The ombre trend is still pretty hot right now and I wanted to come up with a way to create my own ombre ink pads before buying the ones that are out there (call me frugal)! I had some Ranger Cut ‘N Dry foam, just laying around, begging to be used, so I cut a piece off and inked it up. I chose to use Memento Luxe ink, since the chalk inks are ‘juicier,’ but you can use any ink you want. 🙂
I just laid the foam down on my protected work surface and went back and forth with the ink pad until I had an ombre-looking ink pad. I found that the best way was to turn the ink pad, like the picture below for the darkest part at the bottom. I had more control that way to add more or less ink!
Once my brand new custom ombre ink pad was ready, I grabbed a scripty “happy” from the Happy Birthday set (the mix of fonts in this set is just fantastic!) and placed it on the pad. I tapped it a few times, just to make sure the ink covered the stamp. Then, I crossed my fingers and stamped it onto some white card stock….
….and voila! It worked! Cue happy dance! The Cut ‘N Dry can be washed over and over again, so the possibilities are endless using this technique. Think of the different ink combos you could create, darks fading into lights, pastels fading into neons… Squee!!!
Next up, I pulled out the Dragon set and got to coloring with my colored pencils. Since the ombre look is soft and pretty, I stuck with pencils to keep that same soft effect instead of using markers.
I also used a paper stump and mineral spirits to blend, giving it an even softer look! Sometimes it’s important to think about what medium you should use and which one works best with the style you’re going for!
I also wanted to share a little tip about what I do when I use black card stock as a base. I used to try to stamp my sentiment on the inside in white ink or write with a white pen. That never seemed to work well (unless I heat embossed everything in white, LOL), so now I just cut a piece of plain card stock and attach it to the inside. Since I’ve had a few people ask about using a black base (which I love doing because it can really make your front panel pop), I figured I’d share my little tip! Don’t be afraid to use a different color as your base instead of white or another white color!!!
And to finish off the card, I added the castle from the Royal Wish set to the background in grey. I wanted to make sure it was light and didn’t distract anyone from the dragon, so I inked it up in grey and stamped it first onto a scrap piece of paper. Then I stamped it on my front panel. This way, the ink was nice and light and shows up in the background. The dragon is still front and center!