Friday, September 16, 2011

Speedy the Cat Challenge #73

one layer card

Linda challenged us with a one layer card.  Now this really is a challenge for some of us who are used to layering for depth and contrast. However, when I first started stamping I never layered anything and I didn’t have a lot of cardstock or back ground papers so I used to cut my own templates and make masks like this.  The image is a new one from Mark’s Finest Papers, called Autumn Glory. This set is a beauty and you get a lot of stamps for the price of ONE wood mounted stamp.  Check it out here. MFP Sept 17 wk 73

This looks like a multi layered card but the only layer is the corner pieces.  Shown below is a tutorial I have put together for you to see how to do this, especially if your supplies are limited.

BLDG 1 LAYER CARD (2)First cut a piece of CS just slightly smaller than the front of your card.  I did a quarter inch all the way around. Adhere it to your base piece with removable tape.


Next sponge around it with the color you want to look like a base piece. In this case I chose Forest Foliage.



Sponge all the way around the mat or mask that you have laid on the base.  Take a coordinating pen and outline your mask before removing it.


 I use this wonderful little gum rubber adhesive remover to get the temporary adhesive off the base.  LOVE this tool.  Grateful to whomever thought this up and informed the rest of us.  I use it a lot.

BLDG 1 LAYER CARD (6)Now you will cut out a mask for the next layer, if you don’t have a die cutter you can trace around an object you have at home like an odd shaped jar bottom or just cut a template you like.  I use old calendar backs b/c they are a bit sturdier and I don’t need to waste a piece of card stock. (keep the templates you cut) I cut the calendar piece to the size of my card base and center the die cut and then run through the Cuttlebug.


Once again use removable adhesive and tape the mask over the entire front of your card.  This time you will sponge inside the mask.  Notice the first time you sponged outside the mask.


Final step, I leave the inside a bit lighter so my image will be highlighted a bit. Take a marker in a coordinating color or a dark color and carefully trace around the inside lines of the template.  This will take away from the flat look of the stencil design and give the illusion of a piece of cardstock layered on.  Clever, eh?

Now remove the mask and use the gum rubber eraser to remove the adhesive again. Now you have a layered look, like the top picture . to stamp your image on. 

Fun technique, eh?  I hope this is useful for some of you and you can practice with it. Happy Autumn. Coffee cup

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  1. Janeen--this is a fantstic card!!!! Your tutorial is wonderful! Thanks for adding the tutorial! TFS

  2. Beautiful sponging...thanks for the pics! ;)

  3. Janeen that is awesome. You had me fooled. I thought it was more than one layer. I love this. Thanks for the tutorial. Great looking card.

  4. Janeen your card is wonderful!!! Thank you for sharing the tutorial.

  5. Great card. Love how you made it look like more than one layer but it wasn't.

  6. Great one layer card Janeen!! I love the colors!

  7. Fabulous masking job! It actually looks like another layer! I was the same as you when I was new to cardmaking, everything being one layer. :)