How To Sponge a Scene

By | April 22, 2016

A dear friend of ours recently lost his life partner.  He worked with me for many years in the Internal Audit Department of Washington Mutual Bank and then later became a client of my husbands.  Since then, he moved to Texas, but we’ve kept in touch over the years, and my husband still does his taxes every year.  We were so sad to learn that his partner had passed away.

I wanted to make a special card for my friend.  I didn’t have any masculine sympathy cards on hand, so I went straight to work.  I was inspired by a card made by one of my favorite demonstrators, Michelle Zindorf.

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This card has minimal stamping (just the ferns and greeting); it’s mostly sponged.  Michelle Zindorf creates a lot of cards like this and I really admire them.

I created the background by using masks made out of Post It notes.  For the moon, I punched a 1-1/4″ circle and then I simply used the edge of a Post It for the horizon.  My tip for sponging is to go slow.  It’s easy to add more color, but once the color’s there you can’t take it away.  So plan ahead or copy something you like.

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I started by sponging the water with Lost Lagoon ink.  I placed the Post It not on the top half of the paper and sponged down to create the horizon.  Then, I sponged in from the sides to create the moonshine on the water.  Afterwards, I added Island Indigo and Early Espresso ink to the sides.

For the vegetation on the bottom, I sponged upward with Mossy Meadow ink.  I kept adding layers to make it super dark on the bottom.  Then, I used a White Signo Uni-Ball Pen to add the small flowers.

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For the sky, I placed the circle punch on the paper for the moon and carefully sponged around it with Lost Lagoon ink.  Then, I sponged from the sides with Lost Lagoon, Island Indigo and Early Espresso ink.

I stamped the greeting with Early Espresso and the ferns with Mossy Meadow ink.

Tip:  If you want a nicely blended sponging, ink up your sponge and then sponge on scratch paper first.  This will get rid of the darker textured ink marks that come off the sponge first.  Also, start light and slowly increase the pressure.

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The background paper came from the Going Places Designer Series Paper Stack.  This is an awesome paper stack with great designs for masculine cards.  I absolutely adore the colors included in this paper stack, and I especially love all the swirly designs.

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Supplies used on my card:

Have a great weekend!  Hope you have time to stamp:)

Tami Hewlett

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