On the Bench – Tutorial #225


Good Morning, Good Morning, Good Morning!  I finally feel like I could catch my breath this morning and slooooowwww down to create a little something at a leisurely pace.    Sometimes the world just seems like it is going 100 miles an hour.   I try not to get caught up in the race, but it sneaks in sometimes anyway, lol.  We moved to the country 4 years ago to step back from things a bit and enjoy the slower pace.  I forget that now and then.

This mornings project hopefully reflects a peaceful scene, that was my intention anyway.

Let’s get started. . . . :)


Stamps: Stampin’ Up “Scene in the Garden” & “Branch Out”
Paper: Stampin’ Up Old Olive Designer Paper, Whisper White & Basic Black card stock
Ink: Stampin’ Up Basic Black, Sahara Sand, Old Olive, Always Artichoke & Close to Cocoa
Accessories: Versamark marker & pad, Stampin’ Up Markers, Old Olive Brads, Black Gingham Ribbon, White Gel Pen, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, Post it Note, Clear embossing powder, Heat Gun, Sponge

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On a 3.5″ x 4.25″ piece of Whisper White card stock stamped the bench with Close to Cocoa ink.


Now this is what happens to your photographs when you accidentally hit the wrong button on your camera, your pictures go out of focus and you don’t realize it until you start to edit them.  :)

So there are no in focus photos for a few of these next steps, but I will walk you through it.

Colored the bench with a Creamy Caramel marker.

Colored the shadow areas on the legs of the bench with a Close to Cocoa marker.

Colored over the bench legs again to blend the shading with the Creamy Caramel Marker.

Colored over the bench with a Versamark marker and heat embossed the image with clear embossing powder and a heat gun.


Stamped the boots with Basic Black ink using a Stamp-a-ma-jig for placement.


Now we are back in focus, lol.

Colored the middle boots with an Old Olive marker.


Added Always Artichoke marker to the boots.


Colored the boots on the left with an Apricot Appeal marker.


Added More Mustard marker to the boots.


Colored the boots on the right side with a Rose Red Marker.


Added Bravo Burgundy marker to the boots.


Colored over the boots with a Versamark marker and heat embossed them using clear embossing powder and a heat gun.



Created a clap board wall behind the bench by using a post it note to mask and sponge at the edge of the post it note with Sahara Sand ink.  Moved the mask and repeated sponging over and over until my wall was built.  :)



Sponged in the ground with Old Olive ink.


Added Always Artichoke ink with a sponge at the bottom of the card stock.


Stamped the tree leaves by first loading the stamp with Versamark and then with Old Olive ink before stamping.  Heat embossed the image using clear embossing powder and a heat gun.



Stamped the tree over the leaves using Close to Cocoa ink, omitting the grassy section of the stamp by not inking it.  Extended the trunk of the tree at the bottom using a Close to Cocoa marker.


Sponged a bit of Old Olive ink in the leaf area of the tree.


Added a bit of shadow in the middle of the tree by sponging in Always Artichoke ink.


Added a few dots of White Gel pen to the tree.


Assembled and added Black Gingham ribbon and Old Olive Brads.


Here it is finished measuring 5.25″ square.


I hope this tutorial has inspired you to create a peaceful scene of your own, either in real life or on paper.

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

Huge Hugs,


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30 responses to “On the Bench – Tutorial #225

  1. Good Morning Michelle. I also live out in the country and love the mornings with the birds chirping and the smell of the dew and the still of everything else. It’s my favorite time of the day! I love what you did with these two sets. You rock!!!

  2. Ahh … rainboots on a bench, how sweet! And love your coloring job. :)

  3. I’m so glad you’re back – great tute as usual!

  4. Yes it is a calm and relaxing card. Great colors and love those boots on the bench. I don’t recall seeing that set, is it in the new catty?

  5. This is a calm scene..It is lovely. You always seem to create such beautiful things with stamps, that is why I love coming here every morning.

