Tuesday Tutorial - Sponged Clouds And Waves!

Many thanks to Kathryn from Kathryn's Cards for a fun new tutorial on how to make these fantastic cloudy or wavy backgrounds. I can't wait to see what you can do with the Sponged Cloud / Wave Tutorial! 


o   Cardstock

o   Blue ink

o   Spongedauber (or make-up sponge/cotton ball)

o   Scalloped circle punched out of scrap cardstock (Any scalloped shape could work.  You could also use decorative scalloped scissors to cut the shape)

o   Post-it notes (optional- to be used for masking)


1.    Cut cardstock to size for your scenery.  Practice with something small until you get the technique down.

2.    Stamp an image if desired.  If you stamp now, you will want to mask this image off with the Post-it note. To do this, stamp the image again on a Post-it, carefully cut it out,and stick it on top of the stamped image on your cardstock.  This will prevent your blue ink from getting onto the image before you color it.

3.    For clouds: Lightly ink your sponge.  Lay the scalloped circle over the top corner of your cardstock.  Gently sponge below the scalloped circle, keeping the ink very close to the circle.You want to have some white space. Move the scalloped circle horizontally across the paper, continuing to sponge lightly.  Rotate the circle slightly for a natural look.

4.    Move your scalloped circle down about 1/2” andwork across the paper again. Repeat until you have as many clouds as you want.

5.    Remove the mask and color your image.  If you chose not to stamp an image before, now you can cut out and add an image to the scene you created.

Variation:You can also make waves.  This looks better with a straight scallop. Check your border punches and decorative scissors.  Stamp and mask an image as above if desired.  Lay your scallop across the paper where the top of the waves should be.  Gently sponge, then move down the paper as before,alternating where the waves peak.

Isn't that fun? Now go and make some waves or clouds, or both! (I can picture amazing things happening with this in combination with last week's kite tutorial by Sandy...) Share your creations here and don't forget to leave Kathryn some love for sharing with us today.

Linda  – (May 1, 2012 at 4:38 AM)  

Perfect timing! Thanks Kathryn!

Nancy M –   – (May 1, 2012 at 6:51 AM)  

Thanks so much!! This will come in handy, as we are all doing summer cards now!! Off I go!!

Sarah  – (May 1, 2012 at 7:38 AM)  

Great cards :) This is a great way to make some awesome clouds!

Lee Mae  – (May 1, 2012 at 12:15 PM)  

Thank you for a terrific tutorial! It was very easy to understand and I can't wait to try it out!

Yvonne B.  – (May 1, 2012 at 12:35 PM)  

Great tutorial! This will be fun to try! Thank you very much.

Marsha  – (May 1, 2012 at 3:45 PM)  

Thank you so much for this wonderful tutorial. How easy but I would never have thought to use a scallop circle. Thanks.

Paula S.  – (May 1, 2012 at 8:33 PM)  

Great tutorial! I have seen this a couple fo times but have never managed to give it a try. This time I finally will!

JoAnn Ross  – (May 2, 2012 at 6:23 AM)  

This is so perfect for summer cards! Like Marsha, I never would've thought to use a scalloped circle! How clever is that? Thanks for sharing the inspiration!

the 2 Pink Ladies  – (May 2, 2012 at 7:51 AM)  

Love it! I have been wanting to cut out a cloud shape and use it like you did, but I like your idea. It looks a lot simpler.

Diane Clark-Sutton  – (May 2, 2012 at 1:24 PM)  

Awesome tutorial. I can't wait to give it a try.

Anonymous –   – (May 3, 2012 at 7:03 PM)  

Thanks for the great tutorial. Such a clever idea.


Julie S  – (May 3, 2012 at 8:16 PM)  

How clever to use a scallop circle. I'll have to try my hand at this!

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