Coming up with a simple one layer card is sometimes difficult for me. I have a habit of thinking something is always missing from my cards or thinking a single, one layered card just can’t be pretty. But I’m usually proven wrong.

One of my favorite crafters to follow is Jennifer McGuire. She is not a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, however, her techniques are easily adapted to any stamp sets. I got the idea for today’s cards from her. And since this technique was so easy, I decided to create a whole set or cards, which I haven’t done in a while.  I created these from the pre-cut, pre-scored Whisper White Note cards. These cards come in packs of 20 with envelopes all ready for you to create with.

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I first traced a circle from the layering circle framelits that overlapped the right side just a bit. I erased a section of the circle where I wanted to stamp the dragonfly since I wanted to be sure not to stamp on top of my pencil mark. I stamped the background stamp and the sentiment below the dragonfly all in the same color (Soft Sky).

   

After cutting the circle out of a post it note, I then masked off the circle I just stamped in as well as masking off the back of the card to keep those areas clean. After again erasing any exposed pencil lines I started sponging the lower part of the card in the same monochromatic color.

Wanting an ombre look, I shaded heavier toward the bottom and gradually got lighter as moved to the top of the card.

   Tammy's Stamping Creations Stampin' Up! Awesomely Artistic

I removed the circle mask but left he mask on the back of the card in place. I erased any remaining pencil marks and stamped (still using the same color) the remaining images in the now shaded area of the card.

Tammy's Stamping Creations Stampin' Up! Awesomely Artistic

When stamping the leaves, I stamped full strength and then moved the stamp slightly and stamped again to get a shadow effect.

I repeated the exact same process using Powder Pink….

Tammy's Stamping Creations Stampin' Up! Awesomely Artistic

…and Wisteria Wonder….

Tammy's Stamping Creations Stampin' Up! Awesomely Artistic

…and Lemon Lime Twist…

Tammy's Stamping Creations Stampin' Up! Awesomely Artistic

To add a little more interest on this very simple card, I added Wink of Stella to the dragonfly just to give it some sparkle.

Tammy's Stamping Creations Stampin' Up! Awesomely Artistic

And there you have a single layered card that is simple but still so beautiful.

Tammy's Stamping Creations Stampin' Up! Awesomely Artistic

And since they were so easy to make in multiples, you now have a set of cards you can keep for yourself for any number of occasions, or pack it up in a pretty package and give them away as a gift. A great idea for a Birthday or Christmas gift for that hard-to-buy-for person on your list.

Why don’t you pick up a pack of these note cards and give it a try. You’ll see just how easy it is!

See you next time!

Tammy

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