Have you ever noticed that a large percentage of single layer cards are done on neutral card stock? For me, the second I say single layer I start reaching for a piece of Whisper White or Very Vanilla card stock. So this week I challenged myself to create a 5 Minute Monday single layer card that started with a colored card base ... Pool Party any one?
Some thoughts on this card design:
- Be careful with your color choices when working on darker card stock - a subtle pastel can get lost or end up looking more like a watermark.
- That said, a watermark makes a lovely first layer - whether you use a large background stamp (as I've done here with the Ex Libris stamp), or a smaller image (like the patterned oval from the Oh, Hello stamp set).
- Heat Emboss with Crystal Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder to intensify your watermark.
- Does it still count as a single layer card when you add embellishments? I'll leave that for you to decide. Afterall, this isn't for a contest, but simply an effort to inspire you to create lovely cards for your friends and family in less time!
Although this card wasn't as hard to pull together as I thought it would be, it definitely took me more than 5 minutes to design (unlike my sample from last Monday which truly came together in 5 minutes from the moment I sat down to craft!). But, if your craft room is well organized with your basic supplies within reach, I think you can definitely reproduce it in 5 minutes - even if you need to make small changes.
Don't you just have to have this Ex Libris background stamp?