One Layer Christmas Cards

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.

Card 1

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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)

Card 2

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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.

I entered my card 2 into 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown. and A Gem of a Chalenge – Create a Scene

Card 3

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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

                           . one layer a  Weekly-Favorite

Simple Honorable Mention Button copy


  1. All these cards are absolutely super. I really like the simple elegance of the first card with the pretty frame, the wonderful scene in the last card. But my favourite is the middle one – clean, simple and fun. Thanks so much for playing along with 52CCT this week!

  2. Birgit says:

    All three are beautiful. The first one is so elegant and makes me think of a card to do. the 2nd one has some whimsy with the house and snowman and yet so much detail and the 3rd is beautiful in blue with the pretty scene. Love them all

  3. Peg says:

    Wow 3 cards and all gorgeous!

    Love the one you entered and thanks for playing along at 52cc Throwdown x

  4. Sarah G says:

    These cards are just beautiful – love the kraft cards. The embossed frame on the first adds great texture and I love the pops of red on the second!

  5. anja curvers says:

    Wow three great cards love them all. Thanks for joining us over at CAS on sunday

  6. Louise says:

    All 3 are lovely cards Lovely stamping and shading in your little scene, making a great one layer card. Thanks for joining in with us at 52 CCT
    Louise xx