Blog Candy Winner and Thinking of Fall-Tutorial


I’m getting back into the swing of things today after my week off line. 

First things first, we have a blog candy winner!!!


The winner is comment number 133 out of 234.   Congratulations to Linda Patti who wrote “please enter me for the blog candy.. LOVE the framed art work!”  Linda, please e-mail me your address so I can get this out to you.

Thanks everyone for playing along.  🙂

Now for today’s tutorial.  I used the stamp sheet from Innovative Stamp Creations “Marvels of Nature” that can be purchased from their online store found here:


Stamps: Innovative Stamp Creations “Marvels of Nature”
Paper: Stampin’ Up Whisper White, Very Vanilla, Soft Sky & Not Quite Navy
Ink: Stampin’ Up Really Rust, Not Quite Navy, Soft Sky, Distress inks Old Paper, Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy & Peeled Paint
Accessories: Brayer, Clear embossing powder, heat gun, Coluzzle Circle Template, Chocolate Chip, Going Gray & Black markers, Post it notes, Ruler


Loaded tree stamp with Versamark, then Really Rust ink, tapped the brush end of a Chocolate Chip marker on the leaf area of the stamp and colored in the trunk before stamping it on a 4″ x 5.5″ of Whisper White card stock.


Heat embossed it using clear embossing powder and a heat gun.


Cover 1/3rd of the bottom of the card stock with a Post it Note to mask it.


Brayer on Soft Sky ink over the sky area.  Then brayered on Not Quite Navy ink at the top of the card stock, not covering the Soft Sky ink entirely.


Tore the top of the Post it note to reveal a bit of the white card stock.


Masked the sky with another Post it note.


Brayered on Not Quite Navy ink in the unmasked area.   This created the water and horizon line.


Removed masks.


Sponged on Antique Linen Distress ink on the ground area using a sideways streaking motion.


The distress pads are great for direct to paper techniques since the pad is raised up from the plastic case.


Streaked one edge of the Old Paper ink pad in an upward motion to create grasses.


Added some Peeled paint grasses in the same manner as the last step.


Added a few Chocolate Chip marker branches to the center of the tree.


Added a couple of strokes of the Brushed Corduroy ink pad at the bottom of the Peeled paint grasses.


Rounded the top of the card stock using a circle Coluzzle template.



Assembled card front and added fine lines of Going Gray marker to the corners using a ruler to keep them straight.



Using the brush end of the Going Gray marker, added a thick line to the left and bottom of the Very Vanilla panel to create a shadow.


Added a fine line of black marker to the left and bottom of the Very Vanilla panel to enhance the shadow.


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


Hope your day is filled with cool ocean breezes and sunshine.  🙂

Until my next post. . . . . . .



38 responses to “Blog Candy Winner and Thinking of Fall-Tutorial

  1. I love this card! It is so good to have you back:)

  2. Beautiful card Michelle. It is very nice to have you back! I was telling some fellow stampers about how you load your stamp with Versamark, then a dye ink so that it can be embossed. (Love this idea). They were wondering if the Versamark left any residue on the dye ink pad, and if you had to replace them as a result over time. ~Debie

  3. Debie asked “They were wondering if the Versamark left any residue on the dye ink pad, and if you had to replace them as a result over time.”
    Debie, I have had my stamp pads for a very long time and have never notice any ill effects on my stamp pads from this method. 🙂

  4. Wow, lovin’ the vibrant tree. Fall is my favorite season!

  5. Welcome back, you sure were missed. It was like Christmas with no presents. :)This is another beautiful creation. Thanks for sharing with us.

  6. Welcome back. Love this card!!

  7. I hope your vacation was good its great to have you back!

  8. Sharon in NE

    Love the archway. Great job.

  9. Hey Michelle!
    I love your Art so mutch.

  10. First of all WELCOME BACK, and then, I love this card it is beautiful. Fall is my favorite season. , Can’t wait to case this one.

