Dream Gardens – Tutorial #234


Hi Everyone, I’m back. . . . . .   I had a terrific time going down South to New Johnsonville, Tennessee.  I met the most terrific group of ladies.   Just look at this group of Advanced Brayer Students.  We got down and inky and really had a blast.  :)


In fact, we had so much fun that I am going to return to New Johnsonville, Tennessee next July.  So if you missed out on the Brayer workshops this time around contact me and we will get you registered for the next workshops.  The advanced workshop is already half full, lol.  :)

Now, I have an important announcement to make.  The winner of the Stampin’ Up Dream Gardens stamp set is. . . . . .  Drum-roll please. . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Evelyn—-Ks.stamper who wrote “Thanks so much for the chance to win this wonderful set. I have loved the last several cards you have posted and the tutorials, cased one yesterday of coarse it was nothing like as gorgeous as yours but I keep trying. I would love to win that gorgeous set please enter me…….Evelynn”

Evelynn CONGRATULATIONS!!!!   Please e-mail your address to mzindorf@aim.com and I will get this set in the mail to you ASAP.

Thanks everyone for playing along. 

Now on with today’s tutorial.  I used the same set that I gave away “Dream Gardens” and paired it up with another great Stampin’ Up set “Eastern Influences”.  Ladies you need both of these sets.  They go perfect together!


Stamps: Stampin’ Up Dream Gardens and Eastern Influences
Paper: Stampin’ Up Whisper White, Basic Black, Sage Shadow & Blush Blossom
Ink: Stampin’ Up Basic Black, Sage Shadow & Certainly Celery
Accessories: Stampin’ Up Mat Pack & Piercing Tool, Brayer, Stampin’ Up Markers, Versamark Pad and Marker, Clear Embossing Powder and a heat gun, Stampin’ Up Ticket Corner Punch, Metallic Gold Sharpie Paint marker, Sponge

Are you inspired by this Blog?  One way you can help support this blog is by ordering your Stampin’ Up products through me.   You can order from me 24-7 from this link:  http://michellezindorf.stampinup.net or e-mail me at mzindorf@aim.comIf you are within the United States.  Want a copy of the brand new 2009-2010 Stampin’ Up Catalog for $9.95, just e-mail me at mzindorf@aim.com and I will get one in the mail to you.  Want to become a Stampin’ Up Demonstrator and earn instant income?  Consider being part of my Stampin’ Up Team.  Through August 31 you can become a Stampin’ Up Demonstrator for as little as $85 with the mini kit.  ) Also Stampin’ Up is now having a weekly special, click this link to check it out:  http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/michellezindorf/promotions dsc09938.JPG Stamped the flowers from the eastern Influences stamp set on a 4″ x 5″ piece of Whisper White card stock by first loading the stamp with Versamark and then with Basic Black ink before stamping it.  I stamped the flowers twice loading the stamp with Versamark and Basic Black ink in between stampings.


Heat embossed the images using clear embossing powder and a heat gun.


Colored the inside of the leaves with a Sage Shadow marker.


Added Certainly Celery marker to the leaves.


Colored the darker parts of the flowers with a Blush Blossom marker.


Stamped the image from the “Dream Gardens” set by first loading my stamp with Versamark and then with Basic Black ink before stamping it.  Heat embossed the image using clear embossing powder and a heat gun.


Colored over all of the images with a Versamark marker, being very careful to stay within the embossed image lines and then heat embossed the images using clear embossing powder.



Brayered Sage Shadow ink at the top of the card stock.


Sponged Certainly Celery ink at the bottom of the card stock.


Sponged Sage Shadow ink at the bottom of the card stock, not covering the Certainly Celery ink entirely.


Used a Stampin’ Up Ticket Corner Punch on the corners of the main image panel.


Edged my main image panel, Blush Blossom card stock panel and the Sage Shadow card stock panel with a Metallic Gold Sharpie Paint marker.



Assembled my card front and added 5 gold brads at the bottom.  Used my Piercing mats and piercing tools to make the starter holes for the brads and to get them lined up correctly.


Here is the finished card measuring 5″ x 6.5″.


May your day be filled with blossoms and cool breezes.

