Monday, August 29, 2016

OLS30 Details



Many thanks to all who played along with the OLS30 August Art Challenge. We hope you had fun and will play along again with our OLS31 Challenge coming up September 1st. Ardyth will be hosting, and I can't wait to see what she comes up with!

Today's post will highlight some of the Design Team's favorite details from the August entries. On one-layer cards, it's all about those little details that elevate simple to spectacular. There was some gorgeous art shared this month, so please take time to check out all of it on this post. Also, remember if you're highlighted on a Details post, you are invited to include this badge on your blog!


Let's get to the good stuff!

Susan's Details



Bonnie added pretty, soft speckles, and her subtle debossed border perfectly puts her fruit in a basket, so to speak.



Shery caught my eye with her one-layer collage that leaves no room for white space but perfectly nails balance and harmony through color and perfect image placement.



One-layered card with masking and stamping

Jasleen used a clear Wink of Stella pen to blend her watercolors...brilliant! Her gray shadowing here makes the colors pop beautifully as well.


Karen's Details



Deepti stamped this wonderful silhouette against what looks like a fire, red sunset...so pretty.











Marilyn created a beautiful 'art' card with flowing colors and a great artsy look.














Annie's mermaid looks wonderful done in these great green and blue tones.


Ardyth's Details



Foley's Friend's use of a stencil and bright colours captures the look and feel of modern art!



Buffy's clever technique creates artistic-feeling colour and texture!

Heather's Details



Debbie has created colourful splashes that appear to have just hit the canvas!



Marilyn made a visual impact with white against a bright colour.

Monday, August 1, 2016

OLS30 August Art

Susan here with the August One-Layer Simplicity Challenge. Summer break is almost over here in the northern hemisphere (school starts for us August 11!), but it sure doesn't feel like it in this Ohio heat. That makes it a perfect month to stay inside and make art.

August Art!

There are three ways to play along with our August Art challenge:

1. Use art-supply themed images or art-related sentiment stamps.

2. Be inspired by a work of art. (If you choose this, please include a link to your inspiration piece  in your post.)

3. Use a fine-art supply or technique on your card. Supplies you might use include watercolors, watercolor pencils, acrylic paint, texture medium, pastels, gesso, charcoal, or some other fine-art supply. Techniques you might use include printmaking, stenciling, spatter painting, pointillism, mosaic, gilding, and so on.

Remember to keep your card to a single layer of cardstock (or watercolor paper).

My card combines two of the three ways to play along with this challenge. The sentiment is art-themed, and the supply and technique are watercolor pencil and wash. The card base is also watercolor paper.



To make the card, I masked the card base (made of watercolor paper) and stamped half the butterfly from Hero Arts Antique Engravings in Hero Arts intense black ink. Using a stamp positioner, I placed the sentiment (a wood-mounted rubber stamp from Inkadinkado) beside the butterfly.

After coloring in the image lightly with Prismacolor Copenhagen and Derwent sap green watercolor pencils, I wet a large wash brush in water, dabbed it on a Bounty paper towel to remove most of the water, and dragged it across the butterfly a few times to blend the pencil.

OLS30 Rules

1. A one-layer card is defined as a single piece of card stock folded in half. No other layers of paper allowed.

2. Make an art-themed card, an art-inspired card, a card using fine-art supplies, or a card using a fine-art technique. Remember to keep embellishments to a minimum.

3. Post your card online somewhere and link to it using the InLink button below. If linking to your blog, remember to link to the individual post so we can find your entry easily. (Also note that some people have been linking to Instagram but those of us without Instagram accounts cannot comment.)

4. The challenge will run through August 24, 2016, at midnight eastern daylight time.

5. The most important rule of all...HAVE FUN!






Saturday, July 30, 2016

OLS29- Details

We hope you enjoyed making some Christmas cards in July with the One Layer Simplicity team. It was great to see your one layer entries and get some inspiration for more creating.

We loved seeing the variety of themes and styles and have chosen a few details that really stood out.

Remember to add our blog badge for those of you whose cards have been featured here.


Thanks for joining in; we hope to see you again next month.

Heather's details


Kylie created an eye-catching tree on her card with bold gold circles.



KT chose a simple turquoise and white colour scheme which really pops on kraft.


Some clever masking and planning by MacMable resulted in this amazing one layer card.


Ardyth's Details


Kimberly's vibrant watercolouring gives this fun (recognizable!) scene a ton of energy!















Karen's classic CAS layout and gorgeous colouring make this card stand out!


Jessie's gold embossing makes this elegant card shine!


Karen's Details

 
Greta created a winter wonderland on her elegant, lovely card.


Julie created such a sweet card.  So delightful!


Chriss used some wonderful poinsettias and a masking technique to create this lovely.  

Friday, July 1, 2016

OLS29 Christmas in July


Hi everyone, it's Heather here, inviting you to participate in the July One Layer Simplicity Challenge. I have decided to get started on some Christmas cards and thought I would challenge all of you to join me. I realise some of you are way ahead of me but maybe you would like to take the challenge to make a few of your Christmas cards one layer.

