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. 😀
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.
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).
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.
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 preference. Leave 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.