Monday, October 21, 2019

Quick and Easy Skates Card

Decided to try making a simple vintage card using Unity’s plaid and ice skate images from the 10/19 SMAK kit. I was inspired by all the plaid cards being posted and I do so need to keep building my holiday cards!

So, I began by pulling out a red card panel and my Misti. I lined up the image and panel ensuring the lines were vertical and stamped the bottom half of the panel. Trying a variation of what I learned from watching Unity videos, I stamped the plaid image with black ink and placed my magnets along the edges of the panel and pulled it out to clear heat emboss the image. I then carefully turned the paper around and embossed it again on the other half of the paper. Now, it didn’t create a mirror image, so lines don’t “line up”, but I think it looked good enough to be used as background paper.

I then stamped the ice skates using the same technique, as this time, I used 2 different inks on the image, clear embossing both sides. I first used black on the skates, heat embossed, and then, green on the pines. I used a poor quality watercolor paper, but there was really not a lot of coloring to be done! I added some shading, berries and used a black pen to darken some of the pines. Finally, I spatter some red watercolor and went around the edges lightly with a red ink and then a black soot oxide.

I die cut the paper and attached it to the die cut red plaid paper. For additional interest, I added die cut pine needles created by using a green scrap paper and a Poppy pine die cut and some red crystals. I wrapped black organza ribbon around both papers and mounted it on a Kraft card base. Finally, I stamped a sentiment from the 9/19 KOTM and backed that with black paper.

This was a quick and simple card to make and I think it turned out okay. If I did this again, I would use vintage photo to distress the paper, not bother with embossing, and use better paper so I could add more details to the skates. Well, that’s it for today, till next time, happy crafting!

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Mondo Holly Christmas Card

Picked up this set, Mondo Holly by Julie Ebersole, from Ellen Hutson, during last year’s after Christmas sale. Such an interesting holly stamp with twist and turns in its leaves. I used the premium Arches watercolor paper and stamped the image about 5 times covering the cut down paper. I used mustard seed Distress ink for stamping, leaving a good image, but ensuring the paint dissolves with the heavier paint. My inspiration... from the web...

Continuing on with my watercolor efforts, I took a couple more Daniel Smith paint swatches and began coloring to a Hallmark channel. (This time of year, I go back and forth between sickly sweet, but fun, romance movies and horror movies! Go figure! Guess I need the balance!).

Took quite a bit of time as you need to let areas, like individual berries, dry before applying paint adjacent to them. I didn’t belabor the painting as it is only a card! Once completed a used a white pen and lines of green paint to add leaf details. I spattered green, gold and white paint over the image. (I need to improve my spattering efforts, but good enough for now.)

I used 2 sentiment strips from the same kit, white embossing them on black paper. I die cut the painted image, backed it with both dark red and black paper, backed the black sentiment strip with red and assembled the card. I added gold crystals and red Nuvo drops to complete the card.

Check... another Christmas card done! Till next time, happy crafting!

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Experimental Poinsettia Card

UPDATE: since I’m getting asked this question a lot... I used Iced Spruce Oxide to shadow the image and sentiment first with the brush. Then I painted Evergreen Bough lightly on the petals and Bundled Sage on the leaves. I went over the sentiment with the brush again with Evergreen Bough... just over the center area.

After having watched a bunch of videos recently, I was inspired by a Gina Krupsky video technique she used to display her Stamptember Gina K stamp (which I was too late to purchase :( ). However, I remembered my 9/19 Unity KOTM also had a beautiful poinsettia arrangement I could try this technique out on. I used a sentiment from an older KOTM that worked great. The other substitutes I used were Distress Oxide inks for shadowing and also to add watercolor to the image (instead of watercolor brush pens) and a very old white Stamping Up embossing powder. Another difference... I love mint colors for Christmas!

I started by white embossing the poinsettia stamp onto Bristol paper. I then used a Picket Fence brush to add background color to the image. After shadowing around the image I used a lightly dampened paper towel to wipe away any ink residue. I lightly then added colors to the flower and leaves, darker in the center and lightening to adding no color on the edges. I left the centers, adding white Posca to the centers where needed... I knew I was either going to add glitter or something else to the centers. I then die cut the card front out.

When I was done, I did the same to the sentiment, except I also added another darker color to the center of the sentiment to make sure it stood out. Finally, I added Stickles dots to the flower centers and around the card front and some frosty Nuvo drops. Tomorrow, I’ll attach it to a card.

Lessons... be very careful embossing... might need some new white “clean” embossing powder, be more careful watercoloring and fix placement of image. I would move it a little off the card front, die cut with a smaller die and maybe back with mint paper.

