Hello! I needed to make a masculine thank-you card, and the ombre effect was a great technique to try in blues. I heat embossed the chevron background with white embossing powder, then added blue ink. The Stretch Your Stamps class has been full of great new techniques to try and I really enjoyed today's demonstrations. Stamps: Chevron Background and photopolymer Another Thank You (Stampin' Up!); Inks: Midnight Muse, Marina Mist, Bashful Blue (Stampin' Up!). Paper: Midnight Muse and Whisper White (Stampin' Up!). Other: White embossing powder, sequins (from Michael's).
The ombre technique reminded me of a card I made a few years ago (shown below), using the ombre effect as a central focal image for the background of a card. Sticky notes were used to mask off the top and bottom of the card and create the clean edges of the central stamped background.
Credit for the card technique above can be found at this tutorial: