Sunrise Field – Tutorial #195



This time of year, in my neck of the woods you see a lot of fields being turned over in preparation for planting.  I think there is nothing more beautiful than farm land during sunrise.  That was the inspiration for this tutorial today.

Stampin’ Up came out with some terrific tree stamps this year.  I used one of the new sets Branch Out and then an old time favorite of mine, Lovely As a Tree to create this scene.

For you people that love to sponge on ink, this tutorial is for you.

Let’s get started. 🙂


Stamps:  Stampin’ Up Branch Out and Lovely as a Tree

Cardstock:  Stampin’ Up Whisper White, Close to Cocoa and Not Quite Navy

Ink:  Stampin’ Up Close to Cocoa, Basic Black, Apricot Appeal, Not Quite Navy and Night of Navy

Accessories:  White Gel Pen, Piercing Tool, Cuttlebug Die, Sponges

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Sponged Apricot Appeal ink on a 4.5″ square piece of Whisper White Card stock.


Sponged Not Quite Navy At the top of the card stock, getting darker towards the outside of the card stock.


Sponged Night of Navy ink in each of the top corners.


Tore a Post it note through the stick edge and used it as a mask to mask my sky area.  I was sure to mask some of the Apricot area under the Not Quite Navy ink so the Apricot Appeal ink would show all across the card stock in the finished piece.


Sponged on Close to Cocoa ink, using a back and forth motion across the card-stock, letting some of the Apricot Appeal ink show through.


Sponged Black all around the unmasked area.


Colored directly on the stamp with a Black marker, just the center tree.  Huffed on the stamp and stamped it on the card stock. 


Colored directly on the stamp again, just the three left trees, huffed on the stamp and stamped it on the card stock.

Remember, you don’t always have to use the entire stamped image.  🙂


Used the tore Post it Note Mask again to create a hill in the distance.


Sponged Not Quite Navy ink along the torn post it note edge.


Added a bit of Basic Black ink with a sponge, right at the post it note edge, not covering the Not Quite Navy ink entirely.


Removed mask.


Stamped Branched Out Tree in the foreground with Basic Black ink.


Stamped the leaf stamp from the Branched out set on the ground area with Close to Cocoa ink.


Stamped the same stamp again only with Basic Black ink at the bottom of the card stock.


Used a post it note to create the shadows on the ground.


Sponged Basic Black ink lightly at the post it note edge and repeated over and over by moving the post it note to create all of the shadows I wanted.



Highlighted the left side of the large tree with a White Gel pen.  I also added a few dots in the small trees for highlights.


Sponged Black ink all the way around the card stock edge.


Although you cannot see the Cuttlebug Die cut corners in the photos they are there, lol.  I put one in each corner of the main image panel.


I also put a copper brad on each Cuttlebug corner.


Here is a not so good photo of the finished card.  I am in my PJ’s and it is raining outside so I will try later to take a decent photo.  🙂


May you catch a glimpse of a beautiful sunrise in your neck of the woods.

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



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35 responses to “Sunrise Field – Tutorial #195

  1. I love this. I have been putting off buying the Branch Out stamp set but I think I’m just going to have to get it. The tree it seems is a must have item. I have seen you use it several times and love everyone of the cards you use it on. Have a good weekend Michelle.

  2. Living in farm country I especially like this scene. Very Spring for us. Even more than the return of robins and daffodils. Have a great day. Hugs

  3. I have both lovely as a tree ( my all time favorite ) and just bought branch out. I love what you’ve done with both of them!

  4. Very nice!!

  5. What a beautiful and interesting effect. Always a treat to come to your blog.

  6. Beautiful. I love a freshly plowed field too…especially after a rain. So “earthy” smelling.

  7. What amazing details.. It is so so so interesting to see how to make all that. I just love those tree stamps.

    I loved that hill in the distance. Amazing!

  8. WOW!! You are amazing and out do yourself everytime.

  9. I’m in awe! This card is so special and totally reminds me of what I used to see everyday growing up. My scenery (or lack thereof) has changed but those early memories are still there and this card captures it. I’ll certainly be trying to duplicate you WOW factor to share with family.

  10. Wow Michelle, What a gorgeous card. Beautiful!

  11. Beth Cutwright

    oh Michelle…I am once again inspired and I will try my hand at this card for sure! It just speaks to my farm girl roots and heart! Can’t wait to get home tonight! Thanks!

  12. Even though I’ve been watching for awhile, and even though I’ve done scene stamping for years, there’s just something especially cool about looking at your step by step photos, Michelle. I never get tired of it! I, too, love having so many different trees and branches available at SU. Having all the different shapes and sizes makes for so much more depth! Keep ’em comin’ ….. we’re all so grateful you take the time!

  13. Wow! Michelle, awesome card always. My husband doesn’t give a second glance to card but he thought your cards are amazing.

  14. Love the effect of ths shadows .. thanks for sharing, M.

  15. Oh Michelle! This is so unique and absolutely beautiful… a work of art.

  16. Gloria Dojlido

    Just stunning!

  17. Wow, those ploughed rows are fabulous, you continue to inspire me.

  18. WOW – This is beautiful!

  19. Amazing and beautiful! Love how you can take the same set and do such completly different looks and styles! Thank you so much for posting such detailed directions. One of these days I am going to get brave enough and try one of your designs.

  20. I just started my garden again and this is total inspiration. I love the smell of fresh dirt and cut grass. Two of the best smells in the whole world.

  21. BRILLIANT! It’s amazing what you can do w/a sponge & some torn paper!!

  22. This is absolutely gorgeous! I can not believe that you can come up with so many wonderful creations, and you have a tendency to always out do yourself :). I love the country, the smell of dirt, the quietness, my dream house is a farm :).

  23. Evelyn----Ks.stamper

    Can’t begin to tell you how much I love this card it is gorgeous and it sure does look like a plowed field. I will be doing that real soon. Thanks for sharing your time and talents with us.

  24. StampinCathy

    WOW! WOW! WOW! This is just breath taking.

  25. Another beautiful card Michelle. My all time favorite stamp set “Lovely as a Tree” Thanks for sharing your wonderful talent.

  26. Ooh ooh ooh, I can’t stand it! So gorgeous! You keep making me buy more tree stamps, Michelle – I’m goin’ broke! (But at least I’m happy!) 🙂

  27. Stunning!!! as usual. You are definitely more of an artist

    What size is the card. You usually say that. Thanks


  28. OMG, 195 tutorials and still knocking my socks off.
    Thanks for shareing your talent so freely michelle.

    Happy Saturday

  29. This is amazing! Wow Wow Wow!
    Your work never ceases to amaze me!!!

  30. Hello,
    I love your blog and watch it every day.
    That’s why i’m given you this award.

  31. Michelle! This is BEAUTIFUL! I love it!

    Karen from Michigan

  32. This is neat Michele! Fantastic details and great tutorial. Thanks!

  33. Kool card Michelle! Love the rows and that whole effect!!

    Take care and STAY POSITIVE!

  34. I am slowly coming to realize just how wonderful die-cuts can be. this is beautiful!!

  35. What a beautiful creation, love the tree stamps and the way you have recreated the effect of a ploughed earth is stunning.