Saturday, August 1, 2015

OLS19 and UYH and Thanksgiving Crusade, Combined

This month's One-Layer Simplicity Challenge, hosted by the super-talented Karen Dunbrook, is titled "Strip Down"! We're to mask a strip down the side of a card and do something creative with it...totally fun!

Stamping naked is completely optional. *wink*

For my card, I also used a supply that I haven't used in FOREVER...watercolor pencils. So this qualifies for my Use Your Hoard Challenge. Here's what I did.

Washi tape makes a great mask for your strip...just make sure you stick it to your clothes a couple of times before putting it on the paper. That way, it won't rip the paper when you pull it up.

Using Derwent watercolor pencils in yellow, orange, and red, I scribbled color onto the watercolor paper. Then, using a water-brush, I blended the three colors.

Fabulous color!

The finished card made me so happy. It's tall and thin (7.25" x 3.75" I think) to fit some odd-sized envelopes hanging around my craft space.

This Thanksgiving/Fall card gets me good and started for the Thanksgiving Crusade, which will officially kick off in September. For newbies to Simplicity, every year I encourage readers to make thanksgiving or gratitude cards to send to friends, family, and anyone for whom you are grateful. It's a great way to save Thanksgiving from the commercial chaos and conspicuous consumption of Halloween and Christmas.

I hope you'll join us for Karen's One-Layer Simplicity Challenge this month. Remember that you can submit as many entries as you like through the 24th of the month.

And if you do stamp naked, make sure the curtains are closed. We don't want to be responsible for indecency charges....

stamps: Simon Says, Papertrey
ink: Memento
paper: Windsor & Newton 90lb watercolor paper
accessories: washi tape (for mask), rhinestones, watercolor pencils, water brush


  1. I would love this card if today were September (or October) and not August! lol! I can not start thinking about leaves and colours yet. I still feel like winter just ended, although we've had lots of hot weather. Despite all that, I do love the card with the leaves hanging over the strip.

  2. this card is super duper! I still haven't begun to try watercoloring. (Way to go, taking all the daring out of stamping naked.) You're a hoot.

  3. Very very nice, I keep forgetting that the watercolour panels can look just as nice in a thin strip as a full card front. I need to try some of these ideas. Love the colours you used.

  4. Ooh! I love this! I might pull out my inktense pencils and give it a go!

  5. This is wonderful and I appreciate you sharing how you made it. It is fabulous!

  6. Fabulous card, Susan, a very clever design, enjoy the rest of the weekend, sweetie! Thank you for the advice about washi tape :)

    Love and hugs

  7. Love the colors...but I do love fall! The leaves hanging off the edges is very eye catching!


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