The term ombre is used to describe the gradual blending of one color hue to another. For this card I chose shades of pinks, which I created using Ken Oliver Crafts’ Color Burst “Alizarin Crimson.” I began by die cutting my Garden Notes – Poinsettia (#1090) on Elizabeth Craft Designs Watercolor Paper and then started painting, deepening the hue of the color with each new flower.
The ombre technique has been used a long time in fabric printing, hair and nail coloring, and most recently in baking. I’ve made ombre cakes for special occasions, so it was only natural to try this technique with my paper flowers.
Let’s get started…
From 100lb white card stock, I cut an A6 card (6 1/4” x 4 1/2”) and from 85lb Soft Finish cardstock, a rectangle 6” x 4 1/4”. Next I die cut Els Van de Burgt Studio – Ribbons & Jewels (1070) in gold Origami paper, backed with Elizabeth Craft Designs’ Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape to create a texture background for my flowers.
Die cut all the Garden Notes – Poinsettia pieces from Elizabeth Craft Designs’ Watercolor paper. Arrange the pieces for each flower, removing the green leaves to color separately. Place some of the Alizarin Crimson in one of the wells of a mixing palette and a small amount of water in another. Mix the first color, only picking up a small amount of color. Paint the leaves, on both sides and set aside. Repeat with the remaining flowers, picking up more color each time to darken the painting medium.
Color the bottom leaves in ombre shades of green using Copic Markers – G85, G99, YG93, YG95, & YG97 to match the shades of pink, going from lighter to darker.
Assemble the card.
Create the Poinsettias, beginning with glueing in place the green leaf section, then, adhere the pink leaves.
I love this Ombre technique and yes, it does take a little bit of time, but don’t you have a special person that is deserving of such a unique card?
Elizabeth Craft Designs:
Ken Oliver Craft/Color Burst – Alizarin Crimson
Beacon’s Adhesive/Zip Dry and Kid’s Choice glue