Sunday, 20 June 2021

Uniko Stencil Release Day and Blog Hop

So it's time for the full release at Uniko
Hope you've enjoyed the new stencil release so far so why not grab a cuppa and join in our 9th Birthday Blog Hop. Here are a few more cards I made with the brand new stencils.

The first one is made using the fab Rose stencil. 


I was trying to find different ways to use this fab large rose and came across a card by the talented TaeEun Yoo on Pinterest. Her gorgeous card uses a different stencil but I used the same technique, I think. 
On a panel of dark pink card, I inked through with some white pigment ink, removed the stencil then left it to dry. When fully dry, I went in with my Polychromo pencil crayons to give definition to the petals. I don't use them quite as often as I should so I hope the effect looks OK.  I am ashamed to say that after colouring the flower I was left staring at it for a couple of days trying to decide how to make a card. In the end I gave in and CASEd TaeEun's card layout. 
I trimmed down the panel, added it at a jaunty angle and trimmed off the excess before adding a sentiment strip that I had in my stash, made by putting a couple of small sentiments from Pure Florals-Peony together. When I do something like that I make quite a few using different colours and EP and save them for later use as getting the elements lined up is time consuming. To lift the strip I added a bit of gold glitter paper from the stash, a few PPP gold sequins complete.

My second card took inspiration from the rainbow wall in the latest Time Out challenge.


After inking my rainbow through the mini Mix Geometrics stencil with DI, I die cut the large English Country Garden butterfly die and popped it up with a second one cut from fun foam. The sentiment strip from Pure Florals - Cosmos was stamped on a die cut banner and embossed with white EP, before adding it across the middle of the butterfly. With all the hot weather we had last week there have been lots of butterflies fluttering around the garden, so I thought it would work well.

Finally, this card also features a butterfly but this time it's the stencil variety. The colours chosen being the latest ones over at JUGS.


To begin, I placed the open butterfly stencil over a piece of white card and inked through with Dried Marigold DI. Removing the stencil revealed a soft, solid, orange image. Carefully laying the detailed stencil over this, I added Picked Raspberry to the outer edges and Candied Apple DI to the center.  Before removing the stencil, I added some Black Soot DI to the body and antennae ends. I love the way the soft orange shows in the fine lines of the butterfly's wings and the way the wings appear to almost shimmer. The body didn't look dark enough, so I added some Zig watercolour pen detail in black as well as the antennae ends.
I decided to have my butterfly flying out of the panel, so I laid my rectangle die over the image and marked where it crossed the wings, then fussy cut towards the center of the image, just enough to allow the die to slip under, then secured with tape and die cut as normal. Once cut, I removed the die and fussy cut the rest of the wings. The sentiment, from Birthday Wishes was stamped in black then embossed with clear EP.
I thought a thin frame of gold glitter paper hi-lighted the orange shimmer of the wings so added it under my butterfly panel, before finally adding it to a black 5 x 7 card base with pads. I was going to add some sequins but in the end left them off.

So for a chance to win some Uniko goodies, leave a comment here then hop along following the links below. If you loose your way just head back to the Uniko blog where you'll also find all the links and the Ts and Cs.
Don't forget to comment along the way, as there will be one lucky winner from those comments left, selected to win ALL the stencils released today. You have until 10pm BST Sunday 27th June 2021 to leave a comment. Winner will be announced on the blog on or around the 28th June 2021.

Jane 
Julie -that's me

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Saturday, 19 June 2021

Introducing - Stencil, English Country Garden Bundle

Morning everyone, we're introducing Uniko's English Garden Stencil Bundle today.



The English Country Garden set consists of the 2 outline stencils and a mask that fits into the righthand outline butterfly.
This is another card using embossing paste, this time Ranger opaque white texture paste.
The resultant image is much rougher than the glossy embossing paste I used here, so it is better suited to colouring with pencils or in this case, watercolour markers. I kept the design pretty simple, blending the Zig watercolour brush markers to get the soft look I was after. A blend of purples and blues remind me of one of my favourite Holly Blue butterflies. A simple embossed sentiment from the Simply Said Blocks II completes.

