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.

ombrepurple ombrebluedress ombredeepreddress

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!


Let’s go fly a kite…

Swirly Bird has a Kite!

Dear Friends,

I am so thrilled that it’s kite weather again. When my family goes to the beach, we love to bring our kite and go out in the evenings, when it’s cooler and beach is less crowded. It’s not easy to get the kite up there, but once we do, I have great memories of my kids laughing as they hold the string.


Swirly Bird is such a great stamp set — it even has these sweet little kite stamps hiding in it. The card below was easy to make since I keep a template for making clouds right in my stamp area. Whenever I need it, it’s there so I don’t have to make a new one. The template is made with the scallop punch. I punched out three scallops and taped them together. They are well worn, but they work great.


To get the color, I first used Marina Mist ink. I then used Pacific point on top of it. Pacific Point is a little dark, so before I sponged it on the card, I first dabbed some ink off on scrap paper so it wouldn’t be too dark.

Swirly Bird Stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Here’s a video I made a few months ago for my Creative Challenge members on how to do this technique.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Swirly Bird, Kinda Eclectic
Paper: Whisper White, Marina Mist
Ink: Marina Mist, Pacific Point, Bermuda Bay, Elegant Eggplant, Black, Gray
Other: Linen Thread

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Sponging – 2 ways!

Dear Friends,

Today I’m sharing my latest technique video. In the video, I teach two ways of using sponging to make stunning backgrounds for your stamped images.

The video was created for my Creative Challenge group. Click here to learn about the challenge and join. We have a vibrant facebook group and lots of projects shared throughout the month.

Last month we did Watercolor Washing, which is one of my absolute favorite stamping techniques. This month, I wanted to feature a beautiful technique – but one that didn’t involve water. LOL. A little less mess, anyone? I decided on using sponges because they are my favorite tool. I’m a frugal gal and in my opinion, sponges are the cheapest tool with the largest impact. A package of sponges only costs about $3.50 (click here if you need to order any) and you can cut them up and get tons of use of them. I like to label my sponges and keep them forever. The more you use them, the better they get!

The first card uses all-over sponging. Using Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, and Melon Mambo, I show how to sponge, adding layers of color to make the beautiful effect shown on the card.


The second card shows two techniques in one. It shows how to create the ripped paper effect, as well as sponging, merging different colors together.

Many of my videos for my Creative Challenge members include more than one way of doing a technique. I therefore have two different neat ways of doing sponging. I like to fill my videos with as much information as possible since my technique videos are designed to be a class. The videos are comprehensive and include as much information about the technique as needed for beginners and advanced stampers to be successful with the technique.


Below is the video. I hope you enjoy it and give this technique a try.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Summer Silhouettes
Paper: Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Whisper White
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, and Melon Mambo
Tools: Sponges