Wednesday, 28 March 2018

DT Inspiration - One Layer, Masking, Bold Flowers and Stencils

Hi, Julie here to share my first post here at the Uniko blog.
I would like to share a few card ideas where I've mixed stencils and bold flowers.
Here are a couple of ideas using my favourite Pure Florals Gerbera, along with Wonky Stripe and Scattered Polka Dots Stencils.

Both these cards are one layer designs involving masking. I know many of you hate the idea of one layer cards but with a little forward planning the results are so rewarding.
All you need is some decorators tape, Post Its, your stamp and stencil.
On a panel of white card, I stamped my gerbera, then again onto a Post It or masking paper if you prefer. I fussy cut my gerbera mask and placed it over the stamped one on the panel.
I have a selection of card panels where I've cut the middle away for use in other cards that I save for occasions such as this, it allows me to place my stencil where I want without messing up the main card. I secured it with some painters masking tape to the stencil and base card.

Needing a smaller aperture for these designs, I added some Post Its around the edge, a little more tape secures.

 (Sorry I forgot to take a pic while the gerbera mask was in place)

Now you're clear to ink away with the ink of your choice, I used DI.
Now your only decision is how to colour the bloom! For the dark pink and dots, I went with my Zig watercolor brush pens and Copic markers for the pale one. Using watercolour on ordinary card is fine so long as you don't add loads of water and overwork it, the surface then degrades and gets pilly. The sentiments came from a variety of sets. The first mixes Birthday Sentiments with Christmas Sentiments and the second is from Pure Florals: Cosmos.

If you don't have the confidence to do all the OL thing you can also add fussy cut blooms to a masked stencil panel.

For this I just used the stencil and card frame, no extra masking and cut the coloured Pure Florals - Rose blooms out, arranging them over the stenciled panel. Sentiment this time from Simply Said BlocksMore details are to be found here .

That's it from me, hope that I've shown that OL cards aren't that scary after all!


  1. I love your cards, they are so clean and elegant.

  2. WOW, Julie ! You certainly prove that the dread OLC is just not as so terrible as it seems ! Three beautiful cards, I especially love the third one with your gorgeous roses ! What a stunning colouring and floral composition. Love it ! x

  3. One later cards are one of my favourite styles but can be so hard to create. These look fab ..... with a great step by steps too xx

  4. Absolutely adore these cards! Stunning! xxx


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