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Monday, August 31, 2015

One layer Christmas Card

A really simple card from me today, but it took me forever to make it, if you take into account the 4 attempts that all ended in the trash bin. I'm clearly not a one layer crafter, but that's what the ladies over at Ink wants to see this fortnight so here goes:)

Being inspired by the Sweet Sunday sketch for my final attempt I masked off the the white space using masking tape, stamped the Magnolia image and used clear embossing powder to make sure the ink wouldn't create a mess once starting sponging the blue sky.
Then I colored thre tree using a paintbrush and distress ink pads. The white ground is covered with WOS, but I couldn't capture the sparkle in the photo.

I stamped a Christmas greeting, but kind of regret that I did. I should have left it without a sentiment, but not being very keen on starting on a 6th onelayer card I'm going with it as it is now.

This card is for these challenges:
Inkspirational - One layer card
The Sweetest Thing - #284 Sketch 
Addicted to CAS - Blue
August Rudolph Days challenge


    Desire Fourie said...

    Pia this is a stunning CAS Christmas design.
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

    meg said...

    Beautiful card Pia, my attempts at sponging a background have all been a disaster love the graduation in colour around the tree love it.

    KT Fit Kitty said...

    I have to say, Pia, that the one-layer card is the toughest for me, but you have aced it! This is gorgeous and thanks for sharing how you did it. I agree, I think it would have looked just fine without any sentiment at all, but I do like the sentiment. Beautiful card!

    sandie said...

    I am so pleased you joined in with our challenge at Ink, especially as I know one layer is not your 'go to' style. Saying that, this is a wonder. Your masking is perfect and I love that you made it an Xmas card. Thanks so much for joining Ink x

    Sue B said...

    Oh I'm so glad you didn't give up on making this card Pia… as it has turned out SO beautiful !! I really love this!
    I often find.. the simplest cards are the hardest.
    Hope you're having a great weekend
    Big hugs, Sue B xx

    Chrissy said...

    I don't think I have ever tried a one layer card have done a fabulous job with the masking and the sky and the sentiment is perfect..wouldn't change a thing.

    luv CHRISSYxx

    Jacee said...

    Lovely design Pia
    hugs Jacee
    Simply Paper Card Design

    chrissy xx said...

    LOve your CAS card Pia..
    You've created a wonderful scene.
    Should be another name for CAS cards lol..They do tend to take longer to do.

    cotnob said...

    A fabulous card Pia, one layer cards are so difficult to get right - yours is perfect.

    *Vicki* said...

    Oh wow I think is just amazing for your one layer design!! I love that fun image and your background is gorgeous!! :) CAS designs are not as easy as what it may "appear" to look I can completely relate to your trash bin experience!! :) Please keep making them, I love this one!! Thanks for sharing! HUGS

    Laine said...

    It looks great Pia. Stunning CAS creation.

    Donna said...

    Absolutely darling, I struggle with one layer cards and yours is just stunning, I have to give it another whirl!

    Sue said...

    This is stunning Pia, your design is so beautiful and I love the colours.
    Sue xx

    crafty-stamper said...

    5th time is definitely lucky -it's a stunning one layer card and they are not as easy as they look lol I love the solitary tree and the sentiment looks fine to me
    carol x

    scrAPpamondo said...

    Your card is very pretty and just perfect!! I think that pheraphs the others 4 cards that ended in the trash were no perfect, but pretty as well...
    Love the tree so beautiful coloured and your stunning sky!

    Anonymous said...

    Well, you rocked it! I think it's adorable. Good job.


    scrappymo! said...

    Can't see my original comment...but perhaps you have not released it yet. i was typing the first one on my ipad as we have had a terrible storm here and had no power or internet at home or in the towns around us since Friday lunchtime.
    My ipad died at the end of that comment to you so not sure if it released sent or not! I had no way to recharge it till the power came back on a while ago! Whew! Thank goodness...
    Your card is so nice. I love the misty, etheareal look of that geautiful background and so suits the tree image.

    Thanks for taking part in the August Rudolph Days Challenge.

    Joan B said...


    KraftyKoolKat said...

    This is awesome Pia. The same happens with me, the simpler the look of the card the hard it is.

    Barb Ghig said...

    Beautiful one layer card, Pia! Such a lovely scene, and I love your water colored background! Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at Addicted to CAS!

    Monika Reeck said...

    Stunning one layer Christmas Card Pia
    the color so cool and cold hehe
    and love this image the bubble too and the feeling of cold winter
    ADORABLE MADE my friend

    Loz said...

    Beautiful CAS card Pia..loz

    Michelle said...

    I love your one layer Christmas card Pia - it is very stylish - Michelle x

    Tammy said...

    Gorgeous one layer card Pia, it turned out fabulous!!
    Tammy x

    Marina said...

    I actually like it with the sentiment - it gives some 'grounding' to the bottom of the card. The scene you've made is beautiful. I have been there with having to keep binning the olcs! As I hate wasting the unused part of the card blank, I often end up cheating, just using a panel and then when I'm happy just adding a card back by creating a hinge! Thank you for joining us at Inkspirational Challenges. Come back next time! Marina

    Mervi said...

    Fabulous card, it's worth all the effort you put in to it;-))m

    Lisa Minckler said...

    You could have fooled me. If this isn't your thing, that's too bad, because you ROCK at this. Sorry to hear the fate of the others, but this one is amazing. I absolutely am mesmerized by the design and look. This is a super card Pia!!!
    Big hugs to you,
    Lisa x

    Asha said...

    You totally aced the OLC challenge, Pia. This is absolutely stunning. I get that it takes forever to make these so-called simple cards. At least to persevered. I would have chucked it out on the 2nd attempt! :)
    x Asha

    Kim Heggins said...

    Pia, this is just so sweet. I love your adorable little tree, reminds me a bit of a Charlie Brown tree, just too cute.

    Frk. Bogstad said...

    Veldig veldig fint kort ♥
    Eg tykkje eg ser dette einsame treet på vidda,
    står der å gleder seg til jul
    - for då kan det kanskje få kome inn i ei trivelig stove ♥

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    Skye said...

    A fantastic CAS card. I love the cute image

    Ksenija Rizova said...

    Winter is coming? Love your design :) Thanks so much for playing along with us at Addicted to CAS! - Sweet Kobylkin