Use Texture to Make Monochromatic Die-Cuts Shine!

by Emily

Hello, Altenew friends! Emily Midgett here with you today, and I have a few tricks to share to help make a monochromatic card that uses lots of textures to help the die-cut sentiment stand out from the background!

Creating Monochromatic Cards

Monochromatic cards are one of my favorite ways to use color; there is something so elegant about a simplistic color scheme with intentional embellishments added to help break up the monotony. I'm a busy mom of four, so when I find a simple technique that makes a lot of impact, I try to figure out how I can apply it to lots of different projects.

My card today uses the new Playful Blooms 3D embossing folder, ink blending, and metallic paint splatter to the background to make sure that the tone-on-tone sentiment die cut is still visible.

Let's get started with the details!

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I began my project by running an A2 panel of dark teal cardstock with the new Playful Blooms 3D Embossing Folder through my die-cut machine. The detail in this embossing folder is absolutely stunning. To highlight the incredible details, I lightly swiped some white pigment ink over the large rose blooms, putting the pad directly to the paper. It's amazing what a difference those few swipes of white pigment ink can make on the embossed area!

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To add some unique texture to the background without adding too much extraneous color, I lightly blended some Galactic Stream ink around the edges using a small blending tool, which helps make the contrast of the white-edged embossed area that much crisper. I also splattered some metallic white watercolor on the card front using the Metallic Watercolors. The combination of textures and small but striking embellishments really keep the monochromatic background from looking too simplistic.

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For the greeting, I die cut the Tiny Sentiments: Hello Die from some more of the same dark teal cardstock, then heat embossed the greeting from the Tiny Sentiments: Hello stamp set on the attached sentiment strip using white embossing powder. I popped the die-cut up using Instant Dimension Foam Tape, adding some extra liquid adhesive to ensure maximum stickiness on the raised embossed image.

The final touch was to add a few iridescent white gems to tie all of the white elements together. The different textures, touches of white, and gradations of teal help to make the flat teal sentiment die-cut stand out!

Well, that's all for me today! I love color and unique color combinations, but sometimes simplistic is the way to go, and making some intentional and thoughtful embellishment additions can really take your card to the next level. Thanks so much for stopping by today, and have a marvelous day!


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Yvonne Boucher December 9, 2021 - 11:06 AM

Simply stunning. Amazing how a card that took a short time to create gives the impression it took hours. Thank you so much for this tutorial and sharing your creativity.

Debbie Baez December 9, 2021 - 11:18 AM

Simply elegant! I love how you used the colored cardstock and the Playful Blooms 3-D Embossing folder and then with a few swipes of the white ink, it just made the beautiful image pop! With just a few products you’ve created this stunning card, I love it! I hope you don’t mind, but I’m going to put this design in my repertoire!

maria f. December 9, 2021 - 4:25 PM

Your card is incredibly gorgeous, Emily. Yes, that white ink does an amazing job.

Connie Griffin December 9, 2021 - 11:03 PM

Wow that is stunning!!

Kristine Boydstun December 9, 2021 - 11:48 PM

This is absolutely stunning! Thank you for sharing your process!

TK January 4, 2022 - 10:47 PM

Oh my goodness, this is simply gorgeous!

Renee VanEpps January 5, 2022 - 1:58 PM

This is so beautiful!!!!!!!

Tara Prince July 1, 2022 - 10:57 AM

so pretty

Helene July 8, 2024 - 6:13 PM

I love this, I’ve seen it done before but you taking the extra step to edge with the darker color is what really makes it stunning. Thanks for sharing that tip and of course your pretty card😊


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