Winter Children at Play – Tutorial #357


You just never know what I will put up on my blog from one day to the next, lol.  My last post was a tropical scene, now today I am featuring a Winter scene.   I do this for myself, so I won’t get stagnate in my creativity.  It feels good to step out and do a Winter scene in August.  Some of you stamper out there are probably already making, or at least preparing for your Christmas cards.  So here is one to inspire you.

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Let’s get started. . . . . .


Stamps: Stampin’ Up! Welcome Christmas, Season of Friendship and Lovely as a Tree
Paper: Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, River Rock and Whisper White
Ink: Stampin’ Up! Sahara Sand, Cajun Craze, More Mustard and Basic Black
Accessories: Stampin’ Up! Whisper White Ribbon, Basic Black Brads, Sponge, Brayer, Piercing Tools, Sahara Sand Marker, Stamp-a-ma-Jig and Post it notes

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Masked the bottom of a 3.5″ x 4.5″ piece of Whisper White card stock using a Post it Note that has a bit of the sticky edge torn off.


Brayered More Mustard ink at the top of the card stock.


Brayered Cajun Craze ink at the very top of the card stock, not covering the More Mustard ink entirely.


Stamped the Trees from the Stampin’ Up! Lovely as a Tree set twice using Basic Black ink.  When I stamped it I stamped the ground area of the stamp on the Post it Note. 


Sponged Cajan Craze ink at the Post it Note edge, just catching the card stock.


Removed the mask and stamped the Children stamp from the Stampin’ Up! set Welcome Christmas using Basic Black ink.


Stamped the Tree from the Stampin’ Up! set Season of Friendship using Basic Black ink.


Colored in the tree with a Basic Black marker to omit the design in the tree.


Stamp the children stamp on the Stamp-a-ma-jig plastic sheet with Sahara Sand ink.  Flipped the plastic Sheet over onto the card stock and rubbed the back of the plastic sheet to create the shadow.



The shadow is very faint so I colored it in with a Sahara Sand marker.


Added Basic Black and River Rock card stock panels, Whisper White Ribbon and Basic Black Brads.



Here is the finished card measuring 5.5″ square.


May you be inspired by something out of the ordinary today.

Until my next post, stay cool.



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39 responses to “Winter Children at Play – Tutorial #357

  1. This card is absolutely gorgeous, Michelle!

  2. Michelle, this card is beautiful. Love cards like this. Hope all is well with you and Russ.

  3. Michelle you are AMAZING. I love it when you do reflections/shadows. You are so good at those. Just like the brayering and sponging. Is there anything you can’t do?
    Thanks for the nudge to think about doing Christmas cards. I have been waiting TOO long these last few years. Like AFTER Thanksgiving. LOL. (I used to get them done before that so I could be the 1st to post them after Thanksgiving.) Old age maybe?Naw…just a procrastinator.
    Have a wonderful weekend, hugs….

  4. This could be your coolest card yet!!! I just love it. 🙂

  5. Yes you never know what you are going to do, that is way it is so much fun coming here:). I love this winter scene, love how you do the shadows.

  6. GREAT card! I love everything about it!

  7. you are amazing!

  8. Absolutely beautiful

  9. Brenda in Indy

    This is beautiful. Thanks for showing how to make a shadow. Love your work!

  10. wow, that is so beautiful. thank you for sharing.

  11. WOW! love going to some cool weather, this is gorgeous. The Other Diane

  12. Michelle, this is one of my favs———WOW I love it……………TFS. Hope Russ is feeling better.

  13. You always make it look so easy! I don’t own a brayer but am considering getting one.

  14. Darlene Gabriel

    I love this winter scene. Those children are adorable and they sure look like they are having fun. This is a beautiful card, Michelle. I appreciate you doing these tutorials all the time – you have helped me to “step out” and try new techniques and I’m loving trying your tutorials now and then. I only wish I had more time to do more of them. This definitely one I’m going to do. Thanks for sharing your talent and creativity.

  15. OMG! Love it!

  16. Beautiful card Michelle and I love the idea of using the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig imaging sheet for a reflection/ shadow effect

  17. Gorgeous Michelle!! This is my very favorite technique and this stamp works perfect for this. Thank you so much for sharing!
    Sandi Dailey
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  18. As *ALWAYS* absolutely stunning!!!!! I’m thinking the HOT, HOT, HOT temps here in Florida must have inspired this beautiful winter scene ; }

    Carol Dee …. the answer is no, there isn’t anything she can’t do! LOL

  19. Conniecrafter

    love this scene, neat way to do the shadow!

  20. love this scene. i picked up a stamp at a stamp show that is just smooth rubber, i use it to mirror an image and although the image is lighter than the original its better than what you got and doesn’t need to be reinked. thanks so much for this and all tutorials. and I remember how much i loved your class.

  21. This may be one of my favourites of your cards yet! otoh, I think that a lot when I see a new card of yours. 😛 This is a beauty, tfs the step-by-step details.

  22. Whoope! I can’t believe I have everything to case this beautiful card… now I just need some of your amazing talent. Well, I’m going to try this one anyway, wish me luck! TFS and blessings to you and the hubby.

  23. I’m so ready for winter – this card is like a cool breeze! Looking forward to meeting you this coming weekend in Grinnell!

  24. Another fabulous tutorial Michelle!! Love the colors in this one.. need to dust off my brayer!

  25. Must say this is my all-time favorite card. It reminds me of my fabulous childhood in snowy, cold Northern MN. Your work is stunning, and this card is definitely a super example of your talent. I’m envious! Now I need more stamp sets if I try to CASE ~ what’s a gal to do???

  26. Carole Philpot

    I love this one. I’m in the mood for snow, well maybe not, but cooler would be nice. 🙂

  27. Michele,
    Your work has been such an inspiration to me and has made me come out of my box and try new ideas. Your techniques have really helped me to do that. Your website is my favorite. I pray that Russ will have better luck at the hospital when he goes back next month. I pray for you and the rest of your family that you will be able to cope with the additional stress this creates on you. Thank-you again for taking the time to share your talent with so many people.

  28. Love the shadowing tip! Beautiful card – as usual! 🙂

  29. Adorable! I would have never thought to use that technique to create the shadow!!!

  30. Wow, You continue to inspire me, your artwork is fantastic. I love the technique you use for the shadow and I can’t wait to try it and share it with others. Thanks so much.

  31. This is incredible! Thanks for the tutorial, you made it look so easy, I may just try it myself!

  32. Michele in IL.

    Wow, gorgeous card and so fun and unique!

  33. Boy, you’re good! TFS

  34. Awesome! I’m a huge fan of your work. Thanks again for sharing your talent with us.

  35. So that’s how you did it! Thanks for sharing-beautiful card!-TOODLES-Angela Timms

  36. happycat stamper

    What a masterpiece, And you shared the techniques! Thank you!

  37. I love that you show us cool stuff like this!!! thank you!!! sherrill graff [email protected]

  38. This is beautiful, thanks for sharing the technique. Cannot wait to try it.

  39. This is a beautiful card. thank you for sharing your technique. I am new and in awe.