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UPDATED: Easy Ombre Backgrounds – Lots of Cards! + GIVEAWAY

UPDATE: My apologies! I am having a rough day. Between some technical difficulties and a few goofs of my own, I decided to redo today’s video and post. I am sorry for the multiple emails and confusion. As an apology I have added a HUGE giveaway! Let’s try this again… 🙂

Hi there! Today I am sharing a video I started many months ago. Finally! It focuses on an easy way to do ombre backgrounds… and I have lots of examples…

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

Ahhhhhh… I love to make lots of cards with lots of fun products! It definitely makes me happy. Today I made a huge stack of cards… all with the same technique and design.

In my video, I show how to create easy ombre backgrounds with Clarity Brushes and Mini Ink Blending Tools. You don’t need both to create a this look, but it does give faster results. I also think the best results happen when using Distress Inks since they blend so well.

I also show a fast way to create dimensional word die cuts. I can’t recommend Stick It Adhesive Sheets enough! OH – and adding Judikins Iridescent Sparkle Embossing Powder on top of the die cut makes it sparkle and shine so much…

Since I made so many cards with so many different products (sorry – I was having fun!), I thought it would help to share photos and product links here. Keep in mind that at the end of this post I link to several stores in case one is out of stock. Click the product name for more details.

Red Kindness Card: My Favorite Things Kindness Die, My Favorite Things Kind Words Stamp SetMy Favorite Things Bundles of Blossoms Stamps, and Candied Apple Distress Ink.

Blue Thanks Card: WPlus9 Beautiful Bouquet Dahlia Stamp SetSugarPea Thanks DieMy Favorite Things Snuggle Bunnies Stamp Set, and Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink.

Teal Awesome Card: My Favorite Things Garden Flourish Background Stamp, Neat and Tangled Awesome Dies, Right At Home Color In Sentiments Stamp Set, and Peacock Feathers Distress Ink.

Red Thanks Card: Hero Arts Everything Flower Background, Impression Obsession Thanks Die, My Favorite Things Because You Set, and Candied Apple Distress Ink.

Mint Celebrate Card: My Favorite Things Starry Night Background, Waffle Flower Celebrate Die, Mama Elephant Hello Friend Wishes Stamps, and Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink.

Green Hello Card: Simon Says Cling Leaves Background, Pink and Main Hello Die, Mama Elephant Sunday Sentiment Stamp Set, and Mowed Lawn Distress Ink.

Blue Thanks Card: WPlus9 Beautiful Bouquet Dahlia Stamp Set, Pink and Main Thanks Die, My Favorite Things Grateful Stamp Set, and Blueprint Sketch Distress Ink.

Pink Love Card: Simon Says Stamp Emma Background, Simon Says Stamp Love Die, Sunny Studio Friends & Family Stamp Set, and Picked Raspberry Distress Ink.

Mint Hello Card: Hero Arts Garden Background, My Favorite Things Hello Die, My Favorite Things Grateful Stamp Set, and Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink.

Orange Grateful Card: Hero Arts Garden BackgroundMy Favorite Things Grateful Stamp Set, My Favorite Things Grateful Stamp Set, and Ripe Persimmon Distress Ink.

Lilac Sympathy Card: My Favorite Things Garden Flourish Background Stamp, Avery Elle With Sympathy Die, Avery Elle With Sympathy Stamp Set, and Shaded Lilac Distress Ink.

Lilac Blessed Card: Hero Arts Garden BackgroundSimon Says Stamp Blessed Die, My Favorite Things Grateful Stamp Set, and Shaded Lila Distress Ink.

Green Miss You Card: Hero Arts Foliage Bold Prints Stamp, Impression Obsession Miss You Die, Right At Home Tiny Sentiments Stamp Set, and Mowed Lawn Distress Ink.

Teal Thanks Card: My Favorite Things Garden Flourish Background Stamp, Pink and Main Thanks Die, Right At Home Tiny Sentiments Stamp Set, and Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink.

Purple Blessed Card: Impress Coloring Bouquet Stamp, Kat Scrappiness Blessed Die, discontinued sentiment, and Seedless Preserves Distress Ink.

