Friday, May 20, 2011

One Layer Birdhouse

Single layer cards are a real challenge for me, because I love lots of layers!!! But My Unity Place is having a One Layer Challenge! I had to do it! And surprise, surprise, I was really happy with it :).
I started with a plain white card. I used X-Press It Copic Cardstock because I knew I would use Copics and I LOVE the way Copics blend on this cardstock. I stamped the birdhouse from the Itty Bitty set, "Where You Are," with
SU Basic Brown. I inked the bird with a Faber Castell Pitt pen, and the bird's feet with orange. I worried about the Copics with the brown ink but it worked out fine.
I made a rough mask to put over the birdhouse so I could paint the background with acrylic ink.
I painted the background with very little paint on my brush. I wanted a little more texture, so I used a piece of Magic Mesh that I usually use for texture on my mixed media work. I held it down and blotted paint onto the card with a little paint on the brush. You can then use the other side of the mesh to stamp the design onto the card. You can see the details on the pics below.
The corner where the sentiment is was embossed with a punched out shape. I used an SU punch and punched out 3 of the shapes. I glued them together, then placed it under the cardfront and embossed it like I do with nestability dies in my Cuttlebug.
I inked the edges with Tim Holtz Old Paper Distress Ink. I finished it off with some seam binding, a Prime flower, and a big brad from MME Lost & Found Market Street Love brads.
The Copics I used were E31, E33, R02, R05, & W1.
So there ya go. My first try at a single layer card ;)
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