One Layer Wonder Cards!

Sunday, January 23, 2011


Over on our TAC Paper Crafting Community  we have a  One Layer Wonders Challenge  happening and I needed to make a card for it!  The rules are simple ~ no layers!  You can add embellishments like buttons, ribbon, eyelets ... but you can only use one layer of cardstock.  Okay ~ so it SOUNDS easy ... however I soon discovered how much of a challenge this was for me!  NO LAYERS!  WOW!

The card above is my first card I did for this challenge and my FAVORITE!  I LOVE it!  {so humble right}.  Well ... this card came so close to being trashed ... it's not even funny!  After I stamped the images and added the stitched line I hated how this card looked.  HATED!  And then Sophie suggested I color it.  Orange to be exact.  So ... I did what she said.  I didn't start liking it until the owl was pretty much colored in.  And then I decided to add some color to WHOO.  I liked it even more!  Next I added white dots and highlights.  And some Glossy Accents.

I set this card aside and returned to it after dinner.  OMGosh!  I LOVED it!  WOW!  I don't know what happened in that hour or so I was gone but that's all it took!

Below you can really see the Glossy Accents.  I just added them to the eyes and beak.


If you look really closely you might be able to see that I colored over the eyes and beak with my brown marker.  And then I highlighted certain parts of WHOO to draw more emphasis to it.  I also colored in the circles on WHOO with my brown marker because after I start something ... I just can't stop!

And the inside of the card:


Next I wanted to go for a modern, clean looking card.  This is what I came up with:


I stamped the images with Tea Leaves VersaMagic and embossed with Transcendence Emboss Powder. Then used my craft knife to cut a couple of slits and then added the ribbon.


Next ... I HAD to try a circle card!  I folded my cardstock in half like normal and then ran it through my Spellbinders using my large circle nesties die.  Then I stamped the background image in LuLu Lavender and then used Sweet Plum to stamp my greeting and embossed it with Transcendence Emboss Powder.

I added the ribbon to kind of hide the straight edge of the card but I also liked the soft, feminine touch it added.



I hope you've enjoyed these One Layer Wonders and consider giving this challenge a try!  We'd LOVE to see what you create!

Happy Paper Crafting!


Supplies Card 1:  Kraft cardstock, burnt umber palette ink, whooo loves ya ta3324, what a hoot t3043, brown marker, prismacolor pencils, white gel pen, glossy accents, odorless mineral spirits

Supplies Card 2:  Premium white cardstock, tea leaves versamagic ink, damask backgrounder t3276, noble notes t3373, white ribbon, transcendence emboss powder, static magic, white ribbon

Supplies Card 3:  Premium white cardstock, circle nesties dies, branches in bloom t3262, joyful notes t3334, lulu lavender and sweet plum memento ink, white ribbon, transcendence emboss powder

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  1. Great cards, I love the owl! single layer cards are really tough, IMHO! TFS

  2. They are all great! Love the owl too, the highlights are wonderful!

  3. Acck! They are adorable! I love the owl one and how you colored it. Genius!! And the ribbon treatment on the second one. So pretty!

  4. cute cute cards .... I agree single layer cards are a challenge.

  5. These are wonderful! I get such a brain burp when it comes to no layers on a card.