Pink Awesome Card: Altenew Majestic Blooms Stamp Set, Studio Calico Awesome Die, Mama Elephant Sunday Sentiment Stamp Set, and Picked Raspberry Distress Ink.

Blue Wishes Card: Simon Says Cling Leaves Background, Impression Obsession Wishes Die, Right At Home Tiny Sentiments Stamp Set, and Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink.

Purple Awesome Card: Old Impression Obsession Background, Studio Calico Awesome DieMy Favorite Things Because You Set, and Wilted Violet Distress Ink.

Red Hello Card: WPlus9 Beautiful Bouquet Dahlia Stamp SetPink and Main Hello Die, Mama Elephant Sunday Sentiment Stamp Set, and Candied Apple Distress Ink.

Coral Thanks Card: Altenew Majestic Blooms Stamp Set, SugarPea Thanks Die, Right At Home Color In Sentiments Stamp Set, and Abandoned Coral Distress Ink.

Pink Thanks Card: Hero Arts Floral Background, Impression Obsession Thanks Die, Poppy Stamps Hope & Thanks Stamp Set, and Picked Raspberry Distress Ink.

Blue Wishes Card: Hero Arts Dot Moire Bold Prints Stamp, Impression Obsession Wishes Die, Right At Home Tiny Sentiments Stamp Set, and Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink.

Red Friend Card: Old Impression Obsession Background, Lawn Fawn Scripty Friends Die, My Favorite Things Grateful Stamp Set, and Candied Apple Distress Ink.

Purple Hello Card: Hero Arts Floral Background, My Favorite Things Hello Die, Mama Elephant Hello Friend Wishes Stamp Set, and Wilted Violet Distress Ink.

Orange Wishes Card: Simon Says Stamp Flamingo Background, Impression Obsession Wishes Die, Right At Home Tiny Sentiments Stamp Set, and Ripe Persimmon Distress Ink.

Teal Hello Card: Altenew Majestic Blooms Stamp Set, Impression Obsession Hello Die, Avery Elle With Sympathy Stamp Set, and Peacock Feathers Distress Ink.

Purple Friends Card: My Favorite Things Wavy Coloring Book Background, Sunny Studio Friends & Family DieSunny Studio Friends & Family Stamp Set, and Wilted Violet Distress Ink.

Blue Friends Card: Simon Says Stamp Emma Background, Sunny Studio Friends & Family DieSunny Studio Friends & Family Stamp Set, and Mermiad Lagoon Distress Ink.

I should also mention that I stamped “handmade hugs” from the My Favorite Things Love Is In the Mail Stamp Set with my MISTI stamping tool.

I hope these links were helpful. I hope I didn’t make any mistakes – let me know if you see any!

GIVEAWAY

How would you like to win 3 sets of Mini Distress Inks and 3 stamp sets that I featured today? For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 2/15/17 telling me your favorite color to craft with. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected, emailed and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too! Prize personally donated.)

SUPPLIES

Want to find the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except those with an asterisk. As always, this post was NOT sponsored.) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), etc.


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1,854 thoughts on “UPDATED: Easy Ombre Backgrounds – Lots of Cards! + GIVEAWAY”

  1. I usually lean more towards shades of red but I really liked the seedless preserves card. It seemed to be almost iridescent.

  2. I Love the simplicity of these beautiful cards! They look so complicated but your tutorial shows how simple they really can be. I love to emboss and use the technique on most of my cards. My kids used to say that if they stood still long enough, I would emboss them!
    As for colors, I love brights and tend towards blues (hello mermaid blue!) and bright pinks, Like picked raspberry.

    I have only just discovered you and can’t imagine how I’ve missed you for so long. I am loving learning from all your videos. Your work is beautiful and inspirational. Thank you!

  3. Wow! Talk about card happy! They are all just gorgeous. My favorite color to play with is blue. Watching your video has got me itching to do the same! Lol!

  4. Hi, I live in the UK. IM NEW TO CARD-making. I think I have watched pretty much all your videos, over & over and I find them so inspirational! My favourite colour for card-making or any other craft is turquoise, closely followed by cobalt.

