Monochromatic Card Ideas – Stampin Up Painted Poppies

Monochromatic color schemes refer to the use of one color or variations of that color. So today we will focus on using them in card making using the new Stampin Up Painted Poppies set. It’s a fun and simple card making technique.

So first let’s talk about the definition of monochromatic. Wikipedia defines monochromatic as colors of a single hue. You can have monochromatic color schemes which are one hue or varying shades of that particular color hue. Using different shades of one particular color hue is often referred to as the Ombre effect which is also a fun card making technique. You can learn more about the Ombre effect in card making HERE.

Monochromatic Card Making

The key to monochromatic color schemes simply because each card uses only ONE color. Now just in case you are wondering, the black and white are accents on the cards do not count as colors. In physics, a color is visible light with a specific wavelength. Black and white are not colors because they do not have specific wavelengths. Instead, white light contains all wavelengths of visible light. Black, on the other hand, is the absence of visible light (Reference:

Monochromatic Card Ideas - Stampin Up Painted Poppies

There are many advantages to using one color when it comes to card making. First of all, you really only need one color to start making cards. So using a monochromatic card design will help you get the most out of the colors that you have.

Of course it’s fun to have a variety of colors to play with! So if you have a lot of different ink colors to choose from a monochromatic card design can help you maximize your ink supply and card making possibilities! You can use the same card design over and over again to create cards in all different colors. How fun is that?

Now as you can see, all of these cards have the exact same design. The only difference is the color that is used! The black accents really make the color “pop” on each of the cards. And all of the cards feature colors found in the Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper pack. However, you can really use any colors that you have on hand with this card design.

Painted Poppies Card Design

So let’s talk a little bit more about this particular card design. The concept for creating the card is quite simple. Start by creating a standard card base which is a card that measures 5-1/2 x 4-1/4 inches when closed. To create the card base, cut a 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inch piece of Poppy Parade card stock. Score the 8-1/2 inch side at 4-1/4 inches and fold in half to create the card.

All of the cards feature the Stampin Up Painted Poppies stamp set. Start by stamping the poppy image across the bottom of the card front using Poppy Parade ink. By using the same color ink as the card stock color, you will achieve a soft and subtle look. Cut a 3 x 4 inch piece of black card stock and a 2-3/4 x 3-3/4 inch piece of white card stock. For a little more pizzazz, use the new Stitched So Sweetly Dies to create the focal point. The dies create a fun scalloped edge and add stitching all around the rectangular pieces. Plus they easily layer together for a fun look! Stamp the poppy image on the white card stock using black ink. Stamp the splotch image over the poppies using Poppy Parade ink. Then embellish as desired.

Quick, simple and absolutely stunning! I hope you enjoyed these quick and simple cards ideas! Shop for these and other card making supplies at

Have a creative day! ~ Lynn

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