Ombre Poinsettia

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…


Step 1:

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.

Click here for a helpful video on die cutting.


Step 2:

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.


Step 3:

Assemble the card.
Create the Poinsettias, beginning with glueing in place the green leaf section, then, adhere the pink leaves.

Click here for a video tutorial on my Garden Notes – Poinsettia.

Click here for a video tutorial on my tools and techniques.


10 thoughts on “Ombre Poinsettia

  1. GORGEOUS poinsettias and DELIGHTFUL card!!!
    LOVE the ombre effect and dimension, LOVE the golden accents on the background too!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing, this would be perfect for my Mum => I’m feeling INSPIRED 🙂

  2. Absolutely gorgeous card! Love the ombre look, and it is so appropriate for poinsetttias! Love to see all the different variations and colors when I see them at the shops!

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