Beach themed retiform technique card for Father’s Day!

Hello and welcome to today’s blog post, which is a quick and easy beachy themed Father’s Day card featuring the Retiform Technique! While this technique has been around for some time, this is the first time I have tried it and couldn’t believe how easy it is! The hardest part for me, was deciding which stamps to use! I knew which theme I was going for based on the Texture Chic DSP design I would be using for the base layer and after experimenting a little bit, I ultimately decided to use nine different stamps from Paradise Palms, Oceanfront, Friends are Like Seashells, and On the Horizon stamp sets. I know that may seem like a lot and you don’t necessarily need to use this many stamps, but I wanted to really give this a variety of images from the beach. So, I will give you step by step instructions on how I made this fun Father’s Day card!

The base layer for the card front is this design from Texture Chic Specialty DSP, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”. You will also need a ¾” x 4” strip of the same design for the inside of the card:

I first started off with a 4 ½” x 3 ¼” piece of Very Vanilla cardstock and used my Silicone Craft Sheet to help keep the cardstock in place and protect my work surface. Using scrap paper (I used a piece of printer paper), a blending brush, and Soft Suede ink, I created a vertical “V” by first masking one side with the scrap paper and then turned the paper 360 degrees and repeated the process, created a horizontal “V” by replicating the process again, and then lightly used the ink and brush around the edges of cardstock. For the stamped images in Soft Suede ink, I chose four different seashell stamps, five different landscape stamps, and the flock of bird’s stamp. Starting in the top left “box”, I alternated between landscape and seashells, masking the surrounding “box” as needed with scrap paper, and ended with stamping the flock of birds in the middle:

I adhered the DSP base layer to an Evening Evergreen cardstock card base, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½” and scored at 4 ¼”, adhered the retiform cardstock layer slightly askew on top of the DSP base layer, and used a 4mm Rustic Metallic Dot in each corner:

For the inside, cut a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock card base at 4” x 5 ¼”, stamp the sentiment in Soft Suede ink, and adhere the ¾” x 4” strip of DSP along the left edge as shown:

For the coordinating Very Vanilla Medium Envelope, stamp the palm tree trio stamp in Soft Suede ink in the bottom left corner:

Now I see why this technique is so popular and why have I never tried it before?? Aside from the metallic dots in the corner, this is simple stamping! There are no die-cuts, no punches, no embossing of any kind! This technique is so easy to use for any occasion, just depends on your stamps and how big your cardstock is, which using a smaller piece of cardstock and stamps for this card worked out for me! Now I know this doesn’t say “Happy Father’s Day”, but that is something that you can easily add into your handwritten wishes!

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Author: Christina Miller

I am an Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator located in Norfolk, Virginia and was first introduced to Stampin' Up! in 2004 when I attended my very first card class with my Mother-in-Law and I was immediately hooked! I first started out by making simple holiday cards and over the years as my stash has grown, so have my card and craft making skills. It has always warmed my heart when family and friends love my cards, but they actually keep them! In 2016 I decided to become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and figured I could just do it for a hobby, but now I am going to branch out for all to world to see. So grab your favorite beverage, sit in your favorite chair, and join me as I share my cards and crafts with you! Enjoy!

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