Are you familiar with the Retiform technique? I learned about it recently when I received a gorgeous card made in this style. Apparently the technique has been around for years- maybe it's time for it to make a comeback!
Here are the dimensions of material I used.
Card Stock Card Base: 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Mat: 5 1/4" x 4"
Whisper White: 3 3/4" x 5"
To make these cards, I started with the piece of Whisper White card stock and a pile of sticky notes! You mask off one area at a time and blend ink lightly around the edges. Then you stamp your images in the same area. When you move to the next area you have to cover your just stamped part as well as mask off your next space. In the examples above I used the Gather Together and Way To Goat stamp sets. In the video I used Snowman Season and Perfectly Plaid. The options for stamps are endless!
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You can watch this video to see the process from start to finish.
On one photo at the top of this post (on the goats), I added 1/8" strips to help define the sections. My personal preference is to have visible white space between each section or to have the dividers but, there is a third option. You can have your blending from each section meet. To do this you would just cover the edge of your blending on each section without any extra white space. It's all what you like best.
I hope you will grab a stamp set and try this! It is really quite easy and makes a great card!
Here's the card I made for a recent SU Sketch Challenge hosted by a group of demonstrators. The criteria for the card was Fall and they provided a sketch complete with measurements. (I've included the sketch at the end of this post.)
I immediately knew I wanted to use a paper from the Plaid Tidings pack. I love the deep rich color of the plaids. There are several that definitely screamed "fall" to me. I also embossed the So Safron rectangle with the Tin Tile Embossing Folder. I seem to emboss any large piece of card stock. I love the texture it adds.
I then stamped my own background on the small Whisper White rectangle using the leaf stamps from the Beautiful Autumn stamp set and So Safron, Pumpkin Pie and Rich Razzleberry inks. I used a stitched rectangle die to cut out my sentiment (also from Beautiful Autumn) and matted it on a scrap of Rich Razzleberry. My ribbon is a retired (gasp) Rich Razzleberry! I then colored a rhinestone with blends- one in So Safron, one in Pumpkin Pie, and one in Blackberry Bliss. It came together rather quickly and I was quite pleased with it!
If you need inspiration, I suggest you try this layout! I think you'll find it as fun as I did!
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Do you have plans for October? I have some plans that I'd love to share with you! While I'm still not comfortable holding in person events, I'm offering several different on-line events this month. I hope you will join me for all of them or at least a few of them!
BINGO CLASS HAS SOLD OUT! BINGO CLASS HAS SOLD OUT!
BINGO and GILDED AUTUMN CARD KIT Sunday, October 4 at 6:30 pm EDT
I have one spot left if you'd like to join us! I've limited this event to 12 people to increase your chances of winning a prize! We will play 5 games of BINGO and make 4 cards all via Zoom! You will have a chance to win various Stampin' Up! products with the grand prize of a $100 gift certificate to purchase any Stampin' UP! products you want. (You must purchase through me via email.) Every one will win with a gorgeous card kit and an additional sampler of 6 x 6 paper from the same suite. You can see one of the cards from the card kit at the top of this email. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org right now if you'd like to join us! $30
ZOOM Card Making Class Every Tuesday at 6:30 PM EDT
Join me to make a card or two using a fun fold or new technique! I always post what you need to prepare ahead of time on my Chat'n'Craft/ Lorraine Tierney Facebook page- at least by Monday afternoon. The Zoom link is also on Chat'n'Craft/Lorraine Tierney page every Tuesday. If you'd like to see some of our past projects you can check them out on my BLOG. I try to post the instructions every week after the class. You do not need to RSVP for this class! Just show up when you can. NO CHARGE
Watercolor Ideas Class Thursday, October 22 at 6:30 pm
This class will be held via Zoom as well. You will learn two watercolor background techniques, combine water coloring and embossing, and more! You will need water painters, a spritzer, two or three colors of ink and a clear block. I will provide you with water color paper and shimmer white card stock as part of the class fee. We will create at least two cards from these techniques. Two additional cards may need to be finished after the class. Cost for this class is $15 or free with any order over $35 using the host code: KEDKXJEA. You can order with this code HERE. You will need to place your order by October 8 to be sure to have everything prior to class. If you are just purchasing the class, email me by October 14 to reserve your spot. I'll be mailing card kits out by October 15. Of course, if you have any questions or need more information email or text me- anytime.
