Get the Look of Gold-Dipped Paper with this Pigment Ink Ombre Stenciling Technique

by | March 31st, 2016 | 6

Ombre Stenciling Colorbox Inks

Hello! It’s Gracie Chavez here, bringing you a fun and modern way of expanding your pigment inks to create perfect backgrounds for your papercrafting projects. I will be sharing an easy alternative to use your ColorBox® Art Screens in combination with several different pigment inks -including metallic ones- to create a “gold dipped” ombre stenciled effect on paper.

ColorBox® Art Screens in Roof Top and Zig Zag
ColorBox® Pigment Petal Point by Teresa Collins
Mix’d Media Inx® by Donna Salazar in Chiffon and Peridot
ColorBox® Metallic Petal Point® in Alchemy
ColorBox Paintbox® in Love
ColorBox® Art Daubers (one for each ink color used)
Word die cuts
Scrapbooking embellishments
Sticky back jewels
Thin metallic ribbon
Papers: Textured white cardstock and vellum

The following steps will guide you through on how to create these fun and easy ombre backgrounds:

Step 1 Ombre Stenciling

First, place a ColorBox® Art Screen on a white piece of cardstock and secure both with adhesive to your working surface so they don’t move. Use a clean ColorBox® Art Dauber to apply your first color starting on the top of the paper and using soft taps to dab the ink. Your first color should be the darkest tone on the combination you are planning to use. In this case I started out with Shabby Pink from ColorBox Paintbox® Love.

Step 2 Ombre Stenciling

Next, grab a different ColorBox® Art Dauber to apply Mix’d Media Inx® by Donna Salazar in Chiffon, making sure to blend it well with the edge of the previously applied ink. The second tone of ink should be lighter than the first color added to create a nice transition. Colorbox Pigment Ink stays wet longer so it will be easy to blend every color together.

Step 3 Ombre Stenciling

Now it’s time to add the “gold dipped” metallic touch to the stenciling! Use a clean ColorBox® Art Dauber to add Gold Shine ink from ColorBox® Pigment Petal Point by Teresa Collins. Again, dab ink on the edge of the last color applied to blend and soften the color transition.

Step 4 Ombre Stenciling

Finally, carefully remove the stencil to reveal your new background! Colorbox Pigment Ink produces vibrant, opaque color so the result will always be striking and neat! You can  heat set the with a heat gun to avoid smearing the ink. Don’t forget to clean your ColorBox® Art Screen well and wipe the ink off.

Step 5 Ombre Stenciling

This is such a great technique that creates professional results every time. Here are a few other backgrounds I made using different color combinations and even changing the gold on the bottom for silver. ColorBox Paintbox® and ColorBox® Pigment Petal Point inks allow you to play with ombre transitions since they have so many coordinating colors in the same set, but single ink pads can certainly be mixed and matched to create the same result. So yes, this is definetely a technique to try out! Hope you have fun playing with it!

Ombre Stenciling ColorBox Inks

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Bio Gracie Chavez

Use Colorbox Pigment Ink and ColorBox Art Screens stencils to create stunning backgrounds for cards, scrapbook pages, and mixed media art journals. See the full tutorial on the Clearsnap blog

6 Responses to Get the Look of Gold-Dipped Paper with this Pigment Ink Ombre Stenciling Technique

  1. Evelyn Vasquez says:


  2. Lisa F says:

    Absolutely gorgeous cards, Gracie!! The colors look amazing!! The designs are fabulous!! Thanks for the awesome tutorial, too!! Love these!!

  3. Beth Norman says:

    Beautiful. The gold really makes it elegant and rich. Your final cards are gorgeous.

  4. Autumn says:

    So pretty Gracie! Love this awesome technique and will definitely be using it! Great cards! <3

  5. Dana Joy says:

    WOW Gracie knocked this out of the park!!! Absolutely stunning cards. I love how she blended the colors so effortlessly. And added the gold and silver really makes the cards so beautiful.

  6. Lori Uren says:

    Love the pigment inks! These are so pretty!

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