Softening with Sandpaper Technique by Chrsty Riopel

by | May 4th, 2016 | 8

Today, Christy Riopel of the Creative Scrapbooker Magazine team shares a unique sandpaper technique to soften the look of stenciled and stamped images on paper. Let’s see how:


Softening with Sandpaper Technique by Chrsty Riopel

Christy Riopel here, and I love how this technique gives scrapbooking and papercrafting projects a finished look that is distressed but still fun and bright.


Start by putting a layer of Gesso all over a piece of cardstock for the scrapbook page background. Allow to dry.


Use a Colorbox Stylus with Tip to apply dye ink through several Colorbox Art Screens, overlapping them. This technique works well with Colorbox Chalk Ink, ColorBox Archival Dye Ink, and ColorBox Pigment Ink.


TIP: Fold strips of duct tape around the edges of the Art Screens to serve as handles and extend out the stencil edge to protect more of the page while inking.


Use drywall sanding paper to sand off and blend the ink. I like drywall sanding sheets for paper crafting because they don’t gum up easily.

I finished off this layout with paper and stickers…and of course some doodling!

Materials: ColorBox Art Screens, Creative Scrapbooker Super Stock, Liquitex Gesso, ColorBox Archival Dye ink, Fancy Pants papers and diecuts, Tombow pen, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

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About Jennifer Priest

It started with jewelry, beading, sewing, home decor, painting, basket weaving, pottery, and cross-stitch. Marry that to an entrepreneurial spirit & at 9 years old a girl is selling her wares at craft fairs as far as her parents and grandparents would drive her. These days, Jennifer enjoys crafts of all genres from sewing to scrapbooking to jewelry with a little dabbling in the mixed media world. Her style is approachable and she wants everyone who sees her work to feel that they too can embrace creativity and make their home and life beautiful. Visit Jennifer's blog at

8 Responses to Softening with Sandpaper Technique by Chrsty Riopel

  1. Tracy Moloney says:

    CUTE & FABULOUS layout Christy!!!
    LOVE your CHEERY stencilling and FUN doodling :)
    THANK YOU for sharing your INKY INSPIRATION and TOP TIP … I have never sanded inked surfaced before, so I look forward to trying it!!!

  2. Kim Gowdy says:

    Such a sweet, colourful page! I LOVE Christy’s work!

  3. Beautiful layout and great tips on using the inks and toning them down with sandpaper! Love your blog and am so looking forward to this Saturday, National Scrapbook Day!

  4. jennifer reynard says:

    Oh my gosh, another stunning creation!! Wowsers, love your layout and such
    a great tutorial!!

  5. jennifer reynard says:

    WOWSERS, Another fabulous technique driven layout! Love the soft colours with pops of black! The girl with the pancakes is ever so cute! Thanks for the tutorial!

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