  11. Very Pretty!!!!

  12. Oh my gosh. I LOVE this card! Your work makes me want to go out and purchase everything you used to create it! LOL, I’m gonna go broke!

  13. This one is really neat! I can’t wait to use the tree technique on fall cards. Not quite ready for fall, but those trees will be awesome now. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Wonderful! It really does get me thinking of fall. A hard thing to do when it’s still in the 100s. Oh well, soon! thank you for the eye candy!

  15. Harriet Skelly

    Hi Michelle. I love the way you made this like we’re looking at the scene through a window or archway! Thank you for the tutorial!

  16. Ohhhhh… GOOD to have you back, lol! Another great day started with your tut. What could be better, I ask?? Well, maybe to be Linda Patti….!!!! CONGRATS on winning the gorgeous blog candy, girl! I am jealous!

  17. StampinCathy

    Welcome back. WOW I want to come play with you. I just love all your creative and talented projects. Your tutorials make it look so easy.

  18. totally blow me away. I sit, “watching” your tutorials, and my jaw just drops open. You make it look as if I could do it. Not sure about that. But thanks for showing the step by step info.

  19. Beautiful…

  20. WOW, WOW, WOW!….enough said!

  21. Wow, this is gorgeous!! It looks like a crisp fall day! Love it!!

  22. oh my gosh, this is lovely! you have the most amazing talent!!

  23. Sylvie Greeniaus

    Hi Michelle,
    Nice to have you back!
    That tree is spectacular. Went to Innovative stamps to look at the whole sheet. That palm tree is something else. Have you used it yet? If not I’d like to see it…Those redwoods to.
    As always, there’s no one like you!
    Sylvie G

  24. Conniecrafter

    I love fall and this tree is so pretty!

  25. Fran Podlesney

    This is my first time to your blog. A friend forwarded your site to me and all I can say is WOW! Your work is absolutely beautiful. You can be sure I will be returning again and again. Your tutorials are so precise and easy to understand. Thank you for the inspiration.

  26. Yay…you’re back! And with a tree card..always favs of mine! I really enjoyed the pics you posted from your workshop. Thanks for sharing. Looks like everyone had a great time. Today’s card is very pretty, and a wonderful tutorial as always 🙂

  27. such amazing scenes. So glad you had a great holiday, but really glad you’re back. Missed the tutorials.

  28. Welcome home Michelle, your Fall card is beautiful! I can’t even begin to imagine the time it took you to put this tutorial together or how much time you spend daily putting these tutorials together. I do want to say thank you for sharing with all of us how you pull together your beautiful ly incredible designs.

  29. You are such an inspiration to all of us it’s good to have you back:)

  30. I really thought this was a painting when I first saw it.

  31. Veee (vlstrs)

    Welcom home! We missed you!

  32. It is so good to have you back. I hope you enjoyed your vacation, but I am so glad you are back again! I really missed going to your tutorials each day and seeing what beautiful creation you have shown us how to do. I have tried making a couple of the cards you have done, and I have surprised myself that they didn’t come out half bad! Your instructions are easy to follow, and if I can make a beautiful card using your tutorials, anyone can! Thank you for taking the time to post these – I have learned so much from you. Can’t wait to see your next one!

  33. This picture is beautiful. I love the tree. I had to go get that set and ended up buying a couple sets. Thanks for helping me spend my money. I really don’t need the help. This is absolutely gorgeous! Thanks!

  34. Stunning………..I love how you rounded the top of your artwork… Always wondered how to do that, now I know… and how simple was that…

    Thanks so much for sharing with us…

  35. I just found your website from another blog link…you don’t stamp…you are a real artist using stamp medium! I love the card and your tutorial is fantastic…so clear and detailed. Thank you so much for sharing your talents with us!

  36. Love how you did the archway..would never have thought of that.. You have a unique style about your work..thnx for sharing,

  37. Veee (vlstrs)

    I’m having trouble with the Versamark then ink. My image is washed out and doesn’t have the vibrant color of yours. Can you give me a clue? TIA
    Here is mine.

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