retro card set

Hi everyone! In today's post, I'm featuring the Altenew Cool Decades Stamp Set to create a 5 retro card set!

This is one of those simple stamp sets that have both solid and outline shapes that pair perfectly together to create fun patterns.

The abstract images in this set lend themselves well to a retro vibe, and I was inspired to create with muted colors mimicking that 70s/80s aesthetic I remember from childhood.

retro card set

How to Create a Retro Card Gift Set

I decided to create a gift card set so I created all of my cards with the same/similar color theme so they all went together.

You can see in the video and in the supplies list below all of the Crisp Dye Ink Colors I used. I started out with the palest inks and then, in one or two places. added in a slightly brighter shade here and there.

My retro card used a variety of repeat stamping (vertically and horizontally) using the MISTI and blended stamping (featuring two colors on one stamp, blending on the stamp itself using a blender).

retro card set

All of my retro cards are one layer, perfect for gift card sets, and feature bold black sentiments (and the occasional image) paired with a coordinating color of the decade from the stamp set.

5 cards with 1 stamp set - create a retro card gift set with the Cool Decades Stamp Set by Altenew.

For a little shine without adding bulk, I used a variety of Metallic Shimmer Ink Sprays to add an additional splatter of shimmery color on each retro card.

The colors I used were Warm Sunshine, Sea Glass, Soft Lilac, Mountain Mist, and Frosty Pink. I chose each color based on which appeared the least on the panel in the Crisp Dye Inks.

When all of my panels were dry, I adhered them to 5 card bases created from 110lb Solar White Cardstock, scored on the side.

retro card set

To create my retro card gift set, I simply tied the cards together using the muted gold thread.

While I didn't show it in the video, you could add a few envelopes to the set for the recipient to have a set of cards ready to go!

You can see how I created the cards in the this week's Stylish Cardmaking Techniques with Jenny over on the Altenew YouTube Channel:


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