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Stencil Blotting Technique

Stencil Blotting

Hi All!

Today’s card has a new spin on an old technique. You probably already know that applying water to cardstock that has been coated with distress ink will remove color. For example, creating water spots with a paintbrush on this card, and stamping an image with water on this card. Today, however, I blotted a stencil using a baby wipe. It gave me a lot of precision with removing color. Unlike spraying and brushing, the water was contained to the stencil areas and didn’t seep much underneath.

Enjoy the video and have a wonderful Wednesday. 🙂



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Scrolled Background
Scrolled Background
Butterfly Basics
Butterfly Basics
SSS Stitched Circles
SSS Stitched Circles
Stampin' Up! Bitty Butterfly Punch
Small Butterfly Punch
Stampin' Up! White Baker's Twine
White Twine
Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink
Chipped Sapphire
Ink Foam Applicator
Ink Foam Applicator
Uniball White Gel Pen
White Gel Pen
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Versafine Black Ink
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Cardstock
Black Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Smoky Slate Cardstock
Smoky Slate Cardstock
Sizzix Big Shot Machine
Sizzix Big Shot
Magnetic Platform
Magnetic Platform
ekTools Trimmer
ekTools Trimmer
Thin Paper Tape
Thin Paper Tape
Scotch Foam Tape
Scotch Foam Tape
Stampin' Up! Dimensionals
Micro Glue Dots
Micro Glue Dots
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner


  1. wrote on August 26th, 2015 at 8:13 am


    Hi Darlene, I love this technique. I’d never seen it before. So now I’m going to get out my stencils and see which one would work the best! Look forward to seeing future cards of yours using the same technique.

  2. wrote on August 26th, 2015 at 10:26 am

    Therese Arsenault

    I have so many stencils. Will be using them more and more with this technique. Love it.

  3. wrote on August 26th, 2015 at 10:29 am

    mary w

    Beautiful – a set using several colors would work great here. I do think the gray circle really enhances the areas that had color lifted in the stencil. A real winner!!!

  4. wrote on August 26th, 2015 at 1:16 pm


    Love the look. Thanks for sharing

  5. wrote on August 26th, 2015 at 1:16 pm


    Love these simple techniques…. hadn’t seen this one yet but can’t wait to try it!

  6. wrote on August 26th, 2015 at 2:25 pm


    Very fabulous technique, love how the ink kind of goes to the edge of the perforations on the stencil when you apply the wet wipe, it looks like you drew a line, very cool.
    Now, I’m going to have to get me some stencils, I honestly just have a teeny, tiny square one. The one you used is beautiful.

  7. wrote on August 26th, 2015 at 2:50 pm


    Very nice! I have a few stencils but don’t use them that often because I don’t use them often. This makes me want to pull them out! How cool!

  8. wrote on August 26th, 2015 at 3:14 pm


    That is a neat technique!! Ah de ways to use de baby wipes rather than just wipin’ de babies buns!! Could you hear my caribbean accent, there? hehe Thanks Darlene!! =)

    • wrote on August 26th, 2015 at 3:16 pm


      Oh and that sentiment you used…I LOVE IT…that is the ONLY reason I bought that stamp set!! Sick eh?

      • wrote on September 1st, 2015 at 10:32 am

        Darlene DeVries

        Yes, I agree. The sentiment is very unique!

  9. wrote on August 26th, 2015 at 3:51 pm


    Beautiful card love the technique definitely going to give it a go…:)

  10. wrote on August 26th, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    Carol Mac

    ooooh….I have that stencil and stamp set! I will have to try this. Beautiful card Darlene! TFS

  11. wrote on August 26th, 2015 at 5:43 pm


    Another “home run” for you! Beautiful!

  12. wrote on August 26th, 2015 at 6:00 pm


    Cool technique. You know, one of these days you should just surprise us and instead of saying “Hello everyone, it’s Darlene,” you should say a different name, like Barbara, just to see how many of us are really listening. lol

    • wrote on September 1st, 2015 at 10:33 am

      Darlene DeVries

      Haha Irene! My intro does get a little repetitive over time! 🙂

  13. wrote on August 26th, 2015 at 7:33 pm


    I love the idea of using a baby wipe for this technique. Can’t wait to give it a try.

  14. wrote on August 26th, 2015 at 7:41 pm


    Love this card, Darlene.. Hope you show us what you create with the other colors. A deep green or red would be wonderful for the holidays, eh? You always share a tid bit of helpful information, Thanks so much for sharing what you do,

  15. wrote on August 26th, 2015 at 8:01 pm


    Wow, I LOVE this card. What a cool technique. the card is so simple, yet beautiful.

  16. wrote on August 26th, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    Sherry W.

    A totally new technique. Your card is beautiful. I don’t have any stencils, but I’ll see what I can do with the negative space from die cuts. I like this look much better than the embossing paste techniques.

  17. wrote on August 26th, 2015 at 11:13 pm


    Love all your ideas, will try this one when I find a nice stencil

  18. wrote on August 27th, 2015 at 12:30 am


    oh my gosh! Darlene, you are a genius!!! I have so many stencils, that I have struggles with and this technique will work perfectly!! i’m so happy. I cant wait to try it. thanks so much, treen

  19. wrote on August 27th, 2015 at 1:19 am


    Love the technique. Thanks Darlene for the inspiration.

  20. wrote on August 27th, 2015 at 3:28 pm


    What a gorgeous card, Darlene! I saw Jennifer McGuire demonstrate this technique during the “Background Check” class at Online Card Classes. I did use it for a card for my brother’s birthday this summer (he & his wife were most impressed when I explained how I did it!). But I haven’t thought to try it since. Thanks for the reminder! Another thing Jennifer showed was using the same stencil to emboss your technique piece with, after doing the inking & “baby wiping.” I tried that as well, but I’ve found you need a good thick cardstock for that to work. Strathmore Bristol paper works wonderfully for that. Anyway, I really love the color you used, and how the grey cardstock provides a nice soft mat for the greeting! 🙂 ~ Andrea

  21. wrote on August 27th, 2015 at 4:11 pm


    LOVE this technique… looking forward to trying it!

  22. wrote on August 27th, 2015 at 11:05 pm


    How exciting is this technique!!!! We are away on hols at the moment. Just have to wait till we get home. TFS Glenis

  23. wrote on August 28th, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    Susan Berry

    Love this technique. I will have to get some stencils. Also liked the circle cut outs.. Thanks

  24. wrote on August 28th, 2015 at 11:05 pm


    Darlene I love this! I don’t know why I never thought of it. I have tried doing the spraying water and I just never really liked the results because it always seemed to sneak under the stencil on me and it really just frustrated me. So thank you so much for sharing this technique and I’m going to go try it right now lol!

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