Thursday, March 13, 2014

One-Layer Watercolor Thanks

I'm taking the new Online Card Class: CAS 3 - One-Layer Cards. But is this post about any of the homework I haven't done yet? Noooooooo. I got distracted and made something else!

During my recent crafty weekend, one of my fellow crafters and I played with Distress markers and water. I made a lot of pretty messes, but didn't actually trash any of it yet. While explaining it to my pal, I realized I'd crossed the beams and got the techniques mixed up and mushed together. That's not an entirely bad thing, but it's not what I'd intended to accomplish.

When I got home I sent her the links to the techniques, then I decided to try one myself. Thus, I bring you my one-layer watercolor card:

Yes, it's very white, BUT it worked as planned, so I was quite happy about it. You can follow along with Jennifer McGuire's video here.

I made a second one, too:

I think I like the second one the best.

In other news, it turns out the infamous Susan Raihala, Queen of CAS and Minimalist Extraordinaire, lives like eight miles from me, so I contacted her and we've had lunch a few times. I love meeting crafty peeps!!!! The other day we were talking about the relatively new One Layer Simplicity Challenge blog, and the current Just Add Water challenge, and I thought I'd try to play along. My only personal challenge is that whole one-layer thing.

I'm not a one-layer purist, mostly because I screw up so often. I prefer to work on a 1/4 sheet (actually 4x5 1/4) of card stock and then I only trash that much when I make a mess. I like to think that if my card front layer is totally flat, then I stick that onto a card base, it's still a one-layer card. Yeah, I guess I'm not a purist. But if I don't add any bling or washi tape or anything else, in my mind I'm soooooooo close to one-layer, I'm good with it.

For these cards, I wanted to use watercolor card stock, and it comes in 4 1/4 x 5 1/2, so I stuck that to a white card base. BUT IT IS FLAT! FLAT, I tell you! :)

So, I'm going to be bold and enter this in the One-Layer Simplicity Challenge - Just Add Water. I hope I'm not disqualified, but I'm okay if I am. I still had fun playing, and that's the whole point, right?

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Products used: Hero Arts Big All Time Greetings, and the following:


  1. I like them both. I was intrigued by Jennifer's video but haven't tried the technique yet.

  2. Never, ever cross the beams! I like the 2nd one the best, too, but the first one is also very pretty.

  3. Wow! I love these!!
    I have difficulties with lots of white space too but these are really wonderful! And I love water coloring!!!

  4. These are so simple but so dramatic at the same time. Brilliant idea.
    Heather T

  5. FUN! Definitely casing this! Thanks for joining us at OLS!

  6. Oh, girl, your cards are so sensational and to my CAS- and OLC-loving eye, neither is flat!! You've created so much depth and dimension with your watercoloring behind the bold sediment. I could eat them with a spoon, I love them so much!! (And I'm so jealous that you live close to Susan and can see her often!!) Hugs, Darnell

  7. That's the thing I don't get about one layer. People do add washi tape or a bling and say it is one layer??? And I personally don't see a problem with adding your card front to a card as long as you don't pop it up. That's definitely a no-no. But what do I know? I know I love the look of CAS and one layer, but it makes me all twitchy to do it.

    Love your cards. I don't know what you did to make them look nifty like that but I like it!

  8. Congrats on being featured on the OLS challenge blog!
    I immediately noticed that you used the bleeding technique that Jennifer showed and I love how your two cards turned out. Still need to try this myself. As for the OCC CAS3 class, I have the same problem you're experiencing, namely mixing up all those neat ideas and techniques. As always I have too many ideas and so little time. With the new set-up, I did manage to add 4 cards to the gallery (YAY), but so far I have only posted one on my blog (adding them to my new SCS gallery was quicker LOL). Also popped over to Susan's blog and I have to agree her work is awesome!

  9. Yippee! I'm popping back to congratulate you on the well-deserved recognition from OLS, Leslie!! Hugs, Darnell

  10. Congratulations on your One-Layer Card recognition Leslie! Love the bright pops of color.

  11. I love love love these cards!!! I really love the bold black sentiment with the bright colors softened just a touch with water. :) So awesome.



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