Three ways to do Ombre

You know that fashions change throughout the years, but did you know that stamping does, too? It’s so true! Look at the colors sold by the major stamp companies. You’ll see these same ink colors reflected in clothing, and home accents. The ombre effect is very trendy right now in the retail world, so of course, it’s also trendy in the stamping world

What is Ombre?

The Urban Dictionary defines ombre as:

A French term meaning “shaded.” Usually a multicolored stripe, with colors graduating from light to dark. The color effect, generally produced by arranging different tones in the warp. This is often seen in hair, clothes, or even art.

In the stamping world, Ombre is when a color fades from dark to light (or vice versa).

There are so many ways to create an ombre effect. You can do it with a specialty stamp pad, paper, ink, and numerous other ways.

In the card below, I use sponging to create the effect.

Fun ombre card using the Seaside Shore stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Tips for Creating this card:

  • To create the ombre effect, I sponged three colors on the cardstock. I started with Pool Party ink, then switched to Bermuda Bay. For my darkest color, I used Island Indigo. The tones worked well together.
  • When using ink to create an ombre effect, you will first want to experiment on scrap paper to make sure the colors work together. Sometimes ink that you think will flow nicely from lighter to darker shades REALLY doesn’t work. Trust me on that one!! In the video, I show an example of a shade I thought for sure would work, and it looked horrible (in my opinion). I went through many more experiments but didn’t show you all the failed samples or the video would have gone a looooong time.
  • When sponging darker colors, after dipping the sponge into the ink, I like to ink it off  onto scrap paper before putting it on my card. Inking it off removes the “blob” you can sometimes get. This will make the effect flow nicely.
  • You may be wondering how I got the white circles on the paper. I did this by using special white paper that has the circles already on it. It’s such a fun paper to use for this effect! It’s called Irresistibly Floral Designer Series Specialty Paper.

Fun ombre card using the Seaside Shore stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Sponging is just one way to do Ombre. There are so many different ways to do it. In my video below I show three ways. I could have kept going, but the video would have been too long 🙂

Below is some inspiration of beautiful gowns that are done in ombre. It’s no wonder it’s so trendy — it’s a beautiful effect.

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I hope you give the ombre technique a try.

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Seaside Shore
Paper: Island Indigo, Early Espresso, Irresistibly Floral Designer Series Specialty Paper
Ink: Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo, Early Espresso, Sahara Sand, Perfect Plum, Rose Red

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Fun ombre card using the Seaside Shore stamp set by Stampin' Up!


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