Sponging Techniques

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Article Courtesy Scrapjazz.com: by Patter Cross

Do you like to use sponges?  Not for cleaning certainly but how about for stamping?  Today I wanted to share two sponging techniques that I use with my stamped images.  These techniques are fun, easy, and produce a great look.  Let’s get started!

Sponging with Die Cuts

Sponging with die cuts can give you a nice white border and other effects depending on the die you use.  Here I will show you how to create a white border around your piece, using Nestabilities dies

  1. Die cut your paper and then stamp and emboss the image with clear embossing powder.
  2. Put the stamped and die-cut piece back into the die itself.  
  3. Use a sponge to sponge around the image.  Ink will get on your metal die; however, you can take a baby wipe or paper towel and wipe it off when you are done sponging.

  4. Once you have finished sponging the entire image, remove the metal die.  See the nice white border you get?  It almost looks like a second piece of paper.  Very fun!

I added my image to this card.

papers:  Memory Box Currant notecard, Memory Box Gossamer
stamps:  Memory Box Birds in the Vines E1331, Memory Box Thanks Script A833
stamp Ink:  VersaFine Toffee, Stampin’ Up! Creamy Caramel, Ranger Clear Embossing Powder
embellishments: misc. ribbon, Spellbinders Nestabilities large labels

Sponged Backgrounds

Now let’s look at how to create a fun, sponge background with different colored inks.

  1. Stamp your image onto smooth, white cardstock using VersaMark ink.
  2. Emboss the image with your clear embossing powder.  Here is what it should look like.  Please note, it is really hard to take a picture of this.  

  3. Choose your ink colors, and sponge the ink as you wish over the embossed image. I chose green, pink, and blue.  No need to be neat about it.  Just have fun!  Here is how it turned out:

  4. Die cut your image, or trim it to clean it up with a smooth edge.  I chose to die cut my image and then place it on a card.  Here is how it turned out:


papers:  Memory Box Meadow notecard, misc. white cardstockstamps:  Memory Box Happiest Birthday B1354, Memory Box Garden Cutaway G1353, Memory Box Dotty Butterfly C1355stamp ink:  Stampin’ Up! Bashful Blue,Pixie Pink, and Green Galore; VersaMark; Ranger Clear Embossing Powder; Ranger Seafoam White Embossing Powder
embellishments: Memory Box Sparkling Diamond Jewel Stickers, sewing machine, Spellbinders large deckled rectangle die

I hope you will give these quick, easy, and fun . techniques a try.  Enjoy, and have fun with the embossing and sponging! 


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