Wednesday, April 9, 2014

OLS4: Road Trip!

The One-Layer Simplicity Challenge this month is to make a card with a travel theme...showcasing either a destination or a mode of transportation.

I struggled with finding stamps for this in my collection. I used to have several travel-themed sets but sold them last year. Darn. Then, I remembered that Hero Arts Screen Shots set had some travel-themed stamps and sentiments AND I have the fabulous Hero Arts Map of America background stamp.

Here's what happened.

First up, I cut a piece of copy paper into quarters, and then used an exacto knife to cut a curve in it. Masking off the top of the card, I stamped the Map of America background in Hero Arts Tidal Pool ink. The edges of the stamped image looked odd on the standard card, so I trimmed both edges to just outside the inside portion of the image's frame.

(You know you're an experienced stamper if you can follow that last sentence.)

Then, I nudged the mask slightly up the card and used a silver metallic marker to define the curve better. I added the sentiment, which I love, from the Screen Shot set, curving it on the acrylic block to fit into the curve of the pen line. I added some bling, sat back, and said, "YAY!"

The second card uses all stamps from the Screen Shot set and a little Stickles to make the sun sparkle. I'm going to send this one to my mom, who's coming to see me next week!

Why don't you get into the spirit of travel? Join us at the One-Layer Simplicity challenge! Entries will be accepted until the 24th of the April. Looking forward to seeing your Road Trip!

stamps: Hero Arts
ink: Hero Arts, VersaColor, VersaMagic, Memento Luxe (quite the mishmash)
paper: Papertrey white
accessories: metallic pen, rhinestones, Stickles


  1. Oh how fun! I love the two different cards and the different styles! The curve on the first suggests a road to me and I love your use of simple shapes in the second!

  2. Love that map stamp, and the curve your created, and the curve in your sentiment. Yep, love it all. Then you nailed it again by straightening up with the next card.
    Heather T

  3. I love them! I have also been keeping maps that come in the mail, I forget who sends them! they could work for something like this, although they would be less monochromatic.

  4. Fantastic one layer cards, love that sentiment too, Cathy x

  5. loving the first card especially - just a perfect design.

  6. i love love that car and sun.. fantastic! I just might need to case it :)

  7. That silver pen looks like it works VERY well. I almost thought it was a layer of foil cardstock. Do you mind sharing the brand name?

  8. LOVE this! And that silver line is perfect. I envy your steady hand. :)

    PS: You just got a shout-out on Twitter from Hero Arts:


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