Three Ideas For Monochromatic Floral Cards

by Svitlana Shayevich

Hi, friends!

Hope you're doing well. Svitlana is here today sharing cards featuring the amazing Spotted Orchid Stamp & Die & Mask Stencil Bundle as well as ideas for monochromatic cards.

01172021 Spotted Orchid Stamp Focus 01Monochromatic designs are one of my favorites to make. On one hand, they're very easy to design, as combining colors is taken out of the equation. On the other hand, for such designs, non-traditional colors are used sometimes, which adds much interest to a card.


I used brown colors to create elements of my first card.

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The front panel is made out of a Parchment Cardstock and was filled with the Wild Ferns Stamp Set stamped using the Rocky Shore, Mocha and Espresso Crisp Dye Inks.

Same inks were used to stamp the orchid leaves which then were die cut using the coordinating dies.

The flowers I stamped using the Sand Dunes, Rocky Shore, and Mocha Crisp Dye Inks, skipping the very bottom layer when I was stamping (to achieve a look of white flowers). Then, I die cut the flowers using the coordinating dies, and additionally, I made several more die-cuts of the flowers and leaves.

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I stacked the flower die-cuts using dimensional adhesive, making one three-layer flower and another two-layer one. I believe this technique is called layered decoupage.

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After that, I adhered the flowers onto the panel and tucked the leaves under them. Some leaves I also made dimensional.

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The sentiment strip is made using a stamp from the Thinking Of You Stamp Set stamped in Espresso Dye Ink onto a Parchment strip.


The background of my next card is made by blending the Fresh Leaf Crisp Dye Ink onto a green cardstock panel through the Leaf Bed Stencil. This is a wonderful stencil, one of my favorite from Altenew. After ink blending, I added white splatters onto the panel and then foam mounted it onto a white card base.

01172021 Spotted Orchid Leaf Bed 01

To stamp the flowers and leaves, I used the Fresh Leaf, Lime, Limeade, and Jet Black Dye Inks. Here again, I skipped the bottom layer to make the flowers lighter.

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For the sentiment I used a stamp from the Birthday Greetings Stamp Set embossed in white onto the same cardstock as the front panel.

01172021 Spotted Orchid Leaf Bed 02

I adhered all elements onto the front panel forming a flower cluster and using dimensional adhesive for additional interest. Lastly I popped up the sentiment onto the card.

The same inks were used the make the background, flowers and leaves. But they still stand out against each other because of white borders of the die cut elements, dimensional adhesive and color intensity variation.


My last card is not exactly monochromatic, I introduced the second color for leaves. But it still looks quite monochromatically. It's a slimline card, the size that I'm enjoying recently.

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I started making the card by die cutting a word hugs using a die from the Script Word Die Set out of a Masking Paper and applied it onto a Solar White slimline panel.

Then I stamped the bottom layer of the orchid flower using the Pink Diamond Dye Ink. After that I stamped the leaves using the Fresh Leaf, Lime and Limeade Dye Inks. I used the corresponding Mask Stencil to mask off overlapping elements.

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After that I blended the Pink Diamond Dye Ink all over the panel and then additionally did blending with the Pinkalicious Dye Ink  along the edges. I used the Mask Stencil for leaves when was blending and for flowers I didn't need any masking as i was blending using the same ink as was use to stamp them.

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After that I went ahead and added layers to the flowers as initially I only stamped the very first bottom layer of each flower. I did this as this card was a bit more time consuming and I could screw up something along the way (for example forget to apply mask or stamp some layer really off).  If this happed and I already had time invested into stamping all those layers I would get really upset.

To stamp the flower layers I used the Razzleberry, Rubellite, Pinkalicious and Jet Black Dye Inks.

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After all stamping was finished I removed the hugs mask revealing the sentiment in white, added white splatters onto the panel and adhered it onto a white card base.

I hope you like the ideas I shared today using this awesome stamp set. Of course they can be applied to almost any floral stamp set which Altenew carries a lot.

Have a wonderful day!


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Cindy C. January 17, 2021 - 10:07 AM

So beautiful!

pamboe January 17, 2021 - 10:46 AM

Svitlana, this is just exactly the kind of post I need. Seeing all of your beautiful backgrounds helped me finish some cards that were waiting for background ideas. Thank you so much.

Maureen R January 17, 2021 - 2:57 PM

Beautiful cards!!!

Karen Hale January 17, 2021 - 4:28 PM

Extremely pretty cards!

Patricia E Wilson January 18, 2021 - 6:52 AM

Stencils have really come a long way and are producing lovely results. The color choices of these three cards really appealed to me and the finished product is lovely.

apalmer2019 January 18, 2021 - 9:45 PM

Very nice cards. Good instructions, may have to give it a try. I love the new Orchid set.

tara prince August 27, 2021 - 1:51 PM

gorgeous cards


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