One Sheet Wonderful!

Apparently I have been under a rock because I have never heard about one sheet wonder cards. Basically you chop up a sheet of patterned paper into a bunch of sizes and make a bunch of cards with it. It is a great way to stretch supplies or make the most of a favorite paper. Here is my first attempt:

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Another thing I like about this clean and simple style of cardmaking is that it is a great way to showcase a focal point, in this instance some watercolor pencil stamped sea images from About Art Accents. I’ll show you a simple trick for cutting the sheet of patterned paper (we are going to dig out a moldy-oldie) and I’ll show you my latest method for using watercolor pencils to stamp. Have a look:

Here is the card from the video close up:

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I had used up all of my paper before I made that card but hey, I think it is pretty without it. Sometimes I get carried away experimenting with my mediums and I end up with pretty little stamped panels but I have no way to use them all, this is perfect!

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I keep all of my white scraps in a coupon organizer sorted by brand. I used my cheapest white cardstock for this (Gerogia Pacific) so I just kept experimenting on scraps until I got the result I wanted. This is my favorite!

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I like this one too:

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Since these cards are flat I can stamp a sentiment on them later with a clear stamp and have a custom card when I need it!

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Or I can leave it blank.

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I made some envelopes to match and put everything in a paper folder, both templates can be found at Green Sneakers.

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Closed up, neat and tidy!

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I made 12 cards in a sitting! Not bad.

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

14 Responses

  1. Now you’ve done it! I saw a bunch of stamps I don’t have checked out the sea images. Love, love, love your watercolors.

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  2. Some of my favorite themes here, carp and sea life. But I just have to know…is that crab wearing false eyelashes? Stay warm, peace out…

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  3. Lindsay,
    This is one of the best blogs / YouTubes I’ve seen! Love the stamping technique, and I’ll try it with my Inktense blocks ASAP! I decided to get the 12 set of blocks and I’ll supplement with my grandé set of pencils.
    Please consider another video with this technique. It is so ethereal and emulates traditional, and I’m sure, demanding, traditional Japanese painting.
    You’re the best!!

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  4. I love checking my email for new Lindsay stuff—girl you rawk, ubber talented and very fun. I realized when you posted this that I must live under a rock too!!! Keep on keeping on!!!!

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  5. Back in the day when I learned how to do one sheet wonder cards, we made the one sheet using layers of stamps in various colours and then cut them up for cards. I think gelli plate sheets would work well…

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  6. Love your ocean collection! What a prize! The paper works wonderfully, and yes, we forget how easy we can make things sometimes. You are a gem! I marvel at the diversity of your posts. Very inspirational, and now I have lots of new half done things…..LOL. I will finish them – I promise!

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  7. Loved the video! You are even more of a hoot at midnight. There are one sheet wonder templates on the web if you google them. There may be some on Splitcoast also.

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  8. Love your first attempt Lindsay…..I soooo wanted to do the OSA one page wonder challenge, but did not have the time…hope they do it again! TFS how you did yours!!!
    Jan

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  9. Probably not the right post for a WOYWW comment, but this one floats my boat. I love those little fishies and the watercolour effect. Lovely.

    {sigh} now DS-less and catching up
    Mary Anne (3)

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  10. It’s called assembly line scrapbooking/card making. There is a company in Wisconsin called “club Scrap” they have been in business for years and this had been their premise all along

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  11. I love these, especially love the water colored focal points.

    While I like the one sheet wonder for many reasons–it’s frugal, it jump starts the creativity process to name a couple– what I don’t like is that I end up with a bunch of cards that are just ‘o.k.’…they’ll do in a pinch if I have no other option. But–my mindset says “why make a mediocre card–I can buy those for cheap?”.

    Of course the one sheet wonder need not be mediocre and using skill like your water color talent for the focal point elevates the card–no way would an original water color could be considered mediocre.

    Any input on how to avoid ending up with a bunch of mediocre cards? Maybe I am putting too much pressure on myself?

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    • Don’t think mediocre, think modern and chic, use the paper that is so precious to use on anything else and make it the star. I would give these as gift sets to non crafters and add an envelope of stamped sentiments and a glue stick.

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  12. Excellent cards! I haven’t made the one sheet wonder cards either. I have a ton of scraps to use up so mine are scrap-wonder cards I guess.

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  13. love this video thanks so much!!!

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