Friday 8 December 2023

Uniko Release Day, Blog Hop and Giveaway!

Good morning. I'm back with a few more ideas using the new release from Uniko.
There's been lots of fab inspiration from the team so far but today you can get your hands on the ne release from today!  They're available now from the Uniko website HERE.

So without further ado, here are a few more ideas to inspire you.

First off is the new Background Block, layered stripes.

Background Blocks Layered Stripes £6
Copyright Uniko Ltd 2012 - To Date

Do you remember me saying how it reminded me of a 70's Op Art poster, well I had another go and created this.

A fun, masculine card with my own bit of single point perspective on the sentiment, Framed Balloons.
After stamping in black, I die cut a few circles from the panel and then replaced them so that the pattern was reversed. I decided to leave the top of the panel hanging off the edge of the sentiment panel, I think it gave a more balanced look. It does looks a little more like my O level art piece! I kept it monochrome by leaving the sentiment un coloured and mounting it onto a black base card.

Next up is the Back Builders Perspective stamp.

Background Blocks Perspective £6
Copyright Uniko Ltd 2012 - To Date
Much like my introduction design, this design has two of the images, one at 90' to the other, centers matching.

Using a rainbow selection of pencil crayons, I coloured in some of the areas and then attached one of my stash of  sentiments. The finished panel was then added behind a square frame and onto a square base card.

Finally it's the new Ink n Flip snowflake stencil.

Stencil - In & Flip Snowflake  £4.25
Copyright Uniko Ltd 2012 - To Date

This card was a combination of the new stencil and the Large Snowflake1 stencil. 

On a panel of dark blue card I inked through the Ink n Flip stencil to create my snowflake using white pigment ink. Again I thought the contrast between the blue and white inking was too stark, so added the Large Snowflake 1 stencil over the center and inked through with more white ink. Using a WOW embossing pen, I coloured in the exposed blue card, then added some sparkly blue EP and heat set. Another of my stash sentiments and a few diamantes complete.

That's it from me for today but be sure to leave some comment love either here or on the other Brand Ambassador blogs or on social media. You have until midnight Friday 15th December 2023 to comment and then Bev will randomly select a winner to win a £20 eGift Certificate.



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Thursday 7 December 2023

Introducing Uniko Ink and Flip Snowflake Stencil

Good morning peeps. It's the final day of introductions for Uniko's mini December release. Today we are focusing on the Ink and Flip Snowflake stencil. This the second in Bev's Ink and Flip series.

Here's the first idea I had with my first try of the new stencil.


On a panel of white card, or so I thought, I inked through the stencil with Blueprint Sketch DOx. What I actually realised half way through was that it wasn't plain card but a panel I'd stamped on with a text stamp with Versamark then not used!! Once the ink went onto the panel it gave a very subtle ink resist effect. I quite liked this effect so carried on with the panel!

Once I'd created my snowflake, I decided the white was too much of a contrast, so blended a soft layer of the same ink to knock it back. I used a WOW embossing pen to scribble 'frosty' lines and heat embossed using silver EP. The panel was then trimmed down, added to a white base card and the layered sentiment, made from Doodle Flowers and Christmas sentiments.

This second card is a much subtler effect. I used Peacock Feathers DI this time and started by using the mask from the Large Snowflake1, inking over the mask before inking through the Ink n Flip stencil.

Again I knocked back the white by dragging some of the inking over the white areas and trimmed it down to fit my base card.
The sentiment from Snowflake Serenade was first stamped in black then keeping it in the MISTI, I cleaned the stamp, added WOW embossing pen to the wonderful and stamped again, adding silver EP and heat embossing. The completed sentiment was then fussy cut and added with foam pads. 

That's it from me for the moment, but I'll be back tomorrow with our Blog Hop and Giveaway!
In the meantime, check out the rest of the team for some of their ideas using the new stencil.

Wednesday 6 December 2023

Introducing Uniko Background Blocks Perspective

 Good morning. It's day 2 of the latest release introductions from Uniko. Here's my idea using the new BB Perspective.

This is basically a lesson in single point perspective and I often used to use the idea to create some fun lettering. Here I've stamped the image then coloured each section with pencil crayons in festive colours.
A simple sentiment from my stash, I create lots whilst I've got the stamps in my Misti, mounted on gold and a couple of die cut holly sprigs coloured with Copics complete.

My second card uses the same stamp but I stamped it twice, rotating it 90' so that the centers matched.

I drew in some extra lines to each shape obeying the single point perspective, then coloured using Copics in a rainbow of colours. The outline letters, create a simple sentiment.

