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If you visit here regularly you probably know that I'm a huge fan of color.  I love using lots of color on my projects and it's not unusual for me to use six, eight, or even 10 different ink colors on a single project (I know, crazy right??).  But today I thought I'd try something a little different.  Stamping with a single color.  It's amazing how much impact one color can have!  It can really make your stamp sets take on a different look...very modern and trendy.  It's also a great little technique for creating matching card sets.  

Let me show you a few projects using this single color concept.

This whole post was really inspired by this card I made for the Wee Folk mini kit reveal...

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 I loved the way it turned out and really wanted to try and make a whole set of in different pastel colors...

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I ike the way they almost look like something you might purchase in a stationery store.  And they were really easy to do.

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I started off by stamping the wreath frame in Soft Stone ink, then just started filling in around it with different images from the Wee Folk set.  Sets with a good range of stamps in different sizes will work best for this technique.  Start with the largest images and then work your way down to the smallest images in the set, just filling in the whole area you want to stamp.  Don't start off by stamping the larger images too close together.  Give them some breathing room, but try to kind of keep them evenly spaced.  You can see on the photo below how I already have the bottom portion of each card pretty well filled in and now I'm starting to fill in the top.  I have the larger images already stamped (bunny and birds) and now I can go ahead working my way down to the smallest stamps and filling in all of the blank spaces.  

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It's a great technique for creating card sets.  You can see in the image above that I assembly-lined the process by laying out my three panels and an ink pad above each.  I just worked my way across all three cards, stamping the same images on each.  Here's another set I made with this same concept, this time using the Songbirds stamp set, which is another great set for this technique since it has a variety of image sizes...

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I stamped the frame from Mat Stack 7 Basics in the center using Soft Stone ink and then just filled in around it.  It almost looks like I've done some masking, but I didn't...it's all in just using those little stamps to fill in the blank areas.

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You could make a set of these in any color combo your heart desires!

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Just about any floral set will work great for this technique as well.  Here's a set I made using Brushed Blooms.  I love how this technique can go soft and subtle like my baby cards at the top of this post or bold and bright, almost tropical looking, like in these floral cards.

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I started by stamping the large stem/leaf cluster and then just added the blooms, filling in the smaller areas with the smaller stamps.  I added the "thanks" sentiment from the Graceful Greetings set.  

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After I was finished stamping the flowers I diecut my panel with the Sentiment Splits: Curve Vertical die.  The "so much" sentiment is from the Enclosed: Apple set, which was stamped on what was left after diecutting my panels...I just flipped it over to the unstamped backside and layered it underneath.  I kind of like the way that turned out and need to remember to do that again!

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Thanks for stopping by today and following along with my color experiment.  Are you excited to give it a try?  I hope you do!  Leave me a link in the comments if you're inspired to create something with the single-color concept.  :-)  

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