Easy Ombre Backgrounds (Advent Calendar Cards)

Hello! Believe it or not – I have a short video for you today! 🙂 I share a super easy way to create ombre backgrounds… and a couple fun advent calendar cards that I made with Lila.

Advent Calendar Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Multiple stores are also linked in the parentheses following the product name. Compensated affiliate links may be used at no cost to you.]

I know many people (like me!) struggle to get a smooth ombre inked background when using colored dye inks. And today’s technique solves this! Instead of using colored dye inks, I instead used color cardstock and white pigment ink.

In addition to showcasing an ombre background, today’s cards are also advent calendars.

For my first examples, I white heat embossed the ornament background from the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero November Kit (more info below) on red cardstock. I then applied Hero Arts Unicorn White Pigment Ink (HA | SSS | EH) with a Mini Ink Blending Tool… being sure to apply heavily on one end of the background and blending out on the other. This ink blends effortlessly!

Advent Calendar Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I then die cut the background using the coordinating die from the kit. This turns the ornaments into little flaps. The sentiment is from the Hero Arts Warm Animals Stamp Set.

Advent Calendar Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Under each little ornament flap is a message Lila wrote. She plans to give this to her grandma so she can open a window each day leading up to Christmas.

Advent Calendar Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

My second card is very similar but I started with green cardstock.

Advent Calendar Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Under each flap of this card is a little message of something kind to do each day leading to Christmas.

Advent Calendar Cards Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink


This post is part of a blog hop featuring the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero November Kit. This kit is so unique and packed full of fun products! The kit value is $60… but only costs $34.99! You can see all the details HERE. The kit is available for a limited time only – once it’s gone, it’s gone. And they sell out fast! The stamps and dies are not sold separately. (Remember that Hero Arts does have a subscription option with FREE US shipping and $9.99 international shipping in case you never want to miss out on a kit. Find out info HERE.)

HERE is the kit. All this is valued at $60, but costs under $35…

There are also many great new products available that coordinate with the kit. Worth checking out! You can find them all HERE.


Want to find the products I used? I have listed them below. (Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. Thank you for your support! Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except those from Hero Arts which were received from the company with no expectation. As always, this post was NOT paid for or sponsored.) Click on the icons below each product picture to go to a favorite store.

Hero Arts My Monthly Hero November Kit
[ HA ]
Hero Arts Warm Animals Stamp Set
[ HA ]
Hero Arts Unicorn White Pigment Ink
[ HA | SSS | ELH ]
Mini Ink Blending Tool
[ SSS ]
VersaMark Ink
[ HA | SSS | ELH ]
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
[ HA | SSS | ELH ]
Bead Magical Tray
[ SSS ]
Anti Static Powder Bag
[ SSS | ELH ]
Hero Arts Heat Gun
[ HA | SSS | ELH ]
Lucys Cards Bridal Jewels
[ SSS ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ SSS | ELH ]
MISTI Mouse Pad Insert
[ SSS | ELH ]
MISTI Bar Magnet
[ SSS | ELH ]
Tim Holtz Tonic Glass Media Mat
[ SSS | ELH ]
Gina K Connect Glue
[ SSS | GNK ]
Sizzix Big Shot Express
[ SSS ]

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43 thoughts on “Easy Ombre Backgrounds (Advent Calendar Cards)”

  1. Beautiful cards! By the way, mind-blown with the Ombre effect with white pigment ink. Wow… I would have never thought to try this.

  2. Hello Jennifer,
    I really like the Hero Arts kits and did purchase last month’s kit. The cards are really neat and those ornament windows are great for the days of the week following up to Christmas too. Great job! Thanks

  3. This November Kit is awesome and the cards you and Lila made are to. I think it’s great that you craft with your daughter, although mine is an adult woman now, if time let us we still craft with eachother. Thanks also for the great ombre tip and have a great week.

  4. Love these Jennifer, I went and ordered them. Would you be so kind to share your “kindness” list with us? This is such a great idea.

  5. This a great technique! I bought the HA white ink after the last video you pointed out today. We made some of those but haven’t used the white ink since. Time to break it out! Thank you! Lila sure has great handwriting for such a young’un! Sequoia is a left and always in a hurry. Neatness doesn’t always count in her book. Way to go, Lila!

