A Little Blue Bird Told Me – Tutorial #215


I am spending loads of time in my garden, pulling weeds, watering, moving perennials from here to there.  There is always work to be done.  I love being out in the garden when I have the time.  Most of the time I am gripping because I am trying to fit my gardening in around other things and feel rushed.    We got a good soaking rain yesterday so I don’t have to water today and can spend the time playing in the soil, my favorite part! 

Let’s get on with today’s tutorial so I can get out there.  I hear the birds calling me.


Stamps: Stampin’ Up “Always” and “Thoughts & Prayers”
Paper: Stampin’ Up Whisper White and Brilliant Blue
Ink: Stampin’ Up Brilliant Blue, Chocolate Chip, Sage Shadow, More Mustard, So Saffron, Bashful Blue and Basic Black
Accessories: Versmark marker & Pad, Brayer, Clear embossing powder and a heat gun, Sponge, Ticket Corner Punch and a Post it note

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Stamped this plant stamp on a 4″ square piece of Whisper White card stock by first loading the stamp with Versamark and then with Sage Shadow ink before stamping it.


Heat embossed the images using clear embossing powder and a heat gun.


Decisions, decisions, lol.  Here is an example of me not being able to make up my mind on what color to use.  Scrap paper is a lovely thing!


Made the decision to stamp the bird by first loading the stamp with Versamark, then with Brilliant Blue ink, added a bit of black ink on the stamp where the feet and beak are before stamping it.


Heat embossed the bird with clear embossing powder and a heat gun.


I want to retain the white design on the bird, so I colored over the design on the bird with a Versamark marker and then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder and a heat gun.


Brayered Bashful Blue ink at the top of the card stock.


Brayered Brilliant Blue ink at the top of the card stock, not covering the Bashful Blue ink entirely.


Ripped a post it note and masked the sky area and to create a hill.


Brayered So Saffron ink at the bottom of the unmasked area.


Brayered just a touch of Chocolate Chip ink at the bottom of the card stock.


Sponged More Mustard ink at the top of the unmasked area.


Removed the mask.


Stamped the tree twice by first loading my stamp with Sage Shadow ink and then patted the Chocolate Chip ink pad on the trunk of the tree stamp before stamping it.   Dada. . . Tree is already colored.


Stamped a few more of the plant stamp images at the bottom of the card stock using Chocolate Chip ink and stamping off once on my scrap paper before stamping (Second Generation stamping).


Rubbed in a bit of Chocolate Chip ink under the trees to create a shadow effect.


Sponged Brilliant Blue ink all around the outside edge of the card stock.


I seem to be having a bit of trouble deciding colors today.  I first looked at this card stock color combination.


But decided I like the Brilliant Blue and Whisper White card stock panels better.  I used a Ticket Corner Punch by Stampin’ Up on a couple of the panels.


Assembled my card and here it is finished measuring 5.25″ square.


I hope this tutorial has inspired you to get out your clear embossing powder and heat gun today.

May your day be spent listening to the sound of song birds.

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

Huge Hugs,


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17 responses to “A Little Blue Bird Told Me – Tutorial #215

  1. Hi Michelle. All I can say is Wow! I can hear that little blue bird chirping!!! This is a really feel good card. Thanks and have fun in the garden.

  2. Stunning – you make it all look SOOOO easy! Love this one a lot!

  3. I need to get that ticket punch. It makes it so much easier to make a picture really pop. I love the bird on the white matting. It really is gorgeous!

  4. Harriet Skelly

    I love these colors – so bright and rich! Beautiful card!

  5. So lovely! I love the sharp blue color of the bird against the background. It really stands out!

  6. Hi Michelle,
    Claudia here… (brayer workshop in Savannah, GA). I just wanted to let you know how much I’ve enjoyed both workshops! And also that I am playing with the brayer a little here and there. Your card today inspired me to make my version of it. Of course it’s not as perfect as yours 🙂 Here it is:
    And I also did something on my own the other day, which you can see here:

    This is really addicting!


  7. Lovely little Blue Bird. I just love how your art comes to life just by shading with various colors at the right places! You are such an inspiration. Thanks. Now go dig up some dirt! Have fun.

  8. Laura Kelly

    Michelle, This is so beautiful! What color did you use for the cardstock combination before you decided on the white; was it Pumpkin Pie? Thanks, Laura

  9. Thanks, Michelle! I love how you take a stamp set out of the catalog that I would NEVER have considered owning, and you make such a beautiful creation, that I think “I must own that set, too!” 🙂

  10. Gidget-Trish

    I love how the bird is behind the plants in the foreground. Great job. It’s always exciting to see your cards. Thanks for always sharing your talents.

  11. Love this, and the layout is really cool. Your tips are really easy to understand. My summer resolution is a card a day – this will definitely make my “make this” list!

  12. This is such a alluring azure blue creation. I am wanting to try this one since I have both stamp sets. I have the brayer but have not attempted to use it yet. You are truly an inspiration to us all. Happy STamping !!! Becky 😉

  13. You have done a fantastic job on this card. Love the bold look of the bird. Absolutely
    beautiful. I love what you can do with the brayer. Love it.

  14. another wonderful card, and another wonderful workshop for us!
    Thank´s so much!

  15. Your card is wonderful!! Wish you were coming closer to where I live as I would love to take one of your classes. My upline is going to one of your beginning classes in Rochester, N.Y. But that is far for me, about 4 1/2 hrs. away. I am right next to Cooperstown, NY where the baseball hall of fame is. About an hour and twenty minutes southwest of Albany, NY. TY so much for doing your tutorials not on video as I have dial-up and can not get videos. Darn it. Thanks again for the wonderful techniques u use and all the great cards you show us. God bless. ekc

  16. Conniecrafter

    Beautiful, love that color blue against your background colors!