Watercolor Summer Silhouettes – Stampin’ Up! Card Tutorial #608

Hey There,

I’m sharing a super simple watercolor like background technique with you today.   Your going to flip when you try it.   This is my second card tutorial this week using the beautiful Stampin’ Up! set Summer Silhouettes (item #126447).  It’s a must have.

I’ve also thrown in a few sneak peeks from the new Stampin’ Up! catalog that will be released tomorrow, May 31, 2013.    You will be able to start ordering from it at 12:00 p.m. Mountain Time tomorrow.  Be sure to stop back tomorrow.  I’ll be putting up a link to the new catty for your view pleasure as soon as Stampin’ Up! posts it.  Just know that it ROCKS!


I’ve added the featured card of the day to my sales page where you will also find some great deals on retired stamp sets and my brayer video.  CLICK HERE TO CHECK IT OUT


Now on with today’s tutorial. . . . .  . .

Project Supplies:

Stamps: Stampin’ Up! Summer Silhouettes (item #126447)

Card Stock: Stampin’ Up! Watercolor paper, Old Olive, Crisp Cantaloupe (sneak peek) and Gingham Garden item #129310 (sneak peek)

Ink: Stampin’ Up! Old Olive, Basic Black and Crisp Cantaloupe

Accessories: Stampin’ Up!  Stampin’ Write Markers (Tempting Turquoise, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Always Artichoke and Tangerine Tango), White Gel Pen, Acrylic Block, Regals Candy Dots (item number 130932 sneak peek), Stampin’ Dimensionals and Whisper White Ribbon

For each color in the background you will scribble your Stampin’ Write Marker on a acrylic block, spritz very lightly with water and then smear it on the watercolor paper.   The more you spritz the more diluted your color will become.  I barely spritzed.

Started with Tempting Turquoise ink and smeared in a downward motion on a 3.5″ x 4″ piece of Watercolor paper.  Repeat a couple of times for each color.




Next color Pear Pizzazz.  This was done with an upward motion.

Next color Old Olive with an upward motion.

Lastly, I added Always Artichoke.   I wanted the Artichoke to be more prominent so I did not mist my block with water.  I scribbled on the block and smeared it with an upward motion.  This leaves little dots on the watercolor paper because it will only hit the peaks of the card stock.

Stamped the flower stems using Old Olive ink.

Stamped the flowers using Crisp Cantaloupe ink.

Stamped the leaves using Old Olive ink.

Stamped the leaves at the very bottom of the card stock using Basic Black ink.

Added a bit of Tangerine Tango marker to the undersides of the flower petals.

Added some highlights to the tops of the flower petals and tops of the leaves using a White Gel pen.

Here are my layer measurements.

Old Olive 6.5″ x 5″

Crisp Cantaloupe 6.25″ x 4.75″

Old Olive 2″ x 5.75″

Gingham Garden DSP 1.75″ x 5.5″ (sneak peek)

Old Olive 3.75″ x 4.25″

Assembled my card and added Whisper White Ribbon and Always Artichoke Candy Dots (sneak peek).

There you have it the finished card.

Urgent!   Only a few days left to pick up those Stampin’ Up! retiring stamps.  Retiring sets only available until June 3, 2013.




Know the Code!!!!


With Stampin’ Up!’s announcement  of the new Hostess Code, we can now “pool” Online Orders together (place them individually, orders will ship directly to you – within the US only, but use the same hostess code). When smaller orders are put in together, the larger order qualifies for HOSTESS BENEFITS.

That means FREE STAMPS (or other products) I can SHARE with YOU!
So let’s get started with May’s Online Mystery Hostess Workshop!
How do you get to be part of the Mystery Hostess Workshop?
Simply use the Hostess Code below and place a minimum order of $50 (before tax and shipping) in my online store by 11:00 pm on Thursday, June 13, 2013.
Important: To be part of the Online Mystery Hostess Workshop, once you add your first item to your shopping bag the hostess code must be entered just below the Special Offers section and it should say Michelle Zindorf as the Hostess.
Once all the orders are placed, on Friday morning, June 14, I will draw ONE name to get hostess benefits on the entire order! I will call/email the winner to get your choices.
Your Hostess Code is: 3MZWCWAQ
Ready – Set – GO!! Start placing your orders now!… Remember, the deadline for this
event is 11:00 pm on Thursday, June 13, 2013.
Please do not put the hostess code in if your merchandise order is $150 or more.  You would lose your hostess benefits that you would have coming already.

Until my next post. . . . . .

Huge Hugs!

Weight loss in 2013: 23.4 lbs


Michelle’s Free Stamp Program

Don’t miss out on my Customer’s free stamp set program. Check it out!  For your order of $50 in product using me as your demonstrator you will receive one virtual token.  Order $100 in product receive two virtual tokens, etc.  After you have collected 10 virtual tokens you will receive a free current stamp set of your choosing, a value of $30 or less.

Here is a link to my online shopping page that you can shop at 24/7 (from the comfort of your home, even in your pj’s) and the products will be shipped directly to your door step from Stampin’ Up.   CLICK HERE TO SHOP.   My free stamp set program will be an on going program.  :)


The new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog is active on  May 31, 2013.  I have some on hand that can be pre-ordered.  The cost is $6.50 which includes flat rate shipping.  Please e-mail me at [email protected] if you would like to purchase one.


Learn How to Brayer

I now have an online beginner brayer video classes that will teach you how to brayer. CLICK HERE TO GET THEM.


Also, check out my new Zindorf Naturals Soap Page.  This stuff is oh so good for your skin.   CLICK HERE TO CHECK IT OUT.


7 responses to “Watercolor Summer Silhouettes – Stampin’ Up! Card Tutorial #608

  1. WOW! This is Gorgeous! Thanks for the tutorial!

  2. You are the master! 🙂

  3. Maria A. Rodriguez

    I love this card, the tutorial is awesome, than you for making this lovely card, the colors are so rich and so vivid. It’s like being in a field of flowers blown by a light breeze.

  4. Awesome card!

  5. Stephanie S.

    I love this card. The colors and design are wonderful.

  6. Fantastic! It looks like a real watercolor painting . Thanks for the tutorial.

  7. This is gorgeous! That background is amazing and I will definitely be giving this a try.