Wetlands One Layer Card

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It’s been a while since I’ve made a One Layer Card and the Wetlands stamp set is the perfect set for this.  Here is a creative scenery that’s quick, easy, cost effective and just beautiful for anyone receiving this in the mail.  So get out your brayers and sponges today, and follow along with the tutorial.

Creative Tips –

  • I created a mask for the top and bottom using two sheets of printer paper.  I have to admit, my first try at this was foiled because I only used one sheet and the ink bled through to my project.  That’s one of those argh moments!Wetlands 003 Side
  • I brayered my sky and water with Soft Sky and then added a touch of Island Indigo at the top.  My Island Indigo got a little too strong about 1/2” in so I went over it with more Soft Sky to blend it out.  You can usually blend out mistakes with a little more ink in a lighter color.
  • I tossed my top mask (the blue one) and flipped my bottom mask around.  I sponged in my Sahara Sand in a circular motion to create my land.
  • For the horizon, I used a straight edge piece of printer paper and sponged on a little Island Indigo.Wetlands 003 CU
  • I stamped my birds in Early Espresso, any lighter color would not stand out enough.  I tried Basic Gray and even that wasn’t dark enough.  To test out my colors, I stamped my birds on my scrap brayered piece of printer paper that I tossed.
  • Keeping my bottom mask in place I stamped the reeds in Wild Wasabi.  I’ve tried this in lighter shades of green before and they too aren’t dark enough.
  • Brayer cards with scenery work great if you have a focal frame at the bottom of your card, as if you were standing right there looking out at your scene.Wetlands 003 Front
  • Once I had my reeds where I wanted them, I colored my reed stamp in using my Wild Wasabi marker, but only colored the grass portion.  I stamped this over my images to make them a bit fuller and bring my focal frame a little closer to the middle.
  • Normally I would use my white gel pen for some highlights, but I wanted to keep this card light and airy and uncomplicated – so I decided to leave it out.

I love this card – best part – it only cost 1/2 a sheet of Whisper White.  So if you’re stamping on a budget and have to make a lot of cards – next time try some one layer cards!

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Stamp Sets – Wetlands (126697c, 126695w) Ink – Soft Sky (131181), Island Indigo (126986), Sahara Sand (126976), Wild Wasabi (126959), Wild Wasabi Stampin’ Write Marker (131264) Paper –Whisper White (100730) Cool Tools – Brayer (102395),Stampin’ Sponges (101610)


About Ingrid Blackburn


  1. Hello Ingrid. I haven’t used this stamp set for ages and love the birds. I like the way you’ve done the sky and sand. I’ve pined it for inspiration. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Breathtaking card! I just love scenes like this. You have me ready to dig out my stamps again, and here it’s almost eleven’o’clock at night! I’ve never tried using a brayer…not since junior high, anyway. May have to change that.

  3. Gorgeous card – what a lovely scene.

  4. WOW! What a beautiful scene! Thanks for including the tutorial with it. Can’t wait to give it a try.

  5. Wow! Your card is a piece of art! Stunning card!!!!

  6. This is so serene, love the soft colors!

  7. Gorgeous card! Love the masking and brayer work – awe inspiring!

  8. Your card is absolutely gorgeous! I actually caught my breath when I saw it.

  9. Thanks so much, Ingrid, for playing along with the first OLS Challenge, and for posting such a helpful tutorial! Your card is stunningly pretty in technique, layout, and colors! I just love how the grasses frame the bottom and pull your eye into the scene and toward the birds!
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  10. I just found this on SCS and it took my breath away – absolutely perfect. I’m off to browse through your blog now x

  11. I found your card on pinterest…it is beautiful!

  12. Tanja S. says:

    I saw this on Pinterest and had to come to your blog to tell you how gorgeous it is and also to see how you made it. Well done!

  13. A stunningly beautiful card and you have made me want this set even more than I already did! Can’t wait for the new catalogue to go live here in Australia so I can try this. Thanks so much for sharing how you created this gorgeous card – brayering and sponging are two of my fav techniques and I am longing to try this!

  14. Linda Wilkinson says:

    Ingrid this card is absolutely beautiful thank you for sharing!!!!

  15. Gale S. says:

    When you sponged your Sahara Sand, do you start off of the paper? It seems that I always get darker imprints whereever I put the sponge down. Sometimes even starting off the paper doesn’t work. Am I pushing too hard?

    • I do Gale, I dab my sponge first on my grid paper and then lightly sponge in a circular motion. I start just off the edge and lightly move onto my surface. I find that if I start directly on my project I have a tendency to press too hard, which results in the darker spots you are probably seeing.

      Remember that you can always add more ink, but you can’t take it away. With that being the rule – start super light. You may have to go over three times to get the result you are looking for, but I guarantee you that you will love the end result! I hope that helped.

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  16. suemacdon says:

    this is a stunning card & so cost effective, too; thank you for sharing such a unique card!

  17. Ingrid, This is exactly one of the scenes I was thinking about when I purchased this set. Great minds!!! It’s beautiful! I can’t wait to get my stamp set in so I can make some!!

    • You are going to have so much fun with this stamp set Susie – it’s totally up your alley! I can’t wait for you to get it either…I’m really enjoying the ease of it. See you in Creative Cards class! 🙂
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  18. Kathy M. says:

    This card took my breath away! Absolutely BEAUTIFUL…

  19. Absolutely LOVE this card!!!! The colors are Beautiful!
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