DIY Ombre Backgrounds Using Mini Ink-Pads! {Stamp School}

Hi friends! Today’s tutorial is going to help you get more use from the supplies you already have and save you some money too!


I love to make gradient backgrounds with my brayer and rainbow ink pads. I do not, however, like how expensive the rainbow and ombre ink pads are and if you think about it they are kind of limiting in their use. I had a brainstorm the other day: How about we line up the mini ink pads we already have and use them instead of rainbow pads? And guess what? It worked like a charm! If you have Versamark (resist or other embossing ink) you can stamp a design on the paper before inking for a cool resist look. Ready to play? Watch the video to see how!


This video is sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry! Use coupon code: LINDSAY17 – 20% off peg stamps and peg stamp sets on orders of $10 or more. Coupon expires July 3, 2017
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1. Make sure the Versmark ink is dry before you brayer on the ink.
2. Use dye inks for for brayering over resists.
3. Tack down your inkpads to a stamp block for easy of use. I used poster putty for this (AKA blue tack)
4. If you are using regular cardstock or photo paper keep in mind that the Versamark Watermark pen will not work, go for the Versamark pad.


I hope you give this a try, and let me know what you think! Have a great weekend and happy crafting!


16 thoughts on “DIY Ombre Backgrounds Using Mini Ink-Pads! {Stamp School}

  1. Lovely cards! I do like to do the ombre look, too. Love that wonderful frame die. New one to me! Really is so useful. Know who makes it? I’ve pitched the info from all my dies & have no clue from what co. they come-except I recognize StampinUp’s. Marsha


  2. Lindsay, you are just full of surprises and information today! This technique is gorgeous. Thanks you so much for teaching us. I also love Rubber Stamp Tapestry, thanks to you.


  3. Hi, It’s me again (see above). I just ordered four sets. I wanted 6 sets and realized I already have two out of the six. That would have been a real goofball mistake. Thanks again. Love the discount, too.


    1. LOL:) will if you do you have some pre-bought birthday gifts (All my friends love to play with pegstamps, even the non-stampers! 🙂


  4. Hello, Lindsay! Thanks so much for teaching us rubber stamping! ❤ I have to write a post someday on my blog about your awesome blog.



  5. Hi What a great new technique. I can’t wait to try this. I will need a few more supplies but can’t wait to try this. Thank you so much for more inspiring ideas.


  6. Another winner! Love how the cards came out with the different techniques. Thanks for anticipating our questions because I do have a lot of photo paper.


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