Challenge: Monochrome


Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Thank you for joining us for the Make A Wish Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.

This week the challenge is


Pick a color, any color, and create something with it!  We will look forward to seeing what you make!

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This is Kassa‘s last week with us in the Designer Spotlight and we would like to say a huge thank you for all of your fabulous creations over the past weeks. It has been a real pleasure having you along with us!

Kassa made a stunning wreath of flowers using pink tones


‘Monochrome’ is a gift for a girly girl like me! I went all pink, was spoilt with a lush choice of Tim Holtz Distress Paints and Distress Stain Sprays.  Talking spoilt for choice, I got 5 of my 6 Tim Holtz Sizzix Tattered Florals Dies out to create the varyious sized flowers for this beautiful ‘sunny days’ wreath finished with a length of Tim Holtz Ideaology Crinkle Ribbon ,Occasions Small Talk Stickers and Sequins.

Andrea made a trio of monochromatic tags.


I am a color-holic mixer-matcher, so the idea of sticking to tones of the same color for each project was quite terrifying.  Monochrome I am  not.  But you can see by the fact that I’m typing this that I survived and really ended up enjoying this challenge.  I had a lot of fun with Reverse Confetti’s new Big Stripes Color Plate die, which I used to cover all of my Tim Holtz Framelits die-cut tags.  I also went to town with those Seth Apter Spellbinders dies I’m loving: Robo Rings and Ring Around.

Anna-Karin planned to go with yellow, but then picked pistachio after a dream.


I woke up in the morning and just knew I wanted to use Cracked Pistachio as my colour for this challenge, and it is such a stunning colour. A few darker shades of turquoise were also added to my wall-hanger. The focal point is one of Tim Holtz Sideshow stamps and it was paired up with a great sentiment stamp. I also used Woodgrain paper and die cut some gears from foil tape.

Barbara pick brown gold palette!
It’s so difficult to me to work with only one color! I chose a gold/brown palette for my panel !  My Layered dragonfly was cut on  Tim Holtz Idea-ology TEXTILE SURFACES Paperie and painted with Walnut stain  Distress crayons  with a little touch of Ranger VINTAGE Shiny Transfer Foil . For the background I used Tim Holtz Rubber Stamp PATCHWORK 2 Stampers Anonymous and Sizzix Mosaic with Distress inks pads.  To create the frame I used Tim Holtz Sizzix CROSSHATCH Frameworks Die ,  cut  from two different Core’dinations collections: Metallic and Nostalgic.


Cathie used different shades of brown for her monochrome “Couture” panel.


I created my panel using Prima’s Tales of You and Me 8×8 paper collection and added a skirt to the dress form by spraying some card stock with water using the Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer. This enabled the card stock to break down so I could easily shape it into a skirt.  I added a bit of whimsy with Tim Holtz Detailed Butterflies that I cut in half and adhered to the back of the dress form for wings. I added a few flourishes such as Spellbinders Foliage Flourish and some paper roses.

Cheiron created a monochrome look with all of the purples in the Ranger Distress line.



I created this tag by painting it with Shaded Lilac Distress paint then stamping by spraying Wilted Violet Distress Spray Stain on a Ranger non stick craft sheet and dipping my stamp from the Halftone and Rings set into it.  I layered more stamps from the Big Top set and added a flash card, some tissue tape and a mirrored star to finish off my tag.

Kath created a Monochrome look with one of her favourite Distress Colours – Hickory Smoke

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I fixed Idea-ology Sketchbook and Symphony Tissue Tape to my art journal pages and covered with Hickory Smoke Distress Paint applied with a baby wipe. I inked the Halftone stamp with Black Soot and Hickory Smoke from Tim Holtz Distress Mixed Media Palette and stamped randomly over the background. I applied Wendy Vecchi Crackled Texture Paste through the brick stencil from Mini Layering Stencils Set 3 and once dry coloured with the Hickory Smoke Distress Crayon, rubbing it into the texture with my finger and wiping back the surface with a baby wipe. I die cut the Radiant Sunflower from black card and paper covered with the Symphony Tissue Tape. I inked the Halftone stamp with the Picket Fence Distress Ink Pad and stamped on the black circles for the flower centres. I fixed down the tissue tape circles randomly and created a shadow around the edges with the Hickory Smoke Distress Crayon. I scuffed up the edges of the Big Chat Stickers with the Tim Holtz Sanding Grip Tool before fixing to the pages.

