Tuesday, 1 May 2012

St Luke's Single Layer Challenge

This month at St Luke's there is only one rule and that is to have no layers on your card - stamp, draw, ink, emboss - whatever technique you fancy  - just do it directly onto the base card.

Now I know for some people a one layer card is a very scary prospect, it was for me when I first started to try, but it does get easier with practice - and you've got a whole month to play along and get in lots of practice and you may even end up as the recipient of this months prize.  We are being sponsored again by the lovely people over at Lili of the Valley and we have a pair of their gorgeous stamps to give away.

I decided to make two inspiration cards - both engagement cards - one full on and one as clean and simple as it can get.

For the first card I drew a double border with a thin black pen.  I then centred a nestability die cut fancy label shape and drew around it with the same fine liner and coloured the negative spaces in black.  I left the die cut shape in place as a mask and masked off the border with post-its.  I stamped a penny black image from the "trims" collection in a variety of inks and added matching stickles to each as the image resembled fireforks to me and went with the celebratory feel of an engagement.  I stamped a Waltzingmouse sentiment in the label once I removed the mask and finished by adding some square black gems to the corners.

For the second card I took another nestie label and this time fixed it with a little masking tape on the inside of the card and dry embossed with a ball tool on both the cutting edge and the inner embossing edge.  If you've not tried this before, it's a nice easy technique - easier with a lightbox (but I didn't have time to dig mine out so it is possible without one).  Secure the die inside with the cutting edge facing the outside of the card, turn it over and rub gently with a bone folder - this creates a soft line on top of the cutting edge so you know where to put your ball tool to begin.  The trick is to go over the lines a couple of times to get the depth (I use a double ended tool and start with a thicker end then use a narrow one for definition once the fibres have stretched) - if you go too hard and deep too fast, you just rip the card stock.  You can do the same thing on an embossing machine but I think you get a deeper impression by hand.

Once I'd created my raised shape, I just stamped and embossed the same sentiment from Waltzingmouse with WOW Amber Rose Embossing Glitter and went over it with a little glossy accents for extra shine.  I finished with a tiny silver gem on the start and finish of the sentiment and added a slightly larger silver gem in each corner of the label.

See - one layer cards don't have to be difficult or scary...........


  1. These look great, and I like how you got 2 very different styles here to show us. I'm one of those yet to try a one-layer card as it is a little scary, but I'll have to have a go soon. Thanks for the tutorial about the embossing - that was really helpful and I can def see myself trying this. have a good week. CoB

  2. Two lovely cards Tara and both so different love the colours of the first card and the simplicity of the second


  3. Hi Tara
    Two great cards thanks for idea about the embossing ..... I asked Chrissie how to do that ... With the cuttlebug ...this way is also good...
    Enjoy your day ......

  4. oooo I love the glitzy starbursts Tara...great design for an engagement card and such a classy CAS design on your second card too :0)
    Jenny x

    1. Fab cards Tara - thanks for the extra tips on embossing too. Right, now let me at this challenge! Di xx

  5. Wow Tara I`m impressed with the hand drawn border and label and your star bursts are fab, so colourful.
    The second one is a perfect CaS card and I love the embossed centre. Great tip too.
    Lynne xxx

  6. I really love the glittery one! M x


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