Sponged Backgrounds to add WOW to your card

The theme for my class last week was ‘Sponged Backgrounds’. With some ink pads, sponges and a few stamps, you can quickly create spectacular cards.

I must thank Michelle Zindorf and Paula Dobson for providing great inspiration for sponged and brayered backgrounds.

Here is one of the cards we created.


  • This is an example of adding a reflection to the sponged background.
  • The reflections of the bird and branch are created by stamping the image onto an acetate or Stamp-a-ma-jig sheet, positioning where you want the reflected image and then lightly rubbing the sheet to transfer the ink to the art panel.
  • The ‘lines’ in the water were drawn with the Chalk Marker.
  • Do you like the diagonal stripes on the card base? Just mask off the middle part of the Diagonal Stripe background stamp, ink up the opposite edges and stamp on the cardstock.
  • Colours used: Marina Mist, Soft Sky, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight.
  • The sentiment was stamped on vellum, punched with the Classic Label Punch and attached with Glue Dots.

If you would like to learn to make beautiful cards such as this and others on my blog, please join me for my regular classes. Check out the timetable on the Classes tab at the top of the page.

Not in the Toowoomba area or unable to attend? Not a problem! I can create a kit to mail to you with full instructions.


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