Catching 47 – Tutorial #105


It’s time for the Split Coast Stamper’s Dirty Dozen Present & Alumni monthly challenge.  This months challenge was to make a birthday card using numbers in the design and not use the word Birthday. 

This is what I came up with for my husband Russ’ birthday in October. 🙂  Good thing he doesn’t read this blog, lol.

To see all of the Dirty Girl’s creations for this challenge check out this link:

The Dirty Girls will be posting their creations throughout the day, so check back at that link often.

Here is the tutorial for mine:


Stamps: Stampin’ Up “on the Fly”
Paper: Stampin’ Up Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Apricot Appeal, Night of Navy
Ink: Stampin’ Up Baja Breeze, Apricot Appeal, Not Quite Navy, Night of Navy & Palette Noir Black
Accessories: Brayer, Versamark marker, Fine Detail Clear embossing powder, Heat Gun, Cuttlebug numbers, Prismacolor Markers, White gel Pen, Black fine tip marker, Sponge, Ticket corner punch, photo Corner punch, Post it notes


Stamped Fisherman on a 5″ x 5″ piece of Whisper White card stock with Palette Noir Black ink.


Colored his hat and pants with a Prismacolor Oatmeal marker.


Added Khaki to his jacket and the creases on his pants.


Colored his skin with an Eggshell marker.


Colored over the fisherman with a Versamark marker and heat embossed the image with fine detail clear embossing powder and a heat gun.


Put a post it note over the bottom of the card-stock to mask it and then Brayered on Apricot Appeal ink.


Brayered on Baja Breeze ink at the top of the sky.


Brayered on Not Quite Navy ink at the top of the card stock not covering the Baja Breeze ink entirely.


Removed post it note mask.


Put a clean Post it note mask on to cover the sky area of the card stock.  

Brayered on Baja Breeze ink at the bottom of the card stock.


Brayered on Not Quite Navy ink at the top of the water area, by rolling over the post it note.


Colored in just the hook of the lure stamp with a black marker.  Huffed on it to moisten the ink and stamped it.


Cut the numbers 47 from a piece of Kiwi Kiss card stock with my Cuttlebug.


Glued the numbers on so they look like they are on the hook.


Extended the fishing line to reach the hook with a fine point black marker.


Colored the trees with a Prismacolor light Olive Green marker.


Made dashes in the water with a white gel pen.


With the fine tip end of a Prismacolor Light Olive Green maker, made a shadow on the right sides of the “47”.  Did this to create depth.


Sponged Night of Navy ink around the outside edge of the panel.


Used a ticket corner punch on the main image panel and the Apricot Appeal panel.


Punched 4 corner punches from Baja Breeze card stock and adhered them to a 5.5″ x 5.5″ piece of Night of Navy card stock.


Assembled the rest of the card front.


Here is it finished measuring 5.5″ x 5.5″.


I challenge you to make a creation today using numbers.  If you accept this challenge, please leave a link to your card in the comment section of this post.   I would love to see them!

May your day be filled with cool lake breezes.  🙂

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



40 responses to “Catching 47 – Tutorial #105

  1. WOW, a beautiful scene and a wonderful card. Thank you for sharing.

    Hugs Anja from germany

  2. You are waaaaaaayyyyyyyyyy ahead of me Michelle. Larry turns 50 next week and I haven’t even started a card yet. I am inspired now, thanks for another wonderful tutorial!

  3. Gidget-Trish

    Excellent birthday card! Love it.

  4. WOW – Michelle this is gorgeous. Thanks for the detailed information.

  5. Veee (vlstrs)

    Oh, Thank You! I’ve been wondering about how to do a sunrise and now you have given me a tutorial on it! You are a star! Thanks so much.

  6. Laurie Helgason

    Amazing what you do with that stamp set.

  7. This is such a great guy card! You make it look so easy to get great results! Thank you so much for doing tutorials! By just looking at this card, it looks like the numbers were stamped on instead of glued on. Hope you have a Great Day!

