Punched Vases – Tutorial


Here is a quick card with no stamping.  I stayed up to late watching Survivor and slept in a little this morning.  🙂

Continuing on with Inspiration week, this one was inspired by a  photograph.  I don’t know the artist’s name and the picture was not one I could cut an paste here, sorry.    Wish I would have figured it out before I did the tutorial, but here it is anyway. 🙂


Stamps: None
Paper: Stampin’ Up Whisper White, River Rock & More Mustard
Ink: Stampin’ Up Going Gray, Barely Banana, More Mustard & Bravo Burgundy
Accessories: Large Oval, Large & Small Flower Punches, Sponges


Punched Ovals from More Mustard, Bravo Burgundy, Barely Banana & Very Vanilla card stock.


Stacked ovals and cut the bottom & top of them off.  I cut them all at once so they would be the same size.


Shadowed the left side of the vases with the same color of ink as the card stock they were cut from with the exception of the Very Vanilla vases.  It is shadowed with Going Gray ink.





Masked the bottom of the card stock with a piece of scrap paper and sponged on Going Gray ink where the two pieces of paper meet.  I used a circular motion when sponging.  🙂




Adhered my vases to the card stock.


Punched large flowers from So Saffron card stock and adhered them on.


Punched small flowers from River Rock card stock and adhered them over the large flowers.


Assembled card and here it is finished.


49 responses to “Punched Vases – Tutorial

  1. Very pretty! It is so simple in design but has a powerful visual effect! Great card!!!

  2. Cool card I love the look! It is so clean and neat

  3. Oh my goodness…that is awesome. I love that card. It is quick and like Viv said has a poweful visual efect. I love it… Thank you

  4. You do the quick and easy stuff with flair too!! 🙂 WOW!! 🙂 I love that!! It’s the shading that makes your cards so awesome!! Michelle – I made 3 more last night and posted them at like midnite or shortly thereafter – one I made I am really really proud of……thank you soooooo much for teaching me this technique – I am having soooo much fun!! Look at my gallery and see the elephant card- that’s my fav so far…….today I was making one and I got it all done and I just could hear you saying add some brighter color here so I ran upstairs and did and voila! Magic even w/o your brayer!! 🙂 I haven’t posted that one yet cuz I ran my camera battery dead with all of this…..you need to read the comments on my cards – everyone is jealous!! 🙂 (that I got to spend a day with the high and noble Zindorf!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 Happy Friday! Karen

  5. So simple – and so fabulous! I love it.

  6. so artsy! fabulous deaire…. enjoy the rain today

  7. Soooo nice! You make things look so easy! Thank you for the great idea. I’m off to play (and copy). 🙂

  8. Conniecrafter

    Just love your shading, very pretty!

  9. Laurie Helgason

    You have got to stop. This card is so simple and yet looks so great. I am feeling very inadequate. It must be cocktail time somewhere, I need a boost.


    I love the card.

  10. I love this card!! It is so clean and neat! Your coloring/shadowing is awesome!!

  11. Gidget-Trish

    Love this! The shading for the background is so simple and effective. But I never would have thought of it. Thanks so much….again! Wish I had time to try all of these things. Do you think all of these things up by yourself or do you search for things to try? Your creativity amazes me. And YES I’m jealous of Karen and her visit with you!*L*

  12. So beautiful – I just love the simplicity of it. Now my mind is just swirling with ideas for my oval nestabilities and bigger vases and asian flowers! Must go play!
    I have a wee request – and I hate to even ask because you already give us so much in your tutorials – but if it’s not too much trouble, would you be willing to give us the dimensions of the starting panel in your projects. I can totally figure out the rest with that as a starting point. Pretty please?

  13. Wow, this one amazes me. You make it look so easy, but the finished card is stunning!

  14. This is different from your regular offerings but I quite like it! Now I have to add a “Going Gray” ink pad to my next order!

  15. Love it! The first thing I said when I saw it was “how cute!” It is simple but still shows us how shading makes such a big difference. I’ve being stamping for years but I still learn so much from you blog and get inspired everytime.

    Thanks so much for sharing.


  16. Regina Davis

    Another fantastic card. I love shading you created.

    Have a terrific weekend – Regina

  17. I luv how quick & easy this card was to make, thanks for sharing!

    Don’t you just luv how Amanda played them all last night in Surviver when she pulled out that idol? I luved it!!! Did you see how happy the jury was when she played the idol? That was a fantastic episode! Hubby & I are huge Surviver fans, if we’re on vacation we have to stop what we’re doing & go to our room to watch, thats so sad! But now we have the DVR so we can record it now if we’re away, yippee!!!

