Just Beachy – Tutorial #333


It is still raining at my house today, just like it has been the past couple of days.  I decided to look on the sunny side of things though and created a beach scene using my new favorite tools, the ink spots.  These little cuties are sold as sets.   Each Stampin’ Up! color family has a set.  Of course, I had to have them all.  The little ink spot pads are a mere 1 inch and the pads are raised from the base of the ink pad holder so you can easily use them to apply ink directly to the paper.  They are much easier to control then the larger pads when doing Direct to Paper Techniques.


Today’s project was also made for my Stampin’ Up! Down Line, Ink To Art Team’s Technique Swap.  This month’s technique is, you guest it, Direct to Paper. 

Let’s get started. . . . . . . . .


Stamps: Stampin’ Up! Tropical Party and In a Word
Paper: Stampin’ Up! Whisper White, Basic Black, More Mustard and Tempting Turquoise
Ink: Stampin’ Up! Ink spots, Tempting Turquoise, Basic Black, Ballet Blue, Bashful Blue, So Saffron and Creamy Caramel
Accessories: Stampin’ Up! Top Note Die, Big Shot Machine, 1/2″ circle Punch, Sponge, Post it Notes

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Masked the sun using a 1/2″ punch from the sticky part of a post it note.    Put the mask on a 3.75″ x 4″ piece of Whisper White card stock.


Swiped the Tempting Turquoise ink spot across the top of the card stock.


Masked the top of the card stock using a post it note.


Swiped the Tempting Turquoise ink spot across the card stock right at the post it note edge.


Swiped the Bashful Blue ink spot across the card stock.


Swiped the Ballet Blue ink spot onto the card stock using the edge of the pad.


Swiped the Tempting Turquoise ink spot at the bottom of the water area.


Swiped the So Saffron ink spot at the bottom of the card stock to create a sandy area.


Added a marks of Creamy Caramel using the edge of the Ink pad.


Removed all of the Post it Note Masks.


swiped in a piece of island using the edge of the Basic Black ink spot.


Stamped the Palm Tree from the New Stampin’ Up set Tropical Party using Basic Black ink.


Stamped the Palm Fod using Basic Black ink.


Sponged around the egde of the main image panel using Tempting Turquoise ink.


Die Cut a Top Note Die using my Big Shot Die Cut machine and Whisper White card stock.


Cut the Top Note in half.


Stamped the word Marvelous on the top note half using Basic Black ink.


Assembled the card adding Basic-Black, More Mustard and Tempting Turquoise panels.

Here is the finished card measuring 5.5″ square.


Hey, I am taking off on a road trip to Illinois to teach my Brayer Workshops this weekend, woohoo!  I love road trips, stamping and new friends.  🙂

I will be back on Monday.

May your weekend be filled with lots of fun and laughter.

Until my next post. . . . . . 



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24 responses to “Just Beachy – Tutorial #333

  1. Love, love, love it – and I am so glad I get to have it!!!! I like the idea of the ink spots. My next order I will need to include them. It would have been easier for me when I did my direct to paper tech.

    Have a safe trip!


  2. paula nereseian

    Makes me want to go on an island retreat !

    Thank you for giving me an idea what to do with my spots hidden in a corner ignored.


  3. Absolutely gorgeous…. you are soooo talented!!! I tried brayering over the weekend and it was a disaster. I can’t wait until next year if you can come to Baltimore!!! Hopefully just being in the same room with you will rub off, just a tiny bit. HAHAHAH!

  4. So cute! I wasn’t going to get this set, but I am now! Love this technique. Thanks for sharing all your wisdom with us!

  5. I can feel the palm leaves swaying in the light breeze… haha! But I do have one question, how did you get a ‘black’ ink spot. the catalog doesn’t have the neutrals in these small containers? Tks for sharing!

  6. And Marvelous this is!! With just a few swipes of think you do incredible things.

  7. This card fits our weather!! It was (finally!) really sunny over here in Holland!! :o)
    So love your card….specially because I love palmtrees.

  8. Dee in N.H.

    Nice! Love that technique!

  9. Great tutorial, I haven’t used that technique for a while, so must try it again! TFS

  10. Wow Michelle, this looks like a post card!! You are some awesome woman. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. Thank you as always for sharing.
    Sandi Dailey
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  11. Marvelous darling, totally marvelous!

  12. Wow, that is beautiful (and inviting) Michelle.

  13. Stunning! We had a day like that here in MN! (with maple trees instead of palm, but you get the idea!)

  14. Wow! I never thought about using the ink spots this way. Love it!

  15. Great card Michelle!! I love the spots and this technique! I also have all of them in the current colors. I hope they offer them in the new colors!

    Take care and STAY POSITIVE!

  16. Wonderful! Thanks for sharing, I wish I had just a tiny bit of your inspiration….

  17. I love this card. I have always loved your brayering and now I see a whole new technique to watch for in your tutorials. I sure hope you decide to teach a few classes in direct to paper since it is such a fun and effective technique – this card is so pretty!

  18. Diane Olson

    I can almost feel the breeze coming off the water. What a wonderful card! Thanks for another great tutorial! -Diane

  19. post card picture perfect card!

  20. Michelle – Thank you so much for sharing your talent. I have fallen in love with this direct to paper technique. I have even posted my first attempt (and I was so HAPPY it) on the top of my blog so everyone gets to see it! Thanks so much!!

  21. Thanks for sharing this creative technique – you have stunning results.

  22. I never thought to use the spots for this technique! Talk about an a-ha moment! Thank you for bringing it to light for me. Now may be my spots will actually see the light.

  23. this is amazing! absolutely beautiful background!! thanks for the tutorial!

  24. WOW! Another jaw-dropping card! I would never have thought to use those spots direct to paper like you have here. Mind boggling result!!! FAB tutorial, thanks for sharing! You have some amazing inking skills! Will have to come back and learn! 🙂