Still Winter Card – Tutorial


I created this card and tutorial last night after checking out all the snow we received here in my neck of the woods.   We got a foot of snow and drifts of at least 4 foot.  Winter is not over in Ohio.

This is my man, best friend and love of my life, Russ clearing a path for me, as he put it “clearing the way for YOUR HIGHNESS”.  Too funny!


So, on with the winter scene tutorial without further ado.


Stamps: Stampin’ Up Trees Three, Baroque Motifs, Holidays & Wishes, Rubber Stampede Mirror Image Stamp
Paper: Stampin’ Up Whisper White, Blue Bayou, River Rock
Ink: Stampin Up’ Soft Sky, Blue Bayou, River Rock, Basic Black, Adirondack Lake Mist & Pebble
Accessories: Brayer, Sponges, Versamark Marker, White Gel Pen, Ribbon, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Post it note


I used my mirror image stamp.  It is made by Rubber Stampede.  You stamp any stamp on the solid rubber of the mirror image stamp then stamp the mirror image stamp on your paper and you got it, a mirror image.


I like to start off stamping my mirror image first.  I find it is easier to line the regular image up with it. 

Stamped Trees on mirror image stamp with Blue Bayou and then stamped the mirror image on Whisper White card stock.


Used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to line up tree image and stamped it with Basic Black ink.



Cropped the image and brayered Soft Sky ink over the Blue Bayou trees.


Brayered Lake Mist ink at top of black trees.


Sponged Pebble ink at top of card stock and sloped it down on the right side for interest.


Sponged Soft Sky under pebble sponging and at bottom of black trees.


Used the trusted torn Post-it-note as a mask to create a hard line where the ground meets the ice.  I sponged on Blue Bayou ink right at the torn edge of the Post-it-note. 



Removed Post-it-note and used my white gel pen in the crooks of the Black trees to create snow in the branches.  Put just a tiny bit in the Blue Bayou trees too.


Assembled card and decided I wanted the appearance of wind in the air so I stamped one of my favorite stamps, Baroque Motifs over all the layers with River Rock ink.   The River Rock ink did not show up well on the dark sky of the main image so I traced it with a Versamark marker to darken it.


There you have it another finished card. 


Thanks for joining me today for this tutorial.  Hope you have enjoyed seeing the process and will give it a try.

Hope your day is one of warmth and joy!

30 responses to “Still Winter Card – Tutorial

  1. this is sooo sooo gorgeous! Love the colours!

  2. donna calamari

    Your card is magnificent!!! Thanks for creating the tutorial. You make it look so easy; I just may have to try it.

  3. So, so beautiful, Michelle!

  4. Terrific card and tutorial to match! Your photos and instructions are so clear that I think I might even be able to do it! Thanks. ~chris

  5. Beautiful! Loving your blog and learning so much. I so appreciate your sharing your beautiful creations.

  6. A mirror image stamp? Brilliant…… Obviously, I “need” one of these!
    Such a beautiful, peaceful card too.
    Thanks so much for sharing.

  7. Gidget-Trish

    Fabulous card! We got lots of snow yesterday too here in southern Ontario, Canada. It’s so nice to meet your husband and dog….I feel like I’m getting to know you. 🙂 I wish you knew me! Again your brayer work and sponging make the card gorgeous. I think you can also use the brayer for a mirror image. Have you ever tried that?

  8. Beautiful, peaceful-looking card Michelle. I’ve been playing with mirror imaging with my brayer just recently – not found quite the right stamp for it yet though, the three trees are perfect!

  9. Another really fabulous creation. Thanks so much for the tutorials Michelle! I am learning so much from you

  10. Simply amazing – thanks so much for a wonderful tutorial on how you achieved this look, it’s a wonderful card!

  11. This is beyond beautiful! Love these soft colors and the stunning scene you have created! I just love this one! Your husband clearing the way for you…looks like a keeper to me! THANK YOU again for sharing your talents!

