Silhouette Stamping

Hello! Today I share an easy way to get a new look out of an outline stamp… by turning it into a silhouette. I also share some tips for blended inking.

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This technique works with any outline stamp that has an obvious shape to it. Or, you can just use solid stamps, too!

I thought the kitty image from the Simon Says Stamp Creepy Cute Stamp Set was just super cute! So I created two cards with her… one as an outline and one as a silhouette.

For the outline image, I stamped the Simon Says Stamp Creepy Cute kitty with Hero Arts Intense Black Ink Pad and colored it in with a Molotow Masking Pen. After it was dry, I used 3M Wide Post-It Tape to mask a rectangle area. Next, I applied Spiced MarmaladeWilted Violet, and Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide Ink with a Mini Ink Blending Tool. This ink is incredibly easy to blend. I also lightly splattered water on the inked area for a starry sky. Once everything was dry, I rubbed away the masking fluid.

I added Glitter Pen on the dried water splatter so they would sparkle… and Tonic Nuvo Crystal Glaze to a few for dimension.

For the silhouette version, I stamped the cat and colored it in with a black permanent pen. I then colored over with it my Versamark Pen and clear heat embossed. I like the added shine and the embossing also resists the ink that I added on top. Oh – and the sentiment is also from the Simon Says Stamp Creepy Cute Stamp Set. (By the way, all of today’s cards are 3.5″ x 5″.)

I did the same process for these next cards, but instead using a floral image from the Power Poppy Vibrant Thanks Stamp Set. I love how the masked outline and the silhouette give such different looks!

On the outline card, I used Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers, and Salty Ocean Distress Oxide Ink and the sentiment is from the SSS / CZ Design Simple Sentiments No. 1 Stamp Set. For the silhouette card, I used Spiced Marmalade, Picked Raspberry, and Seedless Preserves Distress Oxide Ink… and a lovely sentiment from the Gina K Designs All About You Stamp Set. Swoon!

Flower images really work well for this technique!

Here is another example showing a silhouette created by coloring in a outline flower from the Power Poppy Vibrant Thanks Stamp Set. This time I skipped the heat embossing and just left it black from the Pilot Oil Based Black Twin Marker. Still looks nice! Oh, and the rainbow effect is easy to create – just overlap and blend Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, and Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide Ink.

If you don’t have an outline stamp with a obvious shape – or you want to save time – you can do this technique with solid images. This next image from the Gina K Designs Nurturing Blooms Stamp Set… so lovely! (This set is currently free with a $75 order at Gina K Designs.) I stamped it with VersaFine Onyx Black Pigment Ink and clear heat embossed. I used the same colors of Oxide Inks as I did on the last example… and the sentiment is from the SSS / CZ Design Simple Sentiments No. 1 Stamp Set.

The images in the new Tim Holtz Stamptember Cling Rubber Stamp Set are also great for this technique. I created the sky with Peacock Feathers and Salty Ocean Distress Oxide Ink and used a perfect sentiment from the SSS / CZ Design Simple Sentiments No. 1 Stamp Set.

And last but not least… my favorite! The Gina K Designs Framescape Tropical Skies Stamp Set is absolutely dreamy. (I have another project planned with this set soon!) I once again stamped it with VersaFine Onyx Black Pigment Ink and clear heat embossed. That sky? It is dreamy also! So easy – just used Spiced Marmalade, Seedless Preserves, and Salty Ocean Distress Oxide Ink.

I also really like the “you are magic” sentiment from the SSS / CZ Design Simple Sentiments No. 1 Stamp Set. I just seems to work well on many cards.

By the way, I really am liking the Tonic Nuvo Crystal Glaze. It is runnier than Glossy Accents, so it comes out of the bottle easily. I don’t feel it is a “tough” when it dries… but the verdict is still out. I am going to keep using both and I will let you know what I eventually find out!

Thanks for stopping by!


