Wednesday’s Card: Vellum Butterfly

Vellum Butterfly The photos, instructions, and video associated with this card are located at, the only site dedicated exclusively to card-lovers. Click here to learn about becoming a member.


  1. Love the butterfly card. Had to try…posted results today. Thanks for the tute.

  2. I just started following your blog today…and I LOVE your style! Thanks for the videos–they’ve been fun to watch!

  3. Hi Darlene! Love, love, love this butterfly card and the techniques you used to create it. Great video tutorial! Found your site from a link from another CASE card another stamper made. I’m planning on CASEing this card for sure! Thanks for the inspiration and great tutorials!!!

  4. Anna Jernigan says:

    In a word: WOW!!! What a lovely butterfly (my fav) and that border is completely just what the card needs! How genious! I love the simplistic look! You really have inspired me, I need to get my idea book out, and take some notes! These videos are simply GEMS!!! I am so delighted to have found your site, and I have watched a lot of videos this morning, and am still going…LOL I love your style. Just so classy! Well, on to the next video! LOL

  5. This card is so nice!! The vellum butterfly is awesome and I like how you bordered the card with the colours!! I really enjoy all your videos. You do an amazing job on them! Thanks for sharing all your great ideas and tips.

  6. Great card, and thanks for the video. I’ve never worked with vellum, so I especially needed to see this one! Love the way you just zip around and draw that border. I could use a straight-edge, still not get it so nicely done. Your copic blending as border trim was an inspired idea. Love your cards, and appreciate your well-done videos so much. You ennunciate very clearly, keep the camera on your work, so it’s easy to see what you’re doing. I know it takes a lot of your time, so many thanks for sharing your expertise with those of us who don’t have as much.Happy New Year.

  7. Your card is so pretty. Would like to see it in real life. Funny thing, I made a card last week and I embossed vellum. Thank you for your inspriations.

  8. Darlene,
    What a lovely card. Thanks so much for sharing. Always look forward to your videos.

  9. Joan Garlough says:

    Another beautiful card made by you! I used to use vellum a lot and colored behind it with SU markers, but I forgot about that with all of the new colors, techniques, stamps, etc. I hope to make a card similar to yours soon…. I have different butterflies!!! Thanks so much for sharing the video and the card with us. My wish would be that you had a video every day!!!! LOL

  10. Such a pretty card!

  11. Beautiful card and great technique! Thanks! I especially like the way you did the border aroud the edge in the blended colors.

  12. lovely card

  13. Lovely card Darlene, mades me wish for spring.

  14. Wow, the vellum butterfly is just stunning! No butterflies for me Darlene, I finally own the two way step owl punch. We can finally order SU products in the Netherlands! YAY! I’m gonna surprise my sister with my secretly bought punch, normally we order together to safe shipping costs….Anyway, I have an idea for her birthday card, let’s have some fun!

  15. Judy I, St. Louis MO says:

    Gorgeous card. I had forgotten about the technique of coloring on the back of vellum. I will definitely give that a try. I also love the way you did the border,though my lines would never be that straight. That short video was packed with great inspiration. Thanks!

  16. JoAnne in Lynnwood says:

    Another lovely card! Can you use the Stampin Up marker to color the rhinestones? Some day I hope to afford the copics but for right now I have all the SU markers.

    • Darlene DeVries says:

      Hi JoAnne, since the SU markers are water-based, it won’t work as well. It would be fine until someone touched it I think. But, probably enough color would stay on that you wouldn’t notice. Try it and report back!!

  17. Lovely card, the butterfly on vellum is great and what a great tip about coloring the underside. Everytime you draw lines I marvel how steady your hand is, the border looks great with the butterfly. Interested that you used a Stampin Up marker to draw the lines, how did you keep it from weeping color into your border?

    • Darlene DeVries says:

      Hi Carol, for some reason I don’t have problems with bleeding when doing the border in the SU marker and coloring with Copics. I think because I really don’t have much contact against the black. If I were to color directly over it, I’m sure I would get more bleed.

  18. Another fabulous card – you make it look so easy! Love how that embossing folders looks when it’s debossed.
    Need to start working with vellum – dont’ know why it scares me!
    Have a good one!

  19. I’m going to have to try this technique. Your card turned out so gorgeous! I will have to try it out with Sharpies, though since I don’t have Copics.

  20. Awesome technique on the reverse of the vellum. The card is, as usual, gorgeous.

  21. I really like this one! Thanks for the tips for coloring embossed vellum.

  22. Another stunning and beautiful card! thank you for the now how and inspiration! just LOVE this!!!!

  23. Can you ever make an ugly card? I think not! 🙂 I’m pretty sure I’ve pinned all of your cards! Thanks so much for sharing!

  24. Mary Ann Huntington says:

    Since I always learn something new from your videos I was excited to see the results of embossing the cloud folder on the other side. I love the pillow effect. Thank you again Darlene.

  25. Carol Lucas says:

    Beautiful! I’m hoping I have enough vellum to try this.

  26. Gorgeous card, Darlene. The embossing on vellum gives such a soft effect on your design and because it’s so transparent, the colors on the other side look amazing. In all the time I’ve been watching you create your wonderful cards, each and every wednesday, I learn something new. You have pushed me a little to try new techniques and products. Thank you so very much for all the hard work and creativity you put into each of your tutorials.

  27. Gorgeous card! Your video editing is a delight to watch, I really appreciate how you speed it up. I always learn something from your videos. Thank you so much for your time & effort.

  28. Another beautiful card!! I watch you hand-draw those black line borders with awe. Any tips on getting the lines straight without a ruler?

  29. Stunning! Love the idea of coloring on the underside of the embossed image. I took a Copic class once and the instructor really recommended staying away from embossing powders so I’ve been hesitant! This is a wonderful alternative and I’ll definitely have to try this out.
    I also love how you did the border…so simple but it really ties the card together.
    Very nice, as usual, Darlene!

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