Saturday, November 10, 2012

With Sympathy - CAS-ual Fridays & Simon Says Challenges

Hi!  I'm sharing a card that I made for 2 challenges. The CAS-ual Fridays Challenge - CFC78.  We're to create a clean and simple project with something torn on it.
And the Simon Says Stamp Challenge.  Simon Says...thinking of you or sympathy.

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Well.  I hope my card qualifies for the So Torn challenge.  I created a mask using pieces of torn card stock.  Take a look and let me know what you think ;-}

One of my favorite techniques is masking and sponging.  The best part is when I peel away the mask and see the results.  So fun :)   This card is very simple.  But, I think, elegant.  Especially for a sympathy card.  I've depleted my stash of sympathy cards and needed to restock.
Anyway, for anyone that's interested, I've included a very short tutorial below.

1) Create a mask by tearing 4 strips of card stock and taping them together with scotch tape.
2) Adhere the mask to your card base using washi tape, or something similar, that won't lift the fibers of the card stock when removed.  It's also a good idea to adhere your base to your work surface to prevent it from moving while you're sponging.  By the way, those arrows are printed on my washi tape...maybe I should have used a different pattered tape.  Lol!

3) Use a piece of craft sponge to apply your inks.  I used a circular motion, starting on the mask and working inward.  I began with the lightest ink at the bottom of the masked area.  Then, worked upward with progressively darker shades.
4) Peel away the mask.  Voila!
5) Stamp your images and sentiment.  Done.
Thanks so much for taking a look today!  I hope you'll leave a comment...I love reading them all :)

Card stock: whisper white (Stampin' Up!) Just a note: I've found this to be the best card stock for sponging, because it has such a smooth surface.
Ink: barely banana, so saffron, apricot appeal, marigold morning (SU)
Stamps: autumn days (one of my favorite SU sets!), hope for comfort (SU)
Other: craft sponges, washi tape


  1. This is really beautiful! I love how you've inked and sponged the torn edges onto your card!! Just gorgeous!

  2. very elegant! I love your beautiful card!

  3. What a gentle card, I love the warmth radiating from the inking! Thanks for the tutorial, it's not something I've done a lot of (and certainly not well!) ... Anita in France

  4. gorgeous! I love the design and the colors! :)

  5. simply elegant, sharing warm feelings - a wonderful sympathy card.

  6. Simply perfect! Thank you for playing along with the Sympathy/Thinking of You Challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog!

  7. Such a pretty card-cool masking technique :) Thanks for playing along with us this week at CAS-ual Fridays!

  8. Clever interpretation of the torn challenge. Love it. Thanks for playing along with us @ CAS-ual Fridays:)

  9. Beautiful! Love your inking. Thanks for joining us at CAS-ual Fridays this week :)

  10. Beautiful card, Susie!! Thanks for sharing your creativity with us at CAS-ual Fridays:)!!

  11. I have never seen this technique before - thanks for the tut and such a beautiful card! Anyone receiving this would be blessed.

  12. Very pretty card, simple but elegant.

  13. I love the sponged section with the graduation of color and the torn edges. Quite stunning.

  14. Thanks for this masking idea. i will be using it this week!

  15. I love your card. The torn paper post it notes were genius. Awesome instructions. Thanks for the inspiration.


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