Beginning of the Day – Tutorial


I’m wrapping up leaf week here on my blog.  I hope you have been inspired this week to get out those leaf stamps and use them for projects other than Fall themed ones.  Now you know I had to wrap the week up with a brayered sky scene!

Let’s get started on the tutorial.  🙂


Stamps: Stampin’ Up Best Blossoms
Paper: Stampin’ Up Whisper White, Basic Black & Soft Sky
Ink: Stampin’ Up Apricot Appeal, Basic Black, Really Rust, More Mustard & Soft Sky
Accessories: Photo Corner Punch, 1 3/8″ Circle Punch, Brayer, Sponges, Piercing Tools & White Gel pen,


Brayered Apricot Appeal on the bottom 2/3rds of a piece of Whisper White Card stock that measures 4.5″ x 4.5″.


Punched a 1 3/8″ circle from the sticky part of a post it note and used it as a mask for the sun.


Brayered More Mustard over the bottom 2/3rds of the card stock.


Brayered Really Rust ink at the bottom 1/2 of the card stock.


Brayered Soft Sky ink at the top of the card stock.


Decided I wanted some more interest to the sky so I sponged More Mustard ink in a “U” shape around the sun.


Sponged Really Rust ink just under the More Mustard sponging.


To add more interest, sponged black at the bottom, left top corner and then lightly through the center of the card stock.


Removed post it note mask and sponged Apricot Appeal ink at the bottom of the sun so it isn’t so stark looking.


Stamped leaves with Basic Black ink.


Highlighted the leaves by outlining just the side of the leaf that is facing the sun.


Assembled my card front and used my piercing tools and a White Gel pen to put in some faux stitching around the main panel edge.


Added some Soft Sky card stock photo corner punches and a brad to the bottom two corners.


Here is the finished card, measuring 5.25″ x 5.25″.


I hope your day today started with a fantastic sunrise and ends with a fantastic sunset!

Until my next post. .. . . . . . . . . . .


45 responses to “Beginning of the Day – Tutorial

  1. Beth Van Brunt

    Amazing. Leaf week has been much more exciting than Discovery Channel’s Shark Week!

  2. Phyllis Gunn

    Oh this one is my favorite!!! What a great week this has been! Thanks for your work and sharing it with us. Can’t wait to see what next week brings.

  3. I have loved each and every card this week! Thanks so much for doing Leaf Week:)

  4. So simple and yet so beautiful. All your layering of colors really makes a difference. Good bye leaf week…we will miss you 🙁 Thank you Michelle for all that you do 🙂

  5. another beautiful card Michelle, I own no leaf stamps, but seeing these gorgeous cards I must get some. :), you made them come alive, I can not tell you how grateful I am that you share and share with such great detail, thank you

  6. Gidget-Trish

    Michelle, I just loved leaf week. Another great idea! You’re just full of them. This card just makes me sigh with contentment to see your beautiful brayered sky technique as only you can do. It’s gorgeous. I also love the way you faux stitched around the edges and then put the photo corners….very effective! Thanks again for sharing your wonderful talent. It makes it exciting to get to my computer each morning. 😀 Have a great weekend.

  7. Veee (vlstrs)


  8. What a fabulous blog – This is my first time! I have had a go at following this brilliant tutorial and have posted my effort on my blog here:-

    I hope you are not too horrified with my results – I did n’t have any of the same materials unfortunately …. but my MOJO is desserting me and your blog has made my day! Thank you again [I gave you full credit for all the hard work] X

  9. Eileen McClean

    Wow you are wonderful. When I read through your instructions I believe I just can go down to my craft room and do it. Thank you for inspiring me.I just love your ideas and instructions
    Have a wonderful day.

  10. Thanks for another great tutorial! Going to try this one. And Linda, your card is great too!

  11. Thanks for a wonderful week of leaf tutorials. I am going to try them all, if I ever get time. Thanks again……….

  12. Wendy Swenne

    Wow, I keep being amazed how wonderfull you create things!
    And also this card is super!

    I would like to try some of your techiques, but I can’t find a brayer anywhere.

  13. These designs and art of yours are simply terrific. I am inspired by them, and someday may even get up the nerve to try making a card or something!

  14. Yay! Love it! Thank you for doing a sunrise card! 🙂 I’ll have to try one this weekend!

  15. StampinCathy

    This is just beautiful. Your tutorial is so easy to follow. I have really enjoyed your leave week. I just love your creative style and you are so inspiring. Thanks

  16. Hi… found you on SCS and I must say, you do AMAZING things with that brayer – makes me look at it in a whole new way! Gorgeous card!

