Open House Gently Falling

Card two from the weekend. Using a technique I tried recently and really like-especially for Fall leaves!

Aren't the leaves on here awesome??!!?? The technique is the Baby Wipe Technique. Splitcoast has a great tutorial HERE, but it's really simple. Take a baby wipe and fold it in half and put it in a container. I like to fold the edges into the center, and then fold that into the center again so there are no edges on the top that we are going to use. Now you add drops of reinker to make your ink pad. Start with the darkest color and add 4 or 5, then the middle color, then the lightest color. The size of your ink just needs to slightly exceed the largest stamp you are going to use. Don't leave any white areas either or you'll have gaps on your stamp. Once you have the ink as desired, stamp as you would with an ink pad! Press your stamp down well in one spot and don't ink it more than once or you'll risk muddying the colors. I also recommend after stamping, you stamp again on scratch paper to avoid muddying the colors as well.

One other hint before finishing the details of the card. I found that new baby wipes right out of the package do not work near as well as some a little older. You want them damp, but not wet. If they feel too dry, spritz them with a light water spray. I had old ones hanging around here and I started playing with those. I figured new would be even better. NOT!! You could probably use the new ones if you let them sit out a while before using them!!

OK, back to the card. The colors we used to make the "ink pad" are Chocolate Chip, Cherry Cobbler and Daffodil Delight. We stamped the leaves-the "insides" from Gently Falling-randomly on the Very Vanilla background. You could add the outline of the leaves as well. I didn't as I knew it would take some time and add too much stress!! :) After the leaves were all done, we sponged the edge with Daffodil Delight. The background is layered onto Cherry Cobbler, then attached to the card base of Chocolate Chip. The saying is from Hand-Penned Holidays and was stamped on a strip of Very Vanilla with Chocolate Chip. We punched a wider strip of Cherry Cobbler with the Scallop Trim Border and layered the saying on to that. It is attached over the background.

Scroll back through my cards for the last week and see some others I've done with this technique!! I've had fun trying it out!!

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SU! Catalog Items used: 123804 Gently Falling Clear * 124310 Hand-Penned Holidays * 102128 Chocolate Chip Card Stock * 101650 Very Vanilla Card Stock * 119685 Cherry Cobbler Card Stock * 119788 Cherry Cobbler Classic Refill * 119672 Daffodil Delight Classic Refill * 100908 Chocolate Chip Classic Ink * 119667 Daffodil Delight Classic Ink * 101610 Stamping Sponges * 118402 Scallop Trim Border


Kim S said...

This is totally gorgeous and thank you for the clear explanation and the tips on this technique!

Patrice H said...

That card is stunning! I Really love the color combination and I guess I'm going to have to put that scrip sentiment set on my wish list.
PS, thanks for the "Hot Tips" about the technique, sometimes those little tips make all the difference in how a card turns out!!! I'm going to give it a try right now.