7 Jan 2017

Less is More #310 - Ombre

Well, here we are at the first Less is More challenge of January 2017 so as it is the first week of the month we are on our colour challenge and we've chosen ombré colours.
Definition of ombré : having colors or tones that shade into each other, in which the color is graduated from light to dark

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.... and Kylie is also guest designing for us this week. You can see her gorgeous card HERE. Please stop by her blog and leave her some lovely comments.
I am almost back to normal now after the festivities, so I actually have 3 cards for you today.

1) Neutral Ombré

I wanted to follow some sketches for a change this week, so to keep this particular card looking as CAS as possible:
  • I stuck to a very limited colour palette,
  • reduced the number of layers by using a black pen to create the illusion of a layer, and
  • only raised one element up on 3d foam pads.
The ombré panel was created using iced spruce, hickory smoke and black soot distress inks.
A black promarker was used around the edges to create that illusion of another layer.
Here is a photo of it partway done.
The sentiment is from WOW! Just Saying Stampset 41 and it is heat embossed in silver.
The leaves are from the Unico set Nature's Treasures II, again heat embossed in silver and fussy cut.

I'd like to pop this one in at
City Crafter #343 - Hello
The Crafty Addicts Challenge #32 - Anything goes/Monochromatic



2) Birthday Roses Ombré

For this one I chose a sketch with limited elements to help keep that fab CAS look
This took a little longer to create than the first one.

A piece of card was inked in squeezed lemonade, scattered straw, mustard seed and fossilized amber to create the ombré look. It was then cut into two sections. A Dreamweaver metal stencil #LR3002 was drawn around and coloured in with a sharpie pen on the larger section.

On the smaller section a Papertrey Ink sentiment was stamped in Versafine onyx black. Both pieces of the ombré card were swiped with clear versamark ink and heat embossed in clear embossing powder to give a wonderfully glossy finish. The smaller strip was adhered directly onto the panel and the roses strip was popped up on 3d foam.
I'd like to enter this one in at
 Freshly Made Sketches - Sketch #269

 3) Multicolour Ombré

This last card is here to inspire you with multicolour ombré.
This is a one layer card.

Mask your card blank to show a central rectangle. Blend distress inks into the opening to create the ombré effect - inks used were mustard seed, wild honey, spiced marmalade, ripe persimmon, candied apple, fired brick and aged mahogany.
Dry the panel with a heat gun before moving on.
Heat emboss the IndigoBlu Vintage Flourish with clear versamark and pirate gold embossing powder.
Do the same with the Waltzing Mouse Say it Loud sentiment.
The gold outline border was hand drawn with a brand new Signo Nobel gel pen.

I'd like to enter this one in at
 Craft Rocket Challenges #30 - Something New (the new gold pen)
Crafty Creations #332 - Anything goes
Ike's World Challenge - Anything goes with a twist - Old / New (old stamps & new pen)

There you have it!
Can't wait to see what you all come up with for the ombré challenge. Please take some time to look at the wonderful cards the rest of the design team have made for inspiration by clicking HERE.
Sharon xx


Ros Crawford said...

What a wonderful card for our challenge! So elegant! Thanks so much for playing along at CCCB!!

Sarah G said...

A fab trio of ombre magic, Sharon! I love the monochrome look of the first card and really thought that you had layered up the central panel. The added gloss on the strips on the second card is a perfect finishing touch and I love the rich tones that you have blended with on the third card. Lot of inspiration here :)

Unknown said...

A very gorgeous trio of Ombré cards for inspiration ! They all look so different but using the same technique, it's magical ! I especially love the multicolour ombré, the colours are so vibrant, they made the Vintage Flourish stamping popping up even more ! Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring.
Izzy Scrap

Sall said...

wow I'm loving the ombre look, its beautiful. Thank you for taking the time to join in with our challenge and b sharing your creativity with us, I love to see your talent, creativity and imagination at work. I hope to see more of your creativity in the near future. Love 'n' hugs Sall IkesWorld Challenges DT

Viv said...

Happy New Year!These are all fabulous Sharon, love the warm colours and the dramatic black and white one looks so elegant too. Sorry I am so late commenting, still not feeling great with this flippin' cold! hugs Viv xx

As.I.Do.Rodos. said...

Fabulous card Thank you for joining us at Ike's World Challenges good luck Ginny DT for
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Linda Callahan said...

What a beautiful collection of cards! Your ink work is fabulous! Glad you shared one at FMS!

Susan said...

Such terrific inspiration. Your cards are just perfect. I'm stilling getting comfortable using just black and white, you make it seem so easy :)

Sazzle Dazzle said...

These are all spectacular Sharon. Your monochrome one is so striking and oozes elegance from such a small colour palette too. Love how you've added the glossy sheen to the strips on the second one then an array of gorgeous colours in the last one. Think you've rocked the ombre here! Love them all. Sarah x

Eekers said...

Think all three cards are very successful, but I particularly love the black/grey, makes such a classy card :)Thanks for joining us at The Crafty Addicts and Good Luck! :)
Annabel - Crafty Addicts DT.

baileyrosy.com said...

Thanks for all of the inspiration with these amazing ombre cards have to say that the first is my favourite absolutely stunning and such a fantastic and unusual colour.


Rahmat said...

Lovely set of cards, I love the first one a lot, its stunning with monochromatic color scheme.

Jen Brum said...

Beautiful cards! I love those stencilled roses! What gorgeous, rich colours! Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

Anushree Vaish said...

Wow...Lovely cards..thnks for playing at Craftycreationschallenge.

brrenwick said...

This is stunning! I love the simple elegance! Thank you for playing along at HSS!

Borqna said...

Happy New Year!
Fabulous cards, Sharon - congratulations!

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Jenny Engelke said...

Your ombre cards are totally cool, but the gray and black one is a total stand out! I've never seen anything like it before! Thanks for sharing your creation with us at Hand Stamped Sentiments!

desperatehousewifecraft said...

Gorgeous cards all of them but the black/grey one is really different as I haven't seen one in that colour before!

Neets B said...

Sharon, these are terrific! I would never think to use grey/black when creating ombre effects but this looks fabulous and I love Iced spruce, I must dig that colour out again. The gloss on your second is stunning. And I must say that last combination of colours to create your blend is beautiful, especially with the gold. Thank you for your lovely comment about my cards, can't wait to see what you create for the next one too! xx

Trina P. said...

Great Ombré cards. So many great ideas, especially the neutral Ombré.

Jo Capper-Sandon said...

Simplicity at its best... my favourite has to be the neutral Hello card. Striking.

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

Stunning ombre cards - the neutral one is really striking!

ike said...

Fantastic cards - your ombre technique is fabulous.
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Susan Renshaw said...

Gorgeous cards! Love the ombre technique!
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