Wanted pony – Tutorial


I love the western style stamp sets from Stampin’ Up and I have them all, but I don’t use them nearly enough.  Drug this one out today, dusted it off and got down to business.  Fussed around with this card to long to post it this morning before work, hence the late post.  🙂

Ready for the tutorial?  Let’s get started.  🙂


Stamps:  Stampin’ Up “Wanted”

Paper:  Stampin’ Up Whisper White, Basic Black & More Mustard

Ink:  Stampin’ Up More Mustard, Craft White, Basic Black, Chocolate Chip, Really Rust, Apricot Appeal

Accessories:  Brads, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Black marker, Versamark marker, White Gel pen, Piercing Tools, 1 1/4 circle punch, post it note, Brayer, clear embossing powder & heat gun, sponges


Punched a circle from the sticky part of a post it note and put in on a piece of Whisper White Card stock as a mask for the sun.


Brayered Apricot Appeal ink over the entire card stock.


Removed sun mask.   Using my Stamp-a-ma-jig for placement, stamped the horse using Basic Black ink.


Colored the horse in with a black Faber Castell marker.


Be sure that your background ink is very dry before moving on to this step. 🙂  Otherwise the embossing powder will stick to the entire card stock.

Colored over the horse with a Versamark maker and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder and a heat gun.



Sponged More Mustard on ink, using a left to right motion, streaking the ink across the card stock.


Put a fresh post it note sun mask on.


Sponged on Really Rust ink using a streaking motion across the card stock.


Added some Chocolate Chip ink by sponging it on using the same streaking motion.


Covered the sky area with post it note masks.


Sponged Basic Black ink all over the un-masked area of the card stock.


Removed the masks and added some More Mustard streaks acoss the sun with a sponge.


Added some Really Rust ink streaks across the sun.


Sponged on just a little black ink around the horses legs in a pouncing motion to simulate dust being kicked up.


Assembled the card front and used my piercing tools to make holes for my brads so they would be in a straight line and well spaced.


Using a stamp-a-ma-jig for placement, stamped the “wanted” stamp with White Craft ink.


Added White dots behind the stamped “wanted” with a white gel pen.


Here you have it the completed card measuring 5″ x 6.5″.


Hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  Take a few moments and create a dramatic sky with some warm colors of ink.

May your day end with a fabulous sunset!

Until my next post. . . . . . . . . . .


45 responses to “Wanted pony – Tutorial

  1. Beautiful…such a nice surprise that you snuck a post in at the end of the day! Love your sky and dust being kicked up by the horse! This is fabulous 🙂

  2. Phyllis Gunn

    I absolutely love this one! Can’t wait to borrow my buddy’s Wanted set to do this one.

  3. This is gorgeous! The shading of the sky is absolutely fantastic! Wow

  4. Love this. But have enjoyed all of your work. Very talented and gifted.
    I want to thank you for the inspiration to try your tutorials. I was just a basic stamper, nothing special.
    I have already tried several of your tutorials with results that amazed even myself. Now I have a new respect and passion for this hobby. I am now looking at stamps in a totally different way. Ideas go through my mind faster than I imagined when I look at a stamp now.
    Thanks so much for the tutorials and encouragement from all of us fairly new stampers. You are great.

  5. Lisa Foster

    Very beautiful card! You must be the most organized person on the planet!!! I wish I had it together enough to stamp before I went to work in the morning! I could probably do a much better job in the AM because I’m so pooped when I get home that it’s hard to have a creative perspective on anything! Can you share with us how you’ve come to have such an organized routine?

  6. awesome…wish I had all the stamps you use.. Thanks

  7. Lisa asked “Can you share with us how you’ve come to have such an organized routine?”
    Lisa, I’ve always been a morning person. My brain doesn’t work well after 6:30 p.m., lol.
    I wake at 4:00 a.m. and live on 6 hours of sleep a night. I stamp and post to my blog all before 6:30 a.m when I have to get ready for work. I clean up after each project also. 🙂
    I do think about what I’m going to make the next morning thoughout the day. I pretty much think about stamping all the time, lol. It’s a sickness. 🙂

  8. Lisa Foster

    LOL! It IS a sickness… I’m infected too!!! Thanks for sharing…maybe I’ll try getting up a little earlier…What a great way to start the day! 🙂

  9. Evelynn----Ks.stamper

    You are right , it really is a sickness, but I can tell you right know I am not nearly as organized as you. Wish I was. I too am a morning person. I love this card a lot as I love horses and always have, we used to show quarter horses when the children were at home, sooo much fun, really miss those days. Thanks for the tutorial..

  10. Very lovely card Michelle! This one would be great for a guy. I always struggle with making ‘guy’ cards. Thanks so much for continuing to share your artwork with us!

  11. This is gorgeous. I love the cards you have made with that horse. It is on my wish list. I also love the western stamps that SU have at the moment and plan to get them all.
    Fabulous looking card.

  12. Sue (Snellybelle)

    I am the inverse of a morning person, if I tried stamping in the morning before I went to work, I could seriously hurt myself. This tutorial is yet another amazing demonstration of talent. Through your other tutorials, you have helped me look like I know what I’m doing.. Thanks again!

  13. Sharon in NE

    You made that stamp set come alive!

  14. oh my gosh…one of your very best!

  15. Seriously, you should write a book. I’d buy it. Seriously. Thank you for another great tutorial. I cannot wait to try this!

  16. Michelle, gorgeous card for any lover of horses. I have truly found a new friend..brayer.. I look at colors differently now, as well as stamps, patterns and art. this is a stamp set to purchase. with the help of you tutoriials i’ve had so much fun thank you Michelle. I look forward to trying this over the weekend.

