One Layer Watercolor

Happy Tuesday!
We're starting a fun new challenge for you today at Tuesday Throwdown.  This week we're asking for you to make One Layer cards!  I know this can be a challenge or seem really scary...but it doesn't have to be!  Just some simple masking can make a gorgeous one layer card!  Give it a shot!

Our fabulous sponsor this week is Kim Sherrod with her A Muse Studio business!  Kim is the wonderful leader of our Tuesday Throwdown team and I just adore her!  Be sure to check out what's available in her shop!

For my card today, I used some gorgeous Simon Says Stamp products!
Since it's a one layer challenge, I had to do some planning before cutting and embossing.  I started by lining up my "prayers" die where I wanted it to be on the card, and cut that out.  Then I used the Stitched Journaling Card die from Lawn Fawn and embossed that into my Ranger Watercolor Paper.  To do this, you need to have a rubber embossing mat.  This keeps the blade of the die from cutting your paper and instead absorbs that pressure and indents the paper, leaving an embossed design.  It's really fun to play with!

To add some dimension to my card front, since it's one layer, I took my watercolor paints and added a shadow around that journaling frame so that it popped up off the card front.  Then I stamped my images from the Roses For You stamp set from Simon Says Stamp.  I received this stamp set from them as a welcome gift, and I absolutely love it!  The scribbly roses are just gorgeous, and so much fun to emboss and drop color into!

I wanted the Prayers sentiment to stand out but had been trying to avoid straight black.  But in the end, that seemed to be what would work best, so I did sort of an ombre wash on it making the bottom darker and then fading it slightly up to the top.  Once it was dry, I added a heavy coat of Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle to it, and then finished off the sentiment with phrases from the Prayers stamp set.

Be sure to stop by Tuesday Throwdown to see the rest of the DT's creations!  Then join in this fun challenge!!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    Artistic Inspirations #160-Anything Goes
    Casology #206-Art
    Craft Your Passion #320-Anything Goes
    Work It Wednesday-Wafer Thin Dies or Stencils

Thanks so much for stopping by! <3


  1. This is gorgeous! I love how you created dimension with the shading. Will have to keep that in mind when I need something to pop.
    xx, Kim

  2. Lovely water coloring on this card - love the soft and pretty look. Thanks so much for joining us this time at the Craft Your passion Challenge, elizabeth (DT)

  3. Hey Emily!! Absolutely beautiful watercoloring. One of my favorite mediums. You did a great job. Thank you so much for playing with us this week at CASology.

  4. This is so beautiful Emily!
    So glad you joined us at CASology this week!