Layers, layers, LaYeRS…

In life, we manage many different layers. We layer our clothes, our hair and some people have emotional layers within their personalities. You can also create layers like this — YUMMO!

When creating cards, layers add depth to your creations. Layers can be added in multiple ways.

The card below shows how you can layer ink to make a card pop. Painter’s tape was used to add ink to card stock. To top those layers off, Momento Ink was added providing richness to the card.

Painter's Tape Card

This next creation has multiple layers of ink along with layering and embossing to give the card further dimension.

Birthday layered inkLayers can be accentuated by adding patterned paper or colored card stock.

Birthday Layered Paper

Two key items to have on hand when creating cards with multiple layers is a Stampin’ Up! Trimmer and an incremental paper sizing chart (see below). The paper trimmer offers not only a cutting blade, but a scoring tool as well. Scoring allows you to easily make folds on your cards.

Paper Cutting Increments

5 ½ x 4 ¼                     4 ¼ x 3

5 ¼ x 4                          4 x 2 ¾ 

5 x 3 ¾                          3 ¾ x 2 ½

4 ¾ x 3 ½                     3 ½ x 2 ¼ 

4 ½ x 3 ¼                     3 ¼ x 2

This chart came in very handy when making this next card that has a total of six layers. A standard card base measures 5 ½ x 4 ¼. From there, ¼” was removed from both the height and width of each layer.

Incremental Layering

Once all layers were cut, the white card stock was separated, centered and lightly adhered. Multiple floral stamps were made across the three different layers. The layers were carefully removed and the coastal cabana paper was intermingled with the winter white once again. A splash of ribbon was added making this a quick and cute card–easy to make and adorable!

Incremental Layered Card Completed

WARNING! When putting this card together, you MUST be very careful to make sure that your stamped layers stay facing the same way and that the layers don’t get mixed up with others you may be producing. If you are not careful, you end up with a card like this (see the innermost white layer of the back card–the flowers do not match up).

Incremental Layered Card Ooops

The last card featured utilizes SU Silver Glimmer Paper for added sparkle. The Labels Collection Framelits were used to create the layers of this card.

Layer with shimmer

These cards will be featured at my Card Buffet on Saturday, March 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at my home. You get to choose six cards to make for $15. Leave a note in the comments section if you are interested in attending.