Witch in the Pumpkin Patch – Tutorial #521

Hey There,

Sorry for my absence this week.  We have been at the OSU hospital this week getting pre-surgery testing etc. done for my husband,  Russ’ heart surgery today.  As I type this he is in surgery and I am trying to keep my mind occupied by posting this card tutorial.   I created this card last night in order to clear my mind so bare with me with the coloring.   If you ever want to know what mood I am in look at the projects that I post.  When I want/need to relax I color, lol.  Last night was such a night.

I’ve decided to give this card away as blog candy so if you would like to enter your name to try to win it, please leave a comment at the bottom of this post.  If you are getting this blog update via e-mail, please CLICK HERE AND THEN ENTER YOUR COMMENT.

I will select the winner using a random number generator on Monday, July 9, 2012.  Good luck everyone!

Here are a few Stampin’ Up Reminders before I start the project.   During the month of July, with any $50 purchase, you can get this beautiful stamp set for $5.

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


Stamps: Stampin’ Up! Greeting Card Kids, Everything Eleanor, Jack of all Trades

Card Stock: Stampin’ Up! Whisper White, Basic Black, Old Olive and Stampin’ Up! Watercolor Paper

Ink: Stampin’ Up! Old Olive, More Mustard, Tempting Turquoise, Always Artichoke, Rich Razzleberry and Stazon Jet Black

Accessories: Stampin’ Up! Sponges, 1 3/4″ circle punch, post it note, blender pen, Markers (Blush Blossom, Old Olive, More Mustard, Basic Black, Wisteria Wonder, Daffodil Delight and Soft Suede), brayer

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Stamp the pumpkins using More Mustard ink on Stampin’ Up! Watercolor paper.

Stamped the witch using Stazon Jet Black ink on the watercolor paper.

Colored the pumpkin by adding a bit of More Mustard marker at the bottom of the pumpkin and then used a blender pen to more the color up to the top of the pumpkin a little at a time.

Stamped the stems on the pumpkin using Basic Black ink.

Added More Mustard marker to the bottom of the pumpkins and used the Blender pen to blend the color.   Be sure to just lay a bit of the marker down at a time.  Blend it before adding more.


Added a touch of Basic Black to her hat and cap and then blended it with the Blender pen.

Added Blush Blossom marker to her skin and blended it with the Blender Pen.

Added a bit of Wisteria Wonder marker to her dress and shoes and blended it with the Blender pen.

Colored her hair and the hat buckle and the broom straw using Daffodil Delight marker.   Colored the rest of the broom in using a Soft Suede marker.

Cut out the pumpkins and the witch using Stampin’ Up! Paper Snips.

Now for the background.  Cut a 4.5″ x 6″ piece of Whisper White card stock.  Punched a 1 3/4″ circle punch from a Post it note and used it as a mask for the moon.


Brayered Tempting Turquoise and Rich Razzelberry ink at the top of the card stock.


Sponged Old Olive ink at the bottom of the card stock, making a hill.

Removed mask and adhered the witch to the card stock and added an Old Olive marker shadow below the pumpkin and broom.

Stamped the Everything Eleanor Flourish using Stazon Jet Black ink twice.

Sponged Always Artichoke and Black ink at the bottom of the card stock.


Sponged Always Artichoke ink at the bottom of 2 of the pumpkins and to the Right side of one of the pumpkins.

Adhered two of the pumpkins and stamped the flourish in black over top of them.  Filled in the gaps in the design using a Basic Black marker.

Adhered the 3rd pumpkin using Stampin’ Dimensionals.  Added an Old Olive panel and a Basic Black panel.

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

Please send your healing thoughts and prayers to Russ today.  It would be greatly appreciated.

Until my next post. . . . . .  .


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Scottsdale, Arizona

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Staley, North Carolina

St. Petersburg, Florida

Newburge, Indiana

I hope you can make it to one of my workshops in 2012.  I have decided not to travel after this year, so be sure to catch one this year!

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99 thoughts on “Witch in the Pumpkin Patch – Tutorial #521

  1. Brenda

    The card is really cute and I would love to win it. My prayers are there for you and Russ. My hubby also had heart surgery (twice, actually) and he is fine. It’s hard to be the one waiting until he comes out of surgery. He’ll feel so good after his recovery. Love to both of you and trust God. Keep us posted.


