Embrace Life Today – Tutorial #180


I needed to get my embossing powder fix this morning so I came up with this project using the Stampin’ Up Set Embrace Life and some clear embossing powder, love that stuff, lol.   I also love pink and brown together so I decided to use that color combo and add a bit of a twist by using Apricot Appeal in the background center to add a glow to the project.  Hope you like it.  🙂

Let’s get started.


Stamps: Stampin’ Up Embrace Life
Paper: Stampin’ Up Whisper White, Chocolate Chip and Apricot Appeal
Ink: Stampin’ Up Basic Black, Apricot Appeal, Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Sponges, Stampin’ Up Markers, White Gel Pen, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Copper Brad, Versamark Marker, Clear embossing powder and a heat gun

Please don’t forget you can order your Stampin’ Up products from me 24-7 from this link:  http://michellezindorf.stampinup.net or e-mail me at mzindorf@aim.com if you are within the United States.


I used a Curvy Cutter and cut a 5″ circle out of Whisper White Card Stock. dsc07794.JPGdsc07795.JPG

Stamped the flowers around the edge of the circle using Basic Black ink.


Used a Stamp-a-ma-jig to stamp the flower in the center using Basic Black ink.


Colored some of the flower petals on the small flowers and the entire large flower with a Pretty in Pink marker.


Added a bit of Cameo Coral marker to all of the flowers.


Went over the large flower’s center and the edges of the large flower again with the Pretty in Pink marker to get a graduation of color in the flower.


Colored over all of the little flowers and the entire large flower with a Versamark marker and heat embossed all of them at once using fine detail clear embossing powder and a heat gun.



Using a circular motion I sponged Apricot Appeal ink in the center of the circle.


Sponged Creamy Caramel ink around the outside of the circle, not covering the Apricot Appeal ink entirely.


Sponged Close to Cocoa ink around the edge of the circle, not covering the Creamy Caramel ink entirely.


Added Chocolate Chip ink at the very edge of the card stock using a sponge.


Stamped the leaves with Creamy Caramel ink.


Colored the leaves in with an Apricot Appeal marker.


Added an outline of Close to Cocoa marker on the bottom of the leaves.


Added a white highlight to the tops of the leaves and the center of the large flower.


Adhered the main image panel to a Chocolate Chip 5″ square panel and sponged Basic Black at each corner of the Chocolate Chip Panel.


Added a 5 1/8″ square panel of Apricot Appeal card stock and a Copper Brad in the center of the large flower.

Here is the finished card measuring 5 1/8″ square.


I hope this tutorial has inspired you to use a warm color in the center of your next project to create a glow.

By the way I have added a few new states to my Brayer Workshop schedule yesterday.   Get ready!  I am coming to:


Wheaton, Illinois

Fort Smith, Arkansas

Dayton, Ohio

Savannah, Georgia

Covington, Indiana

Buffalo, Minnesota

Webster, New York

Stoughton, Wisconsin

Here is a link to my workshop calendar where you can see all of my travel schedule and to get info on beginner and advanced Brayer workshops:  http://zindorf.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/workshop-calendar

May you be glowing with life today!

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



Link to my Stampin’ Up website were you can order all of your must have Stampin’ Up products from me 24-7:  http://michellezindorf.stampinup.net

Here is a link to all of my tutorials:  http://zindorf.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/tutorials-ive-written/

Frequently asked questions answers:  http://zindorf.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/frequently-asked-questions/

53 responses to “Embrace Life Today – Tutorial #180

  1. Just GORGEOUS Michelle. Having a down day in London and just checked out your blog to be greeted with this uplifting card.

    It’s done the trick for me – I’m smiling again.

    Thanks a lot

  2. Michelle–

    This is an absolutely stunning card! I can’t wait to try it, although I know it won’t turn out nearly as good as yours!!!

    Hope things are going well for you. Enjoy the warmer weather they’re predicting for our neck of the woods over the next couple of days!

