Deer Love – Tutorial #369

I have just been dying to get one of the Stampin’ Up Stencils out and use it.  Today is the day.    I feel stencils are a great way to embellish a card without adding weight or over powering your focal point (Deer) in your project.  Join me today on this journey.

Before I get started on today’s tutorial I have a few announcements. 

First, I have added a couple more great locations to my Brayer Workshop Calendar.  I will be teaching in Monroe, Connecticut and Savannah, GeorgiaClick Here to see my complete list of upcoming Brayer Workshop Locations.

Second, I have a new Blog Candy Winner.    Drumroll please. . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . .  and the winner of the beautiful Stampin’ Up set Day of Gratitude is

Kathy Mc

  Who Wrote “Beautiful pictures and gorgeous card. Love the Day of Gratitude set and it’s on my lengthy wish list. Oh year baby, please pick me! Also must say that Savannah is on my “bucket list” of places to see in the good old USA. Thanks for being so kind and generous to your blog followers ~ count me in!

“Kathy Mc, please e-mail your mailing address to me at  within 30 days and I will pop this set in the mail to you. Thanks to all who played along.  Next time hopefully it will be you!

Now on with today’s tutorial.


Stamps: Stampin’ Up Dasher
Paper: Stampin’ Up Whisper White and Baja Breeze
Ink: Stampin’ Up Baja Breeze and Basic Black
Accessories: Stampin’ Up Markers – Basic Black and Soft Suede, Antique Brads, Whisper White Ribbon, Mostly Vintage Decor Stencil, Brayer, White Gel pen, Post it notes, Stamp a ma jig and sponge


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Started with a 4.5″ x 4″ piece of Whisper White card stock.  Masked the bottom of the card stock with a post it note that I ripped the top edge off of.

Brayered Baja Breeze ink at the top of the card stock.  Baja Breeze is an excellent icy color for winter cards.

Stamped the trees from the Stampin’ Up Lovely as a Tree set using Baja Breeze ink. 

Removed the mask.

Colored the deer stamp in, omitting the antlers using a Soft Suede Marker.  Huffed on the stamp and then stamped it on my project.

Colored the image in darker using the same Soft Suede marker.

Stamped the Stampin’ Up Stamp Dasher on the slick side of my Stamp-a-ma-jig plastic sheet using Basic Black ink.  Quickly turned it over onto my project and rubbed the back of the plastic to transfer the image from the plastic to the card stock.

Note the image does not come out crystal clear.  It gives you enough detail to color it in.

Colored the Deer in using a Basic Black marker.

Added White Gel Pen highlights to the antlers, ears, tail and top of heads of the deer.

Put a post it note mask on the project and sponged Baja Breeze ink at the post it note edge to create a shadow under the deer.

Added a Whisper White and Baja Breeze card stock panels.

Using the Stampin’ Up Mostly Vintage Decor Stencil added the design by sponging in the open areas of the stencil Baja Breeze ink.

Moved the stencil down and repeated the process.

Added Whisper White Ribbon.

Added a couple of antique brads.

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

May your day be with love and laughter.

Until my next post. .. . . .  . . ..



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28 responses to “Deer Love – Tutorial #369

  1. Michele this is absolutely GORGEOUS!!!!!

  2. This card is absolutely gorgeous!!! Very nice, Michelle! Love your tutorials because they are so clear and easy to follow.

  3. Shelly Schmidt

    Another gorgeous tutorial!!! Love the pretty colors and the brads you used really are pretty with the subtle colors.
    What are you doing Monday around lunch time (late lunch) ?? Are you around??? I am going to Marco’s in the AM, then heading home…..

  4. You are amazing! Love your creativity.

  5. Sandy in Tennessee

    WOW…what a wonderful card! Thanks for sharing

  6. Oh wow, Michelle, this is a stunning tutorial. I absolutely LOVE the soft colors.

    ….and Kathy, congratulations and enjoy your stamps!

  7. Looooooooooooove it !!!!!!! I agree with all the other comments as well. You are the bomb, your cards are gorgeous, and thank you for sharing your time and talents with all of us!!

  8. This card is insanely gorgeous!! As always, you’ve created another beautiful work of art.

  9. Michelle, this is now one of my favorites. I have to try this one for sure! Thanks!

  10. How am I supposed to work now? I just want to go home and try this one. Thanks for your inspiration. I always check your website first thing.

  11. I know I always tell you how much I love each card – it is so hard not to tell you that!! But I LOVE this card – It is so soft.

  12. Beautiful card! I am amazed at your creativity which just seems to flow without any effort! Thanks for sharing these most amazing tutorials because they are so inspiring for a novice like me. I can’t wait to try some of your techniques.

  13. Simply gorgeous Michelle! This step by step, I might even try! I first have to dust off my brayer…I bought it because of your website but I never take it out to try! This one I will…I love this card, so soft & elegant! Thanks for such great detailed photos & instructions!

  14. A beautiful gentle card – full of love (?) Great tutorial – many thanks.

    Mary Mac

  15. An utterly unique way to use Dasher! Gorgeous card.

  16. Love the colors on your beautiful deer card! :-)
    Congrats to the stamp winner!

  17. What a beautiful card.

  18. This is beautiful. I have never seen how to use this stencil- thanks.

  19. Gorgeous – you can just sense the stillness in the scene.

  20. A beautiful card. Never thought of using the plastic sheet as a way to do a mirror image. wonderful.

  21. Beautiful card. Just love the softness of the baja breeze. I’ll have to pull out my stencil and try it. TFS

  22. This is brilliant, as always! I’m going to try this for my December Stamp Camp! Thanks!

  23. Super card! Can’t wait to try this one, but have to wait until I’m done painting my office and moving everything back…TFS.

  24. Your artwork inspires me that much. When I started stamping I had a brayer. But no one showed me how to use it. I allways try to work with this tool. But that brayer allways apears to be strange and it seems it is not doin what I wanted. So, I stamped for more than ten jears without using it and than I found your blog.

    I would really love to join a workshop. But for thats not possible, I do my best to catch as much from your tutourials as I can.
    Thank you so much.
    Heike from Germany

  25. I love 99% of your creations, but this is CALLIN’ me ! SOOOOO beautiful !

  26. Margaret Iddon

    What a sensational card!! I must try and do it myself.
    I am fa Demo from the UK and find your tutorials inspirational. Thanks very much.

  27. Oh! Now there’s something really snazzy! Saying I learn something from each tutorial is an understatement but I was particularly interested to see how you reversed the image. What a great idea using a piece of equipment that I already own – very cool! I can’t wait to get busy now :) Many thanks….. as always :)
    Chantal from Oz

  28. Debbie Butland

    Hi Michelle: I loved this card and tried to make it yesterday but got stumped when it came to the size for the whisper white card stock and baja card stock. I cut the original whisper white at 4.5 x 4″. What size do I cut the other two panels? Thanks!