Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Playing Along With Gina K's Wednesday Whimsy & Flashback Friday

Hello friends.  I've been hanging out with Gina K on Monday, Wednesday, & Friday evenings for something to do during this stay at home time, and have been having a blast learning some new things!  Last week Wednesday Gina showed a Wax Paper Background technique using stencils that was so FUN and then another another technique last Friday called Retiform that I wasn't sure about at first but then found to be highly addictive once I started playing around with it!  So anyway, I have quite a few cards to share today, so sit back and let me share what I've been up to!

Let's start with the Wax Paper Technique first...

As you can see, it was a little hard to stop at just one!  I used Gina's Daisy Chain, Square Mandala, and Snowflake Mandala stencils along with my rubber mat, wax paper, and inks to create the backgrounds, and then finished with die cut circles for my sentiments, and some assorted butterflies (Gina K and PTI) and a flower from Gina's Vibrant Blooms set.  Here's a couple close ups:

I think this one turned out to be my favorite and was made with the leftover strips from cutting down my backgrounds.  The sentiment is from Gina's little freebie set that came with one of my orders way back when.

Can you make out the daisies in the background of this one?  The sentiment is from Stamp Simply's Fear Not set and the butterfly is from PTI's A Bit More: Butterfly Blooms.

This background was done with the Square Mandala stencil, the sentiment from the freebie set again, and the butterfly from PTI's Butterfly Hope.

And now for the addicting Retiform technique...

This was my 2nd try...my first one is underneath this 2nd try.  It's kinda hard to explain how this technique is done, but definitely watch Gina's video (linked above) as she explains and shows it beautifully!  I have been stamping for over 20 years now and had never heard of this technique before, and wasn't even sure I liked it at first, but as I said it is addicting once you get started!  This sympathy card used stamps from Gina's Nurturing Blooms, Just A Little, and Something Good In Every Day

Of course I had to try a Christmas one too and used Gina's Fruit Of The Season stamp set for all the different images.

And here they are both together.  These cards take some time and you do have to do a little thinking about placement and color, but so fun to see the whole card emerge in the end!

Stay safe, be well, and hope you are finding things to do to keep busy and not go too stir crazy!  I am getting a bit of cabin fever, but am extremely grateful for my card making hobby and for all those out there like Gina K who are so giving of their time and talents to keep us busy and occupied...THANK YOU!!

Thanks for stopping by today ... I love it when you do!


  1. Wow Marcia, you are rocking these new techniques! All your cards are amazing!! I love the card that you used the left over strips on. Every one is beautiful, but I especially love the interest in the colors and patterns. Beautifully done!!

  2. Fabulous technique and stunning cards.

  3. Looks like you have had quite a bit of time filled with fun, and Gina K, Marcia! You won't be one bit surprised if I tell you my favorites, will you? Of course, it's the flutterbys!! But they are all beautiful!

  4. Wow, you have been a busy lady. Love all your cards with that wax paper/stencil technique. I watched Gina's video also and will have to try this technique. The second duo of cards is lovely also. I have seen a video on this technique also. TFS

  5. I do see the daisies behind the pretty butterfly, that one is my favorite!! All fabulous though!!

  6. Wow, you have been busy, Marcia! Love the wax paper backgrounds! Subtle but so effective! And what a great job on the retiform cards! I'd still be trying to narrow down which stamps to use. Awesome job, my friend!

  7. You've been busy having fun with Gina! :) I love your wax paper cards. And what a great way to stretch the use of your stencils! Your retiform cards are uniquely beautiful. I have never seen anything like this before. They are very cool and artsy! Great work, my friend! xx

  8. Looks as though you've been having so much fun, Marcia ... these are all fabulous! The retiform cards are cool and artsy ... and the wax paper backgrounds are just delicious ... dreamy, soft and delicate ... the perfect spot for those dainty butterflies and blooms! I'm especially partial to the three across the top in your group photo ... gorgeous ... and the verses are lovely! Good to hear you're staying safe and well, my friend ... hugs, Anita :)

  9. I'm blown away by these Marcia! Everyone is a stunner and the details...Wow! I will have to check out that wax paper thing... Great inspiration from you!

  10. I've been meaning to watch the replays of Gina's videos and now that I've see these techniques I will definitely make the time. Your cards are fantastic, Marcia. I love the soft backgrounds you get with the wax paper and the retriform looks really interesting.

  11. Oh I haven’t done these techniques in years... although I haven’t done the wax paper resist technique with stencils so will have to give that a try. Great collection of cards.

  12. Wow, wow wow...these are ALL so amazing! Marcia, I love your blended colors with the wax paper, every one is awesome! And your retiform cards turned out great as well. I too wasn't so sure about that one, but I love what you did with it and the colors you used! I must say, today, with the stay home, stay safe in place, it is so fun to look forward to Gina sharing her knowledge and giving us inspiration! I look forward to each night she does it! Have a beautiful weekend...we are hitting close to 90 today! Love the sun thought! Heart Hugs, Col


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