  12. Evelynn Saddler

    What can I say ——–This is beautiful, I love your work sooo much.

  13. Wow, this is just beautiful! I love the trees reflecting on the ice! I’m pretty sure that I’m older than you, but if I weren’t, I’d want to be you, when I grow up! Oh how I’d love to have a portion of your talent! Your scenes always make my jaw drop!

  14. Just beautiful. I love the details–the snow, the swirls, the soft colors.

  15. Deborah (beadn&stampn)

    Just stunning Michelle!! You make it look so simple!! LOL!! Thanks for sharing

  16. Michelle, this is another superb card. Your work is so amazing. You can take the simplest of stamps and make them spectacular works of art. I don’t recall seeing this three tree stamp is it old or am I just that non-observant that I didn’t see it in the catalog? Another beautiful scene and card.

  17. Laurie ask “I don’t recall seeing this three tree stamp is it old or am I just that non-observant that I didn’t see it in the catalog?” Laurie the Stampin Up set Trees Three is a retired set.

  18. Yeesh…I wanna be you when I grow up!

  19. Michelle, I can’t believe that I JUST found your blog!!! I love your work (who wouldn’t) and most of my SCS favorited cards belong to YOU!! Now I can enjoy all your beautiful creations from your blog as well! I will be visiting often! I have a lot to learn from you!!!

    Thanks for your inspiration!
    Donelda (wiggydl on SCS)

  20. Fabulous tutorial! Love your mirror image and brayering…. I am from Ohio also… we have 2 feet of snow and some drifts that are about 5 feet high… I for one am ready for spring!!!

  21. Another wonderful Zindorf!

    I’m from Columbus and I was snowed in all weekend too. Great thing is, during a blizzard the only thing you can really do is stamp.

    Good luck digging out of the snow!

  22. This card is so gorgeous! I love this graphic image and your design is fabulous!

  23. THUD! These tutorials are simply breathtaking! I love seeing how it all comes together to make the completed product! Again I have to ask, is there any SU inks that come close to the two colors you used that were not SU inks? Thanks, I really love the work you do!

  24. Lisa asks “is there any SU inks that come close to the two colors you used that were not SU inks?” Lisa SU is very limited in it gray colors of ink. You could use Going Gray instead of the Adirondack grays I used. Stampin up has one other gray ink, but I don’t have it to compare to. 🙂

  25. Fabulous!! Thank you so much for the tutorial. I just received a that mirror image stamp in the mail and was wondering how I wanted to break it in AND how to use it. Thanks for the boost and WONDERFUL tutorial.

    You are amazing!! Elizabeth

  26. Conniecrafter

    I am so enjoying all your wonderful work, and watching how you do it all, never had heard of a mirror stamp, that is so cool, Love the effects you get!

  27. Hi Michelle, I’m from Australia. I’m an Independent Demo and i just love looking at your work. Your tutorials are fabulous & I love this card. We don’t have the mirror stamp over here, but if I could get it I would certainly try to CASE some of your work to teach here, and make some of my own up! TFS 🙂

  28. Joanne Valente

    Michelle – Do you have the measurements for the white cardstock and the inside layer? I can usually work around your guidelines from there. Thanks..this is one of my many favorites of yours!

  29. dearest michelle, awesome awesome awesome….ive been stampn for nearly 40 yrs ,your the edge ive needed … ive gotten so good… time to bring out my mirror imagine stamp that is in the far back of my stamps …and i ,like so many others feel we know you ,your better half,and your sweet dog … you are super amazing . love from indy ,…your class was booked here in nashville ,but ill keep trying..peace your friend anne marie

  30. Your card is absolutely beautiful! Just gorgeous, I luv the way you used the brayer and the white gel pen. I’m on a mission to make a card like yours, lol. The only stamp I can’t find is the the “Trees Three” one. I’ve searched on eBay and cannot find it, nor on the Stampin’ Up website. Is it a retired stamp? Thanks so much. Pam 🙂