Saturday, 23 June 2018

Uniko mini stencil launch

Morning all.
Hope you've had a good week and are ready for the weekend.
We are super excited here at Uniko to have a mini release of 3 brand new stencils.

Here are a few ideas I came up with whist playing with them!

This one uses the Bright Butterflies stencil and I started off by embossing with it in my BigShot, using ordinary white card and a tan mat. By embossing it I was able to see where to add my Flutter glue for the silver highlights and it gives a subtle texture to the rest of the panel! 
After adding the glue with a fine brush I waited for it to get sticky then added the silver gilding flakes. Rubbing away the excess, I added colour to the rest of the embossed butterflies using my Zig watercolour brushes. The sentiment from Uniko's Simply Said Blocks was stamped on black and embossed with silver EP. To put it all together, I first cut a panel from the embossed panel then to give a little extra shadow added a panel of black before adding to a white A6 base card.

My second card also uses the butterfly stencil.

This time I started by adding DOx in Peacock Feathers and Salty Ocean to a panel of white card and adding a few spritzes of water to create my background. When dry I went back in with the stencil and using a finger dauber and more DOx in Salty Ocean I inked in some of the smaller butterflies, moving the stencil around to give the effect I wanted.I stamped the sentiment from the Pure Florals -Daffodil set and embossed it with white EP and then die cut a large butterfly from the panel. I was going to just pop it up on some fun foam but decided to add some Blueprint sketch to the edges and some more Salty Ocean DOx and as the gilding flakes were still on the desk, added some to the edges of the wings after I'd inked it. My completed panel was mounted on textured silver card and then onto a 5 x 7 white base card. I have sent this to my daughter as it is her birthday today. She loves turquoise and butterflies!

Uniko Stencil Bright Butterflies £4.50
Copyright Uniko Ltd 2018

My next card uses the fab Mehndi Mandela stencil.

When I first saw this I just had to use some of my gold embossing paste and what better background than this fab purple. When the embossing paste was dry I added a simple sentiment panel stamped with part of the Just Because set embossed with gold EP.

Uniko Stencil Mehndi Mandala £4.50
Copyright Uniko Ltd 2018

The third stencil is Scattered Polka Hexagons, perfect for giving backgrounds a little bit of interest, as in this example.

 The background panel was made by inking white card with Candied Apple, Picked Raspberry and Worn Lipstick DOx. Then, with the stencil attached to the inked panel with some masking tape, I went over with a brand new baby wipe, pressing down through the hexagons. This removes some of the ink to create this soft background, the harder you press the more ink you remove.
I'd seen Jennifer McGuire use a partial die cut technique  on YouTube, but as my Uniko teammate Sarah P found out it isn't as easy as she makes it seem! However, after a bit of faffing around I think I ended up with an acceptable result. The rose die is from The Works and was partially cut from a panel of white card twice, leaving the strip in the middle which I stamped with the sentiment from Pure Florals -Cosmos. I die cut 4 more of the roses from scrap white card, stacked them together and glued them to the under side of the partial die cut panel. This was easier than repeating the difficult process of partial die cutting and a strip of foam tape supports the center strip.

This last card uses a technique I used here. It's quite a simple technique but effective I think.

To start I took a panel of bright pink card then attached the stencil with masking tape, then inked through with Brilliance white ink. After this layer was dry I replaced the stencil but moved it slightly to the SE of the panel and added Seedless Preserve DI. Where the ink hits the white it tones down the intensity so it appears that you have added a third colour!
My sentiment was made by layering 3 different embossing powders over a layered die cut word.
Using off cuts of the pink card I cut 3 words, stacking them together with glue. Then I inked the top with Versafine and added silver EP, then I inked again but this time added WOW Strawberry EP and finally I added Holographic EP. The effect wasn't as pink as I thought it would be but I still liked the overall effect. The birthday wishes, from the Birthday Sentiments set was stamped and embossed in white on black and a few gems complete. My trimmed panel was added to a plain white base card.

Uniko Stencil Scattered Polka Hexagons £4.50
Copyright Uniko Ltd 2018

So that's about it from me, however, as with any new release at Uniko there's a blog hop to celebrate and show you beautiful inspiration using the new products. We also have a wonderful, talented and all round lovely crafter joining us as our Guest Designer.... Ruth from Crafting While The Baby Naps. 

With all Uniko Blog Hops we have a GIVEAWAY too! Simply comment along the hop for your chance to win one of the three stencil designs being released and as there are 3 new designs, Bev will randomly pick 3 lucky winners!!
So what are you waiting for, get hopping!

