One Layer Card Featuring Altenew’s Beautiful Day

Today’s card features a few different techniques. I had to use a couple of the techniques specifically because I wanted to created a one layer card, but I also wanted it to have dimension. The specific techniques I used were three layers of masking, ink blending, and Copic coloring. It was definitely a time-consuming process, but I think the end result was worth it.

Mel's Card Corner | One Layer Card featuring Altenew's Beautiful Day

I started by stamping the floral line art image from the Beautiful Day stamp set by Altenew twice. I stamped it once on my card front and again on a piece of masking paper. I placed the flower mask over the flower on the card front then stamped the leaves. I stamped the leaf image two more times on a piece of masking paper then placed them on the two leaf clusters on the left side. I didn’t have to mask off the leaves on the right since I knew they were beyond where I planned to do my ink blending.

I used some Post-It tape to mask off a tall narrow rectangle on the left side of the card. Using the Life Changing Blender Brushes from Picket Fence Studios, I did some ink blending in the masked rectangle area. The Distress Oxide ink colors I used for the ink blending were Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, and Festive Berries Distress.

Mel's Card Corner | One Layer Card featuring Altenew's Beautiful Day

For the sentiment, I used the hello image from the Flower Arrangement stamp set, also from Altenew. I stamped it use VersaFine Clair ink in Nocturne. Since I was stamping over Distress Oxide ink, it dulled down the black ink in the area where there was overlap. To correct that issue, I traced over the affected portion of the sentiment using a black gel ink pen. I tried using my Copic Multiliner first, but that didn’t give enough coverage. The black gel pen worked like a charm though! The specific one I used was the Pilot Envelope Writing Pen.

The final step on this card was the Copic coloring. Here are the colors I used:

  • Flower petals: W5, W3, W1, W00, G20, Colorless Blender
  • Flower center: Y13, Y17, YR16
  • Leaves: YG93, YG95, YG97, YG99
  • Drop shadow: C5, C3, C1, C00, Colorless Blender

I’m entering this card in the following challenges:

Until next time …

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  1. Jen Brum says:

    This card is just gorgeous! I just love that flower and the rectangle! Your colouring is amazing! Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

  2. Stephanie Lanzalotto says:

    This is fantastic! The flower looks gorgeous set upon the red rectangle. And what a brilliant idea to use the gel pen as you did on the sentiment! Your coloring on the flower is stellar. Just a wonderful creation all around! Thanks for playing with us at Less Is More.

  3. Izzy Scrap says:

    OMG ! What a stunning card ! Your masking and colouring are so beautiful that it’s hard to believe it is a OLC. It even seems that the bud is a real one, just laid on top of the card. Very striking. Thanks so much for sharing and for playing along at Less is More.

  4. Anita says:

    All that masking work was certainly worth the effort, what a beautiful card! Absolutely love everything about it 🙂
    Thanks so much for playing along at Happy Little Stampers and Less is More, Anita x

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