Yesterday I promised sponging tips. I’ll admit that I once thought I could become one of those brayer experts (I’m so impressed with their projects), but I find I’m able to control the placement and shading of color much easier with sponges than with a brayer.
For this type of sponging, where you want a subtle shift in color, here’s the main tip: Don’t pounce or press the sponge. Secondly, don’t rush the process — enjoy the gentle revealing of the shading. Here’s what happens if you pounce:
First I stamped my image, from Just Believe, in VersaMark and embossed it in black. It gives a great contrast on this silhouette.
Next, I assembled the three stamp pads and corresponding sponges I needed:
I began with the lightest color, using a light circular motion as if I’m applying rouge (OK, like my mother used to apply rouge!). I can add more color, but I can’t take it away, so I started light. I personally like the way the card stock edges catch the sponge; if you don’t, just avoid going all the way to the edges.