Check out example codes for "css gradient border". It will help you in understanding the concepts better.

Code Example 1

box-sizing: content-box;
  border-width: 8px;
  border-style: solid;
  border-image: linear-gradient(to right bottom, #260B3C, #a053df);
  border-image-slice: 1;

Code Example 2

@import url('//raw.githubusercontent.com/necolas/normalize.css/master/normalize.css');

html {
    /* just for showing that background doesn't need to be solid */
    background: linear-gradient(to right, #DDD 0%, #FFF 50%, #DDD 100%);
    padding: 10px;
}

.grounded-radiants {
    position: relative;
    border: 4px solid transparent;
    border-radius: 16px;
    background: linear-gradient(orange, violet);
    background-clip: padding-box;
    padding: 10px;
    /* just to show box-shadow still works fine */
    box-shadow: 0 3px 9px black, inset 0 0 9px white;
}

.grounded-radiants::after {
    position: absolute;
    top: -4px; bottom: -4px;
    left: -4px; right: -4px;
    background: linear-gradient(red, blue);
    content: '';
    z-index: -1;
    border-radius: 16px;
}
<p class="grounded-radiants">
    Some text is here.<br/>
    There's even a line break!<br/>
    so cool.
</p>

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