I am honoured to be the guest designer at Scrap Rendez-vous today. I have a short tutorial over there describing my masking and sponging technique for this card:
After creating a one layer card with the background stamp Glory of Modesty or GOM for short, I decided to use the same technique and let you in on one step I didn’t mention when I explained my process the first time. It is not a complex step at all, simply one which is easier to show than explain with words.
When I posted the card below my friend, Lindsey from Bashful Blogging commented that “the flowers really do seem on a slightly higher plane despite it being one layer”. I have created another card and a tutorial showing how to get your flowers to appear to be on a “higher plane”.
I used the same stamp because this technique works beautifully with this stamp but I changed my colour scheme and the size of the image panel.
So here is a new tutorial! Thanks for waiting patiently for it. I guess I really should do more so the whole process becomes embedded in my brain! I apologize for the length of this one; you can fast forward if you like; it seems to go on and on! I hope it is helpful particularly in showing the masking fluid technique. I have made quite a few masking fluid resist cards lately as I love the falling snow effect which I will post them on the blog during the week ahead.
Below is a a close-up of the white flecks left on the card after the masking fluid is removed.
As you may know if you have spent any time browsing around my blog, I love to use sponges to apply ink. That being the case I thought it appropriate that I devote one of my weeks hosting the One Layer Wednesday challenge to sponging. I want you to enter into the sponging fun too. You have no doubt tried it already; I see beautifullyl sponged cards here, there and everywhere. So your challenge this week is to use some sponging on your card; use a little or a lot, combine it with another technique if you like, just get inky! (Aach! I just realised, at the eleventh hour, that I used the very same stamp on my last OLW challenge. Sorry for the repetition; I will pay more attention next month!)
1. A ONE-LAYER card is defined as a single layer of card stock folded in half. No other layers allowed!
2. Make a card that incorporates sponging
3. Post your card somewhere online and link back here using the InLinkz button at the bottom of this post. Please make sure you link to the specific post on your blog rather than your blog’s main page.
4. Have Fun!
I have received several requests lately for a sponging video tutorial. I am sorry I don’t have one for you today but I do have the next best thing, a photo tutorial. I will get a sponging video done as soon as I can.
Position your masks first; I find that it helps to use the lines on a cutting mat to get everything square.
Sponge your lightest colour first.
I only used two blues so I started sponging the darker blue on the side I wanted darkest. I even started off the card base to help regulate how much ink I applied. Without picking up more ink I sponged towards the lighter side of the sky as the intensity of the colour faded.
When I am getting close to the coverage I want I blend the ink by sponging in circles instead of dabbing it on.
When I sponged this snowdrift I did not go back to the lighter blue I used the dark blue sponge without picking up more ink. I sponged right on the edge of the post-it mask rubbing it against that edge so the blue would define the snow drift.
I always sponge a little on the bottom edge to define the edge of the panel.
I have put together a tutorial describing the way I made my recent collage cards. I am sure there are many successful methods but this is the way I did it.
The tutorial describes how I made a monochromatic collage; my blue collage and the brown collage are in this post. Once again I relied on my son’s and my husband’s expertise to complete the video tutorial but I think I am getting quicker over all!
The card above was created using the Masking Fluid Resist method and the Penny Black stamp Breezy. A tutorial outlining the method is featured on Splitcoast Stampers today. Below is the video version of the tutorial, the first video tutorial I have ever done. I almost didn’t make it as the first few attempts were not good. I persevered and my clever 11 year-old son did all the editing. Masking Fluid resist is a method I use for creating snowy scenes usually, but I couldn’t bring myself to create a snowy card in spring!
On Wednesday I posted a card featuring a little square filled with a butterfly and some music. Today I have a tutorial showing the technique on a new card with a bigger image panel.
First I sponged three colours randomly over a piece of white cardstock. Careful blending is not important because the sponging will be stamped over and responged.
I stamped the music background over the stamping in a darker colour.
It’s hard to see but next I embossed the butterfly in clear embossing powder.
The final step is to sponge over the whole panel in a dark colour and watch the butterfly emerge.
Thanks so much for dropping in today; to see more thank you cards pop over to the Penny Black blog
Stamps: Music Background, Soft Wings 40-099, Flourish Thank You 4175F(PB)
Inks: Memento Paris Dusk, Cantaloupe, New Sprout, Summer Sky and Versamark (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Penny Black Mix and Match papers – Clear Skies, Periwinkle
Also: Clear embossing powder
The designers at Penny Black are showcasing favourites from the new 2012 catalog at present but what I have posted today is an older Penny Black stamp, Queen Anne’s Lace which has become a new favourite of mine. I love the delicacy of Queen Anne’s Lace which this stamp captures beautifully. Picking a favourite stamp also worked for the Less is More challenge this week which asks us to choose and combine three previous challenges. I chose#15 One layer embossing, #22 Shades of Blue and #59 Masking.
Several people have left questions in the comments section lately about products and techniques; I have a draft in progress to answer those soon but a couple may be answered in the following tutorial. Brenda asked how I mask; the first three photos show how I make use of the lines on my mat to help me line up the edges of the card before positioning the post-it notes. The large post-it notes are worth the extra cost because they do the whole length of the card and the width of the sticky section is good.
After using the grid on the mat I put scrap paper underneath and start my design. For this card I stamped the image twice in versamark, then embossed in clear.
I use round craft sponges cut into quarters to sponge and for this card I used Memento Summer Sky and Danube Blue ink.
