Sunday, July 25, 2010

One-Layer Wednesday 13: Christmas in July

Edit: I swapped out better pics so you can see the glitter on the card. This card also qualifies for the Holidays in July card challenge in the A Muse Lounge. Check that out too!

This is my first time participating in Susan Raihala's weekly card challenge she hosts on her blog, Simplicity. I've been a fan of her creations for the past few years. I was looking at card ideas on the SplitCoastStampers (SCS) website one day and stumbled upon one of Susan's cards that someone CASEd. I was so drawn to her striking clean and simple designs in her card gallery.

July is generally around the time when I start to think about what card designs I want to send for Christmas. Every year, I tell myself to start early on them but that never happens! Usually, I'll be up late cranking them out a few days before Christmas day. We'll see if I can change that this year!

For the card challenge, we are to make a one-layer card, keeping embellishments to a minimum, and a theme of either Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, or winter.

Here's the card I looks better in real life. The design and embellishments I used turned out so much better than I envisioned.  I LOVE when that happens!

I started off with a piece of PTI Kraft cardstock and stamped all the images directly on it using my Stamp-a-ma-jig so nothing would be crooked. This is a very key element when you create one-layered cards because your eye will look directly at the focal point. With simple cards, all you look at is the main image or embellishment so it's very important that everything is properly placed or centered.

I stamped the houses and sentiment using Adirondack Espresso ink (my go-to brown) and my Copic markers. The snow-topped roofs and smoke are colored in with a white Prismacolor pencil. For the puffy line of snow on the ground, I used a white craft pen similar to Liquid Applique, let it dry and heated it up with my heat gun. I outlined the word "cozy" with a red marker for added interest.

I then stamped one scroll on top and one on the bottom with VersaMagic Night Sky chalk ink. I finished off with a red pearl in the centers of each scroll. I also used a Clear Spica glitter pen over the scroll and on the houses for a little sparkle!

Check out Susan's blog Simplicity to see all the other creations for this challenge!

Stamps: Winter Houses, Cozy Christmas MA, Swirly Bracket (A Muse)
Ink: Adirondack Dye Espresso (Ranger), VersaMagic Night Sky (Tsukineko)
Paper: Kraft (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Cranberry Pretty Pearls (A Muse), Red Le Pen (Marvy), Dong-A Popcorn Puffy Paint Pen (from Jet Pens), White Prismacolor Pencil (Sanford), Copic markers (.Too Corp), Clear Atyou Spica Glitter pen (.Too Corp), Heat-It Craft Tool (Ranger), Stamp-a-ma-jig (EK Success)


  1. Ack! Eek! Yikes! LOVE this card, Tina! It's so adorable! It's simple, yet not simple at all. Perfect. Get your craft on. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Awesome! Love the brackets...that is clever!

  3. I've got to get crackin' on my cards - no time lately though. This one is cute!

  4. I think this is lovely. Brings back memories of childhood Christmases. Glad you played along this week.

  5. very nice! i love the bracket detail!!

  6. I love the colors and sweet brackets!

  7. love all the details you added to the stamped images.

  8. Oh my that is so adorable! Love it!

  9. Oh, those brackets giving the houses a hug is soooooo cozy! Absolutely perfect!

  10. Really really cute! Congrats on being one of the 9 spotlighted by the Amuse News Blog!



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