Sponging & Shading

By | February 11, 2016

You can do a lot with a plain piece of white cardstock.  It is truly amazing!  Who needs lots of layers and fancy embellishments?  Well, actually I tend to LOVE both, but you don’t always need to add them to make an amazing card.  Case in point, how about this simple card?  I created the main section on piece of white paper, by simply adding sponging and shading.

I can’t take total credit for this card.  I got the idea of the sponged ocean / beach from Michelle Zindorf (one of my favorite Stampin’ Up! designers).  She did a similar card recently with a starfish.  I loved the idea so much that I decided to give it a try, with my own twist.  I love the beautiful simplicity of it.

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I made this card for my brother-in-law who had surgery on Tuesday.  I wanted to send him something to cheer him up, and let him know we’re thinking of him and hoping he recovers as quickly as possible.  He lives in Southern California and has always enjoyed the ocean, so the By The Tide stamp set was a perfect choice.

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To make this card, I stamped the shell with Early Espresso ink on Whisper White cardstock.  Then, I sponged several shades of blue (Island Indigo, Bermuda Bay, and Tempting Turquoise) ink to create the ocean, and two shades of brown (Crumb Cake and Soft Suede) to create the sand, leaving a little white in-between.

Tip:  After inking up the sponge, I always start sponging on scratch paper first to get rid of the dark ink marks, then I gradually work my way onto the paper by making small circular motions.  This allows a nice even coloring and shading effect.

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Next, I colored the shell with a Blender Pen using Crumb Cake, Blushing Bride, and Soft Suede ink.  I also created a shadow in the sand with my Blender Pen both in front of and to the right of the shell so it looks like the shell is 3-D.

Then, I highlighted the shell with a White Signo Uni-Ball Gel Pen, and stamped and embossed splatters in white using stamps from both the Gorgeous Grunge and Timeless Textures stamp sets.

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For the background of my card, I used some Perfectly Artistic Designer Series Paper (a Sale-A-Bration item that’s only available for a few more days until February 15th).  I selected a section that had lots of contrast and some white splatters already printed on it.  Then, I sponged the edges with some Bermuda Bay ink for a little more contrast.

The greeting is from the stamp set A Dozen Thoughts.  This is a great all-around stamp set, full of great greetings for all occasions.  I again stamped and embossed it in white.

Finally, for the side of my card, I used the Timeless Textures stamp set to stamp the grid image numerous times so it looked like a fishing net.

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Supplies used on my card:

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Sponging and shading are great ways to add a realistic look to your handmade cards.  It’s one of my favorite ways to color.

Tami Hewlett

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