Friday, March 28, 2014

OLS3 - Details

Well, it has been another great month of wonderfully inspiring cards posted here at OLS.  Every month, our design team spotlights cards that demonstrate those little details that really make one-layer cards work.  One-layer can be difficult for many but we hope that by looking at the designs of other card makers it will give inspiration and encourage you to give it a try.  It may just give you a new perspective or some helpful hints that you can use to make a really eye catching design.

The design team is asked to feature 3-4 cards but honestly, that is a difficult task considering all the awesome entries.  Thanks so much to all that played along and I hope you had fun 'adding water' to your one-layer designs.

We hope you enjoyed the One-Layer Simplicity Challenge for March and that you are looking forward to April's challenge hosted by Ardyth Percy-Robb.

Karen's Details

Audrie's  card was just wonderfully done with the ink mixed with water just flowed onto her embossed areas.

amuse studio rubber stamps
Chris's card is wonderfully done with a water-coloured background for the silhouette images.

Vicky's card had a softness and the lovely feel of a country garden which she created using her acrylic block and scribbles.

Sandra's card caught my eye with it's wonderful colour, interest and depth she created using inks and water to blend.

Ardyth's Details

#52 Leslie's minimal but vibrant pops of colour add a fun, whimsical touch to a serious sentiment!

#10  Linda's blending of two fresh spring colours is breathtaking - and I love that she left lots of breathing room!

#64 Darnell's layering of coloured (and watered) stamping,embossing and shimmer is an amazing effect - sparkly, colourful and full of interest!

Heather's Details

Kailash has used pretty spring colours, softened with water to create her own gorgeous floral pattern.

amuse studio rubber stamps
Chris F vibrant splash of colour is balanced by a large sentiment and border to link the whole layout.

Lyn's free and abstract watercolour background gives the delightful impression of a forest.

Susan's Details

Cornelia used water to create this dreamy, soothing card in gray and unified and harmonious with the message.

Janet turned a "mistake" into a lovely card with pen lines and pearls, and her "correct" versions of the card are equally lovely!

Sunny used a lovely right-angle design and overlapping with perfect placement to make her simple and fresh card catch my eye.

I love that Bonnie made a Christmas card in March...and the embossed lines and vivid colors make it stand out!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

One-Layer Simplicity #3 - Just Add Water

Welcome to another month at One-Layer Simplicity.  Are you ready for another fun challenge??!!  
We are thrilled to have all the challenges in one place now on our new blog.  The challenges will appear on the 1st and run until the 24th, giving you lots of time to play along.  So get out your water sprayers or your water brush and get ready to


You all know how much I love spraying my stamps with water before pressing them onto my paper.  It gives such a wonderful watercolour look to the images and if you use water-based inks, they blend together so nicely. 
You can check out all the guidelines for the making of a one layer card on the tab at the top of the blog page.
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OLS Challenge Rules

l.  A one -layer card is defined as a single layer of cardstock folded in half.  No other layers of paper are allowed.

2.  Make a card that uses water sprayed or applied onto an image or create a background using water to blend.  Remember to keep embellishments to a minimum. 

3.  Post your card somewhere on the internet and link it to us using the Inlinkz button below.  If you link to your blog, please link to that specific post and not your blog's home page so we can find it easily.

4.  The most important rule of all is to have fun and add water to your colour image or spray away this month.