Wednesday’s Card: Chalkboard Butterfly

Chalkboard 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.


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  2. I loved this card, Darlene. I used the embossing technique on a special card I’m working on just now and it’s come up beautifully. Thanks so much for the demo.

  3. Carol Ann Ater says:

    Your card is absolutely stunning! I love it. Thank you for sharing with a speedy video. fun.

  4. love the gelanto on the flower card. thanks

  5. Hi Darlene! I have been watching you make your pretty cards for a couple of months now, and this has to be by far my favorite, thus far!! The Chalkboard technique is way cool. Thank you for always sharing such cute ideas.
    Hugs from another Dallas/FtWorth Girl,

  6. Your butterfly is just the touch of spring that this sick-of-snow central Wisconsinite needed ~ beautiful card!

  7. OOPS! I think I commented in the wrong place, when I thought I was commenting on this card! Oh dear, my lack of computer skills is showing, again! Love the “chalkboard” effect that you used. Really like the hint of green under the black. Love the butterfly, of course, but that split negative look of the piece that you attached it to is genious! You are amazing. Can’t wait until the Ellen Hutson thing. Where will I look for that? (Ahem, okay, I admit I am not a techie, wish I was, but just not.) Go “WOW” them over there, Darlene, as I know you will!! TFS!!!

  8. Simply gorgeous, Darlene!

  9. Loly Borda says:

    I love your card Darlene, so beautiful background and focus image. thanks for your clear instructions and I can’t wait to see you at the Classroom on Monday. Best wishes!

  10. Margaret says:

    Love this card Darlene. I’ve seen a few cards made with this technique, but I love your technique (with this green tinge) the best – and again, your copic coloring is awesome with some more great hints on how to make images look so good. Looking forward to seeing what you created over at Ellen Hutson – have ordered quite a few products from her and they’ve always been so prompt with shipping to me in Australia.
    Keep up the great work!!

  11. I have been buying new items up as soon as I see your card and video. I just love your style and how you explain each step. I have learned so much and I love this hobbie. I love all your cards this one included. Thanks for being so dedicated. I hope you continue for a long time. I look forward to them every week. You’ve become a welcome friend on my PC . Thanks Darlene

  12. Maureen Chandler says:

    Gorgeous card – thanks so much for the video too! Your cards are so inspirational and I always look forward to your new creations!

  13. Wow, this card is beautiful. I watch your videos all the time and I love how and what you do in each and every one of them! I just joined Stamin Up so I too could enjoy all they have to offer. I love making cards and can’t wait each day to see what I can create. Thank you so much for sharing all of your ideas with us!
    Your style of teaching and technique is awesome also. It is so easy to follow and learn how to do something.

  14. Love this card and layout is great. Can’t wait to get back to carding, will try this layout for sure. Your layouts are always great, do you have a place you get sketches and/or do create all of them yourself? Your chalkboard technique is different from what I have seen others do, love the look.

    • Darlene DeVries says:

      Hi Carol, I’ve only used a sketch once, which I posted with my card maybe a few months ago. I just make them up, which is probably why each card takes me so long!!

  15. omg! fabulous card! the techniques you use and the way you do it … its simple and yet so elegant! : ) u are so good!

  16. I so love this technique and the only thing that’s stopping me from trying it is my fear of messing it up. This video is very informative and, as always, your step by step instructions are clear and easy to follow. I’m sure I will need to practice a lot, just like with the sponging but it’s all so very worth it.
    Thanks Darlene for always inspiring and always giving us options to explore new techniques and ideas.
    XO from Maria.

  17. Love how you did the chalkboard BG. I want to try it. You always come up with such interesting techniques, Darlene.

  18. This is so very pretty …. love your chalkboard background and the Copic colored butterfly so lovely. Just love how this card turned out!

  19. Gorgeous….love the coloring and the background. Lovely.

  20. Heather M says:

    This is beautiful Darlene~ and I always appreciate your step by step instructions!

    Question: How is it possible that you don’t seem to get black ink ALL over your fingers/nails like I always do?! :o)

    Thanks for inspiring!!

    • Darlene DeVries says:

      Heather, my nails were black and I had to go out!! I guess you couldn’t see it in the video, but it’s definitely there. 🙂

  21. Love the card and will be trying your technique soon. I have the green distress ink but do not have the black.

    I do have many other black inks of course. Is the distress ink best for this chalkboard technique or would another black dye ink work?

    Thanks for letting me know. I subscribe to your blog so see your great ideas in my email mailbox:)

    Karen Hasheck

  22. I love your version of the chalkboard technique – somehow the green makes it more athentic!

  23. Valerie Gee says:

    SO beautiful, and OMG I cannot wait to try that faux chalkboard technique! I think I just might go take my cup of coffee and head to my crafting studio RIGHT NOW to try it out! Thanks for sharing (as always)!!!!


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