Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – WWC34 – Fluttering Leaves

WWC34 – Jean’s Ombre Technique Challenge

WWC34 - Jean's Ombre Effect Technique Color ChallengeWelcome back everyone for another challenge.  In case you haven’t yet heard….we’ve changed our name just a bit, post on  a new day and have a regular weekly Wednesday schedule.

The Watercooler Challenge is now the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge and as the name implies we are now showing and inviting you to join in on a weekly challenge that posts on Wednesday, closes on Monday and a winner announced on Tuesday!   Wow…that’s an explanation with a lot of days!

You can find all the facts, rules and links to join in on our challenge blog.  New name…same address.   And…a new badge to win that reflects a few of these changes.   We’re all excited about the changes and hope you are too.

Join the rest of the design team over at the Challenge blog website here to see the rest of the teams designs and to add your own with the linky doodad.  When you add your own design and there are more than three entries, one of you will be a challenge winner and have the option to place our new winner’s badge on your own site.  Of course…you’ll also win bragging rights!


Here’s my interpretation of my Ombre Effect Technique shown above.   Mine is a paper version!

WWC 34 - Fluttering Leaves - Ombre Technique Challenge - Jean Fitch

Here’s an angled view that shows a bit more of the glitter:

WWC34 - Fluttering Trees side angle - Ombre Technique Challenge - Jean Fitch


Stamps:  Vintage Leaves, Lighthearted Leaves for the sentiment (2015 Holiday Catalog)

Ink:  Early Espresso, Cajun Craze (very slight bit added as an overstamp on the leaves).

Paper: Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso,  Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack

Punches:  Banner Triple (creates the flag/banner ends)

Other:  Big Shot, Leaflets Framelit dies, Gold Sequin Trim (cut apart into individual sequins), Gold Metallic Thread, Gold Glitter, Aquapainter, Tombow Liquid Glue,  Dimensional, SNAIL

Technique Tip:  If you are wondering how I got the glitter to stick in a somewhat random way the answer is simple…glue mix…spattered.   Here are the details:

Spattered Glue and Glitter Technique:
In a little saucer combine very small amount of water with a dollop of the Tombow multipurpose liquid glue. You can add the water with the aquapainter then mix it around. Make sure the mix is a bit more solid than super liquid. Then spatter across the areas where you want it with the aquapainter brush. Tip: hold the aquapainter up towards the brush end instead of squeezing the handle of the aquapainter (for obvious reasons…you want glue…not water) when you do the spattering. Once you have the glue spatter complete sprinkle with gold glitter (Stampin’ Up’s superfine glitter works wonderfully) and tap off excess. Instant glittery goodness. One other note…you may want to wear a mask while doing this if you don’t want glitter up your nose or in your eyelashes. Oh…and don’t stand over the loose glitter if you blow off some of the access. Yep…experience is a great teacher!


Card Base: 5″x 10″ Early Espresso
Mat layer: 4-1/4” x 4-1/4” Early Espresso
DSP Strips: 4-1/2” long of varying depth – start with 1” tall strips and shave from there.
Sentiment piece: 1-7/8” x 2-1/4” Crumb Cake

DSP= Designer Series Paper

1) Score card base at 5″, fold and crease with bone folder.
2) Adhere the Designer Series Paper strips to the mat layer. Trim edges. Attach completed mat to card base with dimensionals.
3) Stamp and die cut the leaves (Vintage Leaves stamps & Leaflets dies). Arrange on card front with either snail or glue dots.
4) Stamp the sentiment from Lighthearted Leaves on sentiment layer (Crumb Cake) in Early Espresso ink. Punch end with Banner Triple Punch.
5) Swirl Metallic thread (wrap around 3 or 4 fingers, fluff and adhere to snail placed on back of sentiment piece. Attach sentiment piece to card with dimensionals.
6) Spatter glue/water combo with aquapainter across card front and sprinkle with gold glitter.
7) Add gold sequins from gold sequin trim.


 That’s it for this challenge.  I hope you’ll join the Watercooler challenge and show us your own sketch inspired project and link up to us.  We had 7 linky posts this last time so there is a winner for the last challenge check out our winner here.  And check this post out so you can see the wonderful additions by all the challenge participants. Check the challenge site for rules on competing for future challenges.

Hugs and Blessings to all my challenge friends and readers.

Jean Fitch in pink


2 Responses

  1. Brilliant, TFS

  2. How did I miss your Ombre technique? I love how you used paper for the effect. My you have a lot of talent to share. The technique you used is amazing.

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