Oct 19 2014

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Creative Inkers Christmas 2014 Blog Hop

 Welcome to the Creative Inkers Christmas Blog Hop


Yay – another exciting Blog Hop! All the participants of the hop are part of the Creative Inkers Team of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators and this hop is all about Christmas!

You may be starting the Blog Hop here, or depending on which direction you are heading, you may have come from the creative Narelle Hoggard’s blog or the talented Bev Poultney’s blog. Either way make sure you keep clicking through the list until you end up back where you started. There are lots of wonderful creations to check out.

If you’ve read some of my other posts you will know that I LOVE Christmas! I have created lots of Christmas projects since the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalogue was released so there are heaps of things I could share. I did a presentation at the Wellington Stampin’ Up! Party Time Event yesterday (Sat 18th October) so have chosen to share the projects I demonstrated for that – well the Christmas ones!

I was so excited – and a little nervous – to be asked to present a creative WOW project at this fun and informative day held in Wellington. It was hard for me to choose what to use for my WOW – but I narrowed it down to two options – the gorgeous Curvy Keepsake Framelit, or the flexible Festival of Trees photopolymer stamp set and matching Tree punch highlighting a twist on the ombre technique I’ve recently discovered.

Tough choice – but as there are already lots of amazing projects posted about the Curvy Keepsake box I went with Festival of Trees and the ombre effect.


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I had seen a great Jennifer McGuire video showing how to create an ombre effect using white pigment ink and was keen to try it out with our Whisper White Craft Ink and a photopolymer stamp set. Check out the video for a great How-to description of the technique.

For the WOW presentation I demonstrated the technique using the tree from the Festival of Trees set that has the little circles on it. The technique is show-cased most strongly with images that have a large solid area. Of course it is easiest when you use a photopolymer stamp set as you can see through the image so you can quickly and accurately build up ink layers on the image by repeatedly stamping part of the image. So this stamp from Festival of Trees is ideal. You can also use a rubber stamp – but you will also need the Stamp-a-ma-jig to make sure the partial images are stamped directly on top of the original image until the desired gradient and depth of colour is achieved.

In my presentation I demonstrated the technique with Tempting Turquoise Classic Ink and Whisper White Craft ink, then showed two different cards that could be made with the resulting image.

The first card used the tree image unpunched and matted on Brushed Silver and Tempting Turquoise cardstock with a Brushed Silver card base. The sentiment (from Watercolor Winter Too) was stamped using the Silver Pigment Ink. The cute wee All is Calm Snowflake embellishment is hung from the delicious Silver Satin ribbon.


Here’s a close-up and the inside of the card …





An alternative card using the ombre image is to punch out the tree and use dimensionals to pop it up on onto a rectangle of brushed silver that has had come scoring details added using the Simply Scored board. In this card the ribbon is the gorgeous white organza and the card base is tempting Turquoise.


I also had several other completed samples to show the attendees – all using the white Pigment Ink ombre technique and each using the Festival of Tree bundle in a different way to highlight the versatility of the technique itself and the versatility of the Festival of Trees Bundle. Below are several of the other Christmas cards I shared.


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I also had some non-Christmas cards made with this technique – but I’ll save them for a later post.

I do hope you enjoyed seeing my take on The Festival of Trees Bundle and the ombre technique using craft ink. Please feel free to leave a comment below – I’d love to hear your thoughts 😀

Depending on which way you are heading around the hop click on Back to go to Narelle’s post or click on Next to go to Bev’s post. Make sure you head all the way around and check out everyone’s amazing creations.

Thanks for stopping by!

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This is the complete list of Blogs in the Creative Inkers Blog Hop

1. Narelle Hoggard

2. Jackie Noble – YOU ARE HERE 🙂

3. Bev Poultney

4. Sally Williams

5. Bernice Collins

6. Irene Wardlaw

7. Sharon de Vos

8. Jacque Williams

9. Delys Cram

10. Rachael Knight

11. Lisa Bullock

12. Paula Reid

13. heather Stewart

14. Ria Kaire

15. Kathryn Tyrrell

16. Kathe Oldham

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  1. Patrice

    Gorgeous cards Jackie 🙂 I will have to give that technique a go, thanks for sharing.

  2. Sharon

    Wow. I would never of thought to use this colour for Christmas but it is stunning. Love that ombré effect.

  3. Jackie

    Cheers Delys – that’s very kind of you. It was a supportive environment which helped with the presenting 🙂

  4. Jackie

    Thanks Bernice – it’s really easy – do give it a go!

  5. Delys

    They are all beautiful Jackie and a great job on the are a natural at presenting!

  6. yayasister

    Oooooo – I love the ombre – very clever and effective 🙂 Might have to try it !!

  7. Jackie

    Thanks Bev – I love to try and think of lots of different ways to use a stamp set. CASE away girl! I am pleased your Blog is up and running – yay! 🙂

  8. Jackie

    Thank You Paula – you’ll be able to do heaps with the amazing state of your desk! 😉

  9. Jackie

    Thanks Kathryn – that was a real bonus of doing a WOW presentation at Party time – got all these cards made – and I have some non-Christmas ones using the tree and punch too – keep an eye out for my next post 😀

  10. Jackie

    Cheers Kristine! Yes it’s a bit different but nice & bright and shows the technique really well.

  11. Bev

    Jackie I am amazed at how you have created a magnificent effect from such a simple stamp and shape, they are absolutely stunning, must CASE is riding on my lips right now. You will be pleased I got it up but not without your help LOL

  12. Jackie

    Cheers Kayleen. I hope yu try the technique – quick and effective.

  13. Paula Reid

    Great array of cards Jackie. My favourite is the first one. LOVE this technique. Now that I have a clean desk maybe I’ll have room to give it a go 🙂

  14. Kathryn

    Wow you’ve come up with so many ideas for the same set – great to see the variance from one set.

  15. Christine

    Great, jackie. love the use of Turquoise for christmas!

  16. Kayleen

    Great cards Jackie – definitely will have to give them a try 😉

  17. Jackie

    Thanks Sally and you’re very welcome – I love Jennifer McGuire’s work.

  18. Jackie

    Cheers Rachael – I’m sure you’ll enjoy Jennifer McGuire’s video – they’re easy to follow.

  19. Jackie

    Thanks Lisa – I just love the Satin Ribbon and the snowflake together.

  20. Jackie

    Thanks Heather – there is so many ways to showcase the ombre effect – love it!

  21. Sally Williams

    I love your cards Jackie especially the first one but they are all fabulous. Thanks for the link to the video.

  22. Rachael Knight

    Jackie these are beautiful! Now I’m intrigued – will have to go and watch the video to see how it’s done. Thanks for sharing!

  23. daffyscrapper

    Beautiful cards Jackie. Think my favourite is the first one

  24. Heather Stewart

    Oh my gosh. I loved your first card, then I loved the next and the next…. but wait there’s more. Wow. I really love the ombre effect on your cards. Gorgeous.

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