Monochromatic Coloring

Welcome! Today I am sharing a fun way to get a new look with outline stamps…. by doing monochromatic coloring.

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You gotta love a technique that allows you to easily achieve a new look for outline stamps. And it is even better when you can use up some cardstock scraps!

I thought the Avery Elle Time to Party Stamp Set was clever so I wanted to use it right away. To keep the focus on the personalized date image, I kept the card simple and monochromatic.

After white heat embossing the image on Lawn Fawn Peacock Cardstock, I “colored” it with a Versamarker Pen and Prismacolor White Pencil. This gives simple shading and highlighting that adds a great deal of interest and depth. If you don’t have the Versamarker Pen (which simply darkens the paper), you could use a marker of the same color as the cradstock but slightly darker. I also added shimmer with my Wink of Stella Clear Shimmer Pen.

I also used the balloons from the Avery Elle Time to Party Stamp Set on Gina K Turquoise Sea Cardstock for another example. By the way – the frame on these cards is from the Avery Elle Scalloped Pierced Rectangles Die Set. I used the same color cardstock as I did for the background (which was cut with the Avery Elle Pierced Banner Layers Die), but darkened with with my Versamarker Pen.

This technique is also great for giving a new look to floral images, such as this one from the Avery Elle Mothers Day Stamp Set. The sentiment is from the Avery Elle City Celebrations Stamp Set and the cardstock is Lawn Fawn Guava.

I added shimmer to the frame with my Wink of Stella Clear Shimmer Pen, but think it would have been best to leave it with just the darkening from the Versamarker.

The fun images from the Avery Elle Punny Pantry Stamp Set crack me up! I did most of the “coloring” on the leaves of the radish. Didn’t take long at all. It is amazing how the image comes to life with a bit of highlighting and shading.

Oh – and this My Favorite Things Persimmon Cardstock is a new top color on my list.

I teamed up the Avery Elle More Furry Friends Stamps with Gina K Passionate Pink Cardstock for the next few examples. Gotta love doggies and kitties.

I also find the Prismacolor Colorless Blender Pencil helpful in smoothing out the white color pencil to give a soft look. It is inexpensive, but you definitely don’t need it to do the technique.

I like to white heat emboss a bunch of images and just grab my Versamarker Pen, Prismacolor White Pencil, Prismacolor Colorless Blender Pencil, and Wink of Stella to “color” on the go. Sure beats carrying lots of colors with me!

This next one used the cute Avery Elle Pegasus Duo Stamp Set. Lila loved it!

I find that this technique lends itself well to “masculine” colors… or even just a person’s favorite color. This one uses Avery Elle Shine Bright Stamp along with Lawn Fawn Blue Jay Cardstock.

I hope you will give this a try with any outline stamps you have!


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80 thoughts on “Monochromatic Coloring”

  1. Great cards! I have everything except the VersaMark pen but I might try using coloured pencils instead, since I have lots of those! Thanks for the great tips!

  2. I love how colorful your cards look without using a lot of colors. They are simple but not simple. You sure made a lot of cards! I like each and every one of your cards.
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    I love seeing what you have created and I can’t wait to see what you do next. I hope tomorrow I feel a little better and I sleep better too.

  3. What great techniques. Thanks so much for showing us these techniques and cards. I especially love the one with the flowers that says love you. I will certainly be trying this soon for some of my cards that I’ll be needing.

  4. Jennifer – My Mom (Anne H.) has followed you for a long time. I just recently starting watching – one word ADDICTED!! Lol I love your videos – concise but packed full of info. My question – do you make your matching envelopes or purchase them?

  5. Love the cards! Also, I never thought to use my Versamarker pen. What a great idea! I love the monochromatic look. Thanks for sharing these new techniques!

  6. I really love the simple sophistication of these cards!! I am a BIG fan of the Versa Marker…use it
    all the time to correct and fix embossing mistakes. Thank you, Jennifer, for being a woman of excellence
    in all you do!!

  7. Your video really inspired me, Jennifer! In fact, I went shopping yesterday afternoon & found a blender pencil–something I didn’t even know existed, so now I’m ready to give it a try.
    I may have missed it, so sorry if you already put it in a post. I’m wondering what you decided about the Signo white gel pen vs the extra fine Sharpie. Thanks!

  8. wonderful technique — thanks so much for sharing! I found 2 Prismacolor blending pencils in a drawer so now I’m set to try this. I think it will be fabulous for those hard-to-make teen boy cards.

  9. What a great technique and one that requires only a few supplies! Love it and will definitely be giving it a try. Thanks for the great video and the inspiration!

  10. These are gorgeous! I really like all these techniques you share that help stretch the supplies and stamps we have!

  11. Love the look of these monochromatic cards Jennifer. Thanks for the video explaining everything! Have a most wonderful day. Cheers Donna Z 🙂

  12. Oh, WOW! Great cards! Perfect cards! Thank you for all of extra tips~tricks!!
    As always, very helpful and very excited to try these techniques.
    Thank you so much!

  13. Jennifer, I need to say I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, your videos. Please keep them coming. You show so many wonderful techniques yet make it all look so easy and doable!! Your presentation in your videos is wonderful as well; very professional.

  14. Great video. I actually have the pencil and marker and will definitely try this. Thanks, Jennifer!

  15. Fabulous cards and an interesting technique! Looking forward to giving it a try. Hopefully mine turns out as nice as yours. I especially love the lighthouse with the light “shining.” So very cool!

  16. Such beautiful cards the idea was so simple but the cards were just stunning. Great job thanks for showing us how to do this.

  17. Thank you Jennifer. I love watching your videos and I regularly return to them to remind myself of your lovely work. These cards are especially striking and look especially easy to achieve. Warmest of wishes, Lesley

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