Thursday, November 12, 2009

Swap Cards from Regional Seminar

I still haven't posted any of the cards that I got in the swap at the Regional Stampin' Up Seminar in Chattanooga last month. Here are a few of my favorites.

The first one isn't a card, it's a bookmark. I think it is very cool and will make your page easy to find. These would make a pretty nice gift when you needed just a little something for someone. Or, if you like to give books as gifts, add a nice homemade touch to it with a bookmark specially made for them in place at the beginning of the book. Of course, it would come in handy to mark the page of the catalog with the stamp set you just HAVE to have next!

These four cards all have fall colors. The top left with the punched flowers was made by Jacqueline Price from Knoxville, TN. The Embrace Life card was made by Kriste Millington, I love how she used the baby wipe technique to color the leaves, very cool. The friend to friend card was made by Lora Lee Braswell of Montgomery, AL and the pumpkin card was made by Amy Ord. All are beautiful cards.
Oh man, it may be nearly 11PM but I feel a quick tutorial coming on. The baby wipe technique is a fast and easy way to add lots of color to your stamps with very little effort. You just need a few reinkers and a baby wipe.
Drip several drops of each color onto a folded baby wipe. You might want to put the wipe on a paper plate to protect your table because the ink will soak all the way through. The drops will bleed together pretty quickly.
Ink up your stamp on the baby wipe just like you would on a stamp pad. The technique looks really nice on the script stamp from the Charmingly Yours set but look how great it looks on Circle Circus. I think my favorite that I stamped tonight is the pheasant from the Autumn Days stamp. I love that you can get all that color from dripping a few drops of reinker instead of opening 4 different ink pads and sponging the color onto the stamp over and over.
You can get over 50 inkings from your baby wipe ink pad. Of course, the last ones will be a more muted color but this "ink pad" will stamp a lot! What a great tip if you are doing a swap or working on lots of Christmas cards. I used Pumpkin Pie, Elegant Eggplant, Garden Green and Brilliant Blue. Try a different combination and see what it looks like.
I used fall colors but wouldn't Christmas colors look great and then think of the soft colors for the spring projects that I'm sure are just around the corner. Can you tell I'm ready for winter to be over and it isn't even here yet!


Holly said...

Love the baby wipe idea. What a neat idea! Love the things you did with it.

Angela said...

Beautiful colors!

jen wells said...

WOW! How cool, that is my bookmark you posted! I am glad you liked it. I found the idea out in blogland and tweaked it to fit my style. I got so many cute ideas from the chattanooga was fuN!
thanks for posting made my day.
jen wells

Carole'Anne AKA Stampin Stressaway said...

Oh my goodness Elain
This is such a cool technique
I must try this!
you did such a wonderful job in 10 min!
love it
I truly thank you for playing with us this week and home you come back and play again!
Thank you very much!