Medallion Sun – Tutorial #246


Hey Everyone, I am on cloud nine!  I returned home yesterday from teaching some terrific ladies in Columbia, Missouri to find this in my mailbox.   I am the Featured Artist in the September 2009 issue of the Craft Stamper Magazine.  I’m grinning from ear to ear, lol.  I knew it was coming but to see it in print is a real thrill. 

I don’t seek out publication, but I don’t turn it down when asked either, lol.  Anyway, it was a nice return home gift.  :)  If you are not familiar with the Craft Stamper Magazine it is the United Kingdom’s Number 1 Stamping Magazine.    Here is their website if you want more information:


Here are a couple of photos that were taken at the workshops this weekend in Columbia, Missouri.  Just look at those happy stampers!



Now about today’s tutorial, when I seen this Medallion stamp in Stampin’ Up’s new catalog I just had to have it and my mind immediately told me to use it as a sun.   So here it is on paper teamed up with the Stampin’ Up set Branch Out, which is on the dormant list and still available under item number 113200.  :)

Let’s get crankin on this tutorial. . .  . .


Stamps: Stampin’ Up Medallion and Branch Out
Paper: Stampin’ Up Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise and Basic Black
Ink: Stampin’ Up Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip, Not Quite Navy, Tempting Turquoise and Apricot Appeal
Accessories: Stampin’ Up Piercing Tools, Gold Brads, Brayer, Clear embossing powder, Heat Gun, Sponges, Post it notes

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Stamped Tree on a 4.5″ x 5.5″ piece of Whisper White Card Stock by first loading the stamp with Versamark and then with Basic Black ink before stamping it.


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


Brayered Apricot Appeal ink at the bottom of the card stock.


Ripped through the sticky part of two post it notes and used them to mask the ground area of the piece.


Now you will want to make sure you brayered ink is completely dry before going on to this step.

Stamp the medallion stamp with Versamark on to your main image panel.


Heat emboss it using clear embossing powder and a heat gun.


Sponged Tempting Turquoise ink around the Medallion image.


Sponged Pumpkin Pie ink in the middle area of the Medallion.


Sponged Not Quite Navy ink in the sky area, not covering the Tempting Turquoise ink entirely.


Sponged Pumpkin Pie ink in the ground area.


Sponged Chocolate Chip ink at the bottom of the card stock, not covering the Pumpkin Pie ink entirely.


Sponged Basic Black ink around the edges of the card stock and in the ground area.


Used my Stampin’ Up Piercing tool and mats to make holes for my Brads.  This really helps to keep them straight.


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


May your day be filled with awesome light.

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

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44 responses to “Medallion Sun – Tutorial #246

  1. Now I know you made it home safe, a sigh of relief! Congratulation, Michelle for being featured in the magazine. You so deserve it! Thank you for the classes Saturday. They were so much fun and I really learned a lot. Just because you can brayer, doesn’t mean you know how to brayer correctly. Now, I am doing it right and it does look better. Everyone was so nice and Lisa was such a great hostess. It was great finally meeting you and you are a great instructor. Thank you!

  2. Girl you are just to awesome!! I would have never thought of this, but heck, that is why I come by here :). Congratulations on your creations in Craft Stamper Magazine. You sure do deserve it, it is a wonder why you are not in more..

  3. Michelle – congrats on being the featured stamper in the magazine… what I want to know is: what took them so long!!

    I had actually wondered about doing something like this but wasn’t sure how to put it together…now I know and am going to duplicate this card!!


    Be well!
    Becki Flanagan
    Lexington KY

  4. Congrats on your publication. You sure deserve it!

    Your beginning class was incredible on Friday afternoon. I had so much fun, and learned such great techniques. I am anxious to experiment with what I have learned, so I probably won’t be getting much accomplished around the house the week!

    As promised, I took the cards we did to work on Saturday, and even the men co-workers who couldn’t care less about stamping were awe-struck. Heck, I was awe-struck, and I made the darn things (with your step-by-step guidance, of course).

    It was great to meet you, Lisa, and all the other ladies who attended the afternoon class. I hope to attend the advanced class sometime in the future.

  5. CONGRATULATIONS on your publication, Michelle!!! Woooooooo Whoooooooo!!!!!!!!

  6. Michelle… what a pleasure to meet you on Saturday. I certainly enjoyed the class and am so happy that I made the trek to attend. I learned so much and have been ‘dabbling’ a bit since coming back home. Congrats to you on the magazine article. You are so talented and deserve all the accolades!

    Hugs, Peggy

  7. Michelle… what a stunning card, you are so remarkable and what a visionary you are. Kudos on being the featured artist – they picked the best! Have a terrific week. – Susan

  8. I loved your article and wish some day soon you will give us a class here in the UK, I would love to come, in fact would love to invite you to come on over to my little studio and conduct a class………. only in my dreams, ya never know may happen some time! Congratulations! Hugs always! G

  9. I feel like Germana. You deserve to be the “Featured Stamper”. I would love to take your class. I dream would to come to your house for a private lesson. This is a STUNNING card. Judy in Oregon

  10. Gorgeous. Simply gorgeous.
    Congrats on the publication as well!

  11. Absolutely amazing!!!!!!

    Congratulations too on the magazine.

  12. Congratulations on being published in this magazine. I have purchased it many times and will be on the look out for it. The card is wonderful. I really do need to purchase the medallion stamp. Terrific on both accounts.

