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Friday, May 15, 2015

{Spotlight Project} Shery Creates a Monochromatic One Layer Card

In less than a week, Mr. STAMPlorations and I will be celebrating our 11th wedding anniversary. It'll be the last anniversary we'll celebrate with just the two of us :o) I thought I'd make him a simple masculine card and so I went monochromatic on this one layer card.

I cut a slope out of scrap paper and used that to mask the bottom part of the card base before applying a thin layer of gesso with a plastic card.

I applied Distress paints (Vintage Photo and Rusty Hinge) over the gesso.

Next I stamped the oriole and sunflower (from The Birds and the Blooms) in coffee Archival ink.

To add an even more distressed look on the panel, I stamped the newsprint stamp (from Mixed Media Grunge) randomly, as well as used the plastic card to create the lines.

I removed the mask and stamped the border in Rich Cocoa Memento Luxe ink,

I ran a dark brown Japanese watercolor brush pen along the top edge of the stamped border and then finished the card by stamping the sentiment.

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Have a great weekend!

Stamps Shery used in today's project:


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  1. No wonder you own your own stamp company. If only to put out amazing creations like this, it's worth it. Those neutral colors are gorgeous with your new stamps over them. WOW!

  2. Happy anniversary. Love these tutorials where we get to see every step in the process.

  3. Another one layer masterpiece, Shery! Happy Anniversary - may you have many, many more happy years together!

  4. Wow - what an amazing one layer card!!! Looks so fabulous - has so much texture and dimension - You are terrific and Happy Anniversary to you and the hubs!!! I know he is a major help in what you do - I think that is awesome!!!

  5. What a beautiful card! You have a way with these one-layer cards - they don't look like one layer at all! Wonderful masculine card and I know your hubby will love it! Congratulations and Happy Anniversary!

  6. Stunning, love how you put this together.x

  7. I loved the background with distress paint and stamping looks wonderful on it !

  8. Stunning background and such a great masculine card! Enjoy! :)
    Suchi xx

  9. So inspirational - love the design and the colors - Oh and congrats on your anniversary:)

  10. Happy Anniversary to you n your hubby...I looovee this only monochromatic color for your hubby..you are queen of one layer masking and grunge card..love this much...hugs

  11. Absolutely fabulous one layer masculine card! Your hubby will love it! I hope you have an awesome anniversary! xxx

  12. ove your natural earth colors, texture with your gesso, choice of distress inks and Fabulous stamp sets :-) Happy Anniversary to you both. Hugs, nancy

  13. Wonderful card, love the layers of color and images.

  14. Wonderful card, love the layers of color and images.

  15. Happy Anniversary. I think Mr Stamplorations will love his card. I hope you are doing something fantastic to celebrate...it will require much more packing next anniversary!!

  16. What a great card Shery - thanks for sharing how you made it.

  17. big thanks for the tutorial *hugs
    LG hellerlittle

  18. Fab. Like how you used the grunge stamps. Hugz

  19. Beautiful and stunning! Thanks for the step-by-step instructions.

  20. WOW incredible card Shery - an excellent tut to show how your achieved this fab effect, thank you


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