Now create a new layer (Shift-Ctrl-N) and select the Gradient Tool (look for a little rectangle graduated in color from white to black, in the same place as the Paint Bucket tool). Make sure the foreground-to-transparent option is selected from the drop-down menu and white is selected as your foreground color. Your screen should look about like this now:
Now you're ready to ombre!
Click and drag your mouse from the top to bottom of your paper (be sure to hold the mouse button down the whole way). This will create a gradation of color from dark at the top to light at the bottom. If you want the reverse, just click and drag from bottom to top instead.
Now adjust the opacity of the ombre layer to your liking. I went with 70%, but it depends on your paper and how dramatic you want the effect to be. Here's the finished paper, and a quick layout I whipped up showing it off:
And, just to give you an idea of the cool things you can do with this technique, here's a digital stamp from Captivated Visions' Everyone Has a Story element pack that I added some subtle ombre love to - can't wait to use it on a layout!
Need a quick ombre fix? Here's a few products I found around digi-land that make adding this fun new trend to your pages super simple. If you need more help creating your own ombre effect, feel free to post a comment here and I'll do my best to answer your questions.
I hope you're inspired to try out this hot new fashion trend in your digital layouts now! Please share a link here if you do. I'd love to see your pages!