Hello CardMaker friends, Katie here today. My kids are long past the stage of diapers and baby wipes, but I always keep a package or two of wipes on hand. Not only are baby wipes great for quick clean up (including wiping ink off your stamps), but they are also a great tool for ink blending. Ink blending is a fun technique that can yield amazing results, but in many cases ink blending with a sponge dauber can be time consuming. However, using a baby wipe to blend ink is simple and fast.
First, I gathered my supplies: Distress inks in my desired shades, some specialty paper for ink blending and baby wipes. I used Distress Specialty Stamping Paper which has a smooth coating which helps ink glide effortlessly, but you can use any kind of watercolor paper. There are a few techniques for adding the ink to the paper. For my first card, I pressed my ink pad onto a craft mat and picked it up with the baby wipe and wiped the ink across the paper.
I worked my way up the paper transitioning from green to yellow to coral and finally pink. This method of applying and blending the ink creates a beautiful and subtle background as seen in the card finished below.
Since I blended using Distress inks, I was able to spritz water onto the blended panel and lift up some of the ink color to create a bokeh effect. I topped the background with stamped and die-cut images from Avery Elle’s new spring release. A list of my supplies is below. I colored the stamped image with Copic® markers in the same colors and tones as the background so that the image would complement the ink blending.
For my next card, I wanted a bolder background, so I drew stripes of color by applying the Distress Ink cube to the paper. I followed up with a baby wipe to blend and smooth out the colors.
While the ink color is more intense and some of the streaks were retained, the baby wipe softened and blended the colors together beautifully making the perfect backdrop for this puppy party.
I stamped and embossed the sentiment using white embossing powder and added a trio of stamped and die-cut puppies which were colored with Copic® markers.
Well, that’s it for me today. I hope the next time you want a little technique, but are short on time, you’ll reach for those baby wipes.
Thanks for stopping by!
Supplies: Cardstock from Avery Elle and Papertrey Ink; Distress Specialty Stamping Paper and Distress inks from Ranger Industries Inc.; VersaMark watermark ink pad from Imagine; More Furry Friends stamp set, Time to Party stamp set, Big Greetings stamp set, moon dye ink pad, More Furry Friends die set (#D-17-08), Scalloped Pierced Rectangles die set (#D-06-02), Time to Party die set (#D-17-01) and Picket Fence die set (#D-06-03) from Avery Elle; Copic® markers from Imagination International Inc.; clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.