How to create a sponged background for cards
At the make-n-take on Monday, I taught the girls how to create a sponged background for cards. This is probably one of my favorite techniques and you need very little supplies to create a beautiful effect for your cards.
I uploaded a video tutorial at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-AgbtKY0mo but will share some tips with you here.
The panel in the middle is 4 1/4″ x 2 3/4″ so you can get 8 pieces from one sheet of 8 1/2″ x 11″ cardstock 🙂 Punch the moon shape from a post-it-note with the a 1 3/8″ Circle punch (the post-it-notes are a little thin and hard to punch just one so punch 3 or 4 at a time and put some aside for use later). Adhere your moon to the top right. Use a Stampin’ Sponge and ink to lightly add color in a soft circular motion. The trick is to start mostly off the paper and work your way in. Keep a soft circular motion and start on the outside edges and work towards the center. It’s best to keep adding layers of ink instead of trying to get a dark coverage the first time.
It’s also important to slightly overlap the colors to blend them where you don’t see a start and stop line. Once your happy with the look, remove the moon mask. The mask may be pretty saturated from all the sponging so I wouldn’t reuse it. Stamp your image in Black Stazon, add ribbon and Rhinestones and add to the front of your card with Dimensionals.
So now you know how to create a sponged background for your cards 🙂 The key is to practice! Watch the video, experiment with different colors and stamp sets. Oh, and don’t stop too early! Most of the time, if you are not happy with how the sponged background looks, you really just need to keep sponging. Just remember to use a soft circular motion – you can always add more ink but you cannot take it away :-)
Both of these cards use the Serene Silhouettes stamp set which I think is perfect for this type of technique. Lovely as a Tree is another set that I think would be great for this look.
Please share cards you’ve created with a sponged background – I would love to see what you come up with!