Morning Silence – Tutorial #141


Happy Halloween Everyone! 

Since it is the holiday my thoughts were I should make a Halloween card, but then why make one on the holiday when I don’t need it.  I pondered this for about 15 minutes and then came to the conclusion you would rather look at a card that would inspire you for a project in the immediate future, cold months ahead.  🙂  This really turned out to be a man card.  At least the men in my life would enjoy this one.

My cards usually have many, many steps, but this one turned out to be quite quick for me.  Note, I said quick for “Me”.  No markers, no heat embossing, no brayer, GASP!  I know you probably went back and re-read that last sentence in disbelief.  🙂

Let’s get started.


Stamps: Impression Obsession “Branches of a Tree” & Close to My Heart “Warm Memories”
Paper: Stampin’ Up Whisper White, Basic Black & Soft Sky
Ink: Stampin’ Up Basic Black, Not Quite Navy, Baja Breeze & Soft Sky
Accessories: Silver Brads, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig & Sponge


Stamped the tree twice with Soft Sky ink on a 4″ x 5.5″ piece of Whisper White Card stock.

Sponged Soft Sky ink in the center of the card stock.


Stamped twice the tree again with Baja Breeze ink.


Sponged Baja Breeze ink around the outside of the card stock, leaving the Soft Sky ink showing in the middle.


I came up with these blues to use by testing them on my scrap paper.  🙂


Stamped the tree twice again with Basic Black ink.


Sponged Not Quite Navy ink around the outside of the card stock, not covering the Baja Breeze sponged ink entirely.


Sponged Basic Black ink around the very edge of the card stock, not covering the Not Quite Navy ink entirely.


I got out my Stamp-a-ma-jig to figure out where I wanted my deer to be.  Such a handy tool.

Note:  if you don’t have a Stamp-a-ma-jig you need one!  It is so nice to stamp the image on the clear sheet that comes with the tool and move it around on top of the card stock to see exactly how you would like to place an image on your piece.  🙂  Nope I don’t own stock in the Stamp-a-ma-jig company, lol.  I wish I did though!

Anyway, I stamped the deer using Basic Black ink.


Assembled the card front and added silver brads to each cover of the main image panel.  Here it is complete measuring 5″ x 6.5″.


May your Halloween be a happy one!

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



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53 responses to “Morning Silence – Tutorial #141

  1. Somebody quick, call EMS…..Michelle didn’t use clear EP!!!! But what a lovely picture you created. I find myself saying, “Why didn’t I think of that?!” Appreciate your sharing an “easy” piece and, for that matter, taking the time to show us how. I’m off to try this so I’ll check you later. Hope you have a fun Halloween too.

  2. Esta preciosa me enganda es bello de verdad la felicido soy principiande. gracias,

  3. What a beautiful misty morning! I always considered green my favorite color, but all your beautiful blue cards are starting to change my mind.
    The quick and simple card is nice for a change…for the times when you need something and you need it NOW! I really need to add more trees to my stamp collection!

  4. I really like this one! I like how some of the simple cards turn out, sometimes they are the best ones. Thank you and have a blessed day.

  5. This is fabulous! I love the progression of colours. I don’t have that tree stamp but I’ll have to try this one with what I have. Thanks for the inspiration. Happy Haloween!

  6. This is absolutely, absolutely beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!


  7. Love the cool colors in this card… it gives it a “winter feel”! I really need to go and spend some money on tree stamps, you have me inspired to start using these stamps!


  8. Beautiful, peaceful card!

  9. Whow, as usually!!!

  10. Gorgeous! I love having some inspiration for some quick cards! Thank you for sharing your ideas with us!

  11. WOW how lovely. I get a beautiful feeling in my mind. I love that “quite quick” card.*g*
    Anja from germany

  12. Just gorgeous Michelle!

  13. stunning and still. a wonderful card. a place it’d like to go. thanks for all the inspiration.

  14. what a stunning card!!!!!!!!!

  15. Veee (vlstrs)

    Just beautiful! It really does give that wintery feel.

  16. Gorgeous card – I plan to try it today once work is done. WOW!

  17. Wow so simple yet so elegant. I need more time to stamp! LOL

  18. Jaw-dropping (once again!) Michelle! You never fail to inspire me.

  19. This is so great I have the deer stamp where did you get the trees at I want to try this card and thanks for another wonderful card….

  20. Beth Cutwright

    This is why I come to your site every day…I get my respite of restful, natural, beautiful, thank God or the beauty of nature! Thank you Michelle, this is a lvoely card. I will pretend you created it for me…LOL!

  21. Beautiful again – I love your style.

    Vron xx

  22. what an amazing card, I love those misty morning colours.

