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Ombre Awesomeness: Say Thanks with the Marvelous Nature Stamp Set

Hey there, card makers! Welcome to this fun and exciting blog post on creating ombre awesomeness with the marvelous Marvelous Nature Stamp Set from Stampin' Up! If you're looking to make a unique and heartfelt Thanks card with a fun ombre stamped image, you've come to the right place. Plus, I've got a little twist that will add some extra pizzazz to your card design - we'll be using ink blending over an embossed panel created with the Leaf Fall 3D Embossing Folder. So, let's jump right in and get crafty!

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You know, when I first got my hands on the Marvelous Nature Stamp Set, I was blown away by the intricate details of the designs. I knew right away that I wanted to create a special Thank You card with it. The ombre effect seemed like the perfect way to add depth and beauty to the stamped image. So, let's gather our materials and get started on this creative journey!


Materials and Tools You'll Need

  • Marvelous Nature Stamp Set from Stampin' Up!

  • Ink pads in graduating colors for the ombre effect

  • High-quality cardstock for the card base and embossed panel

  • Falling Leaves 3D Embossing Folder

  • Blending tools (sponges or blending brushes)

  • Adhesive (liquid or tape runner)

Creating the Ombre Stamped Background

Okay, here's the fun part! Let's talk about ombre. It's all about those gorgeous color transitions, and it adds an instant wow factor to your card. Now, I recommend choosing ink colors that go well together and create a smooth blend. For my card, I went with shades of pinks, starting with a light hue at the top and gradually deepening the color as we go down.


Pro tip: To achieve a seamless ombre effect, I like to dab the edges of my stamp with a sponge to softly blend the colors together before stamping. It's like magic!

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Creating the Embossed Element

Oh, I can't wait for this part! The Falling Leaves 3D Embossing Folder is fantastic for adding texture and dimension to our card. Just take a piece of cardstock, run it through your die-cutting machine with the embossing folder, and voila - you've got a beautiful embossed panel!


I remember the first time I used an embossing folder, I was a bit nervous, but let me tell you, it's so easy! The result is simply stunning. Don't be afraid to experiment with different colors of cardstock too; it changes the look entirely!


Blending Techniques for Added Depth

Are you ready to take your card to the next level? Let's add some depth to the embossed panel with ink blending. Grab your blending tool of choice - sponges or blending brushes work like a charm. I usually start with a light hand and build up the color gradually until I'm happy with the result.


I've got a little secret for you! If you want to make those embossed leaves pop even more, try using a slightly darker shade of ink for the blending. Trust me; it's a game-changer!

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Assembling the Card

Now comes the fun part of bringing all the elements together. Keep the card design simple so that the ombre stamped background and embossed element take center stage. I love a classic white card base for this, but you can experiment with different colors too.


Once you're happy with the arrangement, adhere everything down securely. A tape runner works great for this, but if you prefer liquid glue, go for it!


Final Touches and Personalization

You've done it! Your ombre awesomeness is complete, and I bet it looks fantastic. But before we finish, let's add those final touches that make it truly your own. Maybe you'd like to hand-letter a heartfelt Thank You sentiment or add a few tiny gems for some sparkle.


And don't forget to sign your card! It's the little personal touch that makes it all the more special.

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Congratulations, card makers! You've just created a stunning ombre Thanks card using the Marvelous Nature Stamp Set and the Falling Leaves 3D Embossing Folder from Stampin' Up! I hope you had as much fun as I did on this creative journey.


Remember, there's no right or wrong way to do this. Feel free to experiment, play with colors, and let your creativity shine through. If you loved making this card, try different designs with the Marvelous Nature Stamp Set - the possibilities are endless!


So go ahead, spread some gratitude with your handmade cards. Your friends and loved ones will cherish the effort and love you poured into creating something truly special just for them.


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