Happy Little Black Bird – Tutorial #397


Well, well, well, I’m approaching another tutorial milestone here on Freedom to Create.   I hope you are still with me and enjoying the tutorials as I make my way to the 400th tutorial!   Where does the time go.  I could swear I just started this blog yesterday.   How about cheering me on by leaving a comment on this post telling me things you would like to see used or done in one of my tutorials?  Let me hear from you, my cyber friends!  If you are receiving this post via e-mail CLICK HERE TO LEAVE A COMMENT.

Let’s get started. . . . .  .


Stamps: Stampin’ Up! Punch Potpourri and Season of Friendship
Paper: Stampin’ Up! Whisper White, More Mustard, Old Olive, Marina Mist and Basic Black
Ink: Stampin’ Up! Bashful Blue, Marina Mist, More Mustard, So Saffron, Crumb Cake, Certainly Celery, Old Olive, Baja Breeze, Basic Black, Always Artichoke & Early Espresso
Accessories: White Gel Pen, Markers – Basic Black, So Saffron & More Mustard, White Gel Pen, Old Olive Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Basic Black Brads, Bird Punch
Techniques: Direct to Paper

  My Stampin’ Up customers that order $50 in Stampin’ Up merchandise will receive this handmade card though March 31, 2011.

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I love creating direct to paper projects using the Stampin’ Spots Ink pads.  They are so very easy to control for this type of work.

On a 4 3/8″ Square piece of Whisper White card stock, smeared the edge of the Bashful Blue ink spot across the card stock.

Smeared Certainly Celery ink across the card stock.

Smeared Old Olive ink across the card stock.

Smeared Baja Breeze ink across the card stock.

Smeared Marina Mist ink across the card stock from the right side only.

Smeared So Saffron ink across the card stock from the left side only.

Smeared More Mustard ink across the top of the card stock from the left side only.

Smeared Crumb Cake ink across the card stock at the bottom of the green area.

Stamped the branch twice using Early Espresso ink.

Stamped the leaves using Always Artichoke ink.

Stamped the bird using Basic Black ink on a separate piece of Whisper White card stock and then punched it out using the bird punch.

Adhered the bird to the card stock and added White Gel Pen highlights to the leaves and branches.

Added Basic Black marker shadows under the leaves and branches.

Added an Old Olive panel, Basic Black panel and a More Mustard panel.  Added Old Olive Striped Grosgrain ribbon and Basic Black brads.

I felt the card was a little out of balance so I added a strip of More Mustard and Marina Mist card stock under the ribbon.  Also added two leave punches from Old Olive card stock.

Added Basic Black and More Mustard marker to the punched leaves.

Added More Mustard marker to some of the leaves and to the bottom of the bird’s belly.  Also added So Saffron Marker to the bird’s belly.

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

May your day be filled with all of the people and things that you love.

Until my next post. . . .  . . . .



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81 thoughts on “Happy Little Black Bird – Tutorial #397

  1. Kathleen Chabot

    Bravo, Michelle! Thanks for sharing your abundant creativity! I would like to know where you found the acrylic block you use for your unglued wheel stamps. I can’t find any in that length.


  2. Mary C.

    Congrats on all those tutorials — and thanks too for sharing your talent with us. I don’t have anything special I want you to use in future tutorials — but I do have a special love of your beach/ocean scenes! My only other wish is that you would do more classes closer to home in Dayton or Cincinnati. I am dying to attend your brayer workshops.


  3. Dawn M

    Michelle, your tutorials are fabulous!! PLEASE never stop doing this! 🙂 I am learning a fabulous new technique and I LOVE it!! I’m trying to get a group together in our area and invite you out to North Idaho at some point in the future. YOU ROCK!!


  4. I love your tutorials and have ventured out to try creating cards myself using your techniques. I can’t thank you enough for your generosity in taking the time to create these tutorials, I know it takes time to compile these! I can’t really suggest anything, because everything is so new to me! congrats on your milestone!


  5. Susan V

    I would love to see your take on the Manhattan Flower set and die. These are a favorite of mine. If you have already used them maybe you could send me the link. I missed your first 300 or so tutors…..


  6. Elly

    Lady, you’re one amazing artist even without the brayer !! I look for a post from you every day when I first get on my puter and you never cease to amaze me and brighten my day. So 400 done and on to 1000 !!


  7. Jan Reddaway

    As with all your cards Michelle I love this bird one. I really enjoy your wonderful creations and it makes my day to see you in my Inbox!


  8. Linda

    I love these direct to paper cards. Although I love all your cards. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen you do a card with a cake or candle on it. Have you? 400 cards. I am not sure when I first discovered you but I think you had already done about 200 of them. Thanks for being a faithful blogger. We appreciate it. I look forward to getting your mail…….Congratulations!


