Blustery Day – Tutorial #374

Today I am thinking a bit ahead to those cold Ohio Wintry days.  I do so love to be snug in my house, with no where to go, looking out on a scene such as this.   I make out my schedule each year so I find myself  home for the half of November and the entire month of December.  It gives me something to look forward to all year and allows me extra time to prepare for the holidays and to create new and exciting workshop projects for the coming year.

But before I get all comfy for the Winter, I do have one more trip to make this year and that is to sunny Soledad, California this weekend.  I know, poor me, lol.  I have to go to California!   I am very excited and cannot wait to get there.  My workshop hostess, Sherrie Ceja has already hinted we would check out some views in Monterey the day I arrive, woohoo!  Also, my students in California are always so very, very friendly and talented.  This is probably my 4th trip to California and my last one until 2012.  I don’t know how I managed it, but California did not make it on my Workshop Calendar for 2011.  So, if you would like info on my Brayer Workshops this weekend in California CLICK HERE.

On another note, now you know I love each and everyone one of my readers and I share my projects with you freely when a lot of others charge for them.  I created this sight so you may learn my techniques and be inspired to create your own designs, not steal my designs.  I hate to put this out to everyone, when there have just been a few that have infringed on my rights.   So bare with me,  I feel I must point out my copyright, it is on the top right side of my blog and has been on my blog since day one.  Please, please don’t infringe on my copyright or the copyright of others that have inspired you.  My copyright reads as follows:

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All content included on my site is COPYRIGHT ©2008-2010 Michelle Zindorf. Original artwork is shared for your personal inspiration and enjoyment only and may not be used for publication, submissions, design contests or taught for profit.
Now with that nasty business taken care of,  how about we get start on today’s chilly tutorial. . . . . .


Stamps: Stampin’ Up Season of Friendship, Season of Joy
Paper: Stampin’ Up Whisper White, Sahara Sand and Cherry Cobbler
Ink: Stampin’ Up Basic Black, Sahara Sand, Not Quite Navy and Cherry Cobbler
Accessories: Stampin’ Up Snowflake Punch, Silver Brads, Sponge, Brayer, Clear embossing powder, heat gun and post it note


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On a 4.25″ x 4.5″ piece of Whisper White card stock, stamped the tree from the Stampin’ Up set Season of Friendship by first loading the stamp with Versamark and them with Basic Black ink before stamping it.  Heat embossed the image using clear embossing powder and a heat gun.


Stamp the flourish from the Stampin’ Up set Season of Joy using Versamark only 4 times to create wind in the scene.  Heat embossed the images using clear embossing powder and a heat gun.


Ripped a post it note to create a mask for my snow.  Brayered Sahara Sand ink at the top of the card stock.

Brayered Not Quite Navy at the top of the card stock, not covering the Sahara Sand ink entirely.

Sponged Sahara Sand ink at the post it note edge.

Took the snow mask off and flipped it over, held it in place and Sponged Sahara Sand ink at the post it note edge.

Flipped the mask over again and lowered it and Sponged Sahara Sand ink again on the card stock.

Stamped the tree image 3 times using Sahara Sand ink.

Added White Gel pen to the right side of the tree.

Stamped the Bird from the Stampin’ Up set Season of Friendship using Cherry Cobbler ink.

Colored the bird’s eye and beak using a Basic Black marker.  Also added a few dots in the snow.

Colored the under side of the bird using a Bravo Burgundy marker.

Punched a few snowflakes from Whisper White card stock.

Added Sahara Sand and Cherry Cobbler card stock panels and adhered the snowflakes to the card front.  Also added silver brads to the center of the snowflakes.

Here is the finished card measuring 5.5″ square.

May you be snug and warm where ever you are today.

Until my next post. . . .  . . .



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26 responses to “Blustery Day – Tutorial #374

  1. Hi Michelle,
    I really like this a lot. I love how you did the wind. I’ve been brayering cards today, too. Thanks for the tutorial on this. You know I appreciate you!!!

