Making Monochromatic Magic

Ever been challenged to use only one colour on a layout or card? Today I’d like to show you how you can answer the challenge, keep to your style, AND make your project sing!

I’ve been sharing some older projects all month inspired by an online crop Paper Issues had back in March. Two of the hosts for this challenge have a particular colour that they are associated with. It’s not a colour I normally gravitate towards. To be honest, it’s not even a colour I particularly like – although I do look good in shades of it! But I did my best Barney Stinson impression and gave it a go.

Orange! Challenge Accepted!

Monochromatic Thank You card by Alison Day Designs

To me orange is the colour you use when you’re scrapping Halloween photos but … time to flip my thinking.

As I dug through my stash I found this paper (I think it’s from a 6×6 paper pad but I no longer have this card to reference – sorry!) I loved the colour variations which leads me to my first tip for you.

Tip #1 – Use papers with variations of your colour in them already.

This takes a lot of the work out of it as far as creating visual interest and texture. This card wouldn’t be nearly as successful if I’d used orange card stock as a back ground. The variegated back ground helps me out immensely!

Tip #2 – Add visual texture with stamps

Just like my earlier post where I used a stencil to add visual texture to the background of a layout, here I’ve used a large stamp in the background. I used orange ink to keep the with the monochromatic challenge, but I think you can agree that without it, the card would be a bit flat.

Tip #3 – Look outside your scrapbook supplies for interesting embellishments

The flowers I’ve added are actually from a package of table scatter from Pier1 Imports. It’s not a ecret that I used to work there and every now and then something would come in that I knew would look better on a card or layout than my table!

I could easily have punched a couple of flower shapes from different coloured orange papers and attached them with this orange brad, but the stiff burlap is just fun! And when you’re restricting yourself to one colour, adding fun items is practically a must!

So, ready to give it a go yourself? Not sure how it would look on a 12×12″ canvas? Have a look at this post from February 2014. I think you’ll agree that the monochromatic look is something you can carry onto a larger canvas successfully!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great Thursday everyone. Almost the weekend!! Woot! Woot!

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