Anyone who knows me well, knows that I struggle with cards created using one layer only. I love a layer or two, a frame for my stamped images, sometimes stitched, sometimes popped up with some Dimensional Adhesive. However it is very liberating to set a challenge and work outside your comfort zone.
These thank you cards have gone out in the post today along with incentive gifts for my wonderful team. Two of the cards use the dandelion like flowers from the Serene Silhouettes stamp set, one of my “go to” sets. The third card uses the funky solid flower image + stems from the Build a Bouquet set.
This card is created by colouring the image with markers (Island Indigo and Garden Green) and repeat stamping onto a Whisper White folded card. Add “You’re the best!” greeting from the Sale-a-bration “Simply Wonderful” set in Garden Green, and Voila … all done! How easy is that? The thing to remember is that leaving white space can be very effective and you don’t have to fill the whole card front with imagery.
Unusual colours for flowers, Baked Brown Sugar and Early Espresso inks on Kraft cardstock make for a monochromatic card. Without a light colour to add some contrast to the card, it seemed a bit boring, so I added some silver Dazzling Details to the Early Espresso flowers … when in doubt, a little bling fixes everything. The little pops of glittery shine add instant impact to this card.
And this one is a real pop of colour, again on a Whisper White folded card base. The Bouquet Builder polymer stamp set is a selection of textural images including this small abstract flower and a few different shaped stems (along with many others, 13 images in all). I have created a vine like image by repeat stamping, again utilising lots of white space. The two colours in the flower are created using the “rock and roll” technique. I inked the flower with Hello Honey ink and then “rocked” the edges of the image onto the Pumpkin Pie ink pad before stamping so that just the tips of the flowers are shaded orange (remember to ink with your light coloured ink first so as not to contaminate your lighter coloured ink pads). Stems and greeting are Mossy Meadow ink.
All three cards were relatively quick to create and it wasn’t as hard to “stop” adding things as I thought it would be. I just added a Thank You greeting on the inside and the cards were ready to go.
What do you think? Can you bring yourself to create a card without layers? Dig out your floral stamps and give it a go!