Tuesday 6 July 2021

How to add dimension to one layer cards

Hello, crafting friends!

Welcome to another Tuesday of fun challenge from CAS Colours and Sketches! As a new month starts we say hello to a new hostess *waves hello to Holly* and she has chosen a sunny, earthy palette for you to try this week.

I used a small flower image from a favourite floral set, Pretty Perennials by Stampin' Up, to create a one layer card which looks as if flower heads have been scattered over it.

I love one layer cards! They're practical to post and often quick to make. Some people think it's hard to create interest and dimension with them but I'm here to give you some handy tips! Instead of adding real layers, the answer is to create the illusion of layers. Stencilling is good for that and masking is useful for creating the illusion that something is in front of something else. Today's card doesn't use either of those techniques though...

A large sentiment stamped over lighter colour floral elements gives the impression that it has been attached in front of the flowers. This 'happy birthday' from Perfect Sentiments by Pinkfresh Studios has been heat embossed with clear embossing powder and the shininess adds to the dimensional effect.

Another way to add dimension to  stamped images is to add extra detail with another colouring media. Here I used coloured pencils in a slightly darker shade of the colours, blending them out from the centres, which really gives them depth. Another trick is to add a shadow to one side of the images - I used a soft grey here which is only visible when you look closely but which helps to make the flowers pop.

I hope you enjoyed these tips and found them useful :)

Right, so now it's your turn! It's not necessary to make one layer cards for our clean and simple challenge (unless you love them as much as I do!) but do keep layers to a minimum and include plenty of clear space. You'll find lots of inspiration from the team over at the CAS Colours and Sketches challenge blog and from this month's special guest Michal from Scrappy Hour. You'll also find the Linky Took so that you can share your own creation. Have fun!

I'm joining in with the Anything Goes option of the Seize the Birthday challenge; and also with Helen's All Things Feminine theme at Watercooler Wednesday.

One of the things I love about Eva is that she comes to me for help. Every morning she comes up to say hello and lifts her face up for me to wipe the sleep out of her eyes with the corner of a tissue. If she has something in her paw, she will limp in an exaggerated way to ask me to sort it out; or if she has a snag in her fur - she'll try to bite it out and then look at me with  an agonised expression. Today she came up and sat in front of me, lifted her head as she does in the morning and opened her eyes wide. I could immediately see she had an eyelash on her eye. It takes a while to learn to communicate with  a dog but it is so rewarding when you do :)

Sending hugs,


  1. Beautiful card Vicky!! Those flowers looks dimensional, clever idea. Hugs Bhavya

  2. A stunning floral make in gorgeous colours with a fabulous sized sentiment,it definitely gives the impression of being 3d

  3. These flowers look sooooo dimensional! Amazing.

  4. Great tips and a gorgeous floral card. Your great shadowing is perfect.

    Love today’s Eva story. She’s so clever - and so are you.
    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  5. This is so beautiful Vicky! I love everything about this card, and the extra dimension adds so much to it! Michal xx

  6. A beautifully designed CAS card love the dimensional effect of your stamping

  7. What a lovely sunny card today Vicky and and I'm a real fan of heat embossing with detail clear EP, very pretty.

    B x

  8. Love your cascade of pretty flowers, Vicky! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Seize The Birthday Anything Goes 🥳

  9. Beautiful design Vicky! Love it!

  10. What a beautiful card, Vicky! Love your design.

  11. I love these tips Vicky-I just make the card and have never thought of these but will from now on-I had a close look at your card and saw the grey and the shading, so sublte but effective. Then got out the card you sent me recently and looked at the stencil-did you use a brush for this or a sponge-I just can't get used to using stencilling! This card uses these colours so well-sending you a voice whatsapp message, oh and just signed up to follow by email xx

  12. Love your pretty stamped and colored with pencils, tiny flowers with the large stamped and heat embossed sentiment, Vicky. TFS all your tips for adding dimension on one layer cards:-) Your one layer card is a wonderful example! TFS Eva's sweet story. She is so special and so smart:-) Love and Hugs...Nancy

  13. Really beautiful one layer card! Love the embossed words!


  14. What a fun design, the flower colors are prefect for summer.

    Hugs diane

  15. So many great tips for adding dimension to a one layer, Clare. I love the bright, happy cascading flowers and great block sentiment!! Thanks so much for sharing at Watercooler Wednesday Challenge!! Take care! :)


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