To start my card I cut the silhouette from black cardstock.
White - 8 1/8" x 5 1/2", 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Black - 4 x 5 1/4"
I cut the smaller white piece larger than I will eventually need; but, because I am going to sponge the background, I made it slightly larger to allow for trimming after I've finished my sponging. Then, using four different distress inks, I sponged my background.
I then trimmed the piece down on all four sides to 3 3/4" x 5". What this does is eliminate the darker color around the edges where the sponge initially hit the cardstock. And then I constructed my card base.
As promised at the beginning of this post, this card went together quite quickly. The CottageCutz die I used on it is: