Summertime with Summer Silhouettes

Another amazing sketch with am amazing ability to inspire!  This week Linda Callahan is our challenge host and sketch designer at Freshly Made Sketches and her sketch is Wow!-inspiring.   Linda’s classically clean style is reflected in the sketch and I think you’ll find it very easy to work with.  Thanks, Linda!  We love you!


Other than some rounded corners, I stayed very true to Linda’s sketch.  I knew I wanted to use black and gold, but wasn’t sure what to pair with it.  After trying several neutrals, I found that Soft Suede kept it very elegant without competing with or being drowned out by the black and gold.  Since I’m waiting for my first order from the 2015-2016 catalog to arrive (any day now!) and I don’t have any current DSPs in my stash, I’m relying on “homemade” prints.  The border stamp included in Summer Silhouettes worked perfectly for a golden mosaic look and it inspired me to include the use of the Mosaic Embossing Folder for the background.

Now here’s where the real fun came in.  I’ve never worked with glitter much, other than glitter glue,  I really wanted to use black glitter on this card.  With glitter, you can’t have one massive glob, at least I don’t think you should, so I used the fine-lined flower (two stamps) in the stamp set.  At first I used Heat & Stick Powder, but found that the glitter was coming off after a short time leaving lots of bare areas.  To correct it, I used a fine-tip glue pen and more glitter to touch it up.  I still haven’t mastered the Heat & Stick for using glitter.  Anyone else have this problem?  Better yet, anyone else have any helpful tips???

FMS194-Gold-Black-Summer-SiI hope you are inspired by today’s card and are ready to go get all glittery.  Black glitter is a new twist for me as far as having it all stuck to my face goes!  I’ll keep this in mind at Halloween time.  🙂  Unfortunately, while doing this post, I think I just discovered that SU’s Black Glitter has been retired.  (Pout)

Here’s Linda’s sketch for Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #194:

FMS194 Linda Callahan

Okay, get going!  First to FMS to see what the ‘Clean Team’ has created for you (some VERY clever uses of this sketch) and then to your craft space to play along!  Hope to see you in the gallery…


Stampin’ Up! Supplies Used:

Retired SU:  Black Stampin’ Glitter (suggested substitute: Black Emboss Powder), Beautiful Wings Embosslits (suggested substitute: Bitty Butterfly Punch)

Non-SU:  Sentiment stamp set (Hero Arts), black hemp cord for jewelry-making, fine-tip glue pen.


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  1. Narelle Farrugia

    Oh I love loving the elegance of this card! The gold accents you’ve used are a wonderful combination with Black and Soft Suede!

  2. Amy O'Neill

    This is a new color combo to me, and I love it! And I love the way you improvised for the dsp. Fab card, Cindy!

  3. Jen Timko

    This color combination is so elegant! Love, love, love this!!

  4. Jen Brum

    Beautiful card Cindy! So elegant! That black and gold are so rich together! Love the embossed background and the sweet butterfly! Gorgeous!

  5. Cindy Lovell

    WOW,fabulous card Cindy!!! Love the glitter and gold…SO beautiful!!!

  6. Kim S

    Beautifully elegant. Glitter sticks everywhere, doesn’t it? My family is always tell me that my eyebrows are sparkling!! I’ve found with heat and stick powder – that if you over heat it, it’s not as sticky. You have to heat it just until it melts and absolutely no longer. But even with that I don’t have great luck with it for simple line images. I tend to always use it to cover an area.

  7. KarrenJ

    This is so beautiful and elegant, Cindy! You’re brave to play with glitter in any shape or form so I take my hat off to you 🙂

  8. Jeanne H

    Your card is just wonderful. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  9. Jen Mitchell

    Oh, I hope the black glitter has come off your face by now! Although I bet it looked really cool! 🙂 And can I just say that using Soft Suede with the black and gold is pure genius! You’re absolutely right that it looks very elegant. Another beauty Cindy!

  10. Irene Bottoms

    Please unsubscribe me for this one as I am getting from 2 different email everyday.

  11. Bobbi Miller

    Beautiful~! I really like the black glitter on the gold. I have never used the Heat & Stick powder, and although I own it, I have never tried it. It does say to heat, then sprinkle then heat again. Not sure how well it works, but in any case, your card is perfect. We would never have known you lost some of your glitter, unless you said so. 🙂 Beautiful color combo as well. Perfect card…from a perfect lady! Hugs!

  12. Barb

    What a lovely card! You’ve inspired me to dig out Summer Silhouettes from its long rest!

  13. Linda Callahan

    I love the rounded corners! And this color combo is so classy! The embossing and glitter add an elegant flair!

  14. Carol Snow

    Cindy, after you put the glitter on and shook off the excess, did you reheat it?? That helps melt it into the heat and stick stuff?? Love your card. Hugs!!!

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