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.
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.
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.
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….
…and Wisteria Wonder….
…and Lemon Lime Twist…
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.
And there you have a single layered card that is simple but still so beautiful.
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!
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