How to Make Your Blooms Pop With Monochromatic Foliage!

by Emily

Hi there! Emily Midgett here with you today for the final post of 2021. In today's post, I'm sharing one of the ways in which I make my colorful blooms pop off of my card front: monochromatic foliage! I am always looking for new ways to make my floral cards unique, and these gray leaves create such a different feel to my project. I just love the look! Let's get started with the details.

Monochromatic foliage on a card

Monochromatic Foliage on a Card

I began by die-cutting and stamping the floral swag outline from Simple Beauty using the darkest shade from the Rock Collection inks. I added the layers for the foliage using the lighter three shades of the Rock Collection inks, then stamped the blooms using Ocean Waves and Dusk inks, which are especially vivid amongst the gray foliage. I also stamped a few extra individual flourishes with the gray inks and cut them out.

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Next, I stamped the greeting. I used the darkest shade in the Rock Collection inks to stamp the Happy Birthday greeting from Note For You. I trimmed the sentiment down to a close-cropped rectangle using my trimmer. I also stamped a little row of trim across my white card front using one of the decorative stamps from the Note For You. The trim stamp did not go all the way across the A2 card front, so I moved my card base over slightly in my MISTI and stamped it again. I knew I would cover the seam overlap with the floral bouquet die-cut, so I simply made sure that the stamped edges were straight and crisp and didn't worry about where the overlap looked messy.

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To assemble my card, I arranged the Simple Beauty floral swag on my card front, allowing some of the edges to hang over the edge, and filling in some of the bare areas with the extra flourishes that I'd stamped and die cut. I made sure to cover the messy spot where the trim stamps overlapped with my die cut and sentiment square! I used Instant Dimension Foam Tape to pop up the die cuts and add lots of dimension to the card front. I trimmed off the bits hanging over the edge and then used the larger pieces to fill in some gaps in the design and make the bouquet look a bit fuller. The final touch was to add some metallic gray gems for shine!

Well, that's all for my project today! I hope you will try using monochromatic foliage to help your colorful flowers pop on your card front. It's amazing what a huge impact you can make by keeping your color scheme simple. Thanks so much for stopping by today, and Happy New Year! May your 2022 be healthy, peaceful, and prosperous!


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Kristine Boydstun December 31, 2021 - 2:36 PM

This is absolutely gorgeous!!! I can’t wait to try something similar!

Tara Prince October 17, 2022 - 3:15 PM

so lovely


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