Summer Mini Sneak Peak “Elements of Style” – Tutorial #315


I received this Stampin’ Up! set “Elements in Style” when I went to the Stampin’ Up! Leadership Conference in Phoenix back in January.  This set will be in the upcoming Stampin’ Up! Summer Mini Catalog that will be out May 1, 2010.  It has taken a lot of will power to hold back this long to use it, lol.  I don’t like to tease you too far in advance.  You will definitely want to put this set on your wish list for summer.   I know, now I am enabling you for the future.  🙂

Let’s get started. . . . . .. .  . .


Stamps: Stampin’ Up! Elements of Style
Paper: Stampin’ Up! Whisper White, Bashful Blue and Old Olive
Ink: Stampin’ Up! Not Quite Navy, Night of Navy, Bashful Blue, Basic Black and Old Olive 
Accessories: Stampin’ Up Brayer, White Gel Pen, Markers – Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Certainly Celery, Blush Blossom and Basic Black, sponges, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Big Shot, Circle Die 

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Started out by using my Big Shot Machine and the Circle Die to cut a circle out of a piece of Whisper White card stock.  This die cuts a 3.75″ circle.


Brayered Bashful Blue ink  on 3/4 of the circle.


Brayered Night of Navy ink on the circle, not covering the Bashful Blue ink entirely.


Loaded the Hummingbird stamp with Old Olive and then patted my Not Quite Navy ink pad on the head and tail of the stamp before stamping it.



Using my Stamp-a-ma-jig for placement, stamped the flower stamp using Basic Black ink.


Colored the darkest parts of the flowers with a Blush Blossom marker.


Colored the leaves and stems with a Certainly Celery Marker.


Added Always Artichoke marker to the darkest parts of the leaves.


Colored the light parts of the flowers in with a White Gel Pen.   Also, added some White Gel pen to the birds throat.


Added more Blush Blossom marker. 

Note:  The Marker sticks to the White Gel pen that was put on in the last step.


Adhered the main image panel to a 5″ Old Olive panel.  Stamped the flourish stamp using Old Olive ink.


When stamping over two layers of card stock be sure to have a matching marker to fill in the gaps that will happen next to the highest layer.

Filled in the gaps using an Old Olive marker.


Sponged Old Olive ink around the edges of the Old Olive panel.


Added Not Quite Navy ink with a sponge on the edges of the Old Olive panel, not covering all the Old Olive ink entirely.


Added a 5 1/8″ Bashful Blue Panel and a 5.5″ Old Olive panel.

Added a shadow to the birds underside and wing using an Old Olive Marker.


Added More Shadow to the Bird’s underside with a Basic Black marker and highlighted the top of the bird and a few of the leaves with a White Gel Pen.

Added a shadow to a few of the flourishes to bring them forward in the scene using a Basic Black marker.

Colored in the birds eye with a Basic Black marker.


Here is the finished card measuring 5.5″ square.


May your day be filled with surprise and wonder.

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



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62 responses to “Summer Mini Sneak Peak “Elements of Style” – Tutorial #315

  1. Gidget-Trish

    This is gorgeous! I love how you shaded the hummingbird.

  2. This is BEAUTIFUL! Oh, I am signed up for your class in Grinnell, IA and I can’t wait to attend. Thanks for sharing all of your gorgeous work.

  3. OMG Michelle – This is so beautiful! LOVE what you’ve done with this gotta have stamp set. Can’t wait to try this tutorial.

  4. STUNNING, It is amazing what you can do with a set of 4 images! Have a wonderful Wednesday. Hugs…

  5. WOW WOW WOW! It is BEAUTIFUL!!!I would LOVE to CASE this card if that is ok with you! stunning,

  6. WOW!! You just amaze me. I just love this. You do not make cards, girl you create art..

  7. Had to post a second!!:), I have seen the mini and did not like anything in it, so I thought. I just have to have this now 🙂

  8. Love, love, love this card. Can’t wait to get my set in.

    Thanks so much for sharing this with us.

  9. So jealous! I can’t wait to get this set. Have a countdown to 4/1 when we can pre-order. This is gorgeous! I love the colors and your brayering and coloring is fantastic. Hope you are well. Diane (from the BEST class you ever had- New Johnsonville, TN 7/09)

  10. This is so STUNNING!!!!! I will have to try this when I get a brayer. Waiting until May to make my next order. Thanks for being such an inspiration to everyone!

  11. Stunning! Absolutely stunning. You have truly been gifted as an artist and I’m so glad you share your gift with so many people. Thanks for blessing my day! 🙂

  12. truly gorgeous!

  13. your card is gorgeous – fantastic colouring and shading and the flowers just pop right out at you, brilliant!

  14. Sue VanDeVusse

    This is one of your most gorgeous creations yet! I love it.

  15. OMGosh, this is STUNNING! I cannot wait until April 1 when I can pre-order this set as a demonstrator. I am so looking forward to sharing this with my customers. CASEing this card will make them feel like a true ARTIST! Thank you so much for sharing your skills with us all.

    Lisa (Also from the BEST class you ever had – Johnsonville, TN Jul 2009).