  6. oh Michelle – you are wonderful! I love this!
    Thanks for my lift for the day!

  7. Great day in the morning!!! You are right, the country life is wonderful. Although we are in a terrible drought situation currently, I get up each morning at the crack of dawn and refill the water barrels we have available for any of the wildlife that needs a drink. My peace comes from sitting on the porch and watching the Doe bring their fawns, the turkey bringing their chicks and the variety of birds playing in the bird bath. How to recreate that on paper???? Michelle I especially love this scene you created here. Thanks for sharing.

  8. I love this card – so peaceful looking!! However, unlike Phyllis all we’ve had is rain and clouds. So far this month we’ve had 3 days of sun! No flooding thankfully but downright depressing. Thanks for giving me a smile this gray morning.

  9. Michelle, I really like the wall boards behind the bench! Very clever!

  10. I LOVE how you did the background!! I need to stock up on my post-its!!! 😉

  11. What a restful scene. You can feel yourself slowing down just by looking at it.

  12. Sandy Knecht

    Nice outdoor card.

  13. Nice card–yes–it is peaceful!

  14. Mickey! I love, love, love your work! Thank you for sharing! If you ever get bored (Ha) check out my blog to see what I’ve done with your tutorials! Thanks for the inspiration

    click on your name to the right for Zindorf cards!

  15. Absolutely love your card! This is one of my favorite sets, I wish they would have included it in the new catalog. I collect antiques, primitives & country type items. I am fortunate to have inherited many items from my Grandmother, family, as well as different shops.

    I just recently ran across your blog & have enjoyed all of your cards & love how you show each step!

    Will you ever be coming to the Chicago area? I live in the SW suburbs. I find it quite interesting that you travel around the US to do workshops, how neat to share your talents with others on a personal level besides on your blog.

    What a beautiful serene scene!

    Stampin’ Smiles from Ear to Ear,
    Ann :)

  16. Another great card! I’m busy in the garden too this month. Can’t wait to visit with you again when you come out to CA for your workshops.


  17. Mary-Jane Downey

    Love this card but then I love all your cards!

  18. Michelle! Great scene! I really dig the way you added the tree – very creative Sister!!

    Take care and STAY POSITIVE!

  19. I love this ALOT! I have both of these sets and I’ve been to both of your classes in Buffalo, Mn! I really can do this! Thank you so much Michelle, YOU ROCK!

  20. Oh my gosh, this card is adorable. I just purchased the Scene in the Garden and Branch Out is on my wish list. Beautiful use of both these stamp sets. Thanks so much for sharing the tutorial with us.

  21. Beautiful! So happy to see you back…you were missed! I go back and forth on this set…I only have a few more days to make up my mind about it I guess…?

  22. Wendy Gorton


    I love this set. I found the shaded clapboard siding very effective, much better than drawing lines, which is what I usually do. Also, I liked the way you filled in the tree branches. Lovely card.


  23. Victoria Stevens

    How amazing !!! I have purchased this set also, and another one that needs a wall behind it. I was not sure how to start. Now you have just shown me. Thanks. The other stamp is an old rocker on a front porch. Did not look complete without the wall of the house behind it. Just love your site. Blessings, Victoria

  24. Beautifully done!

  25. Oh my gosh… how gorgeous!

  26. What a lovely scene. I love the boots just sitting there: about to be used or about to be put away?

  27. I bought both of these sets Michelle cuz I knew you would do something with the two of them combined, and I was right!! Beautiful as always.

  28. Gorgeous! I love this garden bench scene!! The wall is fantastic! Thanks for another fantastic tutorial!

  29. wow–you make the best cards! LOVE this one!

  30. Colleen Horner

    Hello Michelle,

    I used this tutorial to make a calendar page for May.
    What fun. I use what I learned at the brayering classes in Nashville IN quite often and have taught the technique to my club members. We all love it.