Saturday, November 7, 2020

Friends of Unity November Blog Hop

Starting another Friends of Unity Blog Hop today, this time, with a focus on backgrounds!

As usual, comment on each blog for a chance at winning some Unity goodies! Random winners are picked each month and FOU members kindly donate from their own stash to promote this hop! I’ll be giving a kit away this hop, so leave a comment and check back during next month’s hop to see if you are the lucky winner! Enjoy the hop!

This month I made 2 cards showcasing background ideas. The first card was made using the pretty Background Builders Set 1 from Ann Butler. I also used the sentiment from Warmth of Christmas. I used 2 of the strips and green and red Archival inks to create the background layer. I separated the stamped strips with white/gold sticky strips. 



I created the top layer by gold embossing the branch with ornaments from the Twigs of Merry kit. I die cut the paper and added a matching sticky strip border. I then stamped out some more of the strips and paper pieced the ornaments using Washi tape and more sticky strips. I embossed a piece of vellum with the sentiment, fussy cut it out and added it and some crystals to complete the card!

I created the second card using stamps from Unity’s Ticket to Christmas, the 2019 SMAK Home With You and 2019 SMAK Be Very Merry kits! I started by spraying and adding sparkly colors to a watercolor paper, that I ended up watercoloring over with Kuretake sparkly gold watercolor. I then green embossed the socks from the SMAK kit all over the paper. I added gold paint pen and red sparkly paint to “complete” the socks and then outlined them with charcoal pencil. I finally added red dots with a pen.

I stamped the mittens using Watering Can archival ink. I then used paint pens again for the deer, center design and part of the mitten fabric. I colored the rest using my Prismacolor pencils. I gold embossed the fabric background stamp onto patterned paper and used that and green paper as a back panel for the mittens. I gold embossed the sentiment, cut it up and backed them with green paper. I green embossed one of the tickets and added it as an embellishment along with a gold string.



Had fun making backgrounds with both of these cards! Thanks for stopping by! Leave a comment and enjoy the creativity in this great group! To continue on, go here:

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25 comments:

  1. Very cute!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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  2. Oh my goodness... Joyce!! I absolutely love your first card... such a fantastic idea for the Background Builder stamps!! I'm definitely casing this one! And your second card is amazing! I have that ticket set and still haven't inked it. Thanks for the gorgeous inspiration!

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  3. Fabulous looking cards.
    Love the arrangement
    on the second one.
    Carla from Utah

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  4. Love the vintage feel of these beauties. The embossing is so yummy and rich.

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  5. Your cards are so vintage looking and give off such a warm feeling. Very nice cards!

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  6. Your cards are so vintage looking and give off such a warm feeling. Very nice cards!

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  7. Those mittens look like you could just slip them on and head out into the snow! Wonderful work Joyce! Vannessa

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  8. Great cards especially the first card.

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  9. Oh, Joyce! Both of these cards are so beautiful! It was fun to see the first card where you used a Background Builder set. Well done!

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  10. BEEEEEEEAUUUUUUUUUUTIFUL CARDS! I so love the embossing done on each of your cards too!

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  11. Lovely cards! You come up with great ideas!

    Linda Abel

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  12. The vintage feeling of these cards just warms my heart for the holiday season.:)

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  13. Love the first card with the ornaments as background!!!

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  14. Wow - these are gorgeous! I love how you used the background builders!

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  15. Pretty cards! Love the one you created with the ornaments!

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  16. Such gorgeous cards Joyce!! I just got Ann Butler’s background builders seasonal set 1 set and you have given me some ideas to try! Thanks!!❤️

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  17. Ohhhh I love paper piecing and these are so so lovely!! The patterns are so nice together. I mostly love the effect of the charcoal pencil, which I have never heard of and will look into that. Love that ashy glow it left. Sweet jingle ticket, the embossing is perfect. Fun cards!

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  18. Awesome cards! I love the background builders. Love your layers of texture and color. Just stunning. Thanks for the inspiration! Happy Holidays!

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  19. Your cards are wonderful! I love your color palette, and your composition. I’m going through all your blog posts. Thank you for sharing your talent with us!

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