    Take care,
    Kim in Cincy

  3. I can’t wait to try this! I love round cards!

  4. I don’t know how you keep outdoing yourself, but you do! This is absolutely gorgeous, Michelle.

  5. Another STUNNING card. I love square cards, but find them hard to mail! Hmmm, best figure a way to do that so I can make some of these. They are great. I like the Apricot Apeal with the brown and pink, who would have thought!

  6. This is one of those cards that you can’t help but say “Wow”. You outdid yourself, I love the color combos! I look forward to tying to making this, I don’t know that it will lf look half this good but I will try.
    P.S. I am still working on a location. I will get back with you soon.

  7. This is one of those cards that you can’t help but say “Wow”. You outdid yourself, I love the color combos! I look forward to tying to making this, I don’t know that it will lf look half this good but I will try.
    P.S. I am still working on a location. I will get back with you soon.

  8. This is one of those cards that you can’t help but say “Wow”. You outdid yourself, I love the color combos! I look forward to tying to making this, I don’t know that it will look half as good as yours, but I will try.
    P.S. I am still working on a location. I will get back with you soon.

  9. I love it!, and I have that set. YAY! I definitely have to try this card. It’s really unique, and so pretty.

  10. I love this set! I hadn’t looked at it in the catalogue until you used it in the card “at the lake” on March 23. Then I had to have it. Another card I can use embrace life in, thanks

  11. Jayne S. in MI

    I am SO inspired by your beautiful work! You create such stunning works of art! I especially love the step-by-step instructions on how you color and add such depth with our Stampin’ Up! markers. When I first look at a project, I can’t pick out all of the details that go into making it POP. Your instructions are so easy to see and follow – and you always come up with such inspiring projects!! Thank you for sharing on your blog for all of us to enjoy!

  12. This is just gorgeous. I can not believe how you come up with these amazing ideas. You rock girl. 🙂

  13. I absolutely love this Embrace Life set from Stampin’ Up. You did such a fantastic job as usual and on a circle. How creative is that ? You are always thinking up new ways to do things and they always turn out wonderful. You must dream in color every night because you have such a way of putting the right colors together. ~~Kudos~~ to you Michelle. Happy STamping !!! Becky

  14. Just checking out my daily fix!! haha got to have it! We sure do need you in Charlotte, NC cause the town I live in is way way to small but then again you never know!! Anyway I love this card and love your work and what I have just picked up from this site but I sure would like to know how to be better at a brayer!!

  15. Hope I like it? Michelle, I LOVE it! How beautiful.
    I might even try this one out…I have been trying to find some inspiration for a special birthday card, only your creations live up to that. Hope I get it half as good as yours!

  16. This is just breath taking! I just love the colors and the layout. You always make a plain stamp come to life with every project you do.

  17. WOW!!! I so often do not think outside the box and bravely try different shapes. I love the circle! Your colors really rock my world. Thanks once agaoin, Michelle.

  18. gorgeous Michelle!
    feels a little like SPRING today doesn’t it!! woohooo

  19. Michelle,

    This is so elegant. It really fits my mood today. Gentle, springlike, and beautiful. It is exactly what I needed. I Need to find more time in my daily life to play. I would love to have a wall mural with gorgeous cards like this staring back at me for everyday inspiration.
    Thank you again for sharing. Sorry I missed th eblog candy, but oh well, I never win.

  20. Gloria Dojlido

    Holy Guacamolie!!! This is just outstanding. Leave it to you to put a new spin on an old stamp set. Just gorgeous.

  21. I just wanted to say I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE your ART…..so pretty and I truly enjoy visiting your site on a regular basis!!!! Such inspiration!!!
    Penny Duncan

  22. Your work is just beautiful!

  23. Michelle,
    This is truly STUNNING! (Although, ALL of your cards are always gorgeous!) Thank you so much for taking the time to do the tutorials!!

