Saturday, January 2, 2021

Friends of Unity January Blog Hop

Welcome back to another blog hop of the Friends of Unity group. We are starting off 2021 (it’s finally here, thank goodness!), with a Black and White theme, always a challenge. As a reminder, to be eligible to win Unity stamps, you must leave a comment on each blog in the hop! 

As a matter of fact, I’d like to announce my winner from last month! Congratulations,

Becca Yahrling!

Please PM me with your address and I’ll get out your kit!

So this month, I have 2 ideas to share! First, I used the Array of Fall kit and December 2020’s Uniquely Unity kit, Take a Break, to construct the first card. I white embossed the flower array onto black card stock. I then re-stamped it using grey archival ink on watercolor paper and watercolored several flowers. I fussy cut those out and mounted them using foam tape on the embossed flowers. I black embossed the sentiment on white card stock. I backed that with black paper, cut holes on the corner and threaded striped twine through the holes, attaching in the back. To finish, I just added back crystals and white pearls.

I made a large tag for the second idea. I used the December 2020 SMAK kit, New Year, New Chapter... so sad it’s going away. The heart in this kit is beautiful and massive. I took a black tag and used a roller haphazardly to add a glossy white acrylic paint to it. I then grabbed some stencils and first using an alcohol wipe removed the paint behind the stencil. I then used the stencils again and the black paint to add darker impressions. Finally, I black embossed the large heart. I proceeded to play with Posca pens adding outlines and lightening areas. Finally, I white embossed hearts from the kit all over. I black embossed the sentiment on the bottom and just stamped the one on the top, outlining both afterwards. I darkened the tag edges, added crystal hearts, ribbons and twine, and metal pieces. I’m not as confidant about this one, but I think the ideas have merit. 

Thank you for stopping by and remember to comment before you leave! You should have come from:

Dawn’s

But, next stop is:

Amber’s

If you want to start from the beginning, head to:

Crystal’s

Enjoy!

35 comments:

  1. They are stunning Joyce. I love how much depth you added to both cards.

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  2. WOWZERS! Beautiful card and tag, Joyce!

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  3. Oooh! These are both gorgeous! :)

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  4. These are absolutely beautiful! Love your work!

    Linda Abel

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  5. Absolutely stunning creations, Joyce! I really love your tag... I'm also missing the SMAK kit. I've been wanting to ink up the last kit... thanks for the wonderful inspiration!!

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  6. Stunning! Absolutely Stunning!

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  7. Stunning projects! I just became a new follower. Happy New Year!

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  8. Those flowers stamped in gray are so dimensional it looks as if you could pick them off the card! Beautiful creations Joyce!
    Vannessa Osbourn

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  9. Wowza, just stunning!! Love the dimension of those flowers. Gorgeous! And the grunge style of the bookmark is a favorite look for me. Thanks so much for the win - I have sent you a message on FB.

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  10. How pretty your
    card and tag is,
    I love the tag.
    Carla from Utah

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  11. Beautiful floral image for your card, and I love the tag! Great b&w projects!

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  12. Stunning projects! I really love card!

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  13. A really pretty card - love all the different levels. The tag has so much depth to it. Will have to get out my smak and get inky soon!!

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  14. Gorgeous designs, the florals are beautifully coloured and the tag is fantastic. You've nailed this black and white theme.

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  15. Wow!! These are just so beautiful and I can't stop admiring them. That first one is already gorgeous, even without the pearls but those are the frosting on the cake.

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  16. I always love your creations. The card is beautiful, but that tag is absolutely stunning!!

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  17. These are fabulous. I love the card but that tag...OH. MY. I would love to see a tutorial on how you made it...it is breathtaking.

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  18. Wow, both of these are so beautiful in such different ways. I love the depth in both of them, but I especially love what you did with the flowers in the first card and that Rumi quote is perfect on the tag!

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  19. The Array of Fall card is stunning!

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  20. These cards and tags are so cool. I love the technique you shared. I can't wait to try this out. The tag is so filled with texture and interest. I love it!

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  21. WOW your card and tag is so lovely! I really love the little added pearls and gems!

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  22. Just a stunning card and tag. Love the stamps, designs, and layers. Thanks for the inspiration! Happy New Year, sweet friend!

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  23. Oh my goodness.. the first card looks like a painting and I thought the second was metal. Very lovely and cool! Happy New Year!

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  24. Wow!! Thank you for your in depth explanations of how you created your card and tag! Both are stunning!! As much as I love them both, my favorite is your tag!! I have lots to learn and then practice even more! Thank you for sharing!!

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  25. WOW! I so love both! I These are so unique and GORGEOUS!

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  26. Beautiful and creative. I like the depth of color.

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  27. Oh my! Both of your black and white creations are so beautiful! I appreciate that you included descriptions of how you made these. Wow!

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  28. Incredible! I LOVE these designs and the splatters!

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  29. Very cool!!! I miss having a group to make cards with, I'd learn so much!!! I used to take lessons at a local rubber stamp store, but, like so many other stores, that closed eleven years ago!!! I do go to a Rubber Stamp Event twice a year except for 2020, because of Covid. They have wonderful make-and-takes and demos. I learn best hands-on. I love what you did with your cards!!! I'll have to try it! Hopefully, it will come out as neat as yours!!!

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  30. Your projects are just exquisite and so striking. I love the dimension that you got with shading and layering on both cards. The first one looks like a night sky background..gorgeous!

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