  2. I’m snug here, it’s almost 7pm, totally dark outside and cold too.
    What a lovely card. I really like the red of the bird, it’s such a nice detail.

  3. oh perfect – needed one more card to send in for that contest – hehehe – luv ya!!

  4. talent and generosity. Thanks for the tutorial on such a beautiful card.

  5. I love this one! I always seem to like the scenic cards the best. Great Job Michelle!
    Trish H., Canada

  6. Love your card Michelle! It makes me want to turn on the heater!!


  8. Great card. Love the snowflake embelishments. hugs…

  9. Hi Michelle! Great card! Makes me want to bundle up. I love how the swirls look like wind and I love the colors. Thanks for sharing your talent!

  10. Hi Michele, What a gorgeous card. This does depict Ohio winters because I live in Ohio myself. But actually what this reminds me of is the wonderful animated Christmas movies like Rudolph or Frosty because of the chilly wind swirls and blankets of snow. Your cards rock. This would be beautiful framed and hung on a wall. Lovely job by a lovely lady. Thanks for sharing, Becky

  11. this is a gorgeous card michelle-this one looks like something I could possibly try-thanks for sharing

  12. Susan Mac Donald

    I’m snug @ 8pm (N.B., Canada time) at my sewing machine, & decided to check out your latest *awesome* creation! I thought I had created an awesome sewing project—NOT so! Thanks for your daily up lift; you’re the best thing besides my new up lift bra!

  13. I lived most of my life in Ohio and was never a real fan of the winters I moved to Colorado several years ago… and wow, do we ever have wind out here and while I’m not a fan of the strong wind we get, I’ll take the winters here any day over the Ohio winters. We definitely don’t get as much snow as most people think we do and we get so many wonderfully warm, sunny days throughout our winters. But, all that said… I love your card!! Really love using that swirl for the wind… it’s perfect!!

  14. Oooh – love the colos, and the whole scene!
    And thank you for speaking out about folks who steal your designs and submit them as their own. If I see one on SCS that doesn’t give credit, I put it in a comment that “this is a nice CASE on Michelle Zindorf tutorial, #…..” – I do believe it’s our responsibility as viewers to call attention to that sort of thing. Saw one a while back on someone’s blog, of all things! It takes all kinds…
    I’ll get back off my soapbox now, but thanks for a lovely tutorial. You’re the original best!

  15. Your creativity never ceases to amaze me. You do such awesome work. Thank you for sharing.

  16. Deborah Bortscher

    Hi Michelle

    I am always inspired by your beautful work. Thanks so much for sharing.

    If you ever come up to Alberta to do brayer workshops. I would be first in line! LOL

  17. Your work is so amazing (and I do not use the word “amazing” in my every day vocabulary).

    As an old (and I do mean old) and former school librarian I always taught my students that copying copyrighting material was stealing. And then I would explain all the reasons why (financial, time, etc….). The work you do and the time you take to show us how is huge, so thank you very much.

  18. I have always loved this stamp set, and I love the card you made using it! Thank you for sharing your talent with us!

  19. LOVE this one… a Lot! Thanks for sharing.

  20. I have seen your work periodically but I must say, this latest card “Blustery Day” is absolutely stunning!!! LOVED IT so much that I just had to comment! Thank you for sharing your talents with us!

  21. beautiful!

  22. Its wonderful and creative article make some more page to amaze more people… More Power…..

  23. Michelle, this card is fabulous. Must say the Season of Friendship set keeps popping up to let me know I must get that one (kept thinking I could do without). Your work of art is the best showcasing wind-blown snow and wavy snowbanks with the little bird sitting under the forest of trees. Simply gorgeous enhanced by your superb brayering and masking!
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  24. What a great scene, so serene (when inside looking out, lol) Your work is so unique I can’t believe anyone could dare call it their own. Thanks for sharing inspiration, Mickey!

  25. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful artistic talents. I hope I can even come close to developing my own take on your wonderful teachings. I wish I lived close enough to take a class at some point. I do love learning how to layer as that is my biggest problem with what goes down first.