Monday, 15 July 2019

2019 #11 Retro Colour Palettes: Contemporary Retro with ESN {by Miriam Grazier}

2019 Topic 11: Retro Colour Palettes

It's tempting to think of retro as bold and sometimes a little clunky. Miriam has created elegant and subtle projects with an traditional technique that deserves celebrating more often.

Hi everyone, it's Miriam with you today, and I'd like to share with you a set of birthday cards that I have created using 'retro' colours but giving it a contemporary twist.

I chose to add the contemporary twist as I wanted to show that retro colours can be modern.  I also chose to use the shaving foam technique as it is quite a retro technique that has started to make a come back.

I chose to use the new Sara Naumann stamps with this project as I thought they would really compliment the colours and marbling of the paint.   

I chose to use the following Fresco Acrylic paints - Captain Peacock, Peach Nectar and Mustard Pickle.  I think this photo really has a retro feel to it - what's not to love about these colours?


I even thought the sentiment on this card had a lovely retro font to it.  

What I love about the shaving foam technique is that no two 'pulls' of the design are the same.  It makes every card unique.

You can't really tell in the pictures, but each card also has a few raised elements to give it extra dimension.

As you may be able to tell, I had so much fun creating these. I loved the colour combination too. I think I might go retro more often!

I really hope that I have inspired you to have a go yourselves.  Get those colours out and have a play; add your own contemporary look to a retro colour scheme and technique.

Thank you for joining me this evening.....hope you have a craft filled week.


Blog: Miriam's Creative Dreams


  1. The shaving foam technique gave fab results, very "marbled". Goes well with Sara's stamps too!

  2. Very effective - I must have a go at this. And your colours sound like they’re from a game of Cludo! x

  3. These are gorgeous Miriam, I love this technique - it smells so good too! xx

  4. Definitely going to give this technique a go. I love the effects achieved.

  5. Fabulous Miriam! I always end up with a big fat mess!!

  6. Brilliant cards, Miriam. Really fancy having having a go now!

    Lucy x

  7. Beautiful project and fabulous results of the foam technique Miriam!! xx

  8. Fabulous creativity , Miriam . Love that you have combined a retro technique with retro colours to create 3 wonderful cards with a retro/ contemporary feel . x

  9. Very interesting. I love seeing creative minds at work . . . there is no limit to the ideas that pop into the minds of talented people :)

  10. You used the perfect stamps on your fabulous backgrounds. Lovely set of cards Miriam!

  11. Thanks everyone. These were so fun to make....I love this technique and the colours are wonderful teamed with Sara's amazing new release.

  12. Fabulous cards Miriam, I love your contemporary take on retro colours and the shaving foam technique is one I haven't tried but you've inspired me
    to give it a go! 😍

  13. Love this shaving foam technique (and your project) ! I must have a go !
    Corrie x