Embossing with Big Shot Dies – One Layer Card

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Embossing with Big Shot Dies

Two good stamping friends of mine,  Maureen Merritt and Jill Foster are completely different stampers – Maureen being a Clean and Simple stamper and Jill being…well, what do you call the opposite of that?  Jill uses a lot of techniques, watercolors, layering and bold colors.  I get all starry eyed when I see her projects.

I am inspired by both of them in different ways and in today’s card, tried to channel their very different geniuses to create a One Layer Card using three different techniques:

Embossing with Big Shot Dies, Masking and Sponging!

Leave me a comment below and let me know who inspires YOU!

Head over to the Penny Black blog to check out Jill’s card, a few other OLCs and there might just be a give-a-way over there!

Since I was CASEing Jill’s card, I practiced this several times.  I really wanted to get more of the kind of “filled in wildflowers” look that she got, but it wasn’t working for me with the stamps I had on hand.  I was going to stamp them all along the side and bottom like hers….but they didn’t look right.  Kinda looked like a mess, if you ask me!

I was planning to mask and sponge the circle with the greeting, but when I couldn’t get the flowers to look right, I thought, HEY!  I can stamp the flowers INSIDE the mask, too!

Yeah, I think that does it!

Soooo…baker’s twine and sequins.  That still counts as a One Layer Card.  Right?

I say YES.  There is only ONE layer of cardstock.  So it counts in my book!

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I used some new, DARLING stamp sets by Penny Black.  Flower Sparks and Sprinkles and Smiles as well as the Frame and Pattern Die for the embossing.

Ellen Hutson is out of the stamp sets at the moment, but you can click through the above links to shop directly from Penny Black if you’d like!

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If you’d like to see other One Layer Cards I’ve done, here are a couple:


There are a slew of One Layer Cards on StampNation, too!  Check these out:


If you haven’t joined StampNation yet, please do!  Click here to learn more.


***Edited to add:  15 hours after I posted this tutorial, Maureen posted her newest Clean and Simple Classroom lesson over at StampNation.  Can you believe her lesson is “Using Dies to Emboss”?  Crazy, right?  I had no idea….her sneak peek is ridiculously gorgeous, isn’t it?

Click here to check out her lesson - members, make sure you are logged in first.  Not a member?  Set up payment, then come back here and click the link.  I’ll see you there!

Thanks for visiting today – I would LOVE to hear about and SEE One Layer Cards you’ve made.  Head over to Facebook and share!


  • Laura Miller March 27, 2015, 1:41 pm

    Yes – your card constitutes one-layer. Adding ribbon/twine and a couple of sequins….. still one layer! I like the masking – – I always love the outcome – I just now need to take the time to do similarly.

  • Christine Smith March 27, 2015, 6:27 pm

    Love this card! I love masking, inking and silhouette stamps so this is perfect for me! I think it’s definitely one layer! xxx

  • Nina m.m. March 27, 2015, 8:04 pm

    I love your “one layer card” haha seriously, it is wonderful, and love the masking.

  • Jill Foster March 29, 2015, 11:15 am

    My friend… I LOVE your card! I just watched the video and loved every minute of it. Your masking is such a fab idea and the subtle embossing adds so much. Thanks to YOU for being a true inspiration! BIG HUGS!

  • Melissa Friedrich April 26, 2015, 12:20 am

    LOVE this OLC, all these great techniques used simply with stunning results! Beautiful card!

  • mary behnke May 16, 2015, 7:13 pm

    you card is so cute I love it . thanks for showing how to make it

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