Good Neighbors Owl – Tutorial #314


Stampin’ Up’s sale-a-bration period will be ending March 31, 2010 so I wanted to highlight one of the free sets you can get with a $50 order.  The house in this scene is from the Stampin’ Up, Sale-a-bration set “Good Neighbors”.    This is a set that I am keeping my fingers crossed, hoping to see it in a future Stampin’ Up Catalog.  Hello, anyone out there hearing me, lol.

Anyway, I decided to team it up with the owl and tree stamp from the Stampin’ Up set “House of Haunts”.  I’m getting some mileage of out this stamp.  🙂

This tutorial also highlights how to make a window frame for your scene.  Hope you enjoy it.

Let’s get started.. … . . . . .


Stamps: Stampin’ Up! Good Neighbors and House of Haunts
Paper: Stampin’ Up! Whisper White Sahara Sand and Basic Black
Ink: Stampin’ Up! Tempting Turquoise, Basic Black, Sahara Sand, Always Artichoke, Old Olive, Elegant Eggplant, Basic Gray and Orchid Opulence
Accessories: Stampin’ Up sponges, Brayer, Stamp-a-ma-jig, White Gel Pen, Ruler, Sahara Sand, Summer Sun and Basic Black markers, post it note

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Brayered Tempting Turquoise ink at the bottom of a 3.5″ square piece of Whisper White card stock.


Brayered Orchid Opulence at the top of the card stock.


Brayered Elegant Eggplant at the top of the card stock, not covering up the Orchid Opulence ink entirely.


Stamped the house using Basic Gray ink.


Using a Stamp-a-ma-jig for placement, stamped the roof using Elegant Eggplant ink.



Sponged Old Olive ink at the bottom of the card stock.


Ripped a post it note and sponged Always Artichoke ink at the post it note edge to create hills.






Colored over the roof, chimneys and windows of the house with a Sahara Sand marker.


Added Basic Black marker to the bottom of the house for bushes and colored the house in with a White Gel pen.


Stamped the Tree/Owl stamp using Basic Black ink.


Added white gel pen highlights to the owl and tree.  Also added a few white gel pen dots in the area below the tree.


Added Summer Sun marker to the windows and the owl’s eyes.


Added two Sahara Sand panels, one Whisper White panel and One Basic Black panel.

Added Sahara Sand Marker to the Sahara Sand panels, using the brush end.  Also added Basic Black marker to the Sahara Sand panels, not covering the Sahara sand marker completely.  This gives you an illusion of a shadow.


Close up.


Grunged up the Window frame by sponging Sahara Sand ink at the top and right sides of the Whisper White Panel.


Sponged Basic Black ink at the top and right sides of the Whisper White panel, not covering the Sahara Sand ink entirely.


Using a ruler, drew lines from the main image panel corners to the corners of the Whisper White panel. 


Here is the finished project measuring 5.5″ square.


May your day be filled with peace and love.

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



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21 responses to “Good Neighbors Owl – Tutorial #314

  1. you are amazing!
    Great card!

  2. Thanks… 🙂

  3. TOO gorgeous for words! Seriously, this is awesome, Michelle! And 3 posts in one day! Love the new office, I’ve been stalking the site waiting for pictures…thanks! Have a fun week with your granddaughter, it must be amazing. I never had a grandparent, and my son hasn’t either, so I am a wee bit envious, I think, lol! She’s adorable… ~Betsy Z.

  4. Beautiful! Love this scene you created. Love your office/studio too!

  5. How awesome, you took a plan stamp like this house and made something fabulous.

  6. Love it Michelle! Great colors and love the sets you used. I haven’t used my Good Neighbors yet, but looks like I will be doing that today!

  7. What a great card! I love the stamps you’ve used. You have such a knack of putting them together. And a wonderful tutorial, as usual.

  8. Very nice!!! Never thought of using the two together!!! Actually, I did not like the Good
    Neighbors set as much as I thought I would…until NOW!! Well done!

  9. Jeannette D.

    Michelle- I came across your site not too long ago and all I can say is WOW. I am in Jacksonville Fl and missed that you were here. You are an amazing talented artist. I have done two of you tutorials. I have had my brayer for almost a year now and have never used it until now. Thanks so much for such wonderful inspiration.

  10. nancy littrell

    OMG Michelle, your shading and color choices are just so artistic. I always love the magic you bring out with your white gel pen and all your sponging. TFS your beautiful card and fantastic tutorial. Have a great day!!!!

  11. Great colors!! Love it!

  12. Sandy in Tennessee

    I love the mixing of the stamps and the colors are wonderful. Thanks for sharing your family with us…she is such a doll and Russ looks like he is a lot of fun. I really don’t want to mention your “beautiful stamping room” because I am so pea-eyed green jealous (LOL :)) I know you are going to enjoy it…as you should!! By the way, do you happen to remember the “promise” I made about sharing…….

  13. Sandy Knecht

    Wonderful scene. I love your colors, they really pop!

  14. You are an artist in ink! Love this card.

  15. Awsomely Cute!!!!!!

  16. Great card, Michelle, just love the colors…think I’ll be using my neighbor stamp set this weekend! TFS

  17. fantastic card!
    This is just art… just art – love it!

  18. Your sticky note hills and white gel pen add so much. Amazing. I hope I can learn to be as creative as you are with such basic stamps 🙂 thx!

  19. Michelle, this is beautiful. I thought the frame was real:), until I read the tutorial. I should have known better. I really wanted to attend your class in Raleigh, but it was sold out months in advance. Maybe you will make another trip through NC again sometime.
    I do have one question on your brayering technique. Do you brayer side to side, or up and down. It looks like up and down, but your brayer is placed in your pic like you went from the side.
    Thanks so much for sharing

  20. Ok, so I have to say……..Waaaawaaawaaa. I want you to come to Vermont!! I would love to take a class. I would totally house you here and take very good care of you. I am an amazing cook, and hostess:) I could eaisly get a class of at least 20 ladies. Could you think about it on your next tour? I am a Stampin’Up demonstrator as well….. think about it:)
    You are a VERY talented lady.