Saturday, May 11, 2013

Less is More 119...one layer week

And just like that another week has rolled around and it's Saturday again!  This week is one layer card week at Less is More.  Chrissie and Jen have challenged us to make a one layer card (i.e., one piece of card stock folded in half) and to use a colored card base (no white, ivory, black or Kraft colored card blanks).  What to do, what to do???

Here's what I've come up with for this week's challenge:


These first two cards blanks were made with a piece of navy speckled card stock that I've had in my stash forever!  At first I thought something was wrong with the card stock until I realized that the speckles were suppose to be in the paper! LOL!  

For the first card, I stamped with white pigment ink from Memories (unicorn).  It's one of the best white inks I've ever used.  You do have to make sure it dry before doing anything to it.  After I dried it with my heat gun, I colored the butterfly with Derwent Inktense pencils and lightly moved the color around with a wet paintbrush.  Since this card base isn't watercolor paper, I had to be very careful not to get too much water on the paper.  The sentiment is from PTI, stamped in white and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I rounded the bottom corners with the 1/4 inch corner chomper.

I found a new product recently and wanted to try it out on this butterfly.  I used a ZIG Wink of Stella GLITTER CLEAR Brush Tip Marker.  It works like a water brush and the glitter goes on beautifully!  I got the brush in clear, silver, and gold...and now I see that there are glitter brushes in several colors!  Might need a little retail therapy soon! 


As mentioned above, this card was made with another piece of the navy speckled card stock.  I stamped the poke leaves from PTI in SU illuminate ink (like Versamark but with a glitter).  It could also be used for tone on tone stamping too.  Anyway...back to the card.  After stamping the leaves and berries, I applied pearl-ex powder in bright yellow...only once applied to the illuminate ink it appears to be a golden color.  The sentiment is from PTI and was also stamped in the illuminate ink and brushed with the pearl-ex powder.  I'm not sure you can tell from the photo, but the pearl-ex powder has a glimmery look...as does the ink...so the card is very glimmery IRL. The corners were rounded with a corner chomper.


For my third card, I used a double stamping technique that I saw in the recent His & Hers online card class.  I used a bright gold card stock for the card base.  The leaves and berry stamps are from Paper Smooches.  I masked off the top portion of the card and stamped the leaves in Memento peanut brittle ink, then over-stamped (a little off on purpose) with the white Memories (unicorn) pigment ink.  I added a solid line across the top of the leaves with a Memento's pen (potter's clay) after removing the mask.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts and is stamped in Memento's potter's clay.  As an afterthought, I decided to add a touch of glitter with my new glitter brush across the solid line and on the darkest part of the berries.  The corners were punched with a deco corner chomper.



Don't know if I'm really "crazy" about this card, but thought I'd add it anyway.  I used a red textured card base. I masked off the bottom of the card and stamped the flower from PTI so that half of the flower would be showing.  I stamped in Versafine onyx black.  I added a solid black line with a black distress marker, and a white dashed line with a Signo white pen.  The sentiment is also from PTI and is stamped in Versafine onyx black.  I  colored the flower with some Prisma pencils and didn't like it, so I colored over that with some watercolor pencils and touched it with a damp paintbrush to push the color around a bit.  For the center circles on the flower, I painted them with the glitter brush...then added a few white flicks of the pen around the edges and in the very center of the flower.  I rounded the corners with the 1/2 inch corner chomper.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Your comments and your visits are always appreciated!! Until next time...

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22 comments:

Gibmiss said...

Hello Susan
Three stunning cards.... Love the Papertrey stamp one
Hugs Sylvie xxx

Loll Thompson said...

Hi Susan. Four fabulous one-layer cards using the colored cardstock - I'm impressed. I would have a hard time even making one ... and I would be going through withdrawal if I couldn't use my be-loved white cardstock! :) Love the glitter pen and you've already gotten lots of use from it just from today! Great job, all four cards are so creative and unique. Loll xx

Hannelie said...

They are all lovely! But the yellow one... just stole my heart!

Cathy said...

Great cards Susan, I especially love the gold coloured one with the overstamping in white. This looks so effective! I love the way you've coloured the flower on the red card too, those flecks of white are fantastic highlights Cathy x

Rosemary said...

as usual your cards are amazing, susan!! the butterfly on the first card is gorgeous!!

Ardyth Percy-Robb said...

These are awesome! I'm stumped on this challenge!

Suze Bain said...

Gorgeous cards Susan, I really fancy the sound of those glitter brushes. xx

Suzi B said...

Oh wow! Susan these are all fabulous, the butterfly is amazing!
Suzi B x

Crafting Queen said...

Very striking cards.

Sandra H said...

Very very beautiful x

Barb Ghig said...

Wow! Great job on all of your cards, Susan! The butterfly is especially beautiful...such pretty colors!

Chrissie said...

As ever Susan these are all simply terrific, with such varied techniques too!
I'm sorry I'm a bit slow getting around to commenting this week but I've been on grandchildren duty since last Thursday!
Thanks so much
Chrissie
"Less is More"

Aileen said...

Loving your selection Susan. Makes me want to go experiment more! Especially like to double stamped card, very effective.

Faith A said...

WOW Susan these are fabulous

Lindsey said...

Fabulous cards Susan. The butterfly is gorgeous!

Daen'Ys said...

Wow Susan,
these cards are all stunningly beautiful! What a great talent you have!

Rosi x

Jenny said...

Wowee... These a all fantastic Susan and to put the butterfly first!!! Such gorgeous colours :0) I at last have that ink and I'm going to try that black magic technique :0)
Jenny x

Shelly said...

WOW! All are such AMAZING cards!! :)

Chris said...

Wow! These are so lovely - all of them!
Chris
x

Katina said...

Love all of these and I think the last one is my favourite.
x

Bonnie said...

Each of these is so amazing, Susan! Love that navy card base!

Deborah Frings said...

I think these are all just gorgeous. I love that big butterfly - so bold. Great work!

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