  18. Hey Michelle- it’s me again…..we have to stop meeting like this……:) Go and check out my blog, as I finally blogged about “My Magical Trip to Zindorfialand” – :):):):)

  19. Sara in WI

    You are just brilliant, Michelle! Abso-posi-lutely brilliant!

  20. Girl you are fast becoming my Idol!!! I have been poppin’ in for some time and am left mouth dropping flabergasted every time!!!!! I need to find time to try out the foam brayer I finally found at the local craft store….
    This card with the vases is soooo cool!!!!

  21. Holy Cow, that is really neat. You have the most creative mind, I usually just sit in awe of your cards. I love the idea of not using any stamps. Please don’t ever quit.

  22. Hi Michelle. Although I absolutely love all of your incredible artwork, this one looks like something I might be able to recreate. :0) I was wondering if I could get the size of the card? I was thinking of making one for my Mom for Mom’s day.
    Thanks for all the wonderful tutorials and unbelieveable projects!
    [email protected]

  23. how nice, this card is simple but so elegant. Will try this one myself 🙂

  24. Glitter Queen

    You never cease to amaze me. How do you come up with all your wonderful ideas. You definitely have the best tutorials out there. Please keep them coming. Truly love your card.

  25. You are a genius! This is so amazing and really shows your artistic training. So totally cool! Thank you for sharing in the creative process. I really love your blog and get so inspired by all that you do.

    Shawn K.,

  26. As usual, it’s amazing! I am learning so much from you. I am working on giving my cards more depth and shading and learning to really look at nature and get a feel for shading. Your tutorials are awesome and well thought out. I have a blog and know how long it takes to create a tutorial and get it on the web, so my greatest appreciation to you for all the time and attention you give us by posting these!


  27. This reminds me of Anne Geddes’ baby photos . . . fantastic design and tutorial. The shading was a tip I hope to use soon! Thanks.

  28. Menda Hayden

    OK, I’m gonna make you come over here and pick my jaw up off the desk:) I’m sittin here thinkin how in the **** did she pull out her oval punch and make a card worthy of hanging in an art gallery. Just beautiful absolutly beautiful. TFS and I mean that big time. Your generousity in taking us step by step is such a gift.

  29. WOW!!!

  30. What a neat picture that makes. Your eyes just see different than mine. I would never have thought to cut the ovals to make a vase. You have such vision. Thank you. It’s beautiful.

  31. Oh my goodness, just LOOK at the shading and shadowing on that one! Just so elegant.
    Thanks for the tutorial!

  32. This looks like FUN! I’m off to try it out. You have given us much inspiration. Thank you.


  34. I am in awe that you can take something so simple as three punches and create this fabulous piece! WOWZERS!!!!!!!!!

  35. I absolutely love your tutorials but I’ve been half afraid to try one out LOL. I DID THIS ONE and it rocked. Thanks so much for sharing with us and moving us out of our comfort zone!

  36. I think I might manage this one – your cards are amazing and you have so many colours and little tricks you use. Your tutorials are great and now that I have found your blog I can’t keep away. One day I will get the brayering to work for me!

  37. Melanie Muenchinger

    this rocks!! I love it!!

  38. You are simply a brilliant colorer (is that a word?) — thanks for sharing all your great tips and techniques! Three of your cards, including this one, made the Tutorial Tuesday Round Up over at Card of the Week.com — Check it out — and thanks for sharing! http://www.cardoftheweek.com/2008/05/tutorial-tuesda.html

  39. I just love this card. Flowers in vases look so good. Thanks so much for the tutorial again. What wonderful inspiring work you do.
    take care

  40. You make the most amazing cards. Thank you for the tuturial!

  41. What an awesome idea!!! I think I might be able to do this one–have to get that oval punch now. Thank you so much for sharing your talent and doing tutorials for us !!! I bookmark them all so I can look at the again and again

  42. These vases look soooooo good! I love how you added the shade to make them pop right off the page. In all your work, the colors you use are amazing! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your creativity!

  43. Really simple idea, but oh-so-beautiful! Thanks for sharing your secret!!! The depth it creates is absolutely stunning!!

  44. Very, very nice card. Wow! Love the card.

  45. I LOVE this! So visually simple – but captivating at the same time. I feel a CASE coming on. tfs!

  46. What a great idea! I’ve always got lots of little scraps left and feel guilty if I throw them away because there HAS to be something I can do with them! Now I know!

    Also like the shading! Great little trick you shared!


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  48. fantastic tutorial, thank you

  49. This tutorials are very useful specially for our kids , it is not that hard to do , the first time i visited your site i thought that is was a real vase. and i found out its a art.