Ombre Vintage Leaves

Do you love the Vintage Leaves stamp set as much as I do? I think I love it so much because the leaves are incredibly realistic and remind me of the maple leaves I see in my neighborhood. I love to go on walks at any time of the year, but I especially love walking in the fall and hearing the crunch crunch of leaves underfoot.

Ombre and Vintage Leaves

For my card today, I decided to do the leaves in ombre. I’ve been featuring a lot of ombre on my blog this month since it’s the technique of the month. There are so many ways it can look wonderful. For my card today, the effect is subtle in the leaves. The card certainly doesn’t scream ombre, yet the subtle effect is definitely there.

Cool ombre effect on each leaf. Stamp set is Vintage Leaves by Stampin' Up!

Multi-tasking – Friends and Cards

I actually made this card when I was chatting on the phone with a good friend who lives far away. This was the perfect project for it! I was able to take my time coloring while laughing and having a good time on the phone.

Do you ever stamp while you chat? If not, I recommend it! It’s a great way to get closer to someone while also making a project. Every time you see the project you’re full of warm fuzzies because you think of your sweet friend.

Tips on using Blender Pens

To make the leaves, I used blender pens. I first stamped the image in leaves with Momento Tuxedo Black Ink, since I find that works best with the blender pens. The Momento ink runs much less than other inks and as you go over and over the image with the blender pen, it holds up better and doesn’t bleed as much. We don’t want any bleeding on our projects!

Cool ombre effect on each leaf. Stamp set is Vintage Leaves by Stampin' Up!

To make the variation in color, I choose a variety of different color inks. For some of the leaves I went from light to dark, but for others I reversed it. We don’t want to be predictable! Each leaf has three different colors in it.

I like to use blender pens with scrap paper. After coloring on the stamped image for a few seconds, before picking up more ink, I color onto the scrap paper to release any black residue that comes onto the blender pen. This helps keep my coloring crisp (and reduces that bleeding effect!)

Below is a video on ombre showing different techniques than ones that were used today. There are a gillion ways to ombre. But no matter how you do it, it is a lovely effect. I hope you give it a try!

Love,
Rina

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Vintage Leaves
Paper: Watermelon Wonder, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Vellum
Ink: Momento Black, various shades of green, orange, and yellow, Versmark
Other: Linen Thread, Gold Embossing Powder, Woodgrain Embossing Folder, 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon

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Fun Ombre Swirly Card

Anytime I use the swirls from the Swirly Bird stamp set, my card comes out looking so FUN!! I used this stamp set today since I wanted to give my card an ombre effect.

Fun Ombre card with Video using the Swirly Bird stamp set from Stampin' Up!

Purple Ombre

For my ombre effect, I used three shades of purple:

  • Wisteria Wonder
  • Perfect Plum
  • Elegant Eggplant

These purple shades went from light to dark, but I felt that the lightest, Wisteria Wonder, was perhaps a little too light. That’s when I got the idea to do ombre within ombre! LOL. I made a video of this card because the effect is subtle and you may not notice it right away when seeing the card.

To make the ombre on ombre effect, after cutting out the swirls, I sponged Wisteria Wonder on each of them. It created a subtle effect, moving the shade of each swirl from dark to light.

Gotta Have Sparkle

My favorite part of this card does not come through so well in the photo. Can you see the silver sparkle??? The sparkle adds a lot because the card is a bit dark and the subtle glimmer adds just enough to make the card have an more playful look to it.

Fun Ombre card with Video using the Swirly Bird stamp set from Stampin' Up!

In the video, I’ll show you all the details on how I made the sparkle!! I also have some tips below.

