Catching the Light Tutorial and We Have a Blog Candy Winner!


Wow!  Did I ever have fun reading all of the comments left on yesterdays post telling me where all you readers are from.  May I say, I just want to hop in a car, boat or airplane and visit each and everyone of you.  Thank you so much for your comments.  I now feel like I know a little about all of you.  The Internet sure does make the world a little smaller.

And now for the grand announcement!  The winner, out of 428 entries, for Wednesday’s blog candy is, drum roll, please. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Beth Greco, who was comment number 317 and who left this comment:

This is yet another lovely card. Thanks for sharing on such a regular basis. I have saved a whole bunch of your tutorials onto my laptop so I can take you with me when I go on holidays -) I tried my hand at the Northern Lights one last night and it turned out pretty well.
Thanks for Sharing!
dsc05173.JPG  Beth e-mail me at [email protected] your mailing address and I will get these in the mail to you.

Thanks to all for playing along!

Now, I do have a tutorial for you today.

Let’s get started.  🙂


Stamps: Stampin’ Up Art of Life & Baroque Motifs
Paper: Stampin’ Up Whisper White, Soft Sky and Not Quite Navy
Ink: Stampin’ Up Soft Sky, Blue Bayou, Not Quite Navy and Basic Black
Accessories: Sponges, Black marker, White Gel Pen, Versamark marker


Sponged Soft Sky ink on a 4″ x 4.5″ piece of Whisper White Card stock.  I sponged a bit darker on the right side of the card stock.


Sponged Blue Bayou ink at the top and right side of the card stock.


Stamped flowers with Not Quite Navy ink.


Sponged some Not Quite Navy ink at the top of the card stock.


Tore through the sticky part of two post it notes to create a mask for the sky area.


Sponge Not Quite Navy ink heavily on the un-masked ground area.


Added some Basic Black in at the bottom of the card stock with a sponge.


Darkened the right side of the flowers and stems with a Faber Castell black marker.


Put White Gel pen highlights at the top of the flowers and along the left side of the stems and leaves.


Assembled card front and stamped flourishes with Soft Sky ink. 

Note:  When stamping over multiple layers of card stock your image will have gaps in it, see photo.  I was able to correct the gaps with a Versamark marker since the design was stamp with Soft Sky ink on Soft Sky card stock.


Now that the image gaps are fixed, I highlighted the flourish with a White Gel pen on the left sides of the design.  

Note:  All of my highlighting with the gel pen was done on the left side of the flowers and flourishes and then along the top of the ground to try to create a sense of where my light source was coming from (right side).


Here is the finished card measuring 5″ x 6.5″.


Note:  I will not be posting this weekend due to my, soon to be 5 year old, Grand Daughter’s visit from Fort Campbell, Kentucky.  We are traveling today to get her. 

May your weekend be filled with gentle breezes and the sweet smell of flowers.

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

Hugs to all!


57 responses to “Catching the Light Tutorial and We Have a Blog Candy Winner!

  1. beautiful card! have lots of fun with your Grand Daughter this weekend. I look forward to seeing you next week:)

  2. WOW!!! that card is amazing. Have a great weekend with your grand daughter

  3. This is such a beautiful scene! Love the soft flourish, and the dimension you added to it with the white highlighter. Have fun with little one this weekend!

  4. StampinCathy

    Congrats Beth.
    Your card is another beautiful masterpiece.

  5. Another fantastic card. Is this set a new one? I think it just might be. Have fun this weekend.

  6. THis is just gorgeous, Michelle! It’s like you watermarked your card. . .how cool!

  7. Phyllis Gunn

    Congrats to Beth!! I love watching how you take standard supplies and turn out these pieces of art! The touches you add with the black marker and the white gel pen make the card in a class of its own. Beautiful creation and thanks once again for the tutorial. Have a happy Grand Daughter Birthday weekend! Woo Hoo 5 years old!! Until Monday then???? How will we ever survive? Eureka! I’ll make cards from your other tutorials.

  8. Kimberly Eagle

    Love it!

  9. Amazing card! I love the tone on tone and the way the highlights just pop everything. Thanks so much for the tutorial — this one definitely goes into my “to try” pile. Have a great time with your granddaughter — don’t spoil her too badly!!!

