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Biggest Heart

Hi All!

Just a quick reminder that Sunday is the last day to enter the Rainbow Challenge! Link up your card to enter your name into a random drawing for a $25 Simon Says Stamp gift certificate. Even if you’re not entering, go view the entries – there are so many beautiful ones. 🙂

Today’s card has lots of fun tips. My favorite is how to do tone-on-tone heat embossing. You can use any dye ink pad with this technique. I did this technique several years ago on THIS CARD with Stampin’ Up! ink. Today I used Barn Door Distress Ink. Here is a close up of the tone-on-tone stripes:

Biggest Heart

It’s kind of hard to get a good picture of it, but the girl is raising the heart from the paper:

Biggest Heart

I used my A2 Curve die as a guide rather than as a die, similar to how I used it for the rainbow on THIS CARD.

I created the dots on her dress by layering the Copic markers, like I did with the fish on THIS CARD.

Just some more examples on how to use these techniques for different kinds of cards! Enjoy!



To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.
Copic colors used: RV10, RV13, RV14, 0 (heart); E30, E31 (skin); E57, E55, E53 (hair); E51, E57 (shoes); BG10, BG11, BG13, Y11 (dress and socks), G07, G14 (grass)

Lila's Heart
Lila’s Heart
Diagonal Stripes
Diagonal Stripes
A2 Curved Edge Die
A2 Curved Edge Die
Angel Pink Pico Embellisher
Angel Pink Pico Embellisher
Copic Sketch Markers
Copic Sketch Markers
Wink of Stella, Clear
Wink of Stella, Clear
Ultra Fine Clear Powder
Ultra Fine Clear Powder
Barn Door Distress Ink
Barn Door
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Black Ink
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Versafine Black Ink
Versamark Ink Pad
Versamark Ink
Ink Foam Applicator
Ink Foam Applicator
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Dimensionals
Stampin' Up! Two-Way Glue Pen
Glue Pen
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner
Scotch Foam Tape
Scotch Foam Tape


  1. wrote on April 24th, 2015 at 9:33 am


    Sooooo pretty! I love the tone-on-tone look. Another fabulous card. Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. wrote on April 24th, 2015 at 10:09 am


    Cute card! Really love the tone on tone diagonal stripes. Can’t wait to try that! Must have missed it in your previous video.

  3. wrote on April 24th, 2015 at 10:57 am

    Mary Jane

    Another Beautiful card. Thanks for sharing, Darlene!

  4. wrote on April 24th, 2015 at 12:42 pm


    Love this card, Darlene!
    I’m getting hooked with some of these Simon Says Stamp! sets…and feeling guilty about it too since I’m an SU demonstrator… 🙁

  5. wrote on April 24th, 2015 at 2:56 pm


    Wow, so many things I love about this card. Starting with the way you colored her hair. The darker brown at the top of her head really made a big difference. Second, I love the idea of the heart being lifted off the paper…where you do come up with these little ideas??? hehe Finally, I love that you always do your own backgrounds. Great video, thanks for sharing!! =)

    • wrote on April 24th, 2015 at 5:12 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Sandra you are always so detailed in your comments – it’s so nice because I know it takes awhile to write all that. Thank you. 🙂

      • wrote on April 25th, 2015 at 11:29 am


        Well thanks for saying so! =) I type really fast so it’s easy to write what’s on my mind and I also understand that when you are commenting on someone’s work, it’s nice for the artist if you can give him/her some details about how you see and/or what you enjoyed about their creation…and in some cases a little constructive criticism. ~8)

        Anyway, thank you. Hope you are having a great weekend! =)

        • wrote on April 25th, 2015 at 11:51 am


          Oh and by the way…I also loved how you did the dots on the dress, I forgot to put that in my original comment. >.<

  6. wrote on April 24th, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    Carol B

    Very pretty card, love the tone on tone, still not getting your email notifications not sure why. Saw the FB post and had to see what I missed.

    • wrote on April 25th, 2015 at 11:48 am


      I’m getting them but they are delayed…are you not getting them at all or are they delayed for you also?

  7. wrote on April 24th, 2015 at 9:18 pm


    So pretty! I had no idea you could create colored dots over a different color with copics. Learn something new every day!

  8. wrote on April 24th, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    Anna D.

    Hi Darlene,

    I love how you light-heartedly embrace perfectionism in your videos. I noticed I’m surprused when you use scissors to trim panels. When I use scissors I can always see slanted or inconsistent lines. How do you get it straight?