Let me know what you think! Be sure to add your email if you want updates from my blog or follow me! Thanks for stopping by and till next time, happy crafting!

Saturday, October 12, 2019

2nd Fall Birthday Card

Well, since all my boys’ birthdays are in October and I LOVE autumn colors, I went again with a fall card for my son! Tried to keep the colors more realistic and muted for a masculine take on this one. If you watched a certain YouTuber, you can tell I’ve been studying her work and developed this card in her style, only using the Unity stamp, Frondescence.

I used Spectrum Noir watercolor paper and a Daniel Smith watercolor paint tag to color in the Gathered Twig Distress ink stamped image. I used a combo of colors on each leaf variety and when completed added a Prismacolor pencils and brown and green pens to fill in color, where needed. At the end I added paint spatters in red and green. I then pulled out a white Gouache tube and Gansai Tambi Starry Colors set to add some sparkle and light.

I stamped the sentiment from the Unity Butterflies and Sunbeams set using Thistle Archival ink and clear embossed it. I added a dark green patterned paper and a gold textured paper as the base on a white cardstock. Finally, I added a gold ribbon, and DIY crystal dots to complete the card.

Hope you like this card... as much as I enjoyed listening to music and coloring it! I absolutely loved painting this set! Have a great weekend and happy crafting till next time! PS if you like my art journey... follow me or add your email to get regular updates!

Monday, October 7, 2019

Fall Birthday Card

Oh, my, I have so many October birthdays, husband, son, grandson, to prepare for! So, I’m starting off with this one, for my love who happens to love vibrant colored flowers! I know, it’s not your typical man card, but, what the heck! They can have pretty cards too!

So, I began this one by stamping the lovely Unity flower arrangement from Autumn Dream using Coffee Archival ink on Kraft paper. I colored it in with my Prismacolor pencils. I added the sentiment from the 9/19 KOTM using both an orange and and brown Gina K inks to get the tone I wanted and clear embossing it. I added Gina K crystals, cream twin, a Bo Bunny paper for the background and backed both with plain brown paper. I’ll end up putting a lovely birthday wish inside.  Hope you like this one!

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Saturday, October 5, 2019

Friends of Unity October Blog Hop

Welcome to our Friends of Unity Blog Hop! Once again, we’re hopping this month to a new theme called Change. Must admit it’s perfect for this time of year with the beautiful changes this season brings!

As usual, several members will be doing Unity Co. based giveaways this month. I, myself, will be doing a giveaway! All you need to do for a chance to win one of our goodies is to leave a comment on each blog in the hop. We will generally announce the winners on or before next month’s Hop.

Since I just returned from an extended vacation, I made just one card for this Hop, but I’m very pleased with how it turned out. Hope you like it!

I used the Faith Family Fall Kit. I started by stamping and clear embossing the image using Rusty Hinge Oxide Distress ink (and yes, you can emboss oxides!). I first watercolored the image, then added some ink accents and fussy cut it out. I originally had a simpler paper pad in mind, however since the image ended up being more detailed, I decided to combine the image with Prima’s Amber Moon paper. I embossed the sentiment directly onto the paper, and added metallic mesh ribbon, cut out butterflies and crystals.

I really love the soft feel the colors of this card bring to the possibility of change!

Now, onward to the rest of the Hop:
Dawn B
You are here => Joyce
Dawn F

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Winners from Unity’s GIU Week

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Saturday, September 7, 2019

Friends of Unity September Blog Hop

Welcome to September’s Friends of Unity Blog Hop focused on Autumn Colors! Be sure to welcome our new talented members: Dawn Bryson and Alaine Tanner! So happy they joined us!

This blog hop offers giveaway goodies. To be eligible, please leave a comment on each blog in the hop. Winners are randomly selected and posted on or by the next month’s blog hop.

So I created a girl and her truck cards, and, in both cases incorporated a tweedy embossed paper I created with oxide inks and Primary Elements Ginger pigment. For the girl, I used Unity’s Constance Girl, some Bo Bunny’s Farmers Market paper and a sentiment from the Bountiful Haul Kit. I paper pieced her blouse and scarf and colored the rest with Prismacolor pencils.

For the second card, her truck, I used Bountiful Haul and the same paper. Again colored with Prismacolor pencils. Sure wish cars would go back to vibrant colors instead of the white, black, red, silver and gold tones! So this is my way to get there!

Reminder: we are not sponsored by Unity Stamp Co., but they do approve of this hop. We are big fans of this company and enjoy focusing on monthly themes where we can showcase their products! We use our own stash as giveaways to as inspiration. Hope you enjoy these efforts as much as we enjoy doing them! If you are interested in following my art journey, click on follow or enter your email address!

