Saturday, 21 June 2014

Ink & stencils backgrounds

Today, we are glad to have another talented guest: Audrey/Doudinette. I did my best to translate her post, here it is:

Hello !!
My name is Audrey, better known as Doudinette. I live in France, in the Champagne region, near Reims. I am 30 years old and I am the mother of three kids (Axel: 9 years old, Romane: 6 years old and Mathilde: 2 years old) who are obviously my main inspiration. I have been scrapbooking for 8 years and my style can be called "clean", even though I like to get slightly messy. I am also a fan of photography. I especially love to take my kids' portraits, and then use them on my layouts. Thanks to digital cameras, scrapbooking is mostly a way for me to develop the "better" photos and keep memories for my children.
I haven't always used stencils on my layouts, but since I've tried them, I can't do without them. 
First, I use removable spray glue so the stencil sticks to the background. I suggest that you stick the stencil first on a scrap paper once or twice, to get rid of excess glue and to make sure that you won't get your background dirty.

 Now, here are 3 techniques I use on my layouts:

- I use either a piece of cut-n-dry (link) or a dry wipe that I lightly ink. Don't worry if you don't have any Distress ink, any dye ink like Floril├Ęges Design (a french brand) can do the work! Then I rub the ink slightly with circular motions without pressing too much. If you want your color to be darker, you can repeat several times.


- Another technique is to color some gesso with liquid inks like Izink (a french brand by Aladdine). Then I use an old gift or credit card: I take some gesso with the edge of the card and I apply it by sliding the card over the stencil. Feel free to make your pattern iregular, the result will be even more beautiful.


-  My last technique is to press my ink pad on a craft sheet (or on the lid), and then I add some water drops. With a thick brush, I tap on the pattern. The result has a watercolor look.


 Thank you very much to Isbaha for her trust!

   Guest contributor for SCRAP YOUR SCRAPS 

Hello Everyone

Today I'm sharing a layout I was inspired to create when I saw Audrey's layouts.  I used my mists and my Heidi Swapp Sunburst Stencil.  I really didn't know what I wanted to do but just play around and see what it would look like using my Primrose Heidi Swapp Shine Mist with the Stencil.  This photo has been on my desk for a while waiting to be scrapbooked.  It's one of those things that wasn't planned but as I was cleaning my desk this photo ended up on top of the misted page..... I also added some stitching to this layout as well to add dimension without a lot of bulk.  This is what I ended up with... :)

Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY SCRAPPIN'!

  Mandy Reedyk
   Creative Team Member of SCRAP YOUR SCRAPS 

I've always loved Audrey's backgrounds, so I had to try that!
I used my tries to make cards backgrounds (I think they could be nice cards for a wedding, couldn't they?).
Even if I do like my cards, they aren't really "me" (they are definitely inspired by Audrey's style!), but I don't mind, because I learnt something, and now, I will try to get this into my own style... So don't be afraid to give it a try, maybe you will find a way to make these techniques "yours"!

 I did a short video about how I tried Audrey's techniques for my cards' backgrounds:

   Creative Team Member of SCRAP YOUR SCRAPS


  1. Beautiful layouts everyone, I am very inspired to grab my stencils, since I have never actually used them yet!

  2. Such pretty pages! Love the pink misted starburst and Audrey's delicate use of colour. Pinning!

  3. Fun techniques! Love those pretty cards!!

  4. Beautiful layouts and love the techniques.

  5. wonderful layouts and cards... I really need to use more of my stencils.. thanks for sharing.

  6. I love the new ideas for using stencils on my layouts. I tend to grab them for cardmaking, but forget to think about them for my scrapbook pages. That video was so helpful Isbaha to see Audrey's technique suggestions. I can't wait to get my stencils out to play with this wknd!


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