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45 thoughts on “Silhouette Stamping”

  1. So gorgeous! what a fantastic set of cards, love the silhouette stamping technique against those gorgeous backgrounds 😍😍😍. So many options for these! Thank you, as always for your video and inspiring ideas, Lisa x

  2. These are all such fantastic stamps and your techniques are all amazing! It would never have occurred to me to make a silhouette from any of my stamps, however, like you said, as long as its an obvious image it will work! Honestly Jennifer, I do believe you are a genius! TFS!

  3. I have the inks and I will give this a try….I like them all but I also like the one with the deer on it…
    my son-in-law would like that one too……tfs

  4. Lovely projects! I love the look of silhouettes but I never would have thought of coloring in a line image – thank you for the great idea! And I think I’m going to have to invest in those oxide inks – they create beautiful blended backgrounds!

  5. What a great artist you are, again a stunning idea to get more out of your stamps than ordinary, thanks for that.
    Your cards are gorgeous, love the colours you blend together.
    Thanks for your time and effort, see you at your next post.

  6. What beautiful cards! I love your backgrounds and the silhouette stamping! Thank you so much for sharing another great video!

  7. OMG!! These are absolutely amazing!! I would have never thought to turn my stamp into a silhouette!! You are just amazing & I’m definitely giving this a try this very night!! Thank you so much for this and all the creative tips & techniques you have shared!!!

  8. I did finally get some oxide inks. Now I have to get brave enough to try them out. Thanks for the inspiration! You often give me the push I need to get inky in new ways!

  9. Such beautiful cards, Jennifer! Blending with Oxide inks is magical and your results are prime examples. Love the silhouette cards; simply stunning. Thanks so much for sharing and I hope you’re enjoying a wonderful weekend. ~HUGS~

  10. Really looking forward to seeing what you create with the Tropical Framescape stamp set, just love the cards you created today 🙂

  11. Wow these cards are beautiful! So many ways to use one stamp! Thanks for that. The ink blending looks beyond perfect! I’m new to card making and I never knew the difference between clear embossing and white embossing powders. Now I finally know.😀 I always learn so much from watching Jennifer’s videos, I am SO glad I found her!!

  12. I love these ideas and those beautiful backgrounds look fabulous with the silhouette images! Thanks for your amazing video!!

  13. Wow! Such a great set of cards! I will admit- I cringed when you started to blend spiced marmalade and seedless preserves, but it’s a beautiful blend! I had to write it down so I could remember to try that combo I love it! Thanks for the inspiration!

  14. I saw the tutorial video on YouTube and I just had to come back to your blog to add this post “My Favorites”. I really love how simple this design is and really want to use it with some of my stamps. Thanks for sharing such a great idea!

  15. Thanks for the creative boost! I just made 15 cards similar to yours. Actually they are not onto cards yet but when I post them on my blog I will acknowledge that it was you that inspired me!

  16. What beautiful cards!! Your backgrounds are just amazing and then the black silhouettes just make them (the backgrounds) pop!! Such a fabulous idea and so easy to do. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us

  17. Just a thought .why not just fill with the black pen after the ink blending instead of doing it twice:)

    Love the blending

  18. These are great looking cards! I love this look and just recently made a few cards like these for the first time. I really like the addition of the water spots and the shiny clear drops.

  19. The black silhouettes with your ink blending are stunning, Jennifer. Now I need to search through my stamps to find some that will work for this technique. TFS,

  20. Your blending for your backgrounds is beautiful. Love the silhouette images. I have many of those in my collection to try.

  21. Love this technique. Tried this on my own but since i couldn’t find my witch on a broom silhouette stamp I improvised and decided to use an old tree stencil and use black soot over it. Then I put some shimmer mist on it and some puffy sticker ghosts. Please keep the Distress Oxide ink techniques coming. They help me so much become braver with using these wonderful inks and new techniques.

  22. Can you apply oxide distress inks on top of regular distress inks? I was thinking about the petals in the flowers.

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