Any type of sponge is a versatile stamping accessory for adding texture, background, and other special effects. Experiment with various techniques to find your favorite.


  • Cosmetic/Facial Sponges
  • Porous Everyday Sponges (Celluloid)
  • Natural Sponges
  • Bathtoy Sponges


  • Cut or tear sponges to get different textures.
  • Use different amounts of pressure to get darker and lighter effects.
  • Use sponges either dry, or slightly dampened with water.
  • Tapping, smudging, smearing and circular motions are all ways to get different effects and textures


  • Sponge around paper masks which you have cut or torn to create cloud-filled vistas. Then sponge on a bit of light blue, pink or violet to accent clouds.
  • Sponge through paper doilies, lace or netting for a delicate Victorian look. Make borders using sponging and masks.
  • For beautiful grass: Sponge on shadings to lay down base colors of greens, blues and yellows. Then use a grass stamp for distinct blades. Stamp it over and over without re-inking to add depth.
  • Sponge over nautical designs to give them the impression of being under water, in fog, etc.
  • Use the full width of the sponge for large areas or backgrounds or cut your sponge into your own design such as a star or heart. For example, create a brick wall using a small rectangular piece of dry sponge.
  • Make stencils using craft punches, your own designs, or cutting out previously stamped images.
  • Use your sponges slightly damp instead of dry, for a softer more blended look.
  • Small cloth rags can be used to create soft impressions for backgrounds, especially when used damp.
  • Sponge areas of intense color by simply turning over your ink pad and applying it directly to your project.
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