                      Julie - that'll be me

I'm joining in over at:-

Stamping, embossing, stencil and die cuts

Take It, Make It Challenge

                                                                                               reds are WARM colours

   As You Like It Challenge
                   Favourite type of embossing - Horses for courses but dry embossing gives texture and allowed me to see where to add colour and gilding flakes


  1. Really lovely designs showing off the new stencils. I especially love your first card - those butterflies are fantastic.

  2. OMG, Julie ! You’v been a busy bee with all those gorgeous cards ! When I saw the peek of your first card, I was already hooked! It is so beautiful! But you finally stole my heart with the second one. Your daughter will love it for sure ! What a delicious combo with the silver gilding flakes ! I also have to try the other techniques shown on your other beautiful cards ! Wow, what a showcase ! Thanks so much for inspiring!

  3. Lots of great inspiration here, tfs. I love the
    first card ... the butterflies are so pretty and
    the Zig coloring is so vibrant!

  4. Gorgeous cards! Fantastic technique to add the gilding flakes and color to the embossed stencil image.

  5. I’ve been so honoured to be GD for this release with such talent from the DT. All of your cards showcase how fabulous these stencils are. I can’t get over how something so simple can be used in so many ways. I’m in love with that mandala, and with the gold and the purple it’s gorgeous and regal. Xx

  6. LOVE, Love, love the beautiful cards with the released stencils, so pretty!

  7. Your bundle of cards is so beautiful !!

  8. Wow Julie, your silver-edged butterflies are just amazing! Love the idea of partial use of gilding flakes, this offers so many new possibilities!

    It's always fantastic how different we all work with the same materials.... Thanks for the inspirations. :-)
    Greetings from Wiebke (Uniko-DT)

  9. These are all so pretty! My fave is the first one with the butterflies.

  10. What a delightful assortment of card designs! Your magical card is so pretty with the thick embossing on the sentiment! thanks for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up.

  11. Fabulous cards and
    these stencils are
    so neat! Love your
    flower die cut.
    Carla from Utah

  12. Beautiful array of cards showcasing the new stencils from Uniko. Great work Jules! Dry embossing the stencil and then adding gilding flakes before colouring is so clever. And the shine from the gilding flakes is gorgeous! Love that medallion done in gold on the purple ... AMAZING! I agree with Sarah about the partial die-cutting technique being difficult. I've never gotten it to work for me, but you did a great job. Love the design. And also love your last card with the layered embossing powders. Isn't it fun??!! Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up! xx

  13. What a fabulous showcase Julie. The selective gilding is really effective and I love the 3d boxes. Thank You for joining us at AYLI again, it's always lovely to see you there. Our hay was baled today...230!! We have hauled about 100 with the arena leveller on the old Ford 4000...12 at a time, thank goodness the weather is settled at the moment!! Hope you are enjoying the good weather xx

  14. Such beautiful cards Jules and great use of stencils. So smart to use the gilding flakes, it give such a beautiful effect on your flutters. Your last card is definitely MAGICAL!
    Thanks for joining us at CAS Mix Up!

  15. Pretty stencils & inspiration cards.

  16. Thank you for my card :)

  17. Beautiful use of these fantastic stencils, Jules! Love the butterflies! You've done a great job of layering the embossing on your die cut Magical! Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up!

  18. Beautiful backgrounds! I love the white floral die cuts with the hexagon background. Just stunning!

  19. Wow! Awesome cards!!! Love so much the beautiful butterflies and the mandala creations!!!

  20. You did an amazing job with stenciling, so much detailing on each one, love the new release!

  21. magical creationsπŸ’•πŸ’–πŸ˜. Love your turquoise butterfly card very much. Simply gorgeous. Love all of your cards. Awesome new release πŸ˜πŸ’•

  22. A gorgeous embossed butterfly card and a beautiful colour too. Thank you for joining in at As You Like It. Lynne DT

  23. The gold embossed mandala is beautiful.
    Fantastic idea. Love the big
    butterfly on the smaller ones.
    Butterflies always make a great card.
    thank for sharing

  24. Beautiful cards and techniques. Hugz

  25. WOW! What a beautiful collection of cards showcasing these new stencils :) Loving the detail you have added to the butterflies, beautifully eye catching with the silver and raised embossing. LOVE the gold mandala and the dimension you have created with the Scattered Polka Hexagons by off setting and layering of the design - FAB. Thank you so much. Hugs Bev x

  26. Wonderful cards...your butterfly birthday card is amazing, thank you for sharing how you achieved that awesome look! And thank you for sharing it with us at Seize the Birthday!

  27. A beautiful selection of cards - I love the variety of styles and techniques you used to showcase those fabulous stencils. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Time Out! Jill


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