Before we say goodbye to the retiring Oh, Hello stamp set, I thought it might be fun to revisit this easy-to-create ombre technique. This simple thank you card is one I created while focusing mainly on the technique itself. I love using the big oval chevron stamp from the Oh, Hello set for this technique!
You can apply this ombre technique in any colors you wish - you'll just need three or four ink pads in varying shades of one color, (or possibly two colors as I've done here) and an equal amount of sponge daubers. You'll want to use one dauber for each ink pad, so the daubers won't get muddied any more than necessary. For this card, I used (in order): Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango, and Cajun Craze.
How to create the ombre look:
- Place the stamp rubber side up and apply ink directly to the rubber using a sponge dauber.
- To apply the ink, tap the sponge dauber on the ink pad, then tap the dauber onto the stamp where ink is desired.
- Apply the lightest color of ink across the top section of the rubber stamp.
- Apply the second color of ink across the next section of the stamp, slightly overlapping the previous layer of ink.
- Continue applying ink, ending with the darkest color, slightly overlapping the previous application.
- Before stamping the image onto white cardstock, breathe/huff on the stamp to re-moisten all the ink.
TIP: Label the sponge daubers with the color used for each one and save them for use on future projects. Alternatively, sponge daubers can be washed and reused with any color of ink.
NOTE: Sponge daubers are currently sold out, however they WILL be offered again starting June 2 with the launch of the new catalog.
You can cut out the ombre chevron oval by hand or use the Ovals Collection Framelit Dies to perfectly die-cut the oval with one pass through the Big Shot. The flower embellishment is also die-cut, using the retiring Floral Fusion Sizzlit, with a scallop circle center created using the (also retiring) Itty Bitty Punch Pack. I'm so sad the punch pack is retiring - it's been a go-to item for me and I'll miss it so. BUT! Not to worry, there is a replacement in the new catalog that I think I'll love just as much.
My favorite version of this card was done in light blues for the ombre chevron, with a gray card base. Very pretty color combination! See it here.
Have you tried this technique yet? I'd love to hear about it in the comments below!
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