NEW VIDEO: Sponge Daubers

Yesterday I shared a project with you that turned out a lot better than I dreamed it would.  I wanted to play around with the Bloom for You single stamps (coordinates with the Fun Flower punch) to create an image with Autumn colors.  I employed my sponge daubers to do all the work for me – and my selection of colors (Hello Honey, Tangerine Tango and Chocolate Chip) worked well to create the color and texture of a leaf at the tail end of Fall.  I brightened up the rest of the card with bold accents of these three colors and added a smooth, shiny dome of Crystal Effects to the top of the button.  Here’s my card from yesterday:

Bloom for You, Lots of Thanks, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PP207and here’s a closeup of the flower:

Bloom for You, Lots of Thanks, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PP207To read more about this card, please click here.

I was so happy with how the flower turned out (I wasn’t expecting it to look this gorgeous) I decided to film a quick video to share the Sponge Dauber technique.  Enjoy!

Stamp Sets:  Bloom for You, Lots of Thanks  Papers:  Chocolate Chip, Tangerine Tango, Hello Honey, Very Vanilla, Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack  Inks:  Chocolate Chip, Tangerine Tango, Hello Honey  Accessories:  Very Vintage Designer Button, 3/4″ Circle punch, 1/2″ Circle punch, Fun Flower punch, Crystal Effects, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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  1. Thank you for the great tip. To think I was going to send you a card full of confedi as a surprise. So glad I did not. You can use the hearts in a shaker style card though. Have a great week in Hot Atlanta. Keep up the great job. Oh I love your videos.

  2. This is such a great tip Brian. Thank you. (LOVE your videos!) 🙂

  3. “What’s a sponge dauber? Oh, it has a sponge, ummmm then you daub. ” Yes, that was very enlightning! Sarcasm aside, beautiful flower!

  4. Thanks so much for this video! For some reason, l had a mental block yesterday on how you made that flower and now I get it. What a fun technique and I can’t wait to try it!

  5. Thanks for the instructional technique video! I had forgotten all about this technique! As always, you are just fabulous Brian . . . and so are your cards! 🙂

  6. Hi Brian:

    After looking at your card yesterday I thought you had stamped the flower and then did the additional coloring with the dauber. Hmmmmm, much smarter to do it on the stamp before putting it to paper. Why didn’t I think of that? Evidently I like to do things the hard way? LOL I certainly appreciate the quick and easy lesson from today. Thanks so much and yes, I always love seeing you in a video.

    Have a great day. Grace

  7. What a great technique Brian, I have my sponge daubers, I love them but I’ve never used them this way so your video was very enlightening. Thank you so much for sharing.

  8. Uh-huh…old timers…that’s me! I love sponge daubers and have accumulated enough to designate colors for mine.

    • Gail, I love sharing old tips that seem so new with new stamp sets. 🙂 I might not have been there when this trick was originated, but I was introduced to it 10+ years ago. The combination of an old technique with new colors and stamp images makes it feel brand new again. 🙂

  9. Daub, daub, daub…love that you inserted your “daubs” while you were “daubing”, Brian!!! That really made me have a good belly laugh for the morning! Love your videos!

  10. Such an easy way to dauber, with great results. I always miss the obvious techniques on my own. I am making pack of cards as a gift today, dauber style.

    Thank you for video.

  11. Great video and technique…thanks for sharing and I love those Lost Lagoon pillows in the your chairs! Hugs!

  12. Thanks for the good tip and video. I’m going to give this technique a try!

  13. TFS, I read in yesterday’s post that you created the look with sponge daubers, but I had not realized you did it on the stamp, for a way cooler look, and thought you just did it on the paper. Love it.


  14. Wow, I’ve used sponge daubers for years but never this way! I also thought that you had used the daubers on the stamped image, never realized you used it directly on the stamp. I can’t wait to try this!! Awesome technique and video Brian! I actually have a local Stampin Up demonstrator but your blog offers much better tutorials and you explain everything so well!

  15. I consider myself a “seasoned” stamper and I have never been introduced to “daubing” directly on the stamp. Such a beautiful effect. The video has made the technique crystal clear! Thank you so much!

  16. So you should use only one dauber per color right? The color from one dauber would contaminate the stamp pad should you use the same dauber on a different stamp pad.
    Great video!

    • That’s correct, Karen. I have one dauber per color in my stash. Ordered the colors from light-to-dark to avoid contaminating lighter colors with darker (when I double-dipped to get more ink on the dauber).

  17. Great tip!! I too have a dauber for each color, arranged by color family, then alphabetically! Yep, I am a little OCD…bet you couldn’t tell that…LOL!

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