Splitcoaststampers-The Stamper's Community

Issue #584 September 6th 2017
Nouveau Retiform  
Splitcoast Community Manager Lydia Fiedler shares her fresh take on the retiform technique using stencils and Rollagraph®.
Supplies you'll need for this project
  • Rollagraph stamp roller
  • Stencil
  • Masking paper or sticky notes
  • Ink
  • Stencil brushes or blending tool
  • Cardstock
    Our Artist in Residence answers your questions
    Q: Kirsten asks: "I found a super cute digi stamp of a curly haired pup. It reminds me of my girl friend's dog, so I wanted to use it for a card. The only snag is that the dog is creamy white. Does anyone have any tips for coloring in an off white, cartoon style stamp?"
    A: For white dogs, most of the texture in the fur will appear grey. You can use a pale grey pencil or marker to indicate a little of the curly texture or direction of the fur, with more details on the parts of the image that would be lower or further away (the areas that are typically shaded). If you want to leave white highlights and you're afraid you won't be able to resist coloring them in, you can color them in with your white pencil first. You'll still be able to work other colors into the edges of the highlight areas to create a smooth blend. You can also fill in color around the dog to set it off. The darker the color, the brighter the dog will look.
    Feedback From Past Tutorials
    Holly has a tip for the Vertical Step Card: "This is a great design to draw up a cut file if someone uses Cameo, etc. You can get four cards from a 12" by 12" piece of cardstock. I decided to cut another piece of card stock (4.25 by 5.25) in a coordinated color to back the card. Makes the card sturdier, gives you a better place to write a note and it still fits in an A2 envelope."

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