One layer creation…. sounds simple and easy but really this can be one of the most difficult things to create! We tend to design a card and then realize that it needs something more. Sometimes that something is a popped up image or an embellishment. Well, when you’re doing a one layer challenge, French Themed, to suit a specific sketch AND make it look good…..the difficulty level has just increased.
Here are the challenges I have based this card on:
You should have seen me going through my stamp sets looking for something French! I believe I have one French stamp packed away in a bin but with limited time to create I simply wasn’t ready to tackle that task. Then I remembered that I have the versatile new Labeler Alphabet set! This set allows you to stamp clean letters or block letters (negative image) and if you wish to stamp a whole word… there are duplicates of the more common letters! Very smart on Stampin’ Up!’s part! I recently had a customer buy two other identical alphabet sets just so she would have spare letters to create whole words in one shot.
So my card is simply the base to meet the single layer/ one layer requirement. I used the Thick Whisper White cardstock. Honestly I can’t believe it took me so long to order this! I began using it for the first time about 3 months ago and have been completely impressed.
While I love the regular Whisper White cardstock, you likely know as I do, that when you create a card base with it, they tend to slide open rather than stand up because the cardstock is lighter compared to the coloured cardstock. I have now begun using my regular Whisper White for card fronts, stamping or die cutouts only.
The black “strip” was applied to the cardstock using a Stampin’ Sponge and Memento Black ink. I first taped my card down gently using some washi tape, then I lined up some scrap paper on an angle over my card base, leaving a gap to sponge and using the washi tape to hold the scrap paper in place. I sponged until I was happy with the consistency.
I left the scraps taped down and using Versamark ink, stamped the snowflakes using the set Snow Place. I removed my scrap paper, covered the stamped images in Copper Embossing Powder, tapped off the excess and heat set with the Heat Gun.
Finally I added my sentiment Joyeux Noel using the Labeler Alphabet set, as mentioned earlier. I also stamped this in Versamark and heat set using the Copper Embossing Powder. The one thing I tend to forget is to rub my Embossing Buddy over my cardstock before I stamp and emboss. I really should have done it before stamping the snowflakes but forgot. I did however remember before stamping my sentiment!
Thanks for popping to check out my creation! I can’t wait to check out the creations from the other challenge participants. I always love seeing their creations as well.