Wednesday’s Card: Secret Garden with Inktense Pencils

Hi All!

I love this new flower stamp set from Stampin’ Up! – there are so many possibilities. I see it as my official replacement for Fifth Avenue Floral, an old retired set that I loved. Bonus… it has matching dies!

I’ve been hearing a lot of really good things about the Derwent Inktense Pencils. So, I asked my husband to buy me the 36-count set for Christmas. Well, he bought me the 72-count!! Isn’t he awesome? The price point for these pencils varies wildly across online retailers. The prices at Dick Blick are literally half of what they are at other places. If you are so inclined to get some, you can also get Copics in the same shopping trip, as Dick Blick’s prices are also very low for Copic Sketch Markers ($5.24 per marker) – see my favorite Copic colors HERE. The pencils also come in 6-count, 12-count, and 24-count sets.

Anyway… I must say that these pencils are living up to their reputation. The blending is incredibly easy. I colored the petals of these flowers with just 3 pencils – yellow, orange, and red. I used white and an oak color for the white-ish areas of the petals. These pencils are also water-soluable, which means they act as a watercolor pencil. I haven’t attempted it yet, but I can’t wait!! I’m always amazed at how many awesome products are out there. Derwent has been making pencils for 180 years! I can tell.

I used masking for the background, so it’s all one layer.

Enjoy the video and have a great week!


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  1. Hi there…can you recommend a sharpener to use with the Intense pencils? Thank you so much! 🙂

  2. Jacqueline Evans says:

    I’m looking at the Intense Pencils and watercolor – thanks to you! I’m wondering what colors would you recommend if I were to purchase a set of 12 as individual pencils? There are so many color variations to choose from!

  3. Anna Jernigan says:

    This may sound weird, but I don’t care, I have to ask this question: How do you know all of these flowers and the colors they ought to be? That’s my problem! LOL I will see a pretty stamp of flowers, then with no reference to any color, I will sit and stare at them, wondering what colors to use. Half the time, I just either heat emboss and leave them, OR, paper piece with small tiny dots or something. Am I the only one? (I have even googled the flower if there is a name. LOL HELP!!!

    • Darlene DeVries says:

      Anna, to be honest, I don’t know either. I just pick whatever color I feel like using. I remember I colored some poppies purple and then realized that I think they are supposed to be red. But, oh well, if I don’t know then probably the recipient doesn’t know or care!

  4. Franny Rogers says:

    What a beautiful card!! I just love those pencils! Now I feel the only thing left to do, is go out and get a set for myself!! You’re such an enabler, and you don’t even know it!! 😉 Thanks for all the wonderful projects you put on here for us all to enjoy and get inspiration!!

  5. Maureen Chandler says:

    Your art work is just wonderful and I love your videos. I have several sets of colored pencils but these seem to combine the best of all of them! Thanks so much for sharing your talent!!!

  6. Love the colors you used for your card. I like how the different mediums matched. Beautiful card.

  7. Beautiful card… I didn’t order that new SU flower set because i have so many flower stamps, but… Love your videos – so relaxing, yet inspiring, to watch! 🙂

  8. Laura Curran says:

    Hi Darlene, I was excited to see you use the Inktense pencils on a card this week. I use them quite often for detail in watercolor painting. The beauty and claim to fame for these pencils is that once they have been introduced to water and dried, the color is permanent! They are divine and are wonderful to blend with the water brush. The beauty is that once they dry you can go back over them again wet and the dried layer underneath will not smudge or bleed. Amazing. Thank you for bringing these to cardmaking!

  9. The flower looks so beautiful!! Your coloring is amazing as usual!
    Funny thing I also started using Stampin’Up cling stamps without the stickers. They definitely cling much better that way.

  10. Beautiful! Thanks for the scoop on the Inktense Pencils. Very helpful.

  11. Melissa D says:

    Stunning colouring Darlene. Love the mix of colours in the flower and they do look so smooth together. Good on hubby for investing in what you want… for a change my hubby did the same this Xmas and got me heaps of Distress Markers.

  12. Beautiful! Love the intensity of the colors from the colors

  13. Happy New Year Darlene! Thanks a lot for another informative video. I had not seen these pencils used dry and love the look. They really seem to blend so nicely. Thanks for all the tips you shared.

