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.

Join my facebook group!

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

Circle Punches — all over a card

Dear Friends,

So I had an idea. I thought it would be really cool to surround an image in punched circles. I gave it a try and it was fun! I did encounter a problem, though. My punches wouldn’t reach that far in.  LOL. The best laid plans, right?

I added some metallic sequins, even gluing them to the center of the larger punched holes. It’s a different kind of card, yet still delicate looking. I also challenged myself to use a color I never ever use — Tempting Turquoise. I love the bright color and decided to leave my comfort zone and use it! I didn’t go too crazy with it, though. I muted it with some neutral browns so that the card would be vivid, but still elegant.


Hope this inspires you to try an idea that you’ve had. And if it doesn’t work out perfectly, I hope you will love the results and learn something new, just as I did!

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Watercolor Wings
Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White, Sahara Sand, Silver Glimmer PaperInk: Tempting Turquoise, Pool Party, Sahara Sand

I have a new class, too!  All orders (any size) receive a class with gorgeous cards using the Circle of Spring stamp class.



Cute Tea Box Project & Video

I love 3-D projects.  So do my friends in my community.  A few months ago, we got together to make gift bags for people who are sick, new to the community, new baby, etc. My friends wanted us to include tea bags in the gift bags, but they wanted to display them in a cute way. They inspired me for today’s project.  I always try to keep projects as simple as possible because some of the people who help us put together the bags aren’t stampers (scratch that — they are NEW stampers now.  LOL.)

I used the envelope punch board to keep the box simple.  Did you know that the punch board could do so much more than envelopes????


Here’s a view of the project when open.


Click here for the pdf with the dimensions and supplies used.

Below is a video, showing how to make the projects.

I hope you enjoy! If you make one, send me a picture. Y’all know, I love seeing your “take” on the projects.

Have a happy weekend,

New Video – Scalloped Tag Topper Punch Card

As many of you reading this blog already know, I am smack in the middle of running a Creative Challenge.  As part of the challenge, we are making cards.  One of Challengers made a Scalloped Tag Topper Punch Card and it was beautiful and inspired so many of us.  Some of our Challenge members wanted to know how to create this type of card so this post is really for them!

I’ve developed my own method of creating this type of card.  If you notice in the sample below, the lines around the scallop are all clean.  It can be tricky cutting out excess paper using the paper trimmer, so I developed a method using scoring and some scissors.


I find with this type of card, sometimes it’s better to keep the decoration simple so that the eye goes to the unique effect of the card.  I therefore double-tied the blue ribbon, drawing the eye to the focal point of the card.


Here is the inside of the card.  You can write a sentiment, just as you normally would.  However, given the card looks like you’re opening a gift, I think gluing a gift card to the inside would be very nice, too.


Here’s my video showing how to create it:

Pdf file with dimensions and supplies: Scallop Tag Topper Card

Supplies Used:

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Butterfly Card

I’m on a roll here, friends.  Once I started with one sketch, I was excited to try another one.  So I did!  If you give it a try, let me know if you aren’t addicted.  I’ll be surprised.

This card is made using a sketch from Freshly Made Sketches (FMS217).  I love their clean designs. Nothing too fussy for them.  That reflects my style, too (well, on some days  . . :))  so I was drawn to the sketch.

Here is my card:


The butterflies add lots of dimension and interest.  The smaller butterfly is made from vellum.  I love the soft look of vellum.  And of course, the butterfly is covered in some glitter.  What else?


Here’s the sketch:


I have something funny to share about the card.  It’s up-cycled.  I used this butterfly in another card but I never really loved the card — but I sure did love the butterfly.  So yes, I removed the beautiful butterfly and added it to this card — where I it works much better!  I then reused the paper in the first card.  Nothing wasted!  Up-cycling can save you lots of work.  Give it a try.

Supplies Used:

Stamps:Watercolor Wings (139424), Sheltering Tree (137163) – sentiment
Paper: Whisper White, Delightful Dijon, Vellum, Tip Top Taupe, Gold Foil
Ink: Watermelon Wonder, Mint Macaron, Hello Honey
Other: Bold Butterfly Framelits Dies (138135), Gold Thread

Have a great Tuesday!

Cheerful Butterflies

You know how it is when there’s a new Stampin’ Up! catalog. You go through it as quickly as you can and there’s always ONE stamp set that is calling your name (well, at least one).  For me, it was Watercolor Wings.


The funny thing was that after I got it, I wasn’t thrilled with the cards I made using it . . . till now!  I was in the zone when creating this card — you know how that goes, everything moves quickly, you’re not overthinking things, things come together (wouldn’t it be great if we were always in the zone????).


I used our new incolor, Mint Macaron and loved how the layers ended up.  I don’t know if you can see the silver thread in the card above.  Here’s a close-up.  Lots of sparkle!  I coated the larger butterfly in dazzling diamonds over the ink, too.


What is your favorite stamp set and have you created something terrific with it?  If yes, please share and send me a picture!  I love it when you send me your pictures.

Stamp Set:Watercolor Wings
Colors: Mint Macaron, Hello Honey, Soft Sky, Tip Top Taupe, In-color DSP
Accessories: Silver Thread, Silver Glimmer Paper, Glass Buttons, Lace