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Friday, 6 April 2018

Retiform Technique Cards

 I came across this technique on You Tube, and there were some really cool cards made with it. I ended up with 4 cards from it, I did make 5 backgrounds, but completely stuffed up the stamping on the first one!

It's very simple, you just need Post-its, dye inks and applicators, and a selection of stamps of a suitable size, and if definitely works best if you have a theme, as this unifies the whole piece.

 The idea is that you mask off a section using Post-its, then sponge ink into that section. Then you move the Post-it to cover the inked section and add another Post-it or two to create another section, and repeat the sponging. You carry on this way until you've created sections all down your cardstock.
 It works best if you vary the size and shape of your sections too, along with the depth of colour sponged on.
For the first one I used Card-io/Majestix stamps, which are great as they are the right sort of size to fill the spaces.. You can of course use partial images, which I've done with the others, and would also be a great way of making use of the smaller 'filler' stamps that are in many sets.
The sets used here are:
Greenery 1, Backyard Blooms( Spider web & spider, and some of the greenery), Pottery petites( the small flowers on the Wheelbarrow),Oriental Whispers( Branch Bottom Right),Perfect Patch( Wheelbarrow & Wellies),Seasonal Rose,Pleasant pastures( Toadstools), Dragonfly Garden, and Feathered Friends for the birds. The blank space has been left for a quote/ sentiment.
I used DI  Old Paper, and an assortment of Versafine inks for the stamping.

I went with a sea/boat theme for the blue one.
Some of these stamps came from a sheet bought from the USA many years ago, and I cannot remember where I got it. Others were 'bargain bin' stamps bought at a stamp show. I believe the quote was a magazine freebie again a few years ago.
 The ink was Tumbled Glass and Broken China Distress ink, the stamping done with Archival Cobalt.

 I used Wilted Violet Distress Oxide for the sponging on this one, and Versafine Majestic Purple for the stamping.
 The stamps are: Visible Image, 'Music Speaks, Smiley Faces and Music on World off.
The 'Rock Star',Skull Border, Drum Kit,Winged Skull and Guitar lower right are from an Inkadinkado set called 'You Rock'.
Guitar top right is from a company called Dimension, who I think are no longer trading.
The angel & guitar is from a magazine freebie sheet, as were the music notes.

All 3 of these would make good masculine cards, I think, indeed the technique itself works well for them.

Final one used Distress Oxide Wild Honey for the sponging.
 There are two stamp sets used, the stylised cats are a set from a company called Inkwell Stamps, a UK company, as is the sentiment.
 The other cats, as well as the Fish bowl, wool ball, paw prints and mouse come from a  Hobby Art set called Catz. They were stamped in Versafine Vintage Sepia.

The four finished pieces.

All four were matted and layered with toning cardstock, then mounted onto card bases- 5x7- also in coloured cardstock.

The quote on the garden one is from a Tim Holtz clear stamp set, and is smaller than the rubber version.
 Not adding sentiments to the other 2, that way I have more latitude when I come to use them.
 The blue and the brown ones would be suitable for a Retirement card, as well as a Birthday, for instance.


craftyani said...

What can I say but Brilliant. Love the music one and of course the cats. Ani

cuilliesocks said...

WOW!! Shaz it's a brilliant technique, thanks for sharing and your card are fabulous, great colours, love them all , but especially the nautical creation, hope you are keeping well, Kate x

Helen said...

loving these cards, and now I see them in detail I see I do know the technique (from way way back, lol!) just never knew it had a name or what that name was! looking forward to catching up tomorrow. am aiming to meet up so any people there won't be time for shopping...oops!!

Shoshi said...

All lovely, Shaz. What an interesting technique. Thank you for your visit and your good wishes. I had my operation as scheduled and all went well but they sent me home on Easter Sunday after only 4 days and I didn't feel ready to go and the stoma nurse hadn't seen me - nobody in till Tues. Spent the next 2 days in bed and noticed Kermit bleeding a bit. By Wednesday the bleeding was so bad I couldn't change his bag properly and phoned the stoma nurse and she said go straight to A&E. They kept me in overnight. It was a nightmare time with 8 hrs with no pain control and no food (they didn't know if I'd need further surgery. Yesterday a.m. my surgeon and stoma nurse saw and said I could go home. Feeling exhausted and can't focus my eyes or concentrate for long so it will take a while to catch up with all the messages.

Shoshi xxx

Sarah Brennan said...

Nice Shaz. Love the idea. Thanks for sharing the finished pieces.

Aimeslee W. said...

Beautifully done, Shaz!!! Love them all xoxo

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