Overlapping or layered grids

Hey everyone. Is there a way to get more than one grid layer (stacked on top of each other) into an ionic app without an additional framework [0] or raw css [1]?

Tried this with the grid-offset [2], and did not succeed [3].
(I am aware that this approach only utilizes angular, but I did not find any hint in the ionic documentation itself.)

My current scenario is just that I want to display some semi-transparent controls/icons on top of a filled content area. Is there another possibility to do this with ionic?


[0] https://gridsetapp.com/blog/the-new-gridset-css/

[1] http://stackoverflow.com/questions/19980592/overlapping-div-layout-with-grid-960

[2] http://ionicframework.com/docs/components/#grid-offset

[3] http://plnkr.co/edit/sFP5Ko

Ok, for now it might be as easy as creating this plunk.
However, is there a more general way to do overlays which are neither temporal notifications nor modals, but integrated permanently into the design?