Starting out with my first card using the Simple Flowers set, I masked off three squares on a panel of white card. I then stamped images from the Simple Flowers set on post it notes, trimmed these out and laid these masks within the squares.
With all the masking now in place I blended inks in to the background of each square, from left to right, Evening Gray, Blush and Warm Sunshine. I then removed the masks and stamped the Simple Flowers images in Mountain Mist, Caramel Toffee, Frayed Leaf and Evening Gray.
I stamped the lovely large Beautiful sentiment from the set spanning the bottom of the right two squares. Finally I blended Mountain Mist in to a scrap of card and stamped and white heat embossed the rest of the sentiment before trimming out and adding with foam adhesive.
For my second Coffee Love example, I set out the card in the same way by masking three rectangles. I then stamped images from the Coffee Love set within the rectangles. I used the matching dies to cut masks from post it notes and then blended the backgrounds to the rectangles in Blush, Evening Gray and Warm Sunshine. I stamped a sentiment from Coffee Love spanning across the top of the right two rectangles.
Finally I added some very simple Copic coloring to the images.
I didn't add any shading as I thought the flat look went well with the retro style.
Here's the two cards together. I really like the simple retro style with the pop of color.
You can click on any of the photos to see them in a bigger version :D Now here's the video you can watch below or in HD at YouTube.ARVE Error: need id and provider
Have a great day and I hope you give retro stamping a try!