Botanical Dreams MZ Style – Tutorial


This was created with a brand new set by Asela Hopkins “Botanical Dreams” that can be purchased from Gina K. Designs.  Here is the link to Gina’s online store:

I’m going on a little drive to Columbus, OH today with my friend Karen Barber to meet two new stamping friends, Connie & Mary.  We are all bringing a shoe box swap to share with each other.  A shoe box swap is when you bring all the makings for a project for everyone to make one and kind of teach the stamp project to the people you are stamping with.  It is loads of fun and I can’t wait to see what they have in store for me.    I love stamping with friends old and new!  Anyway, if you are Karen, Connie or Mary stop reading this post! LOL.  This is my shoe box swap for today.  Wish you all could come and stamp with us, but since you can’t, are you ready for the tutorial?

Let’s get started.  🙂


Paper:  SU Whisper White, Not Quite Navy& Soft Sky

Ink:  SU Soft Sky, Basic Black & Not Quite Navy

Accessories:  1 3/8″ Circle punch, post it notes, Brads, Brayer, Sponges, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Old Olive Marker

Punched 1 3/8″ circle from the sticky part of a post it note to use as a mask for the moon.


Brayer on Soft Sky ink at the top half of the card stock.


Brayered on Soft Sky ink at the bottom 1/4 of the card stock.


Brayered Not Quite Navy ink at the top of the card stock not covering the Soft Sky ink completely.


Brayered Not Quite Navy ink at the very bottom of the card stock.


Covered the sky area of the card stock with post it notes.  The sticky part of the post it note is put were I want my horizon line to be.


Sponge on Not Quite Navy using a right to left swiping motion, right at the edge of the post it note onto the card stock.   This really defines the horizon line and gives a water look.


Removed post it note mask.


With an almost dry sponge, sponged with a swiping motion across the moon, leaving faint streaks of Not Quite Navy.


Stamp the plant image 4 times with Basic Black ink at the lower left corner of the card stock.


Using a Stamp-a-ma-jig for placement, stamp the sentiment with Basic Black ink.  What would I do without my Stamp-a-ma-jig.  I guess I would just send out cards with crooked stuff stamp on them (like in the old days).  LOL



Sponged Basic Black ink on the lower left corner using an up ward swiping motion to create a grassy effect.


Colored the plant leaves with an Old Olive marker.


Assembled the card and here it is finished measuring 5.25″ x 5.25″.


One more thing, I want to tell you about the Spellbinders Nestabilities sale going on at Innovative Stamp Creations.  Here are the details.  🙂

 Innovative Stamp Creations 
15-16% OFF Spellbinders Nestabilities diecuts!
Discount has been applied on the shopping cart!
OFFER ends Sunday 6/22/08
Some nesties are in stock others will arrive next week! 
Have fun shopping!

Hey, when you make a purchase, tell them I sent you in the comments section when checking out.  🙂   Enjoy!

May all your dreams come true today!

Until my next post, because I’m out of here to go stamp and make new friends .. . . . . . . . .


36 responses to “Botanical Dreams MZ Style – Tutorial

  1. Oh My, I just love how you do those moons.
    Great card as always.

    Have a wonderful weekend

  2. Phyllis Gunn

    First of all, thank you for your comments on my last card. I’m walking on air right now. I think you’re the best and please continue your wonderful, easy to follow tutorials like this one for today. Hope you have/had fun at your box swap. Can you share the other cards that you make from this swap? Would love to see them especially since there’s no way I can be there. And, thanks for the hint on the sale of the Nesties, I’m going there right now! Have a beautiful day!

  3. Lisa Foster

    Beautiful! Have fun today!

  4. stunning as always, thanks for sharing so much of your self, it really is appreciated.

  5. I love this card…Have a great day.

  6. Very Beautiful Michelle. Have fun with your friends today!

  7. Sharon (stampscout)

    Gorgeous card, Michelle–never expect less from your work! I’ll add a big thank you for sharing graciously sharing your step-by-step directions with all of us. Can’t wait to try this one out!

    Have a fun time with old and new friends today!

