Sponge on Some Color!

By | October 22, 2015

For Technique Thursday this week, I have a quick and easy card.  Using fun techniques doesn’t always have to be time consuming!  My technique is to add color to neutral designer paper.  This is a great way to customize a card by adding any color you want!

I started out with the Timeless Elegance Designer Series Paper.  This paper is colored Very Vanilla, Basic Black, and Sahara Sand.  It’s great for this technique because, it’s got sheets with lots of empty space.  I used sponges to add color, but you could also use a Stampin’ Spritzer or a Brayer.

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I sponged Pool Party ink around the edges of the top sheet.  I love the soft pretty look of sponging.  Plus, it’s just about the easiest way I can think of to add color to a project.  Just dip the sponge in your ink pad and add the ink with a circular motion.  Keep adding ink until you achieve the desired effect.

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For the butterfly, I stamped directly onto another sheet of Timeless Elegance Designer Series Paper.  I picked a design that was very faint so the bold ink colors would stand out.  The black lacy design is from the same designer paper pack.  It’s by far my favorite designer series paper!

Tip:  When stamping the Watercolor Wings butterflies, start with the outline stamp first (the one in black above.)  Since this stamp set involves three, and sometimes four-step stamping, starting with the outline makes it easy to line up the rest of the stamps.  For my butterfly above, I used Rose Red to stamp the main color of the wings (stamped off once for a lighter tone) and for the inside dot design of the wings.

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This card is get well card for my mom.  (She had shoulder surgery on Wednesday, and I’m actually with her now helping her convalesce.)  Therefore, I needed to grab an appropriate greeting from another stamp set, so I used the Lovely Amazing You set.  I thought this sentiment conveyed a nice positive message:)

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I added a few additional details to this card.  I unraveled some Very Vanilla Thick Baker’s Twine to place underneath the butterfly.  (I used only a third of a strand.)  I also added a rhinestone for a little sparkle of good cheer.

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Supplies used on my card:

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So, break out those sponges and start coloring your neutral designer series paper.  See how creative you can get!

Tami Hewlett

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