Loyal & True, Retiform, Card, 4th of July, Soldier

As I’ve said before I’m a huge fan of the new Loyal & True Stamp Set.  Well with July 4th just around the corner I wanted to provide one more inspiration card.  If you’re wondering what the technique I used on this card is called you’re not alone, as I too had not seen it before.  Retiform, yep that’s what it’s called, a technique using overlapping, masking and shading.  Isn’t the overall effect cool?

Loyal & True, Retiform, Card, 4th of July, Soldier
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Stamp Set – Loyal & True
Ink – Night of Navy

Cardstock – Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White
Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper


Card Base: Whisper White 11″ x 5 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″
Cherry Cobbler 5 1/4″ x 4″
Whisper White 5″ x 3 3/4″


First I determined which stamps I wanted to use which dictated the approximate size of the separate areas I wanted to shade.
I began by using copy paper to mask of sections of the paper randomly and used a sponge and Night of Navy ink, inking heavily in a circular motion close to the edge of the paper and fading out lighter to the edges.
Repeat this process over the entire piece until you are happy with it.
Then take your stamps, using Night of Navy Ink and start stamping in each section making sure to mask off the adjoining sections as necessary.
Once you have completed all your stamping in each section it’s time to put the top layer on the Cherry Cobbler cardstock using snail, then the Cherry Cobbler on the card base.
My personal feelings are this technique is best used with tone on tone or two similar colors.
Another option to the copy paper for masking is Post it notes.

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