This month, I challenge you to go ombré!
Ombré is the gradual blending of one hue to another, often moving from light to dark.
I’m going to tell you how I add the ombré effect to my wood chips, but you can add ombré to your project in other ways if this technique is not for you!
You’ll need a wood chip (or several!) and three to five colors of ink close in hue. Pigment or chalk ink will work better for this project, because dye based inks will bleed and spread across your wood chip–you’ll have a harder time blending the colors too.
Arrange your colors from darkest to lightest. I decided to move from yellow to red to mimic a sunset!
Starting with your lightest color, begin to apply the ink to the wood chip. Eyeball the area you’ll cover. If you want the ombre to be even across your chip, you’ll want to apply the ink proportionally–about 1/5 of the chip per color in my case.
I’m using small ink pads (I love these guys–they’re a great way to stock up a lot of colors inexpensively!), so I can apply the ink with the tip of the pad easily by rubbing the pad directly on the wood chip. You can also load your ink onto a sponge, a cotton swab, or your finger to apply it to the wood chip. The last option can get messy, but it works in a pinch!
Apply the next lightest color, slightly overlapping the first color. Repeat until your wood chip is covered with all of the colors you’ve chosen.
This is a fun and easy way to bring color to your wood chips. I’d love to see you try! But remember that you can do a project with ombré in any way–I used ombré papers on this February Day in the Life pocket spread in addition to using the wood chip technique.
I’d love to see your take on the challenge! Share a link in the comments or use the hashtag #nerdnestchallenge on social media!
Remember that you can do anything you’d like for this challenge–it doesn’t just have to be scrapbooking!
Check back on Mondays to see takes from Nerd Nest Creative Team members!