By Hero Arts Staff

A technique called Tone-on-Tone stamping combines coordinating colors to give your cards elegance and sophistication. With Hero Arts Shadow Ink™, Shadow Tone folded cards, and Shadow Tone layering papers from Hero Arts, you can combine complimentary colors with ease.

Shades of the Same Color
Tone-on-Tone stamping involves using different hues of the same color. If you choose the color green, there are many "degrees" of the color green ranging from light to dark. By selecting different green inks and green papers you can make interesting color combinations with subtle tones.

Let's do an example. First take a piece of green paper, say one of our Shadow Tone notecards like the green card at left. Next, using basic stamping skills, stamp the side of the card stock with leaves (from Stencil Prints) in either Soft Sage or Soft Leaf. These greens are both slightly darker than the paper. You’ve now created a quick and easy Tone-On-Tone background. To finish the card, stamp a tag with your favorite message and Pop flowers, and then adhere to the card with a matching green ribbon or string.

Another easy way to achieve Tone-On-Tone stamping is with a Versamark™ inkpad from Tsukineko, a must-have for any stamper. By stamping a Versamark pad on colored paper, your image brings out a darker tone of the paper color, and thus you have a Tone-On-Tone card!

Yet another method is the use of our Screen Background stamps from the Shadow Stamps™ Collection, which have a natural "gradation." Take H2069 Screened Solids for example (at left). Because the background areas are screened with different degrees of shading, you will automatically get slightly different tones of the same color. Try stamping in a light green and you will see numerous "degrees" of color. Next, use a darker green ink and apply that to a leaf stamp. Stamp on top of the Screen Solid and you have a beautiful card! (To see all of our Shadow Stamps, visit Hero Products.)

Coordinated Color Combos
The real art of Tone-on-Tone stamping comes in combining not just different shades of the same color, but also coordinated combos of different colors. Again, our Shadow Tone papers and Shadow Ink are designed to work together.

The basic rule is to select mounting papers that blends with your color scheme. Introducing a second or third color combination to your basic Tone-On-Tone cards complicates the card, but can often bring out wonderful varieties and matching colors.

For example, take the yellow square card at left. This card uses green, pink, blue and peach paper, all with slightly darker images in the same color stamped on them. These pieces are then torn and layered onto squares. These squares than sit on a background in green that is stamped on a lighter green paper, which in turn is layered onto colored papers that coordinate with the original torn pieces. This card takes the basic aspects of single color Tone-On-Tone stamping and adds additional coordinating color schemes to create a truly beautiful combination of colors.

The real key is to experiment. First with one color scheme, and then add a second, and maybe a third. By weaving the colors together in a coordinated fashion, it’s hard to go wrong!

Tone-On-Tone stamping in its basic or more elaborate forms, is a great way to explore and expand the range of colors for your unique card creations.

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Using different shades of the same color to create Tone-On-Tone stamping.