Punched Cattails – Tutorial #359


Happy Birthday to me, happy birthday to me.. . . . la, la, la, la.    LOL.

If you haven’t guessed, today is my birthday.  I’m putting off the celebration though until a better time.  My mother is very sick and in the hospital so I will be spending my birthday with her.  Anyway, what better person to spend your birthday with than the very one that brought you into the world, your Mother, right? 

Before I run off to the hospital this morning, I have a fun tutorial for you.  This tutorial shows you how to turn grasses into cattails with punches.

Let’s get started. .. .


Stamps: Stampin’ Up! Inspired by Nature
Paper: Stampin’ Up! Whisper White, Cajun Craze, Basic Black and More Mustard
Ink: Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Early Espresso, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Cajun Craze
Accessories: Stampin’ Up! Horizontal Slot punch, 2.5″ circle punch, Photo Corner punch, Brayer, Sponge, Basic Black marker, White Gel Pen, piercing Tools and Gold Brads

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Brayered Daffodil Delight ink at the top of a 3.75″ x 5.25″ piece of Whisper White card stock.


Added a 2.5″ circle punched from the sticky part of a post it note and used it as a mask for my sun.  Brayered Pumpkin Pie ink at the bottom of the card stock up to the top.


Brayered Cajun Craze ink at the bottom of the card stock, not covering the Pumpkin Pie ink entirely.


Removed the sun mask and stamped the Stampin’ Up! Inspired By Nature Grasses using Early Espresso ink.


Using the Stampin’ Up! Horizontal Slot Punch, punched some pieces out of Early Espresso card stock.  Note:  if you don’t have a Horizontal Slot Punch, use a very small circle punch and cut two sides of each punch to create the same shape.  :)


Colored one half of the punches with a Basic Black marker to create a shadow side.


Glued some of the punches on the grasses, dark side away from the sun.


Sponged Basic Black ink at the bottom of the card stock.


Added highlights to the grasses and catails.


Added Basic Black, More Mustard and Cajun Craze card stock panels.  Also added Cajun Craze and Basic Black Photo Corner Punches.



Added 3 gold brads to each of the Cajun Craze Photo Corners.


Using Piercing Tools, pierced around the Cajun Craze Panel.


Here is the finished card measuring 5″ x 6.5″


May your day be overflowing with Joy and Laughter.

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74 responses to “Punched Cattails – Tutorial #359

  1. Thank you for the early morning inspiration. I sure hope your birthday goes well and that your mom is doing better.

  2. Happy Birthday!!! =)
    What a gorgeous card!! Absolutely brilliant!! Beautiful colors!!
    Hugs, SannaS

  3. What a gorgeous card and so insprational. Thank you. Hope your Mum is soon well. Happy Birthday. Hugs, x ChrisB

  4. I have been following your work for a long time and I feel like I know you somewhat. It’s like you are a celebrity to me and believe me, I have told everyone about the Zindorf technique. LOL
    Just wanted to let you know that I will pray for you and your family. I hope everything turns out to be okay with your mother.

  5. As I was just reading through your tutorial, I started hearing raindrops on my roof – a perfect day to stay indoors and practice my new brayering skills – this will be a perfect project!

  6. What a great idea with the punches! I don’t have that one, but I like the brayering with the grasses just as much! Hope you have a wonderful birthday!

  7. Oh how gorgeous!
    Happy Happy Birthday to YOU!
    Prayers for your Mom!

  8. What a gorgeous card and what a great idea to use that punch to make these..

  9. Love how you’ve created another great look the grass. Awesome.

    I hope your mother is feeling better soon. Family visits really do make a hospital stay go so much quicker.

    I hope you have a great birthday catching fishes or enjoying something fun.

  10. StampinCathy

    This is stunning. I just love the colors and how you did the Cattails. You are so creative and talented. Thanks for sharing you gift with us.
    Happy Birthday to YOU!

  11. Happy Birthday Michelle! May your day be filled with many blessings. Thanks for taking time on your special day to once again share your incredible talent with us. Love your peaceful Fall scene.

  12. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MICHELLE, oh how I wish you could spend the day with your Mom somewhere other than the hospital. Sending get well thoughts to her and a BIG Birthday Hug to you.
    I LOVE todays card. I LOVE cattails. I even bought that punch to make cattails with! I have resisted getting that set too long. I HAVE to have it now.!!! LOL.
    Try to enjoy your day. Hugs to all…..

  13. Happy Birthday to you, love how you did the cattails must have a go. Best wishes to your Mum from sunny Jersey u.k.

  14. So sorry to hear about your mother. Even though I only know you through your blog, I will be thinking of you and sending good energy to you both.

    I love the cattails card–I hope that the comments from so many fans remind you of how much cheer you give to others through your gorgeous cards and easy instructions.