  10. Bonjour Mme Zindorf,
    Que dire de vos cartes fabuleuses! Je vous envie votre talent. En passant: je demeure dans la province du Nouveau-Brunswick au Canada

  11. Another great tutorial Michelle!

  12. Gidget-Trish

    Love the light shining in this card. Have a fabulous weekend with your GD. Kids are so cute at that age. You could get her to make a card! 🙂

  13. Linda Collins

    Could you tell us about the Faber Castell black marker? Is it a fine tip? Where do you find it? Thank you for another stunning card. Enjoy your time with your granddaughter.

  14. Evelyn----Ks.stamper

    Michelle, this card is beautiful. Ireally like it. Guess I will work on some of your tutorials this weekend. Have fun with your GD.

  15. Linda asked “Could you tell us about the Faber Castell black marker? Is it a fine tip? Where do you find it?”

    Linda, Faber-Castell markers are wonderful Indian Ink markers, very fade resistant. I love them. The black one comes in 5 different points from very fine to brush tip. They are pretty common markers in the art world, not very expensive. I got my at 🙂

  16. another amazing creation, this is beautiful

  17. Super gorgeous! I didn’t leave comments the last few days – already have way too many supplies but just wanted to let you know I am in Eastern Oregon, on a Ranch! We are near Haines….

    Love the card!

  18. Beautiful card, I want to try this tutorial! Have fun with your granddaughter, I get my 6 yr. old grandson next week. I signed him up for swimming lessons and an all sports class at the rec center so he won’t be bored.

  19. This looks terrific Michelle. Can you send some of your creativity mojo over here please? 🙂

  20. Oh, diese Karte ist ein absoluter Traum *seufz* – das ist wahrhaftig ein Werk !!!!

    Herzlichen glückwunsch an Beth für diesen tollen Preis !!!!

  21. Absolutly Beautiful Michelle!!!!! It’s like I can feel the sun on my face when I look at this card!!!!! can you tell me is the whisper white cardstock you use regular cardstock or glossy cardstock? I love the finish it gives all your cards.

    Congrats Beth!!!! Enjoy your candy!!!!

  22. Victoria asked “can you tell me is the whisper white cardstock you use regular cardstock or glossy cardstock?”

    Victoria, It is regular card stock, not glossy. 🙂

  23. Congratulations to Beth and a new thanks to you, Michelle for your latest tutorial.
    I think, I need a withe gel- pen.

    Yes, the internet makes the world a little bit smaller…. if you want to visit me, take the plane ! You will be faster!

    Greetings from Austria

  24. Glinda Chasteen

    Michelle how do you ever consistantly come up with these wonderful cards. I may be able to do one now and then, but on a day by day basis, never. This is just another jaw-dropper of yours. Glinda

  25. Another striking creation!

  26. Absolutely stunning! Wish I had time to try this one today, but will have to wait till after vacation. Hopefully will get an internet connection some of the time so I can keep up with your beautiful creations. Thanks again for sharing your wonderful talent.

  27. Beautiful card!! Have a wonderful weekend with your Granddaughter!!

  28. Your creativity never ceases to amaze me! This is a gorgeous card!

  29. As always…beautiful! I am always surprised, lol…I always think, “oh, I know Michelle’s style now…,” but every card is a fresh delight! Love the soothing blues you used…

    Congratulations to Beth! Like Andi, I avoid commenting on blog candy days. I’ve been stamping so long, I’d rather other, newer stampers get the goodies. I’ve gotten more than enough just by following the tutorials, lol!

  30. Another breathtaking card! Do you ever get tired of hearing that….lol!

  31. Does your creativity and imagination nevah evah end? You kill me! Such talent!

  32. Just lovely. I especially like how you darkened the flowers, then lightened them on the other side.
    Have a lovely weekend with your grandaughter!

  33. Very pretty!

  34. Another gorgeous creation! I really love how you add in the shadows and highlights!! I really need to try to make a card like yours – they’re all amazing!!

