A Little Birdy – Tutorial #301


Cheers Everyone, to the next 300 tutorials!  Thank you to all of you readers that left me such heartfelt comments on the post for tutorial #300.  I love, love, love stamping and the very best thing about it is being able to share it with so many wonderful people.

Here is a little blue number for you today that shows the depth you can get by layering colors of ink. 

I organized my sponges yesterday and I could not wait to use them, lol.

Let’s get started.


Stamps: Stampin’ Up Friends 24-7 and Baroque Motifs
Paper: Stampin’ Up! Whisper White, Basic Black, Brilliant Blue and Sahara Sand
Ink: Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Brilliant Blue, Going Gray, Bashful Blue, Night of Navy and Tempting Turquoise
Accessories: Stampin’ UP Spiral Punch, Trio Flower Punch, Sponges, Sahara Sand, Not Quite Navy, Bashful Blue and Basic Black marker, White Gel Pen, Bashful Blue Marker, Clear embossing powder, heat gun, Versamark Pad

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On a 4.5″ x 5″ piece of Whisper White card stock, pounced Bashful Blue ink with a sponge all over the card stock.


Stamped the bird image from the Stampin’ Up! set “Friends 24-7” by loading with Going Gray ink and then tapping my Basic Black ink pad on the bottom half of the stamp before stamping it.


I used my heat gun to dry the ink on the card stock and then used my Embossing buddy on the card stock also.  This was to make sure that the embossing powder in the next steps will not stick to the bird image or the blue ink that was sponged on.


Stamped the Flower stamp from the Stampin’ Up! set “Baroque Motifs” with Versamark only and then heat embossed the image using clear embossing powder and a heat gun.



Stamped the Flourish from the “Baroque Motifs” using Versamark only.  Heat embossed the flourish using clear embossing powder and a heat gun.



Pounced on Tempting Turquoise ink using a sponge.


Pounced on Brilliant Blue ink using a sponge.


Pounced on Night of Navy ink with a sponge.


Pounced on Basic Black ink using a sponge.


Wiped the ink off of the embossed images using cotton towel.


Stamped the Flourish from the “Friends 24-7” set using Basic Black ink on the bottom of the card stock a few times.


Stamped a couple of the little flowers from the set “Baroque Motifs” using Brilliant Blue ink.


Added Sahara Sand marker to the bird.


Added a little Bashful Blue marker to the bird.


Added a little Not Quite Navy to the birds wing and underside.  This left a few hard lines, so to tone things down, went over the bird image again with the Sahara Sand marker.


Added Basic Black marker to the wing,head and tail.  Also added some sketchy lines of White Gel Pen to the birds head, chest and a tiny bit to the back.


Punched a small Tempting Turquoise flower for the center of my embossed flower.  Added a Night of Navy brad to the center.


Traced the underside of the flourish with a Not Quite Navy marker to add a shadow to it.  Wiped the marker off of the embossed image, where went over it. 


Using the Spiral punch, punched the edge of a 5″ x 1.5″ piece of Brilliant Blue.


Stamped the flourish image with Basic Black ink three times across the top of the card stock.  Stamped a few of the same image really lightly further down the card stock.


Assembled the card using a 5″ x 6.5″ piece of Sahara Sand as the base of my card front.  Added a Bashful Blue ribbon to the front. 


Here is the finished card measuring 5″ x 6.5″.


I hope you try layering and building up ink to get some depth in your projects.

May your day be one filled with peace and serentity.

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



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27 responses to “A Little Birdy – Tutorial #301

  1. my goodness!! this is the most beautiful card ever!! and the way all the papers, inks, markers co-ordinate!! you know, we don’t have Stampin Up in South Africa at all. i think the products are wonderful, and i also think your blog is FANTASTIC!!! i sit and wait the whole day for your new posts!! you make an African girl very happy!! thanks alot!

  2. Ohhhh you are as talented with a little bit o’sponge as you are with a brayer! Love the depth of color and the sweet little chickadee. Have a wonderful weekend. Hugs…

  3. Great !!!!

  4. You are certainly talented with the sponges, brayer, stamps, markers….yada..yada. I guess it gets old hearing how good you are. Love the card. My favorite is the top. TFS

  5. What an unusual way to use the spiral punch. Looks great on your card! You really reached for the blue tones and hit a home run!

  6. This is stunning..

  7. I love reading your blog and can’t wait for the next 300, i will see you in Monroe, Louisiana on Feb. 6th. I can’t wait.


  8. I never would have looked at the bird stamp if I hadn’t seen it used on your beautiful blue card.

    Have you noticed the responses to your blog candy is 299. One more message and it is the same as the number of your tutorials.

  9. Sandy Slinkard

    If the comming 300 are as great as the last 300 we are in for a real treat and all of us, collectively…THANK YOU!! What you do in making your cards is truly mind bogling…where do you come up with such wonderful ideas??? Like so many others, this card is spectactular!! Thank you for your tutorial.

  10. cheers to the next 300 tutorials thanks for all the beautiful work

  11. Michelle this is gorgeous and am going to give this a try tomorrow I have all the supplies for this one. Thanks again for a wonderful tutorial.

  12. Great job, Michelle. This card is really gorgeous. I am sort of a bird lover, and this card just made my day. Keep up the good work and thanks for sharing.

  13. And to you Michelle. You continue to keep me excited about stamping (and I’ve been doing it a looooong time). I never tire looking at your work. Thank you for giving so much of your time and yourself to us.

  14. Your cards always look so intricate and your tutorials make it looks so easy. You are a genius with inks. This is a beautiful card.

  15. Congratulations Michelle, on creating over 300 masterpieces! And yes, please do continue! You are so kind and generous to share your work with us, and I have learned more from you than I thought possible. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

  16. There is so much to learn from this tute. What a fab start to your next 300!

  17. I absolutely love all your work. I check out your site almost daily for updates and inspiration. I have duplicated a few of your cards but mine have not turned out quite as wonderful as yours. I definitely need more practice with the brayer. I LOVE what you did on the bird for this card and am definitely going to try this one. Thanks for making amazing cards and sharing it with the world.

  18. you continue to amaze. I can see a stormy night or simply night-time with the moon shining on this little bird that can’t sleep ’cause he’s so happy! 🙂

    thank you!

  19. Michelle, this card is absolutely beautiful. I love the shading, it adds so much depth. Thanks for the last 300 and look forward to the next 300.

  20. Oh, this is beautiful! Love the blues, love that little bird, thanks so much 🙂

  21. How can so many easy, and small steps make up such a beautiful piece???? Just love how you build your scenes. The tutorials are easy to follow and still leaves room to allow us to use stamps we have, colors we have and embellishments available. WOW is all that comes to mind. SU Barock is one of my favorite sets. Thanks for taking the time to teach your style and sorry I didn’t make a comment until so late.

  22. This is fabulous!

  23. I haven’t checked your blog in a long long while…..I need to check every day because I’ve missed some great inspiration. We are all so lucky you spend the time photographing and documenting your process. THANK YOU THANK YOU…

  24. I don’t just read your blog, I do your tuts. Here’s my version .

  25. I am loving your tutorials. Very inspiring and informative…..
    I have done 3 so far go check out my results at my blog

    Thank you so much you are awesome!

  26. Michelle,

    I LOVE your tutorials. I am going to try this one. I also am very excited to see you in Venice, FL in August.


  27. I love this card! I also like the way you organized your sponges, great idea.