Paper towel challenge

Hi crafters. The current CAS mix up challenge for August is to use inky paper towels. I don’t usually use paper towels, I just use rags and wash them occasionally and throw them out when they have too much glue on them. When I was spraying with stencils for the stencil challenge, I used a paper towel to mop up the sprays and wipe the stencil so I would have one for this challenge.

I sprayed the paper towel and wrapped it around an acrylic block and pressed it on cardstock with a paper weight. Then as there was lots ink left in the paper towel I thought I should make more prints. I was going to get white cardstock when I spied the photo paper. I have lots of it so I thought why not try it? The results are so different. I recommend trying the paper towel on different surfaces as they absorb the ink differently. The photo paper has more detail in the print and is a bit brighter. The amount of colour seems to vary with the amount of pressure and water. I pressed hard on some of the darker ones. The print on the bottom right is the paper.

I cut the bottom left print, which is a double “stamped” paper towel print, with Nellie Snellen Photo frames die. The Kaisercraft ornate flourish was cut from glitter cardstock. I glued a piece of dried paper towel to cardstock and stamped and gold embossed the sentiment from Lil inker Spiffy spots. I glued some olivey/ gold and burgundy gauze behind the sentiment. I glued some tulle behind the main panel. I adhered the circle and panel on foam. Maybe not so CAS in the end but it was a fun experiment.

It was an interesting challenge and I wouldn’t have tried this without the prompt. Thanks Loll for the great idea.

I am entering this card in the CAS mix up challenge. I used the paper towel, stamping, heat embossing, die cutting ( and fabric).


  • Susan Joyce

    I love the depth of colour and texture you achieved on your photo paper from the Paper Towel Transfer. Great card! Thanks for joining us at CAS Mix Up this month.

  • Loll

    Great work! You managed to get a lot of ink to transfer, creating a very colourful background. So pretty with the gold flourish and circle sentiment. Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up!

  • Jo

    Wow, lots of transfers to chose from, good job! Such an impressive and colourful card. Thanks for joining us at CAS Mix Up!

  • Mac Mable

    Thank you for sharing the experiments you tried on different paper etc. Glorious colours on your card and so vibrant. Thank you for joining in The CAS Mix Up challenge with your artsy card x.

  • Bonnie

    Now I want to try this on photo paper! I’d never thought to do that and it looks fantastic! Love all the texture in your card! Thanks so much for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up!