Dreamy Raccoon – Tutorial #309


Hello there, I am back from the fabulous City of St. Louis, Missouri. 

Although I love to travel, it means I have to leave my stamping room behind for a while.  I think I go into withdrawal, lol.  Creating keeps a sense of balance in my life and it is hard to explain to non-crafting people.  But I have a feeling that you may just understand what I am talking about.

On my last post I left you guessing where I was by showing you pictures of “Lincoln Log Cabin and Farm” in Greenup, Illinois.  It is the last home of Abraham Lincoln’s father and stepmother.  I am totally amazed at how many people guessed right, in fact, nobody guessed wrong.  I’m glad a lot of you enjoyed seeing the photos.  It was my pleasure to share them with you.   If you are in Illinois or visiting Illinois I highly recommend stopping there and taking in a bit of the 1800’s way of life.  Here is a link if you wish to view a few of the photos I took:  http://zindorf.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/2010/02/26/where-on-earth/

Now that I am home for a few days, I am ready to share a tutorial with you.  I don’t normally gravitate to cartoony stamps, but how cute is this little raccoon from the Stampin’ Up set “Under the Stars”.  I paired it up with the Upsy Daisy set that is also by Stampin’ Up.

Let’s get started. . . . .  .


Stamps: Stampin’ UP! Under the Stars and Upsy Daisy
Paper: Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Really Rust, Old Olive and Whisper White
Ink: Stampin’ Up Basic Black, Old Olive, Basic Gray, Sahara Sand, Bashful Blue and Brilliant Blue
Accessories: Stampin’ Up! Sponges, Hearts & Brackets Die, Big Shot Machine, Old Olive Brads, Really Rust and Sahara Sand Markers, Versamark Marker and pad, White Gel Pen, Brayer and Post it notes

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Stamped the raccoon by loading the stamp with Versamark and then Basic Black ink before stamping it on a 4″ x 5″ piece of Whisper White card stock.


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


Colored in the raccoon with a Sahara Sand marker.


Let the image dry and then shadowed his belly and the bottom of his feet and tail with the same Sahara Sand marker.   


Colored over the image with a Versamark marker and then heat embossed the image with clear embossing powder and a heat gun.  Now my image is protected and I can brayer ink over it.


Brayered Bashful Blue ink at the top of the card stock.


Brayered Brilliant Blue ink at the top of the card stock, not covering the Bashful Blue ink entirely.


Wiped the ink off of my embossed image using an old cotton towel.


Mask the top of the card stock, leaving a bit of the raccoon showing below the mask and sponged in a bit of Old Olive ink to start the making of the little cliff for the raccoon to sit on.


Ripped a post it note to use as a mask to define the side of the cliff.  Sponged Sahara Sand ink on.


Removed the bottom mask and sponged a bit of Basic Gray ink at the right side and bottom of the cliff.


Stamped the Upsy Daisy stamp using Old Olive ink.


Colored the flower petals with a Really Rust marker.


Added white gel pen highlights to the flower petals and the raccoon’s eyes.


Sponged Basic Black ink around the edges of the card stock.


Cut two “}” out of Really Rust card stock using the Hearts & Brackets Die and my Big Shot Machine. 


Assembled the card and added a few Old Olive brads.  Here is the finished card measuring 5″ x 6.5″.


May your day today be filled with joy!

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



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19 responses to “Dreamy Raccoon – Tutorial #309

  1. Cute! He put a smile on my face this morning.

  2. Sue Gundersen

    You don’t usually do cutesy.. but I’m glad you did with this little raccoon. I have this set and have been having a hard time using it. As always, thanks for sharing your talent with us!

  3. Hi Michelle, glad you’re back sound and safe. Love this little cuty raccoon but as I do’nt have it I will have to compose. But I do have the upsy-daisies so I will give it a try as soon as I can. Thanks for sharing. By the way, how did your dog behave this time when you were gone, still getting rough on the carpet?
    Bye, Lucy

  4. This is so cute. I love the way you did the cliff effect. You have a wonderful unique way of looking at things and putting them on paper. You go girl!

  5. Lucy asked “By the way, how did your dog behave this time when you were gone, still getting rough on the carpet?”

    Lucy, I have given over all of the dogs care to my husband. Russ now feeds him, gives him his treats etc. Lucas is now transfering a lot of his attention to my husband and not stressing as much about my absence. It’s a good thing.

    Thanks for asking!

  6. Sandy in Tennessee

    Where DO you come up with all these wonderful ideas???? He is to cute for words!! Did you see some Raccoons on your trip that inspired you???

  7. Sandy asked “Where DO you come up with all these wonderful ideas???? He is to cute for words!! Did you see some Raccoons on your trip that inspired you???”

    Sandy, I didn’t see any raccoons on my trip, but I purchased the stamp set and just had to use it. :)


  8. too cute. he’s a darling raccoon. the card is precious!

  9. very cute. Love the way you incorporated both styles of stamps…. well done!

  10. thanks so much for sharing this great tutorial. You have quite a schedule to keep with your workshops! Happy Travels.

  11. WELCOME HOME!!! I really enjoyed viewing your photos, just awesome. This little fella is cute. I have several that come to eat Freckles’ (out door kitty) dinner. Love how you created this scene!

  12. Mary Doerder

    I too do not gravitate toward cartoon stamps, but Under the Stars is on my wish list. With grandchildren, I need to do more fun things, so any other ideas you have with Under the Stars will be greatly appreciated by me.

    Thanks for your awesome ideas.

  13. Sweet, I sure know how the little guy is feeling. Spring just can not get here soon enough ! LOL.

  14. He’s very cute!!

  15. I am glad Lucas is now feeling a litlle bit less stress when you’re gone. It was a very wise idea to try it like this, and even better, it works!

  16. Don’t jump, little critter, don’t jump!!! Oh wait, maybe he was just admiring the daisies? At any rate, VERY cute card and I love it!

    Can’t begin to express how much I enjoyed the class last Saturday at The Inkspot….my friends saw the cards I made and couldn’t believe that I made them! Hmmm, ordinarily I would be insulted but I couldn’t believe that I made them either!

    I did get some decent photos of you with several of the ladies at the class, I will try to remember to email them to you when I log on from the laptop where they are downloaded. Thanks again for a GREAT class…it was so much fun to meet you and learn how to love my brayer!

  17. Sandy Knecht

    Cute card, how did I miss this one?

  18. So adorable, Michelle! Thank you for your inspiration!

  19. nancy littrell

    So, so clever the way you made the cliff. The forground silhouette flowers are perfect too. A really cute and fun scene. TFS and as always your tutorial is awesome.