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.
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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!

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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.

Tuesday, 15 June 2021

STAMPlorations, a reminder

Good afternoon, we are half way through June s so it's time to remind you that there is still plenty of time for you to join in at STAMPlorations Theme and Photo Prompt Challenge. Here's my card based on this months theme and photo.

I went with the image of watercolour pans again but this time used the theme of two colours, this time green and blue.
To begin I took a panel of watercolour paper, and over laid the Placid stencil, traced the shapes onto the card with a pale green fine liner pen and filled in the shapes with various colours of blue and green to create a watery feel. I used Zig watercolour brushes but you could just as easily have used DI or regular watercolours, I'm a bit lazy about getting my watercolour pans out!
On a scrap of white card, I stamped the flower spray from Bloomfully: Kindness and just coloured in the leaves, using some of the same greens as the background, then fussy cut it and popped it up over the background on pads. Using the Happy Birthday from Balloons and Banners, I stamped a black banner strip and heat embossed with gold EP.
That's about it from me but for more inspiration and for all the Ts and Cs please check out the STAMPlorations blog here, then what are you waiting for?

Best Buddies

 Good morning, it's time for a brand new challenge over at Cardz4Guyz. This time our theme is:-


Here's my take using this cute MFT little boy and his pups.

I'm still trying very hard to use up all my scrap bits, so the little boy and pup were stamped on a scrap, coloured with Copics and then fussy cut. The small panel was languishing in my stash but the large panel and card base were made from a panel of A4 white linen effect card.
I added a little bit of colour with blending brushes to the small panel, for the main image to stand against before adding the fussy cut elements. On my background panel, cut using a MFT stitched rectangle die, I stamped some paw prints going diagonally, using an old freebie stamp in Altenew's Silver Stone and then added it to the base card. My sentiment strip is another MFT die but the sentiment is Uniko.
So where will our theme take you? We'd love to see your designs in the Cardz4Guyz gallery.

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CAS or Fully Fancy
CAS, it has to be every time, loads of embellishments are far too fussy for my tastes, it's also the perfect way to go for masculine designs. With a CAS style it makes you work harder to get a design that works without all the added extras! Once you have the idea for a CAS card nailed down there is something rather satisfying about it. 

Monday, 14 June 2021

Clara Corner

Good evening and welcome to a post to announce the start of a new challenge over at Perfectly CAS.

Have you ever seen something either online or in a shop, that you love and think you have a use for but when you get it home it just doesn't quite work, well this is what happened years ago when I bought this Clara Corner die by Poppystamps. Full of great ideas and none of them came to anything. Looking around on t'internet didn't help either, obviously other people had had the same mental block when it came to it's use it as I had done. I came up with TWO examples and it looks like it's now discontinued as it's not on the Poppystamps web page either.
Well not willing to be defeated and with the latest PCAS theme in mind, I produced this card.

I die cut the corner of an A6 white card panel with my Clara Corner, then using my silicone mat, embossed it to give some extra interest and dimension but keeping the design CAS. I trimmed the die cut panel down to give me a 5cm border all around the finished card and stamped my sentiment (a magazine freebie) in Altenew Industrial Diamond to match my base card, made from some charcoal sparkly card, and popped up my trimmed down panel on pads over the top.
So where will the cue word take you? We'd love to see, but don't forget to keep it CAS!

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No twist


Friday, 4 June 2021

Uniko challenge, reminder

 Good morning folks, time to remind you that there is still time to join in over at Uniko for our Anything Goes, optional twist of dies, challenge. Here's my take using a few Uniko Goodies.

I took inspiration from a card I made at the start of my time at Uniko here,  I love the contrast of the black oval with the white embossed sentiment with the soft hint of green in the stencilling. I think it has a definite air of sunny days, just like we had for the Bank Holiday when I made it, and how unusual is that here in the UK?
For this take, I started by stencilling over the front of my white base card with Twisted Citron DI with the Mid Century Modern Squares stencil, letting the colour fade out towards the edges. Then, on a die cut black oval, I stamped and embossed with white EP, the fab sentiment from Birthday Wishes. The die cut elements come from Originally Organic Additions stamps and dies and I used the mirror stamping technique to get the foliage element to face the opposite way, just like my original card. I tend to die cut the shapes then use a homemade jig in my MISTI to stamp them before colouring with Copics.
Arranging the blooms into a pleasing form I added them to my black oval and the adhered it all over the stencilling.
So for more fab inspiration from the rest of the team and our GD Elaine, Please check out the Uniko blog here. You'll also find all the Ts and Cs there too.
Happy crafting!

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Wednesday, 2 June 2021

What's Your Superpower?

