Want to learn some sponging techniques for handmade cards? I thought so! This is why today I am sharing with you two techniques to add color to your handmade cards using sponges.
I will be sharing as well a few tips that will surely make these techniques even easier. But most important you need to promise you will practice them! Cause the more you use these techniques the easier it will be and the happier you will be with the results you get in your cards!
So let’s get started!
Two Sponging Techniques for Handmade Cards
Like I mentioned at the beginning, I will be sharing two techniques for sponging. The first technique will show you how to make a nice cloudy sky with a template and sponging. And the second technique will show you how to mix colors in the background to have a two tone background.
For these cards I used the new stamp set Ridiculously Awesome which have really big bold sentiments that will be great to showcase with the backgrounds I am making with the sponges.
As far as the sponges, you can see in the video tutorial below that I use the circle sponges from Stampin Up! and I cut them in pieces. I also attach a piece of cardstock in the color I want to use to the sponge, that way I know which color I am using for each of the sponges. Typically you can get about 6 pieces from one sponge and the pack comes with 3 round sponges.
Details and Sketches on these cards
Handmade Card #1
For the fist card I used the following color combo:
I made a cut out using the Happy dies from the “So Much Happy” Bundle and I used it as a template or stencil if you will. that way it will give me the curve edge of the clouds as I was sponging the background. On this post you can see two Birthday Cards using the same technique!
The key thing is to move the template into multiple directions and to sponge or add color right before it crosses the color on another cloud. You can see this in more detail on the video tutorial below.
Also when you are sponging, try to pick up the color from the ink pad with your sponge and then tap a scratch paper with the sponge, to then start sponging the background piece of your handmade card. I would also recommend to do this on a circular motion, and with a light hand, so that the color is smooth.
Practice is your friend!
On thing I forgot to mention is that you can play with the sentiments and add die cut letters, like I did in this case. I love this sentiment the best and I wanted to highlight the word FAITH by adding die cut letters and popping them up with the new foam adhesive sheets! I love how this looks!!
If you are interested in learning how I made this card step by step, make sure you watch the video tutorial below!!
Handmade Card #2
For this second card I use the following color combo:
I decided to use the Dandelion Wishes stamp set for the image in the background, I actually heat embossed it with white emboss powder and then add the color with the sponges. I started first with the lighter color (Pool Party) on top of the embossed image and then apply the daffodil delight.
Similarly as in the previous card you want to pick up the color from the ink pad with your sponge and take some of the color by dabbing the sponge into a scratch paper. After that you can then start applying color to the background of the card in a circular motion and with a light hand, that way you get a smooth layer of color.
Also when applying the second color, you would need to blend the area where both colors meet, that way it will have a nice transition from one to another.
Handmade Card #3
For this last card the color combo I used is the following:
This card is very similar to the last card, where I heat emboss an image from the dandelion wishes stamp set and then add color on top of the emboss image with sponges. However this time I change the sketch and the color combination!!!
I love this technique a lot more as you can play with lots of color combinations, and be even more creative. For instance you can do a monochromatic background just by playing with shades of the same color.. Give it a try and I know you will enjoy it!
So just play with it and make the same cards using different color combos!! would love to see what you create with this technique!
The Video Tutorial
If you want to see step-by-step instructions on how to make these cards, friend! I have you covered!
You can watch the video tutorial below so you can see exactly how I put together these cards, you will get so many tips just from watching it!
The Supply List
You can see below the full list of Items I used to make these cards, if you click on the images below it will take you to my online store where you can purchase any of these items. I truly appreciate your continuous support 🥰
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