Oh My Sponge Roller! And Other Cool Cards (Blog Hop)

Fun n Crafty Blog Hop BadgeI’m super excited to share with you a beautiful yet easy card to create thanks to the new Sponge Brayers!  This was a card I used in our Fun n’ Crafty team card swap recently to trade ideas using the newer Annual Catalog products. Today a few of us are sharing our swap cards in a team Blog Hop for you!

On our team we have a range of folks from super experienced stampers to folks who are pretty new but really excited to create and stamp.  So, when we do a card swap with the team, we get a good range of styles and designs – but fantastically, they all turn out great!  I haven’t yet seen what the other 3 ladies in this blog hop are going to share with you… but I know they are really talented crafters so I can’t wait to check them out with you!

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ps – If you are visiting from one of the other blog hop participants – know you can get this same deal from them as well and they would love to have you join with them. 🙂 

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On to the Good Stuff!  The Sponge Brayer Swap Card!

So, I will admit it.  I tried the Sponge Brayers when they first came out and I wasn’t sure I liked them.  I was used to the rubber roller and how much ink you transferred when you used that tool.  So, I set my sponge brayers aside and went on to coloring techniques.  Well, a year later, I pulled them out to create a background and WOW they were awesome!

I was inspired by a card from UK demonstrator Sam Hammond Donald and put my own twist on it and loved the result….Isn’t the final card fun?!

I started by taking a 3″x4″ piece of Whisper White cardstock and then grabbing the 2 sponge brayers that come in a package.  I inked one up with Lemon Lime Twist ink and started lightly rolling from the top of my cardstock until about 2/3rd of the way down the paper.

Then I inked up the other brayer with Granny Apple Green (my new favorite green color – brand new as of June 2018!) and lightly rolled from the bottom of the cardstock up about 2/3rds of the way.

Once you have the dark color worked up, I went over the middle (and lightly the top) with the Lemon Lime Twist brayer, just to finish blending the colors.

Stamp your solid image – like this tree over your newly made background first to make your base.

I love this sentiment from the Rooted in Nature stamp set (the tree is from the same set) and just simply cut it up so I could haphazardly glue it down below my tree.  I just makes it a little more fun and eclectic when the sentiment is coming off and over the main cardstock and mats.

And see those black rhinestones?  All you have to do is grab your basic clear rhinestones and a black sharpie and color away!  They stay slightly shiny but better fit in with the colors for this card.

Finally, what I think really pulled it together was the Wood Textures designer paper for the background – would you agree? (and YES! it is one of the papers included in the Buy 3 get 1 free promotion that ends today)

I tried just adding a strip or mat layer… basically something that was a bit more “economical” with my patterened paper; but none of them looked quite right.  I realized I needed to go big or not at all, so I cut up to a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ piece and adhered it to the front of a Whisper White card base.  It is the perfect amount of natural and texture to go with the tree image and the greens of the rest of the card.

This card was a lot of fun to make and I hope it inspired you to try out the Sponge Brayers and the Wood Textures designer paper.  They are both total winners!

  1. Nicole Flournoy — Inky Fingers Stamping
  2. Jennifer Blomquist — NW Stamper <— YOU ARE HERE
  3. Christine Szecares — Artful Musings
  4. Tobe Buffenbarger — The Craft Sea

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Each day I’ll have a one-day only gift with purchase, PLUS a free giveaway of the day just by leaving a comment on the blog.  You will have until 8/8/2018 to leave your comments – winners for all 10 days will be announced on 8/9/2018.

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14 responses to “Oh My Sponge Roller! And Other Cool Cards (Blog Hop)”

  1. Love the card! Very serene.

    Blends are my favorite way to color distinct objects, and sponge daubers are my favorite for creating backgrounds. I haven’t gotten into the watercolor pencils. I bought them and have played with them but haven’t mastered getting a smooth look.

    • Thanks, Heather! I need to play with my Blends more, they really do make amazing colored images! You always have such stunning cards with coloring and sponging, I’ll have to watch closely at the retreat to see how you use daubers for your backgrounds. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. When you told me you wanted to use the same set as Stacey and that your card would be completely different, I was excited to see your take on Rooted in Nature, since I have this set, but have yet to use it. I love your background and the contrast of the lone tree. It reminds me of the lone pine on California’s highway 101! It feels masculine, without overtly being so, which is also a plus! Wonderful!

    • It is such a fun technique! Grab any of your sets that are a solid image to start playing with it; though Rooted in Nature is an amazing set, so you might want it eventually. 🙂

  3. I really like your card! I have this stamp set and have not played too much it yet. Perfect for different occasions.

    • Thanks, Rhonda! It is a really versatile set. I’m finding as you change up the colors with it, it starts fitting better with different occasions. Have fun and I’d love to see what you come up with!

  4. I like to use colored pencils and watercolor pencils to color images. I really like the look of Stampin Blends but need more practice.

  5. I enjoy using colored pencils best. I tend to shy away from sponge daubers because I usually mess it up. I need more practice!

  6. I like to use the SU blends, so easy to get a watercolor look. I purchased the masks but haven’t had any luck with the results. Need to work on that.

  7. I am not confident with my marker blending technique because it always goes on too dark. I like to use the colored pencils & water!

  8. I love the chalks or pastels for coloring. I probably avoid anything with large amounts of coloring of any nature, but water color is the one that I am afraid of. It seems like it can get really messy, really quickly!

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