Thursday, July 5, 2018

Make It Monday #327 - Ombre Watercolor Backgrounds

Hello friends.  This week Betsy has a fun and easy technique to share showing how to make an ombre watercolored background for the Make It Monday challenge.

This technique was so easy and fun that I actually have a "twofer" for you today!  My first card uses one of the leaf stamps from Humming Along.


I followed Betsy's easy instructions and blended my medium color first (Autumn Rose) and then went over it with Scarlet Jewel, followed by dragging my wet (but not too wet!) wide and flat brush down my panel, creating the ombre effect.  Once dry I added my leaves from Humming Along around the edges and then added my sentiment from Year Of Psalms: March.


At this point I stamped the Humming birds from the Humming Along set, but just could not get them to fit on the card.  I think if I had stamped the sentiment lower, then the hummers would have worked on the card, but....  I still felt like it needed something though, so I went to my favorite bird set Brushed Birds and used the same colors and it worked!!

For my 2nd card I finally got out my new Salt Air: Flora and Salt Air: Fauna sets and played...I think these are going to be well loved sets!!


Used the same technique for my background with Ocean Tides, Hawaiian Shores, & Aqua Mist inks, and then flipped it upside down before starting to add my Flora.  I thought Betsy's Year Of Psalms: January set was perfect for this card as all the beautiful creatures of the sea were made by Him too!


I would have liked to add one of everything from the Fauna set, but held myself back so as not to detract from the background and sentiment.  A few Rainstones finished off this card.

This is definitely a technique I will use again!!  Make sure you check out Betsy's video and BEAUTIFUL cards right HERE, and then play along...fun, fun, FUN!!

Thanks for stopping by today ... I love it when you do!


18 comments:

  1. Wow! Wow! And WOW! Macia, these are beyond fabulous! I love the colors you used. The card with the painted birds is beautiful paired with that verse from Year of Psalms. (I love that both of them use YOP) The underwater card is sooooooo sweet too! I want to CAS both of these to the "T".

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  2. Add my WOW! to the chorus of admirers! This is so beautiful, Marcia! I love the soft blue greens and added contrast of the flora and sentiment. The sentiment is perfect for this card.
    The first is gorgeous too! Love the way you incorporated the birds. Wonderful stamping in every way!

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  3. Marcia, both your cards are beautiful! I love the addition of the birds and the sea lift on your cards. So pretty!!

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  4. Marcia, all I can say is WOWZA! Love the colors on your first card and those 2 darling little birdies. And your second card, I feel like I'm right there underwater with those sea creatures. You did an amazing job on both cards!!!!!

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  5. Beautiful cards- love them both- the birds and sea creatures are the perfect finishing touches to the amazing backgrounds.

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  6. Well as I said on Instagram, going back and trying again... this time with an eye on you! 2 gorgeous creations!

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  7. I think your twofer designs using this technique are really sensational, Marcia! I got such a kick out of how you ombred your coloring UP the second card for the ocean scene! Hugs, Darnell

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  8. I will definitely check out this video, Marcia! I love your results! The sweet little birds fit perfectly on the first card and the second is perfect for the ocean life! Both are beautiful and I love the scripture!

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  9. Two beauties, Marcia! Just love the ombre backgrounds you created and you finished them so beautifully!!

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  10. SO MUCH WOW!!! These are incredible!! Thanks for sharing your work, Marcia!

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  11. Both cards are just lovely, Marcia! Your birdies match the psalm and the underwater scene is perfect. ;)

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  12. Both cards are amazing Marcia!! Beautiful designs using beautiful images and die-cuts. And the colours ... wow! I'm off to check out Betsy's video on how to do these amazing backgrounds. Thanks for the link! xx

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  13. Wow both cards are amazing. What a great idea to go up from the bottom. I cant decide which one I like better.

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  14. Oh my goodness, Marcia! Your twofer with this technique is amaZing!
    I love and have-to-have both of these stamp/die sets...then I can CASE your beautiful creations! :-)

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  15. Wow! They are both stunners! I must take a lok at the video!

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  16. Pretty card. I love your chubby little birds...adds dimension to the beautiful background!

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  17. Oh, Marcia, these are both just stunning cards! Still waiting to get Brushed Birds but love the Autumn Rose with Scarlet Jewel. Great idea to use ombré effect from bottom to top on second card. I, too, will use this technique again with some other color trios. Thanks for your sweet comments!

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  18. WOWZA did you ever nail this technique! These are spectacular Marcia!!

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