That's all for today but I'll be back tomorrow with our final introduction before Release Day.

Tuesday 5 December 2023

CAS Christmas

 Evening all.
Just popping by to join in a few challenges with this cute penguin card.

I needed a few more cards so went down the quick CAS route. 
The girls at G7cardmakers, are playing with clingfilm smooshing. Regular readers will know I like a bit of clingfilm magic so I decided to have a play after watching Strictly this weekend. I made a couple of panels using Brushos and MM paper as I didn't feel like getting my watercolours out. This could have been a mistake as the end result is a little subdued in the effects department. If you look closely there is some patterning in the panel I used for the sky but not as much as I would have liked. Think it was a mix of too much Brusho and MM paper.

Anyway, half the A6 panel serves as a good backdrop to this cute LOTV penguin that was languishing in the bits box. I printed him out with Al's laser printer and it doesn't like Copic friendly card and sheds the ink, so I had to draw a few lines with a fine liner to bring him back to life and fussy cut him out to get rid of the stray ink particles! 
The panel was added to an A6 white top fold note card, a die cut snowy horizon cut using a Marianne die placed over the panel and then the penguin, replacing some lines that were lost when I fussy cut him. A simple sentiment from Uniko completes.
That's it from me for the mo, better get on with Christmas prep!

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Introducing Uniko Background Blocks Layered Stripes

Good morning Uniko fans. This morning we are introducing another fab Background Blocks stamp, perfect for those hard to make masculine cards. When I first saw the stamp it took me right back to my youth!
Back in the early 70's I sat my GCSE Art exam after devouring the latest edition of Sounds magazine on the bus on the way to the school. On the back page was a selection of Op Art posters for sale and one of them was very like this panel, but on a much larger scale. When faced with the Art paper, one of the possible themes was an abstract painting with the theme of 'One on top of another'. The poster came into my mind and that was it, off I went. If I remember correctly there were some circles involved with my take and grey was also included.

For this card I simply stamped the image in Altenew's Obsidian onto a white A6 note card and added shadow lines with a 4B pencil. The sentiment is from Framed Balloons. A VERY simple design.

Another idea that came into my mind was this.

The overlapping reminded me of a ball of wool, so I stamped it onto a piece of pink DP with Picked Raspberry DOx, die cut a circle from it and cut a tail of 'wool' from some more of the DP.
On a plain white base card, I drew a couple of knitting needles and coloured them with Copics before adding the circle die cut from the panel to which I'd added some DOx around the edges with a blending brush, then the freehand cut tail. To complete, I added the Happy Birthday with pale grey ink.

That's it from me for the moment, but I'll be back tomorrow with another new stamp introduction.
Check out the rest of the team for some of their ideas using the new stamp.

Monday 4 December 2023

Uniko New Release Sneak Peeks

Morning all.

A new month and a new release is coming from Uniko. Here are a few sneaky peeks to whet your appetites.

First up is another fab Background Block stamp.

 Next is another in the Background Block series.

Finally as it is just a mini release, Bev has designed another addition to the Ink & Flip stencils. This one has a wintery theme to it and will pair beautifully with lots of previously release wintery products.

As is the norm, Bev and all the Brand Ambassadors will be sharing inspiration each day of the week, culminating with our traditional Blog hop and Giveaway on Friday.

So see you back here same time tomorrow for some fun inspiration.

Saturday 2 December 2023

Happy Birthday Little Rebel

Good evening.
In the midst of all the Christmas hype, spare a thought for those Christmas birthdays. I always feel sorry for those with birthdays in December and early January, they don't get a fair crack of the whip!
Anyway the new challenge at HLS Birthday gives you the chance to make something for those forgotten December birthdays or even one for your stash! Sadly this will be our last challenge for some time, but hope to see you back here soon.


I started off after I found this little chap half coloured in in my bits box and decided to give him some love. After finishing colouring him in, I fussy cut him and put him to one side whilst I made the card base. 

I found an old cream base card and trimmed it down to be square, then added the frame cut from kraft and a panel embossed with an old Sizzix EF. To brighten the frame up, I also added a thin circular frame in matching cream card. The embossed panel was added to my base, followed by the frame on pads then the Little Rebel. (Nellie Snellen). A LOTV sentiment was stamped in brown on cream and slipped under the cute little chap to complete. One card that went into my Grandson's birthday card stash.

So what will you make? As always we love to see what you make in our gallery. For more inspiration please check out the rest of the girls in the DT here.

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No option for me but the colours are appropriate!

It's our Birthday, Happy 14th Birthday!