#techniquethursday - layered sponging

Ok it seems like I'm a little obsessed with sponging.  I've posted so many times about different ways to use this technique.  Today I'm going to continue on an show you a technique I'm calling layered sponging.  Layered sponging is essentially just want it sounds like.  Layers of sponging and stamping to create a unique effect.  All you need is some stamps, a shape or cut out to use as a mask, some stamp pads of different shades and a sponge or two.

In the card I'm showing you today I used 3 colours of ink - Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake and Early Espresso.  First I used a mask cutout from the Labels Collection framelits to sponge a background in Sahara Sand.  I then layered a subtle word stamp from the retired stamp set Strength & Hope in Crumb Cake over the background.  I finished off stamping a butterfly image in Early Espresso from the same set over the top and added two more smaller butterflies from the stamp set Papillon Potpourri.  After removing the mask I added a sentiment stamp and I was done.  

I love the subtle shading and effect of the layered colours on this card.  It's a little hard to see the writing in the picture so I've tried to do a close up below to give you a better idea of the effect.

This is a really easy technique to do, but has quite the wow effect.  Which is great when you're giving your cards as a gift.

If you like what I've done here why not give it a go and post a comment with a link.  I'd love to see what you're making.  If you need a few extra supplies to get you started check out my online store here.  I've also added an ingredients list below so you can see what I've used.

Happy crafting.


Stamps: Strength & Hope (retired); Papillon Potpourri (123757)
Ink: Sahara Sand (126976); Crumb Cake (126975); Early Espresso (126794)
Framelits: Labels Collection (125596)
Other: Sponge Daubers (102892)