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.

I agree, your tutorial is great. I had seen a different one using the ink and I loved it. Didn't have the ink, so I improvised. I used Stampin' Pastels, cut out a template, and after I had the effect I wanted I sprayed it with Krylon Workable Fixatif. My pastels don't rub off and my Easter cards turned out great. Thank You.
Marilyn Myers  |  Fri Apr 17, 2009 at 5:15 PM
Thanks for the wonderful tutorial Jeanne!! It's amazing how different the colours look on each of the two papers! One is a blue - one is more aqua!!Well - I'm going to purchase some of this ink ASAP!! Thanks again!
debzi333  |  Sat Apr 18, 2009 at 2:06 AM
Beautiful job on the tutorial, Jeanne! You're sooo sponge-worthy! smile
TruCarMa  |  Sat Apr 18, 2009 at 7:01 AM
This is so beautiful, Jeanne!! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial!!
Rose Ann  |  Sat Apr 18, 2009 at 9:59 AM
I just love it, so simple and yet so effective....sure have to try it:)
Jen  |  Sat Apr 18, 2009 at 8:25 PM
Wonderful idea for a white card background. I'll be giving this a try!
this is fun  |  Mon Sep 7, 2009 at 10:55 PM
I am new at card making and have learned more on your site than on any other. The tutorials are easy to follow and very informative. Thanks so much!!!
cathy  |  Wed Sep 16, 2009 at 1:12 PM
are the masks put on the sheet before you dab on the color?
mary  |  Wed Nov 17, 2010 at 6:57 PM
I'm so glad I found this before I tried (and impatiently failed) just coloring and blending with Copics.
peg yruegas  |  Sun Jan 5, 2014 at 1:34 PM

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