  6. Beautiful cards and fantastic technique! Love the messages in the advent calendar. Wonderful simple yet festive embellishments.

  7. Amazing how the pigment ink and colored cardstock looks like multiple layers of dye inks! Remind me why I needed all the Oxide colors again?!? 😉

  8. Oh my goodness, so cute! What a great package from Hero Arts – ordered as soon as I saw your email. THANK YOU!!! (Had to get October’s too!) I think I will include special bonuses for my teen, extra phone time, pass on chores! Could make into a Christmas game too!!! Also, what a great way to pass on daily encouragement for my aunt who is recovering from a list of ailments. Could use all year long with other small stamps, like the emojis or journal stamps, just have to be creative!!! Can’t wait to play!!! Thanks again!!

  9. These are so cool! I can’t wait to make some for my twin grandsons. Great ideas.
    I have a question for you. I LOVE the Gina K Connect glue…until it clogs up. Once it clogs, I have to ream it out with a pin every time I use it. Any suggestions?

  10. I took my time before deciding which company I would do a subscription for card kits, and this month’s kit is one of the fabulous reasons I chose Hero Arts! It is an amazing kit – with delightful add-ons you can choose for free shipping if you decide to do that before Thursday this week. I don’t know why it took so long for someone to figure out an advent card like this – but this is the bees knees! It’s beautiful and I can’t wait to play with mine when I get it soon! So many good ideas on the blog hop – gold embossing on black card? OMG yum!
    Thanks, Jennifer – what a great idea for ombre shading!

  11. Thanks so much for sharing your tips about using white pigment ink to make ombre cards from solid colored card stock. So amazing! And, I love both your’s and Lila’s cards. You must be one proud mama with her growing creativity – what a joy to see. I’ve actually never bought a HA kit before, but this may be my first! So versatile and unique. Thanks, again, for sharing so much creativity with us.

  12. Super sweet cards, and a lovely effect with the white pigment ink Jennifer. Lila’s little message idea is adorable! She did a great job 😍

  13. Totally ingenious and soooo cute and sweet! Love this idea, Jennifer, and what a great idea to get the kids included too…ombre look with white pigment ink is sooo doable! Thanks once again!

  14. Just bought the monthly kit and the white pigment ink! I love the way these cards turned out and cant wait to create something like them myself 🙂

  15. I just bought the monthly kit and the white pigment it! Your cards in this video are beautiful and I can’t wait to create some myself 🙂

  16. Such a great way to make an ombre background!! Your cards are super cool and it’s great that Lila worked on them with you!!

  17. The ombre look using white ink is just amazing. But, I found the highlight using white pigment ink.
    I can’t wait to try this! I always love your work. Thanks for all your ideas.

  18. The ombre look using white pigment ink, which I have, is a super great idea. I am so tempted to get this kit, but I already have two sets of stamps & dies that I’m using for cards this year. Don’t want to add anything more to my simple mind. Love what you did here, and Lila.

  19. I ordered this kit and can’t wait to have my 5 grandkids put advent calendars together and make their own comments in each window or draw pictures. I love all your videos and showing many ways to do cards and doing card tips and tricks showcase. Whatever to decide to do on your videos is a hit to me. You are so easy to listen to and you give plenty ways to do things. Thank you for your talent and others that may inspire you to come up with card ideas. I have a hard time keeping up making my cards. I just want to do them all. I think I just need to keep one day a week to craft the cards. It is a soul reviving time and shut the business out and relax in creating and love the results. Have a great weekend and keep being yourself!

  20. It’s getting harder and harder to stick to my no buy plans with such cute kits like this. I just love the creations I have seen with this. As always your cards are just gorgeous and so creative.

  21. Hi Jennifer!
    This Hero Arts Stamp and Die Set is so clever! I love the idea of an Advent card, with all the little cute messages inside. You had wonderful example as always! Of course the kits is sold out and I was so bummed to be reminded that the items aren’t available individually. Oh well, my loss for not taking the time to view your video as soon as it came out! Loved all of your hints and ideas.-Stacy

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