I made a few single-layer cards in 2011 to send to my husband because of the rules where he was housed then. Creating single layer cards is a special art, because it requires layering techniques with color mediums. You have to gauge things like how translucent different colors and different mediums will be when layered.
Supplies | Cardstock: Bazzill (Kraft). Stamps: Penny Black (Christmas 3267F), Stampendous (Music Score), Stampin’ Up! (Delight In Life). Ink: Ranger Adirondack (Black), Tsukineko Staz-On (Jet Black), Ranger Tim Holtz Distress (Tea Dye). Watercolors: Staedtler Karat Aquarell Watercolor Crayons.
I started this card with my most favorite card material – Bazzill Kraft cardstock. That set the tone for this somewhat rustic looking Christmas theme.
Then I started layering my stamps. First, I did the music stamp in a light brown to achieve a tone-on-tone effect with the Kraft background. Then I chose Black ink for the sentiment and the embellishments around it. The black really popped off of the brown background and music pattern.
The final element was the poinsettia. I love using them on Christmas cards because they actually fit the holiday theme for us here in Florida. We can grow them outside at Christmas, and do! If you’ve ever been to DisneyWorld at the holidays, their poinsettia displays are amazing in their gardens. I stamped the flower stamp (it’s not actually a poinsettia, but with the right coloring, it looks the part) in Staz-On ink.
Then I got out one of my favorite color mediums: my watercolor crayons! There is something so satisfying about coloring with those crayons. It brings out the kid in me! Once the area was roughly filled with color, I took a small paintbrush and dipped it in water and used it to dilute, soften and blend the watercolor. The result was color that was just slightly see through – a shadow of the music print can just barely be seen through it.
If the idea of the music print showing through bothers you, before you start the card stamp the flower on a blank piece of paper and cut it out to create a mask. Then place it on the blank card with removable adhesive and stamp the music background over it. Remove the mask, and then you can stamp the flower in the blank area that is left!