Friday, July 6, 2012

Trying a New Technique

So I'm hiding out from the heat in my craft room...trying out some new (to me) techniques and creating away! I love the relaxed schedule of summertime! 

I'm improving on my blending distress inks, and decided to try the 'double sponging' technique that I learned from this tutorial to see how I would do. 

I used a text background stamp, which fits right in to the challenge over at CAS-ual Fridays: to use text in your Clean and Simple design. 

Here is the completed card:

And a closer view of the focal point:

As you can see in the tutorial linked above, the sequence to make this is sponge the background, stamp the overall background, clear stamp and heat emboss the focal image, then use a darker ink to sponge over the focal image. It looks so intricate for how little time it takes!

I did some fun masking for this card, the yellow and green background edges were created by tearing the painter's tape and using it as a mask, then when I couldn't find the right color brown ribbon to use across the middle, I used the strait edge of the painter's tape to create a mask and sponged on the brown. In real life it looks like cool!

  • Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Inks (wild honey, peeled paint, vintage photo)
  • Stamps: Stampabilities (faded text background), Studio112 (Dandelion wish)
  • Other: cardstock and buttons from stash
Thanks for looking!



  1. Beautiful card! I love the torn masking techinique for the background of your card and your focal point is fabulous.

  2. Meredith - what a great technique! And your blending looks fantastic! Thank you so much for playing along with us at CAS-ual Fridays!

  3. Gorgeous card Meredith - I LOVE trying out new techniques too - even more fun when they turn out this FAB!

  4. What a great idea to mask the stripe to mimic ribbon! The heat embossing and inking look wonderful. Thanks for joining us this week at CAS-ual Fridays!

  5. This is absolutely gorgeous! Wow! Thanks for joining in the fun at CAS-ual Fridays!


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