When I was making up a bunch of thank-you cards last week, I tried out an old technique that was perfect for the autumn leaves I was creating: the Baby Wipe Technique. I learned this years ago, and in fact this SplitCoastStampers tutorial is over 7 years old!
I encourage you to check out the tutorial, but basically the technique is folding a baby wipe into a pad (four layers thick will do) and dropping onto it splotches of ink refills. Allow the ink splotches to spread naturally. Then ink up a solid stamp in the DIY pad and stamp away!
After I sent out the cards, I slightly altered the design for camp yesterday:
These leaves were each stamped using the same baby wipe “ink pad”; although the intensity may change with repeated re-inkings, the effect is just as great. Be sure to clean the stamp between inkings so you can use a different part of the pad.
I have barely touched the item I was most excited about from the Stampin’ Up! 2017-2018 Annual Catalog: the Embossing Paste. We experimented with it at the “group drool” meeting in June, but the product was on backorder for weeks and I didn’t feel I could use it for camp projects.
Meanwhile, however, I have used the “decorative masks,” or stencils, with the Sponge Brayer. It’s an easy way to add just a bit of background pattern.
And speaking of easy, to define the edge of the Very Vanilla panel that’s flat adhered to the note card front, I held it perpendicular to the So Saffron ink pad and gently tapped across. It gave me just the barest edge of color!