Sunday, October 7, 2012

Faux layers

Ha ha, success!  After two failed tries last night I managed to create a beautiful faux layer card.  

At the GinaK stamp TV site they have a challenge to create a faux layer card using a die cut to create a stencil.  I've done this before, but not in quite a while.  Here are my findings:
  1.  You need to use good quality card stock that is sturdy.  Here I'm using Neenah 110lb Solar Crest and it's still too flimsy to be a really good card.  Definitely don't use your cheap Staples paper for this.
 2.  Further to the above point, trying to heat emboss (which I did here) on a single layer card, unless the paper is really fabulous (like the GinaK 120lb) is asking for challenges since it slightly warps the paper.
3.  When you are doing a card like this and dealing with ink be really careful, since it's easy to smear or get an inky finger tip mark on the edge.  On busy multi layer cards with lots of embellies it's easy to hide those oopsies under something, but here there is no forgiveness.
4.  Craft ink sponges on smoother and softer than regular die ink, with a much nicer finish.

So, to make this card I created a stencil using a Spellbinders die.  Then I sponge on navy craft ink (SU).  I stamped the trees using Tim Holtz Black Soot Distress Ink, then put clear embossing powder over that and heat set.  I used a tiny paintbrush to add pearly white paint to it and let it dry, then added some ribbon and edging from the fabric store.

I'm entering this in the following Challenges:
GinaK Stamp TV - Faux layers
Simon Says Stamps: World Card Making Day
Charisma Cards - Bada Bling
Less is More - Silver


  1. love this effect!
    Thank you so much for joining us gals at Charisma!!!

  2. Beautiful bauble
    lovely card
    Thank you
    Mandi LIM

  3. Know what you mean about inky fingers getting marks all over cards, i end up using my one layer efforts as toppers most of the time. A fabulous Christmas card, lovely inked effect and love the bling.

  4. Artfully decorated bauble. Regards

  5. This is gorgeous. Tried to CASE this idea and inked it up. Love the look. This is one of my favourites from this weekend!

  6. So beautiful, well done :) Viv xx

  7. Wonderful card, love the design and all the bling. Thanks for playing with Charisma this week.
    xx Vee

  8. A beautiful bauble. Love the scene in the bauble.

  9. This is absolutely gorgeous and LOVE the colors!

  10. What a pretty card!
    Thanks so much
    Less is More