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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

{Spotlight Project} Cornelia Does Some Graduated Sponging

Hi! Cornelia here today doing some graduated sponging. I love those flowers - this time I used the dogwood from the August stamp club set - Floral Bliss. but since I am not so good at coloring, I have to come up with other options...

Here is how I made it:

Sponged distress inks on white card stock, leaving a light strip in the upper third.

Started stamping the dogwood flower and masked it off.

Added the sentiment and an additional flower on the right for balance.

Decided that a stitched border would be nice.... and mounted that panel on fun foam.

I kind of liked it, but something was missing.... so I added white accents with a white Sharpie and a bit of brown pencil to the stems.

Now isn't that wonderful? Really easy even without coloring skills. See you in two weeks!

Products Cornelia used in today's project:


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  1. Love how the background seems to glow and a flowers with their white edges work so well - you are right 'it's easy even without the coloring skills". Thanks for inspiring me today:)

  2. love your pretty card - I hope you are feeling a bit better

  3. I love the vivid colors in your card and the way it fades into the center with yellow. Very nice job!

  4. Beautiful card Cornelia, TFS your process, the white accents make the flowers really pop, Cathy x

  5. Yep, wonderful. Love the colours and the white really brings it to life. Hugz

  6. That's brilliant. Awesome background just draw your eye into those delicate flowers.The white accents really add so much to your beautiful design.

  7. Gorgeous. That white highlighting really makes this card special.

  8. This is gorgeous! I need to pull out my distress inks more often! Great inspiration!

  9. Beautiful and just such a gorgeous background with such wonderful color!!! Love the addition of the lines with the white pen!!
    Taunya Butler

  10. Gorgeous, the color is bright and cheery, love it.

  11. WOW beautiful oh I am so lucky to have this stamp now I can CASE your card...love it...xx

  12. That's an excellent idea, love the glow on the center panel using distress inks!!! Those dogwood flowers are awesome with great touch of white pen, love it!

  13. This is absolutely stunning! Those white highlights really make the flowers pop!

  14. Stunning masking and love the white accent used... :)Hope you are feeling better...
    Suchi xx

  15. What a fabulous card - love the sponging and the touches of interest on the flowers.

  16. Stunning card Cornelia!!! Love the gradient effect...

  17. Wow, this is stunning! I liked it before the white highlights but they really make the image pop! Your card is so clever! xxx

  18. INCREDIBLE Cornelia - just absolutely WONDERFUL. Why? I grew up all my life with Dogwood and my favorite color since childhood is orange.... need I say more!!!! Ok - I will - you must have made this one for me - ehehehehhe!!! j.

  19. Was visiting Annie, and saw that your gorgeous card had inspired her own card. She kindly provided the link, so popped over to see this beauty. Love the color choices, and the spot of non-color in the lighter strip, really creates such a wonderful glow. I will be CASE-ing this one too, and the dogwood image is a perfect stamp on this design. Also liked the highlights you've added to make it sparkle. TFS

  20. white accents with a white Sharpie and a bit of brown pencil to the stems... and this was perfect.
    es gibt dem ganzen soviel tiefe und "leben"
    LG hellerlittle

  21. Absolutely stunning! Love the blended colours, some of my favourite shades there, I now know which stamp set I want next too. TFS Karen x


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