Tuesday, January 28, 2014

OLS1 - Details

Instead of choosing plain ol' favorites, our design team spotlights cards that demonstrate those little details of design that make one-layer cards stand out. We hope that this helps everyone get ideas for taking their one-layer cards from good to great!

Admittedly, we all found it hard to narrow our choices to just three or four cards to spotlight. There are so many awesome entries! Many thanks to all who played along.

We hope you enjoyed our first One-Layer Simplicity challenge and that you are looking forward to February's challenge hosted by Heather Telford.

Susan's Details

#137 Deepti went outside the box on her adorable Valentine's Day card. The flowers outside the frame are lovely, as is the hand-drawn frame itself. Also, her coloring is bold, bright, simple...simply perfect!

#111 Karin pulled off a stunning victory with this white embossing on colored, textured card stock. There are no mistakes in the embossing, no stray powder clinging where it shouldn't. That level of skill and precision is awesome.

#93 Lynn's soft and gentle sympathy card uses perfectly placed twine to ground the bird, but the "cut in half" design works perfectly to show how our lives feel cut in half and frayed by grief.

#151 Debra James made this lovely monochromatic card, adding depth and dimension to her simple flower using copics over ink. The dashed line adds movement, and the oblong shape of the card creates some wonderful white space.

Ardyth's Details

#60 Nonni's shading of the blue to make the flowers' petals look dimensional is a simple yet WOW technique. I love how they pop off the card!

#95 - Valerie's use of a stencil to put a lot of bold colour on her one layered card. This is a real eyecatcher and will surely bring a smile to the recipient's face!

#131 - Cornelia's use of a masked/sponged oval to ground her image is a fantastic way to emphasize the drama of the black silhouettes. If you visit her blog, you will also see the way she CASified a sketch to eliminate layers.


#96 - Lauren's genius idea of embossing the letters rather than die cutting and adding a layer really caught my eye - what a great way to emphasize the sentiment!

Karen's Details 

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#12- Ingrid; Love the torn edges on her sponged beach scene card...makes me want a vacation.

#13- Corina; I love the collage and grunge style of her card.

#113- Sandie; The true definition of a clean, cute, fresh and fun CAS card.

Heather's Details
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#20 Shery R showed how a one layer can display plenty of depth by creating shadows behind these fabulous feathers.


#52 May used two parts of a whole to balance this simple layout beautifully and I like the few pops of colour on the white and kraft.

#104 Toni used the basic black and white colour scheme to show off her intriguing hand drawn details.

Thanks again to each and every one of you who participated. We're off to a great start with our challenge because of YOU!!!!


  1. What fabulous cards - I can see the OLW galleries are going to be wonderful inspiration! Vicky x

  2. Thank you so much for the recognition Susan. I love all these cards! So happy that you have established this blog!

    1. We are happy about the new blog, too, Lynn! So glad that the response has been so positive!

  3. thank you so much, I am so chuffed x

    1. I really need to remember to use "chuffed"--what a great word.

  4. Thank you very much, I'm honored! I think that all of your comments are very useful and I look forward to the next challenge.

  5. Thank you very much for choosing my card to the company of all these amazing cards! xxx

  6. I LOVE that you're explaining why the cards are successful--telling us why to admire and why they inspire. By going beyond "favorites", we get a variety of design inspiration too, regardless of style.

    1. Thanks, Janet. I'm so glad you feel this way. It was our intent to encourage people to try new things and pay attention to those details that matter in all styles...but are particularly important in CAS/one-layer stamping where there is no place to hide!!!

  7. Thanks Ardyth, I feel so honored - so many amazing cards out there - congratulations to everybody!

  8. Each one a treasure....soooooo creative! Congrats to everyone!!!

  9. Thank you so much Susan for picking my card :) and I am loving the idea of detailing.... wonderful way to learn about OLC!!

  10. What a great gallery ... and thanks for all the guidance as to why you chose them! Anita :)

  11. Thank you so much for showcasing these unique cards. This e-mail will go into my computer techniques folder. This is like a master class by creative teachers.

  12. I enjoyed your comments very much. Thanks to you all :)

  13. Thanks so much for the recognition, Heather! I'm very, very honored to be in the company of talented card-makers! I'm looking forward to participating in future challenges and learning from you all :o)