Ombre embossing paste tutorial

Since I posted my favourite cards of 2014 at the end of December, I've had a few emails from crafters asking me how I did the ombre effect on these two cards:
So I decided to do a photo tutorial! 
Here's what you need - a craft mat to work on, cardstock, a stencil (I used the Rain Dance Pattern Stencil from Hero Arts), some tape to keep the stencil in place, Faber Castell / Design Memory Craft Gelatos (I used Raspberry, Red Cherry and Watermelon), embossing paste (mine is from Wendy Vecchi) and a palette knife (not essential, but helpful)
 Start by slicing off a little bit of each of your chosen Gelatos:
Then, put a small amount of embossing paste next to each colour, (not a heap, because it dries out quite quickly, and you don't want to waste it!) and mash them together: 
 Once the palest colour is ready, put it straight onto the stencil and spread out.  Even though I have 3 colours, I covered more than half of the stencil area with the palest colour, which will allow me to blend the colours later:
 Always keep a baby wipe or damp cloth handy to clean the palette knife between colours:
 Continue with the middle colour and then the darkest, overlapping them a bit as you go:
Once all three colours are on the stencil, scrape off any excess, which will allow some blending between the colours.  Remove the stencil and wash in under warm water IMMEDIATELY, or the embossing paste will dry and be almost impossible to remove (ask me how I know!). Leave the cardstock to dry completely before using your textured, ombre panel on a card - here's mine:
I cut the panel down to square and matted it onto some patterned paper from my stash.  I then wrapped a strip of vellum around the panel, and adhered the word "thanks", which I'd cut from some cardstock in a colour that matched the darker colour in the ombre, using a die from Simon Says Stamp.  I adhered the panel to a square card base, and added some sequins for a finishing touch.
I will be submitting this card to Simon Says Stamp's "Something New" challenge - as a couple of the Gelato colours I used today are new - today was their first use!
I'll also be sharing this at Runway Inspired Challenge, as it incorporates pink, ombre and bling!

I hope you found this tutorial useful - thanks so much for visiting, and thanks also for all your lovely comments - I really appreciate them!
Hannelie said...

So beautiful Michele! Thanks for sharing the how to!

Jessica Frost-Ballas said...

These are gorgeous! I've never tried mixing gelatos and embossing paste...adding to my to-do list! ;)

wienerhoneymooners said...

WOW, thanks for the instructions.. If I tried this I would have it all over my walls!!!! Love the ombre and your card ROCKS it!!!

Michelle said...

Michelle, you make it look so easy! I'm tempted to go out and get some stencils and embossing paste to try it myself! Beautiful cards!

Linda Beeson said...

Dreamy and so neat you showed your "how to" steps

cheiron said...

Great tutorial Michelle and I love this effect! Thanks so much for playing along in the Something New Challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog with us this week :)

donna mikasa said...

Thanks for a great tutorial--I didn't think to color EP with Gelatos! Such beautiful resuts!

Leigh Penner said...

Oh, this is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

Karolyn at Paper Therapy said...

Awesome!! I love the ombre look of this embossing paste - and who knew you could use Gelatos to color the paste?!! Brilliant! Thanks so much for playing with us at the Runway Inspired Challenge - we're so glad you did!

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