Sunday, October 26, 2008

Zindorf tutorials

One of the blogs I like to regularly visit and whose cards inspire me is Michelle Zindorf - who is very talented with the brayer! As I had not had a chance to get my creative juices running for the last few weeks (busy in my regular job, coming home and being mum, as well as being the typist for my husband's assignments - which thankfully are now submitted and finished until study starts again in the new year!) I thought I would attempt a few of Michelle's tutorials. Michelle has several beautiful cards on her blog for which she takes you step by step through the process of creating them. I enjoyed doing them but have decided I definately need more practice with the brayer and sponging (I would so much like to participate in one of her classes but a trip overseas in not on my horizon at this point in time - oh well, I will just have to keep practicing following her online tutorials).

Anyway here are the three cards that I created (showing links to Michelle's tutorials).

I was not really happy with my sponging on this one and as I did not have a large flourish I used the "So Swirly" Stampin' Around Jumbo Wheel. It is amazing what 'sins' ribbons can hide, because underneath this ribbon is a mark from my white gel pen that looked wrong. Here is the link to Michelle's tutuorial.

Stamps: Stampin' Up! "Both Way Blossoms" (retired), Jumbo Wheel "So Swirly"
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Night of Navy, Soft Sky
Inks: Stampin' Up! Soft Sky, Blue Bayou, Night of Navy, Basic Black
Accessories: Sponges, White Gel Pen, Black Marker, Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon, Paper Piercer, Silver brads

The next card I made was following Michelle's Whirling Leaves of Autumn tutorial and as I didn't have any stamps of whirling leaves I thought I would see if one of my Stampin' Up! wheels would work. At first I did not like my efforts but thought I would see it through and mount the card to see if I changed my mind - and I did, I quite like it when put all together.

Stamps: Stampin’ Up! “Lovely as a Tree”, Jumbo Wheel "It's Beautiful"
Cardstock: Stampin’ Up! Cool Caribbean ('07 In Color), Night of Navy, Mellow Moss, Whisper White
Ink: Stampin’ Up! Night of Navy, Not Quite Navy, Cool Caribbean, Mellow Moss, Basic Black
Accessories: Paper Piercer, Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon, Silver Brads, Creative Memories Circle Template, Sponge, Versamark Pad, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Gun

The third card that I made following Michelle's tutorials was based on her California Sunset tutorial and again as I didn't have any stamps of Palm Trees I thought I would modify this and use a Stampin' Up! stamp that I had. I chose the "Summer by the Sea" set, which I masked before doing any brayering. I also was not patient when I dyed my white ribbon with Pink Passion ink and it was still damp when I applied it to the card, so if you look very close you can see some smudges of where the ink has bled onto the card beneath the brads. Sometimes we just need to be patient for the best results!

Stamps: Stampin’ Up! “Summer by the Sea”
Cardstock: Stampin’ Up! Whisper White, Basic Black, Pink Passion
Ink: Stampin’ Up! Regal Rose, Marigold Morning ('07 In Color), Lovely Lilac, Basic Black
Accessories: Paper Piercer, Whisper White Grosgrain Ribbon (which I dyed with Pink Passion), Brads, Sponge, Stampin' Up! Markers, Stampin' Up! Rub Ons

Thanks for looking and enjoy experimenting with your talents.

Happy stamping!

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