Layered Illusion Floral – Tutorial #230


This card looks like it has many layers, but it only has (2) two, the main image panel and the Blush Blossom Card.   Stay a moment with me and I will show you how this was all done.

Let’s get right to it.  🙂


Stamps: Stampin’ Up Bloomin’ Beautiful & Baroque Motifs
Paper: Stampin’ Up Whisper White & Blush Blossom
Ink: Stampin’ Up Sahara Sand, Old Olive, Cameo Coral, Chocolate Chip & Soft Suede
Accessories: Stampin’ Up Markers, Sharpie Metallic Gold Paint Marker, White Gel Pen, Clear embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Versmark Pad & Marker, Post it notes & sponges

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Started with a 4.75″ square piece of Whisper White card stock and masked the bottom 1″ of it with a post it note.



Stamped the flower twice at first loading my stamp with Versamark, Cameo Coral and tapped a bit of Old Olive on the stem area before stamping the image.


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


Added a bit of Blush Blossom marker to the flower heads.


Colored in the stems and leaves with a Sahara Sand marker.


Colored over the flowers and stems with a Versamark marker and then heat embossed the images with clear embossing powder.  If after heating your embossing looks pitted, go over it again with Versamark and clear embossing powder and heat again.  This second layer of embossing really protects the images from the ink we will be putting over them.



Yikes, I grabbed my inked up Versamark pad here instead of my clean one, which was my intention.  Oh well, gotta stick with it now that I stamped one of the flourishes with it.

Stamped flourished around the entire outside of the card stock with Versamark only.


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


Sponged Sahara Sand ink all over the card stock.


Masked the center of the cardstock with a post it note.


Sponged Soft Suede ink around all over the unmasked portion of the card stock.

Can I say love this new In Color!  I will be getting some mileage out of this pad in the future.


Sponged Chocolate Chip ink around the outside edge of the card stock, not covering the Soft Suede ink entirely.


Unmasked the panel.


Sponged Soft Suede lightly over the edges of the previous masked area to soften them some.


I had a speck of something blue on my card stock so I decided to add the white gel pen dots to hide it.  🙂


Extended the stems down to the masked line with an Old Olive marker.


Added a Shadow on the bottom and left side of the previous mask area to create a shadow using a ruler and a Soft Suede marker.  That’s right, for the first time Stampin’ Up has put out markers to match their in colors this year, YEAHHHHHH!


This is a very easy step that adds so much.  🙂


Oops!  I see that I missed a photo.  I used a Metallic Gold Sharpie Paint marker on the edge of the card stock to make it look like a gold card stock layer.

Adhered the main image panel to the Blush Blossom card.  Also added some gold cord.  Here it is assembled measuring 5.25″ square.


I hope this tutorial has inspired you to create layers with your images and shadows.  Two layer cards are a lot lighter to mail.  🙂  And look at all the card stock you could be saving.

May your day be layered with happiness.

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

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34 responses to “Layered Illusion Floral – Tutorial #230

  1. Good Morning Michelle. I love this look and am heading toward my stamps to make this awesome card!!! I love when I have all the materials to make your cards. Happy 4th of July!

  2. Stunning!

    I will definitely be trying this technique out.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Brenda Cook

  3. This is beautiful, I am going to have to try it.

  4. Sandy Knecht

    Fabulous, Michelle! This really does look like a card of many layers.

  5. I am so impressed by what you do with stamps! You are a true artist! And not only do you manage to come up with new and beautiful ideas every day, but you photograph and post them with a tutorial! You’re amazing! Thanks for sharing your talent!

  6. Betty McCommon

    I love your cards, they have tons of layers and oodles of DP. True stamping. Keep it up.

  7. wow – thanks for the step by step – love it!

  8. Thanks for showing us this technique. What a great look!

  9. Oh GREAT, thanks alot Michelle. Now, because of you, I’m supposed to be cleaning and cooking getting ready for all the family coming in for the 4th but instead……I’m casing this card!!!!! Geeesh!!!! I LOVE THIS ONE!!! I’ve been staring at it for a while so I guess I better get into the studio and try to make one like this. The cleaning can wait….for a while anyway. Happy 4th to you and yours and as always, thank you for this tutorial!

  10. Truly amazing! It’s beautiful. I’m going to try it right now.

  11. Oh, this is stunning. You are amazing with all your creations.

  12. Such a beautiful card, Michelle! Romantic and glamorous. I love how you wing it with your boo-boos, and work with them (like using an inked Versamark instead of a clean one). I can’t tell you how many card beginnings I’ve abandoned and started over because of a mistake. You’ve given me incentive and great examples to try to work through mistakes. Thanks for all your lovely tutorials.

  13. STUNNING card, great tutorial as always. Have a wonderful 4th of July weekend. Hugs…

  14. Michelle Hoger

    I absolutely love this one. It is so soft and quiet and elegant. The tutorial really takes the mystery out of it, but the challenge remains. Thanks for the lesson. Happy 4th!

  15. Wow this is really gorgeous. I love how you’ve made this look like it has so many layers. Thanks for another wonderful tutorial.

  16. wow..This is gorgeous, I do not know how you come up with so many fabulous ideas, but I sure hope the well never runs dry :).

  17. very beautiful as always. I really like this one. Thank you for sharing.

  18. Dana Booth

    Wow. Stunning. Your “mistake” I think turned out to be very good, framing the flowers yet making them stand out even more than if you had used clear versamark on the flourishes.

    Your work is an inspiration.

    Thank you!


  19. Jean Fitch

    Gotta run to the studio and try this one immediately. I love it when I have all the materials already on hand.

    Truly stunning card Michelle though with these two stamp sets it’s hard to go wrong.

    Thanks for creating and sharing all the inspiration – Jean

  20. Donna Lee Williams


    I can’t wait to take the class in Yardley!!!

  21. Thank you so much for teaching me another great technique. This card looks worthy of a frame. Very wonderful.

  22. I studied the picture for a while to try to figure out how you got the flourishes to stamp over that center piece without leaving ‘bumped’ edges even after I read that it was only two layers. What a beautiful faux-layered card. There is so much depth to it! TFS

  23. What a gorgeous card. Love this technique/style and the colours are fabulous. May have to give this a try. Really Love it!!!

  24. Evelyn----Ks.stamper

    I love this it is so pretty and looks like lots of work and layering, but you don’t have all the bulk———my kind of card. TFS

  25. Susan McRae

    Really pretty card! I definitely am going to try this technique!

  26. Michelle, I just love all the cards you have been creating with this set. It has become one of my favorites. Todays card is just amazing how you did this and i will have to give it a try.

  27. Thanks for sharing this great tutorial — I love how you did this!

  28. Michelle – this card is absolutely gorgeous, AND I finally had a chance to attempt your process, with great success – it looks fabulous(if I do say so myself!!). I hope to get more chances to try your brayering (time being the important ingredient) Thank you so much for your inspiration, and for sharing your techniques, Jo

  29. Michelle – this card is STUNNING! I’m gonna take all those fabulous techniques you taught us this weekend and try to recreate this one. THANKS for sharing your TALENT with us all!

  30. Your card is absolutely fabulous! I’m so glad I came across your blog. Really beautiful work! TFS

  31. This is such a stunning card. I have followed a link for Kylie’s Craft Corner. So glad I did as I see so many more things I would like to try. Thanks for sharing the tut.

  32. This is just gorgeous… thanks for tutoring us, lol!!!

    Julie – Kewlstamps-n-more

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  34. Wow. I was linked to your site by someone who made a card using your tutorial. Awesome! Love the framing look. Fantastic sponging. Love everything about this!