Lols also loves the soft grey tones of Hickory Smoke!


I started by  using White Embossing Powder to heat emboss a piece of Watercolor Paper using a Halftone Cling Stamp to create a resist. I then blended the Hickory Smoke Distress Ink around the edges before using a brick wall mask, made by die cutting a Mixed Media 3 Thinlits Die, to add more interest. I then used a Wildflowers Cling Stamp, inked using the same Hickory Smoke ink for the background. I used a Wildflowers Die and a Thanks die cut for the focus and finished with a pice of Washi Tape and a White Twine Bow.

Macarena doesn’t lose hope…


I chose my fave shades of fuccsia/purple with a touch of black and white. The background is made on a watercolor paper colored with Distress Inks.  A lot of water and layers of colors. I just couldn’t stop :-) When I was quite satisfied with the blending of colors, I stamped randomly some background patterns with Archival Jet Black Ink and put some accents with a White Sharpie Pen. I embossed the great sentiment from Ponderings by Tim Holtz and again gave a touch of White Sharpie. The dragonfly was stamped with Black Jet as well and softly colored with Seedles Preseves Distress Ink. I finished the edges with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink Pad.

Maura  is using the healing power of art journaling this week.



I am feeling rather blue, so I chose Dina Wakley’s Ocean heavy body acrylic paint as my color. What better tool to apply it with than a Dina Wakley stiff bristle brush? Stencils are great to add layers to any art journal page, and I love Dina’s Leafy Media stencil. I just took some wonderful classes with Dina, so was inspired to use some of the same products we used in class. Nathalie Kahlbach has some awesome texture stamps that I used, like Grunge and Mish Mesh. I stamped with my favorite ink, Ranger’s Jet Black Archival. I’ve learned my art journal can be a wonderful place to work through difficult times and can be very healing.

Meihsia created a mixed media tag with citron color scheme.
Meihsia Liu Simply Paper Crafts mixed Media Tag monochrome simon says stamp tim holtz 600

This week, I was inspired to create this tag with the shade of citron on the background. After coloring the background with Distress Paint, I stamped using Tim Holtz Random Quotes rubber stamp. The tag was decorated with Tim Holtz Townscape die and Leave die. I pasted some Big Chat Stickers and metal embellishment for the sentiment.

Of course Sandra chose her favorite color turquoise


As you might know my favorite color is turquoise, so I had to go with that color for the monochromatic theme. I made a background with Vibrant Turquoise Dylusions Paint and a baby wipe. As black isn’t a real color, I had to use it to make some shading and a little contrast with Black Tie Paint Dabber, Jet Black Archival Ink and a Black Aquarelle Pencil.

Zoey used Distress Paint to create these two projects!


Thinking in “monocolor” has always been my safe place, my confort zone. I made these two projects using the same products (just different colors), same stencils, same idea…just as i used to! Distress Paint came to the rescue, and I loved to use the Mini Stencil by Tim Holtz! I also used tissue tape and stickers..all by Tim Holtz!

So now it’s YOUR turn to get out your inks, paints and all things arty and start creating! We are looking forward to seeing what you make!

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  1. Fabulous Monochromatic Projects by the design team full of inspiration . Thanks for sharing Great challenge theme too . Hope i get time to join in the fun x

  2. What beautiful creations you have all made to inspire us. As a newcomer to mix media, your pieces of art always gives me ideas to try new things. I also just wanted to thank you all for taking the time to leave comments on our blogs. There are so many entries so i am always impressed when one of you take the time to leave a kind words. Thanks again!

  3. Thanks for sharing your beautiful creations.
    Crafty hugs,

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