Wednesday, May 13, 2015

one layer christmas #9

A Christmas card for you today. Was made for a publication call way back when, but uses an interesting technique I'd like to share. Great for adding interest to a one-layer card.

Take a good look at your stamps and see if you have some that are symmetrical. They can be used like this.


Use the reverse of the stamp to stamp solid color and then use the outline image to heat emboss. Even cooler - some letters can be used the same way.


I used large circle stamps inked with Distress Inks and spritzed with water. Then I used the reverse of poinsettia (Waltzingmouse) and alpha stamps (Hampton Art) with darker colors in the same manner to stamp the shadows. When it was dry, I heat embossed the poinsettia and letters!

So, one layer and Christmas. Quite the clever challenge idea, eh? Get 'em done early to avoid the end-of-year rush. And keep 'em one layer to avoid paying extra postage.


Hook up a one-layer card with an angel on it and you could win an ARTplorations Christmas stencil.

15 comments:

~amy~ said...

awesome, love this!

Shelly said...

Love this!

Lee-Anne said...

Absolutely stunning, Maria! Love it!

Loll said...

Very clever idea with using both sides of the stamp Maria!! xx

Mona Pendleton said...

Beautiful card! The inky background looks fantastic!

Ruthich said...

You're always full of such great ideas! Love this and love the cwrd. Xx

Happy Dance said...

Very cool idea and a very cool card, Maria! This is something I would never have thought to do. Love this idea and love this card! Sweet!! Bev

Kim Heggins said...

Love this card....is there anything you can not do???

Shery said...

Ooo, really love this one layer Christmas beauty, Maria! Great technique!

Greta said...

Beautiful use of that technique! I keep meaning to try it & maybe I finally will!

shirley-bee said...

Clever! Love the added depth it gives.

Sharli Schaitberger said...

Very creative Maria! I love the overall effect and I hardly ever think about using the backside of the stamp for a background! Good reminder - excellent card! Hugs!!

Karen Lai said...

great way to use the stamps! loved the cards!

Anita in France said...

What a brilliant technique, Maria ... lovely card ... the dimension on the letters is fabulous ... at first glance I though they were die cuts! Anita:)

Kim M said...

This is awesome, Maria! Love the watercolour look. :-)

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