Reverse Masking To Create A Single Layer Card

By | 10/28/2018

I decided to participate in this week’s Less Is More challenge.  It’s a clean and simple challenge and this week the theme said Recipe Dimension.

I interpreted that to mean that I was to use a recipe card sized layout.

I created a beautiful card that did just that.  But make sure you compare it to the bottom card to see the difference in dimension between the two.  The last card is my challenge card…done for the correct interpretation of this challenge!


Stamping Imperfection Reverse Masking Songbird

I used a Reverse Masking Technique along with some watercoloring with inks to create this card on a 3-1/2 x 5″ note card.  That’s right. Recipe card sized.

I even made a coordinating envelope!

Well…they meant that this is a Recipe Challenge and the challenge is to create dimension on a single layer clean and simple card without actually adding layers.

You’ve seen me do this before with the leaf card.  If you missed it, you can see the details here.

Stamping Imperfection Single Layer Fall Card Sunny Studio

Just one layer.  All the dimension is fake.  Yep. I faked it.

So I recreated my songbird card and created some Faux Dimension with the drop shadow.

That’s what they meant!  This is one single layer of card with no embellishments and no other pieces of cardstock.  Not a smidgen of sequins or foam tape any place on this card.

I still used a reverse masking technique to create a spotlight circle for my image.  I used a piece of masking paper the size of the card front with a circle die from the Concord & 9th All Seasons Dies set.  I blended in some Old Paper Distress Oxide Ink and then stamped my image with some Carmel Hybrid ink from  Then I watercolored with Catherine Pooler inks in Sauna, Icing on the Cake, Sand Castle, Eucalyptus, and Mandarin Spice.

I created a faux piece of black card stock by coloring a strip of black with my black alcohol marker and added a drop shadow with my gray marker.  The sentiment is heat embossed on top of the marker  in white embossing powder.  I added a second sentiment with a drop shadow below.  I also added a drop shadow to the circle, under the bird and the branches.  Finally, for a little pop of color, I added the leaf image with a drop shadow as well.  All the images and the sentiments are from Concord & 9th’s Songbird Stamp Set.  I did add a few highlights on the beak, the eye and the underside of the bird with a white gel pen.

I was dying to add some black splotches and some sequins to the card, but that would violate the rules.  No embellishments and it should be minimal layers. This has no layers.  It is all ink.

Here is the challenge that I am entering this last card in:

383 LIM Dimension

Not recipe card dimension, it is Recipe: Dimension.  As in, faux dimension!

Duh on my part!!


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5 thoughts on “Reverse Masking To Create A Single Layer Card

  1. Nonni

    Wow -the way you added faux dimension to your second card is pretty amazing! Your card totally fools the eye… The shadow around the circle looks great and all the other ideas for dimension work wonderfully too. Love that cute bird and all the white space too! Thanks for joining us at Less Is More!

  2. Sharon

    Beautiful card and it is good to see you combining the recipe challenge with a one layer (we usually only ask for one layer cards on one challenge a month – our one layer week), but the way you added faux dimension is just wonderful. I used to use that technique a lot as it is such fun to do. Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Less is More xx

    1. kim Post author

      Thank you so much! I’m having a lot of fun with this technique lately.


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