your favorite masking fluid if it being in a pen is what appeals to you! I filled my empty Molotow marker with Peebeo Drawing Gum which I like a lot better. The tip gums up a little if I go awhile without using it but I just peel the gummed bits off and then RE-PRIME the nib.

  4. wrote on July 20th, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    Carol Mac

    Love the card! I have this pen and only used it once. Like Andrea says, it has to be dry…everything! Mine discolored my Tim Holtz WC paper so haven’t used it since. But, I think I will pull it out and try it on different papers….

  5. wrote on July 20th, 2016 at 6:35 pm


    I love this card. So elegant. I think this card would make a lovely set changing background colours and like Connie says using other stamps. These sets make a lovely gift.

  6. wrote on July 21st, 2016 at 6:33 am


    Beautiful card Darlene, I always have trouble making this kinds of water color washes, I just end up with a muddy mess and warped paper, not pretty at all.
    I saw on Utube this lady who taped her water color paper with painter’s tape to a wood pad block, you know? the kid that they give you at doctor’s offices to fill out your information. She says this is great to prevent your water color paper to warp while you are applying the paint.
    Anyway, I’ve been tempted to buy that masking pen, I usually just stamp the image I want to cover and fussy cut it, I even keep this cut out image with the stamp set to use it again, it lasts a good while.
    I guess practice makes perfect, I will continue to practice doing this beautiful color washes.
    Thank you for this great video.

    • wrote on July 22nd, 2016 at 10:02 am

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Maria. Yes, I’ve seen lots of people taping their cardstock to a clipboard and supposedly it does help. The only problem is that you have to leave enough edging around your panel for the tape (meaning a frame or something you would trim off after it’s done). Plus, to me anyway, it seems like a lot of extra work. I have found that placing the cardstock under a heavy object when it’s still a little damp helps a tremendous amount with the warping. I’ll have to include that in one of my upcoming videos!

      • wrote on July 22nd, 2016 at 10:16 am


        Hi Darlene: I only recently started taping my water color paper to a clip board, I don’t leave a lot of edge because I hate to waste paper so, taping it just on the edge works great for me, I really don’t use a lot of water on my cards.
        As I’ve been reading the comments on this post, some ladies have mentioned that they use Rubber Cement instead of the masking fluid, now that is news to me, I never thought to use it as a masking fluid, I don’t like the smell, it’s to strong for me.
        Does the masking fluid you used smells?
        Anyway, thank you for replying to my comment and questions.
        Big Hugs, my dear.

        • wrote on July 31st, 2016 at 4:39 pm

          Darlene DeVries

          Hi Maria. Sorry for the delay in responding to your comment. I couldn’t recall if it smelled or not. I was out of town and wanted to come home and smell it! Wow, it really stinks. I got a little too close to the bottle and I think it destroyed part of my nasal passages. It smells kind of like ammonia. I must say that it didn’t seem bad when I used it – I don’t normally get that close to the bottle!

          • wrote on July 31st, 2016 at 8:34 pm


            LOL!! so sorry you got a kick in the nose with this smell, YUCK!!
            I think I will venture into buying a small bottle, just to give it a try, sometimes fussy cutting the copy paper to make a mask is time consuming.
            So glad you are back from your vacation, I’m sure you guys had a blast, this memories of the trips with your girls will live forever in their heart and minds as well as yours and their dad.
            Big hugs,

  7. wrote on July 21st, 2016 at 8:51 am


    So beautiful! Nuf said.

  8. wrote on July 21st, 2016 at 11:50 am


    What a beautiful card! This card would make a fantastic postage stamp, too! I bought some masking fluid before we moved and still have not tried it out. Maybe after I finish up my new craftroom I will give it a whirl. Hope you are doing well. Did you get my change of address card? If you emailed me…your email may have gotten lost. I had over 400 emails to sort through once I was able to find some time and sit down in front of the computer. I still have quite a few to sort through. Thanks again for the great video, white flowers intimidate me. XD

    • wrote on July 22nd, 2016 at 10:04 am

      Darlene DeVries

      Yes, Sandra, I did get the card! I loved it. I’ve never seen a change of address like that (with the dress). Very clever!

  9. wrote on July 21st, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    Peg C

    Gorgeous card and love the frame dies, I’ve added them to my wish list, just love the scallop and I already have the stamp set and masking fluid so I’m good to go……

  10. wrote on July 22nd, 2016 at 6:19 pm


    Beautiful card, the combination of colours and layer of scalloped edges is lovely.

  11. wrote on July 23rd, 2016 at 10:08 am


    Love it!!!

  12. wrote on July 30th, 2016 at 5:07 pm


    So pretty and love the color combo. So creative as usual! Thanks for the continued inspiration! Julie

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