Wednesday’s Card: Ghost Stamping with Secret Garden

Ghosting Technique 1

Hi All!

I’m using Stampin’ Up!’s Secret Garden again – I just love this stamp set! This time I used the silhouette stamps with the ghost stamping technique. I saw it on Jennifer Maguire’s blog recently and thought it was very cool! It involves white ink and colored ink on kraft (I used SU crumb cake) cardstock, and it’s not very hard to do.

I used Picked Raspberry on the card above. I also created one using Peacock Feathers:

Ghosting Technique

You see the mess-up at the top of the card? Yes, I laid a baby wipe a little too close to the edge of the card while it was on my table and the black started bleeding everywhere. I tried to fix it with a sanding block and a white gel pen! Ugh.

This card is a lot easier when your stamp clings to the block. If it falls off, you have to reset your stamp-a-ma-jig. If you haven’t already seen this post on how to make Stampin’ Up! stamps cling to the blocks, check it out.

Here are the measurements for the different segments:
Crumb Cake: 3 5/8″ x 1 1/4″, 2 5/8″ x 1 1/4″, and 2″ x 1 1/4″
Black: 3 7/8″ x 1 1/2″, 2 7/8″ x 1 1/2″, and 2 1/4″ x 1 1/2″

Enjoy the video!


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  1. Jean Marso says:

    Darlene what were you referencing in regards to the Silhouette stamps? “I’m using Stampin’ Up!’s Secret Garden again – I just love this stamp set! This time I used the silhouette stamps with the ghost stamping technique.” Were you referring to Serene Silhouette? If so I don’t see those images on the cards, but I love these cards and can’t wait to try them, Secret Garden is a wonderful stamp set, thank you.

    • Darlene DeVries says:

      Hi Jean, when I talk about a “silhouette” stamp, I’m talking about the stamps that are completely solid, like they are a silhouette/shadow shape. Ghost stamping can be done with any type of silhouette stamp. Hope that clears it up a little.

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  3. Lovely really love this , love the colours ,thanks for sharing.

    hugs paula x

  4. Hi Darlene. Such a gorgeous card and technique. Thanks so much for the wonderful tutorial. Loll

  5. Hello there,Gorgeous cards and a fabulous video,thank you for sharing:)I am not new to cardmaking but i am very new to stamping and your videos are so clear and easy to understand-i’m sure lots of people will find them a great help.
    I have made a card today using yours as my inspiration and it will be on my Blog tomorrow with a link to here and a little bit about your Blog-hope that is ok ?
    Best wishes,Nessa xx

  6. Beautiful cards…what a great technique!

  7. Another fun card. Made it today. Came out great. Started it then went to the pool while the white craft ink dried. Came home and finished it during a surprise thunder shower. How’s that for timing? I’ll be posting it on my blog, crediting you:) Thanks. I’m hooked on your Wednesday posts.

  8. I think the blue one looks just as good as the pink one. Very pretty!

  9. Karine Ross says:


    It’s been about a year that I heard about you video blog. Since then, I check out every week to see what is the new technique and card you will explain. I simply adore what you are doing. Your cards are simple, beautyful, clean and amazing! Thank you for all you instructions, you videos and the time you take to show us all you talent. You inspire me a lot. Thanks again and congratulations for you wonderful work.


  10. Maria Rodriguez. says:

    Hello Darlene: I’m sorry I’m so late commenting on Wednesday’s video and your amazing card. I was super busy yesterday with my grandchildren, we went to the pool and then we cooked out, it was great.
    I’ve never seen this technique but it looks fabulous!! I’m going to give this a try today, the layout of this card is great, I love it!! When ever I make one of your cards, I have my lap top right by my craft table to be able to follow your instructions to the letter. It’s like having you there in my craft room, talking to me and teaching me, totally awesome.
    Thank you so much for making this videos, they are all perfect learning tools.

  11. Charlene says:

    Once again, thank you Darlene for a lovely tutorial. You time is greatly appreciated!

  12. Mary, Wausau WI says:

    The use of the pencil on the blossoms & leaves creates great depth and detail. Beautiful cards. Fun technique.

  13. Meli Isen says:

    Love the card Darlene…its very pretty!!!!

  14. These are great cards and I love when you use the same stamp set for different cards cause it helps me to stretch my stamps and feel I made a good investment. Thanks for all you do!

  15. Suzanne Watanabe says:

    Hi Darlene!
    FABULOUS CARD! I’ve seen this ghost stamping technique done on the whole front of a card but I love how you placed three smaller panels to the card front…it’s so beautiful! You are always so creative….thank you for sharing! Have a wonderful day! 🙂

  16. Cee Shearer says:

    Fun cards…love the concept and colors!

  17. Carol B says:

    Amazing ((:- you are!

  18. Such a cool technique!! I love this card.

  19. Another really good video on this technique – loved the extra pencil marks to give the flowers depth. You always add the extra to make it special. Thanks, Evelyn

  20. Valerie Martin says:

    I have seen this technique before and have always liked how the results turned out. But leave it to you to take it a step further and and kick it up a notch and add the extra texture with the pencil lines! Definitely worth the extra effort! 🙂

  21. Lovely! I’ve been dying to try this technique, too! May just do that today… 🙂

  22. Oh my gosh Darlene! You are a true artist! I just love your cards! Absolutely beautiful! Your videos are awesome, I’ve learned so many cool techniques! Thanks so much for sharing your amazing talent!

  23. i would appreciate it if you wouldn’t make such fabulous cards every week. My wednesday afternoons are spent copying them (LOL) love the technique

  24. Robin Howe says:

    Very pretty. Love the white behind the color technique. TFS

  25. Darlene,
    So lovely. You make it look so easy. I love this technique. Will try it out tonight. Thank you!! Hope you are staying cool where you are.

  26. Casey Thrush says:

    I love your videos! This card is so easy but it looks more sophisticated than it is. I am definitely going to do this. Maybe even today! I have a friend coming over to craft at 12:30 as I have overtime and have to leave work early today! YAY!

  27. Robin in WA says:

    Beautiful cards Darlene! I’ll have to give it a go!

  28. Trina C says:

    Love the cards and the colors you used. I will have to try this.


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