Jacksonville, FL Beach Inspired – Tutorial #308


Good Afternoon,  I arrived home to Ohio from Jacksonville, Florida late last night.  I was excited to get into my craft room and create something that was inspired by Jacksonville Beach.  It amazes me that I can be strolling the beach in the morning and be home in cold Ohio in the evening to see snow on the ground.  Airplanes are the best thing! 

I won’t be home long though.  I have today and tomorrow to pack for the brayer workshops I will be teaching in ST. Louis on Friday and Saturday.  I have driven through ST. Louis before, but have not had the pleasure to stop.  I’m very excited!

But before I start packing I wanted to created this card.  This card was inspired by my stroll on the beach yesterday and a couple of photos that I took as a reminder.  I never realized how many feathers are on the beach, but it makes perfect sense with all the birds that are scurrying to and fro.


I took many photos and will edit them  and save them for future inspiration.  If you want to see more pics, here is a link:  https://zindorf.splitcoaststampers.com/travel-photos/

Before I get into the tutorial, I have a blog candy winner to announce!!!!!  The winner of this Stampin’ Up! set Wanted is . . . . . . . . . . . drum roll please. . . .  . .. . . . . . . . . . . . .


Peggy S from Ohio who wrote “YeeHaw! Count me in the drawing for this set I should have got, but didn’t. Hope you have a great class and some warmer weather! Thanks for the chance to win!

Peggy S, please e-mail your shipping address to [email protected] within 30 days to claim your stamp set!

Thanks everyone for playing along.  Hope it is you next time!

Now, without further ado, let’s start the tutorial. . . . . .


Stamps: Stampin’ Up! Nature’s Nest and Itty Bitty Backgrounds
Paper: Stampin’ Up Designer Paper Autumn Meadows, Card Stock Whisper White, Chocolate Chip and Creamy Caramel.
Ink: Stampin’ Up! Taken with Teal, Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel, Basic Black, Brilliant Blue, Tempting Turquoise
Accessories: Stampin’ Up! Markers Blush Blossom, Really Rust, Creamy Caramel, Chocolate Chip and Sahara Sand, Modern Label Punch, Piercing Tools, Tempting Turquoise Brads, Sponges, Brayer and White Gel Pen

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Brayered Tempting Turquoise at an angle on a 3.5″ square piece of Whisper White card stock.


At the same angle, brayered Brilliant Blue ink, not covering the Tempting Turquoise ink entirely.


Brayered Creamy Caramel ink on the opposite corner of the card stock.


Stamped the shell and feather stamps from the Stampin’ Up set Nature’s Nest with Basic Black ink.


Added Creamy Caramel and Tempting Turquoise marker to the feather and the shells.


Added Blush Blossom marker to the shells.


Added White Gel Pen to the feather as highlights, to the shell and also made dots with it to indicate sea foam where the Tempting Turquoise and Creamy Caramel meet.


Added a bit of Really Rust Marker tot he shells.


Blended the Really Rust marker in with a Creamy Caramel marker.  This softens the hard lines.


Added a shadow on the shells and feather with a Sahara Sand Marker.


Sponged the edges of the card stock with Chocolate Chip ink.


Added a bit more Sahara Sand marker to the right sides of the shell to add a bit of depth.


Punch a Modern Label out of Tempting Turquoise and Chocolate Chip card stock.


Cut the sides off of the Chocolate Chip punch and glued it to the Tempting Turquoise one.  It is not show in the photo, but I sponged Taken with Teal ink around the edge of the label.


Glued a piece of Designer paper to a 5.5″ piece of Creamy Caramel card stock.

Using my piercing tools, pierced holes in the bottom of the Creamy Caramel card stock.


Drew a line from pierce hole to hole with a Chocolate Chip marker to create some faux stitching.


Assembled the rest to the card front, adding the punched label and a very skinny piece of Chocolate Chip card stock.


Added to Tempting Turquoise brads.


Sponged Chocolate Chip ink around the edges of the card front.


Stamped the speckle stamp from the Itty Bitty Backgrounds set with Creamy Caramel and Chocolate Chip ink on the card front.


Sponge Taken with Teal ink on the top left corner of the card stock to extend the scene into the background panels.


Added White Gel pen dots on the background panels to extend the sea foam.


Here is the finished card measuring 5.5″ square.


