Warm Wishes Wanted – Tutorial


 Ahhhhhh warmth!  My projects have been a little cold of late.  It’s time for some warmth and a little dabbled light.

Let’s get going. . . . . . .


Stamps: Stampin’ Up Trees Three, Wanted, Hugs & Wishes, Simply Circles
Paper: Stampin’ Up Whisper White, Basic Black and Groovy Guava
Ink: Stampin’ Up Groovy Guava, Soft Sky, Basic Black, Pretty In Pink and Regal Rose
Accessories: Brayer, Black Marker, Stamp-a-ma-jig, 1 3/8 circle punch and post it notes


Started out by punching a 1 3/8″ circle from the sticky part of a Post It Note and put it on my Whisper White card stock to use as a mask for the sun.


Brayered on Pretty in Pink ink over top 2/3rds of the card stock.


Brayered on Groovy Guava ink, but did not cover the Pretty in Pink ink all the way.  Working towards a graduation in color here.


Brayered on Regal Rose ink at the top of the card stock, but did not cover the Groovy Guava ink completely.  We now have a nice graduation in color.


Covered the sky area with Post it notes to mask it.  Be sure the post it notes are straight.  You don’t want your horizon to go up hill, lol.


Brayer on Soft Sky ink at the bottom of the card stock.


Sponge on Groovy Gauva ink right at the edge of the post it notes.  I use a rubbing motion for this so I don’t get speckles.

I also swiped a little Groovy Gauva ink across the Soft Sky ink, very lightly with my sponge.


Removed all of the masks and swiped some Groovy Guava ink over the Sun to tone it down a little.


Stamped Trees with Basic Black ink.  Sorry, this Stampin’ Up Trees Three set is retired, but I love it and will never give it up until someone comes out with something comparable.


Stamped leaves on trees with Basic Black ink.


Sponged Basic Black ink on for ground.  I did use a pouncing motion with the sponge for the very top of the ground to simulate grasses in the light.


Stamped horse with Basic Black ink.


Colored Horse in with a black marker.


I had some stray leaves stamped, so I drew in a couple of branches with a black marker so the leaves would make more sense in the scene.

I also drew in a couple of grasses at the base of the trees with the black marker.


Here I took a chance and stamped some small circles with Groovy Gauva and Pretty in Pink inks on and around the trees to simulate dabbled light.  I kinda like it.  It gives a little more life to the scene.


Stamped sentiment with Basic Black ink, using my Stamp-a-ma-jig for placement on the Groovy Guava layer.


Assembled card and here it is finished!


Hoped you enjoyed this tutorial and give it a try.

May your day be filled with warmth and sunshine.

Until tomorrow. . . . . . . . . . .. .

26 responses to “Warm Wishes Wanted – Tutorial

  1. Stunning as usually

  2. Michelle, This is just lovely. How DO you come up with these? Do you ever sleep? 😉 TFS this lovely tutorial!

  3. Warm and wonderful, Michelle! Just beautiful!

  4. Very creative design!

  5. just beautiful as always, I just love to see your work every morning when I get up, it does inspire me so. Then I go and work on my own. :) Havent gotten my inks in yet for me to try these tech.
    Have a great day

  6. Conniecrafter

    very pretty, like the softness of the black at the bottom, gives it the feel of settling fog as the sun is rising!

  7. Beautiful, just beautiful!!! You do make it *look* so easy with your fabulous tutorials. I don’t have SU! cardstock so I’m wondering is the cardstock you use matte or glossy? The reason, I ask is that many moons ago when I first learned to use the brayer they taught you to use glossy. I have never been a fan of glossy – *but* if that’s what you use to get these gorgeous creations I will make myself learn to like it :)

  8. Wow!! This is my first time at your blog and it’s fabulous!!! I’ve subscribed and I’ll be back to read more when I have more time. Beautiful cards!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Cindy asked “I’m wondering is the cardstock you use matte or glossy?”
    Cindy, the card stock I use is matte. :) I’m not a fan of glossy either.

  10. WOW, what a gorgeous card! And thanks for the tutorial, some of those methods were new to me! You are an amazing artist! 😀

  11. Your card is lovely. The dappled-light effect is very pretty.

  12. I’ve just been introduced to your creative genius and would like to subscribe to your daily postings.

    LOVE your work !!

    Thanks for sharing and inspiring

  13. As a horse lover this card is amazing, if I can make one that looks close to this beautiful card I would frame it just so I could look at it. Thank you for another beautiful card.

  14. Gidget-Trish

    Wow!!!! Love the colours in this one behind the black silouettes. Gorgeous!

  15. Gidget-Trish


  16. Michelle,

    Im in in awe every time I see a new piece of art from you….I tried one of your techniques yesterday…I need way more practice..lol.

    I need to take a picture of it yet and hope to add it to my bog tonight. I tied the transparency technique with the butterfly at the top. Yours is much better.

    Thank you for all the wonderful techniques you show me every day. I always open your email first.


  17. Oh, another gorgeous card and wonderful tutorial! I love the “Trees Three” stamps too. Because of you, I became totally obsessed until I found a set for sale! Lol, now I am ready to try! Thanks again for all the great tutorials!

  18. I ordered way too soon I see. This is wonderful. I love it.
    As my brother would say “Another ball out of the park”.

  19. Thank you for your beautiful work. I love to see it. It feels like I am walking through an art gallery on a Sunday and being transported to these beautiful places that you create.

  20. Warmth is good! I like warmth! Once again a stunning piece of art for some lucky recipient! Love it. I have to go look that three tree stamp up in the catalog, but something tells me it might be retired. I’ve seen you use it before and it makes a beautiful image, but I don’t think I would have even noticed it in the catalog. It wasn’t until I saw what you did with it. Wow is all I can say. Wow.

  21. This card is beautiful. The colors just draw you in.

  22. I love that you “took a chance” and added those circles….I LOVE that!! it is the best part of the card…I think!! Thanks for sharing! I wish I had bought these trees before they retired but they wern’t really my “style”. But now that I see what you do with them…sheesh! Wish I’d met you before :-) Oh well, maybe I’ll pick them up some day….

  23. Michelle, what size did this card end up being? Thank you!

  24. Sandy asked “what size did this card end up being?”

    5″ x 6.5″

  25. I just love the Wanted set! I am sorry the trees stamp is retired too. I may have to look hard to find a set like it.
    Would love to case this card, and have saved it as a favorite to review later.
    I do love the warm colors! I finally bought a brayer! Now to learn how to use it!
    Thanks for your tutorials!

  26. Hi. This is my first time to visit your blog. I just saw the most
    amazing tutorial! That is a stunning card! I can’t wait to look
    at the rest of your blog over the weekend.

    He IS Able!
    Traci S.