Golden – Tutorial #377

As promised here is a tutorial for you today.  This one shows how to get a nice golden look by layering some warm colors of ink underneath and working to get darker in color as you go.  :)  Hope you like it.

Let’s get started. . . . .  ..


Stamps: Stampin’ Up! Wonderfully Worn and Charming
Paper: Stampin’ UP Whisper White, Soft Suede and Basic Black
Ink: Stampin’ UP More Mustard, Soft Suede, Basic Black, Cajun Craze, Basic Gray, So Saffron, Daffodil Delight and River Rock
Accessories: Stampin’ Up Sponges, Bird Punch, Brayer, Basic Black marker


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Brayered So Saffron ink on the bottom of the card stock.

Brayered More Mustard ink at the bottom of the card stock, not covering the So Saffron ink entirely.


Brayered River Rock ink at the top of the card stock.

Brayered Daffodil Delight ink at the top of the card stock not covering the River Rock ink entirely.

Loaded the wonderfully Worn Background stamp with More mustard ink and dabbed the card stock face down onto the stamp design.  This gives you a really random pattern.

Continued to do the same thing, only with Cajun Craze ink and then Soft Suede ink.

Sponged Soft Suede ink over the bottom half of the card stock, lightly.

Using the Stampin’ Up Bird punch (item number 117191) punched the bird out of Basic Black card stock.

Adhered the bird and the wing to the card stock and added knobby legs to the bird with a Basic Black marker.

Using the negative part of the punched card stock as a mask, sponged Basic Gray ink inside the bird mask.

Added legs to the shadow bird lightly using a Basic Black marker and connecting them to the originals birds feet.

Sponged just a bit of Basic Black ink at the bottom of the card stock.

Stamped the writing from the Stampin’ Up set Charming (item #116519) using Soft Suede ink.

Cut 7, 1/2″ Basic Black card stock strips.

Held them together in groups and cut one end off at an angle.

Layered a 4.75″ x 6.25″ Soft Suede card stock panel on a 5″ x 6.5″ Basic Black panel and sponged Cajun Craze ink around the edges of the card stock.

Layered my Main image panel on a 4 1/8″ x 4 5/8″ Basic Black panel.  Assembled the card front.  Adhered the Basic Black card stock strips to the card front and cut the ends flush with the card front.

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

May your day be Golden!

Until my next post. . .  . . .



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12 responses to “Golden – Tutorial #377

  1. That is a great way to get a shadow!!! Awesome!
    Trish H., Canada

  2. wonderful card Michelle.. thanks for sharing!

    ~ Pam

  3. I love it! Love it! Love it! You make things look so simple. I’ll have to attempt this one. Thanks!

  4. I like how you used the negative from the bird punch for the shadow, so clever!
    Beautiful card.

  5. I have the bird punch and now you have given me two great ideas for using it. I’d never have thought to use the shape as a shadow to the punched bird. I love yesterday’s and today’s cards. Thank you for the tutorial!

  6. Another extraordinarily unusual and beautiful card Michelle. I can’t fathom why you share so freely with the whole world, particularly when you run workshops. This is not a chastisement by the way! :) Far from it, your generosity is as amazing as your work and tutorials – long may it last.

    Thank you so very much Michelle. By the way I have never left you ‘a tip’ but do intend to follow up on that. MWAH.

    Mary Mac

  7. I don’t know how you keep creating such beautiful cards! You keep setting the bar higher and higher for yourself! Can’t wait to try this! Many thanks … and this Thanksgiving, I must tell you I’m very grateful for your inspiration and your tutorials!

  8. This card is just beautiful!! I really love how you did the shadow for the bird. Thanks for sharing all these interesting techniques!!

  9. Oh that’s so lovely! Thanks for another wonderful tutorial on a beautiful card!

  10. Thanks for the inspiration!

  11. Hi Michelle,

    I am a Dutch women and I can not so good English, but I vollow you for a long time.
    I have the birdpunch just in my home.
    I have this card maked this evening, its so nice

    You cant see it on mij blog

    Thanks for al the tutorials you made

    Hugs Ria Reijn
    the Netherlands