If you participate in a different celebration towards the end of the year you are welcome to post your cards here this month; just make sure they are one layer!

OLS29 Rules:

1.  A one-layer card is defined as a single layer of cardstock folded in half.  No other layers of
     paper allowed. 
2.  Make a one layer Christmas card and keep embellishments to a minimum.  
3.  Post your card somewhere on the internet and link to it using the Inlinkz button below.
     If you link to your blog, please be sure to link to your OLS29 post and not to your blog's main page.
     That way, we will be sure to see your beautiful creation!
4.  The deadline is midnight EST on July 24th.
5.   The most important rule of all:  HAVE FUN!


Thursday, June 30, 2016

OLS28- Details


Well it's that time of the month where we highlight some of the cards that caught our eye in the amazing STENCIL gallery. 

I hope all the stenciled, one-layer cards in the gallery will inspire you as much as they did me.
Thanks so very much to all our friends and followers that took some time out to play along and for sharing your creativity here with us at OLS.

We've chosen a few cards to highlight that really caught our attention - we love the little details that make each card special and we so appreciate that everyone played along!
Remember to add our blog badge for those of you whose cards have been featured here.


 Hope you can join us back here on July 1st for our next challenge.


Karen's Details

 
Mac Mable created this wonderful, warm, rich looking card that I just loved...great cas technique too.

 
Karola used a stencil to create a great watery looking background for this ship image that caught my eye. 
 Greta's card has a lovely, soft elegance to it that works so well for a one-layer card.



Ardyth's Details:



Tilting the stencil gives Carol's card an added lift!



Rahmat's use of just part of the stencil gives this card a moden, edgy feel!



Karola's dramatic colours make this a real eye-catcher!

Heather's Details



Jane's die-cut stencil is the perfect background for her cute post box.



Kathy achieved a warm textured look on her coffee cup by adding glitter to her transparent paste.















Karen's fading stencilled lines look like they are actually waving in the breeze.


Susan's Details



Ma-Mi used bright blue and red for a strikingly fun card. I particularly like the fade of red...makes me think of the afterglow of a big flash!




Cornelia's use of the large coffee stencil under the row of colorful coffee cups is fun and clever.



Anita's cool color scheme and white embossing work great together. 



Wednesday, June 1, 2016

OLS28- STENCIL



Welcome to the OLS Challenge for June.
Karen here as hostess this month.

This month, I am challenging you to make a one-layer card using a 

STENCIL

It is very easy to add a stenciled background or just a hint of a stenciled area on your card.  
I opted to add just an area around my stamped image using drywall tape as my stencil.  Super easy to do.

If you don't own any stencils, then try die cutting some shapes and use the negative cut as your stencil.  If you cut it using a piece of the packaging that your stamps come with, you will be able to use it again and again.  Or try paper punches or fussy cut a shape.  There are many possibilities.  
Hope you can play along!



OLS28 Rules:

1.  A one-layer card is defined as a single layer of cardstock folded in half.  No other layers of
     paper allowed. 
2.  Make a card using a stencil somewhere on it.  Remember to keep embellishments to a minimum.  
3.  Post your card somewhere on the internet and link to it using the Inlinkz button below.
     If you link to your blog, please be sure to link to your OLS28 post and not to your blog's main page.
     That way, we will be sure to see your beautiful creation!
4.  The deadline is midnight EST on June 24th.
5.   The most important rule of all:  HAVE FUN!



Monday, May 30, 2016

OLS27 Details

Thank you everyone who joined in having a fruit smoothie with us this month. We had a mix of fruit themed cards and fruity-named inks which gave us a delicious blend of fruity talent and inspiration.

Make sure you come back on June 1st to see our next challenge but before you go check out the details that stood out for the us this month.

Heather's details


The contrast of bright pink on clean white is eye catching and Julie divided the flowers with a clever masked strip.


Sherrie M lined up her apples perfectly and added interest with a contrasting mix of colours. The white space at the bottom draws the eye to her sentiment.


Julie B stuck to a classic black and white colour scheme with some beautiful soft highlights


Karen's Details 

 
 Maura's card got my attention with the wonderful sponging and the warmth of the colours she used.

 
 Buffy's card is so yummy with it's clean and simple look.


 
Laura Jane created this lovely card with great colour depth and interest with the colours she used.


Ardyth's Details




Greta's graphic, masculine card is full of energy!

Mother's Day

Ashwini's use of colour makes a stunning, elegant mother's day card!

OLS27 Fruit Smoothie

Elizabeth's peaches are fresh and vibrant!


Susan's Details



Cornelia used these awesomely individual eggplants combined with the perfect sentiment, but the spatters really are simply perfect here.




Susan's coloring and shading on these strawberries makes me want to pick them and eat them! The way the rounded bottom corners mimic the strawberries' shapes works beautifully.