Fall Lone Tree – Tutorial #372

Ahhh, it’s a good morning when you can rise, make a cup of hot chocolate and then stamp your little heart out all while wearing your most comfy PJ’s.¬† ūüôā¬†¬† Gotta love it!¬† But wait after the stamping, real life kicks in, lol.

Any how, I have created a project for you today that shows¬†how to make Stampin’ Up’s Early Espresso card stock look a bit like Tooled Leather.¬† Simple, simple thing to do.¬† Hang out a moment to check it out.

Let’s get started. . .¬† . . .¬† .


Stamps: Stampin’ Up Trendy Trees, Three Little Words and Woodgrain
Paper: Stampin’ Up Whisper White, Early Espresso, Basic Black and Blue Berry Crisp Designer Series Paper
Ink: Stampin’ Up More Mustard, Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Basic Black, Pear Pizzazz and Always Artichoke
Accessories: Stampin’ Up Antique Brads, sponges, Brayer, Clear embossing powder, heat gun, Early Espresso Ribbon, Oval and Top Note Dies, Big Shot Machine, 3/8 circle punch, Versamark Pad


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Die cut an oval using my Big shot machine and the Ovals Die using Whisper White card stock.

Stamp the leaves from the Stampin’ Up Trendy Trees set by first loading the stamp with Versamark and then with Cajun Craze ink before stamping it.

Heat embossed the image using clear embossing powder and a heat gun.

Over stamped the image by first loading the stamp with Versamark and then with More Mustard ink before stamping it.

Heat embossed the image using clear embossing powder and a heat gun.

Punch a 3/8 circle from the sticky part of a post it note and used it as a mask for my sun.

Brayered Baja Breeze ink at the top of the card stock.

Brayered Not Quite Navy at the very top of the card stock, not covering the Baja Breeze ink entirely.

Removed the sun mask and rubbed some Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Pastel around the sun’s edge, leaving the middle light.

Sponged Pear Pizzazz ink at the bottom of the card stock.

Stamped the trunk of the tree using Soft Suede ink.

Sponged Always artichoke ink in a hill shape at the bottom of the card stock.

Sponge Basic Black ink around the oval’s edge.

Die cut the Top Note Die out of Early Espresso card stock using my Big Shot Machine.

Cut a 5″ piece of Stampin’ Up’s Blue Berry Crisp Designer Series paper and stamped the Wood Grain Stamp using Early Espresso ink.

Sponged Early Espresso ink around the edge of the paper.

Sponged Basic Black ink around the edge of the top note Die Cut.

Added a 5.5″ square piece of Basic Black card stock, 5.25″ square piece of Early Espresso, the Designer Series paper, Early Espresso Ribbon and the top note¬†die.¬†

Added the Main image Oval and 2 Stampin’ Up Antique Brads.

To get a tooled leather look I stamped the flower from the Stampin’ Up set Three Little Words using Basic Black ink.¬† Colored the flower and leaf in using a Warm Gray 20% Prisma Color Pencil.¬†¬† Note any light gray or tan colored pencil will work for this look.

Here is the finished project measuring 5.5″ square.

May your day be filled with much happiness.

Until my next post. . . .  . . .



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15 responses to “Fall Lone Tree – Tutorial #372

  1. WOW, I love your cards, all of them, but this may be my all time favorite. (I have probably said that before!) Keep them coming, hugs…

  2. I think this is my new favorite card of yours!

  3. Michelle,
    You have some of the most interesting layouts, and use them in ways I’d never think of. So many of my cards end up being rectangles on top of rectangles. I really enjoy seeing something different, and maybe even something I can manage to do. Thanks for sharing your creativity. This is a wonderful card.


  4. Thanks for this great inspiration again! Too bad it is so hard to get SU here in The Netherlands, no distributors ;-( Wish I could be one…

    Hugs, Annemiek

  5. Beautiful card. Unfortunately I don’t have this many supplies (especially the machines) to try out all the techniques. Please do keep the inspiration coming, it’s real treat to see them and learn so much.

  6. Susan Mac Donald

    well, I’m speachless; totally awesome & your inspiration is endless; I hope you NEVER discontinue your blog!

  7. I LOVE tooled leather so this project gives me a new technique to try!! Thanks so much for sharing your tremendous talent so generously!!

  8. Terri / Brat Cards


    This is so gorgeous! Your framing is sensational on this one too! Yep, fabulous!

  9. Terri / Brat Cards


    This is gorgeous Michelle. Love the fall AM look and the tooled leather look. What a fabulous frame! Yep, a beautiful card.

  10. Oh wow, my jaw dropped to the floor when I saw your card. That is such a fabulous looking card. Goodness, that is just GORGEOUS!!!

  11. WOW! You make it look so easy. I have to be honest, my attempts at this technique don’t look as good as yours, but one thing’s for sure, it sure is fun!

  12. Love the “cameo” look of the little oval landscape! And the tooled leather look is such a great idea for so many different things. As always, you are such a great resource for all of us!
    A thousand thanks!

  13. Wow! This is really another beauty. I honestly think you are a genius. Thank you for sharing this with us. You inspire us and delight us. Thank you again and again.

  14. Incredibly beautiful and inspirational card Michelle. So many ideas incorporated here – I do love the ‘tooled’ single flower – what do I not love when it comes to your work?. Hey, I’ve been drooling over your post & find I’ve bitten a great chunk off the nail on my index finger – that’s what concentration did. LOL.

    So, so, so many thanks for sharing your inspirational work here. MWAH!

    Mary Mac

  15. pauline Campbell

    I like all your cards but I love, love , love this one!