Friday, July 8, 2016

more ombre, hombre!

we're still making holiday cards based on this gorgeous "rainbow ombre" inspiration photo at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ so there's plenty of time for you to join in, and we hope you will!

here's what i made this week:

i added water to color burst pigment powders by ken oliver crafts and then used them to paint loads of circles on some strathmore watercolor paper, then outlined the circles with colorful sharpies and frixion pens; tattered snowflake die: tim holtz/sizzix; bling swirls and MEGA-bling brad: recollections; cardstock: coredinations; ink for edges: colorbox; adhesives: elmers brand gluetape, 3m foam tape, sewing machine

(if this background looks familiar it's because i test drove a similar idea in my sketchbook for one of the prompts in "
30 days of watercolor"; this is why i never mind "wasting" time playing in a sketchbook or art journal and doing ICAD every year. the things we make that are NON-outcome-driven are quite different from what we make for assignments and whereas they don't usually translate quite so directly as this to a finished product, every once in a while they do, and it's very cool! but no matter what happens, "art play" is a great investment in future inspiration!)

yep, i got out the color burst pigment powders again, this time i've used them to watercolor a background inspired by the luscious rainbow ombre tree in the photo. since it's quite a busy painting, i didn't add much in the way of embellishment, just a layered diecut snowflake. and plenty of bling. because bling is ALWAYS a good addition, lol!

there was some discussion here about which direction the card should face. jeff and i both liked it going horizontally, as in the photo above. my sister, though, felt very strongly that it should be placed vertically, as in the photo below. (and she was enthusiastic enough that this card miiiiiight just turn out to be hers at xmas time, so i've hedged my bets with the pics, lol!) :)

i'm linking up with the paper players' "xmas in july" challenge:

stephanie has also made a gorgeous card to inspire you, why not check that out at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ right now?!


  1. Must admit, I agree with your sister on this one....turned vertically I totally see a Christmas tree with a beautiful snowflake/star on the top. Don't know if she'd agree with me on that but I know we're on the same page about's a fantastic card! I love the colours and the bling too, of course!

  2. Love this, you are so clever. I'm trying to avoid those colour burst pigments but you make them look so inviting. Love the vertical look as it does bear resemblance to the inspiration picture.

  3. This is so beautiful with the rainbow colors! I love all the bling and sparkle! So happy you joined us at The Paper Players this week! XX

  4. Wow doesn't seem like a powerful enough word, but WOW!

  5. Going to agree with your sister. Also as Jan R. said turned this way I see a tree with a snowflake topper. Very cute either way. I would give it your sister for sure. That will be fun at Christmas.

  6. Once again ... stunning watercolor skills my dear

  7. Hello Lauren, I have just become a follower of your blog as I love your work and I think it will help me with my own blog. I think your designs are truly inspiring and this card is amazing.
    Thank you for sharing g your creations and any crafty tips.
    Love Alli Xx


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