  5. I am speechless! Wow!! Such gorgeous cards, i am still in awe, each of them is so beautifully made! Thanks a ton for the inspiration and the video! Indeed very kind of you! I love wilted voilet! Looks so royal 🙂 Would love to win the distress inks and gorgeous, indeed gorgeous stamp sets that you have used in your creations!

  6. Hi! I’ve just discovered your blog and videos and all your great stuff! Eeeek!
    I love how I can try your techniques with the supplies I already have! My card stash is wearing thin and I can’t wait to try this out!
    My favourite colour to craft with (but isn’t really a colour) is white.

  7. I love so many colors and there is so many choice to do for crafting, it’s really difficult for me to decide when I begin a project ! But I admit that I really love dynamic colors (pink, yellow, orange, violet) ! Thank for sharing your beautiful ideas 🙂

  8. I love all of these fun colored cards! So pretty! Thanks for sharing all of them, as well as listing all of the supplies of each card. You are awesome!
    My favorite color to craft with is pink and purple.

  9. I love working with earth colors (hard to pick one), but maybe blues. The blue wishes card with the Hero Arts Dot Moire bold background is my favorite!! I would love to encourage anyone reading this how much your handcrafted cards mean. I’ve just had the second of two surgeries in two weeks. Its been a tough time, but I enjoy looking at the lovely cards and finding encouragement. It’s so exciting to get a card in the mail. So even though you don’t hear it, please know you’re spreading joy when you bless others with your cards! ❤️

  10. Any shade of purple is what I love. I really learn a lot from all of your great videos.
    Thanks for sharing your ideas and talent. Thanks for the chance to win.

  11. I have far too many favorite colors , but I would guess purple, red, pink. Love your videos. Short and sweet, and you do get the point across without repeating 20 times like some others I have seen. Keep up the good work and keep those videos coming.

  12. These cards are so beautiful ! Thank you for the clear video with all the explantation and information !
    You used a lot of great background (and other) stamps, and beautiful colours. I think my favourites are “candied apple”, “seedless preserves”, “abandoned coral” and “peacock feathers”.
    And thanks for the great idea of stamping on the back of the envelope !
    Thank you for the great giveaway, good luck to all of us.
    Warm greetings from Belgium, Lieve.

  13. This is the first video I saw on your website. I am hooked. I LOVE the ‘Mermaid Lagoon” color and blues. You make your videos so easy to follow and explain everything so detailed. I am hooked on your website. I look forward to see what you’ve posted everyday! Thank You!

  14. I am so in love with these cards and am planning on getting a few background stamps to make some of my own. Video is wonderful and all your cards are lovely. Just love that Peacock Feathers color. 🙂

  15. [email protected] says:

    Hello Jennifer
    I love purples. My favoite set you used is the
    Friend’s and Family set, or the Hero Arts Floral Background. All the cards are beautiful. The Ombre look is very nice in all the colors. Yet, the purple stands out.

  16. My favorite color to craft with is the one I am in love with at the moment! With great new colors coming out all the time, finding new favorites is all too easy.

  17. As always, beautiful creations! My favorite colors are greens and purples! Blues are nice too! Thanks for sharing such wonderful ideas! I can’t wait to try this technique.

  18. My favourite colour is green but I find the shades that I do own, just don’t match well with my overall theme. I find that I own lots of red/pink/orange colours giving me the most options, so I tend to use those same. As my collection grows, I’m picking up more blues and greens.

  19. Hi and I love these cards, these are some of my favorites. I am a beginner and getting supplies is the hardest part of getting going, especially since I only have disability, but crafting keeps me sane. Thanks for your giveaways, they help many people. Good luck to everyone.

    Vanessa

  20. I tend to end up with a lot of shades of blues and greens. It’s funny that I didn’t even really realize that I used those the most until I had to think about it. Thank you for all of your amazing ideas.

  21. Hands down, my favorite color to craft with is blue! Since it is also my favorite color, I guess that’s not really a shock to anyone who knows me. Lucky for me, my kids school has blue as one of it’s colors. 🙂 Thanks for all of the details you always give in your videos. I really appreciate it. And thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

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