Glitter, chevron, and ombré, oh my!

There are certain crafting trends that I crave. It might seem strange to have an appetite for paper crafting loveliness, but I’ll take a hefty portion of chevron with a side of ink splatters any day, thank-you-very-much. The card I made this morning was the culmination of a couple days worth of pent up crafting cravings. It all started because Stampin’ Up! sent me 2 free bottles of Silver Sparkle Dazzling Details for a recruiting promotion they had for their 25th anniversary. (Being a demonstrator is full of fun incentives and opportunities to earn free products!) The Silver Sparkle Dazzling Details hadn’t made it onto my wish list yet, which is weird because I’m like a squirrel– instantly drawn to anything that sparkles or shines. Regardless, once it was actually in my possession I had a practically instantaneous rush of excited inspiration. I just HAD to make a silver-sparkly-rising-like-champagne-bubbles-ombré background.

Of course I wasn’t able to drop everything to create in the moment, probably because I was holding at least one child. Not. Advisable. Therefore, I made extra sure to commit my idea to my mid-term memory, the kind of memory that pesters me until I brain dump. Thankfully this one didn’t interfere with my sleep, because I placed it in the same brain bank as all those thoughts that typically swirl around my head when I’m tossing and turning. Win.

Finally I had time to sit down and put my concept into action while my 9-month old was napping, and I was thankful for two things: firstly that my baby kept sleeping while I finished my project (which doesn’t always happen, and I hate leaving things half-finished), and secondly that my idea worked out as planned!

Stampin' Up! "Glitter Ombre" card by Becky Gifford The Social Stamper

All that glittery goodness just makes me happy inside. Add to it some chevron and our trendy new 2013-2015 In-Colors and you have a recipe for fool-proof fabulous. I’m so glad Stampin’ Up! is both following and setting trends in the crafting world, because I get a dose of what I’m craving plus something new and exciting to build fresh ideas.

On a somewhat related note, I’m excited to say I have finally acquired the equipment to film tutorials more easily and with better camera angles, so the glitter ombré tutorial is in the queue! {update: You can view the tutorial at this link} Have you subscribed to my blog yet? Be sure to enter your email address into the box on the left so you don’t miss any posts to teach you exciting new techniques! Here’s a close up of the sparkles just in case you need additional motivation :o)

Stampin' Up! "Glitter Ombre" card detail by Becky Gifford The Social Stamper

Create the look

Tips: To create the glitter ombré background, squeeze a thick line of Silver Sparkle Dazzling Details on one end of your card stock.  Using a sponge brush (which are not sold by SU! but are readily available in any craft store), drag the glitter across the card stock. Leave a lighter trail of sparkles by altering the amount of pressure you’re applying as you near the top of your paper. After allowing the first coat to dry, repeat this process with layers of Dazzling Details until you get the desired amount of shading from very concentrated glitter to sparse glitter. To get a better visual, be sure to check out my post with the video tutorial!


Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes (128748- w00d, 127802- clear), Make A Cake (132036- wood, 126742- clear), Oh, Hello (131931-wood, 130733- clear)
Ink: Baked Brown Sugar (131174), Pistachio Pudding (131177), Crisp Cantaloupe (131176)
Card Stock: Crisp Cantaloupe (131298), Baked Brown Sugar (131296), Whisper White (100730)
Terrific Tools: Decorative Label Punch (120907), Large Oval Punch (119855)
Exceptional Embellishments: Silver Sparkle Dazzling Details (127845)

Happy (sparkly) stamping, everyone!

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One Response to Glitter, chevron, and ombré, oh my!

  1. […] with yoga and Pilates. Wishful thinking? Maybe. Point is I’m mildly obsessed with ombré. So I made a card with a gradient sparkly silver background, and I wanted to share how I accomplished the effect with you. Enjoy, and be sure to let me know […]

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