Monday, May 9, 2016

Five Layers...Oh, My!

I have no idea where this card idea came from, except that I was thumbing through a Somerset Life magazine, admiring the shabby chic, vintage feel of so many pictures, and this just popped into my head. It turned out even better than planned!

To make the torn layer (3.5" x 2.25"), I painted water lines on scored card stock with a watercolor brush, soaking it really well, and then tearing it. The score lines showed me where to tear to get the size right. Not sure why one edge ended up so straight, though; they were all scored! Anyway, to glue the torn layer to the card, there's just glue at the very center of the piece. I wanted the edges to stay loose and detached.

The next layer (3" x 1.75") is clean-cut card stock stamped with a gorgeous Celtic manuscript stamp. This layer is popped up with dimensionals. The ink is Color Box Chalk light brown, which I thought would be light enough, but it was a tad too dark and competed with the cross. So a layer of vellum softened it just enough.

Finally, the cross, stamped in pistachio ink from Memento Luxe, is cut out and popped up. Cutting isn't my strong suit, but this turned out pretty well!

Despite its five layers (counting the base) and the torn edges, this card still feels very clean to me. The large white border, the slightly off-white textured card stock, the crisp edges...this just works for me.

What do you think?

Stamps: JudiKins Celtic background, PSX Celtic cross
Ink: Colorbox Chalk, Memento Luxe
Paper: Papertrey white, vellum, unknown textured
Accessories: watercolor paint brush (large round), glue, dimensionals


  1. It is beautiful, Susan.
    I am always impressed with your creativity.
    Thanks for sharing!

    And thanks for those kind caring words yesterday about Mother's Day. I lost my mom this past summer. She was 89 and had a wonderful life. But I really miss her. Thanks

  2. Just goes to can do anything when the mood strikes :) Love that something so different can still be so you!
    Lu C

  3. It caught my eye right away. I love it!

  4. It works beautifully! Textured and clean at the same time.

  5. Lovely ... makes me think of bookbinding for some reason. It's fun to see your "something different" experiments.

  6. Very nice! It's LCAS (Layered, clean and simple)


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