  23. Ohhhhh, Michelle…..! Love this! The depth you achieved is just awesome! Thanks for sharing, and have a happy Halloween!

  24. Peaceful. That’s the word that came to mind when I looked at this. It’s just beautiful.
    I can’t believe there’s no embossing powder ! This will definitely be a fast Michelle card!

  25. Joanne Valente

    Michelle, I just love the serenity of this card. You continue to amaze me with your vision and ability to create works of art. I have recently “adopted” your stamping style and my family now all thinks I’ve become quite the artist. Believe you/me, I give you ALL the credit for your great designs and the tutorials that support them. You have taken rubber stamping to a whole new level. I don’t know if I can ever go back to “regular” cards nows – how boring (LOL). So keep em coming. I’m happy to have a project for the weekend. You rock! Joanne

  26. What a great “guy” card. I never have enough of those. This will make a Fantastic one! Faster too. Well, unless you are me! LOL Have a great Halloween! Relax and enjoy!

  27. How neat is this???? I like all your cards, but some just give such a relaxing feeling when you see them. Thank you

  28. Michele, you outdid yourself again today! How pretty! No brayer or embossing powder? OH MY!!

  29. OOOOO!!!! So lovely!

  30. Harriet Skelly

    This is beautiful Michelle – so serene!

  31. Such a nice card. Some chilly mornings I look out of my kitchen window and see the deer nibbling on Chinese Chestnuts. They are really pretty! Just one of the reasons I like living in the country.

    Thanks you so much for sharing this. It’s very peaceful!

  32. Evelyn----Ks.stamper

    This is so beautiful, peaceful and serene. I’m off to try my hand at this, wish me luck lol. Happy Halloween to you and yours.

  33. Darlene Gabriel

    This is gorgeous – it looks and feels so peaceful. I have got to try this one. Thanks again for your tutorial and inspiration.

  34. This card is beautiful. Linda

  35. I love the quietness and stillness of this card. It is absolutely beautiful.

  36. Beautiful as always!

  37. Wow. Michelle! Your stuff is INCREDIBLE!
    I’m adding you to my list of faves!

  38. Pam SCS "craftea19"

    Michelle, I know you have heard it a million times before…your stamping is incrediable. Each time I get a post in the mail I am awed at what you can do. I appreciate the way you give us the details of each design. I simply can not call each of your designs just a “card’ they are each a piece of art! Thank you for the time you must put into posting each design.

  39. Absolutely beautiful, so tranquil. I feel like the deer will bound away through the trees any second. Thanks for another great tutorial.

  40. Forget the men, I would LOVE to have this card. Would you want to sell it?

  41. What a beautiful, peaceful card.

  42. I don’t know how you achieve it, that feeling of silence and quiet. It looks cool and crisp too! I don’t know if I could just think that up!
    Knowing what your colors will do helps too! I like that Baja breeze color a lot, I like how you apply it!
    I like to make masculine cards because of all the males in my family. Now that they all know I make my cards they appreciate more than ever! ‘Course applying what I learn from your tutorials helps too!
    Thanks again for all you do!
    Now to get a great deer stamp!!

  43. Beautiful scene Michelle. You amaze me every time. Thanks for sharing with us.

  44. What a GREAT card for my brother! He’s not much for “hearts and flowers” but this one will appeal to him. Thank you for a great idea and another fabulous tutorial!

  45. What an awesome piece of art! All of your work turns out to be a piece of art! Such talent! Best, Curt

  46. What a beautiful piece… so serene and soft. Love it!

  47. Michelle- OMG! You are so talented! I just love your work. I keep trying every day to get this wonderful skill you have. I also blog about you from time to time. You make it look so easy! Seriously, just love your work! Stangin Applause! Fabulous!

  48. Opps! Standing Applause!

  49. Fantabulous! Many thanks for sharing it with us and laying out the steps and supplies. Your blog is my number one hope-for-posting of the day!

    I see you use Baja Breeze and Soft Sky alot with your cards. Are there Ranger ink colors that you would say come close to these? I am ramping up my collection of full size stamp pads and I can ramp up twice as fast with Ranger pads than with SU (as I can often find them on sale on the web, so I can get two Ranger pads for the price of one SU!). I really appreciate your help, and your artwork!

  50. Absolutely wonderful ! I love this card !
    Your plays of light and shade are extraordinary!!!! What a beautiful work!

  51. So cool, love the different colors you used for the trees, and neat deer too, it gives the feeling of a foggy morning, wonderful job!

  52. Hi Michelle: I tagged you. Please see my blog.


  53. wow – this is amazing – and I also agree that a stamp-a-jig is an essential tool to own!