Monochromatic Handmade Cards

monochromatic circles card

Monochrome is all the rage today!

I've seen so many pretty monochromatic cards where the cardstock is the star of the show and I was excited to try my own! Monochromatic, deco art designs are popular right now in cardmaking. 

American Crafts Cardstock Die Cut Circles

To begin, I took my circle dies (you can also use ovals, squares, and rectangles--any shapes that are symmetrical) and cut a few different sizes out of my 12 x 12 American Crafts Variety Packs. I chose Peacock, Cascade, Robin’s Egg and Fountain for the blues; Tangerine, Sunflower, Lemon and Canary for the yellows.

American Crafts Cardstock Cut outs

Adhere the circles together stacked to one side of the circle and then trim in half. 

American Crafts circle die cuts

Now you have 2 elements to use on your card (or you can make 2 cards at one time!)

Handmade card with monochromatic circles

You can align the half circles equally (on top of each other), or offset them (I actually prefer the offset!)  Use a sentiment strip or just a strip of cardstock to separate the circle halves.  And don’t forget, you can go from light to dark or dark to light.

Handmade card with monochromatic circles

Just think of the possibilities!  The color combos...the sentiments...the occasions! If you need more ideas for monochromatic color combos, be sure and check out our Monochromatic Bazzill Color Combos blog post

handmade card with monochromatic cardstock circles


design team member kate


  • Thanks for the easiest way of making these cards. I love the ability of some many colour ideas to fit any occasion.

  • Tammie-
    The largest circle is about 3 inches. You can find these circle nesting does from most of the die manufacturers. I believe these are from Hero Arts, but Spellbinders has them too.

    12x12 Cardstock Shop
  • This is a cool idea. What size are your circles and where did you get the die cuts?

  • These are so fabulous!

    Michelle Price
  • I love this idea! I think I’m going to try it out this week. Thanks for the tip!

    Laurie Cashen

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