Thursday, April 11, 2013

Painted Dish Soap Dispenser /Sponge Background

Make My Monday's challenge this week is to create your own background. I love this kind of challenge.  To create my background, I grabbed three different shades of blue acrylic paint, a dish soap dispenser/ sponge and some cardstock. This particular sponge surface has a mesh covering, which I thought would create an interesting texture. Using one shade of blue at a time, I spread the paint directly from the tube right onto the sponge surface then pressed it randomly onto the white cardstock. I repeated this with each shade of blue. I set it aside to dry and cut banners from white cardstock. I also cut a dark blue strip and edged it with a border punch. After the paint had dried on the newly created background cardstock, I cut a panel to fit the front of a cardbase and added the blue strip. It looked a bit flat, so I ran it through a paper crimper before adhering it to the cardbase. Next, I used the excess background cardstock to punch flowers. I also punched flowers from white cardstock and layered them together adhering a blue center on each set of flowers. Using the dark blue carstock, I punched leaves and adhered them to the flowers. With a marker, I added faux stitch lines around two of the banners. On the center banner I inked the edges, than layered the banners and flowers onto the background.
A close up of the mesh covering the sponge.

This was a great challenge and I loved that I was able to put my tubes of acrylic paint to good use.
This is the dish soap/sponge dispenser I used.

Cardbase: Paper Studios, Cardstock: Recollections (white), Dish soap/sponge dispenser, Bazzill (blue), Punches: Stampin' UP, McGill, EK Success,Crimper: Marvy Uchida, Acrylic Paint, Master's Touch, Ink: Studio G, Marker: Zig, Adhesive: Scotch Quick Dry, Scotch ATG,


  1. What a lovely card and really creative background.
    Rosie x

  2. A great card, Brenda - the blue and white looks so crisp. Love the sponged background, it looks so textured. Thanx for joining us at Make My Monday.
    Hugz, Jan (DT) xx

  3. Absolutely gorgeous creation! Thanks for joining in with my DIY background challenge at MMM.
    Fliss x