Wednesday’s Card: Lil Hoot

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  1. I love the tiny star background stamp, but when I hit your link, it said it couldn’t be found. Suggestions?

    • Darlene DeVries says:

      Anne, Simon Says Stamp says “product not found” if it is out of stock, which is why you don’t see it. However, Ellen Hutson will show you the product and say “out of stock”. For some reason, this stamp is a little hard to get. I had to signup to receive an email at Ellen when it came back in stock.

  2. Hi, Darlene! I was just checking through some things again and was hoping you could help clarify what the difference is between stenciling and embossing rubber stamps. They seem to have the same effect, so I can’t see if one has any benefits over the other. I love this owl card and was wondering if you could achieve the same background using a star stencil on blue paper, then embossing in yellow. Don’t get me wrong, they both look amazing, and stenciling looks SO fun, but from a budget standpoint, I’m trying to figure out what would be the best bang for my buck. Thanks!

    • Darlene DeVries says:

      Hi Sara! Yes, you can use a star stencil on blue paper. You’ll need to use a pigment ink so that it shows up on the blue cardstock. Or, you could use Versamark through your stencil and heat-emboss with yellow powder. I hope that makes sense.

  3. A gorgeous card Darlene. I wouldn’t have noticed the hand written like sentiment if you hadn’t pointed it out. Such a cute design 🙂

  4. This is a cute card! Thank you for including your techniques, as well as the mistakes and how you recovered. I just found you and now I am a subscriber.

  5. Valerie Gee says:

    What a cute card! I love seeing what you create every week, and I love how you work through your issues and “mistakes” and share your creative solutions with us all. I wanted to share with you that I was taught to take my clear stamps, ink them up with a permanent staining ink (like Archival or StazOn) and let it dry. Then your ink won’t bead up on the acrylic stamp surface. I don’t have to do this with ALL my clear stamps, some of them seem to bead worse than others, but I have found it solves the problem!

    Thanks again for sharing!

  6. Gloria Taylor says:

    What an adorable card for just about any occasion. Thank you for all sharing such cute and created.

  7. Love the star background. Did you try using an eraser on you clear stamp before using the ink it gives it a grip .

  8. Mary-Anne V. says:

    So sweet…. love this cute new set by HA and I love your starry background.

  9. Darlene – I love your projects and I really appreciate you keeping in the “boo-boos”. It helps each of us know we are not alone and it shows that “mistakes” are really just creative opportunities to try something different.

    Thank you for consistently sharing your creativity and art with us. Best wishes to you in 2014!

  10. Such an adorable card – love it. This Hero Arts Set is so cute and also the starry background. As always your video is a great inspiration.

  11. Mary, Wausau WI says:

    What a fantastic card that uses a HA Operation Write Home fundraiser stamp! Love it ~

  12. This card turned out great! Thanks for all the tips. I always learn a lot from you.

  13. Such a cute card! Love it!!

  14. What a darling and adorable card!
    Congratulations on being featured on the Penny Black Blog today! It is kinda like you are a celebrity…I clicked open my email and there you were being featured and I was like, “Oh my goodness….I KNOW HER!” It was kinda like Buddy on ELF…”SANTA! I KNOW HIM!!!!!”

  15. such a sweet card! beautifully done!

  16. JoanneBeck says:

    Darlene, this stamp set was created for the group Operation Write Home for the cards we make and as a fundraiser for the group. So happy to see it used here. great card!

  17. Darlene, the card is really sweet. Love how you curved the side and the sentiment looks just fine. Those little owls are so cute. I can see why your little girl likes them. Can’t wait to see what else you have for us.
    Thank you!

  18. Robin in WA says:

    Hi Darlene, well, even now that I know that your words were “doctored,” I still can’t tell. They look great and so does your card!! Very cute!! Thanks for sharing!!

  19. Meli Isen says:

    woohooo yea extra post!!!! super cute card 🙂

  20. Casey Thrush says:

    SO CUTE!!!

  21. Suzanne Watanabe says:

    Hi Darlene!
    LOVE your ADORABLE card! You are so talented….your card designs are always AMAZING! Thank you for the inspiration. I have problems stamping with my clear stamps at times too. Tim Holtz once demonstrated how to stamp perfectly with clear stamps. First, ink your stamp with Ranger Archival ink and let it dry for a few minutes. Then, wipe off any excess ink with a damp towel. Your stamp is now seasoned….it will be stained but clean enough to use with any color of ink. This technique helped me with my stamps that were not producing a crisp image….Hope this will work for you too! 🙂 Have a wonderful day!

  22. Love the card Darlene. You surprised me again with the background, I really thought when I looked at the card before watching the video that the background was a design paper! The trouble you are having with the ink balling up, used to happen to me with my clear stamps a lot. Someone suggested to me that when I get a new set of clear stamps that I should gently rub an eraser over the stamp. I tried it (of course brushing off any rubbings before using the stamp) and I haven’t had a problem since!

  23. Love the stars and embossed resist technique…thanks for the tip about dipping the tissue onto the baby wipe, too!

  24. I love how this turned out….love that dark background with the yellow! The owls are so cute…what a great little set!
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  25. Sorry, one more bc I can’t edit….I am not good at cutting perfectly on a line is more accurate b/c a curved line is not straight. Geez I need a nap LOL

  26. I’m also really excited to see a curved edge die. I’m not good at cutting straight, so this will help!

  27. I love this! Great idea to clear emboss then sponge over it! I don’t think I have ever tried that, but I need to now 🙂 Every week I see your designs and think “OMGOODNESS I NEED THAT!!!!!!” LOL

  28. Laura Norris says:

    So cute! I have this set and the stars BG too, I think I might have to CASE this card! All the animals in this set are adorable. I like your design with the curved edge, it really adds a lot.

  29. Dale Rose says:

    The lettering looks fine to me. I sometimes have to go over the words on my cards and a tiny nib works wonders. I love the tiny stars stamp as well as the curved edge.

  30. Maria A. Rodriguez says:

    Oh, I just love this tiny star stamp, it makes a wonderful starry night background for this super cute little owls. The curved edge is a fabulous detail, Darlene. You made another fantastic card, thank you for sharing.

  31. i love the card and the tiny stars stamp!! i think i might have to get it – and the curved edge die! I just love what you did with the card

  32. Love that covered edge… that just pulls the eye into thoes 2 cute little Owles…
    Really Cute Card!!!!

  33. Love these little critters too. Your card is terrific,. You were right to cut down the background and using the curved die was inspired.

  34. ADORABLE!!! I love your design, Darlene! So fun with all those bright stars and the cut, curved edge!

  35. I love it! I think taking the edge of those stars away did the trick. It’s not too busy. And that stamp set is adorable!! I wish my hand was as steady as yours! 🙂 If I had tried to write over that stamp, it would have been a hot mess! It looked perfectly stamped to me in the photo!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  36. I just love your cards… and this one definitely is a winner! You’re right if you had not told us about the sentiment stamping I would not have guess anything was wrong… which there isn’t anything wrong! Tks for sharing your creativity… I enjoy coming to your blog!

  37. Carrie Davenport says:

    i LOVE the little owls! i can’t wait to buy this stamp set! great card!!!

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