Ombré, where one color gradually fades or transitions to another color, is very popular right now in beauty, fashion and decorative arts. The ombré look is also very easy to achieve with your rubber stamps, and I’ll show you several techniques here. The easiest technique is simply to stamp your image multiple times without re-inking the stamp. The image will fade a bit with each impression, as shown here using Nature’s Blessings Fine Art Stamps Butterfly:
Another technique uses a brayer and piece of linoleum to achieve an ombré background. Take a rubber stamp pad (I find that a pigment pad works best for this) and press it several times onto the linoleum so that you have plenty of pigment to work with. Keep the pigment to one half of the linoleum surface. Then, take your brayer and roll it over the linoleum so that you coat just one half of it. Make sure you have good coverage all around the circumference of the brayer, and that the coverage is even.
Now, position the brayer just off the edge of your card so the edge of the brayer won’t leave an obvious line on it. Run the brayer back and forth, slowly working your towards the center of the paper so that the amount of pigment transferred to the paper is gradually reduced. You may need to practice a bit to achieve this evenness. I find that moving fully across the card each time, and picking up your brayer after each movement keeps the brayer rolling, reducing lines or other artifacts.
Now you can use it as a background. Here I’ve made it into a card by stamping an image onto it, using the same color ink I rolled onto the card with the brayer. The stamp image is Peony by Nature’s Blessings Fine Art Stamps.
The third technique also uses the brayer and the linoleum. This time you will add two colors, one on each side of the linoleum. Run the brayer across the surface of the linoleum, blending the two colors a bit in the middle. Next, using the brayer with the two colors on it, ink a stamp. I’m using the Peony stamp again here. Try not to move the brayer from side to side, just back and forth across the stamp from top to bottom. This way the blended colors will be transferred to the rubber surface of the stamp, just as you put them on your brayer.
Now turn the stamp over, and press it onto the surface of your project. I decided to use silver card stock, since it has a light sheen and medium value, and really showcases the ombré image. I think it would make a beautiful wedding invitation!