Building up colour by sponging takes a while. I start by dabbing the colour on and then blend with a swirly motion to make sure I have good coverage.
For this card I wanted a bit of white space so didn’t sponge the panel completely.
When I was happy with the sponging I stamped the image several times with Summer Sky ink.
I removed the masks and added one more image in Danube Blue and finished with a sentiment, from the transparent set, Gratitude.
Here’s the finished product using a favourite stamp, my favourite colour and a favourite technique.
Thanks for dropping by, I hope you get a chance to work with your favourites this week.
Thank you so much everyone who has arrived here via the Penny Black blog and also my faithful readers who drop in here regularly to see what I have been doing. The comments I have received in the last day have been such a treat to read. Thank you also to all my subscribers; I am so pleased you have been inspired to sign up.
What better way to thank you all than a tutorial? Many of you asked questions about the Winter Berry Branch card I posted last week so here is the tutorial which will hopefully provide the answers.
Flick masking fluid randomly over the cardbase. I put my card in a box, almost close the box and blindly flick the paintbrush with masking fluid on it around over the card. This way the masking fluid is contained in the box. An old toothbrush does a good job too but I didn’t have a spare and didn’t think anyone in my family would appreciate masking fluid toothpaste! While you wait for the masking fluid to dry, wash the brush because the masking fluid can ruin it if you don’t.
Stamp the branch first in versamark using a stamp positioning tool. Re-ink with versamark and then add whatever colours you want on your branch using markers; I used real red and early espresso. While you are inking your stamp with markers you must not move your stamp positioning tool.
When your branched is inked in versamark and colour move your stamp positioning tool ever-so-slightly down (as in no more than a millimeter!) and stamp the branch again. What you have created is two branch images extremely close together which you will heat emboss in clear.
In the close up below you can see the two impressions from the stamp. Ideally you want the coloured print to overlap with the versamark print. The versamark is the snow sitting on the branch. The yellow dots are the masking fluid. Because they are raised they will resist the stamp a bit but it doesn’t matter as it will look like a clump of snow.
After embossing in clear embossing powder it is time to start sponging. I tend to build up the colour slowly when sponging so the variations in intensity will be gradual. If you are not happy with your sponging it could be that you stopped too soon.
When you are happy with your sponging you can gently rub off the masking fluid. It should come off easily but make sure you keep your fingers clean otherwise you can smudge colour into the freshly revealed white spots. Remove the masks when all the masking fluid is gone to see your snow laden branch.
Stamps: Berry Branch (Penny Black), Teeny Tiny Wishes(SU)
Inks: Versamark, Marina Mist, Bashful Blue, Real Red, Early Espresso
Cardstock: MFP 100lb white
Also: Clear e.p., Winsor & Newton masking fluid
At long last I have created a sponging tutorial. The photos from the tutorial worked well and the colours are accurate. Unfortunately I had trouble photographing the final product(above) and getting the colours right. In reality they are a little more vibrant. (Also I think the camera lense has smudges on it as my photos always end up with smudges at the top or right hand side) I know I have taken forever to do this tutorial but in deciding what to do I realized that it would be best to start with the simpler version: a sponged card without embossing so this is it. I may even get around to another tutorial which includes embossing, but I know you will only believe that when you see it!
Next I cut a hilly edge on another post-it note and positioned that two thirds of the way down the white space. When doing a snowy scene I often divide the scene to allow two thirds sky, one third snow, otherwise there is too much white space.
I punched a circle out of post-it with a circle punch and positioned it in the sky. For sponging I use a quarter of a circle sponge. I have some from Stampin’ Up and some Dollar Store; the SU ones are better. I start sponging with the lightest colour first and it often takes quite a while to build up the colour. Remember you can always add more colour but you can’t take it off!
This is how I keep my sponges. When I started sponging I didn’t allocate one sponge per colour I was a bit more random. I soon discovered it was worth having more and keeping them labeled. Mine are sorted in the old SU categories because I still think in the rich regals, soft subtles, etc. I have yet to move on.
We interupt this tutorial to show you the downy woodpecker who flew in for a little suet mix while my daughter was taking a few photos for this tutorial.
Then I moved onto Elegant Eggplant. I just keep on sponging until I am happy with the blend and coverage. It always looks more dramatic once you have lifted the masks at the end, so I peek underneath occasionally to see how strong the colour is.
Next, some trees. I repositioned my hill mask, moving it left and a little below where it was previously and removed the moon mask.
I stamped the trees in black, being careful to avoid the little grassy bits at the base of each tree.
At this point I also did a little sponging to show the edge of the snow bank. I usually do a bit with the sponge, but to sponge a smaller area I use a q-tip.
Then I added some trees in Eggplant which I first stamped on scrap and then on the card so it would be paler and appear more distant.
I moved the hill again and sponged the edge of the hill to create the next snow drift.
You can add another few trees here also if you like so you have some more in the foreground. Then move the hill mask again and sponge along the edge again.
Once you have the snow drifts and trees you want remove the hill mask and sponge a little colour along the lower edge so your scene will have an edge one the masks are removed.
There you have it. If you lasted this long, well done. If you are interested in having the original card leave me a comment and I will pick a name at the end of the week. If you make a card using this tutorial let me know and I will put your name in the draw twice. Thanks so much for dropping in and for all the encouragement you give me.
Stamps: Lovely as a Tree, Hugs & Wishes
Inks: Basic Black, Almost Amethyst,Brocade Blue, Elegant Eggplant
Cardstock: Flourishes Classic White