Tips and Techniques – Creating an Argyle Pattern

An Argyle Pattern is very “in” this season – both in fashion and in scrapbooking.

An Argyle pattern is signified by a diamond shape with a criss cross line pattern running through it. You see them often on vests or lately I’ve been seeing them on handbags – love them! They have a hint of retro design with a funky feel. But they also can be used in layouts using paper, using paints and stamping it, drawing it on etc. They add dimension and texture to any layout.

Here is an example of a layout using an argyle pattern – I used to imitate the design on my little girl’s vest.

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You Need:

a diamond shaped stamp or template
a ruler
black Zig pen or other felt tip pen
paint in your chosen colours ( I recommend black white and pink to start with – black cardstock, white and pink paint)
foam brush and palette for your paint

To make an argyle pattern:
Stamp or stencil your diamonds across the page or layout using a thin layer of paint. If you are stamping, be careful to have an even coat over your stamp surface. If you are stencilling, use a dry-ish brush or you will have “leaks” of paint around the outside of the diamond shape.

Keep the points of the diamonds JUST touching as you stamp them next to each other.

When the paint is dry (should take about 1/2 an hour) you need to draw a line with your Zig pen through the middle of each diamond CROSSING IN THE CENTRE.
Take a look at the picture below to see what I mean – don’t forget tosend me a message with a link if you have given this technique a try – I’d love to see it!

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