OLS#9 Hip to be square

Hip to be square Heather Telford

Ardyth has a wonderful challenge happening on the One Layer Simplicity challenge blog this month. We have to use squares on our one layer cards. It can be one square or many squares; there are so many possibilities. I decided to mask and sponge my squares with a bit of a diagonal ombre thing happening. I taped around the edges of the large square with painters tape then cut two narrow strips and criss-crossed them in the middle. My sponging blends from yellow through orange to a burnt orange colour (listed below) and then I added a little pattern to each square by masking the other three squares and stamping. The patterns are from the transparent set, ‘Treemendous’ and they were perfect for this technique. I also used a sentiment from the same set which makes this a one layer, one stamp set and one colour scheme card, but that is not required for the challenge!

The challenge is to have fun with squares on a one layer card. Hope you’re inspired.


Stamps: Treemendous (PB)
Inks: Memento Dandelion, Tangelo, Cantaloupe, Morocco ink (Tsukineko)
Cardstock:  Neenah Avon Brilliant White 110lb cardstock


Tiles from a background stamp

Background stamp tiles

When I had this stamp out to make the birthday card I played around with a few different inks, papers and techniques. I know it is the size of a background stamp but I have stopped thinking of it as a background stamp as I am yet to use it in the background. It is such a pretty design it always gets to be the main event. When a stamp has a lot of blank un-patterned rubber on it, it can be hard to ink evenly so I played around a bit with inks and water to try and get past this issue. If you use a pigment ink it is juicier and will give you good coverage. I wanted to blend some colours on the stamp so I chose to use water soluble Memento dye inks instead.

I inked the stamp generously with Paris Dusk and Teal Zeal then spritzed it with water giving the water and ink a little time to blend before stamping the image on white card stock. The blank rubber part of the image is not solid colour but I quite like the texture created with some tiny air bubbles and ink pooling. I tried the large image on the card base but decided to cut it into tiles to add another element to the design.

Thanks for all your kind birthday wishes. My birthday is Sunday; my husband is exactly one week older and wiser than me!


Stamps: Glory of Modesty (PB)
Inks: Memento Teal Zeal & Paris Dusk (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Periwinkle  Mix & Match Papers

Several of you wanted to see the misunderstood birthday card I made for my husband so I have included it below. If you are as baffled as half my family were then you can mouse over the picture or click on it and you will see the photo title.

The aspects of this card I don’t like are:
the lack of branches on the tree. I am looking forward to using this stamp again with foliage
the sponged ski trails which aren’t very even
the sparse landscape. We don’t like skiing out in the open like that; it gets too cold but as I was stamping at the last minute one tree was all this card got. Sad that the cardmaker’s family’s cards get left to last!

Aspects of this card I do like:
the sentiment in the sky
the colouring on one side of the tree trunk

Ski trails