You in the World – a Single Layer Card for The Paper Players

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:World Map, Chalk Talk, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PP159

And here’s the challenge banner for this Clean and Simple challenge:

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

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. Product Image
  • 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):Single Stamps: Assortment 5 -- Holiday


  1. Very nice!

  2. I enjoyed this single layer card. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Wow! Your masking worked well, that Midnight Muse did not bleed one bit into the Very Vanilla card! Love it! Especially your drawn in lines, it adds contrast and I like how they are uneven giving me even more eye candy to enjoy on a one layer card! You did it!

  4. Laurie Burns Gachewicz

    Wow Brian!! You are the King of Layers and the Master Snipper, so I imagine this was difficult for you!! The card looks great and really does give the illusion of layers because of the sponging & the markered frame. l think it is so sweet how you paired the sentiment (I’m so grateful there’s you in the world) with the World Map stamp!! 😉

  5. You did good ! This is a good one layer card to the max ! I like it and really like the cleverness of your sentiment .

  6. Well Done!
    I have a confession to make … I’ve been a bit of a stalker, but not the creepy kind!
    I just wanted to let you know how much I love and appreciate your blog! Your stamping style, your tips & tricks, your humour … your conversational writing style. It ALL lured me in.
    I am a fan!

    • I totally agree with Karen. Your writing style along with your your tips, humor, and designs have made me a huge fan, too. I guess that’s why I was so excited to meet you and Justin at convention. Thanks for sharing your ideas!

  7. Excellent masking technique on this wonderful card, Brian…great job!

  8. I really like the map stamp. thanks for a new way to use it. I have been using it to make backgroundsd for my album of our trip to Europe and I think i will “scraplift” this idea!

  9. Awesome creation from your Fungeon, Brian! Great masking technique!!! You rocked that PP challenge, my friend!

  10. Just an amazing card! I love everything about it! It’s hard to believe that it’s one layer! Awesome job!! 🙂

  11. You had me fooled with the midnight muse frame. Very nice.

  12. Brilliant is all I can say…love it!

  13. Gorgeous, gorgeous, GORGEOUS!! Love the techniques you used to give so much dimension to this single layer card. Wow!

  14. WOW!! The illusion of layers in this card is amazing, it’s hard to believe it’s only one!! The way you placed the sentiment on the map is so clever, it really says it all.

  15. Another fantastic card! My first thought was “but that’s not one layer”. . . . . then I saw how very clever and talented you are. Love this card!

  16. World Map was an excellent choice! Love the MM framing lines. (And I am relieved to hear that you blow through card stock when creating, LOL) Happy Tuesday, all!

  17. An absolutely fantastical card!

  18. and I thought I didn’t “need” World Map, silly me!!!!
    great single layer card, Mr. King!!!

  19. OK, Brian, it’s all your fault!! This card is so fantastic that I had to stop “lurking” and comment! Love how it looks so layered but isn’t! Awesome. You told me at convention to comment, so I am!

  20. I love this! It was nice to hear that you couldn’t do it Sunday night – even creative geniuses get stumped!

  21. I’m grateful there’s you in the world! grateful for your creative and enthusiastic spirit! thanks for sharing it with all of us!

  22. Wow! So many tips and techniques in one card! LOVE it! Way to go.

  23. Great, great, great card Brian. I have to keep this email to re-read, study your techniques. It is so beautiful, simple and elegant at the same time. Love all the aspects of it. Thanks a bunch! =)

  24. WOW!!! Gorgeous! Love Midnight Muse and love the look of the drawn lines and the sponged border.

  25. Brian, this is one layer genius! The border is amazing, love the outline of the map, and the sentiment is just perfect. You rocked this challenge!

  26. Holy Cannolli! That’s a lot of work for one layer, but you pulled it off. I am appreciative of seeing the Post-It tape dispenser — I will have to look for this — and the trick for sticking, but not really sticking the oval. Your card is terrific and so are you! Nancy B

  27. Bravo! I could’ve swore there was a midnight muse base. Very impressive.

  28. perfect . . . loved your story since we have ALL been there. thanks for sharing!

  29. What a stunning card. Love, love, love it!!!! Gonna have to CASE this for sure.

  30. Brian, this is fabulous! LOVE the masked edge and these two stamps are perfect for each other! LOVE it! So glad you joined us at The Paper Players!

  31. I love one layer cards and you have taken them to a whole new level. Love the card…can’t wait to try your technique for the outside frame. Thanks for the Post It Tape reference. How did I miss that product?

  32. wow! An absolutely perfect one-layer card! I love how the sentiment goes with the map! Thanks for playing with the Paper Players!

  33. Love it!!! I love the masking technique you used and the result is amazing!

  34. Well, I’m glad you persevered Brian! Your card is awesome and that technique is mask-tastic! Funny how sometimes all it takes is a new box of stamping goodies to get the creative juices flowing. Hooray for new stamp! Thank you so much for joining us this week at the Paper Players! 🙂

  35. FABULOUS card Brian – CONGRATS on your well deserved Paper Players win!!
    This would be perfect to link up with the Catered Crop Map It Challenge too 🙂

  36. I told you your card was awesome! Congrats on being headliner!

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  38. You TOTALLY rocked this card!!!

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