Sponging up a No Layer Card

Each week, the Late Night Stampers group has some kind of challenge.  This week was particularly intriguing to me as the challenge was to create a single/no layer card.  When I first read this, I thought, “won’t these cards be boring?”  Well, boy was I wrong!  Folks came up with all kinds of cool ways to make a card look interesting without needing lots of layers of paper and embellishments.  So, I took up the challenge and decided to create one myself, no paper layers, no embellishment layers, just paper and ink.

Here is what I came up with:

Using scoring lines and sponging, this card turned out much better than I expected.  I scored the outer frame at about 1” in from the top and the bottom of the card and about 1/2” in from the sides of the card.  Then I scored the inner frame about 1/4” in from the outer frame.  I then masked at the inner frame lines and sponged with Pink Pirouette ink and stamped my flowers using Blushing Bride and Rich Razzleberry.  Next I masked the inner part of the score lines so I could sponge the outer areas with Pink Pirouette and finished it off by sponging the edges of the card in Rich Razzleberry.

Tip:  Did you know that it is easy to score at precise measurements that don’t go to the edge of your paper using a paper cutter and a bone folder?  For a frame like I created above, grab a paper cutter that uses a grooved track for cutting like this one and position your paper to the dimension you want to score.  So, if you were scoring the sides of the frame above, you would put your paper at 3 3/4” so that you are scoring 1/2” in from the side of your 4 1/4” card front.  Then use the bone folder instead of the cutting blade and use the ruler on the cutting track to help you score the length you want – so in this case, from 4 1/2” to 1”.  Keep doing that for each side of your frame, and voila!  You are done!

Need a bone folder or a grooved paper cutter?  You can order them here!

No Layer Card Recipe:
Stamps: 
Petal Pizazz, Just Believe
Ink:  Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive
Paper:  Whisper White CS
Accessories:  Paper cutter, bone folder, sponges

4 thoughts on “Sponging up a No Layer Card

  1. I love this idea! Your card turned out so well. What a good reminder that you not need much to have stunning results. I’m going to play around with this idea this week for my father’s birthday card.

  2. This is such a great card! I love the frame that you did – I’ll have to give that a try! I’m such a “layer” girl that it’s hard for me to come up with cards without layers (or bling)! Great job!

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