So why not head over to the Uniko blog for more ways to use this fab new stencil, or check out the links below.

Friday, 18 June 2021

Introducing -Stencil, Mini Mix Geometrics

Good morning, it's day 2 of the June stencil release from Uniko. This time we are introducing the Mini Mix Geometrics stencil.


For this design, I used some glossy white Dreamweaver embossing paste through the stencil onto black card. It was left to dry overnight and then each shape was coloured in a different colour, except the hexagons, with a Copic marker and trimmed down to be 1/2cm smaller than A6 on all sides. I haven't found a better way of adding bright, intense colour to a dark background than this, so long as you don't mind the odd bit of white showing! I've tried using Versamark and EP but sometimes the EP is not opaque and the colour is dulled, sometimes almost indistinguishable!
On a die cut rectangle of white card, the sentiment from Birthday Wishes was stamped in black ink, then glued over the stencilled panel. The finished panel was then added to a white A6 base card. The colours I've used suggest a masculine card but change the colours and the background and it would work for a female.

Why not head over to the Uniko blog for more ways to use this fab new stencil, or check out the links below.
Jane 
Julie -that's me


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Favourite Tip -
Colouring Embossing Paste with Copics to add colour to dark backgrounds
I haven't found a better way of adding bright, intense colour to a dark background than this, so long as you don't mind the odd bit of white showing! I've tried using Versamark and EP but sometimes the EP is not opaque and the colour is dulled, sometimes almost indistinguishable!

Thursday, 17 June 2021

Introducing - Stencil Pure Florals Rose

Good morning peeps. It's time to visit one of the brand new stencil designs from Uniko's June release. First off the blocks is this fab mega rose stencil to go with the equally fab Gerbera and Chrysanthemum ones. Here's my take on it.


As it's such a massive bloom, it really doesn't need much else to make a card.
This example was started by inking lightly through the stencil onto white card with Picked Raspberry DI. Once complete, I removed the stencil and went in with matching Zig watercolour brushes to create some dimension. The panel was then cropped when dry and added to an A6 note card, adding a strip of DP from the bits box along with a sliver of embossed silver card from another project that was lurking by the cutter!
My sentiment from Birthday Wishes was stamped in black and heat embossed with clear gloss EP. I find this much better than using black EP as you don't get the little specs of black EP on your project, even with using an anti-static pad!

Why not head over to the Uniko blog for more ways to use this fab new stencil, or check out the links below.
Jane 
Julie -that's me


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Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Color Hues #20

Good afternoon folks.
We are over halfway through June already so it's time for a new colour combo at Color Hues.
Here's my take on the latest colours.



I saw this video by Jennifer McGuire, where she uses metallic card and embossing folders, I loved the layout of a couple of her cards and ran with it. I also felt sympathy for her as she, like me has been suffering with a bad back. I hope she is better, 'cos mine is still a little twingey and it's over 2 weeks since I pulled a muscle in my lower back doing something and nothing but don't know exactly what! It's kept me from doing any heavy lifting and sitting for any length of time was excruciating. Anyway I appear to be on the mend, fingers crossed.
Still on my crusade to use my stash of card, I found some black semi gloss card and embossed it with a rose EF, not sure of the make as there is no mark on it. From a scrap of Aqua coloured satin finish card, I cut my foliage out using Memory Box's Fresh Foliage, I certainly have had my money's worth from this die! The white panel was cut from scrap using an MFT pierced rectangle die.
Once layered up on a white A6 base card, the sentiment from an MFT set was added and a few Copic coloured pearls in a darker Aqua complete the design.
So I hope you will be inspired by this new colour duo, we'd love to see your take in our gallery at Color Hues.

Stencil Sneak peeks

 Morning all. It's time for a few sneak peeks of the new June release at Uniko.

Bev has designed some fab new stencils for you to extend the use of your stamps!

Here they are!!


Pop back tomorrow for the first of the Stencil introductions by the Uniko team.