Monday, October 23, 2017

Message in a Bottle Ombré Stamping Technique

Hello Sweet Peaches! How was your weekend?! I’ve had sure a wonderfully relaxing weekend. The past few weeks have been non-stop go, go, go, so it was nice to have a few days to just enjoy some down time. Of course I got some crafting in! I had taught a 2nd grade class some simple watercoloring techniques last week so I was in the mood to watercolor. I began with a watercolor wash for the background of my card, but ended up integrating another technique into my card that I thought you’d enjoy.

Many of you may have heard of or tried ombré stamping before. It’s not a new technique by any means, but if you’re new to stamping, you may not have seen/tried it before, so I thought I’d explain how I achieve the look in my stamping.

First, I like to choose two colors that compliment each other well. Sometimes they are of a similar hue and sometimes they are different but look so pretty together. You will just have to try out different combinations to see what you like. I ended up using Bermuda Bay for my lighter color and Pacific Point for my dark. I was, after all, stamping an octopus so I wanted him to be a beautiful bright blue. The key is to start with the lighter color which in this case was Bermuda Bay. I ink up my entire stamp in Bermuda Bay and the dab my Sponge Dauber in the Pacific Point ink. I then dab on the darker ink onto the top half of my stampand work my way towards the middle. I add another dab of the Pacific Point to the top most part of the octopus to deepen the color on that end and then “huff” on the freshly inked stamp to remoisten the ink and stamp it. What you should end up with is a lovely gradient of color starting with a lighter color that goes into a darker at the other end.

I just love the outcome of this technique! I have used it on larger sentiments as well and it looks pretty awesome too. You will have more success and effect on larger images/stamps as you will have a larger surface area to get the gradient look. Like I said before, you’ll just have to experiment with different stamps and colors to find what works best.

Did you notice the bubbles in the background? I just used my Wink of Stella pen to add glittery bubbles. I just love the soft results.


Well, that’s my card for today! Thanks so much for stopping by and I’ll see you next post!

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