Thursday, December 13, 2012

Ombre Lace Christmas Trees

Here's another variation on coloring lace with markers, this time for an ombre effect with Christmas trees. The trunks are colored with the same marker as the lace. At first I was going to trim the strip of white showing at the bottom of the card since my silver piece was too short, but then I though it looked like the tiniest dusting of snow so I left it. This is a larger format card that fits in a business-sized envelope.

Here's the insane amount of vintage lace that I got for only $3 from the flea market. It's wide enough to cover the trees in one layer.

I stamped the sentiment on the tree to keep from interrupting the overall series of trees. 

The top of the card looked a little plain. So I selectively embossed the areas in between the trees. This time I did it manually. At first I ran over the folder with my fingers. That worked pretty well, but I found a sponge gives a slightly deeper impression (and doesn't hurt your finger tips).

Inspiration is from the fresh color scheme at The Play Date Cafe (prompting me to add the tiny green holly sprig on the sentiment tree), and

Elizabeth Kartchner's super-cool, dyed, Tim Holtz bottle brush trees that she featured on Dear Lizzy this week. Aren't those just delicious?!

Thanks for looking!

Supplies used: 
stamps:  Papertrey Ink Places Please, Happiest of Holidays
impression plates: Provo Craft Swiss Dots
other: lace 


  1. Oh Kelly love this card. Where do you always get these amazing Ideas from? The colored lace looks so pretty! I have to get some lace myself to try this. Thanks for sharing

    Have a wonderful day

  2. So beautiful! That lace adds such a nice level of dimension and elegance!

  3. Kelly this is so beautiful and your Ombre technique using lace is brilliant! Love your card.

  4. You really really make that spool of lace worthwhile! I must come shop with you! This card is so gorgeous! Love the ombre effect!

  5. So cool and beautiful! Love your design! have a nice week-end, hugs, Karin

  6. A very simple looking card, but there's a good technique lesson there - wonderful idea! (and I just love the reds on the gray - so festive!)

  7. This is so beautiful!
    I had never thought about embossing manually!
    Thanks for the tip!

  8. I always pick up such great ideas when I visit, Kelly, thank you! The lace trees are fantastic and what a great technique to 'sponge' emboss for a partial effect! Anita :)

  9. That is so crazy that you got that entire spool of lace for $3. It's gorgeous, and I love, love, love how you've colored it. The manual embossing is great! Beautiful card, Kelly! Thanks for joining us at The Play Date Cafe!

  10. I just love this!! I have a similar spool of lace that I got for a deal, I may have to borrow your idea! Thanks for playing along in The Play Date Cafe challenge!

  11. Eeek! How did I miss this one?! Love that card, the trees are so stinking cute!


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