Easy One Layer Card… With Depth and Texture?! | Tremendous Textures with Erica (with Video Tutorial!)

by Erica Anderson

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Hi, Altenew fans! It's Erica, back with some more fun card making shenanigans, and today we are going to make a couple of textured one layer cards! Don't believe I can make a one layer card? I don't blame you, I'm usually all about the layers, dimensions, and texture. Oh, and bling, we can't forget the bling.

To prove it's definitely me, and this is not a hidden message for help, making a one layer card there is a video up on the Altenew YouTube channel too. Watch the video by clicking the image below or over on YouTube. *Please note in the video there is only one card being shown.

Easy One Layer Card with Depth and Texture

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How to Make One Layer Card with Depth and Texture

Usually, a one layer card would be hard for me, I am not going to sugarcoat it but it really would be. Luckily for me, I have a (not so secret) weapon in my crafting arsenal that honestly is a total game changer when it comes to creating one layer cards while still getting delicious texture.

The 3D embossing folders from Altenew open up a whole new world for those of us who find leaving white space and making one layer cards difficult, they are so amazing and so easy to use.

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Today, we are going to use the stunning Sun-Kissed Blooms 3D embossing folder, and this one has coordinating layering stencils too, but we are only going to use the embossing folder today. Later, we will add some color with ink blending, but we are going freehand rather than using the layering stencils because I only wanted some spotlight color added, rather than the whole thing.

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With some embossing folders you get the best results by spritzing the paper/cardstock with water before running it through your die cutting machine, but for the sake of research, and definitely not obsessive compulsive curiosity, I tried it on both dry paper and also spritzed with water.

I also tried two different kinds of paper, one is Neenah Solar White 110lb card stock and the other is Mondi Color Copy Original 250g/m2. For research. I'm happy to take one for the team!

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I didn't find that it made a huge difference at all, and that the Neenah one actually got a really good embossing result without getting spritzed with water before being run through the diecutting machine. This was a bit surprising to me to be honest. I was expecting the spritzed cardstock to get a better result, and while I think that one is a tad sharper it's also a bit warped from being wet. This is one of the many reasons why it's important to try a few things before settling on one technique. You just never know what's going to give you the results you end up liking the most!

Previously on Terrific Textures with Erica…

Just check out my last video and blog post. I had a clear idea before I started what I was going to like the most, and it ended up being completely the opposite. Those handmade cards are also made using 3D embossing folders, but bear with me. I used the brilliant Brushed Gold Metallic Cardstock for my previous cards (which is sadly sold out that the time of posting) for a FABULOUS look.

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First Card

Anyway, back to today's card making session: With all this amazing texture it's surprisingly easy to make a one layer card, even for me, so hopefully you will be inspired to try it too if that's something you struggle with. I'm here to be your one layer card emotional support human, even if I stumble a little in this area. We can be brave together, I know we can!

As mentioned in the beginning, in the video I only finish one card, but I thought it would be nice to see the same embossing folder used in a couple of ways here, so… surprise! It's TWO one layer cards!

For the first one, I have done some ink blending, but I went directly to paper, rather than using the coordinating layering stencils. I have used an array of ink blending tools, from the Small Blending Brush Set to the Micro Blending Brush Set, and also some Artist Markers from Cosmic Garden Artist Alcohol Marker Set A and Mediterranean Terrace Garden Artist Alcohol Marker Set B.

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On the Frangipani/Plumeria flowers had some color added to them using Peachy Glow, from the new Sun-Kissed Delights Fresh Dye Inks bundle, but I'm thinking I should have gone for a more yellow toned ink, rather than peach. Oh well, you live and learn.

To get that yellow look, I dotted one of the yellow markers, Y205 from the Mediterranean Terrace Garden Artist Alcohol Marker Set B. TIP: Doing dots like this is a fun and simple way to add texture and interest without actually doing anything complicated. It is one of my favorite ways to add that little extra something to a design, plus it's a super simple way to make a one layer card pop a little more.

