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Old 04-10-2014, 08:57 AM   #1
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Default TLC479 ~ Pillow Top Background {04/28/2014}

Today we are trying out a fun background technique with sponging. I'd noticed a lovely card by kokirose (made to honour one of our own TLC hostesses when Jenn (fattire) was a Featured Stamper back in March) which really caught my eye, so I did a little digging around the internet, and thought it would be something worth trying.

***I'm in work this morning, but I'll keep an eye out for any questions and I'll be home by 9 am Eastern Time***

1: Take a piece of card and use a little low-tack tape or non-permanent glue to secure it to some grid paper or your craft sheet.
You will also need a piece of thin acetate or something clear like part of a clear page protector. I tried this with paper for masking to see if it would work, and while it's doable you can't see what you're doing nearly so well and the paper absorbs a lot of the ink from your sponge. It certainly wouldn't be my first or even my second choice, so I don't recommend trying it if you have anything clear and thin!! If you do have to use paper - you can mark the increments you're moving along by along the edge of your card in faint pencil - and you only need them for the first half. Once you're filling in the bottom corner you can see how far back to lay the mask for sponging each time.
2: Lay your clear sheet across the card diagonally from corner to corner.
Sponge from the clear sheet onto the card. You want a defined line along the edge of the sheet, and softer colour as you work in. Sponge for about half an inch or so, depending on the size of finished diamonds you're aiming for.
3: Move the clear sheet along keeping it parallel to your original line, and sponge again. Repeat to the corner. Then go back and start working from the centre towards the other corner - so you have your sheet laid about half an inch before your first line.
4: When finished, rotate your card through 90° and repeat the process.
The aim is to have soft colour and not really much white - if you do this you will find you have an amazingly dimensional looking piece all ready to use for your background. If you think there's too much white, you can go back in and sponge a little more colour. Since it made me think of quilting, I had to use a quilt die for one of my samples!






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Great cards Sabrina !
It's a great technique and I used it too a wile ago...
I hope to have the time to make another one...
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Wow Sabrina this looks fantastic. Will have to give it a go.
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thank you for posting this technique. I saw it on a card and tried to do it. I could not get it correctly. I a going to try it again! thank you again
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Thanks, Sabrina. I had an "ah-ha" moment when I read that you used acetate. I've tried it before with just computer paper and was not pleased with the results AT ALL! : ) Thanks for the great tutorial.

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Oooh these are gorgeous samples, I love how soft the color looks I will for sure have to try this later
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Sabrina- great challenge! I used a cardboard round template, and so I have curved lines. I gave it some definition with two kinds of ink- and added this cute owl from Lawn Fawn's Winter Owl set, along with a "log". Here's my card- Owl I Want Is You
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I love doing this technique, Sabrina. I first saw it several years ago on Stamp TV. I will definitely be playing in your challenge later today.
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Great choice for the technique challenge, Sabrina. I'd been meaning to try it for a while. Here's my effort:

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Can you see the plastic in front, with a sharpie line drawn 5/8 inch from the edge?
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It didn't take me long to plunge in head first with today's technique. Here's my card:

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OMG...Gorgeous. I am going to try it. TFS your beautiful cards and clear instructions
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Here is my pillowtop/stars card
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For today's Pillow Top technique, I had fun experimenting with a teflon coated Pampered Chef pan scraper with curved edges (my green lines) and a small ice cream stick with an elogated hourglass shape. I used Lawn Fawn's Critters from the 'burbs for my images, and finished with a double button sewn embellishment. Here's Cat's Meow
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Wonderful technique! thanks for the description of how to do it! Here is my card!
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I did mine on pattern paper: Pillow Top Challenge in Blue by parknslide - Cards and Paper Crafts at Splitcoaststampers
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Here is my card :
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Fabulous technique to-day and a fun way to spend the afternoon. Here is my effort.
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I did one today using Marina Mist, but our computer went to the 'hospital' so I am unable to upload. I have no clue how to upload from my tablet. You are right Sabrina, it was hard to do with a paper mask, but i didn't read through the post! I'm off now to check out the gallery. See you soon! I'm sure I'll have several uploads!
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I love this technique. It has been a while since I have used it. Thanks for the nudge:

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Really fun technique and one I'll surely go back to!Thanks Sabrina!
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Loved this technique and had to do another! TLC479 pillow top sympathy by muscrat - Cards and Paper Crafts at Splitcoaststampers
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What Kathy said.

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My 1st Pillow Top card. I have to try this way cool technique again. I have an idea that really wants out of my head Thanks Sabrina for the challenge and your wonderful tutorial. Hugs, nancy

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Thanks for this technique! I will definitely be using it again. Here is my card:

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Thank you Sabrina for this great tutorial - here's my first attempt!

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Here is mine!

What a cool technique! Perfect bg for my flowering quince.



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