Tall Drink by the Sea – Tutorial


I think my mind is still at the beach in California, lol.  Why don’t you join me and follow along on this tropical tutorial?


Stamps: Clear Stamps Happy Hour, Stampin’ Up Embrace Life
Paper: Stampin’ Up Whisper White & Tempting Turquoise, Basic Grey Pheobe DP
Ink: Stampin’ Up Cool Caribbean, Tempting Turquoise, Brilliant Blue, Going Gray, Always Artichoke & River Rock, Distress inks Frayed Burlap & Walnut Stain
Accessories: Stampin’ Up Markers, White Gel Pen, Versamark pad & marker, Post it notes, Brayer, Sponges, Heat Gun, Embossing Powder, Brads


Stamped drink by first loading my stamp with Versamark and then Going Gray.  Note:  My craft pads are no longer craft.  I have been re-inking them with dye inks.  If they were still craft ink I would not have to use the Versamark.

Heat embossed image with clear embossing powder and a heat gun.



Colored flesh of lemon with Barely Banana Marker and outside of lemon with Summer Sun.


Used a More Mustard marker for the underside of lemon on table.


Colored straw with Orchid Opulence marker.


Colored drink with Apricot Appeal marker and then went over the lower 2/3rds of it with a Blush Blossom Marker.


Colored the bottom 1/4 of the drink with a Pretty in Pink marker.


Used a White Gel pen on the bubbles in the glass.


Went over the drink, straw and lemons with a Versamark marker and heat embossed using clear embossing powder and a heat gun.

Note:  I did not emboss over the top of the glass where it should be naturally see through.



Brayered Cool Caribbean ink over top 1/2 of card stock.


Put post it note masks on the card stock to create the horizon line.


Brayered on Tempting Turquoise ink, not covering the Cool Caribbean ink completely.


Sponged on Brilliant Blue at the top of the water.  Being heavy with the ink at the (top) post it note mask.  This gives you a good strong horizon line.


Removed post it notes and brayered on River Rock ink for the sand.


Cut a large circle from a piece of card stock and used it as a mask for the table shape.  I just held it in place.


Brayered on Frayed Burlap ink to create the table.


Swiped Walnut Stain ink under the glass and the lemon with a sponge to create a shadow.


Used a white gel pen to put in a foamy water line.


Sponge River Rock ink at the bottom of the sand.


Stamped leaves with Always Artichoke ink.


Partly colored in the leaves with an Old Olive marker, leaving some of the leaf uncolored to create a highlight.


Assembled the card and here it is completed. 


Thanks for following along on my tropical adventure.

May your day be filled with Ocean views, even if only in you head. 🙂

Until tomorrow. . . . . .

46 responses to “Tall Drink by the Sea – Tutorial

  1. WOW!

  2. Girl, you are KILLIN’ ME with all these lucious cards! I just wanna drink that tea…that’s how real it looks in the glass! Why, oh why, I can’t master the brayering thing I have no idea. Are you pads really juicy? Does mixing the pigment and dye inks together help at all? Sigh…..I’ll just have to drool on my keyboard every day somehow hoping you’ll have a sleep over at your house and teach thousands of crazy stampers how to do it the “Zindorf” Way Ü
    Keep ’em coming!

  3. For a second I thought I was on vacation!!!!!!!!!!!!
    But sadly no.

    With that great color combination for a moment I could hear the ocean.

  4. I love your blog!!! I don’t know how I found you but your techniques are absolutely beautiful! Thanks so much for all the tutorials

  5. Conniecrafter

    Oh take me away!! 🙂 that looks good enough to drink, love your shadows, great scene!

  6. Tracy asked ” Why, oh why, I can’t master the
    brayering thing I have no idea. Are you pads really juicy? Does mixing the
    pigment and dye inks together help at all?
    Tracy, all of my pads are now dye ink, although some of them use to be craft. I have been re-inking my craft pads with dye ink.
    Try these brayer tips, I start my brayering at the very top of the cardstock, meaning most of the roller is off of the card stock and on my scrap paper and with each roll of the brayer I move a bit more down the cardstock. I ink the roller about 4 times for each color. I also, brayer, brayer and brayer some more to work the ink into the cardstock in between inkings. The more ink you get on the card stock the better they will blend together and not have lines.

  7. Michelle:

    You really are the master of the brayer. Awesome job.


  8. Michelle, this scene is fabulous! The sky and water are such a piercing blue. Makes me want to pull up my beach umbrella and sit! One question, how often do you wipe off the excess ink that gets onto your embossed images? Do you wipe after each color application, or do you wait until you’re completely finished with brayering?
    Thanks for sharing your talent!

  9. Terri asked “how often do you wipe off the excess ink that gets onto your embossed images? Do you wipe after each color application, or do you wait until you’re completely finished with brayering?”

    Terri, oops! I completely missed putting that in the tutorial, lol.
    I do wipe it off as I go, but not before I let the ink dry for just a moment so it doesn’t lift off the background. I’m very gentle doing this and try to keep my paper towel on the embossed image as much as possible. 🙂
    Great Question, thanks!

  10. Erin McMilon

    thanks so much for sharing your talents with us all – i learn so much about perspective from you – you got game girl! i really appreciate the step by step -tutorials and your use of products and stamps = you are a soupa-doupa gal! kepp ’em comin’!

  11. all I can say is WOW! I’m in need of trying this immediately! TFS such a wonderful tutorial!

  12. Michelle, day after day you continue to amaze me with your talent. I absolutely love this scene. I can just picture sitting on the beach with a nice drink in my hand.

