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Inked & Sponged Card By Ann-marie Vaux

Finding things around the house to use when you are crafting always makes me want to try new & different techniques – this project is perfect for anyone wanting to do just that! Creating a blending effect for a background that will make a stamped hand stand out and give a creation an Ombre effect, and an amazing double stamping technique.

  • Papercraft and Scrapbooking
  • < 1 hour
  • Intermediate

Tools and materials required

  • 6x6inch White Blank Base Card
  • White Watercolour Cardstock
  • Floral Stamps
  • Sentiment Stamps – single line sentiments will work best with this project
  • Cheap Kitchen Sponge (New)
  • Black Permanent Ink
  • Ranger Distress Inks in mixed colours – Yellow, orange, red & black- however these could be any colours
  • Messy Mat or something similar (non porous surface)
  • Scrap paper
  • Water Spray
  • Tape Runner or Adhesive tape
  • 3D foam
  • Scissors & Paper trimmer


Cut a layer of white watercoloured cardstock to 5.8inches x 5.8inches to fit your blank base card – do not attach it to the card at this stage.


Cut up the Household sponge into 4 pieces.


Taking the 3 coloured inks, use a direct to card method by taking your ink pad direct to the card and creating 3 lines of different colour.


Add ink to your Messy Mat and dip your homemade sponge into it and add between the colours on your cardstock by just dabbing, repeat for each of the colours TIP: If your sponge is slightly damp this works a little better for this method.


Where you have dabbed with your sponge between the ink colours, use a fine mist water spray and dab again with the sponge to create the blurred colour divide, both colours will run into each other


Using a dry piece of sponge and the black ink, ink around the edges, more at the base of the cardstock, only slight though just to give a little bit of dark effect.


Next taking your floral stamp of choice, use Permanent Black ink and stamp once on to the card to create a 1st edition stamped image, then stamp again on the card in another place, the second stamp will be a faded version of the 1st edition stamp, this is a shadow stamp effect. Once you have stamped a couple of 1st edition stamped images on the card, you can stamp on to scrap paper to get the effect for the shadow stamp on to your card layer.


Take your Sentiment stamp & your acrylic block, then place over one of your stamped images, then you can manipulate your sentiment into a curve, following the line of the flower, so the sentiment will be stamped around the flower.

TIP: Remember you are positioning a stamp back to front with this method so look at how it will be seen by turning the block around first and checking before you stamp.


Using Black Permanent ink, stamp the sentiment or 2, around the flowers or images on your card front. Tap the black ink pad around all the cards of the card and attach using flat tape to the blank card base.


The finished card.