How to Create Tiny Splatters of Glitter

  1. First, protect your surface! I keep a plastic placemat in my stamping area that I use for these occasions.
  2. Next, mix liquid tombow glue with some water. I like to put this mixture in a small, round plastic lid leftover from a stamping accessory I’ve used up. When you’re done doing this technique, you can rinse out the lid and reuse it again.
  3. Using an inexpensive paintbrush (I always grab one from the kids), dip the brush into the watery glue. Hit the brush with your hand or bone folder to get it to splatter everywhere! (that’s the fun part!)
  4. If there are specific areas of the card that you want sparkle, we can do that, too. Turn the paint brush over to the hard tip (opposite side of the brush). Dip the tip into the watery glue and put a dab of the glue onto your project. Repeat as necessary.
  5. Add glitter to the card and shake off.
  6. Enjoy how beautiful it looks!

It’s a great technique and every time I’ve used it, I’ve LOVED the result. It adds so much beauty to our cards. I know once you do this once, you’ll be hooked.

Fun Ombre card with Video using the Swirly Bird stamp set from Stampin' Up!

Enjoy the video and the technique.

Love,
Rina

Supplies Used:

Stamp: Swirly Bird
Paper: Wisteria Wonder, Perfect Plum, Elegant Eggplant
Ink: Wisteria Wonder, Perfect Plum, Elegant Eggplant
Other: Tombow Liquid Glue, Silver Glitter

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Easiest Way to do Ombre

If you’ve wanted to try Ombre, I have the EASIEST way to do it! The card below was easy-peasy to create, and you can do it, too!

Ombre is Color Gradation

If you’re new to ombré, ombré is a color gradation effect where a shade (usually of one color, but it can also be multiple colors) goes from light to dark.

Ombre card using the Work of Art stamp set by Stampin' Up!

In the card above, I used stamp set, Work of Art. This stamp set is ideal for ombré!! When browsing pinterest with this stamp set in the search field, you will see lots of ideas for ombre using this set.

Also, follow me on pinterst (click here). I have an ombré board set up to inspire you, with all kinds of ombré item such as cards (of course!), home décor, clothing, etc. Ombré is a HOT trend right now, and it’s everywhere.

Just to share a funny story. Last night I was reading a book and the book cover was — ombré! It was a beautiful blue, light at the top and moving darker towards the bottom. I had to laugh. It’s everywhere!

Tips for Stamping Ombré

To create the ombré effect in the card, I first started with a dark color. Starting with a saturated, deep color is key for this technique!

Once you have the color, the rest is easy. I stamped first at the bottom, where I wanted the color to be the darkest. Without reinking I then stamped again above it. Without reinking again, I stamped the lightest color above. Ta da! An easy ombré effect!

Ombre card using the Work of Art stamp set by Stampin' Up!

I do want to caution you that this triple stamping technique works well with rubber stamps. I have not had success with it using photopolymer stamps. With photopolymer, when I stamp off the second time, most of the ink is already off the stamp and it doesn’t look right.

Below is my video different ways to achieve an ombré effect.

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I have a special group set up on facebook and every month I post a new technique (I call it a challenge!) and people post pictures of cards they’ve made, using the technique. Of course, at the end of the month I choose a random winner and send her goodies in the mail! It’s so much fun. To join, click here.

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Watercolor Wings, Work of Art
Paper: Watermelon Wonder, Mint Macaron, Whisper White
Ink: Watermelon Wonder, Basic Black
Other: Bold Butterfly Framelits, Wink of Stella, Silver Metallic Thread, Pearls

Ombre Butterfly Card

Today I have a fun card for you that’s simple and sweet. The card uses Ombre to make a statement. The card is simple, but the ombre effect makes it special. The cool thing about using ombre is that the effect is so striking, that the stamping does not need to be complicated.

Ombre card using Bold Butterfly framelits by Stampin' Up!

Creating Ombre with Card Stock

In my post this past Friday (click here to see it), I explained that ombre is when a colors fade from dark to light. There are so many ways of doing this! I wanted to show several samples. On Friday, I showed sponging. My card today shows that you can use card stock to create the effect.

There are many punches and framelits available in the crafting industry today. Even a simple punch (such as a circle or heart) would look absolutely stunning when putting different shades of the same color together and cascading them down the card.

My card shows butterflies down the left. You could fill the whole card in punched images, or put several rows down the center. The possibilities are endless and whatever you choose to do, it will look stunning.

