Variations on a Theme: One Sheet Wonder

Dec14_OSW_550BWI’ve been intrigued lately by the concept of the One Sheet Wonder (OSW) method of card making. For those unfamiliar, it’s where one cuts up a single piece of paper into several smaller pieces to makes as many cards as possible. There are various cutting guide templates & sketches floating around on Pinterest, blogs, etc. for everything from 6×6 papers all the way up to 12×12 papers.

After having saved several different templates over the past few weeks, I finally found one yesterday for a 6×6 challenge that intrigued me enough to actually give this technique a try. The template I found was on the Poetic Artisty blog from back in December. (If you aren’t already familiar, Poetic Artisty is the blog of Julee, owner of Verve Stamps.) Here’s a small preview of the template and sketches she used, but be sure to check out her blog post for the full-size printable PDF of the template as well as gorgeous examples of each of the cards she made.

Of course, once I decided upon the template/sketches I wanted to use, now came the hard part … figuring out what paper to use! Since I love all things coffee, I decided to use a piece of paper from the Coffee Break 6×6 paper pad from Prima that I’ve been hoarding in my paper stash.

In retrospect, the piece of paper that I selected probably wasn’t the best choice. The reason I say that is because one side of the paper had a vertical pattern on it. Naturally, that meant that side didn’t work work for any of the horizontally placed pieces. If I had used a paper with no directional limitations, things would have been much easier for me, so learn from my mistake. LOL

Here are the four cards I made. As always, you can click each card image for a larger view.

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In addition to the Coffee Break paper, I used some Neenah Desert Storm cardstock for the circular pieces on the sketch. I cut them out on my Cuttlebug using one of my Stitched Circles wafer dies from Simon Says Stamp.

Once I had my circles cut, I inked the edges a bit using my Mini Ink Blending Tool and some Tea Dye Distress Ink. I stamped the images and sentiment from the Love You a Latte stamp set from Lawn Fawn in Chocolate Ink from Close to My Heart.

I used my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers to color the stamped images. For the cup, I used CR5, CR7, and CR9. For the coffee, I used EB1 and EB3. For the little hearts, I used CR5 and CR9. I finished it off by using IG2 and the Blender pen to created the ground at the base of the cup.

I’ve decided to enter one of my four cards into a couple of different challenges. This is the card I selected:

OSW Coffee Cards | Mel's Card CornerI’m entering this card into the current Lawnscaping Challenge. The theme for this challenge, in addition to the standard requirement of using at least one Lawn Fawn product, is Dimension. Since I used foam tape to pop both the sentiment circle and banner across the top, this card meets the theme criteria for this challenge.

lawnscaping-dimensionI’m also entering this card into the Spectrum Noir monthly challenge for April. In addition to the standard requirement of the use of Spectrum Noir markers or pencils, this month’s challenge also requires the use of a die cut. Since my circle was cut using the Stitched Circles die, this card also meets the theme criteria for this challenge as well.

April15Challenge-SquareSNfinalUntil next time …

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