Monthly Archives: June 2015

For the Love of Old

Hi there,

Time for another swap…this month the them is “For the Love of Old”.  I decided to use a technique I learned on the Darkroom Door Cruise, called Retiform.  I love this technique, and plan on using it again and again.

Darkroom Door Vintage Automobiles

Inks: Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Black Soot, Scattered Straw, Vintage Photo
Cardstock:  White, Black and Sand
Stamps:  Darkroom Door Vintage Automobiles
Other: Double sided tape, Post-it Notes

I cut a piece of white cardstock, which I then stamped and coloured using the Retiform technique (instructions below).  Once finished, I adhered it onto a black mat which was then adhered to the Sand card base, using double-sided tape.

Darkroom Door Vintage Automobiles

Retiform Technique

  1. Place post-it notes vertically down the left and right sides of the cardstock, to create a vertical strip down the middle of the cardstock. Using an ink blending tool, sponge one colour of ink (I use Distress inks) along the edges of the Post It Notes onto the cardstock.
  2. Lift off the Post It Notes, and place them on an angle horizontally, leaving a strip in the middle of the cardstock. Sponge the same colour ink along the edges of the Post It Notes onto the cardstock.
  3. Lift off the Post It Notes, and place them along the sponged side of the horizontal lines one section at a time.   Sponge a contrasting ink along the edges of the Post It Notes.
  4. Repeat Step 3 along all horizontal and vertical lines. The cardstock should now be sponged entirely with two different colours. Sponge around the edges with one of the inks I used the darker ink, but the effect can be really nice with the lighter ink as well).
  5. Place the Post It Notes along the sponged lines to mask the cardstock, leaving one section open. Stamp the open section.
  6. Lift off the Post It Notes and mask a different section, stamp into that section with a different stamp.
  7. Repeat the masking and stamping for each of the other sections until all 9 sections are stamped.

Bye for now,