  2. Celia Magro

    Michelle, thinking of you. Thinking of Russ. I really want all to go well for you. I think your art is remarkable…and so is your resilience over the last several years. Once again, you’ve done a beautiful card. I have so enjoyed your blog and appreciate the effort you put into it.


  3. Suzanne Law

    I pray that everything goes well and he has a speedy recovery. I just discover you website and love you cards. If you are ever in Texas would love to attend you workshop. Prayers to you and you family during this time.



  4. Gabby

    Super card, Michelle! I love that little witch on the moon and the coloring of the pumpkins is great. Hope to try it soon. Thank you! 🙂


  5. tish rowe

    Thank you for sharing what is going on in your life right now. This is so stressful and we are praying for Russ. Please keep updates on how the surgery went.
    The fact that making cards gives you peace of mind is so encouraging. YOu are so very talented and I look forward to your postings.
    I would love to win this card. I treasure the ones I bought in the past.
    with all our love,


  6. hugs to you & Russ, w/prayers & much love; it’s amazing what the mind & hands can do in a tight situation, such as you are having; I’d so love to win this card, as I can’t order SU from you (I’m Canadian, eeh?!); have a quiet & stress free day, as Russ recovers from surgery & you by his side.


  7. Sue B.

    Heartfelt good wishes to Russ and to you during surgery and recovery. This card is so cute. Thanks for the opportunity to make it mine!


  8. Mary Ann Huntington

    Michelle, please know that my thoughts are with you and your husband today and the days to come. Thank goodness for all the new technology and the wonderful doctors who study it. I’m sure everything will work out just fine for Russ. I”ve sat in the waiting room for many hours while my husband had surgeries so I know what you are going through. God bless you both.

    I would love the chance to win your beautiful pumpkin card. I’ve learned so much from your tutorials. You are so talented and clever.


  9. Glendel Williams

    Hope all goes well with your husband’s surgery. Prayers go out for you both.
    Please enter my name in your contest. Thanks for all your beautiful tutorials


  10. Bobbie Flatland

    What a wonderful card………I love all your creations. I hope by now that your husband is in the recovery room and all went well. Bobbie


  11. Always love your coloring and cards, whatever the inspiration. How’s the girls? I want you to know I’ve prayed for Russ, that Jesus holds him tenderly in his hands during his surgery and that his recovery isn’t too painful (big incision site). You also have been covered in prayer my friend… Will be waiting for an update later. Take care.


  12. Colorado

    Hello Michelle… my thoughts and prayers are with you and Russ today. May his surgery go well and his recovery be swift. Your card is just gorgeous. Thanks for all of your wonderful tutorials.


  13. Michelle,
    I hope your husband is recovering well. My husband had open heart surgery in 2005. He was very week, but recovered very well. He didn’t follow the Dr.s orders are far as exercise and diet which resulted in a heart attack last month. Make Russ follow the Dr.s orders. I think my husband had a real wake up call after the heart attack as he is following the Dr’s orders now. I also would love to win the blog candy, but even if I don’t I want to thank you for all the step by step instructions you provide all of us. It is very generous!!


  14. Beth Anne in PA

    Sending good thoughts and heartfelt prayers out to you and Russ today. Your card is beautiful…would not be able to tell how nervous you must have been working on it. BTW, hiding in my craft corner is my favorite coping technique too. Hope surgery has gone well and wishing Russ a speedy recovery.
    Beth Anne


  15. Carla A.

    My prayers are with Russ and You and that he will have a complete recovery! This card is so cute, fall is my favorite time of year and I would love to win it! God Bless!


  16. Melissa Layman

    My thoughts are with you as you wait for Russ to be out of the OR. I will hope for his speedy recovery as well. Love your witchy little card, and your coloring is wonderful.

    Hugs from a Canadian friend,



  17. Dana B

    Michelle, I’m so sorry to hear Russ is having more heart surgery. I hope all goes well today and that his heart will be wonderful after this!


