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Paper Towel Technique

Hi All,

Remember the Homemade Techniques series I did last year? I have another one to add. Can you tell what item around the house I used?

I made the first card with distress inks:

Paper Towel Technique

Paper Towel Technique

For the second card, I used distress oxide inks:

Paper Towel Technique

Paper Towel Technique

Enjoy the video! On Friday I’ll be back with six cards I made with one die set. I’m looking forward to sharing. 🙂

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Card Measurements:

Element Imperial Metric
Hugs panel 3 3/8″ along bottom, 4 1/4″ along right side 8.6 cm, 10.8 cm
Samantha panel 3 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches 8.3 x 14 cm
Vellum strip 1 1/2 inches 3.8 cm
Card bases 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches 10.8 x 14 cm

Supplies for Hugs card:

Painted Hugs Die
Painted Hugs Die
Altenew Bejeweled
Altenew Bejeweled
EH|SSS
Stampin' Up! Sequins
Stampin’ Up! Sequins
Clear Sequins
Clear Sequins
Ripe Persimmon Distress Ink
Ripe Persimmon
EH|SSS
Picked Raspberry Distress Ink
Picked Raspberry
EH|SSS
Seedless Preserves Distress Ink
Seedless Preserves
EH|SSS
Hero Hues Black
Hero Hues Black
EH|SSS
Canson Mix Media Paper
Canson Mix Media Paper
BLSY|AMZN
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
EH|SSS
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Cardstock
Black Cardstock
Tweezers
Tweezers
EH|SSS
Pick Me Up Stick
Pick Me Up Stick
Mini MISTI
Mini MISTI
Zig Two-Way Glue Pen
Glue Pen
Ranger Multi Medium, Matte
Ranger Multi Medium, Matte
EH|SSS
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner
EH|SSS

Supplies for Samantha card:

Journaling Alpha Dies
Journaling Alpha Dies
EH|SSS
Altenew Label Love
Altenew Label Love
EH|SSS
Stampin' Up! Sequins
Stampin’ Up! Sequins
Clear Sequins
Clear Sequins
Distress Oxide - Pistachio
Distress Oxide – Pistachio
EH|SSS
Distress Oxide - Broken China
Distress Oxide – Broken China
EH|SSS
Distress Oxide - Faded Jeans
Distress Oxide – Faded Jeans
EH|SSS
Distress Oxide - Wilted Violet
Distress Oxide – Wilted Violet
EH|SSS
Hero Hues Black
Hero Hues Black
EH|SSS
SSS Vellum
SSS Vellum
Canson Mix Media Paper
Canson Mix Media Paper
BLSY|AMZN
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
EH|SSS
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Cardstock
Black Cardstock
T-Square Rules
T-Square Ruler
Tweezers
Tweezers
EH|SSS
Pick Me Up Stick
Pick Me Up Stick
Ranger Multi Medium, Matte
Ranger Multi Medium, Matte
EH|SSS
Zig Two-Way Glue Pen
Glue Pen
Scotch Foam Tape
Scotch Foam Tape
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner
EH|SSS

Comments

  1. wrote on April 12th, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Connie

    This is such a clever idea. Why didn’t I think of it? Now I’m going to have to find paper towels with a background that I like so I can do this background myself!

  2. wrote on April 12th, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    Bertie

    Gorgeous cards. Love the paper towel technique.

  3. wrote on April 12th, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    Pipersmomma07

    How in the world do you come up with these ideas Darlene?!?! I’m in awe! Beautiful!!!

    • wrote on April 13th, 2017 at 3:54 pm

      danielleb

      exactly!

  4. wrote on April 12th, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    Cheryl

    Interesting technique – I have those paper towels so I’ll give it a try.

  5. wrote on April 12th, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    Andrea

    Neat! Love the colors that you used, and the paper towel leaves such a nice, subtle pattern. One tip when you’re inking on watercolor paper, bristol paper, etc., is to put a piece of scratch paper under your fingers that are holding the paper down. That way, your fingers don’t leave fingerprints or transfer ink where you might not want it on your panel. Another thing that works great, and that I use, is Post It tape. I just press my fingers on the sticky side, and hold my panel down. I guess because the tape piece is smaller than a sheet of scratch paper might be, it just seems easier to hold my panel that way. (I got that idea from Kristina Werner, btw.) I’m so glad you had a video up today, Darlene! It’s another bad depression day for me, so this helped some. I’m too down to really focus & work on anything, which makes me feel guilty & adds to the depression–vicious cycle. 🙁 Hopefully it will get better soon. Thank you for all you do, Darlene! You are truly a blessing! 🙂 ~ Andrea

    • wrote on April 12th, 2017 at 3:06 pm

      craftereverafter

      Andrea, I just read your post and I just couldn’t scroll on by without reaching out to you. Hang in there and know that lots of us have struggles in life. It’s important to let each other know that you’re not alone. Hang in there and don’t feel guilty – hope you feel better soon!

