Hey everyone! Here’s a card that I made a while ago, and for whatever reason, I never shared it with you. This is a really easy ombre card making tutorial. I picked it to share with you now because it’s really encouraging and uplifting. I feel like there are times where we all just need a little bit of encouragement in our lives. For me, I’m taking some big steps in my business, and am digging deep to find some courage. For any of you looking for some inspiration of your own, I hope that this helps to put a smile on your face.
Also, if you’re new to using Cricut machines, I’d recommend checking out this Cricut tips and tricks article that will help you learn some best practices. You can also view the exact specifications of this project in the Cricut Design Studio.
Pink & Teal pigment ink – from ColorBox Pigment Petal Point Option Pad 8 Colors-Aurora
Chocolate Brown Cardstock (8.5″ x 5.5″ folded in half) – from Recollections Spice Market Paper Pack
Classic Crest Super Smooth Solar White 80# Cardstock (exterior sentiment, 2.5″ x 4″)
Pink Cardstock (exterior sentiment border, 3″ x 4.5″) – from Recollections Pink Buttons Paper Pack
2 Brown Brads – from Assorted Metallics Copper Bronze Gold Mini Round Scrapbooking Brads
1.5-inch wide Mint Ribbon (4.5 to 4.75 Inches Long)
Be Strong and Believe in Miracles Sentiment Stamp
Cricut Images Used:
2 Labels (Cricut Essentials cartridge)
Easy Ombre Tutorial Walkthrough:
Find the cardstock colors that you’d like to use for this easy ombre project. Once you’ve landed on the colors want, lay the first sheet of cardstock down on the Cricut mat and feed it through the machine. This first sheet should be the layer of cardstock that will house the sentiment. Repeat this step for the accent border as well. For example, I chose to use solar white cardstock for the sentiment layer and pink for my accent border.
Tip: You can change your image size in the Cricut Design Space to fit yours to the size of your stamp. Simply measure your stamp then add a quarter inch or half an inch to that initial measurement on each side. this will give you a little space between the edge of the paper and your stamped ink.
Next, you’ll want to prep your card base by taking that 8.5’x5.5′ sheet of cardstock, scoring it down the center, and folding it in half. When you are finished folding, your card should be 5.5 in height still, but 4.25 in width.
Take out the stamp that you’ll be using for your project. Since you’re stamping it on a piece of cardstock that has already been cut, consider using a clear stamp positioned on a clear block, or on a Misti Stamping tool to make sure your image is lined up well. If your heart is set on a wooden stamp, you are certainly still welcome to use it. Just know that there will be more room for error. I used a clear stamp that reads “Be strong, go with your heart, and believe in miracles… because anything can happen” along with my Misti Stamping tool.
To get the ombre effect, start at the top of the stamp with one color then as you get further down on the card, transition to a new color at the bottom. I used an ink dauber to blend the two colors together in the middle. Be careful not to remove paint from the middle of the ombre look though.
Tip: Embossing powder can sometimes stick to the cardstock causing a speckled look where unwanted powder gets heat-set to your card. Use a powder tool generously before stamping your image to lessen the chances of this happening.
Use pigment ink if you’re choosing to emboss this sentiment. Pigment ink dries slower than archival ink and will allow time to add the embossing powder and heat set the project. Once you’ve stamped the message, you can add an embellishment, if you’d like to. I added two brads to the white cutout above and below the stamped image. If you’re using brads in your design, I recommend fixing them to the paper before you adhere the paper to anything else.
So, we’ve cut our cardstock, stamped our image, and now we’re ready to put the full project together. At this point, find your ribbon. It should be about 1.5 inches in width and 4.5 to 4.75 inches in length. If you’re paying close attention to these measurements, you might think “wait the card is only 4.25 inches wide. Why is the ribbon longer?” We’re intentionally making the ribbon longer so that both edges hang over the card when we apply it. This allows me to trim the ribbon as close to the card edge that I can. I forget who I learned if from, but it’s a brilliant little trick! Place your ribbon slightly lower than what would be considered the middle of your card. It helps to give the card a little more personality.
Tip: Cut your ribbon longer than needed, so that you can trim it perfectly once it’s on the card.
Place some 3L mounting squares on the white cardstock that has the sentiment. Apply that white paper to the pink border and try to center it as best as you can. After that, place 3D Pop Dots onto the pink cardstock. I like to use a mix of 1/2 inch and 1/4 inch 3D Pop Dots. That will complete your sentiment and will allow it to pop off the page. Find a good spot for your sentiment. I put mine on the left side somewhat centered from top to bottom.
After you’ve finished your easy ombre card, the only thing you need to decide if your card needs an interior insert to write on. I always include one, because if think it makes the card more stable. However, I highly recommend an insert if you’re using a dark color of cardstock as your card base. Otherwise, you’ll have to write on it with a gel pen and believe me, I’m not against that either.
Now just sit back and marvel at the masterpiece you just made and make someone’s day, by sending it to them with a little cheer. Remember, I’d love to see your works of art too, so if you post any projects inspired by me please use #onepaperstreet on your post, or leave a comment and let me know what you think!