Saturday, 14 September 2013

Sponging with Wetlands

As promised, today's card features the second card we made at my monthly class this week. We used the stamp set, Wetlands, but this time we used two other techniques to achieve the look we got. The first is called "sponging" technique, because you sponge the ink onto the cardstock with a sponge, starting with a light pressure and increasing pressure to achieve the shade you want. You can also layer colours on. You can create similar effect with a brayer, but I can't get the hang of brayering, so sponging it is, and I love it! Isn't it amazing the kind of scene you can create with a humble sponge and some ink? The second technique used is "Masking", where you use or create a template using copy paper to mask off a section of your card so that it doesn't get inked up with the colour you're sponging (or stamping or brayering) with. In this card, our template is the shore line, which we created by tearing a copy paper, and also the horizon line which is just the gap from two straight edged copy papers.

Now, I like to give credit where credit is due. The idea for this card was from Sara Hoogendoorn. Like the colour wash technique, no two cards created with the sponging technique would look exactly the same either. When I used the colours that Sara used, it turned out too dark for my liking:

The sky and sea in this card was done with Marina Mist and Baja Breeze. I much prefer the result when I used Pool Party and Coastal Cabana instead:

Which do you prefer? Some of the ladies at my class quite like the mood of the darker sky, and so that's what they used.

Well, there you have it. We had a fun night, and we all felt like artists. No doubt the girls will find it hard to give their cards away. You'll notice that some hadn't put a greeting on their card. At least one is toying with the idea of framing her card as a picture frame for herself. Awesome!

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