Sunday, June 22, 2014

One-Layer Wonders at an Angle

Thanks for joining me today for this weeks Papertrey Ink Design Team Tip!

One layer cards are easily my favorite kinds of cards to create.  And when you have a versatile and simple design that just works in a number of different ways, you've got yourself a go-to favorite.  This diagonal design that I have to share with you today is exactly that and it's one I turn to time and time again.  It's a simple idea but it's one that will surely get those creative juices flowing.

Check it out...
Stamp a layered background or piece images together (like a puzzle) at either angle to create a perfectly flat and mail friendly card.
Here's How: This simple and versatile design begins with a temporary guide-line, drawn by hand using a straight edge and a pencil.  From here you can stamp above or below the line, use it as a guide for a masking technique, align a sentiment and so on.
My first card uses the guide-line to stamp a double layered background.  
The polka dots first, were stamped just below the guide-line in true black. Here's a Tip: These tiny polka dots are so versatile!  Pair them with almost any image or background, just make sure you pair them with something a bit larger in size for a good contrast.
Over that I layered the ikat pattern, stamped using Irresistibly Ikat in a color combo of tropical teal, aqua mist and blueberry sky.  For an unexpected look I stamped this layer just past the edge of the polka dots.  Here's a Tip: Because of this detail, I felt the card was interesting enough and didn't need any further embellishments.  Oh yeah!
Here the guide-line was used as the edge when piecing these tiny tags (from both Tiny Tags I & II) like a jigsaw puzzle.  Color combo used... plum pudding, summer sunrise, sweet blush and melon berry.  Here's an Idea:  I can envision this same puzzle look being achieved with a floral set, one that includes individual blooms, stems and leaves to arrange randomly. 
After stamping the tags I stamped the repeating sentiment just above the temporary guide-line. Then erased all evidence of it once done.
To give this card its finishing touch I embellished it with a few silver glitter enamel dots.

So what do you think?!  Could this become your next go-to design?  I sure do hope so!  Well, that's it from me today.  

Thanks for stopping by.

Maile



Hey There Card
Stamps: Polka Dot Basics and Irresistibly Ikat
Ink: True Black, Tropical Teal, Aqua Mist and Blueberry Sky
Cardstock: White

Celebrate Today Card
Stamps: Tiny Tags, Tiny Tags II and Monthly Moments: Tabbed
Ink: Plum Pudding, Summer Sunrise, Sweet Blush and Melon Berry
Cardstock: White
Others: Basic Grey Silver Candy Buttons

27 comments:

  1. you make wonderful one-layer cards...TFS.

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  2. Your CAS are always AMAZING! I am so glad you shared a bit about making them - would love to see more of your thought process- you have inspired me to try this!!! Thanks!

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  3. MY OH MY ! Love your CAS cards .Great journaling too .

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  4. Great suggestions, I mail most of my cards and have had some issues with layers and embellishments, thanks so much!

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  5. Two awesome cards!!! Love them!

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  6. Great tips, Mailes and two very lovely cards :)

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  7. Super great, Maile. When I feel inspired to make a one layer card I always come to your blog for a good visual. Thanks for the tips and ideas you share.

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  8. Lovely simple cards which can be easily made as a gift set. Thank you for another wonderful idea.

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  9. What a great technique. I can wait to get my stamps and inks out to play.

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  10. So simple-looking but so effective. Love that they're one layer and easy to mail but carry so much impact for the recipient.

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  11. I always look forward to your clever simple designs. If I didn't know how great they looked ahead of time I wouldn't be content with the one layer but you make them so appealing. Thanks for reminding us that sometimes less is better.

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  12. Thanks Maile, great tips! I always need one layer cards for mailing!

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  13. I love coming to your blog! Beautiful cards and helpful details - inspiration. Thank you.

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  14. Awesome cards and great tips on making one layer cards. I make a lot of them myself too!

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  15. Thanks for sharing your tips on one-layer angles. You always seem to have the right combinations for that WOW factor!

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  16. Maile, what fun cards! Love both of these very different designs. Thank you for these easy to make "always-needed" one layer card ideas :-)

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  17. Great cards, Maile, and love your tips!

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  18. I always love your clean and simple designs! Thanks for sharing!

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  19. Such a fun design technique! Thanks!

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  20. this is a really simple, fab idea, and a great way to use your smaller stamps that perhaps you've been ignoring. :) Thanks for the inspiration!

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