In the Woods – Tutorial


Good Morning!

My Oh My, this mornings tutorial will show you just how indecisive I can be some times. 

Let’s get started.


Stamps: Stampin’ Up Pines, Delight in Life, Sesational Scenery
Paper: Stampin’ Up Whisper White, Black, Soft Sky and Night of Navy
Ink: Stampin’ Up Blush Blossom, Soft Sky, Blue Bayou, Night of Navy, Black, White Craft, River Rock and Always Artichoke
Accessories: Brayer, White Gel Pen, Black Marker, Sponge, Post it Notes, Stamp-a-ma-jig


Brayered on Blush Blossom ink.


Brayered on Soft Sky, but I did not cover the Blush Blossom entirely.


Brayered on Blue Bayou ink.  Not covering Soft Sky ink entirely.


Brayered on River Rock ink, leaving some light space between it and the sky.


Tore some post it notes through the sticky part to use as a mask for the ground.

Also, coverted the sky area with un-torn post it notes to create a horizon line at the same time.



Brayered Always Artichoke ink on the area still showing between the two masked areas.  Then removed post it notes.



Tore a scrap piece of card stock to use to create my mountains. Held it in place as I sponged on River Rock ink along the torn card stock edge.


This photo is up side down because that is how I had my card stock when I worked on it.  This is what it looked like after I removed the torn card stock.


Used the same torn card stock and sponged on River Rock ink in different directions on the ground area.



Stamped bear using a Stamp-a-ma-jig for placement with black ink and then went over the bear with a black marker so the image was good and dark.



Stamped Trees with Always Artichoke ink using a Stamp-a-ma-jig for placement.


Sponged River Rock at the bottom of the card stock.


This is where my mind decided I did not like the sky, so I’m going to change it entirely, lol.  A girls allowed to change her mind, right?

I brayered on Blue Bayou ink almost over the entire sky.


Brayered Night of Navy ink, but I did not cover all of the Blue Bayou ink.


Tore a piece of Always Artichoke card stock for the bottom of the card and adhered it.


Now I know if I make the top of my sky darker it will make the lightness at the horizon really stand out more.  So I sponged heavily Night of Navy ink and then even some black right at the top of the card stock.



Assembled card and then stamped design at the top and bottom of the card with White Craft ink.


Put specks of white gel pen on the tops of the trees and on the design at the top and bottom of the card.


And there you have it, the completed card.


Well this wasn’t my best tutorial with the switch in sky color half way through, but there it is anyway.  Just keeping it real for you, lol.

I also wanted to show you a couple of cards I created during VSN (Virtual Stamping Night) at Split Coast Stampers last night.  Wow, participating in the challenges for VSN is a real rush.  A challenge starts every hour and you have to complete the challenge and upload it within 45 minutes.  So I allowed myself 30 minutes to create each card and 15 minutes each to upload.  Whew, I was wore out after 3 cards!  Here they are.  🙂




One more really exciting thing happened to me.  I was featured on Distinctive Touches!  Here is the link to this awesome site:

Hey!  You all have a super wonderful weekend!



17 responses to “In the Woods – Tutorial

  1. Conniecrafter

    The bear card is just awesome, so enjoy watching your scene’s come to life, wonderful artist!! I can’t believe you managed to make the other creations in less then 30 minutes, that is just amazing, of course my favorite is the birds!

  2. Beth Van Brunt

    Your change of mind creates a learning experience for your readers. Congratulations again on all the great things happening for you.

  3. Wow…I just love taking a walk through your creative process with you. How you “see” the scene and how it plays out on the paper…amazing!

  4. Amazing creations! Thanks so much for your quick response to my question!

  5. This bear card is beautiful. You’ve created so much depth and interest in your scene. Congratulations on being recognized as the featured artist. Happy for you that so many exciting things are coming your way!

  6. Evelynn Saddler

    All of these card are wonderful, but I think I like the bear. You make every thing look so real and life like. I love , love, love your work. Thanks for your wonderful tutorials

  7. ZINDORFULOUS!! Adore the bear scene and how you showed us that you changed your mind right in the middle of designing it. Drama Queen card is my most favorite, I love that stamp! Thanks again Michelle for the tut and your wonderful inspiration! Elizabeth Bead Diva

  8. Another wonderful card and tutorial. Thank you for changing your mind — you have proven that you are in fact human! I can’t believe that you did your vsn cards in less than a half hour. I have not tried a vsn yet basically because I am too slow, but maybe someday I will give it a try.

  9. how Incredible ! not only one beautiful card but 4. If I could produce one good one once aweek I am doing swell :). But that is why I check you out every day, you inspire me to do more, do better. thanks for another great Tutorial.

  10. Where to start…………….. I love, love, love the bear card, if I changed my mind in the middle of a card it would never get done, or I’d start from scratch. Hummmmm, must be why I never get many cards done.

    You truley amaze me each day, and 4 of “YOUR” cards done in one night is mind boggling to me knowing just how much wk. you put into each creation is beyond amazing. They are all beautiful, but I do favour the one with the birds.

    And Congrats again. Your wk. inspires so many people that it should be out there for all to see.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

  11. Oh my goodness! What an amazing process to that special “Zindorf” look — I’m flabbergasted and exhausted and in awe! I don’t think there is any way in the world I can make paper look that good myself, but I’m thrilled to view your very special creations, Michelle. : )

  12. I have only just discovered your wonderful cards on your site and would love to learn some of your techniques. I will be back to look and learn. In the meantime I would love to know of the stamps used for the bird ‘warbler’ used. Please advise.

  13. Congratulations, Michelle! You’re very deserving of the extra attention! Your tutorials are just the best and I am constantly amazed at your artistic talent! Thanks so much for sharing the steps to create your wonderful scenes!

  14. Fab tutorial – and the change of mind was a good thing – good to see that things can be changed like that without having to waste the piece. Also good to see the difference between the two sky colours. I came to this tutorial from a link from a link etc – you know how it goes! I have a new brayer, but haven’t used it yet. I will be back to study this tutorial again, and to have a longer look at the rest of your blog when I have more time.

  15. Sorry – meant also to say that the bear card is just gorgeous – really dramatic and atmospheric!

  16. Doris Kilbourn


    I just love ther bear card. I love the out-of-doors,so especially like those you have done. I have not been brave enough to try anything like those thatyou do. I better get going,tho as I am 81.:) RIGHT?

  17. I am having fun just gazing at galleries! Of course I had to check out the Zindorf gallery, and found this bear card! Love it! I can really see a bear rambling through the woods in a lonely manner. like the article mentions, “you can feel it resonate in your soul!” Your colors are awesome even if you did change your mind half way through! I am in awe, as usual! Very nice write up in the Distinctive Touches site!!! What a nice honor!