  16. Conniecrafter

    Love the stamps, gorgeous colors, beautiful card!

  17. OMG! Very nice!!!!

  18. This creation is amazingly gorgeous. One of my favorites, if I had to pick. I love the way you bring the hummingbird to ‘life’! I always enjoy your bird, butterfly, and tree tutorials. You make them look picture perfect.

  19. This is the most gorgeous card- has become my favorite. And that’s going some!!!

  20. OMG Michelle this is stunning! I think thus far this is my fav. of what I’ve seen you create! Course the fact that there is a lot of green doesn’t hurt. But really, it’s gorgeous!

  21. Magnificent! Thanks for the tutorial.

  22. Wow! Beautiful! I love your creations!

  23. This is one of the most beautiful cards I’ve ever seen! Thanks so much for sharing your talents with us!!!
    Have a wonderful day!

  24. Charlene (Charlou52)

    This card is just beautiful!!!

  25. G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S!!

  26. You never cease to amaze me!! This is gorgeous!

  27. What a fabulous new set, and a totally inspiring example of how to use it!

  28. WOW! Another great one Michelle! This set is going on my wish list!

  29. Oh. My. Gosh. Anothr breathtaking piece of art! Thank you so much for your detailed tutorials. I can dream of following in your footsteps… 😀

  30. Oh my, I think this is one of the prettiest cards I’ve ever seen!! Just over-the-top beautiful! TFS.

  31. The last Dana took what I was going to say, “Stunning!” lol 🙂 It is stunning, beautiful, jaw-dropping wow. This stamp set is indeed gorgeous, but it’s what you do with them that makes them really stand out. The marker shadows and that white gel pen of yours, again 🙂 thank you!

  32. Holy Smokes Batman – that’s just drop dead gorgeous…..
    Can I be like you when I grow up…?! Thanks for teaching me so much!


  33. Christine Behrenwald

    Hi Michelle. . . This is beautiful! I especially like how much detail you put into making the humming bird look so real. Thanks for showing us all of your tricks. Smiles!!!

  34. What a wonderful card. the background looks like old fashioned flocked wallpaper.

  35. Very Pretty!!

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  37. Absolutely stunning! Love this one! 🙂

  38. Sandy in Tennessee

    I love it when the hummingbirds come…they are such a joy. This card is wonderful (as usual). thanks for sharing your talent

  39. wow this is gorgeous!!!! Hope we get this set downunder!!

  40. Michelle, this is GORGEOUS! Can’t wait for this set to come out.

  41. This set was at the top of my list as soon as I saw it, and this is the first thing I will be attemping to CASE with it. You have got to be the most artistic stamper ever!

  42. This is absolutely gorgeous. I love little hummingbirds and you have given him life with your colouring.

  43. absolutely gorgeous
    this is truly a work of art!

  44. thank you for sharing another wonderful image finished; this set is so devine & a must have; your work is an up-lift on a rainy day

  45. this is just beautiful – cant wait for this set now

  46. I definitely want to order this when it comes out. Wow! Beautiful!

  47. omg… Michelle… gasp…. wow… this is absolutely gorgeous…. amazing work of art… I will definetely be purchasing this beautiful stamp set… thank you so much for the tutorial….
    hugs… Patricia Rose

  48. This is a work of art!!! Thanks for sharing your step by step process!!! It’s inspirational!

  49. This is beautiful. I belongs in a frame. Thanks for the tutorial.

  50. STUNNING, Michelle! I am always amazed at how you make capturing light looks so easy. It is a gift and you definitely have it! Beautifully done!

  51. This card is more than beautiful and normally I dont leave messages but I wanted you to know how appreciative I am that you made some awesome instructions to go with. I couldnt dream of doing this card on my own and with your help I think I might can do it. (about to find out) So thank you for helping us not so talented to create beautiful cards like this.



  53. Michelle,
    you do such amazing work!

  54. BEAUTIFUL! Great tutorial, I really feel like I could create this, now. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  55. You are such an inspiration! I created a stairstep card from your tutorial at I need to practice my brayering. I hope you come to Oklahoma sometime to teach a workshop. Happy Stamping!

  56. Delila George


    Loved your two classes in Salem, Oregon!! Leaarned alot. Thank You for traveling so far for us. You are the best!

    I just Love Hummingbirds!

    Thanks again

  57. you’ve gone and done it once again … that is amazing … i have this set .. and to do that with it is what i want to do .. im the one who didnt get that last ticket for your class in indy .. hope i get in on either the greenwood or nashville one when you come to indy this time … your greatest fan anne marie .. ..

  58. Beautiful card. Found this card a couple of days ago and loved it. Had computer issues and had not saved the site. Well worth the time invested to find it again. I can’t wait to try this now that I have the instructions. Thank you so much for sharing your technique.

  59. I stumbled onto your blog a minute ago, I’m amazed by your SU! work, wow I didn’t kno wyou could do that with our inks and markers. I’m definately glad I purchased a brayer…Thanx for all the excellent tutorials

  60. This is stunning. I have had this set for ages and still not inked it. I believe I will now!!