I hope you enjoy this beaching scene even though it is the middle of winter.  🙂

Before I close today, here is a funny that was sent to me by a dear friend in New York.

I was in the restaurant yesterday when I suddenly realized I desperately
needed to pass gas. The music was really, really loud, so I timed my
gas with the beat of the music.After a couple of songs, I started to feel better. I finished my coffee,
and noticed that everybody was staring at me….

Then I suddenly remembered that I was listening to my iPod.
…and how was your day?

Until my next post. . . .  . .

Huge Hugs,


dsc09200-small.jpg  Get ready for Brayer Workshops!  I am coming to:

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Mechanicsville, Virginia

Raleigh, North Carolina (Sold Out)

Colleyville, Texas

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Boise area of Meridian, Idaho

Riverside, California (Southern California)

Salem, Oregon

Wheaton, Illinois

St. Cloud, Minnesota

Rockville, Maryland

North Chili, New York (near Rochester)

New Johnsonville, Tennessee

Kenova (Huntington), West Virginia

Helena, Montana

Middleburg Heights, Ohio

Venice, Florida

Grinnell, Iowa

Piedmont, Alabama (Near GA border close to Cedartown)

Auburn, Washington (near Seattle)

Elk Grove Village, Illinois

Savannah, Georgia

Atlanta, Georgia

North Liberty, Indiana

Saledad, California

Here is a link to my workshop calendar where you can see all of my travel schedule and to get info on beginner and advanced Brayer workshops:   https://zindorf.splitcoaststampers.com/workshop-calendar 

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Frequently asked questions answers:  https://zindorf.splitcoaststampers.com/frequently-asked-questions/ 

47 responses to “Jacksonville, FL Beach Inspired – Tutorial #308

  1. You have one busy schedule! Your card is stunning. I just love the color combo and layout of this card. You just bring paper and ink to life. Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. Hi Michelle, I just love this joke, as my family is quite ‘gassy’….. This card is so wonderful, I love your combinations of images and colours…. Be careful driving to St Louis, we will be waiting for you…!!

  3. Love the look and feel of Florida in this, Michelle. I can almost hear the surf with that line of white foam running across it. Beautiful. Enjoy St. Louis–I’ve never been there.

  4. *LOL* Great joke! I love the beach card and wish I was there!!!!! Your colours are awesome. Have fun on your next adventure. 😀

  5. WOW..This is awesome. I have this stamp set, so let me go and practice 🙂

  6. Going to Florida next week, I will try this before I leave!

  7. Hi Michelle,

    Love the beautiful simplicity of the card. Using the other picture, I hope you make the seagull card and show how you would make those waves.
    Have a safe trip.

  8. LOVE the card. I am really needing this set! And the funny at the end of the tutorial was a real *GAS* LOL. Have another safe journey. hugs…

  9. This is so beautiful, Michelle! It looks like a framable piece of art! Can’t wait to meet you on Friday! Be safe – see you in St. Louis! (Funny story though….my friend and I were numbers 1 and 2 to sign up – we were that eager! – I called yesterday ‘just in case’ to double check our info. Both of us had SATURDAY on our calendar! Sheesh, if I hadn’t called, we would have been a day late!) Hugs!

  10. Beautiful, I can’t get over how life like that feather is!

  11. I absolutely love your work! This is another stunning example! I just bought a brayer and can’t wait to try out some of your lovely tutorials, thanks so much for sharing!

  12. The card is great but the story was even better. Thanks for the laugh. : )

  13. I love the way you bring everything to life! Beautiful masterpiece!
    Now, as far as the joke, it reminds me about the old couple at church. Just remember, it’s important to check your hearing aids….. 🙂
    Enjoy your trip to your next destination!

  14. Awesome scene you created from your photo. Have a good time in St. Louis. I wish the class hadn’t filled up so fast I would have come for a second time. Enjoy and it’s cold but may be a bit warmer Saturday and Sunday…maybe!

  15. Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday in St. Louis. Think you’ll get some inspiration from the St. Louis Arch?

  16. Well maybe….but I can’t resist those beach scenes either. This is wonderful! Especially how you carried the scene off the main panel!

  17. Love the feel of the beach in this card! TFS

  18. loved the joke! almost peed my pants!
    i love all the samples you do, but i’m particularly fond of today’s card! guess i’m just longing for warmer weather….
    [email protected]

  19. Lynnor aka icensheba on SCS

    This is gorgeous and I really want to try my hand at this one! You made it all seem so much easier at the Jax brayer class and i feel like I can tackle some of the many cards of yours I have saved on my puter to try someday! Thanks again!! I so enjoyed the class and getting to meet you!