Now, on to the hop!

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Friday, September 6, 2019

Growing in Unity Day Five

Wow, finally reached the end of the week! Hope you enjoy this last day! Today, the backgrounds are created with ... drum roll, please, ... embossing folders!  One is a 3D Texture Spellbinders (oh, btw, I bought 2, so if someone wants to pay the shipping, they can have my extra) and a Tim Holtz folder.

I started the first card by laying down Evergreen Bough, Gathered Twigs, and Rusty Hinge oxides on my craft mat, one at a time, spritzing with water and dipping the paper into it. I think I might have dried it a little in between colors. I then sprinkled some Primary Elements Ginger on the mat, added water and dipped it again. While the paper was still damp I used the 3D folder. Damp paper allows the fibers to stretch versus tear in a folder. I took a clear embossing ink pad and ran it over the raised layers and used white embossing powder on it. I stamped some more of the colors on my pad and added watercolor to enhance the indented areas. I have to say I was a little concerned picking this folder up at Tuesday Morning.... but, now, I am in love with it!

Next, I stamped a butterfly I received in a Unity grab bag, I think it came from the Butterfly Beauty Kit, using a clear ink again. This time, I sprinkled a copper embossing powder in the middle of the butterfly and a Ranger’s Sage on the outer ends of the wings. It’s not perfectly embossed but that just makes it fit in with the edgy background better. I then used my watercolors to add color to the butterfly. After fussy cutting each component out, as the butterfly image is not whole, I decided I needed to make it stand out more against the beautiful background. So I, again, clear embossed the image this time on vellum using the copper powder. I trimmed the colored image parts down and adhered them onto the vellum, allowing the copper edges to show! I added pen marks on the edges of the wings. I fussy cut the whole butterfly out of the vellum paper. I loved the look, so I mounted that on the embossed paper.

To go with this more mixed media style card, I decided to use a sentiment from the Today is a Lovely Day Kit. This time I embossed the sentiment using a beautiful Seth Apter powder that is teal colored with copper bits in it and added some color to that strip. I added a stenciled border around the plain blue card base with a coppery brown Nuvo paste. To complete the card, I added matching ribbon and and crystals. Hope you like this one... I’m in love with this card right now!

I started the second card using the same color scheme I used Day One. Besides the Prima flowers, I had picked up a beautiful silvery holographic ephemera kit that coordinated with the Prima Flirty Fleur pad. Just love those mint colors. I stamped colors on my mat, again, that I thought would match and after spritzing water picked up the colors on my paper (same as above). This time I sprayed the paper with a silver Brutus Monroe paint. I immediately embossed the paper and painted the raised edges with a silver watercolor from my Gansai Tambi Set.

I then took the couple from the Have and Hold 4/19 KOTM and stamped that with grey archival ink. I carefully watercolored the image using a Daniel Smith swatch set in similar colors (some have a sheen to them). I covered the veil with a light wash of the Art C clear glitter ink and added white pen streaks and dots. Finally, before embossing the sentiment, I created a small powder mixture of black, grey and the sparkly embossing powder I used on the mermaid. It worked perfectly to give the sentiment, from the same KOTM, a soft sparkly dark grey look.

To finish the card, I added a soft sparkle base layer, ephemera, a flower, string, coordinating Prima crystals and die cut silver frames. This card was designed for a special couple’s wedding in October.

Well, today’s my last day and I hope you enjoyed this week. Remember to leave a comment on each day for a chance to win one of the 2 random 25 stamp gifts.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Growing In Unity Day Four

Hello again... it’s day 4! Remember to comment on each day this week for your chance to win 25 random stamps from Unity Stamp Co.! This day is all about patterned paper. I love patterned paper and often use it as inspiration for making my own paper, but in this case, I used it to enhance and complement beautiful Unity images.

On the first card, I used stamps from the beautiful Beauty Beyond Words Kit, and, because of the butterflies, combined it with the L’aquarelle Designs paper. I used a combo of Distress Oxides, a little Ginger Primary Elements, and the light blue color from the Gansai Tambi watercolor kit to match the paper colors. After painting the images, I embossed the sentiment on a die cut sheet from the same kit. I used a smaller die to cut another sheet and used a background stamp from a SMAK kit just to make it blend in with the base layer paper. Added ribbon, twine and crystals and fussy cut a blue butterfly from the leftover scrap paper. Love the soft feeling I get from this card.

