The ombre effect on the bottom tier was achieved with 23 layers of ruffles in 11 shades ranging from pure white to pure black. All the ruffles, including the vertical ones on the middle tier were cut from fondant and ruffled with 2 sizes of ball tool and a veiner. Gumpaste fantasy flowers made with a piece of an orchid cutter set and outlined with with black gel color thinned with vodka using a tiny brush. I've been trying very hard to improve my picture taking and I'm starting to see the results of that, I think. TFL!