As this week's hostess, I challenged everyone attending the Tea Party to "make it monochromatic." As I said last week, I love the mono-c look, but hardly ever use it in its purest form... I may stick with a single color, but then I usually throw in black and/or white.
I also told you I had a bit of inspiration for this monochromatic challenge. It came by way of the current Technique Junkies Newsletter which features several monochromatic techniques... The funny thing is, it wasn't any of the TJN techniques I tried. Seeing them simply reminded me of the "Tone-On-Tone" technique, Nancy Waterman had included in one of the issues of Vamp Stamp News back in 2003. THAT'S the technique I used!
Details: BG-13 Crackle, and DK-18 Buttoned Upstamp sets, white cardstock, Memories ink - ruby and coral, silk & paper flowers, button threaded with embroidery floss. Note: Since I didn't have matching cardstock, the mats around the focal image and saying panels were created by dragging the ruby ink pad along the edges of white stock. Voila!
Tone-On-Tone Technique Basics:
Other than stamps you'll need - 2 shades of the same color ink (one light, one dark), white or ivory cardstock, and a stipple brush.
1. Using the lighter shade of ink, lightly stipple ink across the white cardstock.
2. Using the same lighter shade of ink, randomly stamp a background image across the panel.
3. Switching to the darker shade of ink, stamp the main image.
4. Using the same dark shade of ink, stipple around the outside edges of the panel.
5. Mount the panel to any coordinating color of cardstock.
As you can see, my interpretation of the above is not terribly exact... I applied the technique not only to a panel, but to the card itself, Used more than one background image, and stamped some of the background images in the darker ink (2nd generational) as well as the lighter.
The neet-o bandito thing about this technique is, it's the cumulative effect of all the steps that brings the piece together. That means you don't have to get hung up with imperfections along the way...
With that said, however, a tip -- Make sure your background and main images are compatible, or you might end up with this:
On my redo, I stamped the girl first, then went back in and chose where to place my "background."
Still laughing every time I look at her,