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More one-layer fun with Mrs. RWS!

April 26, 2014



I brought my “Welcome Back” balloon from home to welcome you back to the Penny Black blog today.  This balloon welcomed me back from a crafty retreat I attended in Ohio earlier this month.  Don’t you love coming home, even when you’ve been someplace special?

Things are pretty neat and tidy here this week.  One layer cards don’t require as much cutting and pasting, therefore less mess.  Oh, how I have enjoyed this past week’s cards and admired the beautiful floral images.  No one does flowers better than Penny Black.

I don’t often think to make a one layer card and there is a reason for my hesitation:  there is no way to hide a smudge, fingerprint or misplaced bit of adhesive.  Be suspicious when you see a butterfly on my cards; it’s often been put there to hide a goof.

Here’s my first one-layer floral card:


I love this poppy from the Blooming Garden transparent set.  I’ve stamped and heat embossed the image and colored it with Copics.  I drew in the stripe and filled it in with a black Copic marker.  I added a few metal gems to help balance the image.

Hint:  If you are wondering how you are going to use up all the space on a standard sized card using only one layer, use a smaller size.  This card is 4”x4” and contains just the right amount of white space to please my eye.


Since I wanted this to be a single layer card, I created the illusion of another layer by using a negative circle diecut as a mask and filled in the open space with Distress inks.  I left the mask in place after distressing and stamped the flowers from Botanical Notes within the circle.  I added the sentiment from Kind Words.  I ached to add a tiny ribbon and bow just above the sentiment, but decided to follow the rules and stick to my one layer.  I left the rule-breaking for the final card in this post.


I thought my idea to use a Distressed ink circle was such a good one that I decided to use two circles on this card.  Again, I used the negative die cuts for my mask and filled in the area with an assortment of Distress inks … whatever pleased my eye.  I added a touch of Copic coloring to the images.  And, no, that butterfly isn’t hiding anything!!


The Slapstick stamp Softly is one of my favorite images in the Happy Everything release.  I knew I wanted to use it to cover the surface of this full sized card.  I practiced turning it this way and that and then had an “Aha” moment!  Can you guess what I did next?


Sadly, a stamp was harmed in the making of this card!  However, I absolutely love that I was able to fill my card with these sweet flowers.  They are a joy to color and were perfect for making a one-layer card.  Wish you could see the gentle sparkle from my Wink of Stella clear pen!

I have practiced lining the two halves up on an acrylic block and I’m happy to report both halves work together to create the original image.

The month of April included Evelyn Rose’s first Easter and this grandma made sure there was a card to celebrate the occasion.


No, it is definitely not a one layer card!  This is Penny Black’s Bunny Kisses and I’ve colored and fussy cut and added die cuts and enamel dots.  And there is lots of shiny Wink of Stella.

It’s been a good April.  It is a time of welcoming back.  I’ve gone away and returned home. The flowers and green foliage have been gone and we now welcome them back.  We welcome back the sunny and warm days after a winter of cold and dreary.   Pretty soon in this part of the world we will welcome back the hot and humid days of summer.

Speaking of being welcomed back, I do hope my assault with deadly scissors on the Softly stamp doesn’t keep me from returning to the Penny Black blog.  When confronted, I will flash my artistic license and plead for leniency.  See you next time!


 30-155  Blooming Garden

30-162  Eloquence

40-276  Botanical Notes

30-226  Kind Words

30-067  To You

30-014  Salutations

40-319  Softly

40-302  So Blessed

40-302  Bunny Kisses


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18 Comments leave one →
  1. dawnnz permalink
    April 26, 2014 2:58 am

    Oh my Judy. Your cards today are simply stunning. You have done one-layer with panache. I want to go and start playing now but sadly it’s nearly bed time!

