Nouveau Retiform

by Lydia Fiedler

Learn a new take on the old retiform technique for a fun, fresh, geometric look.


  • Cardstock
  • Geometric stencil (ColorBox Modern Brick Stencil used here)
  • Rollagraph Self-Inking Roller Stamp or other stamps (Rollagraph Say What & Seattle Sky ink cartridge used here)
  • Dye ink (ColorBox Ink Premium Dye Mini inkpads used here)
  • Stencil brushes, blending tool or sponge (Clarity Stencil Brushes used here)
  • Masking paper or sticky notes


  1. Step 1

    Tape the cardstock to the back side of the stencil to hold it in place.

  2. Step 2

    Using masking paper or Post-It notes, mask off a square so that adjacent squares are covered up.

  3. Step 3

    Using your stencil brush, blending tool or sponge, apply ink to the cardstock in the open area.

  4. Step 4

    Moving to the next open area of the stencil, apply ink in a different color, masking all adjacent open areas of cardstock.

  5. Step 5

    Continue masking and inking, until the all open areas have been inked.

  6. Step 6

    Keeping the stencil in place, roll an inked Rollagraph wheel across the cardstock, rolling in a single direction (not back and forth) to ensure continuous inking.

  7. Step 7

    Continue until the card front is covered.

  8. Step 8

    Remove the stencil.

  9. Step 9

    Finish the card.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Nouveau Retiform. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Thank you for the revisit. I'll have to DIG to find my wheels (and I will!) Especially appreciate the Misti trick.
Prissequito  |  Wed Sep 6, 2017 at 6:25 AM
This was fun! I got a bit inky on this one!
muscrat  |  Wed Sep 6, 2017 at 6:51 AM
What a great look - and so versatile!
creatingincolors  |  Wed Sep 6, 2017 at 7:00 AM
Thank you for your comments! smile
lydia  |  Wed Sep 6, 2017 at 11:50 AM
Cool idea! Thanks for sharing it!
momhom  |  Wed Sep 6, 2017 at 9:53 PM
Love the idea and you bringing back the roller wheels. smile
Christa Beard  |  Thu Sep 7, 2017 at 5:01 AM
SUPER JOB, Lydia! I LOOOOVE the doll faces! wink AND does SU still have those roller stamps? Just wondering, I thought they had discontinued them. I ALWAYS LIKED THEM! wink
Becky Green  |  Thu Sep 7, 2017 at 7:13 PM
Oh man, I never even know those roller stamps existed!! Gotta go add one to my wish list.
Shari Czerwinski  |  Sat Sep 16, 2017 at 6:30 PM

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