Wednesday’s Card: Water Stamping

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  1. Anita Holmrd says:

    First let me say how glad I am to have found your site, I love your work. I love listening to your voice explaining everything so gently and so thoroughly. Thank you for sharing your talent! I do have a question however, I looked at your video tour of your craft room and saw that you had all your Tim Holtz distress inks face up. I thought you had to store them upside down so the ink stays near the top of the pad? Am I wrong in assuming this? Thanks ahead of time for taking the time to help me.

    • Darlene DeVries says:

      Hi Anita, I store mine upright and haven’t had any issues. I do store some of my other ink pads upside down when I can. Honestly, I think it’s the best way to store them if it’s feasible. They need to put labels on the bottom!

      • Anita Holmes says:

        Thanks so much, let me say again…I love your work! Please keep sharing!
        Only have one complaint, I wish it was more often…LOL!

  2. Darlene – another amazing card. Can’t wait to try this technique. You are just too talented!!

  3. Love this card and also the technique you used, which looks so pretty with these gorgeous colors. I also recently added that new Avery Elle Die set and LOVE all that you can do with it. I also have the Hello Die and it seems that we share the LOVE of many of the same products!!

    Super card — thanks for sharing!

  4. love, love, love this technique…I am on my way to my craft room to try it. TFS! Love your card design

  5. Darlene, I love this CAS card! I can’t wait to bust out my distress inks and a stamp and try this technique. I feel some crafting time coming up! Thanks for sharing! XXOO from CO.

  6. Carol B says:

    Awesome card Darlene, haven’t made a card with this technique in years, must give it a try again soon. Your die cut words with the UTEE gives the card a perfect pop.

  7. Maria Rodriguez says:

    I love this new way to water color, I never thought about it but it makes sense. I love the colors you used but most of all, I love the look the embossing powder gives to the die cut letters, it gives them a fantastic dimension and luster, really fabulous.
    I too look forward to your Wednesday videos Darlene and, when you surprise us with a video on another day of the week, it’s truly fantastic.
    Thank you so much for the inspiration.

  8. Celeste Goff says:

    What a pretty card Darlene! But then all of your cards are pretty.

  9. Margaret says:

    Another great card Darlene. Love that stamp technique so will definitely give it a go. Thanks

  10. Magda van Spankeren says:

    hi Darlene
    such a lovely card to make
    Please can you give some measurement from the strips cardstock and size of the card
    thank you

    • Darlene DeVries says:

      Hi Magda, the card is 4.25×5.5″. The strips are just a random height I picked – somewhere around 4″ or so.

  11. Holly M. says:

    Fun techniques and a bright and cheery card. Thanks for the tutorial!

  12. Pat Jandacek says:

    Great ideas of ‘water stamping’ and the use of UTEE e.p. I have the capability for both techniques and will surely make use them. My response is similar to Richell’s – I’ve had UTEE since the early days of my stamping and don’t think I’ve ever used it for anything. (I even have the ‘melting pot’
    designed for using quantities of it that has never been used!) Thanks for sharing.

  13. Suzanne Watanabe says:

    Hi Darlene!
    OMG ….what a GORGEOUS CARD! I love the color combination and the stamping with water technique…so cool! I also love the way you design your card layouts…you are always so creative! Thanks for sharing! Have a great day 🙂

  14. Pat Myers says:

    What a great video! I love how you speed things along and get the job done. I never thought to dip the cut out sentiment into embossing powder – brilliant! Thanks for sharing.

  15. Robin in WA says:

    Love your colors Darlene! I looked at those Avey Elle dies also, but I make 5×7 cards mostly and couldn’t figure out how to use something that’s specifically designed for the A2 size. Beautiful card!! Thank you for the inspiration!!

  16. I was wondering where you purchase your magnetic card panels? It looks like a fantastic way to store thin die cuts.


  17. Richell says:

    Beautiful color combinations! I have that ultra thick powder that is way back on my shelf and never used. Now I can’t wait to try it on some word dies. Will you show some more cards using that Avery Elle die set? I’m interested in how those pieces work. Thanks for sharing!!

  18. Wow! I love this card and learning new techniques. Thanks for making the video to share what you did. So glad that I read your blog today!
    🙂 Marie

  19. One of my favorite techniques! Love the colors you used, and your fun design!

  20. Carrie Davenport says:

    i look forward to your Wednesday cards every week… i love the way the water “stamps” the strips. what a great idea! I’m going to try this technique. i love blues/purples too 🙂 that thick embossing powder looks neat.. thanks for sharing!!

  21. very pretty – thanks for the inspiration!

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