Southwest Oval Cactus – Tutorial #380





Card stock:  Stampin’ Up Whisper White, Chocolate Chip and Cajun Craze

Ink:  Cajun Craze, Marina Mist, Rose Red, Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight, Always Artichoke, Basic Black and Tempting Turquoise

Accessories:  Stampin’ Up Sponge, 3 oval punches, Modern Label punch, Boho Blossoms Punch, Brayer, Cajun Craze and Basic Black markers, More Mustard Brads.

Punched Ovals from Old Olive card stock using 3 different sized Oval punches from Stampin’ Up.

I also punched two small flowers out of So Saffron using the Stampin’ Up Boho Blossoms Extra Large Punch.

Cut the bottom of each flower off and a triangle section from one of the ovals.

Rubbed the ovals on my Cherry Cobbler ink pad, lightly.

Added a shadow to the right side of each oval by rubbing it on my Always Artichoke ink pad.

Got darker yet with the shadow by rubbing the edge of the ovals on my Basic Black ink pad.

Rubbed the bottom of the flowers on my More Mustard ink pad.

Brayered Cajun Craze ink at the bottom and top of a 4.75″ square piece Whisper White card stock.

Using a Daffodil Delight Ink spot edge, smeared the ink in the middle of the card stock.

Smeared Rose Red ink on.

Smeared Marina Mist ink on.

Smeared Cherry Cobbler ink on the bottom portion of the card stock.

Added a bit of Tempting turquoise ink above the Marina Mist areas.

Adhered the Ovals and the flowers.

Sponged Basic Black ink at the bottom of the cactus to create a shadow.


Lined the very edge of the right and bottom sides of the ovals using a Basic Black marker.  Lined the bottom edge of the flowers using a Cajun Craze marker.

Added white gel pen highlights to the tops of flower and tops of the ovals.

Punched two Chocolate Chip Modern Label Punches.

Held the two punches together and cut them in half.

Added the punches to the card front.  Added More Mustard brads.

Here is the finished card measuring 5.5″ square.

You have a terrific day now.

Until my next post. . . . .



12 responses to “Southwest Oval Cactus – Tutorial #380

  1. I do not know how you come up with so many fabulous ideas, this is fabulous..

  2. Sandy - Tennessee

    Your pictures are OK….get a BIG cup of coffee or tea and it all come back to you!!!

    Your creations are wonderful, thank you so much for sharing

  3. this is a beautiful southwest card michelle-your creativity is boundless

  4. Beautiful card. I love the south-west, used to live in Tucson.

  5. Oh Micehlle what a brilliant idea-with the oval punches! Your card is stunning, as always.
    Thank you for your generous sharing, I love your blog but have not EVER attempted to reproduce your fab work. I know my limitations only too well and brayering is OUT.

    Bless you,

  6. What a lovely scene especially as I am snowed in at the moment!

  7. COOL, I love the southwest. Great card.

  8. Living most of my life in Ohio and other states East of the Mississippi, I always said I was a “cowgirl at heart”! LOL!! I love anything western and southwestern and have had the joy of living in Colorado for the past 5 years. I love the colors you used. This card is just gorgeous!

  9. Traveling to Arizona and seeing the cactus is such a fun change to the landscape in Iowa. Michelle, you are such an artist……… always amazes me how you come up with all your ideas!!!

  10. cool stuff! nice colors and pic with the ovals 🙂

  11. Great creativity once again, tfs!! I think your pics are fine in either size as you are such a thorough educator.

  12. I used to live in New Mexico, and still have friends & in-laws there – they are gonna love this one… if I can ever conquer this technique!
    Thanks for another great inspiration!