Sponge Art with Emboss Resist Technique

Today’s project is something I call Sponge Art but it actually includes several techniques including, heat embossing, an emboss resist, water coloring with acrylic blocks, splattering, and simple two-step stamping as well.

It’s been a while since I’ve done a more artsy type card with my clubs. This stamp set inspired me to play with all these techniques and I truly had a blast. I was actually intending to do a technique called Josephs Coat but then my project sort of morphed into what you see here. Josephs Coat is another form of sponge art as well.

You should also know that this project features a stamp set called Happiness Surrounds which is part of the Snowflake Showcase limited time offer only available during the month of November (or while supplies last.) There are five products available through this promotion and one has already sold out! Click HERE to check out the other products in the Snowflake Showcase promotion.

Check out this card featuring sponge art and the emboss resist technique. This project is made with the Happiness Surrounds Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!. Only available for a limited time or while supplies last!

As you can see here I’ve in fact created two versions of this card in two different color schemes.

I shared the first one as part of the November Color Fusers Blog Hop earlier this month. I loved that color scheme but just had to try it out with the purples too! In the process of demonstrating this card to my three club groups, I’ve created several versions of this focal piece. Here are just three of the versions I’ve made:

Check out this card featuring sponge art and the emboss resist technique. This project is made with the Happiness Surrounds Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!. Only available for a limited time or while supplies last!

So what do you think of the description of sponge art?

While sponging isn’t the only technique used here it is what brings this focal piece together with the variation in the colors and with the lights and darks. I also love those gorgeous images and the effect of the splattering to top it off.

Check out this card featuring sponge art and the emboss resist technique. This project is made with the Happiness Surrounds Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!. Only available for a limited time or while supplies last!

I have not done a video tutorial for this purple color scheme however I do have a video for the other color scheme shown in the photo above. Aside from the alternative colors, there are a few differences in these purple sponge art versions which I will share here.

A few details about the card above:

  • Basic Black was used for the neutral color.
  • The edges were sponged with Memento Black Ink
  • Two images were stamped, one over the other (two-step stamping), with the Memento Black Ink in the center of each medallion.
  • The floral image was cleaned and then stamped with first and second ink in Blackberry Bliss Ink, in the open spaces around the medallions.
  • Three small Rhinestone Jewels were colored with the Dark Highland Heather Blends Alcohol Marker and placed in the center of each of the three medallions.
  • For the additional details about this Easel card please watch my video tutorial just ahead.

Keep in mind each focal piece will turn out completely different!

This is definitely one of those projects where you have to go with the flow and enjoy the process! Here are a couple of close-ups showing some of the gorgeous details in this card.

Check out this card featuring sponge art and the emboss resist technique. This project is made with the Happiness Surrounds Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!. Only available for a limited time or while supplies last!

Check out this card featuring sponge art and the emboss resist technique. This project is made with the Happiness Surrounds Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!. Only available for a limited time or while supplies last!

Here’s my trio of sponge art cards. I hope you like them and will give it a try! Just be prepared to get inky fingers! LOL!

Click HERE if you’d like to see more pictures and my blog post featuring this same card layout for the Color Fusers Blog Hop.

Check out this card featuring sponge art and the emboss resist technique. This project is made with the Happiness Surrounds Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!. Only available for a limited time or while supplies last!


Check out my Sponge Art Video Tutorial Here:

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my sponge art project today! You’ll find a complete supply list and dimensions for this project just ahead.

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Happy Crafting!!!

Melissa 🙂


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Project Dimensions:

  • Card Body in Highland Heather: 4-1/4″ x 11″ Scored @ 2-3/4″ & 5-1/2″
  • Gorgeous Grape Layer: 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″
  • Basic Black Layer: 4″ x 5-1/4″
  • Whisper White Focal Piece: 3-13/16″ x 5-1/16″
  • Raised Basic Black Piece for “bumper”: 1-5/8″ x 4″
  • Gorgeous Grape Layer for the top of “bumper”: 1-7/16″ x 3-13/16″
  • Basic Black Inside Layer: 3-1/2″ x 4″
  • Highland Heather Inside Layer: 3-1/4″ x3-13/16″

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I am a seeker of that crazy, excited feeling that comes when you've created something that’s unique, beautiful and expresses who you are in some small way. It’s like making a new discovery, when you find a unique combination of color, layout, dimension and texture. I call it a creative spark and it makes me giddy! Through sharing and teaching I hope to help others find this amazing feeling of creative bliss!

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