Friday, 13 October 2017

Almost one layer cards in festive colours

Hi Everyone,

Mirella here with another set of cards for you. 

Today, I want to share some lovely almost-one-layer cards with you, with the use of festive colours. I had loads of fun with this colour palette, and since I love the use of gold on my cards - I was in the zone ;o) Note that none of my cards are actually properly one-layer ones, however they totally could be - with a bit of masking and/or better planning... I simply rarely plan on making one layer cards, and I automatically start with a small panel of cardstock, which I then need to mount on card bases... 

CARD 1 - Any occasion/masculine card

1. For my panel, I used some kraft coloured cardstock. I love this particular one for Copic colouring, as it gives really nice results. 
2. I stamped the boarders from the new "Madhubani Borders" stamp set in a somewhat symmetrical way, and heat embossed them with gold embossing powder. 
3. Next, I coloured them with my Copics, making sure not to touch the tips of my markers on the embossing too much - some say it can ruin your markers, so it's good to be careful!
4. I then created a card base, and adhered strips of gold mirror paper on each side. 
5. Finally, I adhered my coloured & embossed panel. 
6. I didn't add any sentiment to the front of the card, since the design is nice and busy by itself. I will add something inside, when I need to post the card to someone, and know the occasion. I think it makes for a great masculine card, too! 

CARD 2 - Because I am obsessed with butterflies

1. This is a very simple but pretty card, and it would be quite good for mass-production, if needed.
2. I started with ink-blending my background, with the use of Distress Inks and a stencil. I used Candied Apple for the base coat, and then sponged some Fired Brick through the stencil. For some additional interest and shimmer, I also added a thin layer of Delicata Golden Glitz ink on top of the Fired Brick. It looks fantastic in real life!
3. I heat embossed the sentiment & the butterfly in gold, directly on top of the inked panel (TIP: make sure your inks are good and dry before you attempt heat embossing on top - otherwise, your embossing powder will stick to everything!). I actually heat embossed all the elements twice - one on top of the other, to make them a little bit "puffier" (a stamp positioning tool like a MISTI comes handy for that, but if you're careful enough, you can achieve the same result with regular stamping blocks).
4. Next, I adhered the panel to a white card base, making it a bit off-set. 
5. As a final touch, I added a trail of golden sequins behind the butterfly. 

CARD 3 - Celebrate the colours!

1. I think this is my favourite of the three, as I absolutely love the colour combination here!
2. I started with a white card panel, and heavily blended some Distress Inks on top of it - I used Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry, Wild Honey, Candied Apple, and some more Picked Raspberry on the very bottom. 
3. Once the panel was completely dry, I stamped some leaves with Versafine Onyx Black Ink, and heat embossed the images with clear embossing powder. The heat embossing is totally optional here, but it gives the leaves a nice shine and some dimension. 
4. I also stamped the sentiment at the bottom of the panel, and heat embossed it in gold. 
5. Finally, I added some splatters - both with clean water, and with some diluted Delicata Golden Glitz Ink - these made the background look truly magical :o)
6. Since I didn't start with a card base, but only with a small panel (initially, I was planning on doing some die-cutting, etc, but I didn't think this design needed it in the end), I had to adhere the panel to a card base. 

Hope you've enjoyed these!

If - like me - you got inspired by the gorgeous festive colours, please remember to join us in the current challenge - you can find more details here. Simply remember to follow the Colour Palette. 

Crafts Need
Anandha Stationery
Hindustan Trading Company
Kat Scrappiness
Art and Craft Store - Noida
The Craft Store, Srilanka
Papercurves, UAE
Scrapbook Boutique, Australia

Have a great day,



  1. Stunning Mirella. The last card especially is a stand out for me with the gorgeous ink blending and bold black leaves.

    1. Thanks, Linda, it's my favourite one, too! :-)