Faux Ombre’ Ink Stamping

Hello! Have you seen the new Ombre inks from Hero Arts? Oh my. I’m in love. However, everywhere I look, they are out of stock. I wanted to create a few cards with a similar look that these ink pads give, but use the supplies I already have.

I decided to use just two inks instead of the three colors that the ink pads offer. For my first card I used Hero Arts Bubble Gum and Pale Tomato inks.

I did some selective inking on the hearts from THIS stamp set. I inked a portion of the heart with the lightest ink first (Bubble Gum) and then inked the rest with the darker ink (Pale Tomato). I made sure to ink slightly over each color to encourage them to blend. There’s definitely some harsher lines than you would probably get with the new ink pads, but I like it!

I kept the card pretty simple and die-cut THIS banner shape out of THIS paper and heat embossed the sentiment from THIS Hero set using THIS embossing powder. A closer look…

I wanted to create a similar card with different colors, so I used THIS Simon set and inked the stars with Mint Julep and Tide Pool ink the same way as the hearts.

I cut the same banner die from THIS paper and heat embossed a sentiment from the same set using THIS embossing powder. A closer peek…

As you can see on this card, I used the banner die as it was intended. The heart card uses that same die in a new way…flat and using the stitched lines as an anchor. It’s a great way to stretch your dies!

Are you as excited for the new Hero Arts Ombre inks as I am? I would love to hear your thoughts.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you give this faux ombre inking a try!


  1. Roxy Timmons
    April 11, 2015

    Love them both so vibrant

  2. Mary-Anne V
    March 10, 2015

    Wonderful cards…
    i was excited to see these new ink pads…great idea.

  3. Jackie Parkins
    March 9, 2015

    Your cards are gorgeous! I've seen those new inks and I want them.

  4. donna mikasa
    March 9, 2015

    So pretty, Heather! Looks like you won't "need" those ombré pads! 😉

  5. snazzyoriginal
    March 9, 2015

    Love these, so fresh, the ombré give such good dimension x

  6. Leslie Hanna
    March 9, 2015

    These are both so pretty! I'm still holding out on the ombre inks. I'm not convinced I NEED them, yet. 🙂


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