Double sponging tutorial

On Wednesday I posted a card featuring a little square filled with a butterfly and some music. Today I have a tutorial showing the technique on a new card with a bigger image panel.

First I sponged three colours randomly over a piece of white cardstock. Careful blending is not important because the sponging will be stamped over and responged.

I stamped the music background over the stamping in a darker colour.

It’s hard to see but next I embossed the butterfly in clear embossing powder.

The final step is to sponge over the whole panel in a dark colour and watch the butterfly emerge.

Thanks so much for dropping in today; to see more thank you cards pop over to the Penny Black blog


Stamps: Music BackgroundSoft Wings 40-099Flourish Thank You 4175F(PB)
Inks: Memento Paris Dusk, Cantaloupe, New Sprout, Summer Sky and Versamark (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Penny Black Mix and Match papers – Clear Skies, Periwinkle
Also: Clear embossing powder

37 Comments on “Double sponging tutorial”

  1. Joan B says:

    this is gorgeous. thanks so much for the tutorial. I need to try this technique.

  2. This is really beautiful. Thanks for reminding me about this lovely technique by sharing your tutorial.

  3. Marja says:

    Heather I adore this work. What gorgeous and thank you so much for the tutorial. Beautiful work. LOVE IT and the butterfly.
    Lovely greet and big hug

  4. Godelieve says:

    Gorgeous as all your work!! Great tutorial, thanks!!

  5. chrissieann says:

    Magic Heather!
    Just beautiful!

  6. Heather, this is absolutely stunning! Thank you so much for sharing the technique!

  7. Sally McD says:

    Couldn’t help myself but you have been pinned so I can remember to try this cool technique!

  8. Lynette says:

    So beautiful!!! Thanks so much for the tutorial.

  9. wow what an amazing effect – thanks so much for sharing your tutorial 🙂

  10. Lisa L. says:

    Oh my gosh I am so happy you showed us how you did this! When I was making my mini masterpiece I kept trying to rack my brain on how yours came out like that, I knew it was some type of double sponging, but I couldn’t figure it out for the life of me!!! hehehe! now I am soooo excited to try this! Thank you sooooooo much! Can not wait!

  11. Barb in Ontario says:

    Wowsers!!!! A stunning card! Love it!

  12. Bev J. says:

    Really like your amazing card-thanks for showing how we can also make a thing of beauty!!

  13. valerie says:

    Stunning technique Heather and a simple tutorial! How effective and exciting to see the butterfly emerging :)) I’m going to have a go at this!
    Val x

  14. Sara Mac says:

    Gorgeous card! I love this technique when I do it. I’m just too lazy to make the time for it:) Thanks for the reminder of how beautiful it looks.

  15. Amazing color layering!

  16. donna mikasa says:

    Absolutely stunning, Heather! Thank you for the tutorial!

  17. Charlene says:

    Thank you Heather for the tutorial – it kept me awake all night wondering how you did it! I was hoping you would do a short tutorial – thanks for keeping us happy out here in blogsphere!

  18. Jan Castle says:

    I REALLY have to give this technique a try….beautifully done Heather!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Paper Hugs,

  19. Vicky says:

    Such a fabulous technique! Your butterfly looks really dramatic Heather.

  20. Earline says:

    Just amazing I am so stunned just came upon your work yesterday and just so bless seeing your work.

  21. Pai says:


  22. Lindsey says:

    GReat tutorial, Heather — thank you! The end result is such a strikingly beautiful card.

  23. Jose says:

    Wonderful work as always, and thank you so much for the tutorial

  24. Pamela G says:

    Thank you for the tutorial, Heather. The colour scheme is beautiful – so rich.

  25. Olga S. says:

    Beautiful card, Heather! Thanks for posting this tutorial.

  26. Nancy S says:

    Thanks so much for the technique Heather!

  27. mustavcoffee says:

    Excellent tut many thanks, xx

  28. 52geertje19 says:

    A gorgeous card in beautiful colours, Heather.
    And thanks for your tutorial, i will give it a try.
    Groetjes Gery

  29. Oh this is a beautiful technique! Thanks for sharing your creative genius with us!!!!

  30. Sarah Jay says:

    Fantastic technique with absolutely gorgeous results!

  31. Barb king says:

    That is stunning, I am going to try this!

  32. Ann Y. says:

    Thank you so much for this fabulous tutorial, Heather. I’ve been playing! 🙂

  33. Lynette says:

    Just another comment from me to say thanks again for this tutorial and that I have made a card using this method and have put it on my blog. There will be a CASE of another of your cards on my blog tomorrow. Thanks for your inspiration!

  34. […] this Double Sponging Technique, I decided to try it.  Heather Telford at Bits and Pieces created a wonderful tutorial showing this […]

  35. Kathi R says:

    Thank you for sharing a fabulous tutorial. I pinned it.

    Gorgeous card!

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