Monday, June 4, 2012


Today I thought I would share a sponging technique to create the look of ripples on water.  This card also uses a technique called Emboss Resist.  Let's get started!


Stamp sets: Fabulous Florets, Up in the Air (retired hostess set)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Island Indigo, Basic Gray, Subtles Designer Series Paper Pack
Ink: Basic Black, Baja Breeze, Island Indigo
Write Markers: Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery, Old Olive, Basic Black
Accessories: #2 circles die, sponge daubers, Versamark marker, clear embossing powder, brayer, Lucky Limenade Everday Enchantment ribbon, dimensionals, snail adhesive

Stamp images by first coloring the image with Versamark marker, then Basic Black marker.  I used markers in this case because I wanted to be able to eliminate the bird house and sentiment.  After stamping images, cover with clear emboss powder and heat set.

Color in images as desired.  Color images entirely with Versamark marker, clear emboss powder and heat set again.  This is called Emboss Resist technique - it ensures that any ink added from this point on won't "stick" to the image.

Brayer entire piece of cardstock using Baja Breeze ink.

Cut templates from #2 Circle die from scrap cardstock.

Beginning with the largest circle first, center over leaf.  Using Island Indigo ink and sponge dauber sponge around the circle template.  Ink should be darkest against the template and fade outwards.

Continue in this manner with all circle templates; working inwards towards the leaf.  Add a slight shadow with sponge dauber beneath the leaf to add depth.

Finish by sponging the outer edges of the cardstock with Island Indigo ink.  Assemble card as desired.

My card base is Island Indigo, with an overlay of Pink Pirouette DSP stamped randomly with the Up in the Air stamp in Pretty in Pink ink.  My image was layered with Basic Gray and added to the base with Stampin' dimensionals.  I added a small bow in Lucky Limenade Everyday Enchantment ribbon.

Thanks so much for looking!

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1 comment:

Smiles, Laurie said...

WOW! and all the detailed instructions to play along! Thanks. The card is lovely, the scene you created is a very serene.

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