Ombre card using Bold Butterfly framelits by Stampin' Up!

I’ve found that for me, the hardest part of ombre is figuring out which colors to use. Definitely play with your colors before gluing down anything. For this card, I used Blushing Bride, Flirty Flamingo, and Watermelon Wonder.

Ombre for Handmade Cards and Papercrafting

Feel free to PIN the graphic above to Pinterest so you have it for later!

Tip for Creating Ombre Cards using Cardstock

You’ll notice that even though I’ve only listed three colors above, the card actually has four colors. I have a trick to let you create a shade of ombre with ANY card stock you own. The trick is to use versmark.

In my video below, I share that if you first cover your card stock with versamark, and then cut it out, the card stock will be just a shade darker. This is a HUGE help if you don’t own a darker card stock in the exact shade that you need.

When making my card, I secured the sequins using liquid tombow ink. The butterflies are also glued to the sequins using tombow.

The sentiment is from the stamp set One Big Meaning.

Here are some more ombre pictures to help inspire you to create your own ombre cards.ombreblackdress

Ombre Pillow

Ombree Dresser

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I created Pinterest board on lots of ombre cards, clothes, home decor, to inspire you!! To follow the board, click here.

Hope you stamp some ombre!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set:One Big Meaning
Paper: Blushing Bride, Flirty Flamingo, Watermelon Wonder
Ink: Versamark
Other: Silver Sequins, Bold Butterfly Framelits

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XO,
Rina

Three ways to do Ombre

You know that fashions change throughout the years, but did you know that stamping does, too? It’s so true! Look at the colors sold by the major stamp companies. You’ll see these same ink colors reflected in clothing, and home accents. The ombre effect is very trendy right now in the retail world, so of course, it’s also trendy in the stamping world

What is Ombre?

The Urban Dictionary defines ombre as:

A French term meaning “shaded.” Usually a multicolored stripe, with colors graduating from light to dark. The color effect, generally produced by arranging different tones in the warp. This is often seen in hair, clothes, or even art.

In the stamping world, Ombre is when a color fades from dark to light (or vice versa).

There are so many ways to create an ombre effect. You can do it with a specialty stamp pad, paper, ink, and numerous other ways.

In the card below, I use sponging to create the effect.

Fun ombre card using the Seaside Shore stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Tips for Creating this card:

  • To create the ombre effect, I sponged three colors on the cardstock. I started with Pool Party ink, then switched to Bermuda Bay. For my darkest color, I used Island Indigo. The tones worked well together.
  • When using ink to create an ombre effect, you will first want to experiment on scrap paper to make sure the colors work together. Sometimes ink that you think will flow nicely from lighter to darker shades REALLY doesn’t work. Trust me on that one!! In the video, I show an example of a shade I thought for sure would work, and it looked horrible (in my opinion). I went through many more experiments but didn’t show you all the failed samples or the video would have gone a looooong time.
  • When sponging darker colors, after dipping the sponge into the ink, I like to ink it off  onto scrap paper before putting it on my card. Inking it off removes the “blob” you can sometimes get. This will make the effect flow nicely.
  • You may be wondering how I got the white circles on the paper. I did this by using special white paper that has the circles already on it. It’s such a fun paper to use for this effect! It’s called Irresistibly Floral Designer Series Specialty Paper.

Fun ombre card using the Seaside Shore stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Sponging is just one way to do Ombre. There are so many different ways to do it. In my video below I show three ways. I could have kept going, but the video would have been too long 🙂

Below is some inspiration of beautiful gowns that are done in ombre. It’s no wonder it’s so trendy — it’s a beautiful effect.

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I hope you give the ombre technique a try.

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Seaside Shore
Paper: Island Indigo, Early Espresso, Irresistibly Floral Designer Series Specialty Paper
Ink: Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo, Early Espresso, Sahara Sand, Perfect Plum, Rose Red

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Fun ombre card using the Seaside Shore stamp set by Stampin' Up!

XO,
Rina