For the second card, I used the flower stamp from the Hanging Botanicals and combined it with a sentiment from the Dream of Being Kit. Prima’s Poetic Rose paper pad reminded me of this stamp so I used the color scheme and papers from the pad to build the card. I stamped the image onto one of the papers and used Prismacolor pencils on it. I decided to fussy cut it out as I wanted to use a paper with a pinker background and more details. Since this is a larger card, I created strips from the paper for the card base. For embellishment, I fussy cut one of the flower vases as well and used a butterfly from a Poetic Rose ephemera pack. I added crystal dots and ribbon and called the card done!

Phew... only 1 more day! I know none of these techniques I used over the last 4 days are new to you, but, I hope they’ll inspire you to retry a technique you haven’t used in awhile! See you tomorrow for another older but goodie technique with a twist!

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Growing In Unity Day Three

Today, I chose to create a watercolor background wash with designs and used a Prima Wild and Free paper as inspiration. I had only planned to do one card... and ended up with 4 because I didn’t care for the first 3, but, I used them anyway! I used the You Are Forever Beautiful Kit and ended up combining it with sentiments from Hanging Botanicals, the 6/19 SMAK kit and a grab bag. The background stamps used were from the 12/18 SMAK kit, Make Today kit, Vintage Ledger and a background stamp from an older KOTM Kit.

So, as I stated, I tried this 4 times, changing up what I did each time to fix my issues and when I wasn’t satisfied, started up the next. I started the first 3 by stamping the image in red, then, in black and then, in brown archival inks and finally adding a color wash using a combo of Distress and Oxide inks. The last card I started by color washing the whole paper and stamping the image after... I finally learned it was easier to do when the image is busier. I painted the flowers on the first 2 using distress inks and Prima Metallic watercolors. I wasn’t happy with the metallic colors and had to darken the edges again with pens. In painting the 3rd image, I wasn’t happy with the paper I chose. On the first 3, I highlighted or low lighted around the images with either brown paint or watercolor pencils or white watercolor paint to highlight the flowers. Finally, I added the background stamp to each card. I decided to mount each one with minimal fuss, sometimes using the Prima paper, feeling the “Don’t give up just yet.” sentiment that I used on one. Made a tag and fussy cut a bouquet for another. 

Frustrated and having a hard time sleeping after that, I decided to try one more time. Used much better paints and watercolor paper. I really wanted to create a special birthday card for a very special friend’s birthday (from grammar school). She’s been struggling a bit so included a special message from the Your Life is Your Story Kit and another grab bag sentiment. I used the Prima paper for the background and even fussy cut one of the roses out. I am very pleased with how this one turned out and hope she likes it too!

Well, what can I say, if you don’t succeed, try, try again! Can you spell stubborn? I included the fails as I know we’ve all been there, but I think they still might be okay in a pinch! On to another option for tomorrow. Remember to comment on each day’s entry for a chance to win a Unity Grab Bag!


Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Growing In Unity Day Two

Going in a completely different direction, today, I decided to have some fun with Washi tape backgrounds (need to use some of this stuff up!). I had picked up some pretty Park Lane and Firefly rolls and started to think about my Unity stash, and Voila! I found some pretty good matches.

I started by first pulling out a piece of lightweight cardstock cut down a bit. I layered some of the tapes diagonally across the entire sheet. I then trimmed off some of the excess and die cut the paper down. For this card, I pulled out the girl from the 4/17 KOTM kit and a sentiment from the 2/19 KOTM kit. After stamping her, I used watercolor pencils and some distress inks to color her face and hair. To match the shiny Washi tape, I used Nuvo Shimmer Powders (the only 2 I own). These powders are very shimmery and can be multi colored if you don’t combine the grains. I ended up sprinkling some of both and spraying with water around the portrait. (Although, I did mute it after with white acrylic paint). I die cut her and created a frame out of gray paper that I also used to back the Washi paper. I completed the card by adding ribbon and die cut arrows. 

For the second card, I found an Ocean themed Washi set and paired that with the She Mermaid Kit.  This time to reduce the background competition (these tapes are very vibrant and have metallic silver bits), I staggered placing the Washi on the paper horizontally leaving white strips. Wanting the mermaid to stand out, I took a watercolor scrap and layered on some of the blue powder. I also added an ArtC Indigo ink and a Brea Reese Violet Glitter ink by tapping droplets onto the paper. I spritzed with water each time. I finally used a Wow Silver Glitter Embossing powder (never tried it before) and stamped just the tail part into the paper, fussy cutting it out after. I added more color to parts of the tail. I clear embossed the top half of her using black ink. I used the same powder and inks to add color and finally added a silver pen in spots. I combined her parts, embossed the sentiment, and added crystals and crystal flourishes to complete the card.

This was a fun exercise to do, and, again, I think, the backgrounds really set off the stamps nicely. Hope you liked this pair... see you tomorrow!