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Hi All,

First, a couple of quick news bits:

  • Ellen Hutson is having 20% all in-stock merchandise now through Sunday for Mother’s Day! Use code momsday16 at checkout. CLICK HERE to shop.
  • I am having a HUGE giveaway on Instagram this week. I am launching it today. If you haven’t already joined the Instagram community, now is a great time! I post a lot of extras on my Instagram account, so follow me.

Okay, now for the card. This has to be the coolest thing ever invented. I’ll apologize in advance for how many times I talk about how relaxing and awesome Zentangle is in the video, lol!

Aside from the “U Rock!” sentiment, both of these card are one layer.



For those of you who have watched my videos for a long time, you know that I like to be methodical about my cards. When I color, I use a specific process and repeat, repeat. For example, when I color a flower, I do the same thing on each individual petal. It makes me feel like I have more control, and it makes everything so much simpler and doable. Zentangle is all about a repeatable design. And thus, it’s totally doable. But the great thing is that it looks REALLY impressive and hard to do.

Here is a close-up of the reflection I created on the “rope”:


The video is a little longer because I created both cards. It really is amazing how easy it is when you break it down into bite-size steps. I hope you’ll try it out!



To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.

Zentangle Art Therapy
Zentagle Art Therapy
Micron Pens
Micron Pens
Canson Mix Media Paper
Canson Mix Media Paper
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Altenew Label Love
Altenew Label Love
Altenew You Are
Altenew You Are
Black Soot Distress Ink
Black Soot
Stampin' Up! Aqua Painter
Aqua Painter
Stampin' Up! Dimensionals
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner


  1. wrote on May 6th, 2016 at 6:54 am


    Hi Darlene! This is absolutely fantastic. I just LOVE the look and have been waiting to see how you’d approach it. I can definitely see it could be addictive. You make it look quite doable though. Even so, I can see you really have to concentrate. But that’s what makes it relaxing. I’ve already ordered my Zentangle Art Therapy book from a local supplier in Sydney since our AU$ has plummeted today (boo! hoo!). I have the pens already and Black Soot Distress ink. So I’m ready to go and can hardly wait to get started. LOL! Thanks so much for inspiring me once again.

  2. wrote on May 6th, 2016 at 1:31 pm


    I love Zentangle! Thanks for showing these two lovely cards.

  3. wrote on May 6th, 2016 at 2:12 pm


    OMG!!! I LOVE IT! How many more arts are you going to get me into? Yikes, now I have to get this book..I want to do this, it is basically simple, I think I could do it.
    Your shading is what made the difference…from one dimension to 3D.
    I am totally impressed by this art and my grandsons would love to receive a card like this. Thank you Darlene for showing this tutorial on Zentangle. You have me hooked already!

  4. wrote on May 6th, 2016 at 3:01 pm


    As always. This is amazing. I might even have to try it. Love the cards.

  5. wrote on May 6th, 2016 at 5:43 pm


    I don’t see myself Zentangling anytime soon (just not patient or focused enough), but you did get amazing results! I literally gasped (well, mentally) when I saw you start your first one, though. LOL I was OK when you were making the pencil dots, but then when you started drawing WITH YOUR PEN! No more pencil lines to guide you! Like I said–amazing. Thanks for sharing this! 🙂 ~ Andrea

  6. wrote on May 6th, 2016 at 6:55 pm


    I always used small designs in my zentangle. It never crossed my mind to create a large design and add shading to it with distress ink. Very cool.

  7. wrote on May 6th, 2016 at 7:22 pm


    Just what I need. Another addiction!! These are so cool looking and I love them both!

  8. wrote on May 6th, 2016 at 7:34 pm


    This was amazingly helpful! I have been intimidated by Zentangle for a long time. I even took a class and still couldn’t handle it. Seeing it broken down in the video made it seem actually possible! And using them on cards makes the effort worthwhile. This was a super tutorial and your voice was so soothing – I may even be able to handle this. Thanks!

