Revisiting Retiform - what it is, and how to do it

Retiform! This is a card technique I taught for years at BladeRubber Stamps, and is not only very effective but great for men's cards as well, as it's perfect for strong images and strong colours.

It looks complicated, but is actually a grown-up version of the Grid technique, only with more colours and different angles.

The Basic Grid Technique

Start by stamping your main image or focal point in black or dark permanent ink. Using a piece of scrap paper (copy paper or Post-It Notes) create a grid (like you would for tic-tac-toe) with a sponge and ink pad of your choice, or apply the pad directly to the card stock (this method is perfect for worn-out ink pads).

The Retiform Technique

Using the same principles, this card uses a slightly different order of work. Start by stamping your main image or focal point – but not necessarily in the centre of the card. Stamp another one or two images. Line up your scrap paper on the actual images, connecting two points together (edge of a flag, side of a head etc). Use the scrap paper to create a straight line between them, and sponge on a layer of colour. Turn the card, and connect another two points, then go ahead, adding more lines and different colours as desired.

You can see how this creates grid lines, where you can add more stamped details, shadow etc.
 Die cuts are an excellent base - it doesn't all have to be square!  This technique also works with mixed media - and embossing folders.

It also works for simple cards.

Stamps by PaperArtsy or Stampington

It's a lot of fun, and I do recommend you give it a go!