Saturday, September 29, 2012

Embossed, Sponged Heartfelt Hope Card

Good Saturday morning to you!  I hope you’re carving out some special stamping time in your stamp room, on your dining table or wherever you stamp!  LOL.. I’ve got to get some quality time with my stamp table soon… it’s a disaster!

I’ve been trying to decide what type of card to feature to World Card Making Day on October 6th, 2012.  Unfortunately, I’ll be working most of that day so am having my World Card Making Event today!  We’re making Christmas Cards, eating finger foods and having fun.  1

So… I would like to know what type of card would you like to see featured here on Created By You for next Saturday’s World Card Making Day.  Please leave a comment… your suggestions may help spur a special, new card!

Today’s card shares a message of hope… and the sponging technique.  Sponging is such an easy way to add special effects to your card and quite simple to do too!3.embossing_sponging_en_Francais

The background Very Vanilla card stock was stamped with the en Francais large format background stamp, embossed and then sponged.

Step by step:

  1. Lightly tap your embossing buddy on your fingers and the card stock which you plan to emboss.  Today’s Tip for Paper Crafters #1: Always use your embossing buddy on your fingers first… this prevents oils from your hands transferring to the card stock!
  2. Remove any excess powder from the card stock…. Pick up the card stock, turn it over and give the back side a gentle thump with your finger.
  3. Ink the En Francais background stamp with versamark ink.  I like to lay the larger stamps face-up on my stamp table and tap the surface with the ink pad.
  4. Turn on your heat tool…. let it pre-heat!
  5. Stamp the background stamp onto the powdered card stock surface.  Today’s Tip for Paper Crafters # 2:  Use a large clear block or stamp pad to firmly burnish the top of the stamp while it is on the card stock.  This will ensure an evenly stamped image.  Today’s Tip for Paper Crafters #3:  To ensure straight stamped images, try using a stamp-ma-jig tool OR… you can do what I do… align the longest edge of the inked stamp with the longest edge of the card stock, ensuring that it is perfectly parallel before letting it drop onto the card stock. 
  6. Now place your stamped card stock into a powder pal tray.  If you don’t have one, vellum card stock also works well to collect the embossing powder from the next step.
  7. Pour white embossing powder over the top of one end of the card stock… lift that end and let the powder trickle down over the sticky ink and en francais script.
  8. Heat with the heat tool until the embossing powder becomes shiny.  You will be less likely to burn card stock because the heat tool was pre-heated!3.sponged_then_markered_image

To stamp/sponge the flower and greeting, simply make a mask using a scrap of card stock and a 1-3/8” Square Punch.  You can use a 3” x 5” post it note for this step… but be sure to back it with a piece of card stock before punching.. it will make life easier!

My preferred method is to use a card stock mask.  Inserting the card stock strip into the square punch as far as it can go, moving it down the edge and punching until I have an opening or mask that is appropriate to the size of my card or stamped image.

The same thing can be accomplished using a smaller square punch.  It’s a bit trickier though!  You have to start with a wider piece of card stock,  punch down one long side of the card stock, flip it around and punch down the other side so that the two small punches meet in the middle!

Today’s card features the Love and Sympathy and Blooming with Kindness Stamp Sets.  Sponging was done using certainly celery ink and a wedge of stampin’ sponge.  I cut each of the large circular stampin’ sponge wedges into 6 pieces, store them in an embroidery floss container labeled with the color I’m using on the sponge.  LOL… sometimes I get a bit lazy and just cut a new sponge wedge, then I have two for classes and club meetings!

I look forward to reading your comments… and don’t forget to tell me what type of card or project you’d like to see for next Saturday’s World Card Making Day post!

Thanks for stopping by, and thank you for your online orders!



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Embossed, Sponged Heartfelt Hope Card Share:

Stamps:  Love And Sympathy WM 127795 / CM 127797, Blooming With Kindness WM 126420/ CM 126422, En Francais WM 109521

Inks:  VersaMark Pad 102283, Certainly Celery 126958, Raspberry Ripple 126859, In-Color 2012-14 Stampin’ Write Markers 126856

Card Stock:  Raspberry Ripple 126842, Very Vanilla 101650

Terrific Tools:  1-3/8” Square Punch 119877, 1-3/8” Circle Punch 119860, 1-1/2” Circle Punch (EK Success), Mask (hand made see tips in post), Heat Tool 129053, Embossing Buddy 103083

Awesome Accessories:  Stampin’ Dimensionals 104430, Stampin’ Sponge 101610, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder 109132, Raspberry Ripple Stitched Satin Ribbon 126845

Techniques:  Embossing, Sponging, Today’s Tips for Paper Crafters

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Sarah Biswabic said...

This is such a beautiful card!

Sandi AULT said...

Very Pretty. Thank you for sharing. Love all the cards that you create. Very talented and creative lady.

ellouise1969 said...

Love this card Sharon. The image is beautiful I love the reverse sponging. I too "reverse" the stamping process with background stamps but I love your tip re the large block!!! personally, If making a mask that I know I will use afain, I find using acetate fantastic. You can was hit, lable it, store it flat and then have it on hand next time the inspiration hits. Whatever card you produce...I will be happy.