Hello everyone. I've got a saying to start us off today:
Simplicity doesn't mean easy, and single-layer doesn't mean boring!
I've noticed a misconception among the crafting community about one-layer and simple cards. I was guilty of it at first too. I mean, you look at a card that's simple and you think it's boring. The more interesting cards have alcohol inks, or layered dies or...
And yet, there's something pretty special about a one-layer card. I love this one here - Sketched Flowers stamp set used for both image and sentiments, again coloured with easily accessed tools such as pencils and a tortillon.
I decided to use a favourite stamp set Simon Says Stamp. This is the Sketched Flowers set - I'm sure you've seen it around! In order to highlight my favourite parts of the stamp, I used colour on the leaves and flowers, and used greys on the swirls. I did go ahead and use a Wink of Stella pen to add some sparkle which really lifted the colouring.
I also used a grey ink to do some background leaves around the edges of the card. These were also coloured lightly with pencil.
I've noticed that using colouring pencils, while rewarding and something everyone can learn, does make in impact on a number of things. Firstly, your had will hurt, especially as you try to fill in every white space! And secondly, the paper tends to bend a little, especially if you colour in one side. What I've done to counter this is actually use a seperate, same size paper; I'll stamp, colour and decorate on that single sheet. I then adhere it directly onto the card base. This way, I don't have any bleeding ink or bent paper seen when I open the card.
That's it for today everyone.
Don't be afraid to try out a one-layer card sometime, let me know how you go!
Until next time,