Sponged Backgound Painted Poppies Card

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Painted Poppies Sponged Background Single Layer Card

The Stampin’Up! Painted Poppies have proven to be an extremely popular stamp set in the 2020 Mini catalogue. I do hope it continues on into the upcoming Annual Catalogue. We will know very soon as Demonstrators will be viewing the new catalogue later on this month!

There are so many options when it comes to using this pretty stamp set. This card is one I created early on when the mini catalogue was released. Sponged backgrounds are one of my favourite stamping techniques. To me it is very satisfying to sponge away and see the colour building up as you apply it, then blending all the colours together to get that lovely spread of colour popping off your card. If you haven’t tried it you should think about giving it a go sometime.

For this card I used Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Real Red. Firstly you need to mask off an area of card using sticky notes (Post-It notes). This will create the border inside which you will be creating your sponged colour area. Starting with the lightest colour sponge ink onto random areas within your masked space. Build up the colour. Then move to the next darkest colour, in this case Pumpkin Pie, sponge this colour into more random areas. Now finish of by adding the darkest colour – Real Red. Once you have your three colours laid down, go back to your lightest colour and start blending with Daffodil Delight into the areas around each sponged area. You can add a bit more sponging of the other colours until you have built up the colour intensity to your satisfaction. Don’t go too dark otherwise your stamped images will not be visible.

Once happy with the colour intensity, now is the time to stamp your selected images. In this case the line of poppies stamp from Painted Poppies. Leave the sticky notes in place and stamp your images using Staz-On Black ink. The Painted Poppies stamps are red rubber so it is fine to use Staz-On with them.

Once your stamping is done, remove your sticky notes and this is your wow moment as you see your one layer card appear. Add your greeting and embellishments and your card is completed. For this card I used the Happy Birthday from the Peaceful Moments stamp set and die cut it out using the Rectangular Stitched dies.

I hope you have some fun trying out this great technique.

Until next post stay safe, stay well.

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