#techniquethursday - sponging

Today I'm going to show you one of my go to techniques when ever I want to add a little vintage feeling or depth to a card - sponging.  It's a really simple technique and you only need ink an a sponge dauber.  There are so many ways you can use this technique - not just for edges like I'm showing you today.  You can sponge backgrounds, cut outs, and more.  

For this card I decided just to sponge the edges of the punched sentiment to add a vintage feel to the card.  Taking a sponge dauber and pressing it into the ink pad a few times to get it inked up, I gently brushed it against the edges of the punched out sentiment.  Starting light at first I layered up the colour around the whole edge to a depth I was happy with.  

It's a really easy technique but if you've never done it before I recommend practicing on some scrap paper to get a feel for it.  Start with only a small amount of ink on your dauber or sponge.  Remember you can build up a stronger colour but you can't reduce it once you've started - so start light and keep sponging until you get the result you're looking for.  

Because I was going for a vintage feel with this card I wanted to soften the edge of the stamped sentiment.  Sponging gives it a slightly aged feel and just softens the white against the crumb cake card.

Next week I'm going to show you another way you can just sponging and stamping to create a whole card.  Super easy and amazingly different in style.

Happy crafting.