Retro Background

     Posted by Lisa on April 21, 2019

Happy Easter everyone!  I hope your day is full of love, family & good food!

I’m still busy exploring and playing with new Tim Holtz dies that I picked up a while ago at the store.  When I first saw the Retro Repeat die set I can’t say it was on my must have list.  That is until I saw a video on how it works…..wow blown away!  Like the name says ‘Repeat’ and yes you can!

I was just fooling around testing out all four to see how they work using a scrap piece of plain white cardstock.  It’s so easy to use and the ideas are swirling in my head!!

Of course I couldn’t waist these pieces I cut so I thought let’s play with plain old white cardstock, Tim Holtz dies and Distress!

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I started these cards by coloring the Retro Repeat backgrounds using Distress Stain and Spray.  I added splatters of more Distress and water to  each of the backgrounds.  They were then layered on top of cardstock I colored using Ground Espresso Distress Ink to show off the patterns.

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I thought the background n this first card looked like honeycomb so I added this pretty butterfly which I cut from the Tattered Butterfly die, yes another new one that was added to my collection!  The butterfly was colored using Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge and Broken China Distress Inks.

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I knew I had to use those adorable toadstools again from the Funky Foliage die set, they’re just too cute!  The toadstools were colored using Worn Lipstick, Festive Berries and Ground Espresso Distress Inks.  The flowers were cut from the Wildflowers 1 & 2 sets and colored with Squeezed Lemonade and Warn Lipstick.

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This tea cup from the Tea Time die, oh my goodness it’s so sweet and pretty!!  It was colored with Shaded Lilac and stamped with Dusty Concorde.  The tea cup is filled with leafy greens from the Garden Greens die which I colored using Crushed Olive & Bundled Sage.  The tiny roses were cut from the Tiny Tattered Florals set and colored with Squeezed Lemonade.

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Finally I pulled out one of the first Tim Holtz dies I purchases, Sewing Room to adorn the last card with this vibrant dress form colored with Fired Brick and Barn Door.  I couldn’t resist adding wings to this one, cut from the Detailed Butterfly die and colored with Broken China.

It’s been a long time since I played with my Distress inks and dies creating fun little projects!  This challenge I gave myself helped me fall in love with these products again and test my creativity to see what I can create with nothing more than white cardstock and some tools!

Take a little break from the Easter festivities and pull out some much loved supplies and get creating!!

1 Comment so far

  1. Kim April 26, 2019 12:48 pm

    These are great Lisa, I love the colours.  I think the butterfly and teacup ones are my favourite

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