Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A new trend to play with . . .

Hello my friends!
I'm back from my trip to Indiana/Michigan where I linked up with my good friends from the Midwest.  So much fun getting together and learning new and exciting techniques/projects.  

 (left - right)
back row:  Diane Hover [Nellie's Nest], Judy Studer [Back Porch Crafts by Judy], Bette Henson
front row:  Gretchen Wilson, Joan Fricker [Joan's Touch], and me

I will have more to share with you in another post but today I want to share the technique that Gretchen shared with us called OMBRE.  For those of you who don't know what ombre is, it is a shaded or graduated tone of color.  

Gretchen shared how to create this technique by wetting down a piece of watercolor paper ... then using your Gelatos and a paint brush for the color.   'Paint' it back and forth keeping it darker on one end then lighter & lighter as you go down the paper.
I used two different colors but you can use a lighter & darker shade of the same color if you'd like.  The cards everyone made were so unique and just beautiful.
We then die cut the top panel (dang I forget who makes this die ... will have to ask Gretchen again) ... and we were to FLIP the two panels so the dark portion of one is on the top and the other on the bottom ... but of course by the time I added my dimensional tape I had it upside-down and ended up with both panels having the dark on top and light on the bottom.  It still turned out to be a very pretty card I think!  And, Gretchen had a whole case filled with pretty do-dads that we could pick from to embellish our card fronts.    What fun ... I'll be using this technique more in the future!

How fabulous that I found a challenge going on over at Just Us Girls using this technique and couldn't wait to share my creation.  Maybe I can find a few more to share in today:

 Craft-room Challenge - Make Your Own Background
 Papertake Weekly Challenge - Super Fly (anything with wings)
Artistic Inspirations #113 - Anything Goes / Make Your Own Background

Well that's it for me today!  I still don't have everything put away from my trip ... hubby had a long list of things he wanted to do once I got home so I'd better get busy.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by!
Your visits/comments mean the world to me!
As always . . .
UPDATE:  I didn't hear back from Gretchen but Diane remembered the die we used and it was the Chevron Pattern by Simon Says.  Looks like an order at Simon Says is in my near future!  LOL!


Sharyn Polesel said...

Very pretty Ombre the colors! Thanks for joining us this week at Just Us Girls!

Annie said...

Hi Darlene...sounds like you had a lovely time with your friends. Love the background and colour. It's lovely to have you join us at CRC this fortnight and good luck with the challenge
Annie x

Bonnie said...

Great card! Thanks so much for participating in our Party Time Tuesday Anything Goes Challenge.

Dana Joy said...

Very pretty card. Love your ombré panel. Thanks for playing with us at PTT!

Sue VanDeVusse said...

Yay for you doing a double ombre card! This is beautiful and I love the shading of the pink and the blue. Thanks for playing with us at JUGS!

Diane said...

Who are those Ombre card turned out awesome and what fun they were, I never finished mine...yet.....glad you had such fun, sorry you had to be sick though, that is NOT fun, especially away from home, but you were a trooper about it...and so far so good, I think I am not going to catch it..LOL...thanks for all the fun goodies you brought me too...I am using one "right now"....!!!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Lovely use of the technique! Thanks for joining in at JUGS!

Leikkaan Mervi said...

Hi Darlene, gorgeous and so stylish card.
Thank you for sharing your creativity at Craft-Room Challenge;-))m

Danielle Copley said...

Wonderful card! Thanks for joining Party Time Tuesdays!

Theresa Dickinson said...

what a fab card thanks for sharing over on artistic inspirations x