  17. yay another SU one! I kept that old set, too.
    Thank you for inspiring me to try these techniques-love ’em.

  18. This is beautiful. I love the brayered sky look and can think of so many other designs along with the leaves that I can use with the same look.
    Thank you again for the great ideas.

  19. My brayer is wild and absolutely HATES me. How can I tame it???
    You are my idol. Every card on your site is just breathtaking and I’m
    CASE’ing them all….lol!

  20. Conniecrafter

    Just Beautiful, this is my favorite of them all!

  21. I took a picture of the sun rising this morning at Myrtle Beach.
    We are on our way home and will try the gorgeous tutorial.
    Thanks for all you inspiration. JoAnn

  22. I loved leaf week. Wish it could continue. Thanks again for telling us the paper sizes for each step. I love this card. The great thing about these they can be used for lots of different occasions. Thanks

  23. Loved all your leaf tutorials this week Michelle. Leafs are one of my fave things.
    As always this is a stunning card, super easy to understand tutorial……
    what more can I say except YOU ROCK, and I’m you biggest fan.

    Happy Sunday

  24. another fabulous beauty! This really does look like a perfect beginning to another day. I’m so in awe of your incredible talent! TFS!!

  25. Beauty, beauty! Another great card!

  26. Beautiful card Michelle. That white pen sure popped the leaves out. Breathtaking.

  27. You soo rock at brayering! I hope to try all your techniques one day soon…and pray that I can duplicate what you make so effortlessly!

  28. Superb, as usual!! Love it!

  29. Erin McMilon

    this is my favorite one! thanks for saving the best for last! i blog surf at night on my laptop in bed… my husband loves looking at the step by step photos as well… thanks for sharing your talents with us – i love the look of your artwork and the perspective you teach through your cards!

  30. Darlene Gabriel

    This is so beautiful!!! I have only recently found your blog and your work. I love your artwork and your tutorials. Just last week I tried my hand at doing the sponging technique I read about on your blog. I can’t wait to try more. Thanks for all your inspiration.

    Here is the link to my card if you are interested. Let me know how I can improve.

  31. nancy littrell

    OMG Michelle……I am just Blown Away by your gorgeous, gorgeous sunrise or sunset…..whatever suits your fancy 🙂 I must try soon……gardening, etc. is taking up so much of my extra time, but I am feeling inspired by your tutorial soooo much ! I just can not thank you enough for taking the time to share your tutorials on your awesome brayer and sponging techniques………You are Sweetheart 🙂

  32. This is so beautiful, just like all your creations. Thanks for sharing and for the great tutorials.

  33. Sharon in NE

    Okay, I’m going to go try this one. You’ve given me enough encouragement and I’ll take the plunge.


  34. I love what you do with color..and with a brayer! I tried this tutorial, although I don’t have the same colors, nor do I have a solid leaf stamp. It was fun, and I’m inspired to try some more.

  35. Your work is wonderful, and your tutorials and photos of the steps by steps the best!
    Thank you for the inspiration and for sharing your knowledge with us. I am not a paper scrapper but you are just the inspiration I need. 🙂

    Can’t wait to see what’s next.

  36. Gorgeous Michelle!

  37. Boy i am going to have to bring this set out again, one of my favorites! You did a beautiful job such a inspiration!

  38. This is fabulous, thanks for the great tutorial! 🙂

  39. WOW! I love this, it is beautifully crafted and inspired. Thanks for sharing all the deets on how you did it.

  40. another beauty! Thank you so much for the tutorials.
    I have tried one sponging card like yours…and love it. Have to try some more!
    Here is my attempt on my blog…
    any tips would be appreciated..LOL

    Maybe I need darker shading on the edges?

    Question…when you were brayering this card did you brayer from where the brayer is laying or from the other bottom edge and lift before reaching the top of the card?

  41. Veee (vlstrs)

    Here is a link to my version of this tutorial. Thanks Michelle!

    If you are having trouble with your brayer making too much of a line you might want to cheat a little bit by rolling the very edge of your brayer off on a piece of scratch paper before you go to your card stock. Just tilt the brayer to one edge (the edge that will hit the CS first) and lightly roll it one full revolution. Then keep a light hand and barely kiss the paper when you start.

  42. OMG your are gorgeous! I love your cards! I´m lucky to find your blog! Many greatings from germany! Nicky

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  44. Hello Michelle. This is an awesome tutorial and guess what I just bought yesterday? Yeah. A new brayer! You’ve given me my first project. I came her from “A Crafting Journey” and I thank you so much for sharing your technique!

  45. Michelle I tried this one too. Love it!
    here’s the link.
    T%dles Peeps!
    Betty in Allen, TX