  13. Oh I love this scene! Gorgeous colors here, Michelle!

  14. Gidget-Trish

    Aahhhhhhhhhhhhhh! I feel more relaxed just looking at this scene. Beautiful. Great shadow effect and love the water. Great job as always! 🙂

  15. I luv your tutorials! This is so beautiful! Do you use glossy SU CS or is it reg SU cs?

  16. Rita asked “Do you use glossy SU CS or is it reg SU cs?”
    Rita, I use regular card stock, not glossy. 🙂

  17. Beautiful card!!! I absolutely love your work!! Thanks for your tutorials. You make it look so easy!!!

  18. Very nice! I have to try this technique. Cool Carribean is my all time favorite SU In Color!

  19. I’m there feeling the ocean breeze and taking in the view. The colors are so gorgeous. You really are a bright spot in the day for so many people. It’s so fun to see what you will do next! You show us how to have a greater appreciation for the beauty in nature that is all around us- to notice the details of light and shadow. Gush, gush…you are just tooooo good!!!

  20. Hi Michelle,
    Your blog has just blown me away!! I am so absolutely in awe of your talent! There is nothing here that doesn’t have your heart and soul in it. You can tell that everything you do is done with purpose and vision. I can’t say enough wonderful things about your work. I just absolutely love it! I will be adding you to my list of favorite sites on my website. It is nothing like yours but I hope to share your incredible talent with others. Thank you for sharing you with us.

  21. Nicole Steele

    Michelle, this is my first comment on your blog but I’ve been reading it for over two weeks now. I’ve gone back and read all the archives, too.

    What I love about your style is how you use stamps for alternate purposes (i.e. you use a stamp image for a non-obvious, thinking-outside-the-box image). I also love the multitudes of colors you incorporate in your artwork. You create scenes which make your cards unique and interesting to really look at. Art that provides me with much to study and observe has always appealed to me, and your cards definitely fit that criteria!

    Thank you so much for sharing your creative process with everyone, too! I just can’t say enough wonderful things about your creativity and blog!

  22. Michelle, this just looks so fantastic — I can put myself right there and taste that tea!!! YUM! Fabo tutorial too, as always!!!

    I gave you an award on my blog today!

  23. Kim Dunworth

    Your cards are completely over the top gorgeous! Would you tell us how you decide when to use dye inks, and when to use distress inks? I’m thinking of your other vacation card with the SU Balmy Breezes trees and the sea you created using blue and green distress inks. Thanks!

  24. Kim asked “Would you tell us how you decide when to use dye inks, and when to use distress inks?”
    Kim, ink, is ink, is ink to me, lol. The only thought I put into it is what color I want to use. I know, very scentific of me. 🙂

  25. Oh my, this is amazing!! Your cards are all works of art. I just love the way you combine various stamps and inks to create scenes.

  26. fabulous Michelle!!
    glad you’re back too…missed you

  27. Another amazing card!!! You make it look so easy. thanks so much for your tutorials

  28. Yet another masterpiece.
    I was wondering about the inks too- do the Distress inks have any special properties that you like to use them for, or is it purely the colour?

  29. Karen asked “do the Distress inks have any special properties that you like to use them for, or is it purely the colour?”

    Karen, Purely color 🙂 I especially love the browns, and the blues, aah and the pinks and corals, lol.

  30. This amazing card makes me want to go to the tropics on vacation right now! It is so serene and inviting! I love it. I know this took quiet a bit of time, but the end results were certainly worth it!


  31. Beautiful scene. The colors are so perfect together. I could use a sip of that drink. Looks so refreshing. Thank you for the tutorial.

  32. Michelle, I so enjoy your tutorials and seeing your cards come together! Although I can admire the beautiful shaded images I see others doing with Copics, I can’t justify that type of expense. You show us all how very simple inking & coloring can be very striking, using the supplies we already have on hand, looking at stamps and things we already have in a new light. Your cards are just lovely and prove we don’t have to buy every new thing product being marketed to us!

  33. Michelle, I so enjoy your blog and tutorials. You are a true Artisan. I have learned so much from you in the short time I have followed your blog and just want to thank you for all you share with us. You are very inspiring and SU should be proud of all you do to promote their products.
    Debi Pippin

  34. Heather Fullerton

    Oh how I would love that drink in the sun! This is a great tutorial…very easy to follow. Love the whole card.
    Retired Heather

  35. Holy cow batman! This is gorgeous! WOW! I love the card and can’t wait to try this!

  36. Rochelle Getzler

    Wonderful Michelle,
    Thanks for going to all the time and trouble to post your terrific tutorials! I am in awe of both your abilities and your generosity in sharing.
    I never would have known that thee fabulous works are possible with just stamps inks and markers.
    Thanks and very best wishes

  37. Your work blows me away every time! I just love what you do and you have amazing talent!! Thank you for giving us a tutorial of how you make these outstanding creations. I would never figure out all of your layering without that help! THANK YOU!!! :>

  38. Just beautiful-your blog is fabulous!

  39. This is so cool, Michelle! I love the refreshing scene you created!

  40. Laurie Helgason

    It is the extra touches like the sea foam along the waters edge and the shadow being cast by the glass that takes a card from nice to shazam!

  41. Beautiful blog with gorgeous examples and wonderful tutorials. You are really gifted and so generous to share you talents. Thanks!

  42. I have a question for you….do you have more than one brayer? I want to try brayering but I’m not sure if I should clean the rubber or have one for each color or what??? Thanks! Your technique is amazing!

    [email protected]

  43. Denise asked “do you have more than one brayer? I want to try brayering but I’m not sure if I should clean the rubber or have one for each color or what???”
    Denise, I only have one brayer. I clean it in between colors with Stampin’ Mist and a Stampin’ Scrub pad.

  44. This is my very first posting and I have to tell you that I can not wait to get all my supplies out and try this one out. I love this technique and the cards you make are so beautiful. Thank you so much for the great ideas and tips.

    Robin S.

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