Monday, October 26, 2009


Yes, that's what my blog has been - neglected. Sometimes life just gets crazy busy and something has to give.

Hi everyone. Today I made a card for the technique challenge on SCS called retiform. This one was a little bit different from how I had done this technique before, but actually much faster and quite easy. You start by choosing 3 or 4 ink colors. Using the lightest color first, in this case summer sun, brayer over the cardstock. Then place a few small post-it notes randomly on your cardstock and brayer the next darker color, only orange. Add some more post-its and brayer the 3rd color, really rust, and then once more with close to cocoa. Then remove all the post-its. Since I had never done this version of retiform before, I was unprepared for the result. There was more summer sun showing than any other color and it was very bright, most definitely not the result I was expecting. I wanted to tone it down, so I used my cuttlebug and a new embossing folder called leaves from QuicKutz and then I sponged over it with chocolate chip, enhancing the embossing at the same time as toning down the brightness. I also sponged the edges with chocolate chip and then layered on vanilla and a chocolate chip card base.

For the main image, I stamped 2 of the leaves from autumn splendor in chocolate chip on more mustard and really rust cardstock and cut them out. I sponged chocolate chip around the edges and popped them up on a piece of more mustard layered on vanilla and chocolate chip. I left the chocolate piece a little longer so I could add a row of gold brads.

I stamped a phrase from pocket silhouettes and punched it out with my word window punch, added some sponged chocolate chip and popped it up.

I really like how the card turned out.

Thanks so much for stopping by.


Starla said...

I love leaves and really like how this turned out!!

Sue said...

Very pretty card. Thank you for sharing how you accomplished the look. It sounds fun and pretty easy, so I plan to give it a try.