  9. wrote on May 6th, 2016 at 8:34 pm


    welcome to the amazing fun world of zentangle….it is a lot of fun and teaching this to children is amazing because there is no right or wrong.


  10. wrote on May 6th, 2016 at 10:04 pm


    I love zentangle and can really use the relaxation today. Thanks for the reminder. I’m going to pull out my supplies and put a glass of wine. 🙂

  11. wrote on May 6th, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    Brenda L.

    Wow, these are amazing Darlene! And it looks like it is so fun and relaxing too. When I first saw them, I thought there is no way you drew them because they look very 3D to me. Then I watched the video and was simply amazed! I think I would like to give this a try myself. Don’t know if I can pull it off, but it would be fun trying. The shading made all the difference as well, loved when you placed the shadows in. Hugs, Brenda

  12. wrote on May 7th, 2016 at 5:56 am

    Sherry W.

    I’ve known about Zentangle for a long while, but never thought I would be able to complete anything. Your shading made it come alive and look so much more difficult to do than what it truly is. Happily I had the pens and the Black Soot ink, so I tried it. Whee!! It’s SO COOL.

  13. wrote on May 7th, 2016 at 9:17 am


    This was awesome! Loved the extra oomph of the shading. You never cease to amaze 🙂

  14. wrote on May 7th, 2016 at 9:34 am


    This cards are amazing Darlene, I’m so happy you introduced your followers to this fabulous style, not to many people know about it but, once you give it a try, it’s addictive.
    I stumbled onto a Zentangle card about 2 years ago while browsing for black and white cards, when I saw one with a fantastic design, at first I thought it was done with a stamp, it was intricate and gorgeous but, when I went to see this lady’s blog, I was amazed at the fact she drew this by hand using only one fine tip marker.
    Of course, I had to know more about the Zentangle way and, to make a long story short, I bought 2 books and I’ve done several cards with this images.
    Love the video, thank you so much.
    Big Zentangle Hugs!!!!!

  15. wrote on May 7th, 2016 at 9:41 am

    Jennifer Stark

    I use Zentangle in my elementary classroom. It is so calming for the kids. I LOVE the weave card. I guess I know what I’ll be showing the kids next week! You’re THE BEST!!

  16. wrote on May 7th, 2016 at 10:53 am


    Love Zentangle! As always, you did a stunning job!

  17. wrote on May 7th, 2016 at 12:13 pm


    Yes, I am completely addicted to Zentangle! It’s also fun to use charcoal pencil for the shadows or add a little color. Thanks for the awesome video. Zentangle would be a fun Monthly Challenge!

  18. wrote on May 7th, 2016 at 1:35 pm


    I have been experimenting in Zentangle for some time now, as one of my friends is an official ZenTangle instructor. I do love the idea of using them on cards and the two tangles you picked are super ones.

  19. wrote on May 8th, 2016 at 5:55 am


    WOW!!! Darlene. Where to start? I loved the first card very much but in my heart I was thinking I don’t think I could do that (I am going to give it a go). Then the second card just blew me away. I am still reeling from the outcome of that second card. Thanks so much Darlene. Glenis ooxx

  20. wrote on May 8th, 2016 at 2:06 pm


    This is SO cool. I IMMEDIATELY got the supplies from Amazon and CAN’T WAIT to try this. This is PERFECT for male cards!!!! You are always on top of stuff Darlene!!!!! THANK YOU!!!

  21. wrote on May 9th, 2016 at 9:28 am


    This is simply amazing. Darlene, you never cease to amaze me with your incredible talent. I may have to teach my first grade some simple zentangles! You rock.

  22. wrote on May 9th, 2016 at 10:17 pm


    Wow, that was incredible!!!

  23. wrote on May 17th, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    Sharon Farrah

    So glad to see you put zentangle on the site. I discovered it about three years ago. So relaxing to do and makes very unique and stunning cards.

  24. wrote on June 15th, 2016 at 12:43 am

    Kylie Adams

    Wow – I absolutely love these. I will have to try these out. I think this is something my daughter would love as well. Your ribbon one would look great colored with copics too… Fun, fun, fun….

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