On The Dock – Tutorial #428

Today’s tutorial was created for my Stampin’ Up! Down Line Technique Swap.  The Technique was to use a word stamp over and over in a background.  I used the word “Thank you” in the sky of my scene.  🙂 

Let’s get right into today’s tutorial. . .  . . . .


Stamps: Stampin’ Up! Thank you Kindly
Paper: Stampin’ Up! Whisper White & Soft Suede
Ink: Stampin’ Up! Tempting Turquoise, Pacific Point, Sahara Sand & Early Espresso
Accessories: Stampin’ Up! Sponges, Brayer, Linen Thread, Sahara Sand Marker, Large Bird Punch, Post it note
Techniques: Brayering, Punched art


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Started with a 3.75″ x 5.5″ piece of Whisper White card stock.  Brayered Tempting Turquoise ink at the top and bottom of the card stock.

Brayered Pacific Point ink at the top and bottom of the card stock, not covering the Tempting Turquoise ink entirely.

Masked the sky are with a post it note and sponged Pacific Point ink at the edge of the post it note creating the horizon line.

Punched the bird and wing out of Whisper White card stock.

Sponged Sahara Sand ink at the bottom of the bird and the bottom of the wing.  Colored the beak and eye in using a Sahara Sand Marker.

Stamped the sentiment “Thank you” over and over in the sky area of my scene using Tempting Turquoise ink.

Cut two strips of Soft Suede card stock.  One measuring 1″ x 3.5″ and the other measuring 1″ x 2.5″.  Cut the very top of the strips off to round them.

Rubbed top and left side of  the strips on an Early Espresso ink pad.

Wrapped Linen thread around the strips, securing with a glue dot on the back.

Assembled my pieces and then added two legs to the bird using a Sahara Sand marker.

Added 2 Soft Suede and a 1 Whisper White card stock panels.

Here is the finished card measuring 5″ x 6.5″.

May your day be oh so very tranquil. 

Until my next post. . .  . . .



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21 responses to “On The Dock – Tutorial #428

  1. Wow! That is gorgeous. Thank You for the tutorial.

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  4. I look forward to your posts and am always amazed at your talent and willingness to share your talents with us. Thank you so much!

  5. Amazing work , Michelle .
    And the tutorial is fantastic . I’m definitely going to give this a try .
    Heike from Austria

  6. Lovely card!! I just love going through your tutorials and seeing how you create every part of your cards. I wish I had a small portion of your creativity!! And I’m on the count down of days until Saturday when I get to take your brayer class. Have a safe trip to Colorado!!!!

  7. Michelle,

    I’m so in love with this card! It reminds me of home which is Seattle, even though I haven’t lived there in 30 years… thanks for all you share with us. I may try to do this one.

  8. Wonderful card! Thanks for the tutorial!

  9. Love your tutorials!

  10. Gini koonce

    Now see? This is why we love you – how many more decades would I have been making cards and before I thought of using a sentiment in the background this way? Your imagination blows me away. This is a great idea for almost any occasion. I need to make a birthday card today – maybe I’ll use a cupcake in the foreground with a lot of “Happy Birthday”s behind it!
    Thanks again!

  11. Thanks for the tutorial! What a great card for a man! I may give this one a shot for Father’s Day!

  12. Love the card! Please enter me for your Blog Candy….thank you very much! L.

  13. lovely card – like how you used the bird punch and made the posts

  14. Catherine DeWaal

    This is a great card. Thanks for the tutorial and the chance to win that super cute set.

  15. beautiful again Michelle. I love birds, so I really enjoy new ways to use them.

  16. Mary Hansen

    Another great card, thanks Mickey!! Love reading your tutorials and watching you creat art!

  17. Brenda in Indy

    You never cease to amaze me. This card is beautiful. I can feel the water!

  18. Paulette S. in MO

    Michelle, I LOVE this card and as soon as I saw it, I knew I had to try my hand at making it for my husband, for our anniversary this month. I did a large card with 4 posts, 2 on each side so I could put 2 birds to symbolize both of us and it turned out brilliant. I added clouds by making a mask and sponged them in using the negatives, then used dementional foam to add the actual die cut clouds and I love it. I am just not good with the brayer, so I sponged on my water and background sky. LOL Thanks so much for the wonderful inspiration. I adore your scenery cards that look like paintings and I’m amazed you can do that with ink and brayer. And as always your vision for using things like the bird punch for a totally different bird just makes me giddy because I love double duty tools.

  19. Michelle, this card is beautiful – it takes my breath away. I took your class in May in Florida – and have started practicing a bit with the brayer. Your color choices, matting and everything are so inspiring. Thank you for sharing your tutorials.

  20. Cutest little bird ever!!! Thank you so much (again and again!!!) for sharing your tutorials of exactly how to do these great cards…even after taking your class I find myself a good copycat with a big fat zero in the originality department. Love the use of the punched bird in this scene…too cute!

  21. Just found your blog. Your work is beautiful. Can’t wait to watch more of your tutorials.