  35. This is so beautiful! I love the monochromatic colors. Enjoy your weekend!

  36. I love all your cards – your work is absolutely stunning. However – this card is just too awesome!!! I love it! The colors, the depth – the flowers look 3 dimensional!!!!!

  37. I really like this one, in fact I am off to try it right now. Thanks once again for sharing your stunning work and for giving us all the know how to have a go.


  38. Congrats Beth on the Blog Candy. What a lucky lady. Beautiful card Michelle. I am always impressed. Have a wonderful weekend with your Grand Daughter!

  39. Darlene Gabriel

    Wow this is really beautiful!! Thanks for another amazing tutorial.
    Have fun with your granddaughter.

  40. WOW! that is a great tutorial. It looks so beautiful. And you even made it look like I could do it. 🙂

  41. Another work of art. Sadly I’ve been busy working on Convention swaps this week 🙂 so I missed a couple of your posts. All caught up now and STILL working on swaps! Can’t wait until I get home next month and can start playing with your techniques. Since I didn’t post a response on your Wednesday post, I’m from Marietta, GA – a transplant from Paradise CA where they had the bad fires this month! Everyone I know is safe and sound but so many lost everything!

    Have a happy weekend and enjoy your granddaughter’s birthday party!

  42. Sandy in AZ

    First, congrats to Beth on winning blog candy. YAAAAY!
    This card is just beautiful. I love all shades of blue, and you’ve done it again. Another beautiful card in blue. I especially like the way you did the colors, and added the black shadows and white gel pen highlighting for light to give the subtle, but obvious look of a specific light source. Your talent is showing ! 🙂 –as always !
    Thank you for another beautiful card and tutorial.
    ***special thanks to you for putting the size of the whisper white piece of paper you started with. I often (but not often enough) try to closely copy your beautiful creations by following the tutorial. I start with the finished size–thank you for including that–and work backwards trying to guesstamate the size of your border, etc and work out the sizes of the paper layers the best I can. It really helps to have the sizes of the paper you’re working with. Thank you ! Thank you ! Thank you ! ***
    And most importantly:
    Have a wonderful week-end and enjoy every minute with your granddaughter; and have a special birthday with her.
    Enjoy !

  43. I got into SU! after Art of Life had already come and gone – I LOVE that set. This card is just GORGEOUS!!!! I love it!!

  44. Conniecrafter

    Beautiful, such amazing work you do, love all the added touches to the stamping that just makes it come to life, thanks for sharing the how to’s 🙂

  45. Congrats to Beth on winning!!!
    Michelle, this is another beautiful card done in gorgeous tones of blue. I love baroque motifs and that stamp just adds so much beauty to this card! Love it!! TFS!!

  46. Hey Michelle
    This card is really stunning, fantastic tetorial too.
    I live in Hamilton Ont. Canada

  47. another stunning card! it really is beautiful.

  48. Awesome , awesome , awesome.

  49. I love this card! The colors, the flowers, everything about it. It is beautiful. They all are, but today this one is speaking to me in a special way! I hope you had a fabulous weekend with your granddaughter. Those times make such special memories for both of you.

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  51. You are amazing! Really! It’s true. Wonderfull. (sorry, I from Poland and I don’t write english very well)

  52. Okay Midhelle, I did your tutorial! My card is here
    and on my blog. Thanks so much for all you teach us!

  53. Dear Michelle,
    thanks for this great tutorial…hope to get to my stamps soon to try out your techniques.
    Love your blog.
    Greetings from Germany by Marina.

  54. Magnifique! All your creations are breath taking. I start my collection of ink pad and soon give a try to your technique. Before I had those little square pads from VersaColor but it is a little hard to brayer!!!

  55. Wow, what a gorgeous card. Fabulous as usual. thanks for the tutorial…

  56. I’m a few days late commenting and you are probably out having lots of fun with your gd.
    What a beautiful card you’ve done here. I love all of the high and low light effects. I can’t wait to give this a try.
    Have a wonderful visit.

  57. Michelle,
    Have never seen such beautiful cards as those you make! The are really breathtaking and you have a lot talent (and patience). With such a fantastic end product,I’d think you would go into the business. Thank you for your directions and the best to you.
    Karen B.