#TGIFC135 Inspiration/Technique Week: Ombre

Happy Black Friday everyone!

Ready or not, the holiday season is upon us.  As someone who worked retail for many, many years, I truly have no desire to go out and shop today.  However, my 11-year old daughter wanted to experience Black Friday, so I took her out for a few hours.  Man, that was exhausting!  Perhaps, I’m just getting too old to fight the crowds???  I’d much rather stay home and craft.


The amazing design team at TGIF Challenges has a great selection of Ombre cards to inspire you this week.  It’s not really my week to post, but I thought it looked like a lot of fun.  There is also no right or wrong way to do this technique.  You’ll see some designers used ink, stamps, and paper to create the Ombre effect.  I decided to go with the Stampin’ Blends on Designer Series Paper for a unique look.

Ombre Watercolor Christmas

The snowflake paper is from the Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper pack.  I wasn’t crazy about the Black-White-Garden Green color combo at first, but it is really growing on me.  You can do so much with the Black & White patterns……like add gradient color.  I used the Stampin’ Blends duos in Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, and Night of Navy.  The colors blended very easily into one another to create the ombre effect.  I used a bit of the color lifter on the centers of a few snowflakes to give it a bit more dimension.


The sentiment is from the Watercolor Christmas stamp set.  You may have missed this set in the Holiday catalog, but it is definitely one of my favorites.   I love the greetings (there is also one for the inside of the card) and the beautiful font.  Plus, if you’ve waited too long to start your holiday cards, there is a wonderful kit that goes with this stamp set.  It has cute envelopes, too!

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