Birds in Landing – Tutorial #192


I would be so happy to have a stamp collection full of Trees, foliage and birds.  If you follow my blog, you know that already, lol.

I used two neglected shades of gray in today’s tutorial.  I tend to forget how dramatic a dark sky can look when you put white birds in it.

Let’s get started.  :)


Stamps: Stampin’ Up Ever After, Cape Arago Birds
Paper: Stampin’ Up Whisper White, Taken With Teal and Basic Black
Ink: Stampin’ Up Basic Black, Taken with Teal, Basic Gray, Going Gray & Baja Breeze
Accessories: White Gel Pen, Brayer, Brads, Ribbon, Sponge

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Started this project with a 3.5″ x 8.5″ piece of Whisper White card stock.  Brayered Baja Breeze ink on the bottom of the card stock.


Brayered Taken with Teal ink at the bottom of the card stock, not covering the Baja Breeze ink entirely.


Flipped the card stock around and brayered Going Gray ink at the top of the card stock.


Brayered Basic Gray ink at the top of the card stock, not covering the Going Gray ink entirely.


Stamped the Stampin’ Up Ever After plant stamp with Basic Black ink at the bottom of the card stock a few times.


Stamped three different Cape Arago birds that very in size with Basic Black ink.




Colored in the flowers and Birds with a White Gel pen.



Sponge Basic Black ink around the edge of the card stock by scrapping the sponge on the edge of the card stock.


Added Brads, ribbon and a few basic panels and here is my finished card measuring 4″ x 9″.


I hope this tutorial has inspired you to try putting white objects on dark backgrounds to make them pop!

Have a super great weekend.

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



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24 responses to “Birds in Landing – Tutorial #192

  1. What a beautiful card! I love everything about it, the size, lay-out, and colors

  2. Thanks very much for the wonderful tutorial Michelle. I have long wanted to use a brayer and have finally purchased one. I look forward to attempting your stunning effects.

  3. What a gorgeous combination of stamps and colours.

  4. Another great card and tutorial.
    Love the cranes. Nice long card.

  5. What an awesome card! love those birds,…hmmm. LOl like I don’t have enough stamps already!

  6. Lovely card Michelle. I adore you birds.

  7. Gorgeous!!! Love the images, the colors and design.

  8. WOW! Not one single scoop of clear EP or a VersaMarker to be found! That’s amazing! What a beautiful card — as always. Beautiful contrast! Love it! Thank!

  9. Wow, Michelle…those birds are FABULOUS! Love it when cards are different dimensions…it adds to the knockout effect!

  10. Terry Jackson

    Stunning! Another great card. I am in awe!

  11. Hi…I’ve been studying your tutorials for quite a while and am just starting to “get it”. It’s taken alot of practice, but this is my fav to date (and one of only 3 I haven’t had to throw away!):

    But enough of that…I would have done this card the “hard way” by stamping the birds first, coloring, embossing etc. and then done the background.

    How do you come to the realization you can do the background first and then the stamping? Does it just depend upon the opaqueness of the colors you are going to use to color the stamps? I would have really thought the birds would have been muddied coloring in white after doing the background.

    I appreaciate your work and all the work on your tutorials…love them!!


  12. Michelle this is absolutely lovely! I just did a card using grey. Could it be great minds think alike??? No, I can’t even begin to put myself you a category with you. I almost ordered this set but am holding back. I think I’ll check my stash and see what else I can use and try my hand at this. I have yet to find a better white gel pen than the one I ordered from Stampin Up. Others I have gotten from Michaels don’t seem to write! Urrrggg!

  13. Gloria Dojlido

    Beautifully done Michelle. Love those birds in flight!

  14. This card is extraordinary! Thanks for the tutorial!


  15. I love the way the white birds stand out against the gray sky. Just beautiful. I am a beginning stamper and although I have been collecting stamps for awhile (you never know what you will be in the mood for) I think I need to update my collection. This is just a gorgeous card. Love it!

  16. Wow, love how they pop Michelle.

    Have a wonderful weekend

  17. Oh this is stunning Michelle. I have been a follower of your blog for ages now but had to pop on here to leave a comment as I think this card is my favourite out of all of them so far – hard because they are all stunning! I love the effect of the gel pen as it looks like feathers being that the colour isn’t even and grey in parts :) congrats again.

  18. Very nice!!!

  19. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing Michelle. Such a great card…:)

  20. Wow Michelle. This card takes my breath away! I am so glad I discovered your website. It is one of my daily visits. And if there isn’t a new card displayed then I find myself visiting your site several times a day hoping for a new card, new inspiration and then frustration that I have to wait until August to meet you in person when I take your class. I think we got your rain in Virginia Beach this weekend!

  21. Gorgeous, thanks for the tutorial! hugs, Moni


  23. Beautiful Michelle. The white makes the images pop. Your work is fabulous!

  24. GRANDMA !!!! NO WAY !!!! Sweetie, you sound way to young to be a grandma …so guessing your’e a Gigi (Glamourous Granny !!!) xx