Simple Single Layer Stamping with Inkadinkado Stamping Gear

September 25, 2013 — 58 Comments

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.

Simple Single Layer Stamping With Inkadinkado Stamping Gear - Finished Piece

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.

Simple Single Layer Stamping With Inkadinkado Stamping Gear - 1

(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.

Simple Single Layer Stamping With Inkadinkado Stamping Gear - 2

I then chose three different distress inks (Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick and Ripe Persimmon and began blending on the lightest – Spun Sugar.

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And then the mid tone colour – Worn Lipstick. I didn’t shade the whole area with this, but starting creating a vignette.

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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.

Simple Single Layer Stamping With Inkadinkado Stamping Gear - 5

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.

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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).

Simple Single Layer Stamping With Inkadinkado Stamping Gear - 8

I then moved the wheel to the other end of the panel and repeated this design.

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So that was all of the stamping on the centre panel done. Time to remove the masks.

Simple Single Layer Stamping With Inkadinkado Stamping Gear - 10

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.

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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.

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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.

Simple Single Layer Stamping With Inkadinkado Stamping Gear - Finished Piece

And here are a few more experiments that I made using this technique.

Simple Single Layer Stamping With Inkadinkado Stamping Gear - Featured Image

Simple Single Layer Stamping with The Inkadinkado Stamping Gear - From Gentleman Crafters Facebook Page

Simple Single Layer Stamping With Inkadinkado Stamping Gear 2 - from Gentleman Crafters Facebook Page

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.

J :)

58 responses to Simple Single Layer Stamping with Inkadinkado Stamping Gear


    Your cards are so subtle and beautiful! I You have inspired me to open up my package!
    Thanks for the tutorial. They are lovely. Again thank you for sharing your time and talent.

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    Love this but John I did see sometime ago an Inkadinkado card done with brown card and white ink. Do you still have this on your website for me to look at?



      All of my Inkadinkado cards that I have blogged about are still here. Just use the menu, keywords menu or post tags to find them all. :)



    I loved this simple card & the different designs you achieved with different colour combinations. Can you remember the flower stamp you used for the card please? Also what blending tool did you use?



      A bit confused by the question Pat. As the post describes I formed the flower from a petal stamp from the Inkadinkado Stamping Gear range. Is that what you meant?

      J :)



        Hi John, yes that was what I meant as I couldn’t find that particular stamp in the Inkadoo selection that I have recently bought. I bought all the sets on your recent shows with the new stamping bar.



    Your cards are beautiful!! The colors are so inviting. One layer cards are easy to whip up and no extra postage. Well done:)



    Great tip using shaving brushes. I’m just getting into stamping and recently saw a tutorial on how to make the blending brushes but these are even better. Can’t wait for my square gear set to arrive.



    Stunningly effective cards, definitely going to try this, thanks for the tutorial. I bought my shaving brushes Wilkos only 60p each :-)



    Hi John, love these cards I am trying to do more CAS cards and will definitely be having a go at something similar. I noticed you use shaving brushes for your Distress Inks and I was just wondering where you buy them as I am having trouble sourcing them.



    Great idea John – I do love it when I have the dies/stamps/whatever in question, so that I can get started straight away. I am just lacking a sentiment at the moment, but I have a ‘Just for you’ stamp on it’s way as I type (I’m hoping it will arrive today).



    Hi John
    Beautiful samples. I too have been playing with a more CAS approach to my cards. Its quick,cost effective and stylish and I am now a convert.
    Thanks for the new ideas.
    Ang x



    Once again some brill cards. Very classy look. Must give this ago. Keep up the good work, John



    Love this technique and your cards are fabulous. Thanks for tutorial, can’t wait to try it out.



    Thank you for all of the kind and positive comments. Some really good points re saving on postage – I hadn’t even thought of that when I was making these but it’s definitely a consideration these days isn’t it?



    These cards are really classy John, it’s a technique I really must try, thank you for sharing x



    Great card and colour mixtures – all to inspire. Thanks John something else to put on the ‘to do’ list.



    Lovely cards John, could you tell me the colours you used on the blue card please x


    Jacqueline Pexton September 25, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    Brilliant, I love cards without all the pizza toppings. Brilliant. You need to do more teaching on create and craft. Postage is also an issue now and all though large cards are wonderful and I make them it cost me 90pence to post. Anyway great tutorial.



