Cardmaking, EBE by Julie Ebersole, Essentials By Ellen

Make a 4-Bar card with Mondo Tulips

How about tips & tricks for using a limited color palette? The new Essentials by Ellen Mondo Tulip is being featured by Sandy as she shares her thoughts on her love of coloring.

Hello there! I’m Sandy Allnock and I love to color ALL. THE. THINGS. Especially when all the things include tulips.

This new Mondo Tulip added to the Essentials line is soooo pretty. I had a huge vase of tulips in the studio while I worked on this card – for inspiration! The nicest part about tulips is that you can use any colors – and any lighting – and they still look right! Highlights at the top? Bingo! darkest colors at the tips of petals? Also ok. Dark inside? Light inside? It’s all fair game – there’s a tulip type for that!

This is a 4-bar sized card – 3 1/2″ x 4 7/8″ – so on a regular A2 card these tulips would have more room around them for other design elements too. But I think the double-frame and inset woodgrain cardstock totally made this one sing, don’t you? All that luscious detail! Check out the video all about how I made this card:

A very limited palette of Prismacolor pencils packs a great punch….I love layering pencil colors and these worked out great!

The frame coloring matched the tulip colors – because I used the same pencils! Half golds and half pinks gives the whole card a feeling of a transition of color in a very subtle way.

If you’d like to watercolor this tulip set – especially in a really loose way, with distress ink, you’ll want to check out the video I posted for the Instagram Hop on Friday. (Yeah I know, a YouTube video for an Instahop – that’s how crazy I roll!)


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  • Reply Helen Budz May 2, 2021 at 6:40 am

    Thanks for sharing this tulip card project, Sandy. Your comments for placing lights and darks is so encouraging–can’t go wrong, right? So inspiring! Thanks, too, for the video. Stay well.

  • Reply Henriëtte May 2, 2021 at 1:45 pm

    Beautiful card Sandy, I love tulips!
    Great colouring and idea for the frames, that looks awesome.
    Thank you so much for the inspiration, stay safe and have a wonderful day.

  • Reply Barbara-Jean Kubik May 2, 2021 at 3:57 pm

    Love those tulips!

  • Reply Larissa May 2, 2021 at 6:04 pm

    Love this set! Your coloring is ALWAYS so on point! Beautiful cards! Thank you so much for sharing, Sandy!

  • Reply storiesofpetey May 5, 2021 at 8:38 am

    Love this! So beautiful and cheerful, perfect for Spring 🙂

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