Big Sky Stampin' Papercrafting

I have been a crafter most of my life, starting in about 8th grade when I tried to embroider some frogs on a quilt, that I never finished! Although the list of what "I never finished" is long, and includes cross stitch, knitting, crocheting, quilting and more, my latest obsession is paper! I joined Stampin'Up! as an independent demonstrator in October 2011 and have been going like crazy ever since! I offer classes in my home, do catered card parties at your home and sell my cards locally in Bozeman, Montana and around the lovely Gallatin Valley. I would love to meet and talk to you if you are interested in the papercrafting hobby or just need some unique handmade cards for a special occasion!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

You're a Genius!

Hi stampers,
I'm rediscovering my love of a stamp set that came out with last year's preorder, the "Painter's Palette" set!  I love the frame on the easel and that almost anything can go inside it.  The card I'm featuring today was not intended to showcase this set, but rather was for a technique class on different inking methods. We used natural sponges to sponge our background!  Here's the card:

I'm still exploring the new In Colors so chose three of them to sponge with, Fresh Fig, Tranquil Tide and Lemon Lime Twist. I also grabbed the coordinating ribbons (one of the best things about Stampin'Up! is our product coordination across color lines!) and attached a little flare of them.  Here's a closer look at the process:

To sponge, I held a sponge between my thumb and first finger, inked it up directly from the ink pad and blotted it on the card. You would get a completely different look if you rubbed it or swirled it. I just blotted, re-inked and blotted some more. It was fun and as you can see, I used a different sponge for all three colors. Best news, the ink washes out of these sponges and after drying, they are ready to use again!

I was pretty happy with the final result on what began as a sponging experiment. I hope you are able to try this technique too. You can find sponges like this in any craft aisle at a big box store.

Thanks for stopping by!  One more day until June 1st and the big new Annual Catalog reveal!  You have a little more than 24 hours to still order from the Occasions catalog so don't let that deadline slip by if there's still something you wanted!

Happy Stampin'!

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