How to Create Monochromatic Layers with Tons of Texture!

by Emily

Monochromatic color palettes can sometimes be challenging, especially when using lots of different layers, but the end result is so gorgeous!

Emily Midgett is with you today, and I have a few tips on how to keep the individual elements of your simple color palettes from blending into one another!

I am enjoying exploring all of the different ways that I can minimize my color palettes and keep things as visually simplistic as possible while still maintaining tons of texture and dimension, and today's project features a ton of white or almost-white elements that work together to create this super detailed card front.

Let's get started with the details!

4172022 Geometric Botany Fine Frames CP Fancy Hugs 1

monochromatic card

Creating Monochromatic Layers on a Card

I began by heat embossing one of the beautiful floral bouquets from In the Woodland Stamp Set onto some white cardstock using pearlescent white embossing powder. The addition of the pearlescent shimmer helps make the white embossing stand out from the white cardstock.

Next, I die cut the embossed image using the coordinating In the Woodland dies, then used some Ink Blending Tools to very lightly blend Strawberry and Pistachio inks on the center of the flowers and along the edges of the foliage. This very light blending of these very pale colors added just a touch of color to the flowers.

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Once I had finished with the flowers, I used the same pearlescent white embossing powder to emboss the Geometric Botany background on a white A2 card front. Then, I die cut some white frames using the Fine Frames Cover Plate Die and adhered those to the front of the card.

The texture of the subtle pearly embossing, coupled with the subtle white frames, added lots of interest to the background for our pale flowers! Once I had completed the background, it was time to assemble the card front!

monochromatic card

I snipped the In the Woodland die-cut in half; orienting the straight edges along the edge of the card front and tucking some pieces behind others to create a lovely little garden of flowers.

I also added another element of texture to the card with some glittery Just Leaves die-cuts, cut from some Dazzling Diamond glitter cardstock. I tucked the sparkling leaves behind the floral die-cuts and adhered them with some liquid adhesive to allow the different heights to add extra dimension and interest to this almost all-white card.

Finally, I adhered a white Fancy Hugs die-cut using a double layer of foam adhesive (more height differences!), then added a few iridescent white pearls for some more shine.

Well, that's all for my monochromatic card project today. I hope you will try using a minimalistic color palette on your next card. It really is so much fun to see how many different textures of the same color you can get on a card front.

Thanks so much for reading, and have a marvelous day!

~Supplies Used~

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leannfane April 17, 2022 - 11:14 AM

This is beautiful!

hannalyo April 17, 2022 - 11:22 AM

This is so beatufiul! And your explanation is very helpful. Thank you so very much!

KarenH April 17, 2022 - 1:48 PM

Lovely, lovely card Emily. Thanks for the inspiration to try something new for me.

Marisela Delgado April 17, 2022 - 8:21 PM

So beautiful!

Sharon Lambert April 17, 2022 - 9:07 PM

This looks amazing 😃

kjwinston April 18, 2022 - 1:45 PM

Well, that background just jumped in my cart!

Traci Maia Starkweather April 18, 2022 - 3:07 PM

Such a lovely card! I love the monochromatic look! I have never seen the frame used like this and I absolutely love the impact and depth it adds! Of course, who doesn’t love any flowers from Altenew?! Thank you for these tips!

Pat April 18, 2022 - 6:08 PM

This is a beautiful card!

Maureen R April 19, 2022 - 10:06 AM

This card is just Lovely!!!

Tara Prince August 1, 2022 - 7:34 AM

so beautiful


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