Sponging An Ombre Background
Today is a little different because I am not going live like I usually do for my Facebook Live Card Tutorials. However, I have a beautiful ombre card to share with all of you that I absolutely adore! It uses the stamp set Enjoy the Moment which includes sentiments and seedpods. For the card today I am using ‘a little note’ and the poppy flower seed pod.
Items Used On Card
How to Sponge An Ombre Background
An Ombre background is when a color is blended from one hue to the next. Usually, this means it moves from a dark color to a light color. Stampin’ Up! provides many color combinations for this to work with. I love blending pinks, purples, and even the browns together to create a special ombre that can be used for any occasion. For this card, I am using three of Stampin’ Up!’s blues. Balmy Blue, Pacific Point, and Night of Navy.
The first step in making this card is cutting the base and layer. I used Thick Basic White and Basic White.
Card Base – 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″ in Basic White Thick
Layer One – 4″ x 5 1/4″ in Basic White
I have 6 Blending Brushes, one for each color family; blues, greens, yellows, browns, purples, and reds. This way I can use the red brush with Poppy Parade or Real Red. For this card, I used my Blue Blending Brush.
When I am using my blending brushes I like to keep a scrap piece under my piece of Basic White layer that way and a block next to me. The first color that I dip into is the lightest color, in this case, it is Balmy Blue. When I dip the brush into the ink pad I tap some off onto the block before tapping again on the scrap piece of paper before blending in circles on my Basic White layer. I always start off my paper before moving onto the layer. This helps to keep dark splotches down. I bring the first color down about 1/4″ of the layer.
Next, I clean the brush by swirling the color off on the scrap piece of paper until it runs clear. Then I dip it into the next darkest color which is Pacific point. I take this color all the way down and blend it into Balmy Blue.
After sponging Pacific Point, I dipped into the darkest color, Night of Navy. This color I brought up about 1/4″ from the bottom of the card and I blend into the Pacific Point. Since this is a dark color I make sure to clean the brush before dipping back into another color. At this stage, you can begin to see the ombre begin to take effect.
Finally, I dip back into Pacific Point to build back up the middle section and then Balmy Blue. I like to start my blending off very lightly and build up the colors because if you go too dark you cannot take that color away.
Once you have built up the colors in your ombre to your liking the next step is to pick out the stitched rectangle die and to cut it out using the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine.
After die-cutting the stitched rectangle the next step is getting ready to stamp. Stamp the image onto the rectangle in versa-mark. While the ink was still wet I covered it in White Stampin’ Emboss Powder.
After knocking the powder back into the container and cleaning up any spots that I don’t want the powder sticking to I set the embossing powder using Stampin’ Up!’s heat tool.
On the back of the rectangle layer, I added dimensionals then I took off the backings before adding another layer of dimensionals onto the backs of the dimensionals. I really liked the added lift that this gave to the finished project. Next, I stamped the sentiment in Pacific Point before using the Classic Label punch to punch it out of Basic White.
On the face of the card, I laid the stitched rectangle back over the negative space. But before I did that I wrapped Bakers Twine around the rectangle and added a double bow with a glue dot. Next, I added the sentiment and rhinestones.
Here is the finished ombre card
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