Stack’em – Tutorial #376

Hi All!  I’m back from Beautiful California and I have a tutorial all ready for you to try out.   It was inspired by my trip and my hostess’ little stack of rocks that she has on her property.  See, inspiration can come from anything, even rocks!

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Now let’s start that card tutorial . . . . .. . . .


Stamps: Stampin’ Up! Inspired by Nature
Paper: Stampin’ Up! Whisper White, Basic Black, More Mustard and Soft Suede
Ink: Stampin’ Up! Daffodil Delight, More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze, Early Espresso and Basic Black
Accessories: Stampin’ Up! Sponges, Oval Punches, White Gel Pen and 2.5″ Circle Punch


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Using 3 sizes of Oval punches, punch ovals out of More Mustard card stock.  2 small, 2 medium and 1 large.

Trimmed the top and the bottom off of each oval to make them a bit flatter in shape.

Sponged a spot of Daffodil Delight ink on a 5″ square piece of Whisper White card stock.

Added More Mustard ink around the spot using a sponge.

Added Pumpkin Pie ink around the More Mustard ink using a sponge.

Added Cajun Craze ink around the Pumpkin Pie ink.

Sponged Cajun Craze on the bottom of the ovals.

Added a bit of Early Espresso ink.

Sponged Basic Black ink right at the bottom edges of the ovals.

Dragged the edge of my Cajun Craze ink pad across the bottom of the card stock.   Using the corner of the Basic Black ink pad, swipped in a few lines of color over the Cajun Craze.

Punched a 2.5″ Circle out of my scrap card stock and held it over the lightest area of the sky.

Sponged More Mastard ink around the edge of the circle.

Removed the circle mask and added a ripped post it note to the bottom of the card stock.

Stamped the grasses from the Inspired by Nature Stamp Set Using Early Espresso ink.

Glued the ovals on the card stock, creating a stack of them and one single.

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

Added White Gel pen highlights to the tips of the grasses and also added a Soft Suede and Basic Black card stock panels.

Here is my finished card measuring 5.5″ square.

May you find inspiration in your surroundings.

Until my next post. . . . .



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18 responses to “Stack’em – Tutorial #376

  1. Well I am the first to comment, I love your card, more than the photograph!! TFS…
    Hugs always! G

  2. Michelle, I continue to be awestruck and dumbfounded by your brilliant work. You are so incredibly talented – just WOW

    Mary Mac

  3. I think this is the first time I didn’t quite follow the steps on my first “read-through” so I have to go back and figure out just how you got the sun to look the way it does. This is so gorgeous. I fanally got the last of my complete set of SU ink pads in my last order and was just cutting up some sponges the other day so I guess it’s time to jump in and try this one!! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  4. WOW! I so have to try this one – this is too awesome!!! TFS

  5. Absolutely beautiful Michelle!! Your shading of the “rocks” is perfect. Now I have another card to CASE!! I am so far behind (being on vacation for a month doesn’t help!!).
    Sandi Dailey

  6. lovely – wishing it was that warm here!

  7. Mitzi Luttrull

    I love the rocks! Great card!

  8. great inspiration piece

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    Wonderful card.

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  11. Wow , great card ! I do try again .

  12. So gorgeous! Thanks for another great tutorial.

  13. LOVE those Rocks! You are an inspiration. Hugs…

  14. Wow, I really like this card. I like how you changed up how you made the sun. Definitely seems more desert-y.

  15. This card is incredible!! You are truly gifted! The technique really makes it look like a photo. I can’t wait to try this…

  16. I left a comment on the SCS forum where I found this but, wanted to post here and link to my blog just in case you are interested in seeing my finished project! I love it and your tutorial was fantastic! I saw you are coming to St Cloud, MN in May…I am going to have to look into that! I just loved making this project! Thanks again!