One Layer Creation – #TGIFC68 – #LIM289

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:

Less Is More blog challenge #289- Theme – One Layer Card and Something French
TGIF challenge #68- Sketch Challenge
TGIF August 2016 Challenges_2-001


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.

one layer card

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.

one layer card 4

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.

one layer card 2

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.

one layer sponge

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.

one layer card 3

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.








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  1. Margaret, this looks fantastic! The snowflakes really pop against that deep black strip and I’m impressed at how successfully you’ve combined two challenges into one gorgeous card. Fab job! Thanks for sharing with us at Less is More 🙂

    • Thank you so much Esther. I love the challenge of meeting more than one requirement. It’s a great way to test your creativity 🙂

  2. Fantastic work in producing this wonderful one layer design. Chic and classy with the snowflakes on black and great use of our French theme. Thanks for playing along with us at Less is More this week. Sarah

  3. Wow Margaret – you would think this was a simple card from first glance, but you really outdid yourself! I love the masking technique for the dark layer – it really makes the snowflakes shine. Clever use for your “french” theme too 🙂 So glad you joined us at TGIF this week!

    • Thank you so much Holly! It’s crazy when realize the various elements of a card when you start ‘breaking it down’. I love figuring out how people make things, even when they seem basic at first glance 🙂

  4. I love one layer cards Margaret and your card is adorable!! How clever you are too, to think about using the alphabet stamp to make a french sentiment to go with it!! Thanks so much for joining us this week at TGIF – Chlo x

  5. Very clever masking technique for the dark layer – looks so beautiful with the copper embossed snowflakes!
    Thanks for your nice comment, Margaret.
    Rosi x

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