Tuesday, 13 August 2013

One Layer Number

Good morning crafters

I know its unusual for me to be posting this early in the morning but I made this card last night and had to wait until this morning to photograph it, and as the recipient has a birthday tomorrow I need to get it in the mail today!  That being said, apologies for the not so great picture, my usual photography spot in the flat isn't so bright at this time of day!

I have made this card for this week's Less is More challenge...its the dreaded one layer challenge and this time Chrissie and Jen want to see numbers used on our creations.

I have very little in the way of number stamps, and absolutely nothing in my die collection so my mind went a completely blank at first.  Then I had an idea and this is what materialised...

I started by printing a large number 3 on some thin paper and then cut it out as neatly as possible so I was left with a stencil.  I wanted to use my Clearly Besotted Stamps 'Basic Stripes' set to create a kind of tartan effect.  The stamps are quite long so I gave the stencil a wide border to cover up the base card.  I've tried stamping through a stencil made of card before and it didn't work too well, so I used fairly thin paper to ensure the ink would reach the edges nicely.  I started with the medium width stripe stamp and stamped the vertical blue lines.  I then followed this with the wide stripes in orange and the thin stripes in the darker blue.  This card is for a boy which is why I chose two blue shades, I then chose to use orange for a pop of colour, this being the opposite of blue.  I then inked up the 'today' stamp in the same lighter blue shade.  To finish, I used my corner rounder scissors to echo the curviness of the number 3.  Unfortunately, by using thin paper for my stencil some of the ink blotted through onto the base card so the image isn't as clean as I had hoped but overall I'm happy with it :)

Materials used:
  • Stamps: Clearly Besotted Stamps - Basic Stripes; Dovecraft - Numbers ('today')
  • Ink: Versa Color - Cyan, Orange and Indigo
  • Tools: Fiskars Corner Edgers - Rounder

I'm really pleased with how this turned out and there are some great entries already in the challenge gallery.  One layer cards certainly take a lot of thinking about but its amazing what can be created.

As always, thanks so much for popping by and I hope to see you again soon.


  1. Terrific card - and what a great idea to use those stamps in a different way.
    Caroline xxx

  2. Awesome card! I once made a template out of cardstock too and it didn't work at all, thin paper is better but curls up very easily.
    This looks great and beautiful colours too :)

  3. What a great card! It looks so good.

  4. Great idea Neet! One I almost used actually!
    Lizy xx

  5. This looks superb Neet!
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  6. Wow, am impressed with your tartan pattern. Have tried the 'card' stencil as well - paper is a much better idea.

  7. love it neets
    So sorry for my late visit. Thanks for joining us
    Jen x
    "Less Is More"

  8. This is great Neets, definitely worth the extra effort.


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