  18. Joan Norman

    Witchingly awesome tutorial and card. You are so creative and talented. My prayers go out to you and Russ for best wishes for a speedy recovery from heart surgery.


  19. Thinking of you and Russ for a successful surgery and smooth recovery. ~~Re the blog candy/card, I’d be so honored to receive an original by you! You are so talented and do such awesome work! Even in this time of stress, you continue to be an inspiration to us!


  20. Diana Miller

    Hello Michelle,
    Thank you so much for sharing your cards and tutorials. I just found you about 2 months ago and just ordered a brayer. I can’t wait to use it and try following one of your tutorials. I am praying for your hubby, as he goes through surgery and for you too!


  21. Lori Lee

    This card is so cute and I love Halloween; would love to be the lucky winner! I hope your husband is doing better and has a quick recovery!


  22. Lori Schwaderer

    Oh Michelle, my heart goes out to you. Medicine is amazing now but all that goes out the window when its your loved one. Good Luck to you and Russ. I’ll be praying and sending strong signals your way. I feel like I know you. You sent me a couple of stamp sets you were selling and you are always so kind even if you have 100 things on your plate. I’m coming to Overland Park, Kansas to visit my daughter and will be there that Saturday you are having class and would give the world to take it. I just feel like I shouldn’t because I don’t want to hurt her feelings. We’re only there for 6 days. But I will be there in spirit. You are my hero. Your cards are masterpieces. I’ve never seen anything like them. Whew, I’m longwinded. Take care and Ill be thinking of you and Russ.



  23. Linda U

    best wishes for you and your husband today! You are good people and God will bless you both richly. Love your card and hope to win an original of yours someday. God bless and keep you and the hubby in his care.


  24. Katie B

    Michelle, I will keep your Russ in my prayers as he and you go through this difficult time. Take each day as it comes and do not hesitate to ask family and friends for help when you need it. keep the faith


  25. Michelle Montague

    Boy, the waiting for a loved one to get through surgery never gets easier, does it? I’ll be praying and rooting for both of you.

    Such a beautiful card! I love everything from the colors to the stamp sets! Thank you for reminding me about Greeting Card Kids! I waited so long to finally get them, and now I’ve had them for almost a year, and my eye kind of gazes past them on my shelf when I’m looking for a stamp to use. Time to brush them off and do some coloring!


  26. Teresa

    Dearest Michelle,

    You and Russ are in my prayers. Praying for complete healing and comfort to engulf you both like a soft, snuggly blanket.

    God bless you.



  27. Janna Peterson

    Best wishes for your husband a speedy recovery and to you as well during this time! Thanks for always brightening our day!


  28. Velda

    Always love your cards. Praying Russ came through surgery well and is on the road to recovery and you are getting some well needed rest tonight.
    Love the pumpkin theme. Helps me think of cooler weather as we face triple digits for the next five days.


  29. Sandy Elliott

    Praying for a speedy recovery for Russ and a restful week for you both. Love the card. Looking forward to taking your class in Elizabethtown. You’re amazing! – Sandy


  30. Bev Adkins

    Hi Michelle

    Love your pumpkin card, and the cute witch. My husband had triple coronary bypass surgery in February and is doing fantastic now. He feels so much better and my prayers are with you. Waiting for the surgery to get over is the hardest part.

    I will be praying for a speedy recovery for him and to put your mind at ease.



  31. Stamper_Terri

    Love the card! You always see so many wonderful things in familiar stamps!!! And I’ve love to win the card!!!

    Good to hear your husband’s doing well and home already. Best wishes and many prayers for him!!



  32. Terri S

    My prayers are with you both during the surgery and the recovery time! This little witch tutorial is just the cutest yet. Love the instructions on shading with the markers! Thanks for all your tutorials and inspiration!


  33. GiniK

    Michelle – I’m sure we’re all sending our very best “get well” vibes to Russ.
    But honestly – who wouldn’t be honored to have one of your cards! YES, put me in your drawing – and in the meantime, I’ll be trying my best to make a card like it… and trying, and trying…
    Thanks again, for all you do!


  34. Corky King


    It’s probably too late to enter for the blog candy, but it’s never too late to send heartfelt wishes for your husband’s full and speedy recovery. Bless you both.



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