11 April 2019

VIDEO | Ombré Alcohol Ink Backgrounds With One Ink

Hello there, today I have two cards to share with you that I made using alcohol inks. I wanted to create an ombré look but using only one colour of alcohol ink. I am combing the backgrounds with the new Simon Says Stamp Poppy Frame Die from the new Blossoms and Butterflies collection, which is out today.
I started off my cards by creating the background. I took Yupo Paper and first added the colour on to the bottom piece directly from the alcohol ink bottle. I used Watermelon for the red and Indigo for the blue. I wanted a fragmented/harsh line look on my backgrounds, so I spritzed it using the Distress Marker Spritzer Tool. This blows air on to the alcohol ink and moves it, as well as dries it.
I then added a small amount of the same ink in to a mixing cup and added Alcohol Ink Blending Solution to it. This lightens the colour so that I can create my middle shade of ink. I used a pipette to apply this to the Yupo paper. I added drops to the middle of the Yupo pieces, making sure to add some over the top of the edge of the dark area to help blend it. I then added more Alcohol ink Blending Solution to the cup and applied the ink in the same way, to the top of the piece. If the colour was not light enough, I added drops of the Alcohol ink Blending Solution directly to the top, to lighten it further.
Once I was happy with the ombré, I splattered on some of the Alcohol ink Blending Solution with a paint brush. This helped to create a blend between the colours and also gave more texture to the piece. These were then set aside to dry. Once dry, they were cut down to be the same size as my die cut.
I took the Simon Says Stamp Poppy Frame die and die cut this six times from white cardstock, that had Stick It on the back. I layered these up to create two stacked die cut pieces, each with three layers. These were added to the alcohol ink backgrounds and then added to white A2 card bases with tape runner.
I took the sentiments from the Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words stamp set and stamped these on to black cardstock with Versamark Ink. I applied white embossing powder and heat set. These were then cut in to strips using the Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Labels dies and added to the cards with a combination of mounting tape and tape runner.

Here is a look at how I made the cards:

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I really like how the ombré turned out. As I mentioned in the video, you can do this with three shades of alcohol ink and you may get more definition of the colours but I wanted to see if you could do it with just one ink too. Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you have a great day!


  1. Gorgeous cards! I love the background you created! I've yet to try this but you may have convinced me to give it a try :)

  2. Really nice cards... I too like the one color in lightened shades with the white and black. Very sophisticated and elegant. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Beautiful cards. Thank you for the video and all the tips you shared.


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