Monday, May 13, 2013

Woodware UK: It's OMBRÉ, Hombre! For the Tough Guy!

This is a great time of year to have a stash of masculine cards on hand...for graduations, birthdays, and in the USA, Father's Day in June. This is a great card for each of those occasions, and demonstrates a very trendy look...ombré. The definition of ombré in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary is, "Having colors or tones that shade into each other —used especially of fabrics in which the color is graduated from light to dark".

I was able to achieve the look in the background by first using Dreamweaver's Glossy White Paste with the Houndstooth stencil over a black panel, and setting aside to dry. I also used the same paste with the Men's Tie stencil, and set that aside to dry as well.

Now's the time that I broke out my Dreamweaver Color Solutions Alcohol Inks, the blending solution, and the clever applicator that has a dual purpose of storing the felt discs. Each end of the applicator has a hook fastener to apply the disc to. On one end I placed a few drops of Lemoncello with a few drops of the blending solution. Then I tapped this color over the houndstooth panel on the top to the bottom, covering all the white areas. I flipped the applicator over, and added a few drops of Paprika red with some blending solution, and tapped this over the panel from the bottom and up about halfway. Flipped again, and blended slightly between the colors to create the graduated color effect.

On the tie panel, I taped the Stripes/ Plaid stencil over the tie, and applied the same inks through the stencil one way with the Lemoncello, the other way with the Paprika, and a slight shift of the stencil to tap what's left. Each panel was matted with a contrasting cardstock, two brad fasteners were added for the buttoned down collar, a fun "tie tac" brad sentiment finished it off. This is a fun technique, turns out unique each time, and a simple way to produce cards quickly. No more excuses to not have a masculine card on hand when you need it. Oh, and just a could easily apply this technique to a feminine card as well!

Be sure to check out the rest of the Woodware team this week as they inspire you with some great masculine ideas. Leave them some love as you go! Here's the link to the Woodware UK blog.

1 comment:

JD/ Jill said...

What a great masculine card! Very nicely done.