Thinking of My Sister – Tutorial #184


This scene is one that makes me think of my Sister in Colorado.  She has photos of her garden with bright orange flowers with a background of stunning mountains.   Although my scene does not even come close to her spectacular views, I gave it a shot and was please with the results.  I used the Stampin’ Up Sale a Bration set “Botanical Blooms” in the foreground of this scene.  This is one of the cute sets you can get free with a $50 order during Sale-a-bration through March 31st.

Hang out a bit with me this morning and check out this tutorial.

First though, I have a blog candy winner!!!! 

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The winner of the Basic Grey Stamp set chosen by the random number generator is  . . . . .

Michelle B (JustPaintingAround) who wrote “You are the best! Thanks for the chance!”

Michelle B, please e-mail your address to  and I will pop these in the mail to you!

Thank you to all 573 people who played along!

Now let’s get started on the tutorial.  :)


Stamps: Stampin’ Up Botanical Blooms & Thoughts & Prayers
Paper: Stampin’ Up Whisper White, Tangerine Tango, Basic Black, Baja Breeze
Ink: Stampin’ Up Tangerine Tango, Real Red, Pale Plum, So Saffron, Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip & Basic Black
Accessories: Versamark Pad & Marker, Fine Detail Clear embossing powder, Heat Gun, Brayer, Sponges, Piercing Tool, Post it notes, Photo Corner Punch, Tombo Mono Multi Liquid Glue, Silver Brads

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Stamped the flowers on a 4″ x 5.5″ piece of Whisper White Card stock by loading my stamp with Versamark and then loading it with Basic Black Dye based ink.  I heat embossed it with clear embossing powder and a heat gun.

Note:  I load my stamp first with Versamark because I use dye based inks.  They dry really fast so the Versamark gives the embossing powder something to stick to.  If I were using Pigment ink, I would not need the Versamark.



Loaded stamp first with Versamark and then Tangerine Tango ink before stamping it over the flowers.  Heat embossed them with clear embossing powder and a heat gun.

Note:  Botanical Blooms is a two step stamp set.  It has the out line stamps (first step) and then it has the fill in stamp (second step).  This is a quick set to use and it looks like watercoloring to me.



I over stamped the flowers with the same stamp by first loading my stamp with Versamark and then loading the stamp with Real Red before stamping.  I heat embossed the images again with clear embossing powder and a heat gun.

Although you cannot see it in this picture, the Red ink does give me a bit of variance in the flower color.


Stamped a second set of flowers using the very same steps I used above, heat embossing the images with clear embossing powder.






Now my flowers are not completely covered with embossing so I went over them with a Versamark marker and heat embossed them again using clear embossing powder and a heat gun to make sure they were protected from the ink I will be brayer and sponging over them (called the emboss resist technique).



Brayered So Saffron ink at the bottom of the card stock.


Brayered Pale Plum ink at the top of the card stock.


Layer two post it notes together and tore through the stick part of the post it notes.  I used the post it notes to mask the sky area of the scene.


Sponged Baja Breeze ink on the card stock creating a mountain.


Moved the post it notes down a bit and sponged on Basic Black ink to create a hill.




Removed the post it note mask and sponged Chocolate chip ink around the flowers at the bottom of the card stock.  I also stamped the outline stamp of the leaves over the flowers.


Stamped the leaves fill in stamp with Chocolate Chip ink over the leaves out line.


Waited a few moments for the Chocolate Chip ink to dry and then I wiped the ink off of my embossed images with a cotton towel.


Stamped the tree from the Stampin’ Up Thoughts & Prayers set with Basic Black ink.


Sponged Baja Breeze ink around the card stock edge.


Punch black photo corners out.


Adhered the photo corners to my card front and then used my piercing tool to start the holes for the brads.


Here is my completed card measuring 5″ x 6″.


Last Saturday I was in Indianapolis, IN at the Rubber Stamp and Paper Crafting Festival.  I had the pleasure of Demonstrating a card at Marco Paper’s booth.  It was so much fun meeting so many of you stampers.  Thank you for stopping by the booth to say hello!


May your day be filled with a gentle warm breeze and the smell of flowers.

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



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28 responses to “Thinking of My Sister – Tutorial #184

  1. Evelyn----Ks.stamper

    I am crying I did not win candy……LOL Congrats to the winner, and thank you for the chance. I love this card and those flowers just pop off the card. TFS.

  2. Lovely!

  3. love it! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Great card thanks for sharing.

  5. O another wonderful master piece, :) I love this, now I have to have this stamp :).

  6. Gorgeous colours used in this one!

  7. Harriet Skelly

    This is lovely Michelle!

  8. Gidget-Trish

    The flowers in the foreground are so pretty and I love that tree in the background. Great composition. Thanks again for a great tutorial.

  9. i’m in love with this card! i wish you’d come back to california, i so want to take a class! congrats to the winner of the blog candy. thank you michelle!

  10. Hi Michelle – I’m a loyal fan of you and your artistic ability and I look at your blog frequently. I was not able to attend the Stamp Festival in Indianapolis this year, but I had to laugh when I looked at the picture and saw a friend in the background.

    Thanks for all your inspirations.

  11. Michelle, Another beautiful card! I love the orange flowers!

  12. Sharon in NE

    love this!

  13. Congratulations to Michelle B!!! Want to see what you come up with using this set OK?

    I LOVE THESE MOUNTAINS!!!! I’ve tried to make scenes with two mountains but it just never suited me. I know why now; I always put the black on the mountain that is supposed to be fartherest away. I’m trying your way and I know I’ll like it better. Thanks for sharing Michelle.

  14. Your amazing!! I love this card. I might just give it a try

  15. Looks picture perfect to me!!

  16. So when are you coming to Colorado to see your sister????? That’s where I live. The card is gorgeous!

  17. Michelle, thank you so much for the beautiful artwork you post and the tutorials. I have attempted to duplicate your work, but I don’t have the skill you have nor does Close To My Heart have the realistic type stamps that you use.

  18. Donna Lee Williams

    Love this card. OK, so I love all of your cards.
    One reason I keep coming back to your site is that I learn something new from each tutorial. Like someone else posted I probably would have put the darker mountain in the back – thinking of it like a shadow. Your way works better. And I never would have put pale plum and so saffron together. I really like how you mix cool and warm tones.

  19. I love how your flowers pop! Thank you for the tutorials I look forward to them everyday.

  20. Michelle, I’m so glad to see your workshop schedule increasing – if only you could come over to England (sigh! sigh!) . I hope things are working out for you. I find your tutorials so inspiring.

  21. Love the card, Michelle! The foreground flowers, mountains and lone tree for the backdrop are just wonderful! Beautiful scenery!

  22. Thanks so much for always having such detailed instructions and pictures! I love that you use Stampin’ Up too! Makes it much easier to *try* to duplicate what you have done.

    Every think about coming to Tulsa Oklahoma?

  23. Gloria Dojlido

    I love how you used those flowers. Just gorgeous!!

  24. Encore une carte magnifique !!!

  25. Conniecrafter

    so pretty, just love the tree, great scene!

  26. Simply beautiful..great job as always

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  28. Enter me for the blog candy :)