Here’s the Super Saturday card that got me started on all the sponging the last month or so. I don’t think I ever enjoyed the design process more than with this, even as I rejected one attempt after another.
I started with a design from Freshly Made Sketches (that I love so much we’re using it again for November stamp camps!) and used lots of texture and color. Even though I create with paper, my true love is rubber stamping, and so I will use a stamped panel before a patterned paper one as often as I can.
Here I was curious about using the Emboss Resist technique with Whisper White paper instead of glossy paper, which Stampin’ Up! no longer carries (not that I don’t have a fair supply of my own, of course). As you’d expect, sponging on glossy paper allows a certain amount of movement of the ink, whereas there’s virtual none on Whisper White. And so, over and over again I’ve said: You can add color but you can’t take it away! And that means, start very light and keep adding shading. We used Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride, and Calypso Coral for the dahlias and sponged Pear Pizzazz and Crumb Cake in between.
One last note: we rounded the corners of the card (both layers at once) and main panel with the back edge of the Envelope Punch Board. Sure, it’s not as portable as our corner-rounder punches, but it’s so much more effective!