Saturday, June 21, 2014

If You Play...

Our Daily Bread Design's current challenge on their blog is one-layer cards. As someone who LOVES using layers, this is indeed a challenge for me! This is my first go at a one-layer card.

I did not start by choosing a sketch for this card. Instead, I started with products. I knew I wanted to use this "Truck" stamp from ODBD, and I felt the greeting from this Simon Says Stamp set would go perfectly with it. I decided to do selective embossing (at least, that's what I call it) to create interest, while still using only one layer.

I first cut a piece of matboard to the same size as my card front, to make a diffuser. I determined where my stamps would go, then marked & cut out holes from the matboard piece in those areas. I used the "Squares" texture plate from this set by Fiskars, and embossed my card front with my Grand Calibur machine. I used my homemade diffuser in place of the rubber mat to ensure that only the areas around the stamping would be embossed.

I chose to do my stamping after the embossing was done. I positioned the truck stamp first, then picked it up with my Fiskars stamp press, and stamped it with Versafine Onyx Black ink. I did the same with the greeting.

Once I had finished stamping, I felt the card still looked a little blah. So I took my Brushed Corduroy Distress ink pad, and lightly swiped it over the embossed areas. To get the area in the middle, I masked off the stamped portions with Post-it notes, then inked the embossing. I like the grungy feeling it gives to the card, totally in keeping with the truck image.

I will send this card in to Operation Write Home. Hopefully, one of our overseas heroes can send it to his/her son (or tomboy daughter!).

I am also entering this card in Simon Says Stamp's Monday "Anything Goes" challenge.


  1. Great card! That focal image is awesome. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!

  2. Hullo Andrea thanks so much for popping over and saying hi. .. love this and your other entry.. well done on attempting a one layer card. Shaz in Oz x

  3. Totally too cool Andrea! One layers are a challenge but then making it masculine is a double challenge! You made it look easy! Love the background! Thanks again for creating with us at ODBD!

  4. Oh, Andrea, this is such a GREAT masculine card! I love the techniques you've used, and it really did make it "pop" with the Brushed Corduroy distress ink! Great card for the one-layer card ODBD Shining the Light challenge! So wonderful to see you join us again, sweet friend! Hugs!


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