Melanie’s U Inspire Me
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ombre trend

Good morning! Today I am making a card inspired by a photo, home décor or fashion. Well, my inspiration is the image shown above—it’s a photo AND it’s fashion! When this gorgeous example of ombre arrived in my inbox last week, I knew it was perfect for the technique I want to share. Let’s get inky!

Stamping Step 1

Place your stamp faceup on your work surface. Drag three different colored ink pads (hot pink, light pink and orange) across the stamp to cover the surface, leaving a small space in between each swipe. I don’t have a white ink to recreate the palette above exactly, so I placed my lightest color (pink) in the middle like the dresses.

Stamping Step 2

Take a mini mister or spray bottle and mist water in between the stripes of ink to blend them.

Stamping Step 4

Instead of turning the stamp over to stamp on paper, which would cause the water to run, place your card facedown onto the stamp and press on all sides.

Ombre Card

Remove and add greeting!

I wish you could see this card in real life. When you do this technique, the watery stamped areas raise up to create a gorgeous textured, debossed look. 

TIP: Use a heavyweight cardstock like 120 lb when adding water to your stamping so the stamped paper doesn’t warp.

Hope you enjoyed this very simple technique! It’s such a great casual look for summer, and looks gorgeous in a variety of shades. Have a fabulous day!


Supplies used: Pure Luxury white baseweight cardstock, Wild at Heart stamp set, Gina K. sweet mango, innocent pink and passionate pink premium dye ink pads from Gina K. Designs; Mini Misters from Ranger Industries.

Fashion image from Altar’d State

9 Responses to Melanie’s U Inspire Me

  1. Carolyn King says:

    Great tutorial, Melanie!! Love the look of this:)

  2. Becky Green says:


  3. Sharyn Polesel says:

    Beautiful card! Can’t wait to try this!

  4. Patti J. says:

    Melanie, this looks like the definition of summer! So pretty, vibrant, and love the water blending technique! Thanks for sharing, and ALWAYS being an inspiration 🙂

  5. MaryAnn says:

    AWESOME!!Love your card!!Thanks for sharing!!!

  6. Lovely card! I’m going to give this technique a try. Thanks for making it seem so easy.

  7. Lagene says:

    Great technique, thanks for sharing!

  8. Rosy Newlun says:

    Brilliant idea Melanie! Your card turned out amazing ♥

  9. Harlei says:

    Gorgeous card! I will have to try this and soon!

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