Making Monochromatic Cards

Making monochromatic cards can be tricky. If you don’t know monochromatic color schemes are color schemes that stick to just one color. You can use different tones of that color, but just one primary color. Today, I want to break down some tips and tricks I like to use when creating monochromatic color schemes on my cards and some benefits to using said color schemes! Watch the video tutorial below for all the details!


The Video Tutorial

Some supplies used in the video above were sent to me free of charge for design purposes. I only ever design for companies I can stand behind 100%! To see who I currently and have previously designed for head HERE.


Making the Handmade Cards

When creating handmade cards with monochromatic color schemes I have found that using different texture and dimension across the card really help separate out the color. Let me explain more!

You Make Me Smile Card

The great thing about monochrome color schemes is you can use whatever color you want. You can go neutral, pastel, bright, etc. I chose to go BRIGHT on my first card! The ink I’m using is Cheerful from Versafine Clair.

Like I said above, texture and dimension are the way to go with monochrome and that’s exactly what I did here. There are three layers on this base, each with a different pattern which adds a lot of texture! The bottom layer is the card base and I ink blended directly onto it for solid color. The second layer is stenciled with the same ink. And the final third layer I stamped with the Flower Flourish stamp from Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps with the Cheerful ink. I also added dimension to this top layer for more separation of the patterns and color!

You might notice that my sentiment is NOT yellow. No matter my color scheme, I like to go neutral with my sentiments. They’re easier to read, in my opinion. I added one of my favorite sentiments from the Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps store “You Make Me Smile”. I LOVE the font of it!!

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On my second card I went more neutral. And I used more than one color of brown as well. On my first card I really only used one ink pad, but I mixed it up on this second project. To start I made a quick frame from kraft cardstock. And to add a bit of texture I ran that frame through my die cut machine with an embossing folder.

Inside that frame I added a quick scene. Most of the time I would ink up my clouds with blue and add green grass, etc. But today I went with all browns. It creates a sepia toned scene which I LOVE! I used a lighter brown ink to blend on my clouds and then a darker brown to stamp the Beach Grass stamp. I also used that same dark brown to stamp my sentiment.

And to add that dimension, I popped up my frame and sentiment with dimensional adhesive. That shadow really helps separate all the brown tones happening on this card!


Tips and Tricks for Creating Monochromatic Cards

  • Although monochromatic color schemes only use one color, use different tones and variations of that color to switch it up!
  • Add TEXTURE! Whether that texture is through die cuts, embossing, or just different patterns.
  • Add DIMENSION! Dimension is going to help add shadows which helps separate the colors.
  • Use neutrals for your sentiments. This will help just with being able to read them!

I hope you all enjoyed a look at how to create some monochromatic cards and my tips and tricks helpful! If you are interested in any of the supplies I used, you can find them all listed and linked down below! Until next time, happy crafting!!


Supply List

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Flower Flourish
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You Make Me Smile
You Make Me Smile
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Beach Grass
Beach Grass
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Tiny Words Set 1
Tiny Words Set 1
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Sizzix - Big Shot Machine - White and Gray
Sizzix – Big Shot Machine – White and Gray
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Waffle Flower Crafts - Craft Dies - Nesting Ovals
Waffle Flower Crafts – Craft Dies – Nesting Ovals
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Lawn Fawn - Lawn Cuts - Dies - Everyday Sentiment Banners
Lawn Fawn – Lawn Cuts – Dies – Everyday Sentiment Banners
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MISTI Stamping Tool - The Most Incredible Stamp Tool Invented
MISTI Stamping Tool – The Most Incredible Stamp Tool Invented
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Scotch Delicate Surface Painter’s Tape
Scotch Delicate Surface Painter’s Tape
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Tsukineko - VersaFine Clair - Ink Pad - Pinecone
Tsukineko – VersaFine Clair – Ink Pad – Pinecone
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2 Rolls Double Sided Foam Tape
2 Rolls Double Sided Foam Tape
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Nuvo - Deluxe Adhesive
Nuvo – Deluxe Adhesive
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Fiskars - 12 Inch Personal Paper Trimmer with Cut-Line
Fiskars – 12 Inch Personal Paper Trimmer with Cut-Line
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Teflon Bone Folder
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Tsukineko - VersaFine Clair - Ink Pad - Nocturne
Tsukineko – VersaFine Clair – Ink Pad – Nocturne
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Tim Holtz - Tools - Design Ruler
Tim Holtz – Tools – Design Ruler
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My Sweet Petunia - Creative Corners
My Sweet Petunia – Creative Corners
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Tsukineko - Blending Applicator - Jumbo Dauber - Supersized
Tsukineko – Blending Applicator – Jumbo Dauber – Supersized
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Tsukineko - VersaFine Clair - Ink Pad - Cheerful
Tsukineko – VersaFine Clair – Ink Pad – Cheerful
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The Crafter's Workshop - 6 x 6 Doodling Templates - Plaid Fringe
The Crafter’s Workshop – 6 x 6 Doodling Templates – Plaid Fringe
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6mil Blank Stencil Material
6mil Blank Stencil Material
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Lawn Fawn - Lawn Cuts - Dies - Puffy Cloud Borders
Lawn Fawn – Lawn Cuts – Dies – Puffy Cloud Borders
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Tsukineko - VersaFine Clair - Ink Pad - Acorn
Tsukineko – VersaFine Clair – Ink Pad – Acorn
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Carta Bella Paper - Let's Travel Collection - Embossing Folder - Grid
Carta Bella Paper – Let’s Travel Collection – Embossing Folder – Grid
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Tonic Studios - Tim Holtz - Retractable Craft Pick
Tonic Studios – Tim Holtz – Retractable Craft Pick
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