Easiest Way to do Ombre

If you’ve wanted to try Ombre, I have the EASIEST way to do it! The card below was easy-peasy to create, and you can do it, too!

Ombre is Color Gradation

If you’re new to ombré, ombré is a color gradation effect where a shade (usually of one color, but it can also be multiple colors) goes from light to dark.

Ombre card using the Work of Art stamp set by Stampin' Up!

In the card above, I used stamp set, Work of Art. This stamp set is ideal for ombré!! When browsing pinterest with this stamp set in the search field, you will see lots of ideas for ombre using this set.

Also, follow me on pinterst (click here). I have an ombré board set up to inspire you, with all kinds of ombré item such as cards (of course!), home décor, clothing, etc. Ombré is a HOT trend right now, and it’s everywhere.

Just to share a funny story. Last night I was reading a book and the book cover was — ombré! It was a beautiful blue, light at the top and moving darker towards the bottom. I had to laugh. It’s everywhere!

Tips for Stamping Ombré

To create the ombré effect in the card, I first started with a dark color. Starting with a saturated, deep color is key for this technique!

Once you have the color, the rest is easy. I stamped first at the bottom, where I wanted the color to be the darkest. Without reinking I then stamped again above it. Without reinking again, I stamped the lightest color above. Ta da! An easy ombré effect!

Ombre card using the Work of Art stamp set by Stampin' Up!

I do want to caution you that this triple stamping technique works well with rubber stamps. I have not had success with it using photopolymer stamps. With photopolymer, when I stamp off the second time, most of the ink is already off the stamp and it doesn’t look right.

Below is my video different ways to achieve an ombré effect.

Join my facebook group!

I have a special group set up on facebook and every month I post a new technique (I call it a challenge!) and people post pictures of cards they’ve made, using the technique. Of course, at the end of the month I choose a random winner and send her goodies in the mail! It’s so much fun. To join, click here.

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Watercolor Wings, Work of Art
Paper: Watermelon Wonder, Mint Macaron, Whisper White
Ink: Watermelon Wonder, Basic Black
Other: Bold Butterfly Framelits, Wink of Stella, Silver Metallic Thread, Pearls

Watercolor Bookmark

Today is the last day in my bookmark series.  It was such fun that I may make this an annual event.  For those of you who are avid readers, I highly recommend the site, Goodreads.  I love being able to record the books I’ve read throughout the year.  I love going back to the list and reading books by the same same author.

The last bookmark is a different style.  It is an EASY bookmark to make — the easiest of all I’ve shown you this week.  This would be a great one to make a large quantity of for gifts.  You could do it assembly style.


To make the bookmark:


  • Cut out Cherry Cobbler card stock to 5 1/2 x 2
  • Cut out Whisper White card stock to 4 1/2 x 1 3/4
  • Using the Tag Topper Scalloped Punch (133324) punch out the top of the tag.
  • Using the Work of Art Stamp Set (134114), stamp the watercolor image in Crushed Curry, Cajan Craze, and Cherry Cobbler (cleaning the stamp well between each color)
  • Stamp the flower from the Bloom with Hope Stamp Set.
  • Apply Dazzling diamonds (or any color) glitter
  • Add Cherry Cobbler and Silver ribbon


Book Recommendation:

My final book recommendation is called The Sisterhood by Helen Bryan.  Much of the book takes place in the time of the Spanish Inquisition.  The book was riveting and I loved the historical aspects.  I am friends with my high school history teacher (it’s been a while since high school . . . :)) and as soon as I finished the book I had to tell her about it.  I enjoyed the book (though it was a bit gruesome in some parts) and learned a lot about history, both in Spain and South America.


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