      • wrote on April 13th, 2017 at 3:58 pm

        danielleb

        Craftereverafter said that so well…thinking of you Andrea, appreciating your honesty and always your wonderful tips. Take good care and never feel guilty.

    • wrote on April 12th, 2017 at 4:25 pm

      Dayse

      Hi Andrea,
      Just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate the tip you shared.
      I’m always getting fingertip prints or ink smudges on my cards so I find
      this really helpful, especially when ink blending.

    • wrote on April 12th, 2017 at 5:02 pm

      soton71

      Andrea, I hope your depression eases soon. xoxoxo

    • wrote on April 12th, 2017 at 6:35 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Thanks for the tip about the upside-down post-it tape, Andrea! What a great idea. I’m sorry you’re having a bad day. Maybe this video will cheer you up: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PW7RgfDi0xE

    • wrote on April 12th, 2017 at 9:15 pm

      Connie

      Hi Andrea, The black dog doesn’t sound nice. I hope you’re feeling better soon. In the meantime, it’s wonderful you helped us all with that handy little tip with post it tape. Good one!

    • wrote on April 12th, 2017 at 11:14 pm

      Anita

      Andrea, Just to say I’m thinking of you. Our Daughter who is turning 21 on Saturday has anorexia and bad depression as well. We are going down to be with her on her birthday, so hopefully that will cheer her up. You’re definitely not alone, keep up the good work.

    • wrote on April 13th, 2017 at 10:50 am

      Jan

      Hi Andrea, I hope you are feeling better today. 🙂

  6. wrote on April 12th, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    Nataliea

    Thanks for the great tips, Now I have to go find some pretty paper towels

  7. wrote on April 12th, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    Caly

    Such a great idea! Thanks for sharing, Darlene!

  8. wrote on April 12th, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    craftereverafter

    This is awesome…I can’t wait to try it myself!

  9. wrote on April 12th, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    Dayse

    Who knew!!! The humble paper towel had such a fabulous secret. Thanks for unlocking it for us Darlene, I will be sure you give this a go over the Easter break.
    On that note Happy Easter everyone

  10. wrote on April 12th, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    soton71

    Love, Love, Love this! Paper towels are on my shopping list and you can bet I’ll be paying so much more attention to the patterns now. Thank You!

  11. wrote on April 12th, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    clarkmbl

    I love this technique!! Brilliant!

  12. wrote on April 12th, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    Connie

    I just discovered that Kleenex long toilet tissue with embossed waves will work too! The paper is a little thicker than usual TP but slightly thinner than paper towels. And the size fits perfectly on an A2 cardfront! We can get this TP at Woollies in Australia but it’s probably sold everywhere at your friendly supermarket. I thought it might be a perfect background for this month’s sea creatures challenge.

  13. wrote on April 14th, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    itsabee

    What a great idea. I couldn’t wait to try it, however the only paper towels I had were the smooth blue shop towels. So I sprayed the towel with water then ran it through my Cuttlebug in an embossing folder. I let that dry to firm up the impression and then continued with your method. It worked beautifully! Now my embossing folders will get a little more use. Thank you.

    • wrote on April 17th, 2017 at 1:54 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Great idea itsabee!!

  14. wrote on April 17th, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    Teresa

    I loved this, so I tried it today. I goofed & sprayed the water color paper & that didn’t work, so I rewatched the video & did it correctly. It turned out beautifully. Thank you for the awesome idea.

  15. wrote on April 18th, 2017 at 10:35 am

    Brenda L.

    This is so cool Darlene and I am loving both of your cards! Who knew a paper towel could make such a beautiful card?!! You did! lol This is my favorite thing you do, taking ordinary household items and use them in a crafty way! Hugs, Brenda

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