  9. Monique Lyons

    Congratulations on coming up on 400 tuts! I love your work. Not only is the picture part unique, the way you put it on the card is amazing. You may offset to a lower corner or further to one side. Anyway what I’m trying to say is that you know how to finish off the card to perfection! I would love to one day be able to see you work your magic in person.
    Thank you.



  10. Patti Weizel

    I love all of your beautiful art work. To me, my day is not complete without seeing your daily posting. God has blessed you with such an amazing talent & you share that with so many wonderful people.Thank you for being the sweet,creative lady that you are.


  11. Michelle, I thoroughly enjoy your blog and ALL of your wonderful creations! I took your beginner and advanced classes (what a day!) about a year ago and while I am now a bit more skilled at using the brayer and, to the delight of my Stampin’ Up! customers, have introduced brayering to my class offerings I have yet to develop an “eye” for how to look at a stamp and think, “I could use it like THIS!” in a brayered or ink spot DTP technique. I think that is why you are an artist and I am just a copycat with improving skills but I really do appreciate the generosity you show so often sharing your talent her on your blog. And 400 tutorials? Wow, that is pretty darn amazing! Jan Hoyt/aka “inkerzaway”


  12. Yvonne

    Congrats…wow what dedication to us you have. I have learned so much from your blog,because you put so much into your tutorials. I am ready for some spring cards with flowers and spring colors.


  13. Katherina

    Every card is better than the last! Congrats on reaching such an impressive milestone. Can’t wait to get home from work to try this one. Thank you for sharing your talent with all of us.


  14. Caroline King

    you are an inspiration to all of us. Wow almost to 400. I just love looking at your cards and using my stamps to get the same feel as yours. hopefully one day I will be able to do one of your classes when you are in town again {St. Cloud, MN}


  15. Gail L.

    You are very inspiring, and I look forward to your tutorials!
    Not that I’ve tried any yet…I’m such a chicken, but I love to ooooh & aaaaah!
    I DID purchase a brayer, but I think I’m liking the direct to paper technique!
    Thanks so much for the inspiration, and I will get brave one of these days!
    I wish I lived close enought to any place you teach! I’d so be there!


  16. Ginny

    Thank you for being our tutorial super star! there are few others that I like as well. take care, and keep up the great work. wish u were having a class in orange county (CA). Ginny


  17. Susana Doland

    Hello from Alaska!!
    I really enjoy looking at your blog. You are a great artist, often I am amazed at the easy yet outstanding cards you come out with!! I appreciate you kindness in sharing your talent in a selfless way. (I have not leave a tip on your blog… yet… ;o) )
    I wish you would come to Alaska, I would love to invite you to have a class here, yet I am not sure about how long I will be here, and I notice that you are booked until next year. If you would have a cancelation for the summer months, it will be great to show you a bit of Alaska and host your classes. I have the location for the classes. I am also, a SU! demonstrator… not on your level though. I am a Mom of 4 little rascals, so I am pretty busy to do more than I do.
    May you have wonderful and safe trips teaching and may you enjoy the beauty and fullness that there is in the gift of family and friends. Hugs to you too. Susana Doland


  18. Denise Pitzen;

    Congrats on the 400! I LOVE your tutorials & have been to your beginner & advaced brayer workshops. My family & friends are so very thankful when they get a card that you inspired. I have shown all of my stampin buddies your blog & we have even tried a few of your cards at our monthly get-togethers!

    I would love to see you use the SU crayons & also begin to offer the direct-to-paper as a workshop (although I don’t know how you could fit that in your schedule).

    Thank you soooo much for the time that you spend keeping so many of us inspired.



  19. Pat Jandacek

    Toni just finished saying exactly what I was going to…..Love your art and appreciate the amount of time and energy spent on your teaching us all. TFS


  20. Charlotte W

    Congratulations on your milestone! I love checking them out, and I go back to them frequently to try new ideas. My favorite ones are scenic. Thank you for taking the time to share your expertise with all of us in cyberspace. I am looking forward to the next hundred.


  21. Dana B

    Wow. you are approaching 400 tutorials, aren’t you? that’s wild. must feel amazing. Cute card. I’ve always liked the ways you use your white gel pen and sticky notes to add dimension to cards. I would love to see other ways to add dimension by maybe adding things to cards. Thoughts? thx for all you do!!


  22. Cathy Douglas

    I enjoy looking at your website everyday!! I love what you do, but am especially drawn to the scenic ones you do. I know you teach the smaller cards at workshops, but when you are done with them, would you share the how to’s with us. They are gorgeous! I can usually figure them out, but you always have some neat little tricks to go along with your tutorials. God speed, and thank you for providing such great inspiration all the time.


  23. Michelle, I have not had the opportunity to attend one of your workshops, but you are on my ultimate wish list. I am always so inspired by your work and by your tutorials. I really appreciate how kind and giving you are to share your talent with the rest of us. May you have blessings always,


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