Tuesday, January 7, 2014

One Layer cards

I'm sharing two one-layer cards today - one I like better than the other.  Let's take a look at the better one first:

It is based on the sketch from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge:

I've used one stamp set, sorry I can't find the name, but it is a clear stamp set by Hero Arts that was designed for Operation Write Home.  I've used the three stars and the sentiment in the set.  I like the stars in blues and greens and there are a total of 5 colors.  They are all Color Box chalk inks:  Ice Blue, French Blue, Prussian Blue, Lime Pastel and Olive Pastel.  At first I thought I might overlap the stars so chalk inks will be nice but did the stars overlap?  Oh well, I still like the color combo.

I have seen many cards that say "I think my lucky stars for you" and am totally in love with this sentiment.  Glad that I found this stamp set and can make a card from it.  You know, masculine thank you cards are not always easy to make.

I'm linking up this card to:
Atlantic Heart Sketch challenge - see sketch above
Catch the bug challenge - Anything Goes
All sorts challenge - Anything Goes
Avenue 613 challenge - Anything Goes
Challenges for everybody - Anything Goes
One-Layer Simplicity Challenge - whatever we need in stock

Now onto the one-layer card that I don't like as much.  It is just so plain:

Super simple, right?

Just like many other cards I have made, this one evolved to be quite different.  I got a new background stamp that I wished to ink up in different colors but after a couple of epic fail I gave up and came back to this Envelope pattern background stamp.  I masked off the label with masking tape while I stamped the background image, then peeled it off, inked up the label stamp in bright pink and the sentiment in navy blue.  With just a little baker's twine, the card is done.

The part that took me quite a while was to center the label.  Some simple math was involved but the placement was difficult.  The sticky mask has in fact lost its tackiness after I've moved it a gazillion times. 

I had actually finished this card before the one with the stars.  The blog post was accidentally saved rather than published so I thought, why not make another one that I like better?  Then the star card was born.

The new one-layer card challenge will run for almost a month.  I can't wait to make more one-layer cards when I recover from this nasty cold.  One-layer cards may appear to be simple but I often struggle with them.  This challenge provides an excellent opportunity for me to practice!

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. I really love your "star" card. It is fabulous. I like your second card as well, I like the look of CAS, and this totally fits the bill. Thanks for playing along with us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.

  2. I actually like them both - especially since I couldn't EVER pull off a one layer card, I respect those of you who can! And I would have to say the stars card is my fave too. Thanks for sharing with us this week at Catch the Bug!

  3. Great card, thanks for joining in at Allsorts this week, xxx

  4. I love you star card. It is very nice. Your second card is very clean simple, the way it is meant to be . Good job. thanks for sharing with us at AHSC

  5. just popping by to thank you for entering our challenge at Allsorts with your lovely project!

  6. Your lucky stars card is wonderful! Great colours, great composition. I'm always impressed by one-layer cards--they are not as simple as you might think, as you testify here. The second one is perfectly executed (worth all the time spent masking!). Thanks for playing along with Atlantic Hearts Sketch challenge this week.

  7. Wow, what fabulous one later cards. I'm with Lola, I could never pull off a one layer card - so kudos to you!
    Thanks for playing along with us this week for the Catch The Bug Challenge with Bugaboo Stamps!
    Be sure to check out The Bug Blog for our newest Challenge that starts tomorrow! We hope you’ll play along!
    Hugs & Happy Days!
    ~Min: Bugaboo Asst DT Coordinator
    Kaymin Kreations

  8. Both cards are great but I really LOVE the star card, the random stamping is done so well, I wish I was that talented! Thanks for playing along at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge!

  9. Love them both. The stars just pop! Thanks for playing along at Atlantic Hearts.

  10. great one layer cards, but the first one pops. Thanks for sharing with us at AHSC