Blotting With Saran Wrap Technique

Create your own custom background using the Saran Wrap Technique. Read on for details.

Help your cards, gift tags, and other paper crafts bloom with the Simply Zinnia Stamp & Die Bundle! These stamps have a beautiful hand-etched design and pair perfectly with the floral and greenery dies. Stamp and cut around the individual zinnia blossom, adding some extra dimension with the petals dies. Or build a fun card centerpiece by bundling flowers. You can even create your own unique zinnias with the stem, blossom, and extra greenery dies along with the stamps.


Full list of supplies needed, listed below. A die cutting machine is needed for this card.

Basic White Thick Cardstock: 5 ½” w x 8 ½” h scored and folded at 4 ¼” h

Berry Burst: 5 ⅜” x 4 ⅛” 

Basic White

  • 5 ⅛” x 3 ⅞” 
  • 4 ½” x 3” for stamping, coloring and die cutting the flowers

Let’s Create

  1. Affix all stamps to Acrylic Blocks.
  2. Fold the Card Base in half using a Bone Folder to sharpen the crease.
  3. Adhere the Berry Burst Cardstock to the folded Card Base
  4. Using a saran wrap blotting technique, create the background onto the 5 ⅛” x 3 ⅞” Basic White Cardstock.  
      You will need a large acrylic block – minimum size should be an “E” block, “F” is even better. (NOTE: you can also use any type of hard plastic in place of a block)  Two different ink pad colors, I used Flirty Flamingo and Granny Apple Green, a Stampin’ Spritzer, and a small piece of seran wrap.  Put ink onto the block by gently patting the ink once onto the block, no need to press hard.  Spritz with water, 3-4 spritzes, wait a few seconds for the ink to disperse a little.  With the seran wrap wadded up in your hand, tap it into the diluted ink and then blot in a few places onto your cardstock panel.  Vary the pressure a little in different places and turn once in awhile so as not to get a lot of symmetry.  In my card today, I used the “less is more” idea.  I just did a little green, then started the technique again with a clean block, a new piece of saran wrap with the Flirty Flamingo.  This may take a little practice to get the look you want.  More spritz’s with water will lighten your color a little.  A lighter touch will give you a completely different look than a heavier touch.  Play around and practice lots and you will fall in love with this technique for creating fun backgrounds.  This will dry pretty quickly while you’re finishing the other elements of the card.
  5. Using Black Memento Ink, stamp the largest zinnia flowers (3 flower stem) onto the Basic White 4 ½” x 3”  piece of cardstock.  Color the flowers, leaves and stems using Stampin’ Blends.  I used Berry Burst,  Daffodil Delight and Granny Apple Green. Die Cut the image using the coordinating Die from the Simply Zinnia Dies. 
  6. Using Black Memento ink, stamp the sentiment towards the lower right of Basic White background panel.
  7. Using Stampin’ Dimensionals adhere the flowers toward the left side of the card.
  8. Adhere these layers to the card base.
  9. Randomly Place 3 of the pink Adhesive-backed Shiny Sequins to the card.
  10. Don’t forget to decorate the inside of the card as well as the envelope, and it’s ready for you to send it off to brighten someone’s day!

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