It's Thursday, CCEE Stampers challenge day. I, Lois, am continuing as hostess for the month of September. In honor of today's weird holiday (Swap Ideas Day), I'm asking you to make a card using a technique you've learned and want to share. Either describe the details of the technique or link to a tutorial on the web.
I decided to share a technique that was a challenge at Splitcoast long ago. I always loved the results, especially when used as a background for a simple card. It is called Really Groovy Retro.
Here are the directions given by Beate at Splitcoast.
Retro technique is super easy and way fun. Take three colors from the same
color group (e.g. here blues) one light, one medium and one dark. Take a piece
of glossy white CS and use post it notes to cover up areas at random. It looks
better if you keep the them straight. Take your darkest color and brayer over
the entire CS. Next take some of your post it notes of and brayer over with
your medium color. Then take the rest of the notes of and brayer again with
your lightest color. Done. You have a cool background. Stamp however you
HERE are the directions I used on my card.
I must admit though that I do it the OPPOSITE of Beate's directions. I cover my glossy white cardstock with post it tape any areas I want left white. I then sponge my first color over the entire area left open. After that I cover larger areas with post it tape, sometimes covering areas already taped. I then sponge on my second darker color. I then repeat the process with a third and darkest color. After you are sure it is all dry, you then remove all post it tape and.....voila....you have a retro design to play with.
I think my directions work best for me as it uses the same coloring technique that I use in Ukrainian/Polish egg decorating, known as pysanky. You build up to the darkest. So that is the way I go with this technique.
So....you can try Beate's directions or mine, but I look forward to seeing your creations using this technique. Play along with us and be sure to check out the techniques used by the other fabulous CCEE Stampers at the CCEE Blog.