Tuesday, June 28, 2011

One-Layer Wednesday 60: Quick Layers of Ink

This week's OLW challenge is to make quick and easy cards with nothing but layers of ink by overlapping the stamped images and/or sentiment. The idea here is to practice whipping up a quick card or even an easy card set at the last minute with just ink and cardstock!

Come on. You KNOW you've been caught needing a card or gift and having next to no time to produce it. Here's your chance to eliminate the sense of panic and feel confident that you CAN respond with a GREAT card with just a moment's notice any time you have a need!

In a pinch isn't the time to reinvent the wheel, and for this challenge, you can't use techniques like masking or sponging...they'd just slow you down! Stick to layouts that work for you, too. Some things that make these types of cards more interesting include fun color combinations, textured or natural cardstock, strong images, asymmetry, and plenty of white space.

I used my Grunge Me set to make these two cards. The first takes just two stamps in bright, punchy colors and puts them in the lower right "sweet spot" of the card (the place where imaginary lines dividing the card into thirds meet). The bright blue sentiment overlaps the grunge circles by about a third of its length, which lends nice balance to the focal point and helps it look deliberately placed, not accidental or random.


The second card uses three stamps overlapping in gray, black, and a punch of bright blue. The right angle of the sentiment and vertical blue element is softened and balanced by the random spatter background.


Layering ink adds interest and takes WAY less time than layering cardstock. So whip up some easy, peasy, QUICK cards this week!

OLW60 Rules

1. A one-layer card is just that: one layer of cardstock folded in half...no other layers of cardstock allowed!

2. Make a card that layers ink. USE ONLY STAMPED IMAGES AND/OR SENTIMENTS. No masking, no sponging, no embellishments of any kind!

3. Post your card somewhere on the internet and link to it using the InLinkz button on the sidebar.

4. The most important rule of all: HAVE FUN!!!!



18 comments:

  1. What? No masking or sponging? Do you realize what you're saying? Seriously though, I love what you did on the cards above and I will give it my best shot!

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  2. Oh I must try this. Love the second card.

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  3. I have never layered ink before. And I think I'm a bit afraid to try...

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  4. Love this set of stamps - your grunge set of cards are just fabulous - and I have a teenager who would adore them!!

    Like the challenge - must have a think!

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  5. Fabulous examples, wonderful idea, I have to play with this, I know it's going to be fun. Thanks so much for your continued inspiration Susan. Gay xxx

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  6. Love them both! .... a lot

    Kathyk

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  7. Love your cards especially the first one. I can't help that I love green.

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  8. Both good cards but I especially like the second one.

    Hugs, Sandra

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  9. Both are great cards, but I prefer the second (3 colours as opposed to 2)

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  10. Aaargh! I'm with Heather - putting down my sponge is a leap of faith! But I love your beautiful graphic cards and can't wait to play!

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  11. What a great idea Susan! I usually use my UFO box when I'm in a pinch, but there's so much stuff in there, that it takes a while to go through it. I think I need to turn it over to my next stamping group and let them clean it out!

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  12. Excellent - Love a challenge. It's amazing how clean and clear the cards are when simple inking is used. Great inspiration, as usual - thanks again.

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  13. I love this--thanks for hosting each week! I've decided to make it a tradition in my craft room!!! :) Also, I was wondering if you've ever thought of creating a button for us to add to our blogs? I want everyone to know about this awesome blog!!! Thanks again for sharing your wonderful talent!

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  14. Hi Susan! I'm newish to this CAS style, but would love to learn - your challenge this week is very appealing, and I had a good time playing!

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  15. Mynnette, my partner in crime, Jennifer, is working on a button. Thanks for asking!

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  16. Now THIS is a challenge! And yet your cards look effortless and awesome! (Notice I said LOOK effortless...) ;)

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  17. Love your CAS cards!
    I have just linked my entry.
    It was so fun, I made a few more for Christmas!

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