Accidentally Beautiful

Stampin' Up! Dragonfly Dreams bundle with Baby Wipe Faux Batik Background - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts - International Blog Highlight winners

 

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Hi! Welcome to my blog and to the Top Ten Winners Blog Hop with the fabulous Kylie Bertucci! I was so honored to be in the top ten on both of the International Blog Highlights (see my cards here and here); if you voted for me, thank you so much for your vote. I’m so stoked to be hopping with a group of such talented people! Thanks to Kylie for organizing this and showcasing other demonstrators!

Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts - Baby Wipe Faux Batik Background

This background? Totally a whim. Kind of an accident. I had been working on my card for the Global Design Project color challenge because I just could not decide what card I wanted to make for this blog hop. I’d put it aside to finalize my design for this card, and I could not make a decision. That turned right into crafter’s block, and I just stared at everything for a while. Finally I decided a good cleaning off of the desk would help, because it usually does.

I had been using the Baby Wipe Technique on the other card. I threw away the baby wipe I’d used as my unique ink pad, and then it caught my eye sticking out of the trash can as I turned to put an ink pad away. It was just so pretty, that colorful baby wipe. And I had a lightbulb moment. I wanted to make a background with it. I’ve never seen it done, but I’ve only been doing this for five years; I’m still learning lots of old techniques. It’s probably already a thing. But until I hear otherwise, it looks a little batik-y where the pattern on the actual Baby Wipe looks resisted, so… I’ll call it Baby Wipe Faux Batik background. (I had to look up batik to see what that is exactly, so if you have to look it up, too, you’re not alone.)

Stampin' Up! Dragonfly Dreams bundle - Baby Wipe Faux Batik background - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts - International Blog Highlight winners

 

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I grabbed a full sheet of Shimmery White cardstock and decided to color as much of the cardstock as the wipe would cover. I unfolded it and spread it out, then laid it on the cardstock. The wipe was completely dry, as I’d used it hours earlier. I spritzed a decent amount of water onto the baby wipe, then rubbed back and forth over the wipe with a bone folder. The color transferred so beautifully! I trimmed it down to the size I wanted, and I have a second background for another card. I can’t believe how easy it was to make a background like this! I will be demonstrating this card on my live Facebook video next week, so make sure you have Liked my Facebook page and have turned on notifications.

Stampin' Up! Dragonfly Dreams bundle - Baby Wipe Faux Batik background - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts - International Blog Highlight winners

The card base is Thick Whisper White. After the background panel was dry, I glued it down. I stamped the sentiment from Cottage Greetings (LOVE the fonts in that set!) in Watermelon Wonder ink and cut it out with one of the Stitched Shapes Framelits.

Stampin' Up! Dragonfly Dreams bundle - Baby Wipe Faux Batik background - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts - International Blog Highlight winners

For the dragonfly, I first inked the background wings stamp from Dragonfly Dreams in Daffodil Delight. Then I rocked just the tips of the wings into Watermelon Wonder ink. Then I stamped the detailed dragonfly in Versamark right on top of the wings and heat embossed the detail in Gold. I cut out the dragonfly with the framelit, then covered the wings and body in lacquer using the Fine Tip Glue Pen. I spread this on really thin, as I just wanted some extra shine and not a shiny bubble. After that was dry, I added the dragonfly to the card. I glued down the body and popped the wings up on double-stacked Dimensionals.

Finally, I finished off the cardfront with pearls.

Stampin' Up! Dragonfly Dreams bundle - Baby Wipe Faux Batik background - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts - International Blog Highlight winners

I cut a 3/4″ strip off of the other piece I’d saved and used it to decorate the inside of my card.

I hope you like my card. Make sure to hop through to the next blog. You’re currently at Sarah Fleming – USA, so make sure you keep hopping to see what the other talented demonstrators have come up with.

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13 thoughts on “Accidentally Beautiful

  1. I think it more than worked out well, Sarah. It’s great! And thanks for the eye candy too (Dean Winchester)! I may have to revisit your page often, lol. Nice job, I really like your card :-)

  2. Wow! what a great background using the baby wipe. Great up cycling of used materials and it looks fabulous. Love the artsy feel with the vintage, distressed look. :)

  3. Brilliant card from a brilliant idea, how clever of you :-) talk about thinking outside the box…..love it.
    Thank you for sharing. Found you from Kylie’s blog hop. look forward to seeing more of your work.

  4. Love your background! I’ve done the baby wipe technique before, but never considered using the wipe to create a background. TFS!

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