  20. wow!

  21. stunning. simply stunning

  22. Beautiful card! Thanks for sharing a little warm inspiration for these cold Feb. days in Ohio!

  23. Absolutely beautiful! I’m a Floridian, and hope you enjoyed your trip to our state. You should check out the Gulf Coast beaches in the Panhandle of FL sometime. We have sugar white sand. Thanks for sharing such a pretty card:)

  24. Ha Ha ha!!! You’re too funny!! I knew you wouldn’t take long to turn those photos into cards.. but this is much faster than I expected!!! Thanks for coming to Jax and being a guest in my home. Can’t wait do case this card.. it’s great.. just like it looked when we were on the beach!

  25. LOL! Thanks for a laugh! Love this card! It makes you want to go to a beach!

  26. What a beautiful card! You used bright, light colors that make spring seem like a reality. (We have quite a bit of snow in Michigan right now.) Loved your little story at the end.

  27. One of my most favorite ink colors is Tempting Turquise and I was most attracted by how you extended the scene onto the background or base panel. Absolutely gawgus!!! Thanks for squeezing out this master piece (no pun intended to go along with your joke) before you are off again. Now I am off to take a gander at your photos. I value how you share the different ways you get your inspiration; it is as if you have shown us how to open creative doors within ourselves! Be safe, hurry home, show pictures!!!

  28. What a wonderful card and the colors are so amazing…thanks for sharing. I have some of the stamps will try anyway. Have only been to St. Louis twice and loved each visit…know you will have a great time. Becareful driving to and fro. Can’t wait until the next card!! As always, thanks for sharing.

    Congrats Peggy S from Ohio……enjoy your “candy” LOL 🙂

  29. AMAZING work. I live in Jacksonville and would have loved
    to have come to your class. You really hit our beach on the right on. Maybe some day I will come to one of your classes.
    Thanks for sharing. I really love your work.

  30. welcome home. great share as always

  31. that is gorgeous! and so perfect for the beach! after living on Amelia Island for 4 years (north of Jax), we spent many hours walking the beaches. your coloring is so amazing! thank you for sharing! now to get the courage to try it myself! 🙂

  32. Michelle, love the card, anything to do with the ocean, beach I’m happy. Makes me want summer yesterday.lol Laugh at the joke, really cute. Keep those cards coming, I just enjoy them so very much. Have a good week-end.
    Southport-Pauline lol

  33. Oh, my gosh – your joke at the bottom is really too funny! I can’t wait to tell my hubby! The card is gorgeous – thanks for all the time you spend helping artistically challenged people like us!

  34. very nice 🙂 thx for another great card!

  35. great card. awesomely beachy

  36. This is one of my favorites, Michelle! It’s the color…the images…the way you’ve colored and highlighted the images…..just beautiful! I don’t identify with beach scenes because I live inland, but I’d certainly like to live on one…..a warm one! 😉

  37. This card is stunning! Wow Wow Wow!

  38. I just love how you bring your stamps to life. You have a wonderful artistic eye and have inspired me to dig out my brayer and play with it some more. The poor thing! Safe traveling!
    amanda serdel

  39. OMG the music joke brought tears to my eyes! Love your website!

  40. What a beautiful study of textures and colors!

  41. This card is so cool. I thought the feather was really real at first!

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  43. Jackie Wells


    I took your beginner brayer class on Friday, March 12……WOW!!! I was so impressed with the cards we did and wished I had done a better job….guess practice makes perfect. I tend to be a little creative and after taking your class I feel like creative is a good thing.

    Thanks for a great class.

    Jackie Wells

  44. Michelle – I ran into this card while browsing through the gallery in “nature” and of course it just popped right off the page, as yours always do! Thanks so much for the inspiration, and wonderful tutorial. Maybe I’ll get to be in on your next Phoenix tour;-)

  45. I LOVE this – am halfway through CASEing it but have to fetch my DS from school. Doh! Will credit you when I post it on my blog.

  46. Pat Mitchelson

    Hi Michelle,
    I just had a ball this weekend with you and the girls at both classes I took, your work is just unbelievable.
    thank you so much