For my cards this week, I used the top half of the Stampin’ Up! Banner Blooms die to create a silhouette style card.
Whilst it’s possible to make this card using plain card, I wanted to add some dimension to mine so blended some inks onto my Bermuda Bay panel and then spritzed with some Frost White Shimmer Paint for a bit of shine.
Next, I die-cut the banner blooms from Whisper White card together with my sentiment from the Well Written dies set and glued them in place, cutting off any excess from the banner die.
Since I had used Night of Navy ink, I used a navy mat layer and mounted on a white card base to tie all the elements together and finished with a few navy gemstones.
For my second card, I wanted to try a warmer colour palette and used Crushed Curry as a base and used black card for my blooms and sentiment. Again, I added a few rhinestones for a bit of bling.
I do love a silhouette! Trees, plants, buildings, birds, people to name but a few – they all make great silhouettes that are super to use for card making. Create a background by using your preferred method – sponging, brayering, watercolour, stamping, embossing – and put your silhouette over the top. When I spotted the Friendly Silhouette Dies in the new Stampin’ Up! annual catalogue, they were immediately put on my wish list. I mistakenly thought that there were 3 silhouette border dies in the set, and there are – sort of! More on that later though.
For two of my cards, I sponged a sunrise and a sunset. What I like about inking sky backgrounds is that you can’t actually go wrong! For example, if you look at a sunset there are so many colours, shapes and patterns, many of which you’d think were unrealistic if you saw them in a painting but there they are in real life. That’s one of the beauties of nature, it’s sheer randomness!
I began by sticking post-it notes along the card to make the horizon (1). Then I decided whether or not to have a sun. I had a sun in these so punched a circular mask from a post-it note and used both the negative (1) and positive pieces (3) at different stages. After I’d sponged the sun, I removed the negative mask (2) and then placed the sun mask over the sun (3) whilst I sponged the sky. I used Crushed Curry, Rococo Rose and Seaside Spray for my sunrise sky. I removed the masks and then coloured below the horizon using a Basic Black marker (4).
I cut out the floral border from Basic Black card and simply glued the border over the sunrise. At this stage, I didn’t like the black horizon I’d drawn in so I just covered it up with the border die.
For the second card, I used an ink ‘smooshing’ technique. I got my largest block and pressed my Blackberry Bliss ink pad directly onto the bottom third of the block, transferring plenty of ink. I repeated this with Bermuda Bay on the top third of the block. For the bit in between, I applied Night of Navy using sponge daubers.
Once the block was covered, I spritzed it with plenty of water and then placed the card onto the block, pressed well, then removed and left to dry. The great thing about these types of background is that they are fun to make and are completely unique!
The bull rush border (my favourite!) was used for this card and I cut out an additional border from vellum and stuck it behind the black card, offset slightly to give some extra visual interest.
So that bring us to the last die. Now I thought that this was a palm tree border so image my horror when this is what was left when I’d cut out my border! I even contacted demo support to check that the thing wasn’t faulty!!
Anyway, another demonstrator in Amanda’s team guessed (correctly) that it is designed so that you use the negative space instead of the cut out. So, you ink up your background scene, then cut out the trees and put your background on top of a black card base to give you the silhouetted look. Now call me picky but I think a background should be, well…you know, in the background and the thing that’s making the silhouette should be in the foreground. Maybe I’m thinking about this too scientifically! Anyhow, this is how it looks behind my inked sunset.
I’ve left all my cards without sentiments so I can use them for whatever occasion demands in the future.
I love cats so when the Nine Lives stamp set appeared in the spring/summer catalogue, I had to have it. I like that you can use just the outline kitty or stamp different fur pattern effects on top. There’s a coordinating punch too which has been out for a while that saves some fussy cutting!
At a recent Stampin’ Up! team event, I watched a demonstration on mirror stamping. This technique does what it says on the tin in that it allows you to create a mirror image of the stamp. It works best using line images rather than solid ones and needs a Stamparatus or other stamp positioning tool and a silicone mat.
I thought the outline cat stamp would be suitable for this technique so to begin with, I mounted the stamp in the Stamparatus and stamped the image onto the silicone mat.
Carefully place the card face down onto the mat and close the Stamparatus plate to use the stamp to transfer the ink from the silicone mat onto the card using firm pressure over the image. Next turn the card over and stamp the image as normal and you should have the image and its mirrored counterpart next to each other!
It took me a few practices to get the pressure right so that I didn’t smudge the image or only partially transfer it.
I had hoped the cats would look like they were friends but they don’t look overly friendly. Anyone who shares their home with cats will know that they have their own agenda and will do exactly as they please! It seems that stamped cats are exactly the same!! I added some hearts from the same set and a couple of linen thread bows in a desperate attempt to make it into an anniversary card.
For my second card, I wanted to use the punch to make a ‘fun pun’ card. After punching a cat silhouette from basic grey, smoky slate, basic black and silver foil card, I cut a square card front, marked the half way points and placed a cat in each quarter. I used a black marker to write the French numbers un…deux…trois and then CAT rather than quatre for a bit of fun! Some paw prints and a dashed line finished the front which was mounted on a Basic Grey card base. Très jolie!