07 September 2017

SK8r - Silhouette and ink smooshing

A silhouette of a skater on a slash of red affirming that the sky is the limit. You can do anything.

This card features Stampin' Up products: inks, stamps, and cardstock.


These are not affiliate links just the products I use and where you can find them, too (if they're not retired). I am not a Stampin' Up demonstrator.

Putting It Together

One of the challenges I follow has silhouette as this week's theme. If I type it enough and have spell checker notify me it's wrong with a correction, I might finally get how to spell it in my brain.. silhouette... not yet. Anyway, another challenge is a palette (a word I can spell without help) of red, black, and white. I thought about the stamps I have and the skater popped up. 

I got the skater a few weeks ago at a garage sale hosted by a local scrapbooking store. When I bought him, I didn't realise he was Stampin' Up. Only when I went looking for him to catalogue him in Evernote and Inlinkz did I find that he was a long retired Stampin' Up stamp. He was on wood, but on a really hot day, I demounted him.

I was intending to do a single layer card but forgot how badly this cardstock stands up to even a small amount of water and then stamped the front sentiment slightly askew. I actually think it is a much better card, though, because I altered my original idea.

To make the swipe, I put my cardstock under a see-through plastic sheet and then laid clear plastic packaging over the protected card. I swiped a mini ink pad of Real Red on the clear plastic using the card beneath to guide my swiping.

I was given several minis by my Stampin' Up demonstrator from her Paper Pumpkin kits 'cause she doesn't like them. I actually prefer minis because they're easier to store, so it was a win-win because now I want re-inkers for some of the current colours.

I very lightly sprayed the ink with some water and laid the ink on my cardstock, lightly smooshing the wet ink into the paper.

I used a heat tool to dry and set the ink.

 I used the Misti to stamp the skater. I stamped him a few times to get a solid, crisp black. I then stamped the sentiment and.. it was slightly askew (not quite enough to look intentional or good) so I scrapped the idea of a single layer card.  The cardstock was also badly warping from the wet step before, so it really was the best decision. When trimming it, I squared the panel to have the sentiment straight.

Since I decided to use the same cardstock for the card base as the panel, I wanted something to set the edges off without matting. I ran the edge of the panel on a Cajun Craze pad.

The thin line of reddish-brown ink gives the panel a nice finished look.

I used Scor-tape to adhere the panel to the card base to make sure the warping was tamed and the panel would not budge. Plus, Scor-tape is just ever so slightly thicker than tape runner giving a tiny bit of dimension between the panel and the card base. Foam tape or dots would have been too much dimension.

I often feel like a card is unfinished if I don't add something to the inside. I decided to add a sunburst to the bottom of the card, So stamped with Real Red and then a touch of Cajun Craze in the middle. I then brushed on a light dusting of Daffodil Delight for a bit of glow.

Even without a stamped sentiment, the inside still has a nice detail tying to the card front.


The Color Throwdown: Red, White, Black
Happy Little Stampers CAS: Silhouette 
Simon Says Stamp Monday: Stamp It
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday: Stamp It
Crafter's Cafe: Boys Will Be Boys
Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday: Stamptember


  1. Fun card... Great use of these bold colors! So happy you joined us at CTD!

  2. Very eye catching with the bright red and the silhouette, Rijacki! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome project with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! hugs, Maura

  3. Great use if the stamp, brilliant inking too.

    Thank you for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge x

  4. Great card! Love the background! Thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Gals Corner!

  5. Great design and background. Thank you for entering your wonderful creation at The Crafter's Cafe this fortnight for our "Boys will be Boys" challenge.

  6. Superb card, love it! Thanks for playing along with us at The Crafter's Cafe.

  7. You've created a wonderful effect with your inking, and a great tutorial too.
    Thanks for playing along at Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge, Anita x

  8. This is really trendy and has great impact!
    I'm sorry I'm so late in commenting, but a holiday got in the way!
    Thanks so much for entering the CAS Challenge at Happy Little Stampers!


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