Today I’m bringing you the first in my Baby Wipe technique series following our Blog Hop. Before I talk about the card I’m highlighting, I want to share a bit I’ve learned about the technique. These basics apply to each of the four cards I will showcase over the next month.
Here’s what I learned:
- This can be a very messy technique. If you’re one who doesn’t like having ink all over your hands, have a pair of latex gloves you can use.
- Not all Baby Wipes are created equal. I used Kirkland brand and, although they are GREAT for craft room clean-ups, I didn’t have good luck with them for this technique. They are very thick and absorbent and the ink tends to stay with the Baby Wipe rather than transfer to the stamp. In this case, I found cheaper is better because the ink sits on top of the less absorbent brands…check your local dollar store. You may need to add an extra Baby Wipe to give yourself adequate cushioning.
- Use two Baby Wipes and fold them so you’re creating several layers (and cushion) for your self-made ink pad. Be sure to place something under the Baby Wipe to protect your work surface because the ink will seep right through.
- Place your stamp on the Baby Wipe first to get an idea of how large an inked area you need. No sense in wasting ink creating an area larger than what you need.
- Start with your darkest reinker and apply just a few drops. You can always add more, but an over abundance of the dark color will make things look muddy pretty quickly. (Believe me, I know this all too well) Follow with your medium color(s) and finish with your lightest color, filling in all the open spaces. Here’s what that looks like:
- Did I mention this can be a very messy technique? I didn’t have gloves on hand…literally! 😉
For this card I used the “Striped Background” method as that’s what it’s referred to on the Internet. I prefer to call it swiping or swooshing as I didn’t create straight lines from the top to the bottom of the paper. Rather, I made shorter swipes, which you’ll see further down.
Talking about the card base first. It’s a 3 1/4″ x 6″ Easel Card. I’ve made a few cards this size and will be making more. I tried it initially because I had an abundance of #6 Business Envelopes (3 5/8″ x 6 1/2″) I wanted to use. Now I make them because I like the look. The base pieces were cut from Basic Black card stock. I made a template with measurements to share with you. You can find it here or you can check out my Hints, Tips & Tutorials page for the complete Paint the Town tutorial including the template is and much more. There’s also a basic Easel tutorial you can use. For those of you who have a Silhouette, I’m happy to share the .studio V3 file.
My next step was to create my background paper. I used Stampin’ Up Reinkers; Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Regal Rose (retired but you can substitute Rose Red), Tempting Turquoise and Wild Wasabi. I tried this swiping technique on Shimmery White first, thinking the ink would spread more easily. Not! There was a bit of drag on it and didn’t get as smooth a look as I wanted. Next I tried Whisper White card stock and I like the appearance better, a softer look. I let it sit a bit to be sure it was totally dry. You could speed up the drying process with a heat gun, but be careful not to hold the heat on the paper too long to avoid warping.
A bit differently than shown in the tips above, I placed my reinkers in a row on the Baby Wipe. To help facilitate the application of the color, I folded, then rolled one Baby Wipe and then folded another and wrapped it around the outside. Did I confuse you…I must have because it sounds confusing to me, too, and I wrote it! So here’s a picture of what my “applicator” looked like.
And here’s what the paper looked like when I finished. You see I wasn’t concerned about getting a continuous line as I knew the size of my die would fit easily in the in between areas. I put it aside to allow it to dry while working on the balance of the card. Just in case I might need the applicator again, I placed it inside a small airtight container to keep it moist.
To create the focal panel, I used Penny Black’s, Paint the Town stamp set. I die cut the skyline* from scrap paper to help with placement of my greeting and stars. I stamped the greeting in VersaMark (if you have to purchase VersaMark, purchase the reinker as well so you have it on hand because you want to keep your stamp pad nice and juicy) and heat embossed it with White Embossing Powder. Do yourself a favor when heat embossing by always prepping the card stock with the Embossing Buddy. I did the same with the stars. I don’t recall what stamp set included this particular star, but any small star will work.
I die cut two *City Scape skylines by My Favorite Things stamps. I looked for it on their site, but it’s no longer available. They do have several other skylines which would work equally as well and I’m sure other companies have skyline dies as well. The remaining paper was used to cut the greeting for the bottom panel. I used the Abadi MT Condensed Extra font to cut.
I attached one of the dies to the front of the card and wrapped Daffodil Delight Satin Ribbon around the entire panel. Where the ribbon edges met, I placed another piece, which I first placed in a ribbon slide from Hodepodge Hardware (retired) and attached it with a Glue Dot. The ribbon I used is no longer available, but you could easily substitute a new Delightful Dijon Mini Striped Ribbon (and use the Delightful Dijon Reinker rather than Daffodil Delight).
You’ll note I left just shy of a quarter-inch on the bottom of the panel. That allows for the front to tuck behind the black piece and not interfere with the ribbon.
For the inside of the card, on Whisper White I stamped another image from the Paint the Town set and typed the sentiment using the same font as the greeting. Looking at it now, I should have stamped the image on the smaller white panel and made the sentiment a single line across the top. We are own worst critics, yes? I attached both Whisper White panels. Then I attached the black greeting panel lined up on the bottom of the white. I had already attached the greeting when I did this. Then I decided how much I needed to remove from the bottom of skyline die, cut off that excess and attached. I added two candles I’ve had in my stash for years.
If you recall, I tucked my Baby Wipe in a Tupperware container to keep it moist. I thought I’d take advantage of saving it by swiping on the envelope flap.
Stay tuned for next week when I share two more Baby Wipe techniques.