Mondays with Melissa: Monochromatic Stamping

It’s another new week and that  means that I’m here with another card, created just for you.  I’ve had yellow and flowers on my mind all throughout our stormy week, so my card today uses plenty of those elements.  Let’s get started!

I began with Lemon Tart cardstock, the Nesting Basics: Rectangles and Pierced Rectangles dies, and the Tulip Time stamp set.  I stamped the second step of my tulips first, so I could more easily layer the other images.  The second layer was stamped in Bright Buttercup ink.

I then went back and stamped the first layer of the Tulip Time stamp set, using Lemon Tart ink.  Stamping the darker images first, helped me line up other layers more easily.

Next came the third layer of my tulips, and I stamped it in Summer Sunrise.  I love multiple step stamps…they come to life with each new layer.

My stems were stamped in Fine Linen.  I then added a floral image from the Forest Floor:  Summer stamp set, stamping in Fine Linen and Lemon Tart.

I love stenciling over stamped images, so for my next step, I used Bright Buttercup ink and the Stencil Basics:  Dots.

Now for a few fun, finishing touches.  I used a bit of pink seam binding and tied a bow new the top, center of my card.  I then adhered a die cut Tag Sale #12, cut from Sheer Basics Vellum.

For my sentiment, I used the Words to Live By:  Smile Mini stamp set, stamping in Olive Twist.  My die cut Smile comes from the Bold Borders:  Prism die and was cut from metallic gold cardstock.

To embellish I added stamped and die cut floral images from the Forest Floor:  Winter and Let’s Fiesta! stamp sets.  I stamped in Sweet Blush, Summer Sunrise, Lemon Tart, and Spring Moss ink.

I layered my pierced rectangle over a Stamper’s Select White cardstock base to set it apart a bit.

Sequins and a button were added to add a little shimmer and shine and to finish my card off.


  • STAMPS:  Tulip Time, Forest Floor:  Summer, Forest Floor:  Winter, Words to Live By:  Smile Mini, Let’s Fiesta
  • INK:  Lemon Tart, Bright Buttercup, Summer Sunrise,  Fine Linen, Sweet Blush, Olive Twist, Spring Moss
  • CARDSTOCK:  Lemon Tart, Stamper’s Select White, Sheer Basics Vellum
  • DIES:  Nesting Basics:  Rectangles, Nesting Basics:  Pierced Rectangles, Tag Sale #12, Let’s Fiesta, Forest Floor:  Winter, Bold Borders:  Prism
  • OTHER:  seam binding, sequins, metallic gold cardstock

Thanks so much for visiting!  Enjoy your Monday.




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  • 1
    lindac says:


  • 2

    Great idea about stamping the darker color first onto your card stock to allow easier line up for the 2nd & 3rd stamping, thanks for the tip. Your card is very uplifting and Spring-like.

  • 3
    see mary stamp says:

    I’ve never known anyone who can take bits and pieces from different sets to create such beautiful cards. I have Tulip Time and the Stencil dots, so will definitely be giving this a try. Beautiful! Hope your week is full of sunshine!

  • 4
    Sandy Dayhoff says:

    Love, love, love your creativity! So glad you provide the steps because I’d never know where to start for such a masterpiece!

  • 5
    Luanne says:

    You make it look easy with your wonderful steps to build your card. It is stunning!

  • 6
    jan metcalf says:

    Love all the little details Melissa! You are most creative! Did you know the final card would like this in the end, or is it just a process and you see where it takes you? Regards to your talent!

    • 6.1
      Melissa says:

      Hi Jan! Thank you so much for your sweet note. To answer your question, no, I didn’t see my card turning out like this at all. There was most definitely a different finished card I was envisioning, but I guess that’s what makes creating so fun and rewarding, right? Thank you again!

  • 7
    Cindy H. says:

    Such a lovely card, Melissa! You explained all the details so well, too. Thanks for the tip about stamping the second color first!

  • 8

    Another wonderful Monday with Melissa. I absolutely adore monochromatic cards so this one is a real keeper in my humble opinion. Cheers.

  • 9
    Cindy Otto says:

    Love the hints of pink! It just adds to the sweetness of the card. I really look forward to “Monday’s with Melissa”. Thanks for sharing your talent with us.

