Butterflies and Flowers Clean And Simple One Layer Birthday Card PP596

by Joanne James19. June 2022 08:00

Today it's Sunday and time for this week's new challenge over at The Paper Players! It's the turn of the fabulous Jaydee to host this week and she has a clean and simple challenge for us to work with:


I love one layer cards! had another go with a different colour combo from the palette over at Sunday Stamps (such a great colour palette!) and decided that today I would focus on creating the illusion of layers on my single layer creation using some clever diecut embossing, masking and stencilling - take a look:


Here's the low-down on today's card:

How Many Layers? - I love one layer cards as they are great for clean and simple designs. They can be as simple as a single image and a sentiment; for today's card though, I decided to create the illusion of layers. The first thing I did was use one of my Scalloped Contour Dies to partially emboss the outline of a label. I then stencilled a butterfly on the non-embossed section, then masked it off, along with a second mask to mask off the embossed area before using an alternative stencil to emboss a pattern around the remainder of the card. At this stage the card should look something like this:

When the masks are removed, the finished card front appears to have three separate layers: the butterfly uppermost, followed by the die-embossed label outline and finally the background floral-patterned layer. The photo below shows these in more detail: 


 Finally I added a sentiment to my faux-label to complete my card. I also stamped a sentiment on the inside, with some soft stencilling around the edges - I photographed the inside of the front of my card too so that you can see the partial die-embossed label outline more clearly:


By keeping my central label clear, I've tried to preserve some 'white space' on my one layer card. Along with the absence of embellishments of any kind and the one layer that is the crux of this challenge, I have managed to keep thing clean and simple too. I love these Butterflies & Flowers Layering Decorative Masks stencils and will be so sad when they retire at the end of the month. 

Here is the visual summary of the key products used on today's project for you to pin for easy reference:


You can see all of my Product and 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

Before you reach for your ink and papers, check out what our amazing team has created to inspire you this week:

Here's a quick recap of our challenge rules:
1.  Create a new paper project
2.  Upload your creation to your blog with a link back to us and provide a direct link to the post featuring your challenge submission.
3.  Please link your card to no more than four challenges, TOTAL.
4.  Have FUN!

Enjoy your day; mine will be a quiet one, having been out and about for the past couple of days. I'll be back soon with another project. Until then, happy stampin'!


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Comments (14) -

Cindy Beach
Cindy BeachUnited States
6/19/2022 11:28:05 PM #

Joanne, I read every detail and love your fabulous technique! WOW! This really does look like three layers, Love the colors and that gorgeous butterfly! Your card is summer sweetness!

Laurie Schmidt
Laurie SchmidtUnited States
6/19/2022 11:57:58 PM #

So soft and beautiful!

Jan Clothier
Jan ClothierNew Zealand
6/20/2022 2:09:14 AM #

Very clever indeed! It looks for all the world as though you've added the die cut on top of the stencilling. But then, how could you have done the butterfly?!! It had me puzzled until I read all about it. Smile

Jennie Maier
Jennie MaierUnited States
6/20/2022 6:55:02 PM #

Joanne, you card is too pretty! Great minds think alike with using the masking technique this week, lol! Have a great week!

Christy Stanford
Christy StanfordUnited States
6/21/2022 10:57:29 AM #

I'm in awe of how you made this look like lots of layers when it's just one.  Great use of those masks and stencils, and pretty colors too!

Heather Heroldt
Heather HeroldtUnited States
6/21/2022 5:22:27 PM #

OMG, Joanne, I am totally in awe of this card - you have taken one-layer to a level I could never gave dreamed of!!!  I read every single detail, because, like, I didn't believe this could be one layer, lol!  AMAZING!  Thanks so much for playing at  Sunday Stamps!

Deb Horst
Deb HorstUnited States
6/21/2022 11:09:52 PM #

Beautiful take on our color challenge over at Sunday Stamps.  Your card is beautiful!!  I love the layering/masking technique you used her...very creative!!  Thanks for playing along with us!!

Amy Koenders
Amy KoendersUnited States
6/22/2022 5:27:13 PM #

Just beautiful!  Love the inked butterfly, perfect!  Thanks for joining us at Sunday Stamps, hope to see you again soon!

Stef Perry
Stef PerryUnited States
6/24/2022 1:54:23 AM #

This is a brilliant design Joanne, you definitely achieved your goal of a layered look on a one layer card. And your mix of the challenge colors is absolutely beautiful! I'm so glad you were inspired twice by the Sunday Stamps challenge colors!

Claire Broadwater
Claire BroadwaterUnited States
6/24/2022 8:07:54 PM #

Joanne, this is amazing!  I love the way you created the look of layers on this card!  Your butterfly is just so pretty, too!   SO happy you joined us at Sunday Stamps, too!  Have a great weekend!  

Annette Elliott
Annette ElliottUnited States
6/24/2022 10:01:47 PM #

Oh my goodness, how cool is this masking/stenciling technique? Very pretty! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Sunday Stamps!

Anne Marie Hile
Anne Marie HileUnited States
6/25/2022 3:45:35 AM #

Such a cool card, Joanne! Love the faux layers you created by masking. That butterfly really pops!

JaydeeUnited States
6/25/2022 2:03:22 PM #

Joanne, what a wonderful use of that gorgeous stencil.  So much wonderful detail on this card that you would never believe it was a OLW!   Gorgeous colors, too.

Ann Schach
Ann SchachUnited States
6/26/2022 1:59:04 AM #

An amazing card, Joanne! Your illusion of multiple is absolutely awesome. Plus, you did a great job of sponging and stenciling. You are so talented...and clever!

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