Hello stampers. I have a feeling that many of you are paper hoarders like me. When you find paper that you really love, it is so hard to use it because then it is gone!! That is why I love a great background technique. No worries about using it all up because you can always make more. It is even better when that technique is super simple AND cheap to boot. This “baby wipe swipe” technique is just that. It is super simple using just a baby wipe cut into three equal pieces, three ink pads and whisper white cardstock. This is not an original idea of mine, I saw it on Lyssa Zwolanek’s blog here. She has a ton of great technique ideas complete with instructions.
I used Colorful Seasons as well but decided not to use the sand on my card. It is just such a beautiful “clean and simple” card and perfect for this time of year when some people are getting cabin fever and dreaming of a day (or a week!) at the beach. I also used the new Stamparatus which makes it super easy to line up perfectly. If you did not pre-order one in December you will be able to order it in the new annual catalog in June.
In case you do not recognize the saying on this card, it is from the retired card kit called Watercolour Wishes. I still have some in stock if you are interested! The colours I used on this card are sahara sand, bermuda bay and soft sky. The chair is melon mambo and early espresso.
This branch used to be so difficult to stamp with the flowers! With the new Stamparatus it is a dream! The birds and the grass are from High Tide. The grass is stamped in crumb cake. The branch combines both the stamp and the framelit from Colorful Seasons. I decided not to add a sentiment so it can be used for any occasion.
I tried using the High Tide set at my technique club but it was an epic fail even with the Stamparatus!! The problem was poor lighting and bad staining on my lighthouse stamps, so I decided to trim them and it worked! By trimming them I was able to align them a lot better. The Baby Wipe Swipe technique just involves pressing the edge of a baby wipe into the ink pad and then swiping it across the whisper white cardstock. It does not seem to harm the ink pad at all, but after doing about a dozen cards or so you might want to re-ink your ink pad. I will include a video at the end so you can better see how this technique works.
I think this might just be my favourite card with this technique. I love, love, love the colours and the fact that it evokes such a peaceful, tranquil feeling. I used soft suede, garden green and marina mist for the swiping and old olive for the tree and early espresso for the sentiment. The tree is from the old favourite Lovely as a Tree and the saying is from the new set Waterfront. I predict that this new set is going to be a classic as well.
I like this card as well, but it almost covers the background technique. The sentiment is from the January Paper Pumpkin. Did you know that if you get a three month Paper Pumpkin subscription you will also get a free sale-a-bration item? I am also loving the ink spots that you get in your monthly Paper Pumpkin, they work so well with the Stamparatus.
This last card was born from a mistake. I didn’t like how my card front turned out, the layering of the different trees just didn’t work. I should have taken a picture! I had tried to place the oak tree in front of this line of trees and it just didn’t look right at all. So I decided to salvage some of my art work and I used it on this card to great effect. I unwrapped my new Tailored Tag punch that is part of the True Gentleman suite and it all came together rather nicely. I love “embellishment opportunities”, don’t you?
I hope you have as much fun with this technique as I did. Here is the video. Have a super weekend!!