Night Owls – Tutorial


I’m interrupting inspiration week because, HELLO!  THERE ARE GINA K. DESIGNS STAMPS IN THE HOUSE!!!!

Do I sound just a tad bit excited? lol   Are these not the cutest little owls you  have ever seen?  These stamps are brand new from Gina K. Designs. Here is the link to check them out:

Join me today in this tutorial which features using Prismacolor Pencils on a dark background. 


Stamps: Gina K. Designs – Owl Always Love You
Paper: Stampin’ Up Whisper White, Not Quite Navy & Black
Ink: Stampin’ Up Night of Navy, Not Quite Navy, Soft Sky & Black, Adirondack Lettuce & Pesto
Accessories: Prismacolor Pencils, Black Marker, Brads, Brayer, Sponges, Ribbon, Post it Notes


Brayer on Lettuce ink at the bottom of the card stock.


Brayer on Soft Sky ink in the sky area.


Brayer on Not Quite Navy ink over the Soft Sky, but don’t cover the Soft Sky ink completely.


Brayer on Night of Navy ink over the Not Quite Navy ink, but do not cover the Not Quite  Navy ink completely.


Brayer on Pesto Ink at the bottom of the card stock, but do not cover the Lettuce ink completely.


Used Post it notes to mask the ground area. The top of the post it note is placed where I want to create my horizon line.


Sponged Pesto ink at edge of post it notes, by first using a circular motion right at the post it note edge and then a pouncing motion to make the the appearance of brush.


Sponged a bit of black ink right at the edge of the post it note to create a shadow at the base of the brush.


Removed Post it notes.


Sponge a bit of black ink at the bottom and top of the card stock.


Stamped the Owls in Black ink using my Stamp-a-ma-jig for placement.


Colored the image in with a White Prismacolor pencil.  I do this step to give a lighter base to color on and it helps make the colored pencils I will use to stand out more against the dark background.


Colored in the whites of the owl’s eyes with a white gel pen.


Colored in the Owl’s feet with a Deco Yellow pencil.


Colored in the leaves with a Chartreuse pencil.


Made highlights on the leaves with a white gel pen.


Colored the Owl’s body with the exception of their stomachs with a Beige Sienna pencil.


Outlined the Owl’s and darkened some of the detail in their wings with a black marker.


Lastly, put some highlights on their ears & beaks with a white gel pen.


Assembled card and here it is completed.  🙂


Hey, thanks for following along with this tutorial. 

Have a super Saturday!


21 responses to “Night Owls – Tutorial

  1. Amy Cloncs

    Absolutely Lovely, Thanks so much for sharing how you did your background. You are just amazing. I can’t get over how stunning it looks.

  2. Lisa Foster

    SOOO Cute, Michelle! Love that set from Gina K! Have a great weekend! Raining here…no weed pullin’ today…guess I’ll just have to STAMP!!! >grin<

  3. That’s just too cute! I LOVE it!

  4. Beth Van Brunt

    You made these guys come alive. Gina K is lucky to have you on the design team and I bet she knows it. I hope she has plenty of these stamps in stock there is sure to be a run on them. I wonder how owls became s popular?

  5. Girl you are just unbelievable! Every time I see one of your new creations I am amazed how creative you are. I just love this.

  6. Veee Schenk

    Wonderful! More for me to CASE! Thanks!
    May I ask a question? You do so much already I am embarrassed to ask for more. It takes me forever to try to figure out the size of the card before I start the tutorial. Would it be too much trouble to add the finished card size? Or do you have size prefferences like 5.25″ X 5.25 square? If that is too much don’t sweat it, I’ll still be working through every tutorial. LOL

  7. Evelynn Saddler

    I fell in love with this card, those owls are so cute. Just wanted to share with you I have an owl in my back yard and it’s so much fun to hear him . At night is when you hear hooo, hooo. I just love him but I can’t ever find him …….Thanks again for your wonderful tutorials, and you have a nice day…..

  8. Just thought i would pop back and have another look and youve done it again!! such inspiring work that you do, the owls are sooo cute,thankyou for sharing

  9. Love it, Michelle! You take a whimsical image and turn it into art! Looks fantastic, as always. Thanks so much again for the time you share with us in putting these toots together…

    Betsy Z

  10. Wonderful card!!


  11. Conniecrafter

    Wow Love what you have done with this stamp, neat to see them come to life, just love their expression!

  12. Hello Michelle, beautiful card. Love the new stamps. The owls are so cute, just sitting with that wide eyed stare. Thank you again for sharing your gift with us today. Have a great weekend!!!

  13. Linda Marie

    Brilliant! You make it look so easy.

  14. Danita (Moberkitty)

    This is such a fun card! Thanks for sharing some whimsy! 🙂

  15. Fabulous – love those owls. And as Linda said – you do make it look so easy!

  16. Too cute! I thought for a moment you cut your ovals again. Nice colors,

  17. Uh…WOW. I’m speechless. (And that means something coming from me cause I never shut up. LOL)

    Fabulous, as always, Michelle! 🙂

  18. I love how you stamped and colored over the dark ink! I didn’t realize that was even really possible and you got such stunning results! Three of your cards, including this one, made the Tutorial Tuesday Round Up over at Card of the — Check it out — and thanks for sharing!

  19. Heather Summers

    Wow — I love this card — thanks for sharing how it’s done. What an inspiration!!

  20. Fabulous card….. so quirky! I love the way you’ve put the card together. I came here via Arty Aspirations blog, so now I’m off to see what else you do.

  21. WOW!! thank you so much for this fabulous tutorial! this card is amazing!!