Putting it on the Table – Tutorial


Thought I would demonstrate in today’s tutorial how to put an object on a table/counter top using the emboss resist technique.  Your object could be a cup, vase of flowers, seashell, etc.   Use your imagination.

Let’s get started.


Stamps: Stampin’ Up What’s Brewin’ (retired)
Paper: Stampin’ Up Whisper White, Cranberry Crisp, Creamy Caramel, Basic Grey Design Paper
Ink: Stampin’ Up Certainly Celery, River Rock and Cranberry Crisp, Distress Ink Brushed Corduroy
Accessories: Brayer, Post it Notes, Brads, Ribbon, Sponges, Markers, Versamark Marker, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Gun


Stamp cup with Certainly Celery Ink.


Color it in with a Certainly Celery marker.


Color Right side of the cup with Old Olive marker and then color over part of the Old Olive with an Always Artichoke marker to create a shadow and some dimension to the cup.  You will also want to put a little Old Olive just under the cup on the saucer.


Go Over the Old Olive, Always Artichoke and part of the Certainly Celery, making it heavier on the right side.  This helps give a smoother graduation in color.  I am having my light source come from the left side 🙂


Colored in the top of the cup with Close to Cocoa marker.


Went over the entire cup and saucer with a Versamark marker.

Heat embossed it with Clear embossing powder and a heat gun.



 Masked top 2/3rds of card stock with post it notes.


Brayered Cranberry Crisp ink over unmasked area.  Let dry for a moment and then wiped the ink off of the embossed image.  I then removed the mask.  Note:  if you take the mask off of the card stock before wiping the ink off of the embossed image you run the risk of smearing the ink wear you don’t want it.



Flip the post it notes around so they are masking the Cranberry Crisp and brayer on River Rock ink.  (Note: this is what happens when you don’t clean your brayer well in between colors, lol, oh well.)


Removed post it note mask. 


Used a Post it Note to mask the center of the card stock, so I can make a border.


Sponged Brushed Corduroy ink on unmasked edges.


Removed Post it note and stamped Steam with River Rock ink.


Sponged Brushed Corduroy ink around edge of Basic Grey Design Paper Layer.


Assembled card, but decided the image looked a little flat, so I went to working putting in a shadow.


Sponged Cranberry Crisp ink under and to the right side of cup.


Sponged River Rock ink to the top right of the cup.


Finished card!


Thanks for following along with this tutorial.  Now you give it a try!

Have a warm and wonderful day!

Until tomorrow. .. . . . . .

30 responses to “Putting it on the Table – Tutorial

  1. Great tutorial! I can’t wait to try this. Thanks for the photos and instructions! They seem very easy to follow.

  2. Sue (Snellybelle)

    Thanks once again Michelle, I love this artsy style and you make it look so easy to do. I never bought this stamp set because I didn’t like the heart in the middle, I never thought to color over the whole cup with markers.

  3. Your tutorials are amazing! I marvel at how you can take stamps to a whole new level. thanks for sharing your talent.

  4. Wow! This is beautiful. You should frame it rather than using it on a card…just gorgeous!

  5. Wooowwww, I will try this. Thank you for your tutorials.

    Greetings from Germany

  6. Love, love love this card and your tutorial! Thanks so much for sharing your artistry with us.

  7. Okay, one day looking at your blog and I am already addicted! A quick question- are your cards, I mean incredible works of art, the standard a2 size, or are you starting with a larger piece of paper? I’m hoping to try my own imitation later today. Right now, I should be finishing up my paperwork from yesterday’s real job!
    Thank you!

  8. You are amazing! This is the coolest card EVER!! And the stamp looks totally different, I LOVE that!

  9. I love this one! Simple but extremely effective. The wheels in my brain are starting to turn (can you hear the creaking?) as I think of all the stamps I own that I could do this technique with. Thanks again for a great tutorial!

  10. Eileen asked “are your cards the standard a2 size, or are you starting with a larger piece of paper?”
    Eileen, my square cards measure 5.25″ x 5.25″ and when I make a standard shaped card, they measure 5″ x 6.5″.
    I rarely vary from those two sizes. Great question!

  11. Oh, Michelle, I love this! What a great card to send someone that’s says *let’s get together for coffee!* Of course, it would need to be framed afterwards (if it looked like yours:) )

    BTW, I love your so-called oops – it looks like a faint reflection of the table onto the wall. This reminds me of an incident. My mother owned a beautiful antique mahogany (on the reddish side) dining room set. She decided to do over the whole dining room. We picked out a very rich red carpet and then I convinced her to add a smidgen of red paint to the white ceiling paint so that it would look like the red carpet was reflecting on the ceiling. She was horrified – the red carpet was a concession to me. She likes everything *white* (because she says it looks *clean*) Well it took some convincing but she finally agreed to do it and then loved it when it was done! I often forget to do that in my art creations but you reminded me how effective it is. Thank you! Also, thank you for answering my question about the cardstock being matte – yay!!!

  12. It just amazes me that everything you do is frame worthy. I might be a card maker, but you are an ARTIST. I feel blessed that you are willing to share your process.

  13. Conniecrafter

    very cool!!!

  14. I was going to get rid of this set…now I need to grab it out of my “sale” pile.
    Outstanding tutorial as are all of them!


  15. Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial. I followed the steps and created a little tabletop scene with a flower in a jar with a seashell beside it. I’m so pleased with the result. All of your tips so far came together from getting a smooth background with the brayer to adding highlights with a white gel pen. Your tutorials are so inspiring and so helpful. You add joy to my day….you are toooo good!!!!

  16. Please come to my house and teach me!!! This is a fabulous tutorial. I need to go buy some big post it notes. You should get royalties from 3M. You rock!

  17. Hey! Totally cool tutorial! I’m fairly new to blogging, but am having lots of fun checking out all you pros. I have a blog (itsastampthing.blogspot.com) and hopefully mine will be as cool as yours one day 🙂


  18. so simple yet so KEWL……
    Another great tutorial Michelle.


  19. Wow Michelle, another great tutorial! You’ve got me hooked on the brayer and now I can’t put it down. I used it for another card yesterday and just love how things turn out. Thanks for your inspiration! Please keep them coming!

  20. The shadow definitely made a big difference – beautiful card Michelle!

  21. I loved it so much I tried it. http://qpqueenpam.blogspot.com/2008/03/cased.html
    thanks for sharing your talent with me. QP

  22. Michelle what is the best way to clean your brayer, especially if you are going to use it again right away? TIA…QP

  23. Amazing tutorial for an absolutely divine card! Love it! Thanks for sharing, :0) Mel

  24. Pam asked “what is the best way to clean your brayer?”
    Pam, here is a link to answer your questions.

  25. Sharon in NE

    …sigh…I could watch you do this all day.

  26. Wow Michelle, I am just in awe of your work. You do that every little bit necessary to make a truly beautiful piece. Like the addition of the shadow. I don’t know if I would have noticed that the image looked “flat”, but it certainly did improve once you added in the shadow. Beautiful.

  27. All of your tutorials are inspiring. Thanks so much for your generosity in sharing with us. Valda

  28. SophieLaFontaine

    Wow!!! I bow to your greatness… I LOVE how you did this card!!! Thank you for doing the tutorial!!

  29. That is GORGEOUS!! i love that you still use the old and new together. i LOVE this stamp set and cannot wait to try this!!