  8. Simply GORGEOUS!!!!

  9. wow! Gorgeous card! On another note, I drive to work at 5am and see the sun starting to rise every day. Have you ever done/could you do a sunrise card? You know, kind of the orangey pinks into the blues? I’m not an artist so I can’t really think of what colors to use, but I know that you would rock it! 🙂 Hope you have a great day!

  10. Evelynn----Ks.stamper

    Well I might as well fess up, I’m downright jealous. I wish so much I could be with you and your friends today it sounds like so much fun. But instead I get to go to the field, work ground and tend the irrigation well sounds exciting huh. Ok I can quit feeling sorry for myself now I got it off my chest, so to speak. Oh I’m just kidding about being jealous, I am really happy that you can get together with friends. Oh by the way I love this card.tfs Have a great day…….

  11. I love this one! What a calming, serene view you have captured. The sentiment is perfect with this. I’m feeling a wee bit jealous myself that I’m not taking part in the shoebox swap get together. Sounds fun! I hope you have a great time! Thank you again for sharing your time and talent with us. Your cards are so beautiful, and it’s always fun to try my hand at your techniques!

  12. Sara (hiinaz)

    Love everything about this amazing card!

  13. Sharon in NE

    This might be one of my very favorites!

  14. I’m in awe over how you used my new stamp! Wowzer…gorgeous!!1

  15. I saw this revealed on Gina’s forum last night. It’s another fabulous creation that’s just stunningly beautiful! I don’t think you’ve ever made a card I didn’t like!
    I hope you’re having fun today and come back with more fresh and fun ideas:)

  16. Very dreamy Michelle!

  17. I’VE BEEN ZINDORFFED!!! Michelle…it was SOOOO much fun meeting you today and learning your technique. All I can say is AWESOME!!!! This card was so much fun to make. I showed it to my husband when I got home today and he REALLY liked it!


  18. Another gorgeous card. I love seeing your work. I can’t wait to try some of your tutorials.

  19. Wow, what a BEAUTIFUL card! I absolutely love that moon!

  20. Michelle – I am in love! Great technique and beautiful cards. Didn’t see the Friendship one until tonight but I am very impressed. I will definitely have to try these! Thank you for sharing!

  21. diane cooper

    I just found your blog, and I am amazed by the look you achieve with your brayer. You are a true artist. Thanks for sharing your technique! I will be trying it out soon for sure!

  22. Dear Michelle,
    I absolutely love your blog! Love it lLove it – Love IT!!!! I come here and check your blog often – and although I don’t always leave comments I just want you to know that I totally admire your sense of artistry in each card – they are each works of art. This one esp was so beautiful and soft and sweet and i am just amazed at your work. Love all your work and also really appreciate all the time that you take to make your tutorials so easy to follow – I know that it must take so much time. I am new to the whole blogging/stamping world and your blog is where I have learned so much at just the beauty of a simple stamp.
    Wishing you all the Best,

  23. StampinCathy

    This is just beautiful. Very easy to follow tutorial. This will be on my list to try.

  24. Hi Michelle, couldn’t sleep so decided to try your tutorial. It was fun to do. If anyone wants to see it, I put it on my Splitcoast gallery:

    Thanks for all your hard work in making these tutorials.

  25. beautiful Michelle! love Asela!

  26. Conniecrafter

    Beautiful and so soothing!

  27. So beautiful. I always love your creations! TFS

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  29. Breathtaking!

  30. oh, Michelle, this is just gorgeous!!! Love the card layout, too:) TFS

  31. Karen Lindsay

    Another absolutely beautiful card. Every one of your creations is breathtaking. Wish I chould take your classes in person, but I do appreciate each and every tutorial you share with us. 🙂

  32. Sandy in AZ

    I just love the way this card puts me into a calm, quiet place when I look at it. I feel like I’m there ! Your work is beautiful and your tutorials are much appreciated. –And thanks for the tip that the nestabilities are on sale. I just placed and order for a couple of “I can’t live without them!” items. 🙂

  33. This is absolutely gorgeous! Can’t wait to try it! Thanks!

  34. Found this tutorial courtesy of Mary Brown… SO beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

  35. Carolyn Sharkas


  36. WOW! That card is Way Cool! I am one of Mary Brown’s customers. I saw your card on her blog and just had to get the instructions for it. I can’t wait to make it!
    Have a Super Week!!