Wednesday, 7 October 2009


Hi Blogland.. I wanted to share with you today some Monochromatic cards we have been playing with in our lessons this week.
Most people would class Monochromatic as Black & White... But like most this in life things are not Just Black & White...
Monochromatic means: A shade, tone or tint of one colour (hue). So in fact, a combination of Greens, Blues/Purples, Reds/Pinks etc would be categorised as Monochromatic...
One of the "IN" products at the moment are Promarker pens from Letraset. Did you know that you can use them on your Stamps???
With this in mind, here is what we have come up with to use them in a Monochromatic way.

Taking a White piece of card stock. I coloured it with Blue Chalk, applying it in a light circular motion with a sponge applicator.
On this occasion I have used Pastel Blue Promarker, to follow the Blue Monochromatic theme. Apply your pen to the stamping surface. I used the chisel tip to get a faster coverage. I did notice that when first applied the ink from the pen shrinks back from the edges of the stamp I.E the stamp resists the ink initially. I stamped off onto a scrap piece of card and the re applied my pen and it held onto the stamp perfectly. I suspect the solvent in the ink and the surface of the stamp need to get to know each other first!!!, or the initial application creates a surface for the ink to adhere too...

I then randomly stamped all over my now Blue card stock with my image. Try not to be too uniformed in the pattern.. The ink also dries pretty much instantly as it is solvent based.
Once you are happy with your pattern, score and fold your card.

I then coloured and stamped my front image onto some chalked card stock. I applied the chalk in the same way as before, but this time applying more colour to the top as to create a skyline effect. I added some Stickes just to give the image a little bit of bling!!
Here are a few other colour combinations.

In Green

In Silver & Grey

Not forgetting the Black & White..

You can also add more than one colour of Promarkers to your stamps to achieve a mixed effect, they blend very well...

I know a lot of you have Lot's & Lot's of Promarkers, so why not try some different with them today.. Just to point out, as Promarkers are solvent based and not water based you will need a solvent ink cleaner, such as StazOn to remove ink left on your stamp...
Thanks for checking us out.. Have a great day.


  1. Yes, Andy, still playing at home with this effect... love monotone anyway and the effects you can achieve quite simply with a few pens/inkpads, a box of chalks and adding in from our basics and stash ... well, the sky's the limit! Thanks for the inspo... next please!!

    Renee xx

  2. I love monotone designs - some super ideas here Andy, plenty to think about and have a play with.

    Toni :o)

  3. Beautiful cards as always Andy- what is the name/make of the tree stamp please? Keep up the good work I love to see your ideas, especially when I can't get into the store!

  4. Absolutely gorgeous!!!! Beautiful cards, love your blog!!!!