Create a vintage look with sponging

Posted by on February 23, 2015 in Featured, Flowers, Greeting Cards, video | 13 comments

If you like a vintage feel for your greeting cards, then you’ll love the aged effect sponging will add.  This card uses the “Lotus Blossom” stamp set from the Sale-a-bration brochure.  Sale-a-bration ends March 31st so there’s still time to earn free product for every $50 order.  If you don’t already have the Sale-a-bration brochure, you can view it online here.  If you prefer a hard copy, just let me know and I’ll put one in the mail to you 🙂


vintage card with sponging


I was searching for card ideas and came across some by Julie Kettlewell at  Her lovely cards inspired the one above.

I love Baked Brown Sugar and will miss it when it retires in June.  It is a warm, golden brown and perfect for adding an aged, vintage feel to your greeting cards.  I also love sponging and think it is a great way to add depth to your cards without any bulk.  I didn’t use any Dimensionals (almost unheard of!) so there’s no extra postage but the card definitely does not look “flat” either.

The card base (Baked Brown Sugar) is a standard size at 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″ and the Typeset Designer Series Paper measures 4″ x 5-1/4″.  The Typeset paper is much thinner than our regular designer series papers but you get 24 sheets instead of the usual 12.  The ribbon is added before layer the Typeset paper.  The center panel is Very Vanilla cardstock and measures 2-3/8″ x 3-7/8″.

The Lotus Blossom stamp set has 3 images that line up to create the flower and 2 images for the stem.  I knew I wanted Sahara Sand for the sold layer of the flower since that’s a pretty light color and matches the Lace ribbon.  Baked Brown Sugar is a nice medium brown and Early Espresso is dark so they would overlap nicely for the other two layers of the flower.  Because the stamp set is Photopolymer, the images all line up quickly and easily.

Here’s the list of supplies:


I also filmed a step-by-step video tutorial for this vintage thank you card at my Keenan Kreations YouTube channel:

I recently shared this photo showing other samples using the Lotus Blossom set on my Keenan Kreations Facebook page:


lotus blossm cards


I’ll be sharing details for the other projects soon so be sure to stop by again!  I hope you liked this project showing you how to created a vintage feel for your greeting cards with ink and sponging 🙂


  1. Great detail in your video,
    Thank you for sharing your techniques

    • Thank you Marthea!

  2. I just recently found you & this is the first video I have watched–thank you for sharing your talent! I will be back!

    • Thank you Andrea! I hope you like some of my other video tutorials too 🙂 Please let me know if I can be of any help – thanks for stopping by!

  3. Beautiful card as always! I will definitely be CASEing this one!

    • Thanks Brittany! So sorry for the late reply – for some reason I stopped getting notifications of comments 🙁

  4. I love the look and feel of this version of Lotus Blossom. Thanks for all of the tips on how to achieve the vintage patina!

    • I’m so glad you like this card and found the tips helpful 🙂 Thank you so much for stopping by!

  5. Thank you for the Demonstration on this technique.

    • Thank you for stopping by Kimmie!

  6. I just LOVE this one

  7. I’m only three years late to this particular party but I enjoyed watching your video and making something similar.

    • Well shoot I’m 3 months late in replying to your message! Would love to see the card you made 🙂

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