Today, I challenged myself to make a one layer card. I have always been very hard to make a single layer card using only one sheet of paper because there can be no mistakes, and I like add-ons. Also if you use Copics, you must use the extra thick 110lb paper or the colours blend through. Today I think I was successful. I ended up with three different cards.
I started with the simplest card first. I used a half sheet (5.5 x 8.5) Neenah Desert Storm Kraft. I ran it through my Big Shot using the Tulip Border folder by Stampin’ Up. Next I stamped Technique Tuesday’s Greenhouse Society stamp set, Berries in Brown Ink. I added red stickles to the berries, and frosted stickles for the snow.
I entered card 1 into CAS on Sunday – Emboss it (used embossing folder)
For my second card, I used the other half of my kraft paper. The Stamp set I used is by PI – Winter Hills. I started by stamping the large house on the card center and added red to the roof and door. I also used B000 to add a shadow. I stamped another house on a small piece of masking paper which I carefully cut out and covered my coloured house. I randomly cut out a couple of hill shades and using them as a temporary stencil,brushed the edges with Unicorn white pigment ink. While I had the white ink out, I added snow and snowflakes. I added the trees using Forest Green Hero Arts ink, using both a first and second stamping for added depth. I added the sentiment and snowman (Versafine Onyx Black) and sketched a front walk using my .03 Copic Black Detail pen. The latter two, I added white using my Picket Fence Distress Marker.
My final card is more traditional. I used a new stamp I just received from Stampendous – Christmas Cottage. I started with masking off my card front (Neenah Solar white 110lb) so I wouldn’t get any ink on the back or inside of the card. I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black and coloured it with Copic Markers. Next I lightly blended Broken China and Stormy Skies distress inks onto the card, going dark from the outside to lighter towards the middle. My final touches was to added a little glitter with Stickles.
UPDATE: My Winter Hills card was selected as a Favorite of the Week at Splitcoaster Stampers. See Post #71 at http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/general-stamping-talk-f17/favorites-week-ending-october-26-2014-a-t593426-2.html