greeting cards

Sunset silhouette flowers

Sunset silhouette flowers

This card was created on 5th July: day 1 of The Daily Marker 30 Day Colouring Challenge.

This design had been on my list of things to try for ages — a simple blended panel with silhouetted images over the top — but nearly all my flower stamps were outline images and I didn’t want to have to colour them in black (actually, to be completely honest, it really didn’t occur to me that I could colour them in, I just had it in mind that I needed solid stamps). Then I spotted the fresh cut flowers set and that was just perfect for this style.


I cut a panel out of Strathmore Bristol and used Post-It tape to mask off the top and bottom, leaving a strip across it. Then I used four colours of Distress ink to create a sunset gradient; the bands of colour are very narrow, but the ink blends so smoothly on the Bristol cardstock that it really isn’t a problem.

I left the bottom piece of masking tape in place to ensure a good clean line and so I didn’t have to worry about lining up the ends of the stems. Then, once the Distress ink was completely dry, I stamped the flowers in black, using my MISTI so that I could stamp multiple layers of ink to get good solid coverage.

When everything was dry, I added some details in gold ink — the lines on the leaves were made with the exclamation mark from the alphabet stamp set. I stamped the sentiment in black.

The panel was popped up on the card base using a piece of fun foam and a few black enamel dots finished it off.

Sunset silhouette flowers - detail



  • stamps:
    Lil Inker – fresh cut flowers
    Clearly Besotted – sentimental type
    Lawn Fawn – Smitty’s ABCs
  • inks:
    Versafine – onyx black
    Delicata – golden glitz
  • Distress ink pads:
    mustard seed, spiced marmalade, abandoned coral, fired brick
  • embellishments:
    Doodlebug – sprinkles – beetle black
  • paper and card:
    Strathmore Bristol 300
    Papermill Direct – plain – black
  • miscellaneous:
    Post-It tape (for masking)

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