Direct to Paper Lovely as a Tree – Tutorial #379

Wanna smear some ink today?  If so, grab those Stampin’ Up Ink spots and follow along with this tutorial.

Let’s get started. . . .


Stamps: Stampin’ Up Lovely as a Tree and Friendly Words Wheel (Unmounted)
Paper: Stampin’ Up Whisper White, Bashful Blue and Old Olive
Ink: Stampin’ Up Ink Spots – Old Olive, Crumb Cake, Not Quite Navy, Marina Mist, Early Espresso, Perfect Plum, Pretty in Pink, Rose Red, More Mustard and So Saffron
Accessories: White Gel Pen, Silver Brads, Photo Corner Punch


One thing about the Ink spots, you can get them all out in front of you and be inspired by all the luscious colors at one time.  The only problem is not being able to use each yummy color in your project.  You do have to select a few.

Using the edge of the Marina Mist Ink Spot, smeared it across the top of a 4″ x 4.5″ piece of Whisper White Card Stock.

Smeared Not Quite Navy ink across the top of the card stock.

Smeared Perfect Plum ink under the Marina Mist ink, coming from both sides of the card stock so a bit of white of the card stock shows in the middle.

Smeared So Saffron ink under the Perfect Plum ink.

Smeared Pretty in Pink ink at the bottom of the card stock.

Smeared Rose Red ink at the very bottom of the card stock.

Smeared Early Espresso ink at the very bottom of the card stock.

Added More Mustard to the horizon area of the scene (middle).

Loaded Early Espresso ink on just the tree part of the stamp omitting the grassy area of the stamp a couple trees at a time.

Using an Early Espresso marker extended the trunks of the trees.

Added a horizon line using the edge of an Early Espresso Ink Spot.

Smeared Crumb Cake ink above and below the horizon line.

Using the corner of the Old Olive ink spot, dabbed it in the leafy area of the trees.

Added More Mustard ink to the leafy area of the trees.

Added White Gel pen dots to the left sides of the tree, out lined the trunk of the trees and added dashes to the horizon area.

I unmount all of my Stampin’ Up Wheels.  Here is a tutorial link to how I did it:

Stamped the Friendly Words Wheel Stamp using Old Olive, lightly at the bottom of the card stock.

Added Bashful Blue and Old Olive card stock panels, Always Artichoke Photo Corner Punches and Silver Brads to the card front.

Here is the finished card measuring 5.5″ square.

I hope the tutorial has inspired you to smear a scene today.  🙂

Until my next post. . . . . .  . .




39 responses to “Direct to Paper Lovely as a Tree – Tutorial #379

  1. wonderful Michelle – love it!

  2. OMG!!! This is breathtaking!

  3. This is just gorgeous! The white dots add a lot to scenic pictures.
    Trish H.,

  4. You are truly an artist!! I am amazed and in awe of your talent! Thanks so much for sharing it with us.

  5. Wow! Fantastic effect, Michelle! It looks like an oil painting! Really beautiful!

  6. My gosh Michelle.
    This is jaw-dropping gorgeous!
    I can’t wait to try it.
    Thank you so much for sharing your talent.

    Karen from Michigan

  7. Wow, you really outdid yourself with this card — it is beautiful. Your colors are awesome (as usual) and everthing is blended perfect. You are so amazing Michelle!
    Sandi Dailey
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  8. This should be framed! I don’t know of anyone who can brayer or now smear ink like you…sigh, your eye for color and balance is perfect!

  9. Another beautiful piece of art!! Sure wish I had those little ink spots! This one looks like such fun to do!

  10. Great!!

  11. Very cool and very pretty! I have spots, I see spots, I should use spots! : ) thanks for the inspiring ideas here!

  12. Darlene Gabriel

    Michelle thanks for this tutorial. You make it all look so easy. Your instructions are always easy to follow. This one is so gorgeous and I love the colours you’ve used. I hope I have some time soon to try this as well as many of the other tutorials I’ve saved for future “trying”.
    I do appreciate the time you take to do these for us.

  13. This is just stunning! I ordered a set of the spots last month at my Stamp Club meeting and am going to order two sets tonight and the other one next time. I love how you create with them!

  14. OH My Goodness this is stunning! This looks like a painting. I am going to get me some of this ink spots 🙂

  15. I love this technique and want to thank you for learning it from you in an older post. This one today is fabulous and I will be following along~~ love it!!

  16. I think this is one of my favourite cards you have ever made. Wow!!!!

  17. Shelly Schmidt

    Wow- gorgeous- your blending of colors is outstanding! I do not have all of the spots……maybe Santa will bring them to me. You are so gifted and I feel so Blessed that you create and share all of these wonderful cards with Tutorials for people to learn -and to attempt to create a card that is anything near this gorgeous…..!

  18. Gorgeous card. I love how you used the ink spots to make it.

  19. Barb(GrandmaUpNorth)

    Michelle, this has got to be one of the most beautiful cards I have ever seen. Love you work. Its fantastic!

  20. paula nersesian

    Amazing!! You make smearing look so effortless….thank you for sharing your gift. Whenever I sit at my computer at home or work (I can…I own the business) your web site is where I gp first.

    Peace be with you,

  21. This is stunning – your regular e-mails inspire me!

  22. This looks awesome – it reminds me of the outback her in Oz. Loved how you used your ink spots to create the background.

    Thanks heaps for all the wonderful tutorials you are always sharing.

  23. Gosh Michelle this is stunningly beautiful. I love it. I can’t believe you just smeared on the colours. You make it look so easy. Thank you so much for all your tutorials. Your the best. Hugs x ChrisB

  24. Wow! Truly beautiful! A gorgeous card made with my favourite tree stamp. Will have to try this one.

  25. Very nice!!! Can’t believe how cool all of that smearing worked. Have to try this. thx!!

  26. what an amazing card and I love the colors you used. the technique itself it stunning with the images.

  27. Love your smear job!!

  28. Great artwork, you are so inspiring! Thanks so much for these tutorials!

  29. Michelle… amazing! I love it. You always inspire me with your work.

  30. WOW !! Your card took my breath away. It’s just gorgeous. You really knock me out with your artistic ideas. Thank you for taking the time to show us how it is done. Whew..I need to catch my breath!

  31. Oh wow Michelle , I love this card , it is soooo beautyful !!!

  32. OH MY GOD soooo cool i absolutely love this card

  33. Oooh lovely!

  34. Jennifer Bowie

    That is stunning! I am so impressed. I could try all day mine would never look like that!

  35. Sincerely the most beautyful card ever! Just love it. WOnderful! Wow! You’re the best Michelle! Love, Lucy

  36. My internet was down for a while, and I was having withdrawal (sp?) symptoms! So, now I am caught up looking at your tutorials (whew, that was close. I feel much better now). I love this one, too. I am going to try it; I have just the occasion. Thank you again, Michelle, for sharing. My best to you and yours.

  37. Fabulous! I love this very painterly effect. Brilliant!


    I LOVE your style Thanks Thanks Thanks Thanks for sharing your beautiful cards and techniques to do them!!!!

    Can you tell me on the card above I see you unmounted your wheel how do you unmount them with microwave and then how do you store them???


  39. Gorgeous card. You make it look so simple and you are so generous to share so much!!! God Bless and thanks from the bottom of my heart!!