Monday, March 2, 2015

Video: Coloring with Sponges: Reverse Masking

Good morning! In today’s video, I'll show you how to reverse mask large stamped flowers with ink and sponges for quick pops of color and a gorgeous blended look!  Trace with water-based or alcohol markers and glitter to add more detail and shimmer.

 A wonderful and versatile go-to for backgrounds or a single image, this technique works great with the large scale floral images in all my Stately Flowers sets, as well as A Year of Flowers and A Year of Flowers 2.  When you've already invested in ink pads that coordinate with your paper, you really don't need a lot of markers (unless you want them, of course!)

I used the camellia from my Stately Flowers 2. (I love the flowers and greeting in this set.) I am so ready for spring after all the wet rainy weather we've had the past few weeks, and was inspired by some lovely, springy prints in bright colors I saw at the mall recently! It was a good reminder you don't *always* need to have realistic shading as your goal; get a little artsy sometimes and be bolder. Have fun!


Gina K. Designs Stately Flowers 2

Gina K. Black Onyx, Passionate Pink, Sweet Mango ink pads

Gina K. Pure Luxury Sweet Mango (4 1/4" x 11, scored at 5 1/2") and White cardstock (4" x 5 1/4")

Spectrum Noir markers; CG3, CG4, CR10, BP4

Wink of Stella Clear Glitter pen, Scissors , scratch paper, adhesive


  1. Gosh this is just super pretty!

  2. Love the cat in the video. So funny to see other people have pet helpers.

  3. Melanie, lovely card and great technique that has the look of having a lot of detail work without the fuss. Thank you for sharing. I have a little crafting buddy that also likes to try and help. Blessing to you.

  4. Thanks for sharing this great technique.

  5. Yes, enjoyed this coloring so much and your kitty cute. They always want to sit right in the middle of what we're doing, laying on computer keys or in an open book on your lap. Love your stately flowers. Thanks for sharing.

  6. What a great technique. I love coloring with markers, but this is a great way to color a lot of flowers quickly.


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