  14. Thanks Darlene for another fantastic card. You make it look so easy. Another entertaining video at breakfast time.

  15. Happy New Year, Darlene! I still love your ideas & inspiration. I just want your life. I am not self creative like you and I wish I had more time to explore that side of me. I used to be athletic & a personal trainer, but now I have trouble finding time to get a workout in. I love that you teach exercise & promote healthy eating habits. I used to live inbeautiful, warm Austin, TX, now I’m in cold Indiana. Do I sound jealous? Maybe a little. Weird, I know, but keep up the wonderful job & I will keep watching your videos. No, I am not a stalker. 😉

  16. Loved the “inktense” tutorial and shopping tips. They really are more intense than other colored pencils. Your card is beautiful.

  17. What gorgeously brilliant colors! How pretty!!! and you make it look so easy…
    This is a really pretty flower image, too….and love that it has a coordinating die.
    Thanks for a new technique with a new to me product!

  18. Wow! What a great card. Can’t believe how much I learn from watching your videos darlene. You explain everything so well. I’m so lucky that I already have everything to make this card.
    So looking forward to another year of wonderful videos from you.
    Thanks so much.

  19. So pretty Darlene! Never tried Inktense pencils and now I want to get some. Thanks for sharing!

  20. Hey there, Darlene! Your card is lovely! I am so glad you showcased the Inktense pencils. I just bought myself a set last weekend-I clicked thru your Dick Blick link here on your blog-because like you said, DB really did have the best prices. I can’t wait to get my pencils next week! I have only seen them used with water, so I am pleased to see you use them dry. I love the way they blend! I look forward to seeing more of your videos featuring these pencils.

    Thanks for sharing! Happy New Year!
    ~Barb 🙂

  21. Darlene, I checked out the Dick Blick on line store and the set of 72 is out of stock but the price blew me away. WOW, really, how can anyone resist. I will check out my local Michaels and Hobby Lobby stores to see if I can purchase them there to save on the shipping. Thanks for showing us all kinds of products to enjoy even more this wonderfu hobby.

  22. Yes, your husband is a sweetie! Love it when men support the hobby that means so much to us!!

  23. OK, now I really do have to get out the Inktense pencils that I bought at Michaels when they were 50% off! LOL!! I’ve never even used them yet! This is the only stamp set out of the new Spring catalog that I even liked and it just arrived yesterday. Will use it pretty soon, but I’m still making winter cards right now. Gotta use all those snowflake stamps I seem to invest in while it’s cold outside! LOL!!

  24. Oh my goodness, Darlene!! What a wonderful and beautiful card. Those pencils indeed blend great, it’s almost like using Copics. Your hubby gave you a great gift. I’m going to check the Dick Blick store and see what I can find. Thank you for another gorgeous card and video.

  25. LOVE your coloring!! I am a pencil addict, and I don’t have these yet. I need to get me a set, and lucky me I have a 40%off coupon for dickblick hanging on my fridge. Will need to get these! Thank you so much for sharing your gorgeous card and the tutorial. Off to watch it now.

  26. I love it! I may have to give these pencils a whirl! As usual, I learn so much from you Darlene! I have a question. When you use the Ranger Ink Blender tool, how has it worked with the new Stampin’ Up Foam Ink pads? Do you find it better using the blender with the ‘old’ linen pads? I haven’t tried it with the new foam pad. I’m still not to sure how I feel about the new foam pads. Personally, I think I still prefer the linen ink pads at this point.

    • Darlene DeVries says:

      To be honest, I haven’t really paid attention to the ink pad I am using with the foam applicator. I just have a couple of the new ones – can’t say I have noticed a difference. But then again, maybe I haven’t used the foam applicator on those new pads. I have noticed that the new pads are a little juicier, so I would guess that you just need to be a little careful about how much ink is on the foam applicator – more ink means more potential for the “block” look. I do like how the coverage for stamping is better with the new foam pad.

  27. Carol Lucas says:

    Gorgeous card! I’m glad you used that stamp set because I’ve been thinking about getting it, and you have convinced me!

  28. Beautiful flower. Thanks so much for using the inktense pencils. I’ve seen them used for watercoloring in other sites and had not thought about just coloring straight with them. I’ll have to go back and try your coloring technique with them.


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