Monday, March 20, 2023

The Blossom Challenge- Sponge Bath

Christine's challenge for this month is a "Sponge Challenge"
She is being witty and calls it "Sponge Bath". 
I think this will be fun. Most of you have sponged your backgrounds, 
so please join us in the fun. 
I would love to see your creations. 
I printed out the Hellebore digital stamp set as I was thinking of spring flowers 
that will soon be blooming. If you have been watching Marcella's Facebook posts lately, you can see what I mean. Her front yard or as she calls it, The Slope of Possibilities. 

After printing out my image on smooth white cardstock, I changed the black coloring lines to gray as I wanted a no-line look. Then I used my Copic markers to color up the flowers and leaves. 
These are the colors that I used. B63, B66, and B69 for the hellebores and G43, and G82 for the leaves. 

For the SPONGE part of my card, I created a mask. I simply printed the same image on copy paper and cut it out. This was the mask that I used to cover the colored flowers. That made it possible to color the background and give this card a Sponge Bath of a soft blue background. I am sure that you all have done this in the past, if not you should give it a try. 

I used Distress inks in Tumbled Glass. 
For help in using and printing out digital images, use the tutorial by Nancy Scheeds. 
It is the one that I use and it is very helpful, 

The crystals that I added were colored from the bottom with the B69 and then adhered.  Usually, I leave them clear, but in this case, they look better colored. 
Come and join Christine in this fun Challenge for this month. 
There is a prize and you can win if you enter. 

You can find the Blossom Challenge Here
Thanks for stopping by and I always appreciate your comments! 


  1. How fabulous!! Your coloring ALWAYS blows me away. Love your background, it's been forever since I "sponged" anything. I always ink blend now, which I feel is a little different technique. Thanks for the inspiration, your Hellebores are stunning!!!

  2. You have brought these hellebores to life with your outstanding Copic coloring, Barb. I agree with Judy that sponging and blending are two different things and each with its own merit. I like the soft look of your background with an almost smoky or cloudy look to it. Really beautiful all over!

  3. Yes, your coloring is always spot on! This is such a blue beauty! Love the inked/sponged background, nice and light and airy! This is just a lovely card! Little known fact, ink blending is Penny's favorite technique right up there with die cutting. She made a card for her dad last week when she was here. Started as a birthday card ended up as a thank you one lol But when he came to pick her up she had to show him how to ink blend lol What a hoot! She is one of us, Barb lol