Sunday, 3 February 2013

Honeycomb embossing and baby wipe technique

Taking my inspiration from this gorgeous card by Elizabeth Price, I decided to challenge myself to create something so far out of my comfort zone that all my stamping friends would surely say, in shocked tones, “have YOU made that?”

Like Elizabeth, instead of using the traditional baby wipe technique, which involves dripping reinkers onto a baby wipe and using it as an ink pad, I used the wipe directly on the cardstock. And, as I didn’t have reinkers in the colours I required, I cheated and picked up the ink from the inkpad lids... believe me, you get a pretty impressive ink pad pool with those new ink pads!

So, let’s start at the beginning.

  1. I began with a piece of glossy white cardstock and a baby wipe, cut into thirds (waste not, want not!). With each third I picked up some ink from the lid of an ink pad - Pool Party, Summer Starfruit and Primrose Petals - and swiped along the card to create subtle stripes.
  2. While it was drying (not long) I fished out the Big Shot and the Honeycomb Embossing Folder, then embossed the cardstock, ensuring that the word Sizzix was at the front, so that the raised areas would appear on the coloured side.
  3. Next I sanded the raised areas, to reveal the white again. This is pretty subtle with such pale colours, but I know it’s there.
  4. Finally I tore the cardstock to make a pleasing shape – this is easy with the embossed lines acting as a guide. 
What else? Well, the main panel is Core’dinations cardstock in Primrose Petals, which I sanded quite heavily around the edges and more gently across the centre.

The bird is punched from Pool Party Core’dinations which I’d previously stamped on using the Honeycomb Embossing Folder as a makeshift stamp. The bird, too, is sanded around the edges.

The bird’s wing is punched from Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper, but brayered on top using Pool Party ink so that it’s not so harsh and white.

“Celebrate” is embossed in silver... the numbers are die-cut using the alphabet dies and the flower comes from the Artisan Embellishment Kit (you must get this if you love the new girly style – I’m about to order my second pack!).

So, how did I do on getting out of my comfort zone?

Stamps: Feeling Sentimental (SAB)
Cardstock: Primrose Petals, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Glossy White, Core’dinations – Primrose Petals & Pool Party
Paper: Sycamore Street (SAB), Silver glimmer paper
Ink: Pool Party, Summer Starfruit, Primrose Petals, Versamark
Accessories: Honeycomb Embossing Folder, Typeset Alphabet Bigz dies, Bird Builder Punch, Silver Embossing Folder, Stampin’ Sanding System, Brayer, 2 3/8” Scallop Circle Punch

All products by Stampin' Up!®


  1. can't believe you made this so much work for you.Your cards are usually quick and simple love this though.Sue

  2. I think you did a wonderful job stepping out of your comfort zone! I'm usually a CAS stamper myself, but those pretty and fiddly cards are really fun sometimes! Love all of the sanded edges!


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