Hey Divas! DT member EK here from ekgorman designs. This week on the CDD blog the design team is sharing one layered card techniques.
I am pretty sure anyone who knows my work know that I create one layered colored scenes all the time. However…these cards are not really one layered. What they really are are thick card stock adhered over an A2 frame. I can not really make a one layered card with the way I color, or I will make a mess of the card with bled through.
No, in the instances in which I really need to make a true one layered card, I do not layer too many markers on the card. I go for a clean and simple card instead so that the ink doesn’t bleed through too much.
Today I wanted to make a CAS holiday card, without using a holiday stamp set. I thought it might be fun to use CDD’s Dreamland stamp set in this task.
To start the card, I take a sheet of 110lb. neehna classic crest solar white cardstock and trim it at the 4.25″ measurement. I then fold it at the 5.5″ line.
I then started the task of coloring. The key here is to not over layer the ink like I normally do. This is the one time for me that less is more with the ink. I started with the red tones because I find that the red markers will bleed through paper easier than any other color.
I then colored in the girl’s skin tone. This is where I ended up with the most bleed through in the one layered paper. You really have to lay down the marker to get the shadows correctly, and I just couldn’t help the bleed through.
I laid down the girl’s hair strands next, starting with the lightest, then moving to the darkest and the mid-tone. Finally I blended it all out with the lightest tone again.
The teddy bear and the slippers got colored in next with a simple coloring.
I wanted to color the pillow in next and wanted it to be white. However, I did not want to use grays to create those colors. Instead I used shades of blues and the lightest cool gray marker.
Finally I dropped in some shadows under the bear and girl. This combination is my favorite for shadows.
Next I wanted to add a sentiment. However, I did not have the sentiment I really wanted to use. Does that ever happen to you? Well, with some creative stamping, you can create the sentiment you want. Using my stamping platform I lined up the sentiment where I wanted it.
I then inked only a certain section of the stamp set with some Versa Fine Black Ink.
I then lined up the sentiment ‘Christmas’ from CDD’s Sending Sentiments stamp set on my stamping platform.
I used some rubarb memento ink and stamped out the sentiment.
I lined up the last part of my sentiment on my platform. I find that it is easier to start at the end of the alignment at this point.
I then lined up the word ‘dream’ to finish my sentiment.
Adding some ink to just that word, I finished my custom sentiment.
In the end, that is all the bleed through I had on the underside of my card. Funny, the one color I really was concerned about bleeding through, the red tones, was the one color that didn’t really bleed at all.
I started to take pictures of the final card, but felt something important was missing. Then I pulled out the Dreamland stamp set, and stamped two of the stars from the set. I added just a touch of blue ink in B0000, B000, and B00 to color in the stars.
With these stars added this card finally felt finished.
I hope you enjoyed seeing how I created this CAS card. If you try out these techniques, please make sure you share your card on the CDD Facebook Gallery so the design team can see your creation!