Oh Baby It’s Paradise – Tutorial #103


Summer is not over yet.  After having an unseasonably cool week here in Ohio last week, the heat was back over the weekend.  Bad thing is our pool water is freezing cold and will need to warm back up.  So yesterday was one I spent on the deck lounging, after washing the car, cleaning the house, washing two giant dogs.  Hmmmm, I guess I didn’t do that much lounging. . . . .

Here is a beach scene to warm you up. 

This cute little baby stamp is from http://www.mypapermoon.com    Isn’t she just adorable. 

Ready, let’s go to the beach.  🙂


Stamps: mypapermoon.com “baby” & Inque Boutique “A word or Two”
Paper: Stampin’ Up Whisper White, Baja Breeze & Pacific Point
Ink: Stampin’ Up Creamy Caramel, Baja Breeze & Pacific Point, Palette Noir Black
Accessories: Real Red & Creamy Caramel markers, Silver Brads, White Gel Pen, Brayer, Fine Detail Clear embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Versamark marker, Stamp-a-ma-jig


Stamped Sentiment with Creamy Caramel ink on Whisper White card stock.


Using my Stamp-a-ma-jig for placement, stamped the baby with Palette Noir Black ink.



Colored the baby, baby’s shadow and paintbrush point with a Creamy Caramel marker.


Colored the bow in her hair and the paint brush handle with a real red marker.


Missed taking a photo, oops!  Cropped the sides of my card stock.  It now measures 4″ x 4″.   Colored over the baby and the paint brush with a Versamark marker and heat embossed the image using fine detail clear embossing powder and a heat gun.  


Brayered Baja Breeze ink on the top of the card stock.

Note:  I do have a new brayer.  It is a Speedball brayer just like my old one, but the handle looks different.  The roller is the same as my old one.  It says “Soft Rubber” on the package.   I can’t believe four of you readers commented on my last post about the new brayer, very observant!


Brayered Creamy Caramel ink at the bottom of the card stock.


Masked the top 1/4th of the card stock with a post it note.


Sponged Pacific Point ink at the post it note edge.  Being darkest with the ink at the post it note edge and getting lighter toward the creamy caramel ink.


Removed the Post it note mask.


Made a whole lot of little dots with a white gel pen right were the blue ink meets the Creamy Carmel ink to create a look of foam at the waters edge.


Used the direct to paper technique by smearing Creamy Caramel and Pacific Point ink pads directly on a panel of Baja Breeze.


Assembled the card front and here it is measuring 5″ x 6.5″.


Hope your day is one of playing in the sand at the beach.

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



33 responses to “Oh Baby It’s Paradise – Tutorial #103

  1. great card! The baby stamp is so cute!!!

  2. This card is so cute! I love the ideas you come up with. I like how your images are anchored in a scene. Too often as beginners we stamp a central image and it “floats” there on its own. This is nice for some images, but I love your style!

  3. Diana Curtis

    That card is so cute. No playing at the beach here. We have a hurricane coming. AHHH!

  4. Beth Van Brunt

    This is just too cute!! Only you would come up with this scene, a baby writing in the sand.

  5. This little baby is soooooo cute, and your beach scene is adorable…and although Fay is not on her up here, I am sure we will have the residuals in a day or two… We also have a local artist who does personalized beach writings and this so reminded me of her….

    Great job as always..

  6. How cute is this! Great idea!

  7. I love your beach scenes, they are so realistic!

  8. Evelyn----Ks.stamper

    This blows me away, sooo darn cute. Im thinking maybe you have more stamps than me…….. Ha Ha lol.. Love this…..

  9. Robin Sobliros

    This is so beautiful, it makes me want to move close to the beach.

  10. Very cute card. Thanks for doing a beach scene.

  11. Phyllis Gunn

    Precious beach! I do appreciate the step by step photos and your time. Great job on this one too.

  12. I love your beach scene cards, thanks for sharing about the white dot foam!

  13. This is so cute. A great beach!

  14. Cute card !!
    Your new brayer seems to work as well as the old one…….
    I don’t know how you do it… but when I use a brayer I get these
    weird spots, your work seems so smooth……
    Maybe one day you are able to share your secrets on using the brayer : ))


  15. Beautiful, just love the baby!!

  16. I hit the wrong button, I also want to say you have appealed to all women with that baby stamp, simply brilliant use of stamp I would look at, and wonder what to do with it


  17. This is the cutest stamp!!! Of course some of it is how you did your creative and inspiring card. I look forward everyday to see what you come up with. I do have a question. Do you use the same brayer for all the colors or do you have more than one?

  18. Cathy asked “Do you use the same brayer for all the colors or do you have more than one?”

    Cathy, I just use one brayer. I clean it in between colors if I am going from one color family to another, such as red to blue, but if I’m going from light blue to dark blue I don’t clean it in between colors. 🙂

  19. Michelle.. I am always in AWE of your work.. do you come up w/ these card designs yourself or find them somewhere? If you do them yourself…You are a true artist.. I think of everyone I have checked out on the SCS websites.. your my favorite by far. I am like another poster said..I would have looked at that baby stamp and say….”hmmmm what to do”.. thnx for sharing.. I enjoy your work so much…

  20. Love the layout. What a great idea to just use the direct to paper technique on the BG.

  21. Great card and I like the stamp–reminds me of the Campbell Soup girls!
    Have a nice day!

  22. Loved the card…amazing use of color, technique and inspiration. I too would not have know what to do with the stamp at first. Helps me to see what others do with a particular stamp, then I can usually come up with my own “tweek” to the card. TY for the great card.

  23. Very nice card, it gives me summer-feeling. Sorry my english is bad, I’m from germany.*g* bye
    God bless you

  24. Michelle,
    love love love the card!!!! Another Zindorf original!!
    Rae P.

  25. OMG! You are fabulous! Thank you so much for the tutorial! I love this technique! I am in awe of you! kt

  26. This is adorable– although that is not the right word because the finished product is a stunning piece of art! I must tell you my first thought when I saw this one was “Oh great! Even Michelle’s kid is talented! All the luck runs in one family!” I thought you might get a kick out of that. I do love this stamp. I’ve never seen anything like it.

  27. Just too cute! I would never have come up with this idea for this stamp in a million years! I find your ideas not only amazing but addictive. I’m always wondering “now what would Michelle do with this stamp”. As if I will get ESP and some fabulous idea will hit my brain! LOL Thank you for this tutorial and all of your time spent sharing with us!

  28. I love this card! And I didn’t know you were from my home town…I am from Dayton, Ohio!

  29. scrappin beth

    This is amazing. What a brilliant idea.
    Thanks for adding the whisper white dimension. That’s helpful when I try to do it myself. But I don’t have that baby or anything I can think of to improvise either. 🙁
    I have tried many others though and thoroughly enjoy your technique! I’m hoping that you’ll share some of the stamps that spark your interest from the new SU Catty. (I’m hoping to play along!)
    Thanks for the time that you spend sharing with us!
    Beth Greco

  30. Beautiful and amazing work as always!

  31. I love this and hopefully can consider it MINE….

  32. My first time visiting your blog and seeing your work. You have an awesome talent and a true generosity of spirit to share it with everyone. Your tutorial is expertly written and very discriptive. Almost makes me think I could do it. Almost. Okay, not in my wildest dreams. But thank you.

  33. Michelle your work is so beautiful as aways thanks for always helping other by alouding us to peek into your window and be amaze at what we see, keep it up