To Our Heros – Tutorial #256


This card is dedicated to those brave men and women who are serving our Country. 

Let’s get out our Stampin’ Up Markers and color a while.  That is what I do when I have a ruff day.  Coloring makes me relax. . . . . .Ahhhh.  :)    I notice during my workshops when my students are coloring they get very quite.  Coloring takes concentration.  I think that is why it is relaxing.  When you are concentrating on coloring you cannot be concentrating on anything else.

If you are like me you have the matching ink pad, marker and card stock for every Stampin’ Up color they have.  It makes it so very easy to coordinate your projects.

Hang out a while with me and relax while I take you through this project.


Stamps: Stampin’ Up Courage and Unmounted Wheel Hero
Paper: Stampin’ Up Whisper White and Bravo Burgundy
Ink: Stampin’ Up Basic Black, Night of Navy, Not Quite Navy, Apricot Appeal and Craft White
Accessories: Stampin’ Up Markers, Not Quite Navy, Bravo Burgundy, Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa and Chocolate Chip, Brayer, White Gel Pen, Not Quite Navy Brads

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Brayered Apricot Appeal ink at an angle on a 4.5″ square piece of Whisper White.


Brayered Not Quite Navy ink at the same angle, not covering the Apricot Appeal ink entirely.


Stamped the Courage Stamp with Basic Black ink.


Colored The Soldier’s skin, plane, ship and suluting soldier in with Creamy Caramel marker.


Colored part of the flag with Not Quite Navy marker and then added White Gel pen to the stars and stripes on the flags.


Colored the other stripes on the flags in with a Bravo Burgundy Marker.


Colored the Soldier’s helmet and uniform in with a Close to Cocoa Marker.


Colored the water in with the Not Quite Navy Marker.


Added Chocolate Chip marker to the creases in the uniform, the goggles, bottom of the airplane and the ship.


Added Creamy Caramel to the darker places of the Soldier’s face and hands.

Note:  You can shade with these markers by coloring with the same colored marker twice letting the marker dry in between the colorings.


Sponged Night of Navy ink around the edge of the card stock.


Sponged Basic Black ink around the edge of the card stock, not covering the Night of Navy ink entirely.


Stamped the unmounted Hero Wheel with Craft White ink.

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Outlined the word “Bravery” with a White Gel Pen so it would stand out more.


Assembled card front and added Not Quite Navy Brads in each corner of the main image panel.

Here is the assembled card measuring 5.25″.


Until my next post. . . . .

Huge Hugs,


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19 responses to “To Our Heros – Tutorial #256

  1. The perfect card for any soldier or veteran. Thanks for the easy to follow tutorial. hugs…

  2. That is beautiful, Michelle.

  3. Michelle… as an Army wife, daughter and sister and an Air Force Mom.. I say “well done on this awesome card” ~ thank you for sharing your talent with others. I see you are coming to Raleigh, NC.. not too far from me, maybe I can find my way there.. it would be a real treat to get to learn from you your technique.

    thanks again for your support of our military, it means the world.

    Pam T.

  4. I have always loved your cards Michelle, but the haunting card yesterday and this card today are just gorgeous – the one today is just beautiful

  5. One thing I have to add Michelle is that when I look at your cards, I say to myself, “it seems” as if that’s exactly what the stamp designer would have had in mind for a card design/layout using that set of stamps.” Then you really blow me away and will use the same set in other way and I say the same thing all over again. You really do have an incredible vision. TFS your delights with us.

  6. Awesome……..again, as usual. Isn’t it funny how we turn to stamping and coloring in stressful times? Sorry you’re stressed but your therapy is outstanding!

  7. You make me want to buy stamps I probably would never use just to make this card. This is really really nice. Same with the halloween card you made – I have that roller and a million halloween stamps but do I ever send halloween cards – NOPE – but I make them anyway. They are so much fun to make – i do actually send one to my grandkids but they are getting older and are not so much into halloween anymore. Your work is gorgeous as always.

  8. Your talent just AMAZES me. This is just perfect!

  9. this one just doesn’t seem to need many words – absolutely wonderful! :)

  10. Your card brought tears to my eyes, truly beautiful, we are most grateful for our troops here in Canada and the US. God Bless them everyone!

  11. I think it’s really wonderfull to dedicate such a beautifull card to those men!!
    And….I hope your stress really disapeared while coloring!! ;o)

  12. This is absolutely stunning, Michelle. It conveys such emotion. I love it!! TFS!

  13. What soldier wouldn’t love this card. Good one!

  14. Fabulous artwork!

  15. Gorgeous card for all our military. I just love those stamps. Thanks for the play by play how- to.

  16. Once again you’ve shown what a stamp can really do if it’s used to its utmost potential. Great job. Also, very soothing description of how coloring is relaxing :)


  17. Evelyn----Ks.stamper

    BEAUTIFUL card, gave me goose bumps. Yes I agree coloring is relaxing. Thanks for sharing this gorgeous piece of art work. Love it.

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