Tutorial Tuesday: One Layer, Postal Friendly Card


There are times we are in need of a unique one layer card, especially when holidays roll around and we are sending out many cards.  This technique can be used on any card, but today I will show you my Sea of Love version.   Adding a border will give the appearance of dimension to your card and to your sentiment.

It is important to note that this is an A2 card so the border will be narrow.  Next week I will demonstrate  a wider border on a larger card.

All images are Odd Bird Planet

Supplies:  Stamps, Sponge and Ink pads

3 pieces of cardstock will be cut:  A2 (5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″) and another piece slightly smaller, and a second slightly smaller than your last piece.


Step 1:  Clear your table to give yourself room to stamp.  This includes pets.


Step 2: Stamp images onto paper.  Leave room for your border.


Step 3: Cut a piece of cardstock slightly smaller than 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ A2 size.  Use cardstock as paper will not be strong enough.


Step 4: Place the larger of the two smaller pieces of cardstock in the centre of your A2 card.  Sponge dark colour around the edge of your card.


This is what your first border will look like.


Step 5: Using the smallest piece of cardstock, place it on the centre of your card and sponge lighter ink around the border.  Don’t be afraid to ink over your first colour.


Step 6: Next, stamp a sentiment on your card.


Step 7: Place a piece of cardstock over your sentiment and sponge colour around the cardstock.


You are now left with an image that gives the appearance of having the sentiment on a layered piece of cardstock.


Step 8: Finish sponging colour in the white space and colour your card.

I use this technique on a lot of my cards.  Next week, I will show you a way to spice up the border.

Odd Bird Planet Stamps Used:

951D Claude Left

1094 AA Philippe le fish small right

1095 AA Philippe le fish small left

934D Liza Seahorse left

244C Michelle right

997C Sea of Love

For a complete list of my tutorials, click on the Tutorial tab at the top of my page.

Posted on : Jun 16 2009
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17 People have left comments on this post

Jun 16, 2009 - 06:06:57
Viv said:

Simply smashing Beth!

Jun 16, 2009 - 07:06:09
beth said:

Hey GF this is really cool love the layering without the layers. Thanks again for a great tut.

Jun 16, 2009 - 09:06:03
Kim H said:

WOW this is great gf! I love the way you did the borders!

Jun 16, 2009 - 09:06:45
Kim H said:

PS- SNOW is so cute! I love seeing her!

Jun 16, 2009 - 09:06:26
Cheryl M said:

This is very cute. I love the look and we really don’t need all that stuff on a card to make it classy.

Jun 16, 2009 - 09:06:57

Darling card, Beth. And I love your tutorial, too. Step one.. clearing the pets from stamp table.. too funny!

Jun 16, 2009 - 11:06:10
Tiff said:

Hiya Beth, looking forward to sharing the fun and excitement of the race with you, Tiff from Oz xx.

Jun 17, 2009 - 06:06:24
Yvonne said:

This is fabulous, Beth! I absolutely love it!!

Jun 17, 2009 - 08:06:06
Rebekka said:

I love this, what an awesome idea and so adorable, including your little helper 🙂

Jun 17, 2009 - 09:06:34
margie said:

Ooo, I adore this card!
Fab tutorial! TFS!
… and that lil pup – I just want to squish her!
I never thought that I would have to not only clear my space of scrappy messes, but also 2 lil boys, a bird and now a pup too! Miley loves to get into my huge ribbon box! 😉

Jun 18, 2009 - 01:06:46

Totally cute…I would never get anything done with her there! OMG…she is adorble, and your tutorial is fabulous. I rarely make a 1 stamp, postal friendly card, for as many cards as I make. Thanks for the reminder!

Jun 19, 2009 - 03:06:51
Risa West said:

Very cute one layer card Bev! I love the look of the faux layers…really cool idea!

Jun 19, 2009 - 08:06:58
Seleise said:

love your stamping buddy! great idea – I always forget to do more with sponging!

Jun 19, 2009 - 11:06:09
Tracy Durcan said:

What a wonderful technique!! I love it! 🙂

Jun 19, 2009 - 11:06:48
emilia said:

what a great idea to show layers like this. I need to try it out! Tks for the inspiration

Jun 20, 2009 - 12:06:10
Godelieve said:

Love the dimension on the frame! It really looks layered!

Jun 20, 2009 - 08:06:05

love this!

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