You Rock – Tutorial #122


Switching gears this morning so I can crank out a Birthday card for my musician brother-in-law.  Hard to drag myself away from using all the great Autumn images I have in stamps.

But, I love these images too.  This set is “Rock Star” by Inkadinkadoo.  I pick this up at Michael’s Craft store. 

Well let’s get rock’n on this tutorial, yeah corny I know, lol.  :)  Had to say, just had to!


Stamps: “Rock Star” by Inkadinkado & Nightingale by See D’s
Paper: Stampin’ Up Whisper White, Old Olive, Basic Black
Ink: Stampin’ Up Basic Black & Close to Cocoa, Adirondack Lettuce, Bottle, Pebble & Willow, Palette Noir Black
Accessories: Star Punch, Prismacolor Metallic Silver Marker, Prismacolor Walnut marker, Tim Holtz ruler & distressing tool, White Gel Pen, Versamark marker, fine detail embossing powder, heat gun, post it note, sponge, push pin, silver brads 


Stamped image with Palette Nior Black on a 3″ x 5″ piece of Whisper White card stock.


Colored in the open areas on the base of the guitar with a Prismacolor Walnut marker.


Colored over the entire guitar with a Versamark marker.


Heat embossed the image using fine detail clear embossing powder and a heat gun.


Masked about an inch of the bottom of the card stock with a post it note and sponged Willow ink at the top of the card stock using a circular motion.


Sponged on Lettuce ink at the top, left and bottom of the area to create the illusion of a light source.


Sponged Bottle ink at the left side corners.


Stamped the flourish over the guitar using bottle ink.


Carefully wiped the bottle ink off of the guitar. 


With the post it note mask removed, sponged Pebble ink at the left side of the bottom of the guitar image to create a shadow.


Cut a 5.75″ square panel of Old Olive card stock and used a Prismacolor Metallic Silver marker and run it down all the sides.


Stamped two stars with black ink on Close to Cocoa card stock, colored the inside of the stars in with a Prismacolor Walnut marker and punched them out with a star punch.


Distress the edges of my main image panel and a 5.25″ square panel of black card stock using the Tim Holtz distress tool.


Cut to strips of Old Olive card stock, cut one end on each in a “V” shape.  Ran the Silver marker down the sides of each one and then dragged the ends of the strips across my Close to Cocoa ink pad to add color to the tips.


Assembled the card front.


Used the Tim Holtz ruler and a push pin to add piercings to the card stock strips.


Added punched stars and silver brads.


Made a highlight at the right side of the guitar with a white gel pen by drawing down the whole right side of the guitar.  This makes the guitar appear to be 3 dimensional.


Here you have it the finished card measuring 5.75″ square.


Hope you enjoyed this tutorial and will give the emboss resist grunge look a try.  :)

May your day be filled with lively music.

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



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50 responses to “You Rock – Tutorial #122

  1. Rock On Sister!!! I’ve never seen a guitar look better! Your brother-in-law will treasure this card. It is the perfect card for a musician. Well its the perfect card for any one. Beautiful piece.

  2. Wow – it looks like it’s coming off the card – amazing.

  3. Wonderful “boy” card! Sometimes I struggle with masculine cards. This is fabulous.

  4. Evelyn----Ks.stamper

    Great card , a bit different from you usual, but I really like it. Glad you enjoyed your Texas visit. So wish I could come to one of your classes. tfs.

  5. Great optical illusion! Your guitar really “rocks”!

  6. Laurie Helgason

    Your BIL will love the card.

  7. Wow this is just wonderful. I just got this stamp set yesterday because I to have a rock star,My Son. Your guitar is just wonderful and the layout and colors are just fabulous… from Ohio to Texas, me two but I stayed… Hope you come back soon so I can attend a class too…

  8. I love this! You rock, Michelle! (had to put that in there)
    I tried your technique. I’ll be posting it tomorrow. Of course, it’s my 1st try and doesn’t look anywhere near your fab work, but I tried. :) Have a great day!

  9. Love this card and stamp set. My son is in a rock band in Seattle and I would love to make this card for him! Thanks for sharing.

  10. WOW! The guitar is great! I like the lay out and how you did the side tabs. Perfect card for your brother-in-law. Thanks!

  11. Lara's Laugh Lines

    ~**Brilliant! A great inspiration piece**~

    I was sure you had bought a 3D foam sticker for the front of this card.
    :-)What a surprise to discover it was a stamped image!

    Well done! I really like the strips with the piercing, stars & brads. I am sure many “Guitar Hero” entusiasts would appreciate this card.


  12. Wow! Fabulously done, Michelle. I LOVE this stamp set. Thank you for another wonderful tutorial. I love the 3D effect of the guitar and your light source. Beautifully done. Thank you for sharing all of your tips and techniques! And YOU are the one that ROCKS!

  13. Wonderful card for a rocker, Michelle! Love the dimension you’ve achieved!!

  14. Oh wow, Michelle! I swear this guitar set jumped in and out of my cart 20 times last week while I was at Michaels, lol! My son loves his guitar, loves the Guitar hero games, but he’s 16. As in, “Mom…..that’s lame!” LOL, now I have to get it, regardless of his idea of Mom not being cool… Thanks so much for sharing! —Betsy

  15. Wow! This is an awsome Guy card! The guitar really does look like you used pop dots! Looks like another stamp set I need to run down. My nephew and both my brother play guitar. This card would “rock their world”. LOL

  16. Michelle, do you ever sleep or do you just lie awake at night with creative thoughts swirling in your brain? This card is totally cool. Our 28YO son has been playing guitars and writing music since he was 12. My husband also plays guitar. I have the DCWV RockStar paper stacks, but now I MUST own this stamp set. Yours is the best card idea yet for any musician.