  13. Lisa Thompson

    The medallion card is even more spectacular than I imagined it would be. I can’t wait to CASE this one!! I can’t tell you how much fun I had this weekend…thanks for coming to Columbia, MO!! What a great experience all around. I may have eaten too many cookies, but all the brayering worked off those calories, right?? LOL! Hope to catch up to you in St. Louis. Hugs, Lisa

  14. WOW! Congratulations on being published :). You so deserve it. I was so excited to see the article (here on your site). Love this card, too. I have the medallion on my wish list. Great tutorial (as always). Thanks again.

  15. Your artistic work is awesome! You really are in a league all your own…I am a rubber stamper; you are an ARTIST!! I love, love LOVE what you do…you are inspiring and deserve all the recognition you get. Congrats :)

  16. Good for you Michelle, You are famous! Congratulations. I think the medallion set is another must have. Another beautiful card!

  17. YOU GO GIRL!!!! You always have such great cards how could they not love you!!!


  18. Congrats on the magazine spread!!

    I have a question – when you do the silhouettes, is there a reason you don’t use black EP, instead of clear on black ink??

  19. Christina Franco

    Congrats on that huge feature article – well deserved! I love your medallion sun – what a brilliant idea!

  20. Another fantastic card, and congratulations on your well-deserved recognition in Craft Stamper! I was delighted, when I got my copy this week, to see that you were the featured artist. There are lots of us in the UK hoping that one day you might come over here to do some workshops. I’m sure that now the article has been published you’ll have many more UK fans.

  21. First let me say…Congratulations!!!!!!! It is about time someone noticed your talent besides us fellow stampers.

    Your cards are amazing, I look forward to your posts, you have no idea how much I’ve learned from your tutorial. It’s like my own on-line private class. Someday when you are near the NYC area, I hope to take one of your amazing classes.

  22. Congratulations, Michelle! It must be thrilling. I can’t think of anyone who deserves it more….enjoy!

  23. Congrats, you so deserve the recognition. Thank you for sharing your art with us.

  24. Wow, I”m gonna get me a copy of that issue at least………if I don’t subscribe for a year. And the group you taught looks like a super group of ladies. You are so right, that does look like the sun!!! Beautiful card.

  25. Michelle!!! Congratulations on being published!! I’m so happy for you! A beautiful layout of you and your work. Perhaps they’ll fly you over there to teach!! You’re going international Sister!! Send me a post card!!

    XXOO sending hugs of delight from Naperville!!

    Take care and STAY POSITIVE!

  26. Congratulations on the magazine feature! it is well deserved.

    I fell head over heels for the medalion stamp, but thought “Will I ever actually use it?” It is a must have now! Geez you are such an enabler ! LOL…hugs…

  27. Congratulations on featuring in CS! It’s a brilliant mag & you deserve to be in it. Hope it makes you so popular in the UK that someone will fly you over here for some brayer workshops (although 2010 seems to be filling up fast!).

  28. WOW! You’re a centerfold!! CONGRATULATIONS!! Well deserved!!

  29. Liana Jenkins

    Michelle, Thank you for such an incredible workshop Saturday! I was so excited and it is was even better than I could have imagined! I love all the projects and techniques you taught us and have inked all day long today! Congratulations on the magazine honor! You are soooo deserving! Thanks to Lisa also for being such an incredible hostess! BTW today’s post is gorgeous!

  30. Hi Michelle! This is Michelle (spelled the right way! Ha!) from the workshops on Saturday in Columbia. I feel like I “got it” but I had so much fun that I signed up for another advanced workshop today! I’ll be seeing you again at The Ink Spot in February. Thanks so much! BTW – This is a fabulous use of that large Medallion stamp & congrats on being published!

  31. Congratulations! Your art deserves to be published! It’s beautiful!

  32. Good Morning Michelle. Congrats on being published. What an honor!!! Love your use of the Medallion stamp, one of my faves. See you on Friday in Lynchburg. I can’t wait

  33. Gidget-Trish

    Wow! Wow for the card with the medallion as the sun. Great idea. And Wow for being the featured stamper in the magazine! Congratualtions! What a thrill for you. And you are so deserving of it. *HUGS* I’m so happy for you. 😀

  34. Congratulation in being published in this Magazine! I love what you created with the Medallion. Your technique and your style is so Wow! I love all the colors you use.

  35. Great to see you in Craft Stamper Michelle … a fab article – congratulations X

  36. Wow, Michelle! GREAT card with Branch Out and Medallion and congrats to you for being a featured artist for the UK mag! I can’t wait for my turn at the brayering class in Feb 2010 in St. Louis! Jan Hoyt

  37. As always great card. Congrats on the feature article, it’s always nice to be recognized for what you do so well! Always look forward to your newest creations.

  38. Sylvia Johnson

    Absoutely gorgeous! Congratulations on being the featured Artist. I am waiting on my paper to put everything you taught us to work. I was so thrilled to come to the workshop. It was a lot of fun. Thanks again

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  41. Hi Michelle, I’ve only just discovered your blog whilst browsing the web on how to brayer. Your cards are amazing and I’m totally inspired. Over the last week I’ve made a few cards with this technique and love it. I’ve also CASE’d your beautiful Medallion Sun card here…

    Thanks for the great tutorials I shall be checking back everyday now.


    Jo :)

  42. Wow! I just found you through another blog…this is a great tutorial and easy for me to understand and maybe try. I’ve never seen that measuring/lining up tool…
    Thank you,

  43. Just loved this card. I just bought the medallian stamp because like you saw it and immediately had to have it. I haven’t played with it yet.
    Thanks for the inspiration.