Joy of Sharing Card Kit and MORE Class Thursday, October 29 at 6:30 pm
Also via Zoom, we will meet to make Christmas cards! Have you seen the Joy Of Sharing Kit? It is gorgeous and it's All INCLUSIVE! It has stamps, a block, Mossy Meadow Ink, die cuts, gold foil accents and more! It is designed to hold a Christmas photo or stamped image! The kit comes with supplies to make 15 cards. We will make a couple of cards with the kit as designed and then, using the stamps, ink and left over pieces we will make three additional cards with patterned paper and card stock that I will provide. With just a few supplies you could make many more Christmas cards using the stamp set and ink. You must order your card kit by October 15 to be sure you have it in time. I will send you the rest of the supplies in plenty of time as well. Please let me know if you are interested! Cost of kit $35- no additional charge for class and "MORE cards."
Here are the "MORE cards" that we will make.
In between all of that I will be making my own Christmas cards! I've picked out my papers and stamps. Now I just need to get started. Please let me know if you'd like help designing a card you could make at home! Why not? You probably have more time this year than in the past! It's the perfect year to give your cards your special touch.
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Do you ever have the need for a simple card that packs a "punch?" Here's a background that is easy and fun to make while looking beautiful. This is called Wax Paper Resist or Wax Paper Embossing. It looks a bit like batik to me as well! Maybe we should call it Batik Embossing! Whatever we call it, it's a great technique to know!
Follow along with the pictures to see how you can do this! Once you make your first batch.....oh, did I mention you make two backgrounds at once? ... you'll be able to do this without any directions! It's that simple!
Start with a piece of wax paper and an embossing folder. I chose the Winter Snow Embossing Folder in the example below. Cut or tear your wax paper so it's about an inch longer and wider than the embossing folder. Crumple the wax paper into a small ball so that it is all wrinkled. Smooth it out, place it inside the embossing folder, and run it through your Cut & Emboss machine.
Then remove the wax paper and sandwich it between two pieces of whisper white card stock. (Each piece was cut 5 1/4" x 4".) You want a piece of card stock on the bottom and the top with the wax paper in the middle. Place the wax paper sandwich inside a folded piece of clean copy/printer paper. Then IRON it with a hot iron- flipping it once to iron both sides.
Now carefully open up the folded piece of copy paper and take the top piece of white card stock off the wax paper. ***IMPORTANT*** The side of the paper that was touching the wax paper is the side you want facing up. So flip the top piece over and place on your work surface. Next remove the wax paper and keep the bottom piece as it is. (The side that was touching the wax paper is already facing up.) Now you are ready to sponge ink onto the cards. The embossed pattern will magically appear. Continue to apply ink until you have it as dark as you'd like. You can blend more than one color as well.
Next, to assemble your card - Trim the piece you just sponged to 5 1/8" x 3 7/8" and mat it on a 5 1/4" x 4" coordinating piece of card stock. Then wrap with your favorite ribbon. I love the Whisper White Crinkled Seam Binding or the Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon. I tend to reach for those the most these days.
Here is my finished card. On this card I used Seaside Spray ink and card stock with a Basic Black mat. I wrapped the mat and sponged piece with Misty Moonlight Bakers twine and then embellished it with Blue Adhesive Backed Gems.
I hope you will give this technique a try! I think you will love it! I can't wait to see what you create.
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Are you ready to get your "Mask" on? Fall is not only the time for Halloween masks but it's also time for getting your "Mask" on when stamping. This card is not as difficult to make as it looks. Scrap paper is used to "mask" or cover the majority of the card so you only get the color in the middle - where you want it! When you "mask" off the rest of the card, your focal area really stands out!
You can follow along with the pictures to see how I made the card. I did tear the edges of the papers that I used to mask off the area. I found that I preferred gentle slopes rather than sharp ones. I also found it handy to set the whole thing up on my stamparatus so I could us magnets to hold the paper in place.
I started with a piece of whisper white that was 5 1/8" x 3 7/8" and centered that on my stamparatus. Then I ripped a piece of scrap grid paper and placed it on the whisper white holding it in place with the magnets.
Next, I sponged two different colors onto the area that was not "masked." When sponging, be careful to slide gently over the edges so you don't lift the mask and accidentally sponge under the mask. I also tapped the freshly inked sponge on the scrap paper before sponging on the card to get more even coverage. When I was satisfied with the sponging, I stamped two different ferns from the Forever Ferns stamp set using the same ink colors. For this card I used Crushed Curry and Cajun Craze.