  15. Happy Birthday, Michelle! Get well wishes for your mom. I will keep both of you in my thoughts and prayers.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for coming to Grinnell, IA. I loved your class. I am going to try this card for sure. Orange is my favorite color and I have all the products for this one. Oh, now I need to make the time to create. Thanks for all of your inspiration.

    Have a great day!


  16. Happy birthday Michelle! So sorry to hear about your Mom. I hope she is doing better and I will say a little prayer for her healing. Great card!

  17. Happy Birthday Michelle!
    all good thoughts going out to your mom and you.

    on another note ….
    Love it!

  18. Michelle, I am so sorry to hear you dear mother is under the weather, hope she is better real soon. Also hope Russ is doing ok……. Now to the card, this is so gorgeous and what a genius. I can’t wait to try this, already know it won’t look as pretty as yours but I sure am going to give it the old college try………Thanks for all your info…..

  19. Oh my gosh I forgot to tell you (HAPPY BIRTHDAY) . Hope you get to do something for you today——–

  20. WISHING YOU A HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MICHELLE! I’m sorry your mother is ill. I will pray for all of you.

    I love this card. I have a very similar stamp and what a great idea to turn the grass into cattails! I actually think I can do a similar card. Thanks for all your wonderful ideas!

  21. Michelle, your card is so very beautiful.. I love how you turned the grass into cattails… I will definetely have to try this……
    Sending your a great big Happy Birthday wish and a get well wish for your dear
    Hugs… Patricia Rose

  22. Harriet Skelly

    Happy Birthday Michelle! I am sorry to hear about your mom. I hope you have a good visit with her today! I have to case this card!! What an awesome idea to use the punch to make the cattails with the grass image!!

  23. Marcia Murrow

    Love this card. Terrific colors – love ’em. Was just looking in the catalog at that stamp and thinking how that would be a good set to have. Thanks so much for sharing your ideas and techniques. Happy Birthday and hope you mom is doing better.

  24. WoW, this is gorgeous … and what a clever use of the slit punch!

    Best wishes for a very happy birthday … hope this coming year is your best, ever!

  25. Simply beautiful Michelle and so easy to do. I am definitely going to have to CASE this. Thanks for the inspiration.

  26. Wonderful use of SU!’s slot punch!

    Happy Birthday, my friend. I have your mom in my thoughts and prayers.


  27. Happy Birthday Michelle!!!
    Beautiful card..
    Get well wishes to your mom.

  28. Hi Michelle,
    Happy Birthday! Hope you can find some small way to make your day very special, like YOU!! Can hardly wait to meet you in Tucson! Gentle, healing hugs to your Mom.
    ~ ellie:)

  29. Wonderful use of SU!’s slot punch!

    Happy Birthday, my friend!

    I have your mother in my thoughts and prayers.


  30. As with everyone else here, I’ll pray for good health for your Mom and birthday blessings for you. The card is lovely and I love cattails! Here’s a funny thing – as you constructed the card in the tutorial, I couldn’t help but visualize the punches as hot dogs! Now, I can see a card with the ‘grasses’ from the side, the ‘hot dogs’ on the ends, over a campfire! … I must be hungry …

  31. Wishing you a Happy Birthday on what ever day you choose to celebrate it!! I love today’s tutorial! Cat tails have been a favorite of mine!

  32. What a great idea! I hope you have a wonderful birthday & that your mom is feeling better soon.

  33. A big Happy Birthday to you, Michelle! I wish you to best day ever. I love your cattail tutorial.

  34. I am soooo totally going to case this! What a fab idea…you are one clever girl.

    Hope your mother is on the mend very soon!

    Thanks so much for sharing your talent!!!

  35. cynthia beynon



  36. Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear Michelle…..Happy Birthday to you! Wishing you a fabulous and profitable year (although I don’t know how you can beat Rising Star and top #100 :0) and hoping your mother is on the mend soon. God bless, Kristin

  37. OMG! You made that appear to be so easy. I have to try this! Happy Birthday to You and I hope your mom recovers real soon.

  38. Wonderful way to use the slot punch. I’ll have to look at my punches in a new light in the future. Have a wonderful birthday and best wishes to your mom!

  39. Happy Birthday Michelle! May you be blessed with good health and abundance of joy. Hope that your mom will be better soon!

    Thank you so much for a great tutorial…I’ve enjoyed reading the post, hopefully I’ll get to try out some braying techniques soon!

  40. aaah sweet .cattails .. HAPPY BIRTHDAY .. and im hoping and praying for your mother …your in my thoughts today … try and enjoy your day .. yours in ink anne

  41. Jane T in NW Louisiana

    I hope your mom gets better very quickly.

