Waves Of Inspiration Oceanfront One Layer Card PP645

by Joanne James18. June 2023 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 know they aren't everyone's cup of tea, but I do love a good one layer card! I decided to use the 'everything beach' inspiration from another of my favourite clean and simple challenges, AAA Cards, to create my one layer wonder for you today - take a look:


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

One of the challenges with a one layer card is the ability to create a scene with depth, without having actual layers to do it. This is where technique such as masking and stencilling can prove really useful. For my card today, I first stamped the pelican from the 'Waves of Inspiration' stamp set in Smoky Slate. I added a touch of colour to this image with my watercolour pencils; not generally my first choice of colouring medium, but super useful when creating a one layer card, as you won't get any bleeding of colour onto the reverse, something which is unavoidable if you are colouring with Stampin' Blends markers, for example. I then stamped the same image onto a post-it note and fussy cut it to create a mask; I positioned this over the stamped image on my card so that I could add my background. 

I decided to stamp my sea in Lost Lagoon (I applied the ink to my stamp using a blending brush for a soft finish), using the sea stamp in the 'Oceanfront' stamp set. It isn't wide enough to cover the width of the card, but it was easy to extend the stamp by first stamping one side of the mask, then repositioning the card and stamping the other side, being careful to ink only the edge of the sea stamp and not overstamp the sea to the left of the mask. I then used a cloud stencil and some Pool Party ink and a blending brush to add in a hint of cloudy sky behind the pelican - you can see that better on the close up below:

Finally I added a trio of seagulls in Basic Grey and stamped my sentiment in black just above the horizon line. I didn't add any embellishments and by keeping my design to the bottom third of my card managed to preserve that all-important 'white space' of a clean and simple card too.

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 - remember for this challenge your design should be clean and simple
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; It's Father's Day here in the UK today so whilst I might be looking forward to enjoying another day of sunshine and relaxation (fingers crossed!), I suspect it might be the DH who will have his feet up! I'll be back tomorrow with another project. Until then, happy stampin'!


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Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

Comments (10) -

Tracy Grauer
Tracy GrauerUnited States
6/18/2023 4:24:36 PM #


LeAnne Pugliese
LeAnne PuglieseUnited States
6/19/2023 12:58:10 PM #

This is such a calm, serene scene...and all one layer to boot!  I can hear the seagulls and smell the sea air!

Carol McFarland
Carol McFarlandUnited States
6/19/2023 5:25:08 PM #

What a pretty CAS beachy card Joanne!! This card gives such a peaceful feeling...the one that we all love when sitting looking at the water!

jaydeeUnited States
6/19/2023 8:23:50 PM #

Joanne, what a fabulous scene you created.  I love the soft, beachy colors, too.  Fabulous one layer card

6/22/2023 4:12:46 PM #

Wow Joanne, that's absolutely beautiful!! I love the peaceful scene and the soft colors. Thanks so much for playing along with us at AAA Cards!

Claire Broadwater
Claire BroadwaterUnited States
6/23/2023 7:23:41 PM #

Joanne, this is the best!  I love the scene you created.  CAS perfection and oh, so beachy!   The little seagull is waiting on his dinner to swim by!  LOL!  You rocked this CAS challenge, My Friend!  

Anne Marie Hile
Anne Marie HileUnited States
6/24/2023 5:12:24 AM #

LOVE this Joanne! I always forget I have this stamp set and I just love how you brought this scene to life. The subtle clouds are a wonderful detail!

Ann Schach
Ann SchachUnited States
6/24/2023 2:08:40 PM #

An absolutely perfect One-Layer Wonder, Joanne! I love the positioning of the image at the lower section of the card. Your subtle clouds and water are amazing! Have a wonderful weekend!

Fran Wing
Fran WingUnited States
6/24/2023 3:22:59 PM #

Joanne, I love your soft and subtle approach to your card - perfect for the subject matter! The clouds are wonderful!
Xoxo, Fran

Jan Clothier
Jan ClothierNew Zealand
6/26/2023 11:56:51 PM #

It's a one layer wonder!

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