Thursday, 4 January 2018

Bird Banter - Featuring Retiform Technique

Hi Crafters,

Today I want to introduce a new technique for you using the new stamp set "Bird Banter", found in the newly released 2018 Occasions Catalogue.  This nifty little set features a cute range of birds, including a tucan, parrots and more!    

When I think of some of these birds, it reminds me of lush rainforests and Australian bush... have a squiz below at the card I made:

Bird Banter

Now I have a confession to make, because I wanted to use a new technique on this card, I needed quite a few stamps to pull it off successfully.  And whilst the Bird Banter stamp set features some lovely tree branches & leaves, it wasn't quite enough for what I intended to do on this card.  So I have utilised some stamps from "No Bones About It" to create some rainforest images.  So how did I create my background?  Let me introduce you to the Retiform Technique...

Retiform Technique

This technique has been around for awhile - in short terms, it is basically sectioning off parts of your cardstock to stamp sections, without overlapping them.  It is a fairly easy technique and the results can be stunning!  

To start with, you take a sticky note pad page and you use these to form the boundaries you wish to form for your stamped sections - stick the sticky part along the side/s you don't wish to stamp as shown below:

The sections can be any shape or size you wish - I stuck with triangular type patterns. 

Select two ink colours - preferably one lighter and one darker in the same shade.  The ink I selected for the Bird Banter card was Marina Mist and Dapper Denim.  Try & select colours that complement each other, using a lighter colour as a base with either a darker colour or black to stamp the images on top of (for example, Lemon Lime Twist base with black stamped images on top). 

Once you have formed your section, take a dauber or blending tool and using your lighter ink colour gently ink above your base sticky note.  You can use circular motions or a vertical type motion to ink a darker line just above your sticky note, and I then gently add a bit of colour to the remaining edges.  Continue doing this for each section you desire, removing the sticky notes and reapplying to each section until fully completed as shown below:

A great step by step instructional video by Randi Collins can be found here:

Once you have inked up your various sections, select a theme for your card with images that go together.  It could be a beach theme, birthday theme, animal theme, etc.  You then border off your sections again (as done above) using the sticky notes and stamp your images in each section that you desire, using the darker ink.  It should look like this when you are done:

Retiform Technique using "Land to Sea" and "Wetlands" stamp sets
(retired) in Marina Mist and Dapper Denim inks.

From there, it is completely up to you how you wish to assemble your card - you could use this as your whole card front, or use a strip of it as I did in the Bird Banter card to create various designs.  The Birthday Greetings card shown above, I attached to a Crumb Cake and Whisper White card base, and it was effective without having to add embellishments.  

I definitely encourage you to give this technique a go! 

Well that's it for today - I hope I have inspired you to try something new :)

To purchase the Stampin' Up! products used to create these cards Shop Now and be sure to use the Hostess Code WMRKP99S in the checkout process to receive free rewards for shopping with me! And remember between now and 31st March 2018 for every AU$90 you spend, you can select one free product from the Sale-a-Bration Catalogue!

Do you want to build up your supplies or save money on buying a range of complimentary products to make nifty cards or scrapbooking pages?  Craft Kits are your answer!  Each month you can purchase a fabulous set of products for a discounted price!  This month our Craft Kit is "Coffee Break" featuring the beautiful products shown below:

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Have a great day and I'll see you again soon with more crafting ideas!

Lorin xx

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