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The inks I used to add color to the hibiscus flowers are from the newly released Blushberry Bliss Fresh Dye Inks bundle and I started with the lightest, Strawberry, and worked my way to the third darkest shade to create the look. The veins of the petals I have highlighted with one of the pink markers, R304, from the Cosmic Garden Artist Alcohol Marker Set A, and I did the dotting on these petals as well.

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For the pollen part of the stamens I used the yellow marker, Y205, again, and I also used the dark orange/brown-ish marker, Y823, for the actual stamen. You can see this process in the video if you want to see it in action. It is very simple but sometimes having that visual guide is quite helpful, isn't it?

To finish this card, I trimmed it down to an A2 size, 5.5″ x 4.25″, and then stamped a sentiment directly onto it. Then it was only one step left and that was to add it to a card base.

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Adding the Sentiment

Sentiment wise I have gone simple, stamping it directly onto the panel with Permanent Black Ink with the help of the Stampwheel. I didn't trust myself to get it on straight and to make it crisp without using a stamping platform.

Having one of these in your crafting arsenal is an absolute must. If you can only treat yourself to one tool, and you like stamping, this is one for you for sure. I know I keep harping on about it, but it's true.

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Second Card

For the second card, I decided to go bold, for me, and leave it all white. I know it's a little bit nuts to say bold when there is no color on it, but that's bold for me.

Combine an all white card with one layer and I'm feeling like a wild woman!

I usually use so many colours, no matter if I am colouring with Artist Alcohol Markers, doing ink blending, or water coloring. An all white card is VERY bold for me, but all that amazing texture make it easier to embrace, it really does.

I probably will re-make this one using the coordinating layering stencils at some point, and still keep it to a one layer card. I will add it to my ‘must try list' and save it for another day.

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This one I also trimmed down to an A2 size and then adhered to a card base. On this one layer wonder (I might be tooting my own horn a bit too much here), I stamped up ‘You are beautiful just the way you are' from the Billowing Peonies stamp set.
I did add some bling as well, and again I reached for the Smoky Quartz Gem Sparkles. These became my favorites so quickly, but I don't think anyone can blame me for that. I mean, look at them (*she says with stars in her eyes*).

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One thing about the 3D embossing folders that make adding bling easier, or harder I suppose, depending on your stance on bling, is that there is a pattern that will naturally act as great focal points.

Usually I add a huge amount of bling, I'm a chronic over-blinger, but while using the embossing folders I have found it a lot easier to rein myself in. The middles of the frangipani/plumeria and hibiscus flowers each got a little gem stone added to their middles and that was it.

Delicious texture from a 3D embossing folder makes a one layer card more interesting.

It is still considered a one layer card with bling on, right?

There is only one layer of paper, plus card base, so the fact that there is some height added with the bling is irrelevant, right? Or am I totally reaching for that one layer card status now? I'd love to hear your view on this.

What is a true one layer card to you? Is it a totally flat card, or can it have some embellishment on it? Please leave a comment down below and share your thoughts on this, I'm really interested to hear what you think because I, with some bias admittedly, will say these are both one layer cards.

I hope you get the chance to hop on over to the Altenew YouTube channel to check out the video too, just click the image down below and it should take you there. If you haven't already, make sure to subscribe and hit that little bell button so you get notifications when new videos go up.


That's it from me for today, but I really hope you enjoyed this post and all the little insights into my creative process. If you have any questions or anything you'd like to see more of, or more in-depth, please let me know and I will do my best to accommodate the requests.

Happy crafting and big hugs from Erica!


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Tara C Prince June 15, 2024 - 11:09 AM

absolutely gorgeous!!

Liz June 15, 2024 - 6:15 PM

Great post Erica ! Loved your ideas and your sense of humor😂

Altenew June 18, 2024 - 10:49 PM

LOL! Thank you!


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