I’m seeing single layer stamping in a number of places right now, so I thought that I’d give it a go and see what I could come up with.
Here is an overview of what I did and how I did it.
First, I am guessing that some of you will know what is meant by single layer stamping, but for those that don’t it’s basically stamping and decorating on the actual card, rather than using any matts, layers or embellishments and building things onto the card.
Here is a card that I made to illustrate that point.
Not sure if you can tell, but there are no layers, matts or other add on embellishments. All of the design comes from the stamping and inking that I worked straight onto the card.
Anyway, I hope that you got the idea.
I chose this “panel” style really so that I could make a clean and contemporary card with a flash of something in the middle. Worked out well I think.
Here is a quick overview of how I achieved it.
First, I drew two parallel lines on the front of the card.
(That picture is in for a prize as being the best picture ever – not)
I drew them in pencil as they are merely guidelines.
I then masked off the outer area leaving the centre panel showing.
I then chose three different distress inks (Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick and Ripe Persimmon and began blending on the lightest – Spun Sugar.
And then the mid tone colour – Worn Lipstick. I didn’t shade the whole area with this, but starting creating a vignette.
And then finally the darkest tone – Ripe Persimmon. Again, only the other edges were done with this colour.
I also added a little Aged Mahogany but just over the corners of the central panel, mostly to accentuate the shading of the other three colours and complete the vignette look.
I then grabbed a large script background stamp (from Hero Arts in case you were wondering) and used the Ripe Persimmon distress ink to plonk a patch of text right in the middle of the panel.
Now it was time for the Inkadinkado Stamping Gear to get involved. I chose the circular wheel and a flower petal stamp. Using the Aged Mahogany distress ink I stamped into every fourth notch (because it was quite a wide petal).
I then moved the wheel to the other end of the panel and repeated this design.
So that was all of the stamping on the centre panel done. Time to remove the masks.
Not bad, but I felt that it needed something to “frame” the centre panel. Now, I could have used a black micron pen to draw two lines across the design but I wanted something a little bolder and that worked with the colour scheme so I searched my Spectrum Noir collection and found that the DR7 pen was a good match for the Aged Mahogany distress inkpad so I used that to draw the two lines.
Here is what it looked like.
Right, just a sentiment to finish I think. Because I had used a scripty background I searched my stash to find some text that had a font to match, or at least not look out of place.
I like to do that as it ties the design together a little more.
So there we have it. A fairly quick and trouble free project.
Oh, I’m an idiot, I forgot to tell you the size again. This one was an A6 card (UK sizings here), but I see no reason why the style could not be adapted to suit any size of card.
Here is another look at this one finished and stood up.
And here are a few more experiments that I made using this technique.
By the way, it did cross my mind as I was making these cards that there are advantages to doing things this way.
First, I could invest most of my money (if I were just a rubber stamper) in the stamps and inks as the only base card that I would need is white.
The second is that it really does fire up the imagination – which is the part that I enjoyed.
What do you think – is this your style of project? Do you like the idea of a creative challenge like this?
Well, that’s about it for now. As ever, if you have any comments or questions, please feel free to use the box below.
Thanks again for reading.