I decided to challenge myself to try and create a few one-layer cards and share them with you. I used Whisper White, Night of Navy and Crumb Cake card stock as my card bases but I highly encourage you to try various colors and just play. One-layer cards are great for new stampers because they don’t require a bunch of supplies, mostly just paper, ink, and stamps. Yet even a seasoned stamper can appreciate making them for how quick they can be made. One-layer cards mail easy because there is little to get caught in the machines at the post office and making stacks of them so quickly can make it a snap to create gifts for friends and family. These are just a few of the perks of one-layer cards.
I will say that I was in a coloring mood so some of the cards I colored in with my watercolor pencils and my blender pen. I did do a couple that don’t require coloring so don’t worry. I didn’t use my Stampin’ Blend markers as those tend to bleed through to the other side. Stampin’ Write marker would perhaps be fine to use as long as you were careful. Give it a try and let me know what you discover.
Below are the cards I made with a few notes.
I used the Forever Fern set for this card and just blended it a bit with my blender pen. To give it a bit of a drop shadow I added some smoky slate around the bottom part of the leaves using my blender pen.
These cute little birds were colored in with my watercolor pencils and blended in with a blender pen. I add just a bit of gray along the bottom to create some depth.
I used my makers for this card to ink up the stamp and then followed up with my blender pen. I colored a bit of the markers on my block and used it to “watercolor” the flower and the leaved.
I wanted to try a few cards where I just stamped and didn’t color in anything. This poinsettia image could be sponged if you like more depth but as a quick easy holiday card I think it works.
This snowflake splendor card was stamped in Whisper White craft ink onto Night of Navy. Remember to set it aside and allow to dry before taking any further steps. Craft ink takes a bit longer than our classic inks. Also, I would probably add some sequins or some kind of bling to spruce it up. But I feel this is a great start.
This multi-step stamp set, High Tide, worked well with this challenge as I could make the card colorful without hand coloring in the image and the multiple colors do add some nice visual interest. I used my stamparatus to make sure everything lined up and stamped perfectly. The card was still quick, took me less than five minutes to make even with the stamparatus….cleaning up time not included..lol
I hope these cards inspire you to try this one-layer idea and make sure to share them here or on our Facebook page, you know we love sharing!