Wednesday, December 9, 2015

A Smile is the Best Christmas Decoration - Christy Riopel - Guest Designer

Finding Inspiration in a Stamp.

I'm Christy Riopel and I'm am so excited to be guest blogging here this month.

I don’t know about you but scrapbooking the holidays can get a bit repetitive year after year. I find the best way to avoid that, and to keep my scrapbooking fresh and fun, I focus in on the details and the stories that make the season special.

 When I saw this stamp:

A Smile is the Best Christmas Decoration

… I knew the exact story I wanted to share using it.

I used the Dotted Harlequin stamp to create the watercolor effect that is my back ground.

Dotted Harlequin background

 I started by inking the stamp with a dye ink. Then I sprayed it with a fine mist of water.

To create the worn away edges I left the stamp unmounted and bent the edges as I stamped. This gives me the uneven edges and the water makes the ink run so that it looks painted on with water colours. I think the effect is very pretty and soft.

Thanks for letting me share, and I hope you can find inspiration in your stamps to tell your stories.

Christy Riopel

Christy is a contributing editor to Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine.

You may find her on the web here!


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