Moonlight Silhouette

by Shannon Cole

Use negative space to create a silhouetted image.


  • Large animal punch or die (Stampin’ Up!® Cat Punch used here)
  • Circle die, approx. 3” (SU! Layering circles framelits used here)
  • White glitter paper or cardstock ( SU Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper used here)
  • Dark cardstock (SU Night of Navy cardstock used here)
  • Mini glue dots (SU! Brand used here)
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (used here : SU! Star of Light stamp set, White craft ink, Whisper White cardstock, 5/8” Navy seam binding, 1/8” silver, and Silver mini sequin trim, adhesive, bone folder, foam pad, and sponge)


  1. Step 1

    Begin with a circle of glitter or white cardstock cut with a 3” circle framelit or punch.

  2. Step 2

    Use a punch or die to create a negative image (open space of a shape) within the circle.

    Make sure to have the image in the proper orientation when punching.

  3. Step 3

    This will leave a positive image (here a cat) and a negative opening (a cat which will look silhouetted against a moon).

  4. Step 4

    Sponge lightly around the edges to add depth.


    Please see the video for tips on sponging without streaking and also how glimmer paper can also be changed color by spritzing.

  5. Step 5

    Place dimensional adhesive to the back of the punched “moon”.

  6. Step 6

    Assemble the card and embellish as desired. A dark card base will show the negative cutout best.

  7. Step 7

    Complete the project.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Moonlight Silhouette. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

***Please note - Internet Explorer/Edge is not a supported browser, and will not allow you to see the videos. Please use Chrome, Firefox or Safari to view our tutorial videos.

Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Very nice! Would be a fun Halloween card for children.
Sandy  |  Wed Oct 4, 2017 at 6:59 AM
Lately I haven't been able to view any of the videos on Splitcoast Stampers. It's just all black.
Any suggestions?
bumper  |  Wed Oct 4, 2017 at 8:01 AM
Thanks Shannon, that's a beautiful card and so easy to do.
Margaret Jenks  |  Wed Oct 4, 2017 at 1:17 PM
I loved the card. I like that you used the cat for a different holiday, not just for Halloween. You have given me many ideas, thank you for sharing this video.
Tracy Tun  |  Wed Oct 4, 2017 at 6:14 PM
Nice, easy instructions. Going to have to try this.
Bren  |  Sat Dec 30, 2017 at 5:28 PM
Wanted to make this card but Edge would not let me. Thank you for suggesting Chrome. You are a gem.
Florence Hershey  |  Thu Mar 22, 2018 at 11:05 PM
What a great little simple card. Thank you for sharing. I love it and shall use around Halloween 🎃 xx
craftyhobby  |  Mon Aug 6, 2018 at 9:40 AM

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