Going Green (Monochromatic Cards)

Good morning, folks!  Today we are “going green” with an idea for creating monochromatic cards from items found in our scrap drawer. Monochromatic cards are made by using just one color plus a neutral color.  Creating monochromatic cards is anything but boring.  In fact, I think they have a really elegant look:

004 (2) This card was based on a sketch for an online challenge….whose deadline I missed.  Duh.  But I still love the card and wanted to share it with all of you. 

I started with a 5x 6 1/2″ rectangle of Coredinations whitewash cardstock that had a green core.  I ran this through my Grand Calibur using the Spellbinder Mystic embossing folder.  This was sanded, and then stitched.  Two circles were cut: one from burlap, one from corrugated cardboard (found in the Closet of Shame).  I spritzed these with Tattered Angels Crushed Olive Glimmer mist in order to keep with the monochromatic color scheme. 

002 (3) The cardboard and burlap took the ink beautifully, as you can see here.  I then die cut the images of these fabulous vintage ladies from the Times Nouveau paper.  These were actually scraps that I had set aside in my scrap drawer.  I love when that happens!  They were mounted on Always Artichoke card stock from Stampin’ Up.

003 (3) These are reproductions of vintage ads from the 1920’s…and they crack me up!  The captions read, “Do you put your hat on incorrectly?” and “…and when you are dressed for the street, do you look like this?”  You gotta love it!  Very Downton Abbey!  All the panels and the stamped sentiment were mounted on the same green cardstock, and some stitching was added as well.  The little banner flags were fun to make, and that paper came from my scrap drawer as well.  So I really do feel as though I am “going green” in this monochromatic card.  I’m always happy when I can use up my scraps!

007 (2) Creating monochromatic cards is a great option for anyone who struggles with color combinations…or for someone who wants to mix a lot of different patterns (from the scrap drawer, for instance) but still have a cohesive design.  I even used paper from my scrap drawer to line the envelope…

005 (2) And the envelope flap!

I kept the interior pretty simple:

013 (2) The sentiment was computer journaled onto the tag, and even though there is a hint of pink, I don’t think it disqualifies the project from being a monochromatic card.  Do you? And, the simplicity of the sentiment lets you use the card for birthday, thinking of you, or any occasion, really.  I like options!  How about you?

001 (2) That’s it for me today, folks!  I hope each an every one of you has a beautiful day! Thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog.  I hope you were inspired to go green…or blue, or pink or purple for that matter…and create your own monochromatic cards.  If you do, won’t you share it with me?  I’d love to see it!  And, if you have time to leave a comment, I’d love that, too.  Your comments make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers!  Until next time…

Cheerio,

kathy

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5 thoughts on “Going Green (Monochromatic Cards)

  1. Anita Houston

    I love the green scheme! The triple lady threat is fabulous!!! Each one is just stunning, and the green makes me envious of such beautiful work! I love the length of the card too!!!!

  2. ncguygirl

    Wow – made from “leftovers” and “scraps”? It’s lovely and fun, and it sure doesn’t look like it was pulled together from things you had laying around. Love the design and I think the little blush pink insert is just perfect. Very pretty card!

  3. Tanya

    What was page 235 from in the interior? Loved how you picked a background page filled with similar ideas for this period of time. And the pink is very subtle and does not detract from the overall monochromatic scheme at all…if anything keeps it pulled together nicely. Like a belt on a lovely classic shirt dress. It does feel like Downton! Loved all the ladies on the front dressed in their finery and the little bit of lace on the edge made the whole thing feel rich! Another beauty from your sweet hands!

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