Top Note Floral Sunrise – Tutorial #232


I woke up this morning with this card rattling around in my head so I started stamping at 5:00 a.m. so I can move on with my day and not forget this idea.  But before we get into the tutorial I have a couple of announcements to make.

You Northern Ohio Readers have requested it so here it is, for one day only I will be teaching my brayer workshops in Fairlawn, Ohio near Akron October 10, 2009.  

I will also be returning to the Rochester, New York area in North Chili on June 26-27, 2010.  🙂  For those of you who recently attended my New York workshops and requested I come back and teach two more advanced workshops, you got it.  On June 27th I will be teaching two advanced workshops that will have different projects and kits in each workshop.  Be sure to register early to get a spot.  🙂  If you have never taken one of my workshops, I will be teaching my Beginner workshop there on June 26th.

Now back to the regularly schedule tutorial program, lol. 


Stamps: Stampin’ Up Asian Artistry (hostess set)
Paper: Stampin’ Up Whisper White, Bashful Blue and Chocolate Chip
Ink: Stampin’ Up Summer Sun, Chocolate Chip, Dusty Durango, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: Stampin’ Up Piercing Tool and Mat set, Top Note Die, Big Shot, White Gel Pen, Sponges, Silver Brads, Souffle Sakura Light Blue Pen

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Used my Big Shot and Top Note Die to cut this Top Note out of Whisper White card stock.


I then cut 1.25″ of it off at one end.


Trimmed the outer edge off of both pieces with scissors.


Sponged on Summer Sun ink.


Sponged on Pumpkin Pie ink.


Masked the top of the card stock with a Post it Note.


Sponged Pumpkin Pie ink on the unmasked area.


Sponged Dusty Durango ink (another great new In Color by Stampin’ Up) on the bottom of the card stock, not covering the Pumpkin Pie ink entirely.


Took the Post it note off and turned it around so it is masking the bottom of the card stock and sponged a bit of Chocolate Chip ink at the Post it note edge.


Removed the Post it note and Sponged Dusy Durango on the small piece of card stock and the very top of the larger one.


Sponged Chocolate Chip ink at the bottom of the large piece and top of the small piece of card stock.


Stamped the Asian Artistry flower twice with Chocolate Chip ink.


I have a bunch of these Sakura Souffle pens and this is the first time I have used one in a tutorial, but I bet you will see this again in the future.  These pens can be used on dark colored card stock and stand out great!  They don’t sink into the card stock put stay raised. 

Use the light blue Souffle Sakura pen on the flower portion of the image.  It is hard to see it until it dries completely.


Added White gel pen highlights to the foliage.


Cut another Top Note out of Bashful Blue card stock.


Glued the main image panel pieces to the Bashful Blue Top Note and then cut it apart.



Assembled part of the card front and added piercings down the right and left side using the Stampin’ Up Piercing tools and mat kit.



Added White Gel Pen from one piercing whole to the next to create faux stitching.


Added Silver brads and assembled the card the rest of the way.  Here it is finished measuring 5.25″ square.


I hope this tutorial has inspired you to create a scene today.

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

Huge Hugs,


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19 responses to “Top Note Floral Sunrise – Tutorial #232

  1. As I sit here listening to it rain-finally-I marvel at your ever surprising choice of colors! What you do with these combos is unbelievable! Stunning piece, as usual. Thanks for the morning wake up!

  2. Good Morning Michelle. I love it. I actually thought you had stitched this card and was thinking “I’m am not pulling out the sewing machine no matter what”! Thanks for another awesome card that was floating around in your head!!! Have a great day.

  3. Fantastic card Michelle. I like your colour choice too and your use of the top note. Thanks for sharing the tutorial with us!

  4. another pretty card love your work

  5. Love it!

  6. Another beauty!!!!! you just blow me away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  8. I just love the shape of the top note. So fun! Your card is simply amazing.

  9. I really like this one. It is so pretty and I think I’ll give it a try.

  10. Absolutely gorgeous! Of course, I think that of all your cards. Clever to cut the top not and use both pieces, I would never have thought of that. Guess that’s why I am always checking out your blog…..for those fabulous ideas!!

  11. What a beautiful card. I have some souffle pens and have never used them. Thanks for inspiring me to get them out.

  12. Margaret Thompson

    Michelle, this afternoon when I entered the contest for the Stampin’ Up! “Asian Artistry” set I also commented on your work. I suspected you used the “Top Note” die and cut 1/4 off of one end and used it in a very unique fashion – on the front of your card. But Michelle, I just couldn’t confirm it so I didn’t mention it in the “Leave a Reply” so I couldn’t give Stampin’ Up! credit for a great and fantastically usable die and Michelle for a fantastic idea to cut it in two parts and cut off the edge to create a smaller one with just one die – better than having to buy many dies the same, isn’t it. Now would you believe I just saw that all important sentence….. “Click here for the card tutorial”!!! So here’s credit to Michelle and Stampin’ Up!….
    Bless you for your kindness and your sharing of all your beautiful “art” work with all of us strangers out here in this huge internet world that we all live in.
    Happy Stamping!

  13. It makes me so happy to see the many ways you have come up to use this die cut! I was only using it the way it came, but you have certainly inspired me to try new ways. This made for a beautiful card. Thanks!

  14. Hi Michelle – Beautiful card! Please enter my name in the drawing – a great set. Would be a great addition to my collection!

  15. Gidget-Trish

    Beautiful card Michelle! I love the split top note die and stitching too. Great job.

  16. Diane Hamilton

    Hi Michelle, I love this set and have been wanting it for quite some time–please enter me in the blog candy. I hope your husband is doing better. Safe travels, Diane

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  18. Absolutely gorgeous! Of course, I think that of all your cards. Clever to cut the top not and use both pieces, I would never have thought of that. Guess that’s why I am always checking out your blog…..for those fabulous ideas!!