    Lovely idea



    Love these and must find the time to play with my stamping gear stash xxxx






    Great card John, nice not having to mat and layer everything all
    the time.



    Hi John,
    What a lovely technique. Thank you for so much inspiration.



    I love your cards John, and your instruction is so easy to follow thank you for sharing . Nita



    What a wonderful tutorial, thank you John, your cards look so effective. xx



    Beautiful, simple and elegant cards … I’m off to have a go at this technique right now and hope I can make something that looks as good as these. Thanks for the tutorial – they really do look as if they are matted and layered but without the bulk this can add (and probably without the extra p&p you’d have to pay to send them too) …. love it :)



    lovely card John will work for so many occasions ,I nave a sympathy card to make ,I think I will nick your idea hope you don’t mind. m m




    Love this look and often try to do this, however I always get a smudgey ink blob or finger print. They are stunning though x



    Crisp, Clean and Professional.



    Wow John, I love this one. I used to make beaded jewellery but have recently decided to try card making, being unable to work to to bad health and trying to survive on a very low fixed income, I’m finding it hard to get together all the equipment I think I need. I managed to get a secondhand Wizard die cutter…but can’t afford any dies yet. Now I know that I can make a beautiful, elegant card using stamps and ink, so my wish list is now changing, and as soon as I can save up I’m going to get the Inkadinkadoo set, some distress inks and some alcohol pens. On that subject, would you say that Spectrum Noir are better than the Promarker, or is it just a case of getting the colours you want and not worry about the make?




      There are some people that will swear by a particular brand of permanent marker however I think that it depends on what you hope to achieve with them and how many you will want over the coming months.
      The pens are often available individually so it might be worth just trying one from each collection first to see which you like the feel of and which you feel will benefit your crafting and then build your collection gradually.
      Another good tip is to try and match (or at least coordinate) your pen colours to other things in your collection, like your favourite colour of inkpad and cardstock. This way at least you know that it will work with what you already have.
      Hope this helps.



        Thanks, John. That helped a lot. My local art supplier sells promarkers individually so I can try a couple out, and then find somewhere that sells Spectrum Noir individualy as well. One thing I did notice was that the SN do have lovely matching sets like ‘skin tone’ and the like, which I think takes the guess work out of which you need to buy,
        Looking forward to the next card you show us :)



    Thanks once again john for taking time to show us in your blog lovely work xxx



    Great cards, definitely more my style. I love making single layer cards with mandala stamps, so using the stamping gear gives so many more variations and you’ve given us some lovely ideas, Thank you.



    Hello John

    Your cards are fab. Really like them and this technique is very effective.

    How’s all your non-finished projects coming along – thanks for that posting glad I’m not the only one who has many different projects on the go at the same time. Thankfully, I don’t have as many started projects as you – I’ve started quilting, in the middle of a granny square baby blanket and have numerous cards to do for the next week or so.

    Thanks for your inspiration.




    I love this, this is right up my street. I’ve only got the circle beginners set and so i think i will give this a go right after i get some distress inks!



    Another great idea John I love it going to “borrow” the idea for christmas cards that I need to post thank you and please keep the creative ideas coming xx



    Wow, I Love this John! You can’t tell from the photo that it’s single layer.
    Will definitely be trying this, it looks so elegant.



    Love the clean and simple look of these cards John – the turquoise and purple look stunning together.



    I love these samples J, one layer stamping is such a useful idea especially for the coming Christmas season. It’s so expensive to send cards these days with that irritating ‘depth gauge’ they now use at the Post Office instead of weight as it was! so this style keeps the costs down that way too :) All three of your cards above are gorgeous, thanks for sharing.



    Fantastic – will give this a go x



    Fantastic – will give it a go x



    This is not my normal style as I normally go heavily on the matting and layering. However, I have to say I love the relative simplicity and am going to give it a go. I think it would be a quick, simple and effective way of producing notelets in sets to use as gifts or to sell for charity.



    …sinply…classy :) Very elegant! x



    Fantastic. I really thought you had matted and layered it onto the card. Well done



    Fabulous John :) x


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