  17. Michelle, another awesome creation, You are just a great inspiration, thanks for sharing so much, and in detail 🙂

  18. WOW! What a beautiful card to wake up to! You made the horse come alive! I will have to try this one today if i have time. Thanks for all you do!

  19. This is fantastic. Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

  20. From a true horse lover, this has got to be one of my favorites! I can identify with your above comment about being a morning person! I dont know how night owls manage! This image is exactly what I’d like to be doing right about now – running free and wild! Great card! TFS yet another fabulous tutorial!! You are such an inspiration!! 🙂

  21. Gidget-Trish

    Love the sky on this card! And I love coming to your site first everyday. When there is a new card it’s like Christmas morning. What a great gift you give to all of us. You make us happy and encourage us to expand our creative abilities. Thanks so much! You rock Michelle! 😀

  22. Another fantastic card – great for horse lovers and/or guys. You must have a bottomless well of inspiration out there in the country! But I didn’t see it in the photos of your beautiful flower garden. 🙂 Thanks for taking the time to make these great in-depth tutorials. I have learned a lot and your techniques have inspired me to create some unique cards of my own.

  23. This is a GREAT card! You make it look so easy and your tutorials are so inspiring!

    I have to ask you about your SU! classic black ink though.

    Yours looks BLACK whereas mine look PURPLE. I have 4 of them and they are ALL PURPLE-Y!

    Have you reinked it with something else? I’d love to know how you get your SU! black ink so black!

  24. Marie asked “I have to ask you about your SU! classic black ink though.

    Yours looks BLACK whereas mine look PURPLE. I have 4 of them and they are ALL PURPLE-Y!

    Have you reinked it with something else? I’d love to know how you get your SU! black ink so black!”

    Marie, I recently bought a new pad and haven’t reinked this one at all. It definately looks very black.

    My old pad I went to reink with reinker and it was purple looking. I thought it was a bad reinker, so that is why I replaced it.

    Do you think they have a new formula?

  25. Hi Michelle!

    I have been following your posts for a while now and I have to say, I am always in awe! You are an incredible artist! Thank you so much for sharing! I will try one of your brayer techniqye for one of my Concention swaps. If it looks good, I will let you see it! 😉

    Thanks again for so many inspiring ideas! :o)

  26. Sandy in AZ

    This is one of my all time favorite sets. I just love all the Boho west sets SU has. You’ve done a beautiful job with the set, and I definitely have to try this one ! Thank you for another great tutorial.

  27. love it girl!

  28. Michelle, you give the finished card size as 5×6.5. What size is the white cardstock used for the stamping? I tend to start with cardstock that is too large and then have to resize, losing parts of my images.

    Thanks again for the awesome inspiration & tutorials,

  29. P.S. Or I end up with an oversized card that makes it difficult to create an appropriately sized envelope from a 12×12 sheet of paper. 🙁

  30. Heather Fullerton (Retired Heather)

    I have neve really liked this stamp set that much until now. Now I have to have it. That horse is just beautiful…this is like a painting …freedom! Beautiful work (as usual)

  31. Sandy in NH


  32. Almost missed this one. my updater is not working properly so good thing I checked.
    Well what can I say Michelle, this is beautiful as are all your cards.
    I just love everything about it.

    Happy Wednesday

  33. Michelle, you never cease to amaze me! This is gorgeous!. Love, love love it! I can’t believe how you consistently put these together. Do you ever have to ask for a mulligan? It seems that you knock it out of the park every time.

  34. Michelle, you are my favorite “stamping” teacher! Hopefully I am a good “student”. I absolutely love this card and tried it right away today. Here is mine if anyone wants to see it: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/967558?cat=500&ppuser=136950

    Can you tell I am a teacher and am on summer vacation?! LOL!

    Thank you so much for taking the time to make these tutorials. I still have trouble just taking a picture of my card and uploading to Splitcoast, but I am getting better! I can’t imagine all the work you do to take pics of each step of the process and upload it to your blog daily! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!

  35. Another beauty, Michelle! Love your tutorials!

  36. I just love your style! I have got to try this technique…thanks for sharing with everyone. You are very talented!!!

  37. Mary asked “What size is the white cardstock used for the stamping?”

    Mary the Whisper White piece for this one is 6″ x 3.5″. 🙂

  38. Cathy Carter

    Ooooh I just love this nighttime scene you created! I have this set and never tire of all the possibilities – thanks for giving me one more 🙂

  39. Beautiful…so lifelike! Thanks again for the wonderful tutorial

  40. Michelle, this is truly stunning! I have just gotten over my “gotta have it” for Wanted and now you’ve stirred the pot again! LOL!

  41. Darlene Gabriel

    Michelle this is so beautiful. Thanks for another wonderful tutorial. I have to try this. This is the first time I’ve wished I had this set.

  42. scrappin beth

    This is yet another very beautiful card. We’re going on holidays soon and what are holidays without stamping stuff???? So I’m trying to figure out a way to take you with me. Hehehe. The other day I got a brain wave… I downloaded a whole bunch of your tutorials into word and saved it onto my laptop. Yeah baby! Now that’s my idea for camping!!!! Thanks SO much for sharing.
    Beth Greco

  43. Veee (vlstrs)

    Oh, I want to make this one so badly but I don’t have that set. I must CASE this card! Absolutely one of the best ever. I went to my notebook with all of my stamp images and looked until I found one that would work. Here is the link to my “Standing Buck” http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/969746?cat=500&ppuser=10233

  44. I absolutely LOVE this card. I love the streaking technique to make it look like a sun set. Absolutely beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m going to have to try this some time.

  45. This is an awesome card – I love this stamp and you have inspired me to get out my brayer again. Great job!