  • 10
    Beth says:

    Such a cheerful, lovely card. I love how you put things together!

  • 11
    Lisa S. says:

    So helpful to see your step by step photos! It really helps me see exactly how to make a lovely card like this.

  • 12
    Jill S says:

    What a beautiful card, Melissa! Thank you for the inspiration.

  • 13
    BarbaraMae says:

    Wow, it looks amazing! I just love the yellow color scheme. I do like how tou walk us through your process.

  • 14
    Catherine Milne says:

    What is it about monochromatic color schemes? They are so eye catching. But adding just a hint of color, like Melissa did with pink and green, just pumps it up to the next level. Gosh this is gorgeous!

  • 15
    Helen says:

    This card is so lovely. The mono colors you’ve used are a subtly cheery yellow…perfect for a “smile”! These colors work so well for the floral background. Thanks for sharing the card and the step-by-step tutorial.

  • 16
    christal mclean says:

    Just perfect! Some many of us needed that bright, sunny card. Looking out a window with snow covered trees and bushes is still a reminder that winter is thriving but your cheery card filled with flowers reminds me that Spring is around the corner. I cannot tell you how much I’m loving this Make it Monday series filled with step-by-step instructions. So helpful. With wonderful backgrounds, I think it is possible to make each card look amazing! You’re a gem!

  • 17
    Kari D says:

    Oh my GOODNESSES, Melissa! I LOVE the layers of color and detail on this card. Thank you for walking me through your process step by step.

  • 18
    Sue says:

    You have created such a stunning card! The color choices just blend so well together. I love the special touches you add to your cards to make them truly special and give them that “Melis touch”. I would love this card, so please let me know if it goes up for sale in Etsy. Beautiful work!

  • 19
    Pat Ackley says:

    So, so beautiful! Love your steps, and directions. Very clear and helpful. Monday’s with Melissa is one of my favorite features!

  • 20
    karen b says:

    Lovely card! I love how you guide us along with your creative process, this feature is such a great way to start the week!

  • 21

    Thanks for the step by step. Your card is just beautiful. Seeing more and more yellow and I like what you did with it. A plus to my snow day .

  • 22
    Peggy says:

    Beautiful card, Melissa. Brings a promise of warmth and Spring.

  • 23
    Kathy Mc says:

    Thanks for the step-by-step instructions, Melissa, and the reminder to go monochromatic! Your gorgeous card has Spring written all over it, and I think we’re all waiting with bated breath.

  • 24
    Francie M. says:

    Yellow is one of my favorite colors, so cheery and definitely a first sign of spring flowers! The tulip background base is perfect! Thanks for the step-by-step Melissa!

  • 25
    Kirstin B Hofhine says:

    Love the step-by-step photos, and the lovely shades of yellow!

  • 26

    What a lovely card and wonderful how to’s for the monochromatic scheme.

  • 27
    Tammie Koehnen says:

    Such a beautiful card Melissa. Thanks for sharing the step by step instructions with us.

  • 28
    Debra Adkins says:

    So pretty. I just love the yellow, especially this time of year. Beautiful card.

  • 29
    Holly S. says:

    Super gorgeous!

  • 30
    Annette Gordon says:

    I love how you created your own beautiful pattern paper. So very pretty. I wish I had your talent for placement and colour combo’s.

  • 31
    Chere says:

    Beautiful. Would not have thought to do monochromatic color scheme. Thank you for the inspiration. I look forward to Monday’s just to see your creation. Thank you for the fine details.

  • 32
    Kristen says:

    I love your card and the layered background! Melissa, your Make It Monday videos were always a favorite. Would you consider making weekly video tutorials? Pretty please?

  • 33
    Stephanie Clapper says:

    Just the stamped background alone, makes a beautiful card. Melissa’s step by step process is extremely helpful and I love this beauty!

  • 34
    Lynda White says:

    Thanks Teacher! I learned 2 things from today’s lesson – stenciling over stamped images looks cool – stamping the 2nd darker layer of a layered image will help me to line up the other layers correctly. Well worth the read today!

  • 35
    Andre M. says:

    Fab layering of elements on this pretty card. I’ve never made a predominantly yellow card and will have to give it a try.

  • 36
    Betty Neville says:

    Super beautiful card – as always! Love this new series!

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