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.

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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.

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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!


  1. Thank you so much for mentioning my card! All the submissions were amazing. I'm looking forward to the April challenge!

  2. Thank you, Ardyth, for choosing my card to showcase! It is an honor and very much appreciated! Congratulations to all the other recognized card artists!! Hugs, Darnell

  3. Thanks so much Susan, for highlighting my card - I feel truly honored! Congrats to everybody else - always so many amazing cards out there! Can't wait for the April challenge :)

  4. I am just so tickled to have been recognized...thank you very, very much! What an honor. Can't wait to play again! :)

  5. Loving the new monthly challenge and find the boundaries of a one layer card very inspiring. Thanks so much Karen for showcasing my card - there are some fantastic designs here! Vicky x

  6. Thanks Heather for recognizing my card, such an honor:-) Congrats to all the amazing artists featured too!!!

  7. Thank you Susan! I'm glad you liked my card!