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!


Lots of Shakes for this Seaside Shore Card

As I was making this shaker card, I had a wild and crazy idea. I thought — why limit a shaker card to just ONE area to shake? Why not keep going? So I did!! I am so excited about this card. Although I used the Seaside Shore stamp set in my last card, too, I wanted to use it again to show an underwater scene. Isn’t this fun?

Shaker Card using the Seaside Shore stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Tips for making a Shaker Card

  1. When making a shaker card with multiple windows, be sure to leave room between the windows. You’ll notice that in between my circles there’s space. This space is important since that’s where the Foam Adhesive Strips are located (on the underside, of course).
  2. After cutting out circles in the top blue layer, I laid this layer over the white card base. With pencil, I lightly traced the circles onto the white paper. This showed me where to stamp my images. After I stamped all the images, I erased the circles with a good quality eraser.
  3. I think it’s more fun to have different items in each window. On my window in the top left, I have sequins in Bermuda Bay blue. The other windows each have different color or shapes in them, as well.
  4. To tie the card together, I stamped the water dots image in each of the windows, in the same Soft Sky blue. This gives the card a consistent feel.

Shaker Card using the Seaside Shore stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Keep at It

When we do a technique more than once, it can help us to grow our creativity even more. Maya Angelou says,

You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.

– Maya Angelou

This is so true. The more creativity you use, the more inspiration and new ideas you get. You come up with new and different ways of doing things. If there’s a technique you love, I encourage you to keep using it. Then show me the results and send me a picture 🙂 Watch your creativity grow to new levels.

Shaker Card using the Seaside Shore stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Here’s my video on how to make shaker card:

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Supplies Used:

Stamps: Seaside Shore
Paper: Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Crumb Cake
Ink: Crumb Cake, Calypso Coral, Soft Sky, Smoky Slate, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie
Other: Metallics Sequins, Gold Sequins, Bermuda Bay Sequins, Seaside Embossing Folder, Foam Adhesive Strips


Seaside Shore gets a Shake Up!

Oh are shaker cards fun to make!! I’ve been having a ball this week making only shaker cards. They are truly addictive because they add sparkle and fun to a card.

The pictures of this card really don’t do it justice. The glitter sparkles in person and adds so much to the card. This is my favorite shaker card yet! (Though I suspect the card I’ll be posting on Friday may be your favorite…..)

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

How to Make the Water Background

Making the water was a little more complicated than it had to be. If you’re like me, if there’s a hard way and an easy way to do something, do you always find the hard way? Yep, that’s me alright. To make the water, I used Shimmery White cardstock and watercolored Pacific Point and Soft Sky ink over it. I then took the random dot stamp from the Awesomely Artistic stamp set, dipped it in the Pacific Point ink, sprayed the stamp with water, and stamped. It was a lot of work, but oh doesn’t it look pretty?

Here’s how I’d recommend you do this technique. Grab some Soft Sky cardstock. Ink up the random dot stamp with Pacific Point ink. Spray stamp with a little water and stamp onto the Soft Sky cardstock. And that’s it! Yes, the way I did it does add a lot to the card, but I think it would be equally lovely done with Soft Sky as a background rather than watercoloring.

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

To make the dragonfly, I used Shimmery White cardstock and colored the fly in Soft Suede, Crushed Curry, and Watermelon Wonder. I then misted the stamp with just a LITTLE water (that’s the key. If there’s too much water it’ll be a blob instead of a dragonfly) and stamped onto the cardstock. After it dried, I carefully cut it.

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

I think one of the reasons why I love this card so much is that it combines two of my favorite stamp sets, Awesomely Artistic and Seaside Shore. Both are amazing stamp sets and when you put them together, they make a huge impact.

To learn how to do a shaker card, see my video below:

My inspiration for this card came from the Paper Craft Crew design challenge. For the challenge, I followed the left column, Seashells, Natural Elements, and Water. If you’d like to play along, click here: PCC#209


Supplies Used:

Stamps: Awesomely Artistic and Seaside Shore
Ink: Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry, Soft Suede, Watermelon Wonder, Pacific Point, Soft Sky
Paper: Shimmery White, Whisper White, Crumb Cake
Other: Layering Circle Framelits Dies, Metallics Sequins

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Having a blast with Seaside Shore

I wasn’t exaggerating when I told you this annual catalog is the BEST I’ve ever seen in all the years I’ve been shopping with Stampin’ Up! One of my favorite stamp sets is Seaside Shore. I’m drawn to this stamp set not just because of the neat looking fish, but also because of the stamps that accompany it.

To make a card amazing (while doing as little work as possible…), it’s helpful to have items that compliment the main image. This can be in the form of paper, accessories, buttons, etc. However, matching stamps may be the best and easiest way to compliment your focal image.

In the card below, the fish are nice, but without the little bubbles in the circle, it wouldn’t have packed as big a punch.

Also, the anchor (also from the stamp set, Seaside Shore) adds dimension and interest to the card.

Seaside Shore stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Another accessory I used was the Seaside embossing folder. It was designed to compliment this stamp set and it adds a ton of subtle beauty to the card.

The product suite also has matching designer series paper called “By the Shore” but I’m hoarding saving it for another project. The colors and designs on this paper are stunning. It has a lot of Calypso Coral, which is one of my favorite colors.


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To make this card, I used the Tic Tac Toe board from the Paper Craft Crew challenge (Click PCCC#202 to play along!). Can you tell which row I used?????


The Tic Tac Toe lets you be flexible, but also forces you to add different elements to your card, which you may not have thought of on your own. I used the first line, Buttons, Linen Thread, and a Die Cut. Being “forced” to use the linen thread helped add interest to the card, and went along with the theme.

Seaside Shore stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Tips for making the card:

  • Start with a piece of Whisper White cardstock measuring 4 ¼ x 5 ½. Fold in half.
  • Cut a piece of Soft Sky cardstock measuring 4 x 5 ¼
  • I chose the second largest circle in the new Layering Circles Framelits collection. Choose whichever size you like, then cut a circle on the top right of Soft Sky Cardstock using the Big Shot.
  • Using the Seaside embossing folder, emboss the Soft Sky card stock.

The “trickiest” part of the card is lining everything up. Here’s how I did it:

  • Place the Soft Sky cardstock over the Whisper White. Trace around the circle lightly in pencil.
  • Remove the Soft Sky cardstock. Stamp the fish and water droplets. It’s okay if some of the stamped images go beyond the circle. They’ll be covered up.
  • Put glue on the water droplets and sprinkle with Dazzling Diamonds glitter.
  • Using a good quality eraser, erase the pencil marks.

To put the card together:

  • Use Dimensionals to put the Soft Sky over the Whisper White.
  • Stamp the anchor and cut it out. Place on the Soft Sky card stock with Dimensionals.
  • Add a button and some sequins from the Metallic Sequins collections.

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Supplies Used:
Stamp Set: Seaside Shore
Paper: Soft Sky, Whisper White
Ink: Soft Sky, Crumb Cake, Rich Razzleberry, Soft Suede, Smokey Slate
Other: Two-way glue (retired), Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Seaside Embossing Folder, Layering Circle Framelits

I hope you enjoy this stamp set suite as much as I do!

Have fun with it.