Ann Schach is hosting a One Layer Card Challenge this week at The Paper Players – all paper and ink, and not a thing more. It sounds simple, but it’s not as easy as you might think. My very good friend sent me into a tailspin with this challenge. As soon as I read the challenge Sunday morning, a thousand ideas littered my brain, but I couldn’t nail one down. I was stumped. I pulled out almost every stamp set and every ink pad I own – they were piled around my workspace as I churned through sheets and sheets of paper, unhappy with what I was making. I couldn’t do it – well I couldn’t do it Sunday night. I pouted a little bit and put my stamp sets back on the shelf, deciding to sleep on it for the night.
When I arrived home from work yesterday, there was a brown box on the front steps with the words “Stampin’ Up!” on the outside. I immediately knew what was inside the box and that I would use it to complete this challenge. My World Map background stamp had arrived and it would follow me to the Fungeon to make this card:
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I’m sharing three ‘ings about how I made this card:
- Masking. There are two elements of masking on the center of this card. First I punched an oval from copy paper with my Extra-Large Oval punch. I added 2-Way Glue Stick to the back of the oval and let it dry (that makes the adhesive temporary so I can pull it back up clean as a whistle – well, as clean as a whistle that’s clean). I placed the oval in the bottom, right corner of the card center and then masked the sides of the card with Post-It tape. I stamped the map and lifted the tape.
- Bordering. Just because this is a one layer card doesn’t mean it has to LOOK like one layer. Once the inside of the card was dry, I placed the Post-It tape on the inside of the card, allowing a thin layer around the edges (one side at a time) and sponged the outsides with Midnight Muse. To look at the card, you’d think I’ve layered the Very Vanilla on Midnight Muse cardstock, but alas I did not.
- Framing. I got a pretty clean stamp with the World Map, but I still wanted to frame the image. With the thin point of my Midnight Muse Stampin’ Write Marker and a ruler, I created a thin, double line border around the image. I allowed the lines to remain uneven to create an architectural look around the map.
Stamp Sets: World Map, Chalk Talk Inks: Pear Pizzazz, Midnight Muse, Midnight Muse Stampin’ Write Markers Papers: Very Vanilla Accessories: Extra-Large Oval Punch
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Single Stamps. Have you seen the new Single Stamps that Stampin’ Up! announced last week? I’ve never been super-psyched about the single stamps, but I really love these. Check them out here (click on the photo below):