Hi lovely crafty friends, today I have a fun challenge for you, using just one colour ink to make a card. This challenge is not about saving money or being frugal. It’s about seeing options not obstacles and using your stash.

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Maybe the newest line of inks came out and you can’t afford them. Or maybe you just started out having only one ink pad and you can’t make a multi coloured card.

I always like the positive approach, so instead of looking at your stash and seeing lack of products to use or what you may be missing, take on this one colour challenge because it’s fun and you can start right away.

In today’s video you’ll see how you can make different layers using texture different base papers and techniques to make super cool cards. Be sure to watch the video to see how you can do this too.

One thing that I love and works great with one colour ink are layers. Using different shades of one colour and layering parts is a fantastic way to showcase just one colour ink on a card or other paper crafting project.

Here are three cards that I made with Versafine Clair, an oil based pigment ink, that comes in a range of wonderful colours.

I used blues here, my favorite colour and if you are interested in trying a new ink your favorite colour is a great choice for the best chance you’ll be using it.

Here are the basic backgrounds with some simple ink blending that makes a perfect first layer. These are the colours I used: Warm Breeze ( SBC | ELH ), Blue Belle ( SBC | ELH ) and Medieval Blue ( SBC | ELH ).

Different textured cards were used to add to the interest of the card and smooth card in the middle. When using dry techniques I like Neenah Solar White Cardstock ( SBC | ELH ) which is a very affordable card great for using with inks and also for stamping.

For the second card I have some more techniques to share, stepping it up a bit and again working in layers with different shades.

On this card some wet techniques were used with ink and paint, then my go to paper is Craft Perfect – Ultra Smooth ( TNCUK | TNC ). This bright white paper can take quite some fluid without warping to much and it’s smooth so also great for stamping to name one thing.

For this card I used Catherine Pooler ink, a non permanent dye ink that’s really great to work with. The pad has a combination of a firm top layer with a thick soft sponge layer underneath.

Here are the three cards done with the same ink in three different colours. You can see when working with different techniques and shades you can really make the cards pop.

The pretty Tim Holtz – Skeleton Leaves ( SBC | SZZ ) combined with the 3D Embossing Folder – Leaf Veins ( SBC | SZZ ) which is absolutely so cool.

Both the dies and the embossing folder can go all year round and will be great for Autumn projects too. The texture of the embossing folder is so amazing and adds great interest to any paper crafting project complete or in parts like on these cards.

These are the colours I used for the three cards Catherine Pooler Premium Dye Ink – Orange Peel ( SBC | ELH ), Party Dress ( SBC | ELH ) and Lime Rickey ( SBC | ELH )

I used the same inks in another video with different techniques. If you are interested, here’s the link to the: make your CARDS POP with ONE COLOUR scheme video.

I hope you are inspired to give this one colour ink challenge a go and see the potential in your stash. It’s fun to see what’s possible and create pretty projects in the process.

Thanks for stopping by and make sure to keep on crafting!