Inspiration Imagine – Tutorial #102 and Blog Candy Winner

Happy Saturday!!!!!

dsc05504.JPG  One thing before I get going on today’s tutorial, we have a blog candy winner out of 137 comments, the random number generator selected  #26, LittleSeaOtter~Kecia , Who wrote “Oh, how I love this card. Makes me happy just looking at it.  Favorite thing about fall? That’s a no brainer…..Ohio State Football!!!”  Kecia, please e-mail your address to me at


Alrighty then, about today’s piece.  Split Coast has a great challenge on Saturday mornings. It is the inspiration challenge and I love it.  I use inspiration pieces all the time to come up with my creations.  For example today’s inspiration piece is this swimwear.  I took the color palette and swirl from the inspiration piece.  Those are the elements from the swimwear that most inspire me.  I didn’t feel the need to work in any paisley, or try to duplicate the pattern exactly  🙂 


Let’s get started.


Stamps:Innovative Stamp Creations “Flair of Summer”, Cape Arago “Bird”, Inque Boutique “A Word or Two”
Paper: Stampin’ Up Whisper White, Kiwi Kiss, Purely Pomegranate
Ink: Stampin’ Up Kiwi Kiss, Purely Pomegranate, Baja Breeze, Basic Black & Chocolate Chip
Accessories:Versamark Pad, Clear embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Brayer, Ticket Corner Punch, White Gel Pen


Stamped half of the plant image on a piece of Whisper White card stock by first loading my stamp with Versamark and then Kiwi Kiss ink before stamping.   Note I only put the Versamark and the ink on the part of the image I wanted to stamp.   I then heat embossed the image using fine detail clear embossing powder and a heat gun.  Heat embossing the image makes the image resist any ink put on the panel (emboss resist technique).



Brayered Baja Breeze about 2/3rds the way down the card stock from the top and then 1/4 of the way from the bottom up leaving a very light space in between the two brayerings.



Using a Stamp-a-ma-jig for placement, stamped bird with Basic Black ink.



Colored the bird in with a White Gel Pen.  In the large open areas of the bird I tried to imagine which direction the feathers would go and that is the direction I colored in.


Stamp part of the plant image again by loading just part of the stamp with Chocolate Chip ink.


Brayered lightly Purely Pomegranate ink at the top and bottom of the card stock.


Oops, I got a smudge of ink at the bottom right corner of my panel.  Fixed it by stamping over it with the plant image again with Chocolate Chip ink.


This is my color palette that I used with my finished panel.


Stamped my sentiment with Baja Breeze ink.


Assembled card front and then decided to add the flourish with Baja Breeze ink.  Used my Stamp-a-ma-jig for placement.



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


Hey, give an inspiration piece a try.  Remember your piece only need to take small elements from the inspiration piece.  No need to try to recreate it. 🙂

May your day be filled with images that inspire you!

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



19 responses to “Inspiration Imagine – Tutorial #102 and Blog Candy Winner

  1. This is so breath takingly beautiful, and is so peaceful to look at… Thanks so much for continuning to post not only your beautiful creations, but giving us the inspiration to follow along…


  2. what a gorgeous card.

  3. Michelle, this is gorgeous, so serene. You are a great artest to do what you do every day. Do you ever make a bad card? Thanks for everything!

  4. What a gorgeous card. Do I see a new brayer? Your cards are always so inspiring to me I have picked up so much from you each day God Bless and Thank You!!!

  5. Beautiful card Michelle. Great color matching. I love that Crane!

  6. Thanks for the wonderful tutorial … and sharing your amazing talent … gorgeous inspired creation.

  7. Harriet Skelly

    Beautiful scene Michelle. Thanks for reminding me that I don’t have to try to recreate the inspiration piece – that’s what always stops me dead in my tracks – I try to take it too literally!! Enjoy your weekend!

  8. You are sooo amazing, Michelle! Such a great tutorial…thanks so much for sharing your talents.

  9. Wow what a card! I ordered me the tree set and it came right away. Now I gotta have the crane too. I am going to try my hand at an inspiration card. Talk to you later. OBTY, I got into the Saturday afternoon class in Austin. I CAN’T WAIT!!!!!

  10. Another card that I love. I too will see you in Austin I got into the Saturday morning session. I can’t wait to meet you!!!

  11. Yep, I love this card too! Phyllis, you lucky duck getting into one of Michelle’s classes!!

  12. Evelyn----Ks.stamper

    Michelle I love your card, that crane is a must have love it. I wish so much I could attend one of your workshops, but does not look like it’s going to work for me at this time. I am bummed out.

  13. Heather Fullerton (Retired Heather)

    Do you ever make a rotten card? This is again a beautiful piece of art. I so love the way you create and share your method. You have taught many stampers how to become artists. Thank you so much for sharing your talent.

  14. Lovely!

  15. Michelle, another beautiful card! How do you keep coming up with them?! I noticed it looks like you got a new brayer. You probably wore the last one out with all these tutorials! Thanks again, as always, for your hard work on these tutorials! It is so appreciated. When are you coming near Omaha, Nebraska? We’d love to have you in the midwest!

  16. Stunning as always Michelle. I love those birds.

  17. Love all of your cards. But what is this….a brand new brayer, this one isn’t black. What did you do with the old one? Perhaps you could consider it for blog candy as it is infamous.

  18. Wow ! It’s beautiful ! I love your cards !

  19. Oh, this is gorgeous!
    Hmmm….I don’t think I have a go to stamp.