Tuesday, April 3, 2018

April is Simply Made at Stinkin' Inkers

When I found out that the April Stinkin' Inkers challenge was Simply Made {a one layer card}, I knew it was really going to be a challenge for me.  I never make one layer cards, ever.  So, I went to Pinterest and found this amazing card by Wanda Guess.  I literally bought my Prismacolor pencils because of her beautiful coloring. I want to be able to color like that!  I recently was gifted the Altenew "Adore You" set, so, I CASED Wanda's card.  I practiced a few cards on Kraft cardstock, but I couldn't get the vibrancy that Wanda achieved.  So I switched to a Bristol vellum cardstock; a smooth, white card.  Now, I researched this a bit because I couldn't wrap my head around the vellum part - all the vellum I knew was the regular, no good way to attach to your card, see through vellum.  Well, I learned that apparently vellum is a very smooth texture as well as a paper.  After all of the trials, I produced this card:

What I Used to Make my Card:
Strathmore Bristol Card Base

Altenew Adore You Stamp set
Prismacolor Pencils
Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black

I first made masks of all the flowers and leaves from the set that I wanted to use.  I just used plain old sticky notes, like we used to before there was all these fancy masking products.  I cut the masks out using the matching Adore You dies and set about placing the images.
Another Look

Once I was done stamping the flowers and leaves in Jet Black ink, I just colored.  I didn't use any blender except the colored pencils.  Once the coloring was done, I finished the card by stamping the sentiment.  That's it.  A simple, uncomplicated card.  Honestly, I wasn't expecting much from the colored pencils; I'd had a cheaper set I bought years ago and didn't have any luck coloring, or blending, with them.  This is a clear case of you get what you pay for.  I'm very pleased with this card and you will be seeing more Prismacolor coloring from me in the future.

Now, do you make one layer cards? Regardless if you an old pro or, like me, new to the one layer card, now is the time to enter them into the Stinkin' Inkers April challenge - who knows, maybe you'll be one of the winners!  Thanks so much for the visit, I really appreciate it ~ Christi

I am entering my Simply Made card in the Following Challenges:
Calling All Sistahs - #11, M, CAS Challenge using Photo {I used flowers}
DL Arts Thankful Thursday Challenge - #225, Thank you or Flowers
Altenew Challenge - Best Altenew Project {my first one actually!}
Emerald Creek Dares - Spring has Sprung!? 
Creative with Stamps - #25, M, CAS w/ a Sentiment
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Spring Flowers
Incy Wincy - Nature and all of it's Beauty


  1. Beautiful ... great Case! I have this stamp set and just love it! You've done a fabulous job of coloring your flowers! Thanks so much for joining us at The Sisterhood’s ‘Spring Flowers’ challenge and please come back again soon!
    one of the 'Sistahs'
    The Sisterhood of Crafters
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please come for a visit!

  2. Oh Christi this is lovely. Your colouring worked out fabulous and you have now conquered your fear of one layer cards! I love our flowers inspired you and also I didn't know that about vellum, so thanks for that tip! Great to see you at Calling ALL Sistahs-a new challenge starts 18th of each month, hope to see you again!

  3. Wonderful card!
    have a nice day

  4. You're one step ahead of me - I am one-layer-card phobic! LOL Your card is beautiful! Great coloring!! Thank you for playing with us at the Sisterhood of Crafters and hope you can join us again soon.

  5. So glad you entered this gorgeous card in the Sisterhood "Spring Flowers" challenge. Love the colors.

  6. Beautiful floral card. The shading adds a lot of dimension to a one layer card. Thank you for entering this pretty card into the DL.ART Thankful Thursday Flower Challenge

  7. What a perfect CAS card and fabulous job on the coloring, I would say "casing" paid off! :) Thanks for playing along with us at Creative with Stamps.

  8. I'm going to have to look for Bristol Vellum. Your coloring looks so smooth and well blended that I thought you used markers until I read what you wrote. Thanks for playing along with the Calling All Sistahs encouragement challenge! I hope you will join us for the new challenge starting on the 18th!

  9. Such a fabulous make! Thank you so much for playing along at CWS Challenge this month. Looking forward to seeing you again!
    Crafty hugs, Mary (DT)


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