Striped Wipe

by Beate Johns

Create patterned background with reinkers and baby wipes.


  • Baby Wipe

  • Two or more Dye Ink Reinkers

  • Glossy Cardstock

  • Stamps

  • Ink


  1. Step 1

    Fold a baby wipe and add drops of reinker to the edge of the fold line.

    Here, the baby wipe was folding in half twice.

  2. If you want a multicolored background, continue to add more colors.

    For smaller stripes, add a small dot of reinker.
    For wider stripes, add longer stripes of reinker.

  3. Step 2

    Line the inked fold up with the edge of the glossy cardstock.

  4. Step 3

    Wipe the inked baby wipe over the glossy cardstock to create striped background.

  5. Step 4

    Add more color, linking up the inked wipe with the existing stripes to intensify and even out the colors.

    Continue to add color as needed.

  6. Step 5

    Apply ink to stamp and stamp directly over the background.

  7. Step 6

    Finish your card.



  1. Try the Tie Dyed Look
    Fold your baby wipe up into a triangle and add ink. Twist the baby wipe. Untwist, lay baby wipe over glossy cardstock and press down.

    Funky Retro
    Add several colors of reinker on your folded baby wipe. Swipe the wipe in a circle to create a spiral look (like in the Bouncing Brayer tutorial).

    Get creative
    Try different patterns like crosshatch, waves, plaids.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Striped Wipe. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Wonderful tutorial, Beate!! I love the effect, and need to try this technique again soon!! Both of your cards are soooo pretty!! Thank you!!
Rose Ann  |  Wed Sep 17, 2008 at 7:21 AM
Beautiful card Beate!
Karen M (DE)  |  Wed Sep 17, 2008 at 8:21 AM
Beautiful card Beate, as always. You provide me with such inspiration!

One question though - when twisting the baby wipe how do you not get the ink on you?
Darlene  |  Wed Sep 17, 2008 at 8:44 AM
thank you !! just when I was trying to make a sky for a Thanksgiving card { and going crazy} this wonderful tutorial came at the right time..
You make it look so easy and your directions are cery clear..thanks a bunch
cheerios  |  Wed Sep 17, 2008 at 10:09 AM
Monika  |  Wed Sep 17, 2008 at 11:35 AM
I LOVE how easy your instructions were !!! This is such a fantastic technique !!! Once amaze me !!!!
Corinne (aka Roxy)  |  Wed Sep 17, 2008 at 1:19 PM
This is so awesome Beate. I was trying to do a card with a rainbow background and could not figure it out. Thanks so much. I love this.
DawnB  |  Wed Sep 17, 2008 at 3:32 PM
Awesome cards. What a great technique. Maybe I don't need a brayer after all! I was looking through the gallery and saw some great snowmen cards. The snowmen were in different colors. They almost look like they were done with a varigated stamp pad, but the colors don't match up that way. Can someone explain how that's done? Even the words on one of the cards was in different colors. Thanks!
Diane  |  Wed Sep 17, 2008 at 4:05 PM
Thanks for the great tutorial! I can't wait to try this one. Your example is so pretty.
Tami  |  Thu Sep 18, 2008 at 9:36 AM
Thanx for the lesson the card is just beautiful! What company is the stamp from? I just love it!
Kim  |  Thu Sep 18, 2008 at 12:53 PM
Thanks for another great tutorial Beate. So easy with awesome results.
mary jo albright  |  Fri Sep 19, 2008 at 5:46 AM
I use this technique today. It was easy and the colors look beautiful.
Laura Camacho  |  Fri Sep 19, 2008 at 3:14 PM
Wonderful tutorial Beate, thanks so much for sharing it with all of us!

Jennifer smile
Jennifer Meyer  |  Fri Sep 19, 2008 at 3:25 PM
Can't wait to try this!
Valerie Mitchell  |  Sun Sep 21, 2008 at 12:43 PM
You rock!
rosie k  |  Mon Sep 22, 2008 at 8:26 AM
Awesome tutorial and beautiful card Beate. Thanks for letting me know to post my variation here. The variation of the technique I have might be helpful for messy people like me keep ink off their fingers and it also can be used in place of a spectrum pad.

Fold the baby wipe the same way but lay it over the flat end of a stamp pad, then add the reinker or use a marker to scribble the ink on in the same fashion as a spectrum pad is laid out. Then use it to swipe across the card. If it's hard to picture, there is a visual here:
Karen  |  Mon Oct 6, 2008 at 7:36 PM
Question about this: how do you get the ink to dry on the glossy cardstock? I let it sit for over an hour and it was still wet...?
erin  |  Fri Aug 14, 2009 at 6:50 PM
My ink dried pretty much right away. Did you use dye ink refill or maybe pigment ink?
beate  |  Sat Aug 15, 2009 at 4:48 AM
You know what? It might be pigment ink...I never looked grin I bought the only ink refills I could find at the time, and never even thought about what kind it was! I will check!
erin  |  Sat Aug 15, 2009 at 4:52 AM
Dee Gruening from Posh Impression was into this in 1997 - I still have all the sponges and paints. try using a make up sponge instead of paer towel. You less ink and youget more swipes per design. try posh
Julie  |  Sat Jan 30, 2010 at 12:48 PM

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