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 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.