Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Ombré Toolbox Tutorial

Hello friends! Today I have an inky ombré  tutorial for you, made for the Eileen Hull Inspiration Team. This month, the team is showing you techniques with Eileen's ColorBox Blends inks by Clearsnap. Don't miss all the inspiration.

Layers of ink - Ombré Toolbox Tutorial by Anna-Karin with ColorBox Eileen Hull Blends

I used three different shades of turquoise-blue Blends to create an ombré effect on this toolbox. It's very quick and easy to achieve this effect and the inks are lovely to work with. All the stamping on the box was also done with the Blends. I really like the shape of the Toolbox and I have made a bunch of them before.

Layers of ink - Ombré Toolbox Tutorial by Anna-Karin with ColorBox Eileen Hull Blends

Start by die cutting the Toolbox from white mat board. These are the pieces you need. The Toolbox die is a ScoreBoards die and both cuts and scores the material, as you can see here.

Layers of ink - Ombré Toolbox Tutorial by Anna-Karin with ColorBox Eileen Hull Blends

The Blends look like this and come with a built in sponge. Activate the inks by pressing them down on a piece of scrap paper or craft sheet. The Blends are pigment inks and contain 10 times as much ink as an ordinary pigment ink pad. Apply about half way up the shape. This is the Bay color.

Layers of ink - Ombré Toolbox Tutorial by Anna-Karin with ColorBox Eileen Hull Blends

Continue with Beach, blending it into the lighter color. I also used one of my favourite tools to smooth out the blending a little, namely the ColorBox Stylus tool, with oval blending tips. This is a really great inking tool, with great precision and the foam on the tips is of a high quality. I use it a lot, especially for scenic stamping.

Layers of ink - Ombré Toolbox Tutorial by Anna-Karin with ColorBox Eileen Hull Blends

Finally, apply the darkest shade (Uniform) at the top, blending it into the color below.

Layers of ink - Ombré Toolbox Tutorial by Anna-Karin with ColorBox Eileen Hull Blends

Do the same on the large piece. You need to plan it a little to make sure that you apply the ink in the right direction, since the shape gets folded into a box later.

Layers of ink - Ombré Toolbox Tutorial by Anna-Karin with ColorBox Eileen Hull Blends

The Blends also work great to stamp with. Just pounce the sponge on the stamp until you can see that the whole stamp is covered. It is also much easier to use more than one colour ink on a single stamped impression, than if you use normal ink pads, since the Blends have great precision. I inked the tree stamps with Beach and Uniform, and also inked one of the sentiments with both inks. The stamps are by Darkroom Door; African Trees, Wild Africa Vol. 1 and Wild Africa Vol. 2. I love these stamps and they make me think of South Africa.

Layers of ink - Ombré Toolbox Tutorial by Anna-Karin with ColorBox Eileen Hull Blends

My favourite white pigment ink is the ColorBox Frost White and I was curious to see how the Coconut Blends ink would stamp on my background. It worked wonderfully. You can see how white it looks, even on the darkest blue. I really like the look of white stamping on top of a darker surface.

Layers of ink - Ombré Toolbox Tutorial by Anna-Karin with ColorBox Eileen Hull Blends

Die cut grass from white paper, you need three pieces.

Layers of ink - Ombré Toolbox Tutorial by Anna-Karin with ColorBox Eileen Hull Blends

Colour with the Bay ink. Very quick and easy.

Layers of ink - Ombré Toolbox Tutorial by Anna-Karin with ColorBox Eileen Hull Blends

When the ink is dry, stamp with a texture stamp and again with the Bay ink, creating a subtle tone-on-tone effect.

Layers of ink - Ombré Toolbox Tutorial by Anna-Karin with ColorBox Eileen Hull Blends

Glue strips of grass all around the box. Assemble the box using a strong adhesive. The sentiment on the front of the box was easily inked with two shades of ink and adds to the ombré  effect.

Layers of ink - Ombré Toolbox Tutorial by Anna-Karin with ColorBox Eileen Hull Blends

The tag comes from the 3-D Tea Cup die and was stamped with another sentiment and inked softly around the edges.

Layers of ink - Ombré Toolbox Tutorial by Anna-Karin with ColorBox Eileen Hull Blends

I tied a piece of twine around the box.

Layers of ink - Ombré Toolbox Tutorial by Anna-Karin with ColorBox Eileen Hull Blends

I inked the darker edges with the white ink.

Layers of ink - Ombré Toolbox Tutorial by Anna-Karin with ColorBox Eileen Hull Blends

Here's the back of the box, with a larger tree and a giraffe.

Layers of ink - Ombré Toolbox Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Eileen Hull Sizzix Toolbox die.

Here you can see that the tree was inked with two shades of Blends.


I stamped 'Be strong' too far down and it would have been covered by the grass. To avoid that, I cut the grass up a bit and added some shorter straws at the front. 

Layers of ink - Ombré Toolbox Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Eileen Hull Sizzix Toolbox die.

The white stamping stands out so well on the dark background.

Layers of ink - Ombré Toolbox Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Eileen Hull Sizzix Toolbox die.

The other side of the box, with a partial impression of the big tree, and another word stamp.

Layers of ink - Ombré Toolbox Tutorial by Anna-Karin with Eileen Hull Sizzix Toolbox die.

The box opens like this. You can fill it with a gift or sweets. I also made one with an accordion mini-book inside, which you can find in this Nature's Toolbox tutorial, if you want more inspiration. You can also find a Ten Minute Watercolor Toolbox here.

Thank you so much for visiting! I hope you enjoyed this inky post.

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin

Supplies:

Inks: ColorBox Eileen Hull Blends: Bay, Beach, Uniform, Coconut





5 comments:

  1. Love the ombré effect Anna-Karin, gorgeous make . Tracy x

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  2. Love your box, the ombre looks amazing in those colours and the white is brilliant on the darker background. I have loved using the inks too! Anne x

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  3. I love this tool box. The colors are beautiful, love how you did the ombre effect. Your stamping always inspires me.

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  4. This ombre box is stunning! Thanks for the step-by-step tutorial, especially the note about the planning ahead - very detailed! I love making boxes :)

    Thanks also for stopping by my blog!

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