Mystique Sponging Lesson by Sija Teijgeler

SUPPLIES USED IN THIS PROJECT :
Stone House Stamps (Oriental Plates #1 and #2)
Versafine Instant Dry Black Pigment Ink, Andirondack Butterscotch & Red Pepper Dye Inks, Color Box Frost White Pigment Ink
Matte White Paper (2 3/8" x 3 3/8") and Black Paper ATC (Artist Trading Card) size format (2.5” x 3.5”)
Makeup sponges and Q-tips 
Masking Tape
Glue & Removable Glue
Scissors

1

Stamp your ATC and masking tape.

2

Cut the mask and glue it with removable glue over your stamped image.

3

Stamp the oriental leaves in black.

4

Sponge with Adirondack Butterscotch.  Apply less pressure on your sponge to get less ink on the paper. Try to get a smooth and even background with the sponging.

5

Sponge with the same color (Adirondack Butterscotch) on the bottom and top of your ATC.  Apply more pressure on the sponge to get a deeper color on your paper.

6

Leave a light spot in the middle.

7

Sponge the top and bottom of the ATC darker with Adirondack Red Pepper.

8

You have created a nice overlapping color on the ATC.

9

Stamp the background stamp over the Oriental lady with Adirondack Butterscotch.

10

Sponge the top and bottom with Versafine black.  Apply very little pressure on your sponge.

11

Using the black ink sparingly to intensify the red tones.  Do not make the area you are sponging black!  

12

Remove your mask.  

13

Lightly apply Adirondack Butterscotch with your sponge to the unmasked Oriental lady.  

14

Using a Q-tip, apply Adirondack Butterscotch to the Oriental lady.  

15

Create shadows to give the stamped image a vintage accent.  

16

Apply Color Box Frost White pigment ink with a Q-tip creating a white haze (Mystique) on areas around the Oriental lady.  

17

Carefully apply the white ink to the top of the head.  (Try this on a sample piece of paper to make sure that you don't see white spots after wiping the ink gently with your finger.)  

18

Blend the ink with your finger and you will get the white Mystique effect.  

19

You can draw with the Q-tip adding white accents.  Don't forget to blend the white accents with your finger.

20

Glue the ATC on the black ATC paper (2.5” x 3.5”). Have fun sponging and trying the Mystique technique.
SIJA TEIJGELER is a talented artist who lives in The Netherlands.  She has demonstrated a variety of stamping techniques and her exceptional art work at numerous stamp shows.  You can view more of Sija Teijgeler's unique cards in our Sija Gallery.

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