  2. April 26, 2014 5:12 am

    That first card is such a classy beauty & I love the way you balanced it with the sentiment & those metal gems. The rounding of the corners add a lovely softness the whole echoing the soft roundness of the poppy heads – you can tell it’s my favourite of all your samples. One Layer is not something I have ever achieved so I totally understand the need for butterflies!
    Your softly creation is magical with the soft colours enhanced by your enamel dots & I can imagine your Wink of Stella pen has indeed added some lovely sparkle.
    Paula (PEP)

  3. Darlyne W permalink
    April 26, 2014 5:18 am

    You are quite a character, RWS. That said, I love what you have done. Elegant, good design and quite brave, to cut up a stamp like that. The end justified the means so… I am happy no real harm done. Love the cards!

  4. Dianne Crowe permalink
    April 26, 2014 5:28 am

    Wonderful cards, thanks for sharing.

  5. April 26, 2014 5:39 am

    Oh there are not many stamps that have escaped my scissors or x-acto knife! Makes them so much more versatile! Great job!

  6. Scott schmidlkofer permalink
    April 26, 2014 7:30 am

    Mother, you are suppose to destroy stamps! What’s next? Mixing colors? You are a rebel! Evelyn loved the Easter card, we didn’t even let her eat this one. Love you.

  7. Laura Jane permalink
    April 26, 2014 7:49 am

    You are a BRAVE woman! I admire your spunk for cutting:)

  8. Donna Whitten permalink
    April 26, 2014 8:07 am

    You intentionally cut your stamp!!! Well, a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do! If that’s what it takes to make beautiful cards like these, let me get my scissors! Love your cards, great job! Your granddaughter’s card is darling, so glad it won’t be eaten.

  9. April 26, 2014 8:44 am

    Beautiful selection of cards…each one a treasure! Don’t worry about cutting your stamp apart….it may even give PB an idea to do a few stamps this way to begin with!

  10. April 26, 2014 8:53 am

    Did you ever nail one-layer cards. Gorgeous. And your sweet granddaughter’s card is adorable.

  11. ThePurplePlace permalink
    April 26, 2014 9:33 am

    Love love love…and even though I am not so certain I can “Harm” my softly stamp, I simply LOVE the design….maybe I’ll buy a second one to harm and keep one in it’s original shape. It’s one of my ALL time favorites, not sure I can cut it? Thanks for sharing so many awesome ideas Judy and of course your lovely family!!

  12. bdengler4 permalink
    April 26, 2014 9:50 am

    Love all your cards today, Judy! That last one is my fave – so pretty with the soft, pastel colors! ♥

  13. April 26, 2014 12:54 pm

    Judy, your cards are lovely and your blog was a hoot. I’m sitting in the dining room laughing like crazy. I’m also going back over my goofs and trying to figure out how to add butterflies to them, lol. your harmed stamp has my deepest sympathies, but I really love the card. its amazing how much more you can do with it now. I really love that stamp. what a wonderful set of cards, you must have had so much fun on your trip. i’ll testify for you if the card making police get you! lol keep on having fun and loving the spring., treen

  14. April 26, 2014 4:50 pm

    Alrighty then! I see you can make some beautiful cards without layers, stitching, ribbon, etc. Your talent is definitely unlimited, Judy – these are stunning cards. I especially love the one using the Softly stamp!! Enjoy these spring days!!

  15. barbara lassiter permalink
    April 26, 2014 5:03 pm

    Your cards are beautiful and I won’t tell about (ahem) cutting the stamp, because the final result justified the means here! Enjoy your posts so much and admire your talent!

  16. April 27, 2014 2:27 pm

    These cards are stunning! thanks for charing!

  17. April 27, 2014 3:55 pm

    Wow, Judy! So many gorgeous cards! I really love the use of the negative circle & the card made by cutting the rubber stamp–fabulous! I’d love to hear about your stamping trip.

  18. Roxanne permalink
    May 21, 2014 2:10 pm

    Love the Friends for Life. Poppies are my favorite.

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