Stampin' Up! Perfect Blend One Layer Card

One of the convention swaps I signed up for this year (genius that I am) was a one-layer swap. One layer, as in all the work is created on the card base. No Designer Series Paper, layers of images with matting under them, etc. Let me tell you that I had NO idea that I am apparently addicted to layering. Ignorance was bliss.

Here's an idea using Perfect Blend. It was not my final pick for the swap, but still share-worthy :)

  1. To create the colored strips along the top and bottom of the card,  cover the center of the card with printer paper then sponge on some Soft Suede ink. 
  2. With the mask still in place, stamp a lightly inked Off The Grid (item #130736) repeatedly over the area.
  3. For the coffee cup image (Perfect Blend, Clear Mount item #131392), stamp the cup in Early Espresso.
  4. Using a Blender Pen, drag color from the stamped image into the open areas of the image. Clean off the blender pen by rubbing it across scratch paper. 
  5. Tap the Blender Pen tip onto an Old Olive Stampin' Write Marker to pick up color, then color in coffee sleeve. With the sentiment "Given enough coffee I could rule the world, temporarily." I thought it would be fun to add a crown, too! (A Fitting Occasion wood #131952, Clear Mount 127049)
  6. For the lipstick smudge on the lid, again use the blender pen to add Cajun Craze in a lip shaped arc.
  7. Cut open a window for the sentiment using a punch or framelits. (Chalk Talk Framelits, item #129983).
  8. Last, finish off with embellishments. Here I used both Linen Thread and Candy Dots (Regals and Neutrals) for a bit of balance.

And that's it! I think the masking helped me to get over the "no layering" rule. If you would like more ideas using this simple technique, check out this quick video tutorial. Thanks for reading!

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