A Bit of Nature – Tutorial #539

Hello There,

I’m off to Arizona today, but before I fly out I wanted to post a tutorial for you.

Today’s card goes together quickly, only uses one stamp set (Stampin’ Up’s French Foliage) and a bit of the technique, Direct to Paper for the background.   You can find the complete tutorial below.




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Now on with today’s tutorial. . . . .  . .

Card Supplies:

Stampin’ Up! Stamps: French Foliage (item number 121166)

Card Stock: Stampin’ Up! Whisper White, Bashful Blue and Always Artichoke

Ink: Stampin’ Up! Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue and Always Artichoke

Accessories: Stampin’ Up! Sponge, Metallic Brads, Certainly Celery Marker, Piercing tools to line up and start brads.

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Cut a piece of Waxed Paper the size of the embossing folder and then embossed it using the Manhattan Flower Embossing Folder and Big Shot Machine.


Started with a 4″ square piece of Whisper White card stock.  Smeared very lightly Bashful Blue ink across the card stock.

Smeared Certainly Celery ink across the card stock, very lightly.

Stamped the leaf using Always Artichoke ink.

Stamped the words down the left side of the card stock using Bashful Blue ink.

Stamped the small leaf using Always Artichoke ink.

Colored the leaves in using a Certainly Celery marker.


Sponged Always Artichoke ink around the edges of the card stock getting heavy on the corners.

Stamped the spots stamp at the bottom left and top right of a 5.25″ square piece of Always Artichoke card stock.

Sponged Always Artichoke ink at the edges of the card stock.

Stamped the spots on the main image panel top right and bottom left corners.  Added a 5.5″ square Bashful Blue panel and a 4.25″ square piece of Bashful Blue card stock.   Pieced holes in the card stock using the template and piercing tool so my brads would be spaced correctly.  Added Metallic Brads.

Added a 5.5″ Whisper White card base.

Here is the finished card measuring 5.5″.

May you be in touch with a bit of nature today.

Until my next post.. . . . .



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11 responses to “A Bit of Nature – Tutorial #539

  1. This card is really beautiful and serene. And now you are going to one of my favorite places – Scottsdale, Arizona. I love it there. I love the beauty of the desert and the most amazing sunsets I have ever seen have always been in the desert; not even sunsets in Hawaii compare.

  2. Great card!! Reading through the tutorial it seems so simple to make and yet the look is anything but simple. Love things like this!!

  3. Lovely leaves card, Michelle! :)

  4. Very nice Card. Michelle you do an awesome job. But I do have one question. Where does the was paper and Manhatten Flower Embossing folder play into this card? Am I missing something or is it just a “left over” from a previous tutorial?


  5. Me again. I should have checked my typing before hitting the reply button. I meant wax paper, not was paper. Sorry!

  6. Fantastic, looks like real leaves!

  7. I never would have thought to put Bashful Blue with Always Artichoke, but they are GORGEOUS together. I have to start thinking of Always Artichoke as a neutral, I guess, because it seems to love a pop of color. Thanks for such a lovely, natural scene!

  8. Pretty, pretty, pretty! :)

  9. A beautiful card. Love the colours and the little stamped details.

  10. This is lovely. I really must try this technique!

  11. I love this, Michelle, I will definitely try it! Barb