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One-Layer Card Ideas for Quick and Easy Projects

Are you looking for some fun, easy card ideas that only require a little bit of time and effort? Look no further! We have compiled some of our favorite ideas for creating quick, simple cards. Not only are these cards fast to make, but they also look fantastic – it’s the best of both worlds!

As the name implies, a one-layer card consists of only one layer of cardstock with minimal embellishments. Crafting clean and simple cards, or CAS is what these kinds of projects are all about. You won’t need complicated techniques or special supplies; just cardstock, adhesives, stamps, coloring materials, and plenty of imagination. In this blog post, we’ll explore five simple ideas for making stunning one-layer cards that will wow your friends and family alike!

What Are Clean and Simple (CAS) Cards?

CAS cards are exactly what they are called: easy card ideas that do not require a lot of materials to create. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro card maker looking for something fresh and easy, creating a CAS card is the way to go. Sometimes, we do not have the time or materials to craft a more elaborate card design – that’s okay! Even though they are convenient and quick to make, CAS cards can still produce stunning and elegant results. 

CAS cards are often one-layer cards – this means that you won’t need to stack multiple layers of cardstock, die-cuts, stamps, or any of those heavy embellishments that require you to have a card base and a separate card panel. With one-layer cards, your card base will also serve as your card front. 

There is no particular style that goes with making a clean and simple card, so the possibilities are endless! Whether it’s an abstract design, soft watercolors, or precise stamping, something fun and easy awaits your creative touch!

What Materials Do You Need to Make a CAS Card?

Making a one-layer card doesn’t require many materials. All you need are the following supplies:

  • Cardstock or watercolor paper
  • Stamps (for designs and sentiments)
  • Inks and blending brushes
  • Stencils
  • Coloring Mediums
  • Pen

When choosing your stamps, try to choose a set with designs that enable you to make arrangements. Choose stamps that you can use to make a repetitive pattern, a bouquet motif, a border, a background, and accents for your card. For example, floral stamps are always great for making a CAS card because you can play around with the petals and leaves, resulting in different variations, even with just one set. If you want your card to focus on color, try choosing an outline stamp to widen your coloring possibilities.

On the other hand, your inks and coloring mediums should also go hand-in-hand. If you’re working with watercolors, you should stamp your images with water-resistant ink, like pigment ink. Using dye inks with watercolors would result in bleeding, especially on cardstock. Dye inks are ideal if you want to color with markers and other non-water-based mediums.

Besides stamps, inks, and coloring mediums, you’d also need a pen to write your message inside. No card is ever complete without a heartfelt letter inside – that’s the best part!

Last but not least, of course, you can’t make a card without cardstock! However, if you’re working with watercolors, use watercolor paper instead. There are watercolor papers cut to an A2 size so that you can use them easily like your regular cardstock. How convenient is that? 

Lovely One-Layer CAS Card Ideas for Convenient Crafting

Create a Repetitive Pattern With Geometric Designs

Geometric patterns are perfect for creating CAS cards that still have a lot of visual interest. Working in repeating shapes is easy and enjoyable, and it’s a great way to add something special to your handmade cards. To create a repetitive pattern with geometric designs for a one-layer card:

  1. Start by selecting simple stamp shapes such as circles, triangles, or squares.
  2. Using complementary ink colors, stamp the images alternately. Repeat this until the entire card is covered in the pattern.
  3. For added interest, vary the size, orientation, and color of the shapes as you stamp.
  4. Remember to keep the design simple and balanced to maintain a cohesive look. 

Stamp a Large Sentiment in the Middle

If you’re looking for easy card ideas, why not stamp a large sentiment in the middle of your card and then surround it with some colorful designs? You could use watercolors to paint a rainbow of swirls around the sentiment, use markers to create sceneries, or add some splashes of sequins for a unique twist. You can even ink up only certain parts of your stamps to create whimsical details to stamp around your sentiment. Whatever it is, make each card one-of-a-kind and show off your creativity! 

It’s easy to pull this style together, and it’s sure to impress the recipients of your cards. You can make your friends and family smile when they receive your handmade cards featuring a special heartwarming message at the center. 

Make Ink-Blended Backgrounds

Before you stamp your images, why not try amping up their looks by ink-blending your background first? Creating easy one-layer cards with beautiful ink-blended backgrounds is easy and so much fun! To do this, follow these steps:

  1.  Gather complementary-colored inks and a blending tool such as a foam pad or brush. PRO TIP: While you can use dye inks, Distress inks are much easier to blend since they give you enough time to blend before drying quickly. 
  2. Start by selecting your desired color scheme. Then, lightly ink up the blending tool, and test out the color on a scrap of paper before putting it directly on your cardstock.
  3.  Use the blending tool to spread the ink evenly, making sure to overlap the colors for a smooth transition. Repeat with additional colors until the desired look is achieved. 

You can make gradient or ombre colors, rainbow colors, two-toned looks, or a nature-themed background by mixing browns with greens and blues. Whatever you choose, make sure the colors coordinate with your stamps’ theme. 

To avoid over-blending and to make the colors muddy, clean your blending tool between color applications. Experiment with different color combinations and techniques for unique, eye-catching backgrounds. No two cards will ever look the same!

Experiment With Different Floral Arrangements

Trying out easy card ideas doesn’t mean you’ll end up with dull cards! Another great way to get creative with CAS cards is to use floral stamps to make different arrangements. From filling up the background with petals, leaves, and foliage to creating a border of tiny flowers around your card, the options are endless!

Additionally, it can be a fun challenge to see how different placement of the same stamps gives you totally new results every time. By altering your stamps’ color, orientation, and size, you can create intriguing layered patterns and stylish designs with minimal effort.

Color Stamps With Watercolor Paint Splatters

If you’re looking for a handy cardmaking tool that will give you stunning results every time, then watercolors are a great medium to work with! Watercolors are easy to work with, which makes them ideal even for beginners! The best part is that watercolor allows you to try different techniques that give different beautiful results, such as wet on wet, glazing, and dry brushing.

To color your images with splatters, do the following:

  1.  Grab your favorite outline stamps and stamp them on your watercolor paper with pigment ink.
  2.  Load up water and pigment on your brush.
  3.  Add splatters of paint by gently tapping your brush on your watercolor paper.
  4. Remember to play around – mix colors up to get something unique! You can control how light your watercolor paint splatters look by adding more or less water. 

Another alternative to using watercolors on your stamps is loose watercoloring instead of splatters. Whatever method you choose, get creative and have fun!

Enjoy Crafting Wonderful Cards With These Easy Tips!

If you’re looking for a simple cardmaking idea that doesn’t require a lot of supplies or time, look no further than CAS one-layer cards! Even with just a few steps, you can make wow-worthy cards – all you need is to work with what you have and challenge the limits of your imagination! 

In this blog post, we’ve provided five easy one-layer card ideas to get you started, but be sure to check out our other tips on cardmaking for even more inspiration. 

Do you have any other tips for making one-layer card designs? Share them with us in the comments below!

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