The Little Paper Tree | One Layer Monochromatic Scene | Video

I’m on The Little Paper Tree YouTube channel as well as my own channel today sharing my latest design team project. This time I decided to create a one layer scene card, and further challenged myself to keep it monochromatic. I decided to go with yellow as the main colour for my design.

I started by stamping the unicorn and a sentiment from Avery Elle’s Be A Unicorn directly onto my A2 card base. I used Neenah 110lb Solar White card to create the card base, and I stamped with MFT Black Licorice Hybrid ink, which is alcohol marker friendly.

Before starting my ink blending I masked off the unicorn with a mask I’d made for a previous project and kept with the stamp set. I used the MFT Mini Cloud stencil to act as a mask for the lower portion of the card.

I used a stencil from my stash for the sun, but The Little Paper Tree has a couple of great options such as Catherine Pooler’s Twisted Sunburst and the Honey Bee Sunburst Layering Stencil set. I laid the stencil into place, then ink blended over it with Squeezed Lemonade Distress Oxide. I allowed the colour to fade out as I got further from the centre of the sun.

Once I was happy with how the sun looked I removed that stencil and started adding my clouds. I tried to keep the colour less intense than I’d used for the sun itself, as the clouds would just be reflecting the light from it. I created three lines of cloud.

Having completed all my ink blending I removed the stencil and mask, and began colouring my unicorn. First I put some pale yellow to mark the highlights where the yellow light of the sun would be shining. I blended it out with my blender pen. I then went on to colour the unicorn as if it was white, simply adding grey to the areas that would be in shadow.

I used coloured pencils to add a little extra detail to the unicorn, helping to enhance both the highlights and the shadows. I also added just a touch of pink to the nose and inner ear of the unicorn. I added yellow to the open areas of the sentiment with the same yellow, and also added a cast shadow below the unicorn to help ground it.

The final element I added to the card was some Nuvo Glitter Drops in Yellow Bird. I added them onto the unicorn’s horn, as well as using some to add further embellishment to the card.

I am reasonably pleased with this card. I’m happy with how the cast light looks, but I feel like the background is lacking depth a bit. I should perhaps have added more depth to the clouds to help them stand out a bit better. In any case making a monochrome card is always a fun challenge, as is making one layer cards, and I enjoyed combining the two.


Lady Joyful

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Challenges included:

Allsorts Challenge – Use Yellow

Creatalicious Challenges – Anything Goes

Heartcraft Paper Challenge – Anything Goes

Incy Wincy Designs – Animals

Inkspirational – Cloud

Papercraft Business Challenge – Anything Goes

Polkadoodles Craft Challenge – Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Anything Goes

25 thoughts on “The Little Paper Tree | One Layer Monochromatic Scene | Video

  1. So very sweet and I love your use of yellow. Thanks so much for joining in with my use yellow challenge at Allsorts.
    Lynn x

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  2. Hi,
    Just popping in to let you know that unfortunately, the Papercraft Business Challenge blog has been experiencing difficulties with the challenge link up. However, I’m happy to say that it has been fixed up now & we would love for you to re-enter your project. My sincere apologies for the inconvenience.

    You can get to the challenge post here:

    Thanks so much.
    Kind regards
    Lisa @ Papercraft Business


  3. I love your one layer card & the unicorn is so cute. The yellow really makes the card pop. Love it! Thank you for participating in our papercraft challenge & we hope you will join us again in the next one πŸ™‚
    XO Lisa @ Papercraft Business

    Join in on the fun with our Papercraft Business Challenges!

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  4. A lovely card!
    Thank you soo much for taking part in our β€œanything goes + optional anything but a card” challenge over at Creatalicious & good luck in the draw.
    Hope to see you again in our new challenge as well…

    (DT-Coordinator Creatalicious Challenges)
    (DT Crafty Friends)
    (DT The Sketchy Challenges)
    (DT Simply Create Too)
    (DT Aud Sentiments Challenge)

    PS: Sorry for the late comment, life had been very busy these past weeks…

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