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Sponged Sky and Botanical Tags

At work, I think it’s a treat to be able to see the sunset as I go either to or from my break. (Winter = first break, of course, and Summer = second break. Hah, the implication is that we don’t have windows…)

I love seeing sponged backgrounds, especially color gradients. Why not combine the two in a project, right? Oh, and throw in a die set that I’ve been struggling with which to make a decent project.

Stamp: none

Ink: Petal Pink, Bermuda Bay, Pacific Point

Paper: Gray Granite, Pacific Point, Petal Pink, Basic Black, Whisper White

Accessories: Botanical Tags, Stampin’ sponges, Subtle 3D embossing folder, Rectangles Stitched dies, Multipurpose adhesive sheets (retired), 2″ circle punch.

To die cut the botanical tag, I added an adhesive sheet to the top of the strip that would be cut out. The strip is 2-1/4″ wide. I drew a line about 1/8″ in along each long side, and tried to center the die between those lines. After cutting with the die, I trimmed off the edges from the bottom of the  strip along those lines, meeting up with the bottom of the die image. Oh, and erased any remaining pencil marks.

I cut the bottom into a flag shape. I measured 1/2″ in from the edge, at the middle. I cut from the corners to this mark. I wanted a shaped bottom, so it doesn’t look like a headstone, but a tag.

For the background visible through the die cut, I cut a strip of Whisper White just a bit narrower than 2″. I could then slide this into a 2″ circle punch from the center of the punch, to round one end of the strip. (You will probably need a piece of thin scrap paper to help you slide the cardstock partially into the punch. Don’t forget to remove your scrap paper before punching!)

I then sponged color where it would show through the die cut. I started with Petal Pink, since that was the bottom “boundary” needed for inking. I added a bit of Bermuda Bay, then finished with Pacific Point. I really wanted to use Pacific Point, because it’s a pretty blue that hasn’t been used much in DSP lately.

The adhesive sheet on the back of the detailed die cut allowed me to easily add the sponged background.

I added stitched rectangles in Pacific Point and Petal Pink to coordinate with the ink I used.

Although my card base is Gray Granite, I decided to add an embossed mat of Gray Granite for texture. I like adding the embossing as a mat, rather directly on the card base, so that the embossing isn’t there when you open the card.


A stamper that also fell in love with paper over 20 years ago. That love affair has never really ended. Oh, and I'm happily married and work a crazy schedule.

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