#techniquethursday - sponging

I've mentioned a couple of times that I love sponging and shown you in 2 different #techniquethursday posts some different ways to use the effect.  If you haven't ever sponged before this post is a great place to start.  Today I'm going to show you yet another way you can use your sponge daubers creatively.

Step 1 - Gather you materials.  You'll need some die cutters in different shapes, or punches.  I used 2 different heart shame framelits.  You'll also need ink, card and sponge daubers.

Step 2 - Use your die cutter or punch to punch out a template on some scrap card.  This is what you'll use as a mask for your sponging.  

Step 3 - Place your mask over the card you want to sponge onto.  While holding it firmly in place ink up your sponge dauber and daub around the outline of the shape.  It's really important to make sure the mask doesn't move as you want a nice clean outline.  

Step 4 - When you are happy with the effect remove the mask.  And that's it... or you can repeat until you build up the desired images on your card.

In this card I used the sponging effect to create all the hearts.  I then used some split pins, brads and twine to give the heart shaped balloon effect above.  It's been a while since I've used this effect but I can feel the creative juices flowing so you might see a few more similar projects from me in the coming weeks.

Happy crafting.