Welcome back to the craft room my friends!! Today I want to share a Monochromatic with a Pop of Color card. I was inspired by an Instagram card created by Include a Thank You. Here’s a link to her YouTube video tutorial, Scrappy Tails Crafts | Monochrome Card with a POP of Color (Card Making Tutorial).
The Inked Background
I began with a piece of Strathmore Bristol Smooth water color card and a piece of 110lb Heavy Base Weight white card from GinaK. Because I wasn’t sure which piece I was going to use, I did the same process on both pieces.
Just like the Lost Shadow Background card I made, this background started with blending the distress ink onto the card with a blender brush.
After getting the first layer of color down on both pieces of card, I added Distress Spray Stain in Lost Shadow.
This is where the color difference really came through. I preferred the lighter color produced on the GinaK card, so that is the piece I focused on. Not letting the other piece go to waste, I used that one as a test sheet for the rest of the process.
Textured Monochromatic Background
To add even more interest to the background I started with an older texture stamp set that I’ve had for many years. To keep this image in the back, I stamped it with Lost Shadow Distress Ink. I held the stamp in my hand and only did partial stamping over the panel. Next, I used another small texture stamp from the Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz Nature’s Elements set in the same way.
Below is a closeup photo that also includes a direct to paper inking on the outer edges.
The next step was to add one of the floral elements from the stamp set. I wanted to add another shade of gray so I grabbed my Distress Archival Ink in Hickory Smoke. For even more depth I used the same stamp with the Lost Shadow Distress Ink. Next came the sentiment, also from the same set. This time I used Black Soot Distress Archival Ink. As you can see from the photo below, I did cut my background down and did not add the direct to paper inking. The finished card will have a black mat and that little bit of inking disappeared. After finishing the inking, I sealed the panel with Distress Micro Glaze.
The Pop Of Color
For my pop of color I wanted to use my new Tim Holtz Detailed Butterflies, Mini set. Butterflies are the perfect subject for pops of color. Starting out with a scrap piece of Canson XL watercolor card I scribbled Bright Yellow, and Scarlett Red Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. This was blended out with a water brush and left to dry.
When I came back later I added a glaze of color with my Y19 Copic Marker. The image below is an example I made up to show the difference the yellow Copic makes over the other two colors. It really pops the color up a notch don’t you agree? The top layer of the butterfly was cut from a piece of Astrobright Eclipse Black card from Neenah.
The Finished Card
Here is the finished card. The base is an A2 size card cut from a piece of 110lb Recollections white card stock from Michaels. The mat is the same Astrobright Eclipse Black that I used on the butterfly.
The butterfly did need a little bit of dimension. To do this, I added a few thin foam squares from Scrapbook Adhesives on the outer edges of the wings. The body of the butterfly was glued down to the card.
Thank you so much for joining me while I created this monochromatic card with a pop of color. I am so happy with how this turned out. Creating a totally inked background is so new to me, but it was so much fun to do. Have you created inked backgrounds like this before? If so, drop me a link in the comments below, I would love to check them out!
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