  8. Ok. I didn’t like that set. Now I probably have to buy it for use my fly fishing husband. 🙂

    I love the numbers on the hook and the sense of action you gave it! Those darkened corners also kind of hint at a vintage feeling, like you’re looking at an older photograph.

  9. Wow – I agree with the PP who said you make it look easy to get great results! Love the way you did the numbers by adding the shading. Hope your husband enjoys the card when he gets it later this fall.

  10. Awesome! What a fun birthday card.

  11. Wow Michelle this is gorgeous. Love how you added the fine line to the numbers, it really gave them depth and made them pop.

  12. Fantastic card and use of the numbers Michelle. I love it.

  13. WOW another fabulous masterpiece. I just love how you did the numbers on this card. Very creative!!!! I just love this set.

  14. Ever since I bought this set I’ve used it for all my men’s cards. What a wonderful addition the age numbers will be to my cards. Thanks for that idea and for better ways to color the water and sky.

  15. what a wonderfully creative birthday card! I just love it!

  16. Really clever card. Can’t wait to try that background.

  17. What a fabulous card!!! Love it! I bet your DH will be awed!!! TFS

  18. Fantastic concept! And I have to say, only YOU could make me contemplate getting this set….

  19. Wowza, Fantastic is an understatement… Never would have thought this up in 100 years…

    Another Zindorf Sensation…


  20. I was never really sure about that set…more and more I find myself wanting it. Soooooooooo cool!

  21. Great image on the 47. I love how you did the corner framing. Great man card. Love the colors you choose to use.

  22. Sharon in NE

    You take a simple set of stamps and bring them to life! Absolutely incredible!

  23. Hi Michelle~

    Well, you nailed this one, too! What a great card for your hubby’s birthday! My hubby would love it, too, and since his birthday is in July, I have almost a whole year to make it for him! 🙂

    Question: Exactly which Prismacolor markers do you like/use? I’ve checked at Dick Blick’s and they carry more than one Prismacolor set.

    thanks for all your information and inspiration!


  24. It’s a good idea ! Wow ! I like your card !

  25. Jeanie asked “Exactly which Prismacolor markers do you like/use?”

    Jeanie, I use the Prismacolor Premier markers. 🙂

  26. Fabulous card. love the numbers. you rock!!

  27. Michelle,
    I love your card. My dad would love your card . I like the idea of the guy “catching” a whopper “47”. I think you could tell even without the Happy Birthday that it was a birthday card…that or he caught 47 fish thus far…

    Beautiful card. Wish I could brayer like you. I’m still learning.

  28. OMG Michelle, you are absolutely amazing! I am in awe, all the way down to the reflexed light on the water! I love it, I love it, I LOVE IT!

  29. Oh, I like this one. Very nice “man” card. Thanks Michelle!

  30. What a nice male card Michelle. Like all the blues you used and how you outlined the numbers so they stood out more.

  31. Michelle, What a wonderful card. I love the way you used the numbers. Who’d of thunk it but you. lol Keep them coming.

  32. Wow, incredible! I love it and I’ve never given this set a second look!

  33. Wow, and I have been wanting this set, just haven’t taken the plunge yet. Guess I’ll have to look into getting this one. Love what you have done.
    BTW Michelle, do you ever do Christmas cards? As I am trying to start my Christmas cards, would love to see a tutorial or two on them.

  34. Just like always you have once again out done yourself!! Now I have just got to get this stamp set. Thanks for all you do and for all you share you work is always amazing!!

  35. Sue (Snellybelle)

    You are amazing!

  36. Awesome. A great card for a man which I always have trouble with and a numbered birthday without mentioning the word birthday. I have to get this set!

  37. Conniecrafter

    Such clever and creative way to do the numbers, Love it!

    I love how you used the numbers and the white gel pen for the little bit of ripple in the water….you are AMAZING!

  39. Holy amazing! I get your blog everyday, and everyday I say WOW! She makes it look so easy…but this card…this card might even get me to pick up a brayer! Fabulous as always Michelle…you have amazing talent, creativity and patience. I would be so proud to present this to my dh…could you make the numbers “53”?