Summer School Day 4: Ombré

One of our favorite regular educational series is our set of Summer School classes. Understanding and internalizing different design concepts allows you to bring your ideas to life. With a little practice, these ideas will quickly become intuitive, leading your card designs to come together with minimal effort.

During this series, we’ll bring you videos and projects designed to help you understand these basic principles, and incorporate them into your own crafting. Not only do you get to put your student hat on, your participation means you also are in the running to win an MFT shopping spree! Keep reading for today's lesson, and all the details for submitting homework for your chance to win.

Today’s Lesson: Ombré

Ombré is a time-tested technique that still somehow manages to feel both modern and innovative. There are a number of ways to add an ombré effect to your cards — from simple die-cut shapes and sentiments to full panels. Opt for a clean and simple single hue or fade from one tone into another for more dramatic appeal.

Karolyn is joining us today to share two versions of ombré — one that features a blue-hued fade and another that spotlights vivid rainbow colors. You'll notice too that she's chosen a horizontal ombré for one sample and a vertical orientation for the other. The sky's the limit for this versatile technique!

Handmade card from Karolyn Loncon featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Handmade card from Karolyn Loncon featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Watch Summer School 2020 | Ombré on YouTube or by playing the embedded video below.

This week you’re the student, and instead of grades, we’ve got prizes! Using today’s lesson, create a project that exemplifies what you learned and upload it using the link below. Once you've completed all five lessons, don't forget to grab the graphic above to proclaim your graduation status!

All entries must be submitted by noon EDT on August 14. Winners will be announced here on the blog on Saturday, August 15.

As a Summer School student, you have three ways to win:

To be eligible to win a $15 voucher: Subscribe to our YouTube channel and comment on today’s video. Winners will be chosen randomly from comments on the YouTube video.

To be eligible to win a $25 voucher: Complete today’s homework and upload an image via InLinkz on today’s post. Winners will be chosen randomly from each day’s InLinkz entries.

To be eligible to win the $100 Grand Prize: Graduate from Summer School by completing all five days of homework (via the InLinkz on each blog post). One random winner will be chosen for the week.

We can't wait to see what you create!


Happy Happy Happy Birthday
A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX Set 1
A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX Set 2
Birthday Wishes
Rectangle Trio
After Midnight
Prestige Card Stock
Smooth White
Card Stock
Black Licorice
Prestige Card Stock
Ken Oliver
Watercolor Paper
Blue Breeze
Premium Dye Ink Pad
Blue Yonder
Premium Dye Ink Pad
Premium Dye Ink Pad
Sweet Tooth
Pigment Ink Pad

Please direct link to your card/project created for today's Summer School lesson from your blog, Instagram, or online gallery. All winners will be announced on Saturday, August 15, 2020.

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Such a colorful way to start Fall release. So many ideas and techniques to take this release.

Andrea P August 10, 2020

Ombré is so pretty!! Great technique!

Anouk August 10, 2020

I love the two cards with the “happy” 3x in ombré fashion with scripty “birthday” at the bottom. I ADORE the “happy brrrrrthday” with the polar bear! Just too cute! Thanks for the lesson!

Lori Spitzer August 07, 2020

I really like the way you used a repeated word to create the ombre and my favorite is the blue one.

Jeanine Gonzalez August 06, 2020

Thanks for the Ombre Challenge

Gail Scott August 06, 2020

The look of ombre is always eye-catching! 2 great easy to follow ideas and wonderful cards! Thanks for the inspiration! :)

Helen F August 06, 2020

love the look of ombre – really makes an impact – thanks for sharing:)

Dee Earnshaw August 05, 2020

First familiar with Ombre was in yarn. Use it in card creations. Just posted my Ombre card.
“Sunshine HoneyBee”

Melissa Sunshine HoneyBee August 05, 2020

Thanks for another idea for my rectangle trio stencil.

Lynn D. August 04, 2020

Love this! My favorite class so far!

Lisa Reber August 04, 2020

Really LOVE your cards! I added the stamp, stencil and die to my wish list.!!

Rebecca Williams August 04, 2020

Thanks for revealing the secret of ombré! Your cards are so lovely and you make it look so easy.

Barb Woods-Miazza August 04, 2020

Oh boy, this is going to be challenging for me. I love the look of ombre just not sure how successful I will be in creating it. But I love a good challenge!!

Sandi Pressley August 04, 2020

The happy happy happy in different shades of blue is really classy looking!

Pat J August 04, 2020

This is a very versatile technique and I am looking forward creating using it!

Anita Trippi August 04, 2020

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