Thursday, 29 November 2012

One Layer Card

Last minute entry to this week's Dynamic Duo Challenge #30: Navy and Silver.
I also wanted to try Jackie Rockwell's challenge, to create a one-layer holiday card.
The colours I used are Close-to-My-Heart's "Outdoor Denim" and the "Brushed Silver" Distress Stain from Ranger. This is a new Tim Holtz product which was showcased in the "Holiday Card Workshop" online class I followed last month.  It is basically a paint-dauber which deposits fluid pigment; you can make it as translucent or as dark as you like, depending on how much you apply.
I spread a layer of pewter across the lower half of my card, then used CTMH's "The Season Defined"(C1334) to stamp the definition of "Noel" on top, using Staz-On black ink.
I used a pigment ink to stamp the larger "Noel" and the holly leaf on top of THAT, and heat-set using clear embossing powder.  The border punch is from Martha Stewart. I placed a strip of navy paper inside the card base, to help emphasize the  detail on the punch.

So, some observations:

  1. Wetting the paper with the stain resulted in a buckled card front. I weighed it down to dry, but not thoroughly enough. Add more weight next time.
  2. Stamping with Staz-On (which is supposed to stamp on ANYTHING) doesn't work so well unless your surface is perfectly dry! Allow longer for drying next time.
  3. Make sure your stamping blocks and fingers have not picked up extra ink, when working with a white card base. This version is Take #2 as the first one acquired some navy finger prints... This version is not completely clean either... Watch and wash meticulously next time!

So, off to link up this effort. Hope your holiday crafting is going more smoothly!


  1. Great vintage look Caroline! Thanks so much for playing along with me in my One Layer Holiday Card challenge!!!

  2. Very cool, Caroline! I love the text and the effect of the stain!

  3. Great idea to layer the text over the paint, and the sentiment over the top looks great! Thanks for playing along with Dynamic Duos this week!

  4. I love that stamp! and it makes fun and simple (well, that maybe stretching) card. Thanks for playing with the Dynamic Duos.

  5. Love the look of the text over the distress paint. Very pretty! Thanks so much for joining us this week at Dynamic Duos! :)

  6. Those are certainly some great tips. A medium like the distress stain stresses me out because it is unpredictable. Your card turned out lovely.


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