Southwest Cowboy -Tutorial #354


Do you ever look at a stamp and wonder what it would look like as a silhouette?  I decided to use the cowboy out of the the new Stampin’ Up! set Out West as a silhouette and it worked out great.  

Hang out a moment and check this direct to paper tutorial out.  I love, love, love smearing ink!   Note:   I used ink spots, but you can use the full size pads also for this technique.  Be sure to just use the edge of the pad when smearing.

Let’s get started. . .  . . . . .


Stamps: Stampin’ Up! Out West
Paper: Stampin’ Up! Whisper White, More Mustard and Basic Black
Ink: Stampin’ Up! Early Espresso, Basic Black, Melon Mambo, More Mustard, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Marina Mist, Not Quite Navy and Rich Razzelberry
Accessories: Stampin’ Up! star punch, More Mustard brads, sponge, Basic Black marker and thin twine.

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Smeared Daffadil Delight ink on a 3.25″ x 4.75″ piece of Whisper White card stock using the edge of the ink pad.


Added More Mustard ink.


Added Pumpkin Pie ink.


Added Melon Mambo ink.


Added Rich Razzleberry ink.


Added Marina Mist ink.


Added Not Quite Navy ink.


Stamped the cowboy using Basic Black ink.


Colored in the image to make it a silhouette using a Basic Black marker.


Sponged Basic Black ink in for the ground area.


Cut a 5″ x 11″ piece of More Mustard card stock.  Folded it so there was a 1″ piece hanging over the right side.  Fold the 1″ piece toward the left.




Grunged up the edges of the card stock with sponged Early Espresso ink.


Added sponged Basic Black ink to the flap.


Punched 4 stars out of Basic Black card stock and put them on the card using More Mustard brads.


Added a bit of thin twine to close the card.

Here is the finished card measuring 5″ square.


Now I am off to prepare some out of this world projects for my Venice, Florida workshops this weekend. 

May your day be freaking fantastic!

Until my next post. . . .  . . .



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36 responses to “Southwest Cowboy -Tutorial #354

  1. Awesome! Thank you for the tutorial.

  2. Michelle, This is awesome. What a wonderful scene. Love your work. Thank you for sharing. Have a blessed day.

  3. wow Michelle, this is just awesome..

  4. Wow! totally great idea with this set! I may have to buy it now. LOL. I’d have to add a pony tail to make it a girl though.

    So the craft ink can be used for direct to paper technique. I like it. You did an awesome job with the color combos.

    Hope your hubby is doing well. Keeping you all in my prayers.

  5. My goodness, this card is just stunning! A new way to use stamps-as silhouettes! What a great idea!

    Do you take waiting lists for your workshops? I was too late to get into the Houston one, but I would be happy to be on a waiting list for the beginner. Thanks!

    Hang in there!

  6. cool background Michelle!!

    Take care and STAY POSITIVE!

  7. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!! I love just about anything “western” so this one was right up my alley. I’ve got to try this one for sure, but I don’t have that particular stamp set… will have to try some of the “cowboy” stamps I already own.

  8. A wonderful card again. I love horses ,Western ,Country …

  9. A great card! I notice you mainly use Craft ink. Would it works as well with Classic?

    I hope your husband is fine now…

  10. Marie Travers

    What a beautiful picture! You are such a talented artist!

    Sorry to hear that your husband is not better. I’ll say a prayer that the meds help!

    Hugs, marie

  11. Harriet Skelly

    OMG this is amazing – I think this has to be one of my favorites of all of your work!!

  12. I had zero interest in this stamp set…then you create this genius piece!! WOW! My wish list just grew longer!

  13. Michelle, I love, love , love, this. I will be buying this set now, lol. I sure wish I was
    gonna be at your Venice workshop. My downline Nancy will be there, but alas, I have
    to wait until next year and the Davenport class.

    Thanks so much for sharing yet another awesome tutorial.

  14. i love the card and im so sorry your husband isnt feeling well. I hope that he gets better soon.

  15. that’s great. Another stamp set I need to get. This and natures silhouettes. It really turned out well. The touch of vine is great, too.

    Hope Russ’ procedure went well.

  16. OMGOSH Michelle this is awesome!!!!!!!!! Sold me the set. I love this card………….

  17. barb in Edmonton

    Your tutorials are so helpful. Like someone else already said, this card is one of my favourites that you’ve done.

    Wishing your husband all the best, and you too!

  18. STUNNING!! That’s all I’ve got to say – I’m feeling speechless!

  19. Ah-ha very clever closier on this card. LOVE the cowboy in silouette! The colors are so VIVID. A stunning card for sure. Hugs…

  20. very nice!

  21. You always make these beauties look easy! Thanks for sharing your talent w/us!

  22. Diane Hughes

    beautiful, love how this turned out. Seems simple enough ;^D

  23. Mickey, thanks once again for the inspiration: to use stamps as silhouettes! Don’t worry, Russ will get his heart right for ya! (I’m an ex-cardiac nurse) Something will work, and they won’t stop until they find what works!

  24. You never cease to amaze me and captivate my attention. Your background is so…WOW!!!

  25. Oh my gosh, this is incredible! I think it is the most gorgeous direct-to-paper background I have ever seen! And I love how you made the cowboy a silhouette — what a great idea.

    Best wishes to both of you — I pray your honey will be all right soon.

  26. Sandy - Tennessee

    Love the colors and theme….thanks for sharing 🙂 How is Russ?? Keeping the family in my prayers…all has been added to my prayer group.

  27. LUV it, LUV it, LUV it. This one had me staring at it for a full minute before I read how you accomplished it. My favorite so far!

  28. What a great card – cannot believe all that ink smearing turns into something so good!

  29. Hold your horses, Pardner – that’s some pretty fine inkin!
    Now I have a new way to look at my stamps – as silhouettes. Thanks, Michelle, for another great one!

  30. That is just gorgeous!!!!!!!

  31. As always you again make stamping into a fine art! Your work always amazes and inspires me.

  32. What a great idea- that way you can make virtually any stamp a silhouette! GENIUS!!! TFS 🙂

  33. Holy Cow(boy)! This is gorgous!

    This set went immediately on my wish list the first time through the new catalog. Seeing this has made it bump up to my “Gotta have” list.

    Thanks for sharing this amazing card!

  34. Thank you so much for the tutorial. This is the first time I tried your technique and I had so much fun with it!