    Happy Birthday and when you do celebrate, I hope you have a wonderful time.

    Neat idea with the cattails. You are so clever.


  42. Happy Birthday, Michelle, and value the time with your Mom (I miss mine terribly). Get well wishes to her as well. Your cattail card is absolutely divine. Love the colors and your horizontal punch trick. Your attention to detail is beyond belief. Take care of yourself and your loved ones!

  43. Happy Birthday! Hope all goes well for your mother.

  44. Happy Birthday to you! (My DH shares your birthday) Good thoughts for your Mom . Great card!

  45. Windy Ellard

    Happy Birthday Michelle! Thank you for sharing with us on your birthday!
    How your mom is better real soon.

  46. Michelle,

    Happy Birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear Michelle, happy birthday to you!!!

    I’m so sorry to hear your mom isn’t well. Hope she is on the mend soon. Enjoy your day with your mom!!!


  47. Happy birthday Michelle and well wishes for your Mom!

  48. Happy Birthday, Mickey!!! Well wishes for your mom, and plan yourself a fun celebration!

  49. Happy Birthday Michele. You are soooo clever with your cattails. Hope your mom is better soon. Hugs, Becky

  50. Happy Birthday Michele! Sorry to hear your Mom is in the hospital. I hope she feels better soon. Fabulous tutorial! What a creative way to use that punch! Love it!

  51. Your cards are still so gorgeous,and I am definitely an addict tou your blog.
    Unfortunately ,I am too far to participate to your workshop.
    May be one day if you come to Paris,France.
    Happy birthday to you.

  52. Hope everything goes well with your mother…they are very special people. Love this card and colors, thanks for sharing.

  53. Lynda Miller

    Happiest of Birthdays Michelle! Hope your birthday wish that your mom not suffer comes true. Thank you for your inspiring work. Until this week I was intimidated to try any of your tutorials. Started out simply though and WOW, your techniques are very forgiving and stunning. Three down and 300 more to try.

  54. Love the card and the use of the punch. Hope your Mum gets well soon and that you are able to have a good celebration for your Birthday.

  55. Ooo, I actually have that stamp and punch, so I can copy – yeah!

  56. ♫♫Happy Birthday dear Michelle!!♫♫ Great tutorial and I love the tip on how to make the cattails. Hope your mom gets better fast.

  57. JoAnn Burnham

    Happy Birthday Michelle, hope it was a great one and that you had a special time with your mother, even though she is ill. I hope she will soon be well.
    Your card is gorgeous. Thanks for the tutorial on brayering and making the cattails.

  58. Happy Birthday ! and hope your mom is getting metter soon.
    Love the tutorial !

  59. Your creativity is amazing! As always, thank you for sharing your art!

    Happy Birthday to you and many more!

    I hope you Mom makes a speedy recovery!

  60. Your creativity is amazing! As always, thank you for sharing your artwork with us!

    Happy Birthday and many more!

    I hope you Mom makes a speedy recovery!

  61. Judi Szyndrowski

    Happy Birthday, Michelle, and warm wishes for your mother’s improved health. I love your card, as usual. What I did to create cattails is to cut out a small piece of left over rubber in a cattail shape. It is quite small to work with but seems to fill the bill.

  62. Happy Birthday! I hope your mother gets well soon. What a lovely and creative card. Thank you for sharing.

  63. Whenever I look at your cards all I can say is “WOW!” This is certainly another beauty!!

  64. Happy Birthday! Hope you have a good day. Hope your Mom is feeling better soon too! -Diane

  65. Happy Birthday to you!! All best wishes to you and your Mum( hope she is feeling better) Absolutely LOOOOVE your card. WOW WOW WOW!!! Thank you for sharing your creations with us.

  66. cool use of punches, but don’t worry about cards right now unless it’s helping you :) Hope you have a happy birthday when you do celebrate it and that your Mom’s doing better soon!!

  67. Happy Birthday Michelle! Good wishes for your mother’s quick recovery also!

  68. Happy Belated Birthday!
    Thanks for all the great tutorials!

  69. Hi Michelle

    Happy belated birthday! May your day have been one of the most happiest this year and filled with joy and surprises!

  70. Awesome card! Wish I could “see” things like you!! You are an amazing artist, thanks so much for sharing!

  71. Oh Michelle your tutorial are absolutely wonderful, I am challenging myself to try some of the things that I have never done. I love this card as the colours are so me, however I don’t seem to be able to get my brayer to move smoothly, I have lines it doesn’t seem to blend very well. Is there a trick to doing this sort of thing?

  72. Absolutely gorgeous card! Love your clever idea on how to make cattails.

  73. Thank you for the amazing tutorial! Love the way you made the cattails 3D!
    Thanks for sharing! :o)