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

Huge Hugs,


dsc09767tiny.jpg  Get ready for Brayer Workshops!  I am coming to:

Stoughton, Wisconsin

Dayton, Ohio

Columbia, Missouri

Lynchburg, Virginia

Greenwood, Indiana

Castro Valley, California

Yardley, Pennsylvania (near Philadelphia)

Knox, Maine

Akron, Ohio

Broomfield, Colorado

Moore, Oklahoma

Nashville, Indiana

Portland, Michigan


Phoenix, Arizona

Monroe, Louisiana

Jacksonville, Florida

Mechanicsville, Virginia

Raleigh, North Carolina

Colleyville, Texas

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Salem, Oregon

Wheaton, Illinois

Rockville, Maryland

North Chili, New York (near Rochester)

New Johnsonville, Tennessee

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

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

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

24 Responses to Dream Gardens – Tutorial #234

  1. Good Morning Michelle. Welcome home! Your card is beautiful. I didn’t order this set yet. Was hoping my number came up! lol Maybe next time.

  2. heeheehee. I had to chuckle this morning seeing the tutorial. I thought to myself “I know how she does that now!” I could follow along and I “got” it! I am SO glad I got to take your workshops this weekend! I had a blast!!!!!!!!!!

    You are so sweet, and very patient! I had a great time! Thanks for comin’ down south. Can’t wait to see you next year.

  3. Oh….beautiful card by the way. This is a really pretty set. Now I’m going to have to order it.

  4. Georgia Sales

    This is a great card, I love the set, I have just ordered them. Thanks for your inspiration.

  5. Absolutely gorgeous.

  6. Congratulations to Evelyn. Welcome home from a successful trip Michelle! Thank you for this beautiful tutorial! Sage shadow and certain celery are a gawgus combination. I have used your tip about pulling the gold marker along the border many times. What a great enhancement and saves a lot of expensive paper!!!

  7. Ditto what Tonya said! Loved the workshop this weekend and now I can follow the tutorials a lot better. I made two cards yesterday and am set up to work all day long today. What a treat to meet you in person and get that special treatment!

    Beautiful creation today- just cost me two more stamp sets! / Diane

  8. Another gorgeous card! And I love looking at the tutorials even more now that I have taken your class. We did have a terrific time, and you’re an excellent teacher. Thank you so much for sharing your amazing talent!!!

  9. Oh what a beautiful card! And you’re right those 2 stamp sets were made for each other.

  10. Oh, I soooooo Love your work, truly inspirational. Ive yet to ink upmy brayer that Ive owned since 2004! Yeap, thats right, its never been inked. Shocking!! Maybe I just needed a little push….so thank you for the great tutorials!!! :)

  11. wow. I am so amazed at your cards and brayer technique.

  12. Sandy Knecht

    Michelle, your card is fabulous! Columbia is now #3 in line. I’m getting very excited!

  13. LOVELY!

  14. Congratulations, Evelyn! And congrats to everybody who got to take your class, too! Lucky girls…. Gorgeous card as usual, Michelle! Looks like I may have to get that set sooner rather than later…

  15. Gidget-Trish

    Gorgeous card!

  16. Such a beautiful card. The Dream Garden is such a nice stamp set, I just wish it was available in Australia. Maybe it will come out in a future mini catalogue.

  17. This is a beautiful card!!!!!

  18. This is a beautiful card!!!!! You’e work is amazing!

  19. Lovingzinnias (Cleo)

    Michelle, This is Beautiful. I can’t wait to try it. I have the set Eastern Influence. Ohh, What a great time we had at your work shop!!! I can’t believe I can brayer, All because of YOU. Thank You so much for such a good learning experience. I had a wonderful time and learned so much.

  20. Michelle,
    Your work is admired by so many. I have been going over and over how you did this, and wondered why you used Versamark and Basic Black ink instead of Versamark and black embossing powder, or Basic Black Craft pad with black embossing powder. Is there a reason for how you do it? Just wondered !!!

    Love the Asian look of the new set. I have it and plan to use it very soon, starting with trying your technique. You sure do a lot of traveling. Love, Love , love everything you do. Thanks for sharing.

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  22. Beautiful artwork. Wish you would come to our neck of the woods. One of my fellow OSA members went to one of your classes. Your brayer work is outstanding.

  23. Forgot to tell you were I live. In the Atlanta Georgia area. I actually live south of Atlanta. We have two stores – Rubber Stamp Fantasy and Impressive Ideas. Rubber Stamp Fantasy is always open to having classes.

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