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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1,856 thoughts on “UPDATED: Easy Ombre Backgrounds – Lots of Cards! + GIVEAWAY”

  1. I am very new to card making and have only made 3 cards to date…lol but, if I had to pick one right now I would say pink. When distressed it is so lovely. I also would like to say thank for your videos you give me great inspiration!!

  2. I am a purple gal I guess, although I love blue too….and yellow…and Green……
    Am just getting into distress inks and am loving them, so am glad to see this video, all the help I can get is appreciated!
    Thanks

  3. Wow, what an impressive technique video. I must invest in some Stick It adhesive sheets. Can’t wait to try my hand at this technique and thank you for teaching us something awesome once again Jennifer.

  4. I have learned soooo much from your blog – you are one crafty and inspirational lady! Thank you, it is greatly appreciated.

  5. Jen, I love this video. Your videos and explanations are always terrific. I loved each card you created; they are so refreshing. My favorite color to craft with would be teal or purple. Thanks so much for your inspiration. Have a blessed weekend.
    Gayle

  6. These are not only adorable, but fairly easy to get done. My go to color when it comes to card making tends to be Aqua….

  7. I enjoyed your video – it was nice to see all the different sentiment die fonts (some of which I was not familiar). I am looking forward to adding some of them to my collection.
    As far as favorite color – purple…or teal…or pink…or blue……I’m easy to please.

  8. Love these cards! Am off to check out my background stamps and start creating! Thanks for all the links to products as that is so helpful. As for favorite color to craft with…. I love them all. Though I love blue I seem to reach for greens often. Today I’m feeling the Abandoned Coral vibe 🙂 Thanks for your inspiring work, Jennifer. Your videos always make me want to create and I’m thankful for that.

  9. Wow – so very beautiful cards. I’ll have to try the idea… My favorite color – it’s difficult, because I love so many colors depending on the person, who shall receive. After all, I probably love the blue (or the pink) ones the most 🙂

  10. All your cards are beautiful, can’t wait to try this technique. My favorite color to craft with is purple, I just love it. Thanks for all your inspiration.

  11. Love anything purple!! Love these cards and can’t wait to try some. Thanks Jennifer, you are awesome!!!

  12. Ombre Ombre everywhere! What a fabulous and diverse selection! I need to get some background stamps! How could you use an embossing folder the same way to get the same results?

  13. I love teal and other shades of blue. Seems to brighten things up for me. Thanks so much for the information.

  14. Oh my goodness, I’m a color lover…if it’s BRIGHT and cheery…as in golden yellows, teals, reds, pinks, lavenders, greens…well, you get the idea! Thanks for the opportunity . Love your ombré cards!

  15. I love the peacock feather color! I have several distress inks, but haven’t used them yet. Thank you for showing all the colors and examples. I think I need to get some more inks!

  16. I really like using the pinks and teal blues. For some reason these colors really warm my heart and make me smile. How fun for you to make all of these fun cards and use so many different colors. You did a great job and I really learn so much from you and also learn about where to find cool products. Thanks for offering and hope your day is brighter today!!!

  17. I enjoy crafting with greens and with these ideas, I can create a lot with just a few supplies! Of course, I would love to increase my stash with additional inks and stamps…

  18. These are beautiful cards. I like to use shades of blue. I don’t know why I gravitate to those, but I use blue a lot.

  19. What a fantastic collection of cards, can imagine the Distress Ink all over the place after. My favourite colour for blending with I think is the Teal, its so soft and pretty. Thanks for sharing all the details Jennifer

  20. I’ve been thinking about these cards since December! I want to go buy all of the products, but patience is a virtue! My favorite color would have to be Sour Apple by MFT. I absolutely love a good chartreuse! Thank you so much for this video!!

  21. I think my favorite to create with would be the teal family. However, my all time favorite color combo is red, turquoise, black and white! Thanks for the chance to win, and for always teaching us how to make our supplies go farther!

  22. All of these cards are so beautiful and look like loads of fun to make! I’d have to say that while pink is actually my least favorite color…it seems that I make more cards with various shades of pinks and mauves than any other color. I suppose I love to make cards with flowers and when I think of flowers I think pink! Thanks for the chance to win!!

  23. Just fabulous cards Jennifer, stunning with just one colour and white… my fav colour DI at the moment is Abandoned Coral, thanks for sharing and all your inspiration

  24. I love all bright colors but I seem to gravitate toward fuchsia the most! Beautiful cards Jennifer…I always love your videos!

  25. I would love to have some mini distress ink pads, they are on my wishlist 🙂 my favorite color to craft with at the moment is navy blue and white

  26. Your cards are all beautiful works of art! Thank you so much for sharing your creativity and talent! I just love crafting with the color teal.

  27. I really enjoy working with my shaded lilac distress ink – mainly because I’m a huge purple fan and this colour is a beautiful one!

  28. I think I use blues most for my backgrounds. Therefore I would like to win purples or greens since I don’t have many of those Colors! Love your work!

  29. Awesome cards Jennifer! Thanks for sharing your video! My favourite colour to craft with is Kraft, as you can pair most colours with it. ?

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