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. this is amaaaazing! only with a few items you can change the look of a stamped image. the result is so beautiful! you filled my week with inspiration. thank you!

  2. I just love these cards! As I am caring for my Mother who is in hospice care, I can’t make cards. But since I can watch your videos, I am getting so many ideas for my future cards! Thank you for your beautiful ideas but also in your way of presenting them in a clear, concise and fun format. I particularly enjoy the way you get right to the point and always are prepared to present!

  3. I just love these cards! As I am caring for my Mother who is in hospice care, I can’t make cards. But since I can watch your videos, I am getting so many ideas for my future cards! Thank you for your beautiful ideas but also in your way of presenting them in a clear, concise and fun format. I particularly enjoy the way you get right to the point and always are prepared to present!

  4. As per usual you come up with the great ideas and beautiful cards all with ideas on how to make better use of our supplies. Thank you for sharing!

  5. You always have great echniques, but the last few videos have helped me a lot. This monochromatic coloring idea and the shading techniques were fabulous. I just got through going through my stamps and made a bunch, embossed them so they are ready to shade.

    And the techniue about cutting a “stencil” to help place the die over the image to get a good cut, awesome! I have a die that is solid and it cuts the outline and it’s been a guessing game for placement. I have resorted to cutting the card stock first then stamping but that doesn’t always give me the greatest results. So, I want to say thanks for these latest tips be tricks. ?

  6. It’s great to see this technique again, and SO many useful tips. I remember when you did the ranunculus image last year, I did it too, and it looked great. You are right, there are just some days when you haven’t got the time, or just don’t feel like colouring a whole image. These cards are perfect formthose times but they also look like you put some effort in – win/win!! Thanks for the great video, Lisa ?

  7. I totally love this idea and plan to implement it on my next trip to care for my aging mom. It’s difficult to know how many supplies to take, but this would be perfect. Some pre-stamped images and just a few supplies. Actually, this would be awesome for coloring on the go at any time. Quick, easy, limited supplies to keep up with, and you can finish them later. (I actually got caught on my last trip with no supplies and needing two cards while I was there!) This time, I remembered to pack envelopes too!

  8. Super inspiring! Sometimes I get really bummed coz card making supplies are so hard to come by where I live and what I do get is expensive because of rand/dollar exchange! This technique is a fantastic way to achieve a whole new look with what I already have! So thankful for your techniques and your efforts to get the ideas out there. Much appreciated, always.

  9. WOW these are so awesome! I love how you think! LOL
    These are such fantastic cards and so easy especially with limited supplies. TFS!

  10. What a beautiful technique! I love the shading and coloring with your Versa Mark Pen and the White Pencil, I even love the glittered frames, so there! lol Fantastic cards! I am going to give this a try! Thanks so much!

  11. Your cards are so beautiful yet simple. They look store bought. Thanks for sharing. There are so many cool yet simple ideas that make the card really pop. I’ll definitely try the techniques.

  12. I am absolutely using this technique on a birthday card i have to make for one of my Godsons. Awesome idea, and can’t thank you enough about the tip when die cutting, to use another die cut to line stuff up. You are amazing. I would like to tap into your brain someday. lol.

  13. I’m a latecomer to your videos but I’m sold. I love that you give hints on how to stretch supplies and get “more bang for the buck”. This video is the epitome of that. I just love these cards and I love the tips. Thank you so much for sharing your time and experience.

  14. Amazing what one can do with very few tools….I like the idea with the white color pencil
    Thank you Jennifer

  15. I love how you think outside the box and always inspire us to push our crafting limits. Awesome technique! Thanks!

  16. I am not an artist which is why I stamp and I’m pretty sure I failed shading in the 3rd grade! I do think I could do this (because of your awesome instruction) and am anxious to give it a try……Wish me luck 🙂

  17. I have tried every idea for embossing. cornstarch, embossing buddy, dryer sheet. versa fine ink with clear powder which is great unless you watercolor and then you can see all the strays. I love love love the look but I am at a loss. I have thought but not tried mixing cornstarch with the actual powder. it seems like there are little fibers or something and I have 2 doz diferent kinds and brands of powders and the all do the same. Jennifer you make it look effortless. any life changing advice?

  18. These are really different and a great way of using the coloured yardstick we all have! Thank you so much for sharing. I am looking forward to trying these out.

    Out of interest – did you try these out with different ink colours/embossing – I can imagine black just doesn’t pop quite as much on all the colours…

  19. You are the queen of fabulous techniques. Thank you for sharing your creativity and this new wonderful technique.

  20. Just got some stamps a friend gave me and I wasn’t sure what to do with them although I like them. I know now!!!!! Thanks, Jennifer! I appreciate revisiting techniques with you!

  21. Amazing cards Jennifer. I keep telling myself that I need to try this technique…..your cards are beautiful. As always thank you so much for the inspiration. 🙂

  22. Oh my goodness! These cards are so beautiful. I want to get home already to try making some. I’m a beginner card maker but definitely always willing to try and see if I can make them as pretty as yours. Thank you for sharing.

  23. The colouring technique is a revelation (so simple and so beautiful) but, for me at least, the best part of today’s lesson was the die-cutting placement tip. Such simple and effective aides to better crafting are why YOU have always been — and will always be — my card-making guru. 🙂 Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, since 2009.

  24. There are some days when I just can’t seem to color anything right( does anyone else have this problem? ) and this is the perfect answer for that! Thanks, Jennifer!

  25. Jennifer, you are a genius and I thank you for your ingenuity and creativity! These are not only adorable, but sophisticated and quick projects. The masculine lighthouse is perhaps my absolute favorite, but they are all so much fun. Thank you for sharing your craft and genius with us!

  26. Great cards,your videos make my day. Your technique are great and thank you so much for sharing with us.

  27. First off, your cards are stunning. This technique is a great idea. I am definitely going to try this. I learn so much from you. Thanks.

  28. Hi Jennifer ~ Gorgeous cards with very little supplies needed. Your cards are nothing short of stunning and that lighthouse card totally stole my heart. I love lighthouses and my oldest daughter lives in MA and we have family in RI so we’ve been to many lighthouses over the years. It’s simply gorgeous. Thank you for sharing and for being such a gift in my life. ~HUGS~

  29. I have a Versa Pen and a blending pencil, and they rarely get used. NOT ANYMORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for a reason to pull out these seldom used items. 🙂

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