Sponged Background Featuring Background Bits {video}

I haven’t done any sponging in a while, so I decided to pull one of my favorite techniques back out again for today’s card. I love the soft ink blended look achieved through sponging, especially when using pastel colors like the ones I’ve used today.

Several of the products I’m using today are on the Stampin’ Up!® Last Chance Products list. If you want any of these retiring products, be sure to grab them while they’re still available. Other than the stamp sets which are guaranteed through May 25, all other items are strictly available while supplies last.

Mel's Card Corner | Sponged Background Featuring Background Bits

I started by masking off the edges of my Whisper White layer using 1-inch Post-It tape. Using Stampin’ Sponges, I added Peekaboo Peach (retiring), Flirty Flamingo, and Calypso Coral inside the masked area. To give the background a bit of texture, I used the script background stamp from the Background Bits host set (retiring) using Smoky Slate ink that I stamped off once before stamping on my layer. Once I had filled the sponged area with the script, I removed the Post-It tape.

Mel's Card Corner | Sponged Background Featuring Background Bits

To ensure I got a super crisp black silhouette for my flowers and sentiment, I used my Stamparatus (available June 1) for the stamping. I used Archival Basic Black ink (retiring) and double stamped both images.

To assemble the card, I adhered the sponged/stamped layer to a Basic Black cardstock layer using Multipurpose Liquid Glue. I then adhered the matted focal panel to a card base made from Peekaboo Peach cardstock (retiring) using Snail Adhesive.

I also recorded a process video as I created this card. If you enjoy it, please head over to my YouTube channel and give me a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel if you haven’t already. Thanks!



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Until next time …

Signature Image
Product List
Background Bits Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Peekaboo Peach Classic Stampin' Pad
Flirty Flamingo Classic Stampin' Pad
Calypso Coral Classic Stampin' Pad
Smoky Slate Classic Stampin' Pad
Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Pad
Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock
Basic Black 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock
Peekaboo Peach 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Grid Paper
Stamping Sponges
SNAIL Permanent Adhesive
Liquid Multipurpose Glue
Stampin' Trimmer
Bone Folder


  1. Jane says:

    Gorgeous! Love the warm sunny colours and the crisp clean look of your Card. Thanks for playing along with the favourite technique challenge at AAA Cards.

  2. Tracie Pond says:

    Hello Mel, All around beautiful card. Love the look of the faint script background on your ink blending. And the silhouette image is fantastic. Thank you for sharing with us at AAA Cards. =) Tracie

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