    Thanks a billion,

  17. WOW Michelle, I just love the way you created the feeling of depth…like the guitar is in a room in some fantasy game! WOW! I hope your BIL appreciates your talent as much as we do! You Rock!

  18. Awesome card, Michelle :0) A wonderful masceline card.
    **Hugs** Heather x

  19. So fun, it looks like that guitar is ready for someone to pick it up. I still can’t believe you do your work @ 4AM, I know that I wouldn’t be awake enough to create anything much less make it look good. Thanks for the tutorial, another great one!!!

  20. Super card!! I agree with everyone else – it definitely looks 3-D!!! Love how you colored the wood part of the guitar – it looks like burl – great job!!!

  21. Incredible. So glad you provided the tutorial because I wouldn’t have believed how you achieved the 3-D look of the guitar unless I saw it with my own eyes.

  22. Evelyn in Oregon

    Just….”Wow!” Thanks so much for sharing your fascinating process, too!

  23. How awesome!! What a great design and tutorial!! Thanks so much!! 😉

  24. Yet another stunning piece of artwork. I have something for you on my blog here

  25. I HAVE to get this stamp set!!! My son plays guitar and would LOVE it!!!!

  26. Awesome, Michelle! Your talent is unstoppable!
    Just curious- do you store your stamp pads by brand, or put all greens, all blues, etc together? Just noting the sticker on the side to give you an accurate idea of the color. Hmmmm
    Thanks for your inspiration!

  27. This is FABULOUS, Michelle…the colors are just beautiful and I love how you added the flourishes….gotta give this a try!!!

  28. Michelle,
    I can’t tell you how happy I am that I found your blog! Your style of card is exactly what I have been looking for…I love SU! because the colors of paper and ink are coordinated, but I was having a hard time finding card ideas with depth, richness topped off with a little ‘tude…I am so inspired by you! I’m making time this weekend to try a few of your tutorials!

    This card so ROCKS!

    Thank you so much for being so generous with your talent.


  29. This is so awesome! I thought it was a photograph of a guitar that you had embellished when I first looked. What a fun card!

  30. Wow!!! This is amazing. I am married to a wannabe rock star and my son is well on his way there too. My hubby owns 5 guitars (some electric, some acoustic) and my son owns 2 base guitars (one acoustic, one electric) a keyboard and a set of drums. He is actually extremely talented too.

    My 2 girls are totally gobsmacked – My youngest keeps asking how you made the cut outs, even after I have shown her your steps and explained them. She is totally amazed!!

    I love that set of stamps. I NEED that set of stamps – I need to see if my supplier can get that set for me.

    IT ROCKS!!!!
    And so do you!!!!!


    ps: I love fellow enablers. You are at the top of my list hehehehehe!!!!!

  31. Michelle, this card is great not just for guys, but also anyone who plays guitar, or any instrustment for that matter. Love it.

  32. I love how you broke this down. Awesome and fun card, don’t you adore that TH ruler???????/

  33. You rock! :-) This is a great card and a cool tutorial.

  34. Wow

    You have launched stamping into a whole new realm. I can often visualize how things are made, but with your work I actually have to look through the tutorial… you are so inventive. Thanks for the inspiration!
    Nicole Walker

  35. I love this card! I need to get this set now so that I can do some rock pages and cards.


  36. Fantastic!!!!!! I agree with those above me, Great Guy Card, It Rocks, and anyone who has kids who play Rock Band will love this as well…


  37. Eileen asked “do you store your stamp pads by brand, or put all greens, all blues, etc together?”
    Eileen, currently I have them all together, but they are separated by brands. :)

  38. I love the card. My son in law plays in a band and this would be a perfect card for his birthday! I have to get the set! Thanks for sharing it with us!

  39. WOOOOWWWWW!!! I watched it and still can’t get over the dimension you achieved on this one, Awesome card, love every detail!!!

  40. So very beautiful!
    thank you so much for sharing your talent with us.

  41. This is so AWESOME! It ROCKS!! I went to my LSS to look for this set of stamps but unfortunately while they have lots of Inkadinkadoo stamps, they didn’t have this one…I play in a band and have been wanting to do an album of our last 10 yrs. Your card has inspired me to do this.

  42. You have a wonderful sense of colour, mood and lighting and this card shows that to perfection. I have only discovered your blog recently (through one of my blog readers) and I am truly impressed. Your generosity in sharing is amazing.

  43. Wow this is incredible! The colours and shadows are perfect! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful tutorial!

  44. WOW!!! Totally rockin’ card. Your BIL is one lucky guy.

  45. OhmyGosh Michelle – I check your blog every few days and when I came across this card I thought, “Michelle is using a photo? How strange!” You did the most incredible job making the guitar look 3-D. You keep amazing me over and over. Wish I had a thimbleful of your talent!
    Also wish I could attend the Advanced Brayer class coming up in San Jose. Going to the first was a financial extravagance (but oh-so worth it) that I can’t let myself repeat so soon. Hopefully the next time around?
    Thank you SO much for the inspiration,

  46. WOW!!!!! No other words needed.

  47. What an awesome card and a fantastic tutorial. You broke down each step so clearly. It really does look 3-D, I thought the guitar was cut out and raised up on the panel. Thanks for sharing!

  48. Michelle – What cloth do you use to wipe off the ink off your embossed image? My ink sometimes stains the clear embossing and it doesn’t come out white.