Sponged Sky

by Jeanne Streiff author

Create a sky in no time at all with a few dabs of your sponge.


  • Cardstock (Simply Smooth White, Prismatics White cardstock – Prism papers, used here)

  • Sponge
  • Ink (Broken China, Black Soot Ranger Distress inks used here)

  • Stamps (Unity Stamps Wish Sticks used here)


  1. Step 1

    Ink the rounded part of a sponge by pressing directly on an ink pad. Ranger Distress Broken China was used here.

    Important Hint:
    Before moving on to the next step, remove extra ink by rubbing sponge on scrap paper. The soft look is achieved with very little ink.

  2. Step 2

    Use a circular motion to apply ink, leaving many white open spaces. Re-ink your sponge, remove excess ink and continue sponging ink randomly.

    Different cardstocks will give different looks - the cardstock on the left is smooth white and on the left is textured white.

  3. Continue adding color until you have the color that you want.

  4. Step 3

    Finish your card using your Sponged Sky.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Sponged Sky. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

love it! lovely.. the effect is great. would be trying it out.. Thanks for the tutorial.
Archana  |  Wed Apr 15, 2009 at 8:12 AM
I've been checking your blog for the deet's on this and just love it! Such serenity...
Rita  |  Wed Apr 15, 2009 at 10:48 AM
Thanks for the tutorial. It looks really great as the background on the card shown. Hope it's as easy as you make it look!
Rebecca  |  Wed Apr 15, 2009 at 1:25 PM
The card is beautiful!!! Thanks for the tutorial. I will definitely be trying this.
Marlena  |  Wed Apr 15, 2009 at 4:25 PM
it looks like airbrushed!
same look for less $$ !
milu  |  Wed Apr 15, 2009 at 4:50 PM
Adds a dementional look to the card. Will be doing this on some cards to show to our card club real soon. Thanks!
Marian  |  Wed Apr 15, 2009 at 5:14 PM
Very nice, subtle color.
boggsyd  |  Wed Apr 15, 2009 at 5:19 PM
I love this technique,looks fabulous,will have to try that! TFS!
Diane  |  Wed Apr 15, 2009 at 5:32 PM
Please clarify which paper is on which side. Your instructions refer to both paper types being on the left side. There is quite a difference in the effects so I wanted to be sure and purchase the correct kind to achieve the right look.
Stampin Granny  |  Wed Apr 15, 2009 at 5:33 PM
THANK YOU!! I've always wanted to know how to do this!
Mary  |  Wed Apr 15, 2009 at 5:50 PM
your supply list includes black soot ink --- when was that used?
Dianne Guilinger  |  Wed Apr 15, 2009 at 6:21 PM
newbie here - what is the difference between the distressed ink pad, and dye or pigment inks? does it create a different effect? Is it dryer? thanks for the help.
Lesley  |  Wed Apr 15, 2009 at 7:03 PM
I really like your sponge technique. Great job!
Mary DuBois  |  Thu Apr 16, 2009 at 4:52 AM
This looks wonderful~ Will try to pick up some of that distressing ink in that specific colour soon! Thanks for the tutorial!
Dawn Easton  |  Thu Apr 16, 2009 at 5:17 AM
I love the simplicity of the cards in this tutorial--beautifully elegant without complicated layering and fussy embellishments. Thank you!
Jeanette  |  Thu Apr 16, 2009 at 5:17 AM
It works!! Thxs for sharing, proves that the simple things can look the best and not cost a lot of $$. A perfect back ground for so many stamps [trees,birds,flowers and other animals and houses and the list goes on, thxs again.
Dianna  |  Thu Apr 16, 2009 at 6:04 AM
I love this! I am going to try this today (:
julie Crossley  |  Thu Apr 16, 2009 at 6:55 AM
Hi guys! The Smooth cardstock is on the left and the Textured cardstock is on the right in all the pictures.
Jeanne S  |  Thu Apr 16, 2009 at 6:55 AM
Fantastic, so easy but great results
Georgette  |  Thu Apr 16, 2009 at 7:34 AM
wonderful cards...great Workshop!
Thank you!
froebelsternchen  |  Fri Apr 17, 2009 at 4:58 AM

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