Sunday, June 22, 2014

One Layer Card

At Art 'n Soul's play day last Friday, the theme was one layer cards.  Sue was there with a lot of cards that she made to show different ways you can make a one layer card really pop.  Her cards were still on display at the shop as of today, and they exhibit a treasure trove of great techniques.  This is the card I made to showcase the theme.  I can't get away from playing with Distress watercolor, but when using a piece of watercolor paper, it's never just a one layer card.  I decided to try the acrylic block stamping technique on a piece of Neenah Solar White card stock.

 I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.  I masked off the area to be inked with post it notes and put some Distress Ink on a small scallop shaped acrylic block.  I spritzed it with a little less water than usual and stamped on the left.  I spritzed once more and stamped in the middle; and spritzed one final time and stamped on the right.  The ink lasted pretty well on the block, but you can see it's darker on the left than the right.

For the background colors I used Tumbled Glass and Mustard Seed.  For the leaf stampings I used Broken China, Dried Marigold and Peeled Paint.  I dried the ink right away with a heat gun, and there was minimal warping of the paper.  Per a tip from Sue, I scored above and below the background stamping, after removing the masks.  The leaves were then stamped, and yes, I stamped them over the score lines.  Sentiment was stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink.  I resisted the temptation to put gems on the card at the end.  This is a very mailable card!  By the way, the blue rim around the card is just the paper it was photographed on.  I did not mat the image - it is truly a one layer card.

Magenta Stamps used: 
 0684.F  Poplar Leaf
  07.806.K  Sending you warm thoughts

Distress Inks used:
Tumbled Glass
Mustard Seed
Broken China
Dried Marigold
Peeled Paint

Versafine Onyx Black Ink
Martha Stewart small scor board
Neenah solar white card stock 110#

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