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Diva Blog Hop February - Monochromatic Magic

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This months blog hop features a monochromatic theme. For some reason my brain went to Ombre. Actually I have been wanting to play around with something Ombre for quite some time and the opportunity presented itself.  

The first card is the one using the Starburst Framelits. To get the Ombre look start by doing this:

I taped together the Framelits I wanted to use (in this case the entire set) to hold them evenly in place. Normally not a big deal especially if you are using the magnetic platform with your Big Shot, but I needed to do multiple runs through  the machine to get all my colors cut. I then ended up with this:

It is on white cardstock and looks interesting enough but I felt it was lacking something. I even played with having the pieced pop off the page like a pyramid. So I summoned my artist daughters help and in seconds she figured it out. Just stagger the pieces, almost like a peacocks tail or a turkey tail. It gave it the white space I think it needed from all that blue. Now this would be cool to do with all blacks and grays and probably could just sit like this.  But the blue is pretty vibrant. As she said, it creates almost an optical illusion in person.

Yeah, the spreading them out really makes them pop. So I popped them up more with dimensionals.  The banner is a 1/2 inch strip of dazzling diamonds glitter paper. I creased it by hand and attached with dimensionals. The decorative dots TIEF hardly shows up in the picture. In fact I am not pleased with the lighting at all. All my whites look yellow because of the old lighting at my house right now. I am working on a better solution. In the meantime, my apologies.

While playing with this idea I ran the same color cardstock through my Big Shot using the Circles Collection Framelits. I had a layering idea that was too horrible to share. As my kids would say "epic fail mom". But I played around with the same sized circles and came up with this look. I actually sliced the circles and taped behind to hide seam to link them together. Now I want to try this with our gold and silver foil papers!!!

I can so see shiny chrome looking links using the silver foil paper using this link technique. Add it to my to do list.  

I used the large polka dot TIEF just to give the background a little life and help pull together my ombre chain.  The butterfly I used bothe the soft sky (sure doesn't look like soft sky in the picture!) and clear window sheet. Gossamer wings. The greeting is from the Sale-A-Bration set Best Day Ever, available for FREE with a $50 order until March 31st. Check out other items you can get for free with orders. 

And for the bonus round:

I have been wanting an excuse to play with the Hexagon Hive Thinlit for a year. Finally took the opportunity to do so.  I saved the hexagon scrap from the holes and popped them up on the layer. I used the Butterfly Basics stamp set from the Occasions catalog. Butterfly thinlits for the butterflies in gold foil paper. I am quite pleased with how this card turned out.  

Due to a time shortage I will not be listed an item list as I normally do, with items numbers. I have mentioned several of the supplies. 

Colors on Ombre cards: Island Indigo, Lost Lagoon, Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Soft Sky
Colors on Butterfly card: Very Vanilla, Crushed Curry and Gold Foil.  

Thank you so much for stopping by our monthly Diva Blog hop. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. 

Happy Stamping, Sandy

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