Spring Swans – Tutorial


I created a more Spring like card this morning. 


Stamps: Stampin’ Up retired sets Birds & Love Blooms
Paper: Stampin’ Up Whisper White, Groovy Guava, Cool Carribean, Taken with Teal
Ink: Stampin’ Up Basic Black & Groovy Guava, Adirondack Stream, Lettuce & Aqua
Accessories: Cuttlebug embossing folder, Brads, Ribbon, Versmark Pad, Yellow Ochre Prismacolor Pencil, White Gel Pen, Stampin’ Up markers Cameo Coral & Always Artichoke, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Sponge, Stamp-a-ma-jig


Loaded Leaf stamp with Versamark and then Lettuce ink then stamped on Whisper White cardstock.  Heat embossed using clear embossing powder.



Loaded flower stamp with Versamark and then Groovy Guava ink then stamped it.  Heat embossed using clear embossing powder.



Brayered Aqua ink on top half of card stock.


Brayered Stream ink on Bottom of card stock and just a little on the top of the card stock.


Stamped Swans with Basic Black ink using a Stamp-a-ma-jig for placement. 



Wiped black ink off of embossed images using a paper towel. 

Colored beaks with a Yellow Ochre Prismacolor Pencil.


Colored the Swans in using a White Gel Pen.  Mark in the direction that the feathers would go in.  Stay inside the black lines so your Swans are separated.  It is OK for some of the blue background to show through.  It creates a water reflection effect on the birds.  Make sure your brayered ink is completely dry before doing this step.


Also use the White gel pen to trace beside the water ripples.


Used an Always Artichoke and Cameo Coral marker to create shadows on the flowers and leaves by highlighting under them.

Used the white gel pen to give a scenes of light to the tops of the flowers.



Sponged on Stream ink at the bottom of the card stock to darken the area.


Used Cuttlebug embossing folder on the Groovy Guava panel layer and assembled card.



This card did not photograph well at all.  I always have trouble with teal and guava showing their correct colors in photos.   Oh well, here it is anyway.

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial and feel inspired to get out your brayer and give it a try.

Have a super day!

9 responses to “Spring Swans – Tutorial

  1. Your cards truly are works of art. Thank you for the wonderful, step-by-step tutorials. I am going to attempt making a card using your tutorial.

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  3. So many beautiful ideas, love visiting your web site. Should put them all in print.

  4. This is a beautiful card! Wonderful tutorial – very helpful! I’m new to your blog but have been looking around and I’m so impressed with your art.

  5. Very pretty! I’m so glad stamping is your therapy because looking at your blog is therapy to me…lol! Always makes me happy to see your beautiful cards and to get the chance to see how you create these works of art 🙂

  6. goodness, you rock

  7. I have been amazed at how awesome your art is since I stumbled across your blog. I just had to subscribe to it so I can get your updates in my email box. I look forward to seeing it in my email each day.

    I am going to try using some of your techniques one of these days…hopefully sooner rather than later.

    I love how you show us step by step instructions. Your amazing.


  8. Thanks for the wonderful tutorial! Great card!

    Shawn K.

  9. This is beautiful, your tutorial’s are the best I have ever seen, you have every out, and explain so indepth.
    Thanks 🙂