Sponging Techniques for Cards

Posted by on December 6, 2013 in masculine | 0 comments




I found a cute card on Pinterest and changed it just ever so slightly and used my my favorite masking and sponging technique to come up with this:

wetlands on white

I think the birds should have been stamped a little lower but I still like it so I’m working against my OCD and resisting the urge to redo it 😉

I don’t know if because it’s winter (although my East Coast friends would scoff at the “winter” we have in California 🙂 but I’m drawn towards the mostly white cards these days.  I love the clean, crisp look of a pretty much all white background.  The original card I saw had a mostly blue background to the birds but the main thing I loved was how the birds were stamped on the card base as a continuation of the center panel.

The sponging and masking technique is the same as shown here:  http://www.keenankreations.com/2013/08/masculine-card-sponged-and-masked.html

Stamps:  Wetlands

Ink:  Black Stazon, Crumb Cake, Soft Sky, Pacific Point

Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Black

Accessories:  Dimensionals, Stampin’ Sponges, Post-it-note (for masking)


Want to see how I photograph my samples?


wetlands card set up


I have an empty box (Body Shop gift from way back 🙂 with Whisper White cardstock on top and another sheet for the back.  I leave my tripod and camcorder set up for videos and it also holds up the white cardstock for the background.  I have two lamps on either side to try to get the lighting as bright as possible.  The acrylic block under the box tilts the card up just a bit so I can more easily take the photo with my phone camera.

I also like to take photos outside in natural light but if it’s cloudy or rainy or late at night, this works best 🙂

Do you have tips for me on taking good pictures of projects?  Leave me a comment and I’ll draw a name for this card 🙂

I’ll be working on projects next week for my January classes using new products from the Occasions catalog due out in January.  I’ll share some of these new samples on my blog but more of them only in my newsletter so make sure you sign up for my email list if you haven’t already.   It’s SO easy to sign up:

  1. Type your name and email in the sign up box to the right
  2. Click on the confirmation link in the email that will be sent to you right after

That’s it!  Plus, you’ll get a link to a free video tutorial on more sponging techniques 🙂



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