Serene Silhouettes Birthday Wishes Card – Stampin’ Up!

I have an elegant card for you today that features the Serene Silhouettes stamp set (wood mount and clear mount) from Stampin’ Up!  Recently I have seen several projects that used a resist technique with beautiful results, so I decided to try it out for myself.  I think the white embossing of the flower image is just lovely!  If you agree, I would love to hear from you.  Please leave me a comment and I will enter you into my drawing.  During the month of April, I will be doing a drawing each Sunday.  One lucky winner will receive one of the featured products from Sale-a-bration.  So, if you missed out on the free items during the sale, now is your chance to win one!  Also, if you enjoy reading my posts, why not have them delivered to your inbox automatically.  Just click on the “follow” button in the sidebar.

Serene Silhouettes (12 of 14)

Today’s project is inspired by three different challenges:  Retro Sketches #108, Splitcoast Stampers CAS266, and The Card Concept #7.

Challenge Images

I began my card with a Whisper White card base.  Then I cut panels of Marina Mist and Soft Sky.  I used my Big Shot to emboss the Soft Sky panels with the Beautifully Baroque and Fancy Fan embossing folders.  I layered the Soft Sky panels on the Marina Mist ones and adhered them to the card base using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

Serene Silhouettes (3 of 14)

Next, it was time to turn my attention to my focal piece for the card.  I began by rubbing a panel of Whisper White card stock with my Embossing Buddy to ensure that I got a clean image without any extra embossing powder stuck on the card.  Then I inked up my stamp with Versamark Ink and coated the image with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  I used my Heat Emboss Tool to set the image.

Serene Silhouettes (1 of 14)

At this stage of the game, things were looking rather plain, but that was all about to change.  The next steps are where the magic happens.  I used a sponge dauber to add ink to the background of my image.  I began by adding Soft Sky ink to the entire background using a circular motion. Then I started from the bottom of the panel and added Marina Mist ink, blending it with the Soft Sky as I went.  I followed the same procedure with my Night of Navy Classic Stampin’ Pad next.  I kept layering and blending until I achieved the desired ombre effect.

Serene Silhouettes (2 of 14)

I finished my art piece by adding a butterfly from the Papillon Potpourri stamp set (wood mount and clear mount).  I stamped the image in Marina Mist ink on Soft Sky card stock and punched it out using the Bitty Butterfly Punch. I embellished the butterfly with a Basic Pearl Accent and attached it to the panel using a Mini Glue Dot.  Next, I punched the bottom of the panel using my Scallop Trim Border Punch and attached it to the front of the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Serene Silhouettes (4 of 14)

For my greeting , I chose the “Birthday Wishes” sentiment from the  Four You stamp set (wood mount and clear mount).  I stamped it in Night of Navy ink on a scrap of Smoky Slate card stock.  Then I used my Hexagon Punch to create the ends of my banner.  Next, I used a sponge dauber to ink around the edges of the panel with Marina Mist ink.  I mounted my sentiment onto the front of the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.  Finally, I added three pearls to the top right corner of the card.

Serene Silhouettes (9 of 14)

For the finishing touches on the inside of my card I stamped the floral image from the Serene Silhouettes stamp set in the corner using my Night of Navy Classic Stampin’ Pad.

Serene Silhouettes (13 of 14)

As a final detail, I stamped the images from the card on an envelope too.  I love the crisp look of the blue tones on the white card.  It just looks clean and elegant.  I would love to hear what you think about this project too.  Don’t forget to leave me a comment, for your chance to win a free stamp set!  Also, if you liked my post today, please pin it to Pinterest for me.  If you scroll to the bottom of the post, you will find a “pin it” button just below my supply list for the project.

If you would like to purchase the Serene Silhouettes stamp set you can shop in my online store now by clicking here.  If you need any stamping supplies, I hope you will consider contacting me to be your demonstrator.  I would love to create with you!

You can find a complete list of supplies used for this project at the very bottom of this post.


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Stampin’ Up! items used to create this project:

Stamp Sets: Four You (130538); Serene Silhouettes (127324); Papillon Potpourri (123759)

Dies, Punches, & Embossing Folders: Beautifully Baroque Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (130917); Fancy Fan TIEF (127751); Bitty Butterfly Punch (129406); Hexagon Punch (130919); Scallop Trim Border Punch (118402)

Card Stock & DSP:  Whisper White (100730) – 4-1/4″ x 11″ card base; 2″ x 3-3/4″ panel; Marina Mist (119682) – 1-1/4″ x 4-1/2″ (2 panels); Soft Sky (131203) – 1-1/8″ x 4-3/8″ (2 panels), one butterfly punch; Smoky Slate (131202) – Banner for sentiment.

Markers & Ink:  Soft Sky Classic Stampin’ Pad (131181); Marina Mist Classic Stampin’ Pad (126962); Night of Navy Classic Stampin’ Pad (126970); Versamark Ink (102283)

Embellishments: White Stampin’ Emboss Powder (109132); Basic Pearls Jewel Accents (119247)

Tools:  sponge daubers (102892); Big Shot (113439); Heat Emboss Tool (129053); Embossing Buddy (103083)

Adhesive: Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430); Glue Dots (103683); Multipurpose liquid glue (110755)


22 thoughts on “Serene Silhouettes Birthday Wishes Card – Stampin’ Up!

  1. did you not get any of the blue background ink from covering the white embossed flower? And the reverse design inside is just magically.


  2. Gorgeous card. Love the layout and think it would also be pretty in other color combinations. I’m with Caroll–wondering does the blue not stick to the white embossed images?


  3. just signed up for your emails–i am so glad to have foud your very elegant cards–thanks for sharing–love the details about making the cards!!


  4. Wow, you’ve created such a SERENE card here! I absolutely LOVE it! The blues are beautiful against the embossed image and I love the way you stamped on the inside. Great butterfly, too!


  5. Heather – I just found your site. I love this card! Very elegant. Actually, I love all four cards you made. Marina Mist is my new favorite color. (Well, after melon mambo!)


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