Trend Talk with Linda Barber: Scrapbooking with Ombré!

Okay, all you niñas and hombres out there, this is editor Natalie McConnell filling in for Megan Hoeppner on this month’s edition of Trend Talk. Fabulous CK Dream Team member Linda Barber is joining us today to talk about one of the hottest fads on the market! Celebrities are already sporting this trend, and the possibilities are endless for scrapbookers. Take notes from Linda and your layout will be ready for the red carpet. Ombré anyone?

Ombré! What is ombré? According to Merriam-Webster, it’s having colors or tones that shade into each other. It’s everywhere! And when I say everywhere, I mean, it’s on people’s heads. As in their hair! That’s most certainly everywhere.

Need more proof? Check out where else I found ombré:






DYI jewelry!





And, as with any trend, it eventually seeps into scrapbooking…

Lawn Fawn has this adorable zig zag-ombré paper (talk about two trends in one!):

American Crafts debuted this ruffled Dear Lizzy paper. It’s like a beautiful dress!

And now, how about creating some of your own ombré details for your pages?

My quickest and surest way is watercolor! There are so many different ways to create a watercolor effect. There are, of course, watercolors in tubes, in pans, in pencils, and in crayons. And then there are watercolor markers! And stamping ink pads. And I’m sure there are more ways out there that I don’t know about. But here’s my quick way to use a supply you probably already have: mists!

All you need are mists, a brush, and water. I personally like a waterbrush, but a regular brush and a little cup of water will do!

I shake the mist to mix it up, open it, wet the brush, and pick up color from the bottom of the little tube that carries the mist up to the nozzle. Then I apply it to my paper. It’s that easy! To create an ombré effect, I add more mist/less water to one end, and more water/less mist to the other.

I sometimes will use a watercolor crayon (like these from Technique Tuesday), and create my own ombré ribbons.

I scribble with the crayons on a stamping block (or anything waterproof), and add some water to create my own varying shades.

Here’s the final project (yes, I have a thing for banners…):

Happy Birthday by Linda Barber.

I often add the ombré colors to stamped images. I use a watermark ink (like Versamark), and white embossing powder. The raised image makes the perfect “edge” to keep the colors reigned in.

Holiday by Linda Barber.

Ombré is such a fun trend and a really pretty way to add colors to all of your projects.  Plus it’s easy and totally foolproof. Hope you’ll give it a try!

Wow! Thanks so much Linda – I think everyone is excited to try out Ombré on their scrapbook layouts and in their fashion! Thanks for joining us,  now go get your shade on!

Linda Barber, CK Dream Team member, and Natalie McConnell, CK editor

Linda Barber, Creating Keepsakes Dream team memberNatalie McConnell, editor, Creating Keepsakes magazine

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11 Responses to Trend Talk with Linda Barber: Scrapbooking with Ombré!

  1. Ashley Horton says:

    I love this trend!! Your card and layout are fabulous, Linda!!

  2. Kim Thomas says:

    Just gorgeous! Thank you so much for the beautiful tutorials. Thank you for the inspiration. Take care. :)

  3. Tamika says:

    I love the nails! That layout if fabulous! I am in love with Ombré!

  4. sharon gullikson says:

    I saw that I won one of your contests, but haven’t received an email like the blog said I would. I just left a msg on your Facebook, but thought I’d try to contact your here, too, just in case. I couldn’t find a CONTACT US area, or I would have sent an email that way. I won the Your Story the High Tech Way on paper.

    Thanks so much! sharon dot gullikson at gmail dot com

  5. Thanks for featuring my ruffle paper!

    It was quite the product to concept and get made but was worth it since it’s an amazing product to create with.

  6. Sue says:

    So cute! Thanks for the tutorials.

  7. Erika Hayes says:

    LOVELY! I am excited this is gonna be a gooooood trend for me!

  8. Ruth G says:

    So very wonderful! I love the soft look of this trend! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

  9. Valerie.H says:

    Love, love, love it. ^^

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