Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Polka Dot Baby - Ombre Backgrounds

The Make It Monday challenge at Papertrey Ink this week is all about ombre backgrounds. You can check out Laura Bassen's great tutorial here. My niece is expecting her second son sometime this month, so I decided to make a baby card for this challenge.

My initial thought was to use my Ombre Builders stamp set for this challenge. To test out possible colour combos I grabbed the largest dot from Polka Dot Basics which just happened to be on my desk. Rather than cleaning the stamp after each colour I stamped off two or three times on a scrap of paper. That scrap of paper covered with all of those different intensity dots had so much depth that I quickly changed plans for my card.

To start I stamped the largest row of polka dots from the Polka Dot Basics stamp set once in each of the four colours I had selected. I then went back with the largest single dot from the set and stamped random 2nd, 3rd & 4th generation dots around the rows of solid dots already stamped. I overlapped a little between colours. I then took the next smallest dot from the set and stamped a few 3rd generation green and blue dots randomly over the entire piece. I trimmed the stamped piece with a rectangle die cut, popped it on my white card base and added the sentiment. Love how this turned out.

Stamps - Polka Dot Basics (PTI), Hello Baby (Flourishes)
Dies - Wet Paint (PTI), A2 Matting Basics (Spellbinders)
Paper - Stampers Select White (PTI), Pear CS, Vellum (CTMH)
Ink - Star Spangled Blue, Dutch Blue, Lagoon, Pear (CTMH), Versa Mark, Blue EP
Other - Rhinestones, 3D Foam


  1. Very cool background! Your card is stunning and I like how you did the sentiment.

  2. Those polka dots remind me of a bokeh effect, Connie. Very festive for the new baby! Great colors too!

  3. I love your card! The colors and depth are fabulous. Don't you just love when you "accidentally" discover a new card idea?

  4. LOVE your use of the fun colored dots!!

  5. So cute! Not only is it a great job on the ombre effect but it has a bit of a bokeh feel too. I can't seem to pull that style off and you did it wonderfully!

  6. Very pretty, I love your take on the challenge! Beautiful color choice, too!

  7. This is awesome! It's like ombré & bokeh all in one! Turned out fabulous!!!


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