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Monday 11 July 2011

Challenge #50 One Layer Card

Evening All and welcome back for another challenge at Crafty Cardmakers!  Thank You sooo much for your fantastic entries to our Spots & Stripes challenge, a popular choice (one of my favs too!)  We had some fantastic entries and glad you enjoyed as much as us!


Lisa has chosen the theme for this fortnights challenge and she would like to see One Layer Cards - Now the definition of one layer cards is "One piece of card folded in half with no additional layers and minimal embellishments, where the image is stamped or printed directly onto the cardstock." (Definition from Less is More Blog)

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Over to the team and they're inspiring creations - Note some were as terrified as you so havent they done well!


One layer cards used to terrify me, but I've made quite a few now and quite enjoy the challenge!  I've dabbed distress inks (Broken China, Shabby Shutters & Faded Jeans) directly onto an acrylic block, sprayed the block with water and then used it as a background stamp.  Dried this with a heat gun, then added a Flourishes stamp using memento 'paris dusk' ink, the sentiment is from the same set and was also stamped in 'paris dusk'. Cardstock is white linen from Papermill Direct.  I also lightly sprayed over the stamped area with iridescent 'spray & sparkle' but it's not showing up in the photo.


i think this is first time i have made a one layer card as i am a bit of busy card maker.
i chose to make my card in landscape for a change and felt it suited the layout better. the poppy stamp is a foam stamp from la pashe coloured with prmarkers. the wording is from a set i have had for years can't remember who they were made by. butterflies are from one of my flower fairy sets. hope you like it. i have drawn an embossed line all the way around the card edge but it doesn't show very well on photo.


This is the first time I have ever shown a one layer card I have made as I find this style really difficult, I also want to add things, I would normally have decoupages the footballer and the ball but I resisted this time. This was for one of the men in the family who supports a team who wear red I used some ink to watercolour the red sections.

A single layer card is likely to be a fairly simple design, so I decided to make a sympathy card. The image is from The Creative Mind of Sylvie and it was a freebie from her a while ago. I changed the image colour from black to a dark grey to soften the effect, then framed it with a feathered gradient border and added the sentiment. I then printed the result and coloured the flowers with Promarkers.


For this challenge I have done 2 cards (making up for one I missed lol) anyway the top one is using a Debbie Moore stamp coloured with PM's and glitter and some peeloff boarders and gems the sentiment comes from same stamp set
The second one is also a one layered card but just wanted to show what you can do with some graphic programmes this is all done on My Craft Studio and the art work is also from there and yes it's only one layer everything has been printed straight onto the card itself hope you like them xx

The main image is by Paperbag Studios, the script and word 'Beautiful' is by 7Gypsies.

Wow....I found this challenge exactly that!! A real challenge, quite scary lol. For my one layer card I started by punching the bottom of a white card with my MS Lace punch. I then ripped 2 long pieces of masking tape in half. I placed the masking tape down in the rough shape of a square and inked the square with my tim holtz ink. Then I used my Kanban stamp in the middle of the square. I made a mat of paper to cover the square and the sprayed over the whole card with pearl shimmer spray. Then to finish it off I added gems to the image and made a border around the square with stickles.

I found this quite challenging too - I've only made about six single-layer cards ever!
For this one I dusted off one of my very precious D.Morgan stamps from, the
 now-defunct,  'Stamps Happen' rubber stamp company.

The nature of the one layer card is that I couldn't use my normal Copics-friendly card as it's too light to stand unaided as a card and the uncoated stock card does not like markers - they bleed all over the place - so I masked and airbrushed the background, sky and sea and used my Lyra pencils and Sansodor for the house and the green border.

For this wee challenge I stuck with a simple cream care and image!
I coloured the Tatty Button Toadstool Retreat stamped image with my promarkers, added a wee ribbon some gems and a sentiment! Simple but really striking if I do say so myself!

Not the best pic in the world, sorry. I cut a rectangle in a sheet of paper and used it to mask a scalloped edged card which I then inkdusted with Big N Juicy. Then I stamped the Kanban image onto it and embossed it. I bleached out the woman and flowers and finally coloured them in with Cosmic Shimmer paints. The sentiment was added by putting it through the printer after I finished, a scarey moment! In future if I wanted to do that I would print first and design second, or use safmat.

Although this is not my usual card style, I really enjoyed it. I inked the edges with Spun Sugar and Dusty Concord. I then stamped a Kanban image in the left hand corner and over stamped a LOTV sentiment. I just could'nt resist adding a couple of tiny black gems in the top right hand corner. This is something I will definately be trying again.


  1. what fantastic work from the DT team...if i get the chance i will definitely be up for this "challenge" as it is sooooo out of my comfort zone!!!!! thanks for the inspiration


  2. Decided to give this a bash - was terrified but bolstered by the fab DT creations x
    Thanks for pushing us to try something new x
    ((hugs)) Suzie xoxo

  3. Wonderful challenge..somehow one forgets "Simple" Lovely designs by your DT


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