Feb 132017

Good Morning – this week it is my turn here at The House That Stamps Built to show you how to do a fun and easy technique for a WOW card.  I call it ombre monochromatic frame.  Ombre – fading shades of the same color family, “frame”

We all have pieces of 1-2 inch cardstock laying around on our desk or scrap basket – well dig through those and find four pieces of the same color family.

Here is a picture tutorial for this technique.


You will need your strips of cardstock, a piece of white cardstock 4 1/4 x 5 1/2, a paper trimmer, glue runner, die cutter, and dies.


Cut at least 4 strips of cardstock in 1 inch strips at least 5 1/2 inches long.


Glue or use tape runner to apply your color strips onto white cardstock – making sure that the edges are butted up against each other with no gap.  I started with the darkest color and worked my way down to the lightest.


Select two dies – one large and one smaller – make sure the smaller one is large enough to accommodate the stamp you want to use.  I taped mine in place just to make sure they didn’t move around.


You will end up with two pieces – Use the largest piece and mount on either white or contrasting color – your focal image will go in the oval space.  Stamp your image in the oval piece, color with your choice – I used colored pencils.

I then cut the sentiment out of the small oval piece I had left and then made my card.


I used Ship, 9508-J from Repeat Impressions found here and sentiment Wind in my sails, 3918-F found here. I had a nautical die which I used for the anchor out of the darkest blue on my card. Talk about easy – and WOW.

But wait… if you will look on your desk/work space you will see you have aother piece left – don’t let it go to waste.


Again mount this on white and stamp your focal image in the open space.


For this card I used Cape Hatteras Light, 3003-K found here, the darling little birds in flight Gulls in Flight, 3412-C found here and and sentiment A Happy Hello found here.  Tied on the perfect ribbon – (I won this is a blog candy give away) and it works well to tie this all together.

Try this fun technique – it works with so many stamps from Repeat Impressions.

~ Shirley

  5 Responses to “Project of the Week ~ Ombre Monochromatic Frames”

  1. What a cool idea, Shirley. Great POTW.

  2. Fantastic POTW and great write up!

  3. This is amazing! Why didn’t I think of this!?! Beautiful cards, and what an awesome and fun technique. Thanks for sharing and inspiring!

  4. What a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Well, aren’t you the clever one!! This is fabulous, specially on that first card; it looks perfect with the nautical theme. And, you’re so right, I always have small strips of paper around . Will have to keep this one in mind!

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