Warm Day In the Field – Tutorial #307


I am getting a slow start today.  I started out drinking my coffee in front of the dining room window where I can see the birds at my bird feeders.  Next thing I know I have my camera in hand taking photos, for about 2 hours, of all my little feathered friends.  I knew I had been taking photos for some time since my arms are tired from holding up my camera with a telephoto lens, which is very heavy.  I need to edit the photos and hopefully there is something there worth sharing with you and to use as reference in my paintings.   Long story short, Since I got a late start today, I decided to use the new Stampin’ Up Extra Large Two Step Bird Punch (item #117191) and Stampin’ Up Inspired by Nature Stamp Set (item #111656) that I had used in a winter scene on my last tutorial, since they were still out on my desk.  dsc02875.JPG   Today’s tutorial is using all warm colors to get an entirely different look.  Don’t you just love supplies you can use in a bunch of different ways.  🙂 

Let’s get started. . . . . . . .


Stamps: Stampin’ Up! Inspired by Nature
Paper: Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Whisper White, Really Rust and Apricot Appeal
Ink: Stampin’ Up! Really Rust, Basic Black, Bravo Burgundy and Apricot Appeal
Accessories: Stampin’ Up Sponge, Brayer, Top Note Die, Big Shot Machine, Extra Large Two Step Bird Punch

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Using my Big Shot Die Cut Machine and the Top Note Die, cut a Top Note out of Whisper White card stock.


Brayered Apricot Appeal ink at the top of the panel.


Brayered Really Rust ink at the top of the panel, not covering the Apricot Appeal ink entirely.


Brayered Bravo Burgundy ink at the very top of the panel.


Stamped the Inspired by Nature Grass stamp using Basic Black ink.  I paid close attention to where the bent piece of grass would be in the scene.


Sponged Basic Black ink at the bottom of the card stock.


Punched the Extra Large Two Step Bird Punch twice out of Basic Black card stock.


Cut a 4.75″ x 6.25″ panel out of Apricot Appeal and Brayered Really Rust at the top of it.


Layered the main image panel with an Apricot Appeal Panel, and then a Really Rust Panel.  Cut 4, 1″ squares from Basic Black card stock and adhered them to the back side of the corners of the  Really Rust Panel so that about 1/8″ of the squares showed on the from side of the panel.


Assembled the card and adhered the birds on the front.  Here is the finished card measuring 5″ x 6.5″.


May you have some time to enjoy nature today.  Even if it is just from a window.  🙂

Until my next post. . . . . . .  . .

Huge Hugs,


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43 responses to “Warm Day In the Field – Tutorial #307

  1. Absolutely gorgeous! Man, I can feel my pocketbook getting lighter with these recent tutorials – have some must-have purchases coming! Thank you for the inspiration!

  2. Beautiful card, Michelle. I’m loving that bird punch set. Your colors are stunning.

  3. I found your site a while ago and I think this is my first post. I just wanted to thank you for all the hard work you put into this blog. I have learned so much from each time I have visited. You are a very gifted artist.

  4. Oh….my….another drop-dead gorgeous creation! I do not know where you pull these out of…this is just fabulous, Michelle! ~BetsyZ

  5. Another great card and I think I have everything to creat it! Love that new punch and so glad I got it!

  6. Another fantastic card! I really love this one. Thank you for all the great tutorials.

  7. I’m just loving how you show us how easy it is to make two completely different looking cards using the same set!!! You need to come to my house and take bird photos. We’ve got tons including turkeys! Some folks think they are ugly as sin but wait till you see them with the sun shining on them. I think the most beautiful one we have is a Painted Bunting. One of these days I’ll get lucky and get a photo to share with you!

  8. OMGosh, Michelle, this is just gorgeous! So different from the previous card! Love the top note panel and framing!

  9. Harriet Skelly

    Michelle this is gorgeous! I love these colors and I love that bird punch!!

