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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