April 17, 2019

Not Your Average Background!

Hi all,

I was playing with a card tonight and it just wasn't working for me so I set it aside and started something totally new - sometimes you just have to do that!

I am SOOO ready for warm weather, so wanted to create a bit of my own spring. So Saffron, Blushing Bride, Soft Seafoam and Balmy Blue were speaking to me and the word they were saying was "SPRING!" What to do, what to do, what to do....

Here is what I created:

To mask this project, you could use Post-it notes, but a while back I found Post-it removable labeling tape and it worked perfectly for this project. If you're ever looking to leave a crisp frame around a project or a torn frame, this product also works very well. I ordered it online.

The pattern created is totally random. No two projects will be alike. I can see using this technique with so many color combinations. Start by masking off a small section of cardstock and sponge the section. Move the tape to cover what you just sponged and mask off another section of the cardstock. I had 4 pieces of tape that I kept moving around. If, when you're finished, you find some white spaces, place your tape down and color in the spots. 

I didn't want to cover up the good stuff, so chose the Thank You Thinlit to finish off my card. I stacked the sentiment in each of the colors of the project and topped it with the pop of Balmy Blue. The background piece measures 5" x 3 3/4". The Gray Granite layer is 1/8" bigger and Soft Seafoam is used for the card base.

Hope you give this technique a try. Let me know if you have any questions.

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Happy Spring!


  1. I love this idea. Beautiful spring card.

  2. I've NOT really sponged very much, if at all! What would you suggest I do to learn how I should do this? I've had a customer ask me to teach a class on masking! Thank you! We will be CASEing your card!

    1. Hi Gloria. It's a matter of blocking off random spaces on your cardstock. I started in a corner. Use a sponge to pick up ink from an ink pad and applying the color to the open space. Start with a light touch and add more color if you choose. There's no wrong way to do it. Have fun!