Meadow Dies Silhouette CCS521

by Joanne James19. September 2023 12:00

It's Tuesday and time for a new challenge over at CAS Colours & Sketches. Have you missed me? I have been rather absent from my blog in recent weeks - with the eldest of the James Juniors having left to begin university life, it hasn't left much time or opportunity for crafting. This week should see normal blog service resume, starting with this post! This week's challenge is a sketch challenge and Rachel has asked that we add three connected shapes and a sentiment:


Feel free to flip or rotate the sketch when making your card. For my card today I did just that - take a look:


Here's the low-down on today's card:

Ordinarily this is the kind of sketch that would lead me to use three uniform shapes and probably a little designer paper too, but coming to my desk fresh for the first time in a couple of weeks, I went in a completely different direction! I decided to rotate the sketch through 90 degrees and use the vertical as a flower/grass stem, which I stencilled using a stencil made using one of the Meadow Dies onto a loose column of ombre colour that I created first using inks and blending brushes. I then added a simple stamped sentiment from the 'Season of Chic' stamp set and a trio of diecut butterflies that I diecut from Basic Black cardstock and popped up on dimensionals:


Before adding my butterflies, I used a dry brush to add a fine splatter of white frost shimmer paint to my ombre panel; it adds a subtle shimmer, albeit one that is difficult to see in the photographs. 

Here is the visual summary of the key products used on today's project for you to pin for easy reference:


You can see all of my 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

As a reminder, for our colour challenges, you must use all of the stated challenge colours. You may also use neutral colours; however, the challenge colours should be the most noticeable ones featured on your card. We use Stampin' Up! color names for reference, but you are welcome to use any other companies' products as long as you match the challenge colours as closely as possible.

Today's card was inspired by the challenge to create a silhouette over at SUO Challenges and the beautiful ombre night sky above the houses on the left of the Inkspirational inspo photo and I'm also linking up over at Just Add Ink where they are asking us to 'just add wildlife' - I think my butterflies qualify.


Enjoy your day and I'll be back tomorrow with another project. Until then, happy stampin'!


Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

Comments (8) -

Tammy Fite
Tammy FiteUnited States
9/19/2023 2:16:03 PM #

Gorgeous card, as always!!  What a great take on the sketch, and am so glad you share with us at SUO Challenges!!

VickyUnited Kingdom
9/19/2023 4:25:56 PM #

Oh wow, Joanne, I LOVE the way you interpreted the sketch! What a bold colour to choose for your background - it works brilliantly with the black silhouette! Hope all has gone well with the move to uni for your eldest. It's such a massive change to family life too isn't it, and I know you will miss her, so I'm sending virtual hugs to you. Vicky xx

Jan Clothier
Jan ClothierNew Zealand
9/19/2023 6:46:59 PM #

What a beauty! This is such a clever take on the sketch! The soft sponging of a bright colour strikes a perfect note. I’m sure the added shimmer adds even more glamour in real life.

9/24/2023 7:30:53 PM #

WOW! What a striking design!  Thanks for sharing your card with us at INKspirational.

Angel Shaver
Angel ShaverUnited States
9/25/2023 3:11:02 PM #

I love the way you have rotated the sketch and your blended stripe of bright colors is the perfect background for the butterfly silhouettes.

Cindy Coutts
Cindy CouttsUnited States
9/25/2023 6:44:36 PM #

Joanne, love your uniquely lovely take on this challenge and thank you so much for participating with us at We will see you again tomorrow!

Christy Stanford
Christy StanfordUnited States
9/26/2023 11:36:20 AM #

Lovely silhouette butterflies, Joanne!  Love the soft blended colors behind the die cuts, beautifully done.  Thanks for playing along with us at SUO Challenges!

Cécile RIBON
Cécile RIBONFrance
10/3/2023 11:57:26 AM #

Such a beautiful sympathy card Joanne! I love the ombre effect on this gorgeous ink blended background

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