When I was done stamping I removed the mask. The brown stamping is actually heat embossing which I did without the mask as I liked the look of stamping "outside the lines" a bit. I used my heat tool to make sure all the ink was dry and rubbed a dryer sheet gently across the paper to remove static. I then heat embossed the leaves and dots using Early Espresso embossing powder. (Early Espresso embossing powder is no longer available but I bet the gold embossing powder would look equally beautiful on this card.) When that was heated and cooled I stamped the "hello" with Early Espresso ink. I matted the piece of whisper white on a 5 1/4" x 4" piece of Early Espresso card stock. Then I layered those on a whisper white thick card base.
I think this card creates a beautiful scene that stands out so distinctly from the background because of the masking. I hope you will try it! You can take a peek at all of the items I used to create this card HERE.
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I hope you continue to find time to be creative. It's such a stress reliever, at least for me, and turns every day into a great day. Sharing and sending the cards makes the day even better for others! It's a win-win.
Please let me know if I can help you make your crafty time more enjoyable.
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Let's Play B-I-N-G-O!World Card Making Day is October 3 and I would like you to celebrate with me! Let's make 4 cards together AND play BINGO! I will send you a card kit to make 4 cards using the Gilded Autumn Designer Series Paper. The kit will have all of your pieces cut and embossed for you. I'll even tie your bow! In addition you will get a 6 x 6 sampler of the papers in this pack!
We will play 5 games of BINGO and, of course, there will be a prize for each game. Prizes will include a bundle of adhesives, a stamp set, a stamp and punch bundle, a stamp and die set bundle, and the grand prize of a $100 gift certificate to shop with me in my Stampin' Up on line store! I'm going to limit participants to 12-15! I think that gives you a pretty good chance to win! (Each person can win just one prize! If you do win more than once, I have a small alternative prize for you and we will continue on for another winner. In case of a tie, I will cut the deck and the low card will win.)
I will mail your card kit to you along with your gift of a sampler of paper and your bingo board! We will play our Bingo games via Zoom on Sunday, October 4 beginning at 6:30 pm. I know I'm a day after World Card Making Day but my husband and I have a roofing project to complete with our church group on Saturday. There is a sneak peak of the cards at the bottom this email!
In order to make sure I have your kit prepped and mailed to you in plenty of time, please email or text me prior to September 15, 2020 to register. The cost for all of this fun and games is $30! Remember, spots are limited so don't wait to let me know you are interested! EMAIL me right now to reserve your spot!
I hope you will join me! I'm looking forward to the fun of BINGO as well as the joy of making cards with you! Start putting your wish list together! You may just win that $100 gift certificate!
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Here are two views of the Fancy Gate Fold card we made on our Zoom class recently. It's a beautiful card that opens slightly differently so that your card has a more unique feel to it! The one on the left used Peony Garden patterned papers and the Tasteful Touches stamp set and dies. The card on the right is showing a different Peony Garden and the stamps are from the Life Is Beautiful stamp set- one of my current "go to" sets! Well, let's get started making some cards!
Start by cutting your papers to the following sizes:
Card base: 4 1/4" x 11" and score it at 2 3/4" from one end. Then turn it around and score the other end at 2 3/4" as well. Fold each end toward the center. They should just meet.
Rectangle 3" x 4", (I used the largest stitched so sweetly scalloped die.)
Whisper White (2) 5 1/4" x 4" AND 3 5/8" x 2 1/2"
Patterned Paper for front: 3 3/4" x 3"
Patterned Paper for inside flap 4" x 2 1/2" (Could be the same patterned paper as the other piece)
Adhesive and Stamps/Inks
Next watch this quick video that shows you how to assemble the card. .
Here is my finished card from that video!
I really love this layout! It's so much fun and I think it's got just the right amount of white space to decorate! I used the Gather Together Bundle for the stamping and die cutting.
I also made a Christmas card. For this one I used the trees from Rooted in Nature and a sentiment from Itty Bitty Christmas!
Now, go pick out some pretty papers and a stamp set! You are ready to make a beautiful card!
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Lorraine is an independent Stampin' Up! demonstrator who loves to cut paper (really, it's true), create cards, and help others to discover how much happiness comes from making cards and sending them!
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