  10. B-U-tiful!

  11. Wow! I love this one! I realy like everything you create. I’m going to give it a try! I don’t have the ink colors you used, but I will give it a try with crush curry and dusty durango for the sky. I should get my large two step bird punch next monday. Then I will be able to give it a try. Thank you for the tutorials!

  12. Oh, this is beautiful Michelle.

  13. Sandy Slinkard

    This is stunning and the colors are amazing….I LOVE IT!!!!

  14. SO pretty! Calm and serene – love it!

  15. Okay, I have another new fav. I love this one! (Of course I love birds and also spend a lot of time watching them at the feeders and taking pics!) Thank you for the tutorial!

  16. I LOVE this card. The colors are just wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

  17. Absolutely beautiful!!!

  18. Love this card! My bird punch should be on it’s way to my house by late this week. Can’t wait to give this one a try as I already have everything else. TFS

  19. OMG! That is superb all the way! LOVE IT!!

  20. Lovely. Can’t wait till Summer/Fall again. But I’m ready for Spring.

  21. Oh no! stop it stop it! I can’t keep up! life getting in the way.. lol

    Fantastic card as per-usual….

    Now to find out how to send the rest of the family away on holiday so I can do some card making catch ups…..

  22. WOW, love this. Would like to see the photos, too. I love photography as much as stamping. hugs…

  23. Wow. I love the colours on this. And you explain it so clearly, I’m almost deluded into thinking I could do it myself! 😛 Not likely, but I might have to try…

  24. Breathtaking Michelle! Thanks for reminding us to take a look around us for beauty and inspiration.

  25. Really lovely colours Michelle! I hope to see your photographs because I love watching ‘my’ garden birds too! Hugs, Lucy

  26. Awesome card! Congrats on your promotion, you deserve it!

  27. Genious! Can’t wait to learn all your brayering techniques this weekend here in Jacksonville, Florida!!

  28. Those last two cards are a great expression of the beauty of nature in different seasons! You do amazing work! I always look forward to my “feed” from your site, to see what you’ve come up with next!

  29. Michelle,

    This is the most beautiful card ever. I love the contrast in colors. Just gorgeous.

  30. Simply gorgeous!! tfs

  31. I love this card too, it’s just what we need just now with so many people still scraping ice from cars and/or shovelling snow, some lovely, rich, warm colours to enjoy.
    A reminder of our weather to come…… I hope.
    Thanks for all you do to keep our creative juices flowing Michelle
    I will have to get a hold of this punch, it’s so pretty.

  32. Beautiful card. Love the colours and the silhouette effect. Please enter me for the wanted set. I would love to win it!

  33. I can almost feel the heat from this card! And it is snowing here where I live in England, so it has really warmed me up. Another fantastic piece of work Michelle – I love that grasses stamp by the way.

  34. love this!
    Thanks Michelle!

  35. this is gorgeous and so much easier than I thought it would be

  36. Bravo, c’est vraiment très joli!! On ressent une belle atmosphère, dans ta carte!

  37. lies olieslagers

    wowwwwwwwwwwwwwww this one is so beautyful

    gr lies

  38. just stunning! swooning as usual 🙂

  39. Michelle,

    You are truly an inspiration to me!!! I tried my brayer for the first time today. It was a little sad. Wish I could come to a workshop. Coming to Alaska any time soon???

  40. Jackie Wells


    On Friday, March 12 I took your beginner brayer class….WOW!!! I was so impressed with the outcome of the cards and just wish I had done a better job. Hopefully with “much” practice I will get better. I tend to get very creative and taking your class shows me that being creative is a good thing.

    Thanks for such a fun class.

    Jackie Wells

  41. nancy littrell

    I am in love with the SU bird punch and…….YOUR gorgeous brayered card…….so much so that I just had to try my hand at CASE’ing you. I totally CASE’d your card (loved the results) and then tried my hand at making my own version….vertical and diff. color combo. Here is my version: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1653015

    Thanks a Million Michelle for being such a huge inspiration and sharing your awesome cards and tutorials 😉