Sponges or Sponge Daubers, Which do You Choose?

Which do you choose, Stamping Sponges or Sponge Daubers?  Since I shared a video on sponging techniques last week, I thought I'd show you the difference between the two types of sponges.

You probably know my preference if you watched the video, since all I showed you were Stampin' Sponges.  It seems only fair to give some air time to the Sponge Daubers as well.  ­čśÇ

Stamping Sponges and Sponge Daubers from Stampin' Up!Stamping Sponges (101610) and Sponge Daubers (102892)

Many people love Sponge Daubers, because you can slip the black plastic over your finger.  It's like an extension of your anatomy, and you might like the ease of that.  Personally, I like the feel of holding the sponge rather than having the Dauber on my finger tip.

You can see that the Sponge Dauber has a much finer structure, and the Stamping Sponge has much larger holes.  These differences are evident in how they look when applying ink to card stock.  I made some samples to show you similarities and differences.

First I just dabbed some ink on card stock.  The Sponge Dauber on the right made much more concentrated splotches of color, and the circular shape of the Dauber is hard to disguise.  I prefer the more diffuse color from the Stamping Sponge.

Stamping Sponges vs. Sponge Daubers from Stampin' Up!
The technique where the two types of sponges look the same is when sponging the edges of card stock.  This is where many people like the ease of the Sponge Dauber on the end of their finger.

Edges of card stock sponged with Stamping Sponges and Sponge Daubers from Stampin' Up!

Next I tried one of my favorite techniques, where I add a light layer of color to card stock in a circular motion to give a sense of texture to a layer, or to tone down a bright color when doing a Vintage Card.  The two types of sponges give very different results, and once again I prefer the Stamping Sponge (on the left).

Sponging technique with Stamping Sponges and Sponge Daubers from Stampin' Up!

One situation in which I prefer Sponge Daubers is when applying pastels to a project, like this card.  The leaves were first stamped with bleach, then pastels were applied before adding the outline stamp.

Gently Falling stamp set, using Bleach Technique and Stampin' Pastels from Stamping Madly
Unfortunately, Stampin' Pastels retired this year.  The Stampin' Pastel New Color Kit IS available in the Clearance Rack while supplies last, for only $5.99.

So many choices in paper crafting are about individual preferenceLeave a comment and let us all know:  Do you have a favorite?  Do you have some praise for Sponge Daubers that I've missed?  Or for Stamping Sponges?  Which do you choose when you're working on a project, Sponge Daubers or Stamping Sponges. 

2 Responses to Sponges or Sponge Daubers, Which do You Choose?

  1. Bette S October 25, 2012 at 8:08 am #

    Glad you did this, Sage! I really never thought about the difference between these two applicators, just grabbed whatever was closest and went with it. Will be a little more discriminating from now on. Thanks!!

  2. Sage Kimble October 25, 2012 at 9:21 am #

    Thanks, Bette. Im glad you found the info helpful. Let me know what you discover when experimenting with the difference between the two.

    Sage Kimble
    Independent Stampin Up! Demonstrator

    If your fingers arent inky yet, what are you waiting for?

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