Creating an ombre’ background with Video

Using techniques can help in making a handmade card. There are so many ways to use our stamp pads, that it can get over complicated very easy. If you have ever wanted to create a background with an ombre’ look, then I hope you like this card. For today’s project, I am bringing attention to a different way to create an interesting background. This week at the What Will You Stamp challenge, we are stamping with Fairy Celebration stamp set. Be sure to go over to the page and check out all of the Design Team’s cards this week and if you are up to a challenge…. add a photo of your card as well!


Ombre Background

Fair Celebration ombre by Jenny Hall

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Design Details

To create an inked ombre background, I used a sponge brayer, watercolor paper and ink pads. Watercolor paper is not necessary, you can utilize regular card stock with great results. I chose three colors that have a common tone; Fresh Fig, Sweet Sugarplum and Flirty Flamingo. Flirty Flamingo is much more warm than the others, but I chose to include it in this combo to help create the look of a sunset.  The stamped images are embossed on the paper first, the ink blending is added directly over the embossing. I used the stars and stardust stamps from Star of Light stamp set. I was thinking of Tinkerbell when I created this scene and imagined her flying off into the setting sun.

Using the brayer, I ran it across the stamp pad in a forward motion (not back and forth). This allows the ink to cover the entire roller and get an even coating of ink which helps to get the ombre look. Starting at the bottom with the lightest color, I rolled on the color in a horizontal motion. When I felt the color had saturated the paper enough, I rolled on the mid-tone and applied it to the paper. The two colors should overlap to get a nice ombre blend.  Repeat this for the third color. Once there is a good coating of ink, I bring the roller down the paper (vertical) until there is a nice gradient look.

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measurements for this project

Fresh Fig card stock card base is 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″
Sweet Sugarplum card stock layer: 3 3/4″ x 5″
Watercolor card stock panel: 3 1/2″ x 4 3/4″ plus some to fussy cut

Watercolor Paper scrap for die cut

Here is the video I made for the construction of this project. CLICK HERE to watch or watch below


Here is a list of supplies I used to make this card project. Links are here that you can click to get product info and purchase items, at no additional cost to you, as well. Thank you for your support with your purchase 🙂

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Fair Celebration ombre by Jenny Hall


Having more ways to create a focal point on your project can make a project work for you. Thanks for stopping by today.

-Jenny Hall

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Fair Celebration ombre by Jenny Hall


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