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Adding Texture and Dimension with Blending Brushes and Sponge Daubers

Hello there! Thank you for joining me today for a project sharing with you one of my favorite ways to add texture and dimension to cards without bulking it up, keeping it easily sendable, and with minimal supplies. I also have a die-cutting tip for you how I line up small images for an even cut, as I did with the sprigs. Another way to add texture is to stamp off images on a white background.

I started off with my A2 top-folding Petal Pink card base and die-cut the Basic White Regular CS image panel to size with an Elegant Border Die.


I die-cut a leafy outline about 1/2″ centered and above the border die from Queen Bee Dies.

I laid the image panel atop the card base and lightly marked with a mechanical pencil the open areas|borders of the cuts to use a Blending Brush inked with Petal Pink for tone-on-tone texture at the corners of the card base working my way in to the middle and towards the outer edge of the leafy cut.

I then inked up what I would call a “filler image” to break up the stark white background in Petal Pink ink that was stamped on in full strength and stamped off.

The image panel was adhered to the card base with Seal Adhesive around the edges and liquid adhesive around the die-cuts to make sure the entire panel stays down.

I stamped the bottle onto Basic White Regular CS in Pool Party ink and used a Sponge Dauber to re-ink parts of the bottle on the left side and bottom to darken that area up. There is an accent image to the bottle that was stamped in Smoky Slate ink that was then punched out from the Vintage Bottle Punch.

For the little bitty springs that were used from Timeless Arrangements, I had stamped this image a few times and die-cut it out but, it wouldn’t line up for some reason, especially considering this was the first time that I used this image. When you have to stamp a lot of the same image, I cut my paper to something that is square, i.e., 4 x 4, so I only have to turn the card stock within the stamping tool and get the same image placement with each impression. This is especially critical when you have layering images so you can easily put down each layer.

With small images, I let them free fall onto my stamp tool lid so it doesn’t get all wonky like a lot of tiny images do.

When this happens, I put the die-cut down first on the paper then lay the image on top to align. You will know when you get the image aligned by the fit.

Once I did that, I inked up my sprig image in Granny Apple Green and Old Olive using a Sponge Dauber to add and pull color off of the images.

I arranged the sprigs behind the bottle and secured them with Scotch Tape and liquid adhesive in a few places.

The sentiment was stamped onto a piece of Basic White CS and cut from a coordinating die from Timeless Arrangements. I inked up a little flower in Pool Parts and put this down at the corners of the sentiment.

For final assembly, I tied a piece of Linen Thread around the top of the bottle into a bow and added Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back to adhere to the card base.

The sentiment was adhered to the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals on the left and liquid adhesive on the right for balance.

I then scattered various sizes of Iridescent Pearl Basic Jewels around the card.

I hope you enjoyed today’s project and please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you for stopping by for a visit and have a great day!