    Julie (farmerswifejj)

  24. O wow – I can’t believe it! You’re giving a class in Fort Smith. I used to live there. I really wish you’d come to Florida. Please, please, PLEASE! 🙂

    Beautiful card, Michele. Love the colors.

  25. I recently bought Embrace Life because of all the gorgious cards made with this set. I love your design.

  26. This card is gorgeous! What a fantastic, creative layout. Thanks for sharing it all with us!

  27. This card is lovely. I love the colour combination. Too bad you aren’t planning a trip to Canada. Oh well, I will get my fix from your blog. Thanks.

  28. Michelle –

    Another great example of how great your mind works. I literally had to read the entire post to understand how you made this beautiful creation! Great job!

  29. This is just beautiful! I like the colors you used and a gorgeous lay out for the flowers! Thanks!

  30. Oh, so pretty! Love the colors too!

  31. Love the circle of flowers around the outside edge. Beautiful work. I was wondering how you kept the versamark wet enough to emboss the whole thing at once. You must work a lot faster than I do!

  32. How did I find your site?…I haven’t a clue, but I’m HOOKED!!
    Your work is fabulous and gives a whole new artistic avenue to follow–
    You have a fantastic eye and sense of color & design! How generous of you to share all of your techniques through these tutorials! I’ll be watching to see if you ever offer classes in my city! THANKS!!

  33. Simply beautiful! I used this set at our Feb. stamp club. Love it! Inspires me to try a round card!

  34. This is stunning!! I love the color combo and Embrace Life is one of my favorite flower sets!! Fabulous job!!

  35. WOW; absolutely stunning; LOVE the colors!!!

  36. I love how I can always come to your blog and see something unexpected, unusual, something I never thought of. This is awesome! Thanks for the constant inspiration!

  37. You never cease to amaze me and this is absolutely stunning. It took my breath away when I opened this in Outlook and I had to come to the site to leave you a message. It makes me think of some of the beautiful pieces of china that my grandmother and great aunts used to have in their china cabinets that as children we were only allowed to admire from afar!! Thanks for sharing!

  38. Lovin’ the color combo!!! This card is reason enough for me to get out my brand new Curvy Cutter and Stamp-a-ma-jig:)

  39. gorgeous. I have that set too.

    I sent off your class information to both of our stamp stores in hopes that at least one will contact you. I so want to take one of your classes

  40. wow. this card is absolutely beautiful!! I love it!!

  41. Man oh man but this is gawgus! I marvel in your artistic eye! I’m casing this one too! Who am I kidding???? I have cased a lot of your creations! I find I am better using a sponge than a brayer. Maybe I need to attend one of your infamous workshops! Appreciate the tutorial and hope that things are working out for you!

  42. Donna Lee Williams

    This is just lovely. The color combination is fabulous.

  43. this is just gorgeous love how that circle looks 3D

  44. so lovely and the rounded effect you achieved is something else!

  45. Beautiful.

  46. melissa wilson

    thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you for your artwork and tutorials. I would fly to Ohio just to take a class if I could. You are inspirational – thank you!

  47. This is one of my all time favorite creations of yours! It is a brilliant use of the Embrace Life set like no other I’ve ever seen. I follow your blog daily and love all of your work so when a piece like this just sets me off over the top to say it is my favorite (when in reality I think all of your work is brilliant!) then you know this is just superior! Well done!!

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  49. This is SO gorgeous!!! I love this card! I like that it’s round, the way you did the flower as the focal point, the colours, everything!! This is amazing! I’ll be casing many times over I think.
    As always, thanks so much for sharing,
    Beth Greco

  50. Beautiful card Michelle! Love how you use these stamps in such an interesting way!

  51. Oh my word girl!!! Beautiful!!

  52. Really cool card! Your ideas are great! Love the circle idea and it came out so pretty!

  53. I LOVE it!!! You are an artist in every form!!