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Ombre Happy Birthday

Ombre Happy Birthday

Hi All!

Today I created an ombre background with some Oxide ink blending. Oxide inks are much easier to blend than regular distress inks. This card is very easy to make, and you can do it for any occasion with a variety of different color schemes.

I embossed my balloon with Iridescent Ice, which is no longer sold by Stampin’ Up!, but it’s very similar to this Judikins powder. Here is a close-up:

Ombre Happy Birthday

Enjoy the video and have a great weekend!!


Card Measurements:

Element Imperial Metric
Watercolor panel 4 x 5 1/4 inches 10.2 x 13.3 cm
Card base 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches 10.8 x 14 cm


SSS Happy Birthday Die
SSS Happy Birthday Die
SSS Celebration Time
SSS Celebration Time
Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder
Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder
Distress Oxide - Faded Jeans
Distress Oxide – Faded Jeans
Distress Oxide - Peacock Feathers
Distress Oxide – Peacock Feathers
Distress Oxide - Broken China
Distress Oxide – Broken China
Distress Oxide - Pistachio
Distress Oxide – Pistachio
Versamark Ink Pad
Versamark Ink
Micron Pens
Micron Pens
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Cardstock
Black Cardstock
Ranger Mini Round Blending Tools
Ranger Mini Round Blending Tools
Zig Two-Way Glue Pen
Glue Pen
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner


  1. wrote on November 17th, 2017 at 5:23 am


    Thanks so much for this card today. It is a pretty simple card for birthdays but really very effective. It will be especially good to use when an unexpected birthday comes along and I need a card to send quickly.

  2. wrote on November 17th, 2017 at 3:04 pm


    Oh I am in love with oxide inks. These colours look fabulous together.
    Such a clean look, the glitter balloon really adds a lot.

  3. wrote on November 17th, 2017 at 4:00 pm


    Connie and Dayse have said it all. I really like it Darlene.

  4. wrote on November 17th, 2017 at 4:05 pm


    I was wondering, Darlene, if you have ever used Stick It adhesive? I find it much easier–and less messy–for intricate die cuts like your greeting. My only problem with it is remembering to apply it to the back of my cardstock/paper BEFORE I die cut! 😛 One good thing about it is that it is repositionable until you burnish it down. That’s saved my projects more than once, for sure. Anyway, enough of the testimonial. LOL I love how your card came out. So simple, but still packs a punch with the black & glittered white against the ink blended background. Thanks for sharing this, and I hope you have a great weekend! 🐱 ~ Andrea

    • wrote on November 17th, 2017 at 5:28 pm


      Thanks for reminding us to use Stick It Adhesive. I keep forgetting and it makes a big difference!

    • wrote on November 18th, 2017 at 12:09 pm


      Hi Andrea. Yes, I have multiple brands of double-sided adhesive. The reason I tend to go for the two-way glue is that it’s less expensive and faster (at least it seems faster, although it’s probably not that much faster). It also seems like you can pull the sentiment a bit when you’re peeling the backing and placing it down. If it’s thin, it can become misshapen. I guess it’s the potential for problems that I mostly like to eliminate. All that being said, it’s definitely a good option and one that I think definitely deserves consideration when you’re adhering to something a little textured, like an embossed surface, where two-way glue may not be enough. Thanks for your suggestion!

  5. wrote on November 17th, 2017 at 9:04 pm


    So simple yet has a wow factor to it. I have a teenage boy birthday coming up. This design should be perfect! Thx!

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