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Hi all, Vicki here.  Today I am showing you how to create a sponged background.  You see it all over blogland – now you get to see how you can do it~

Here is my finished card;

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I used Summer Warbler, along with Background Basics Lines for the side strip.

Step 1 – To achieve the sponged background, you need an ink blender, and ink.  I used Ranger Distress ink, due to the reaction to water that this ink has.  Ink up your blender, [dab off excess on a separate piece of paper], and moving your blender in circles ink onto the card panel.

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Step 2 –  Using a second color, following the same steps as above, blend on your color, being sure to overlap onto the first color so you get a smooth blend of the 2 colors.

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Step 3 – in my case, I wanted better blending, so I used a small dauber and again, moving the in circles, I got the blending I wanted.

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Step 4 – Sprinkle water onto the ink for water spots.  I just tapped the tip of the end of my sprayer for the sprinkles.

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My last step for completing my card — fun foam in place of dimensional tape.  It gives your card panel a much more stable lay, plus it is easier to use 🙂

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Once again, here is the finished card;

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Do you do sponging on your cards?  If not, take some scratch card stock and try it out!  It does take some practice, but the end result is worth your time~

See you next month~

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2 thoughts on “A Sponged Background

  1. Chrissie says:

    I haven’t got any of the newer Distress ink colours, better suited for this kind of bright background but now you mention it… this is a great technique for a quick background!

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