    • wrote on April 26th, 2015 at 11:09 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Anna. I kind of lean the base of the blades against the part of the card that I am trying to cut down to (so the shorter side). It definitely helps to use large scissors. I find it much more difficult to get a straight line when I use my little paper snips.

  9. wrote on April 24th, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    Sherry W.

    Like that tone on tone technique! Also, the dots with the Copics. Waaaay easier than trying to color around the spots! Ha-ha.

  10. wrote on April 24th, 2015 at 10:15 pm


    Darlene I love this card! It is so adorable! I really like the tone on tone strips you made I think that is a great idea! 🙂

  11. wrote on April 24th, 2015 at 11:25 pm


    Awesome card. I love the tone on tone stripes…awesome technique!

  12. wrote on April 24th, 2015 at 11:31 pm


    I really enjoyed how you made that paper. It was a really effective technique with minimal resources required!

  13. wrote on April 25th, 2015 at 12:27 am

    Lesley S

    Really like the technique for the tone on tone stripes….I’ll be trying it myself. The dots on the dress are so fun.

  14. wrote on April 25th, 2015 at 12:28 am


    I love this card. Will be trying out the technique. I must get this stamp set

  15. wrote on April 25th, 2015 at 4:23 am

    Brenda L.

    Beautiful card Darlene, I love that stamp set.

  16. wrote on April 25th, 2015 at 6:06 am


    Hello Darlene: Well, again you created another wonderfully delightful card, sweet and beautiful too. I’ve seen you use this Pico Embellisher ink before and I have made a point to get some so today, I just made up my mind and went ahead and order a few bottles, I just love the way it goes down on the paper with the sharp needle dispenser, and the colors are gorgeous. I also love how you create your own DSP and backgrounds that fit your card designs so perfectly.
    As always, it’s a joy to see you color with your Copic markers, thank you for another fabulous video.

  17. wrote on April 25th, 2015 at 8:06 am

    Terri Blindstamper

    Love how you colored her hair and dress. The tone-on-tone is brilliant and all the shine is awesome. FYI for anyone not “needing” the shine, the embossing powder could be ironed off with scratch paper. Great ideas Darlene!

    • wrote on April 26th, 2015 at 11:12 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Yes, good point Terri! I have that technique on my list to get to one of these days!

  18. wrote on April 25th, 2015 at 8:47 am

    Jennifer Stark

    I’d be lost without you. Your videos are EXCELLENT!! I love to start every weekend with inspiration from you!! Thank you SOOOOO much!!!

    • wrote on April 26th, 2015 at 11:31 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Oh my, thank YOU so much Jennifer!! 🙂 🙂

  19. wrote on April 25th, 2015 at 9:23 am


    So adorable!! I love the stripe back ground.

  20. wrote on April 25th, 2015 at 9:45 am


    Such a darling image…and looks terrific on your card. Making the dots on the dress really adds so much as does adding dimension to the center heart.

  21. wrote on April 25th, 2015 at 12:35 pm


    Darling card. I love your attention to detail. I have some of those pico embellishers. Now I will use them! Thanks for your inspiration.

  22. wrote on April 25th, 2015 at 12:54 pm


    This is an adorable card. I really enjoy how you create so much interest with so few supplies. One of my favorite things about your cards is that you make so many of your own backgrounds without being reliant on patterned paper. I really enjoy your card videos and learn something new from almost everyone. Thanks for sharing with us all you talents!

  23. wrote on April 25th, 2015 at 1:07 pm


    Another adorable card, Darlene! You’re so creative and talented!

  24. wrote on April 25th, 2015 at 3:53 pm


    I learn so much from your videos. The simple thing of curving stamp with that die. I am so excited about that tip!
    Thank you for sharing your talent with us.

  25. wrote on April 25th, 2015 at 7:05 pm


    Aw, I love her! Love the dimension you gave it. I love the stripes also.

  26. wrote on April 26th, 2015 at 3:41 pm


    Darlene, I love the card! Thanks for sharing so many great techniques with us. Also, how great is it that the stamp set is designed with your daughter in mind. <3

    • wrote on April 26th, 2015 at 11:44 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Actually, I think you mean Jennifer Mcguire’s daughter. But you know what? I have a 10 year old that fits this bill exactly, so I love it! Even at 10, she’s my snuggle-bunny. 🙂

      • wrote on April 27th, 2015 at 8:55 am


        Too funny, I think you are right! Well, you rocked that stamp Darlene!

  27. wrote on April 29th, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    Susan Berry

    Darlene, Another great card. Love the tone on tone paper. I will have to try this. Also I will see about getting some Pico Embellisher. You have some great ideas. Thanks..

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