Retiform (Grid Technique)

by Beate Johns

Grab some scrap paper and sponges to create this special card.


  • Glossy Cardstock or regular neutral cardstock

  • 2-3 colors of classic ink

  • Black classic ink

  • Sponges

  • Scrap paper


  1. Step 1

    Stamp your main image in the center of the glossy cardstock with black ink. Let dry.

  2. Step 2

    Take one of your scrap pieces of paper and cover your image. Ink your sponge with one of the classic inks and create a sponged line by sponging onto your cardstock along the line created by your scrap paper.

  3. Step 3

    Turn your cardstock a 1/4 turn and repeat Step 2.

  4. Step 4

    Continue to turn your cardstock, mask your image and add sponged lines until you have a grid you like.


  5. Step 5

    With your scrap paper, cover one of the sponged lines. Using a different color ink, sponge away from your line in the opposite direction.


  6. Step 6

    Repeat Step 5, "mirroring" all your existing lines.

  7. Step 7

    Once your grid is finished, take several pieces of scrap paper and cover all but one grid piece.

  8. Step 8

    Stamp an image into that grid piece. I stamped my Not Quite Navy™ ink off twice before adding it to the grid. You want to have a soft image, so it doesn't take away from the center image.

  9. Step 9

    Repeat Step 8 with all the empty grid spaces until your grid is completely filled.

  10. Step 10

    Finish your card.



  1. Try a Different Surface
    Try this technique with non-glossy cardstock.

    Adjust the Angles
    Try different grid layouts for a different look.

    Doesn't have to be just straight lines
    Try sponging your main image with an oval or circle reverse mask for a different look.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Retiform (Grid Technique). 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.

This is a great way use a subtle shading.
Dotty Neuhauser  |  Wed Sep 29, 2010 at 5:39 AM
WOW what an amazing technique! I also love the fact that I was dreading my Christmas cards this year and this gives mr a great idea! I also have the same set!
Thanks so much for this creative masterpiece.
Happy stamping!
Victoia  |  Wed Sep 29, 2010 at 9:57 AM
Nice vintage looking card, Beate! Quite an interesting technique! TF the video. smile
Gabby  |  Thu Oct 31, 2013 at 1:59 AM

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