Today’s get well card features the baby wipe technique. It’s one of my favourite techniques but I really don’t use it often enough! One of the reasons I like it so much is because I never know what results I’m going to get. To do this technique the first thing you need to decide is which colours you want to use and how many. I always use three because I don’t think two gives enough variety – I’ll give it a try one day – and with more than three colours I think the colours would be overly busy!
I daresay there is more than one way of doing the baby wipe technique and I’m going to explain how I do it. If you’re going to give it a try, you may want to check how others do it and then decide which way you prefer. I start with four fresh baby wipes and one of our stamp cases. Next I choose which three colours I want to use by selecting ink pads of three colours I think I’d like to put together and see what the colours on the lids look like when grouped together.
For today’s card I chose Granny Apple Green, Gorgeous Grape and Balmy Blue and I picked up the three ink refill bottles and put the ink pads away. I laid all four baby wipes one on top of the other and then folded them in half. Next I started with one of the ink refills and let the ink fall out of the bottle one drop at a time moving the bottle around so the drops hit the baby wipes randomly. I try to avoid allowing one drop to drop on top of another drop. I’m aiming to get drops of all three colours in random positions rather than on top of each other. The more mixed up the colours are the better the results will be.
When I have covered almost a third of the baby wipes I repeat the process with the second colour which I try to get to drop next to where the first colour dropped! If you look at my card with a critical eye, you’ll see there is too much green, a reasonable amount of purple and a poor amount of blue. My card is a good example of not having mixed the colours up very well. I’m still happy with how my card has turned out but I would have preferred to see more blue. The ink will slowly soak up into the baby wipes and eventually cover all the white apart from around the edges. Next I start stamping and I recommend you start on some scrap paper. After I had inked up my stamp on the baby wipes, I stamped to see what the image looked like. I kept trying different positions on the baby wipes to see what colours I could get.
I chose the Lovely You Stamp Set for the flowers and leaves and the Healing Hugs stamp set for the GET WELL SOON sentiment. The first sentiment I stamped I tried it using my baby wipes but it didn’t look right so I did it again using Gorgeous Grape Ink. I layered it on a scalloped circle in Granny Apple Green Cardstock (CS) and then layered it on a Gorgeous Grape CS that was one die size larger. The dies were from the Layering Circles Die. After I had adhered the stamped top layer and middle layer together, I decided to tie some Gorgeous Grape Sheer Ribbon around them about a third of the way up from the bottom.
As the ribbon is sheer, I cut a piece of White Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon to layer underneath it so the stamping on the top layer didn’t spoil the look of the ribbon. I gave up trying to tie the two layers in to a bow, and just adhered the Seam Binding around the CS layers and tied the bow in the Sheer Ribbon on it’s own! I finished off the front of the card by adding three Pastel Pearls to the sentiment. For the inside of the card I took a top layer of Whisper White CS and stamped some images in the bottom 1.25″. Next I adhered it to a middle layer of Gorgeous Grape CS and then onto the card base.
Once you have finished using you baby wipes, close the stamp case and they will stay moist for several weeks! I’m planning to use my baby wipes again tomorrow on a different style of card. Once you have created these baby wipes you can keep on going back to them to use for different cards. As well as the obvious reasons, this is just one other technique you can use ink refills for. When I have a chance to talk to my customers, I always recommend they buy ink refills when they are buying ink pads. Needless to say this will make the ink pads last indefinitely and there are several fun techniques they can be used for! I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s card. I made a video four years ago where I demonstrated this technique and if you would like to see this in action, this is the link:
That’s it from me today and I look forward to being back with you tomorrow, In the meantime, take care and stay safe! Happy crafting.
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Cardstock Layer Sizes: A4
Card base 8¼” x 5¾” scored and folded at 4 1/8”
Middle layer: 2 pieces 3 7/8” x 5½”
Top layer: 2 pieces 3¾” x 5 3/8”
Cardstock Layer Sizes: Letter-size
Card base 8½” x 5½” scored and folded at 4¼”
Middle layer: 2 pieces 4” x 5¼”
Top layer: 2 pieces 3 7/8” x 5 1/8”