DIY Ombre Journals

DIY Ombre Journals | Damask Love BlogThe last two week’s have been jam packed with bookbinding know-how, and if you’ve followed along, you are a pro by now.We only have two bookbinding posts left and today’s features a little eye-candy and a mini-tutorial.

If you watched “How to Create a Text Block” and “How to Create a Hard Journal Cover” you know the technique of assembling your handmade journals. For me – the hardest part of creating  journal is deciding what I will use to cover the bookboard. I usually spend about 25 minutes waffling about which patterned paper will look the best…it’s really pretty comical. And let’s not forget all the other options beyond patterned paper! There’s wrapping paper, fabric…and in the case of today’s mini tutorial: handmade gelato ombre paper.

DIY Ombre Journals | Damask Love BlogEver since I got my package of gelatos, I’ve been addicted to the beautiful ombre effect you can create with them. I’ve created ombre stationery with them and today I’m creating on a bigger scale by using 11×17 Natural White Cardstock from Paper Presentation. This particular cardstock is thick and has a bit of texture to it, both of which work well for blending the colors together with a baby wipe.

Once you’ve created your ombre paper, just use it as you would patterned paper to cover your journal. Easy enough! Now for some ombre eye candy…

DIY Ombre Journals | Damask Love Blog

DIY Ombre Journals | Damask Love Blog

DIY Ombre Journals | Damask Love Blog



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  1. June K on said:

    Thanks for sharing. Love this technique.

  2. janet on said:

    Beautiful, Amber – I have just done some cards, similar to the ones you did in “Damask Live” – really enjoyed working with gelatos – they are wonderful! Thank you :)

  3. I’ve never heard of gelatos. They look like a lot of fun. These turned out just beautifully!

  4. Just beautiful, Amber! I’ve done some projects with Gelatos too… they are so addictive and fun to use.

  5. Emily on said:

    Wow! Those are beautiful! I need go to watch your videos.


  6. SaraTH on said:

    What a great idea!! I love it :)

  7. Brenda on said:

    They turned out beautifully!

  8. Madi on said:

    These look fab! I was wondering if you could use another type of colouring device- such as a crayon?

  9. McClain on said:

    Your blog is SUPER CUTE! I literally feel like making 50 of these crafts at once, you’re so awesome at explaining at great specifics on products.

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