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.
[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!
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.
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.
My second card is very similar but I started with green cardstock.
Under each flap of this card is a little message of something kind to do each day leading to Christmas.
HERO ARTS KIT
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.