 Good evening peeps, a new month means a another new challenge. This time I'm up with a post for the CAS challenge at Happy Little Stampers. Here's my card:-

For my take on the theme I went with a masculine interpretation using this Fizzy Moon stamp and a sentiment from Picket Fence.
I stamped the bear and his pint onto a scrap of Copic friendly card, I really must get out and buy some more, coloured him with Copic markers, then fussy cut him out. Still on a mission to use up my odds and ends, I found a circle of white card, a scrap of brown card and a kraft card base that had been stamped and embossed previously but not to my satisfaction. The positioning of the previous stamping dictated where to put my image.
 I first adhered the bear to the white panel with pads, then added a die cut brown frame, edging the whole lot with a matching ink pad so that no white showed around the edges and popped it up again on pads. My sentiment was stamped on a scrap of white and trimmed to size. I have a thing about sentences having a capital letter at the beginning, must be the teacher in me, so this sentiment irked me somewhat. So a bit of judicious masking enabled me to stamp the majority of the sentiment and I added a capital 'I' freehand. After I took a photo, I also noticed that the second line needed one too, so I changed the full stop to a comma with the flick of a black fine liner, it looks much better now! This was also added on pads.
So where will the cue card take you, we'd love to see but please remember to keep your card CAS!
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Fussy cutting and Copic Colouring

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Color Hues #19

Good afternoon and welcome to my third post of the day to announce the start of a brand new colour combo over at Color Hues. This time we've gone with an unusual combo of blue and brown but those colours work really well together I think you'll find. Here is my take.

This first design has been in my experiments to be made into a card box for quite awhile and I wasn't sure if it had survived unscathed, but it appears to have done so! It uses a Visible Image stamp called Butterfly Inkognito which I purchased from Port Sunlight quite a while ago. I don't recall what inks I used either possibly one was Memento Rich Cocoa, but the sentiment is definitely STAMPlorations! The stamping is a bit uneven on the main butterfly so I decided to have another go with the kissing technique used to create the brown script. This time its an IndigoBlu script stamp, also purchased at a PS stamp fair! 

For this second attempt I used Memento Summer Sky and Espresso Truffle and another STAMPlorations sentiment.
The coverage of the blue ink is better but I prefer the colour combo of the first, the brown is too dark, I think I should have used Rich Cocoa, never mind, you get the overall effect.
To get the text to stamp just on the butterfly I used the kissing technique, where you stamp onto the larger stamp after the initial stamping with the script and stamp again to transfer the same pattern onto the background stamping. You don't need to use text you can use anything that gives the effect of texture.

So that's all from me but please check out the rest of the team for more colour combo ideas.

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Dad, Man of the Moment

 Good morning. It's time for a brand new challenge at Cardz4Guyz. This time it's -


Here's my inspiration card for you.

I took my inspiration from a Jennifer McGuire video featuring sentiment strips here, I loved the graphic quality of her card. She used different sentiments but I thought I could apply the same ideas to a Father's Day card.
On an A6 white note card, I stamped a background using a selection of larger phrase stamps on the theme of Father's Day, using Altenew's Limestone ink. The sentiment strips were stamped with a selection of various stamps from lots of different sets, MFT, Altenew, Uniko and a freebie! The DAD was cut from black card using alphabet dies and the stars from a couple of MFT sets and an ancient Martha Stewart border punch. All the sentiments were added on pads over the background and the stars added.
Quite a simple idea but quite adaptable.
So where will you go with our theme? We'd love to see your cards in the gallery. For more masculine ideas, just check out the Cardz4Guyz blog.

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Any Celebration (not birthday)

Flowers are Nature's Paintings

Morning all, it's the first of the month so its time for a brand new challenge over at STAMPlorations Theme and Photo Challenge. Here's my inspiration for you a water coloured spring bouquet.

For my card I took inspiration from the watercolours in the photo and used that method to colour my stamped Blossom Sprays #2 image. On an A6 panel of watercolour cardstock, I stamped the spray and then used my Zig watercolour markers to colour it. Once I had completed the panel, the sentiment from Carved Flowers, was stamped in black then heat embossed with a clear EP. Very much a clean and simple card but the delicate spray stamp really dictated that!  
So that's about it from me but there's more inspiration from the rest of the team here, where you'll also find all the Ts and Cs.

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Friday, 21 May 2021

Uniko Challenge

 Morning all, it's time for a brand new challenge over at Uniko. Here's my take on the theme.

For my design I used the fab Pure Florals Gerbera daisy outline stamp in Altenew's Industrial Diamond ink, to create an all over background and then die cut 3 circles to create a spotlight effect. The Copic coloured sections were popped up on matching white fun foam circles. 
Using Copic alcohol markers for colouring is my go to method, love the variety of bright colours and the way they blend together. I have tried other alcohol markers, Promarkers and the Altenew ones but always revert back to my Copics. 
A sentiment strip from my stash, made up of a couple of sentiments from two different sets, Beautiful and Bee Happy that I used here was added to complete. As it takes a bit of time to get the layout of the words right, I stamped a few in different inks and embossing colours on both black and white strips for use later, this one is Platinum WOW on black.
The finished panel was trimmed to reveal a border when added to an A6 note card.
Please check out the rest of the team on the Uniko blog, as well as our fab GD Elaine.
You'll also find all the Ts and Cs there as well.
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Favourite colouring medium

Tuesday, 18 May 2021

When are polka dots not polka dots?

The answer of course is when it's snow! Well it is in this example for the latest challenge at Cardz4Guyz where our theme is:-

Make Your Own Background

I do like to make my own backgrounds, even when I have loads of DP that needs using up!
For this example I took inspiration from a couple of challenges that sparked the idea.

The Paper Players are all about polka dots and there's a sketch over at Less is More, so I combined both to create my card.
I used a Background Block from Uniko called Scattered Polka Dots, they make great falling snow, which I stamped with Versamark on a scrap of card and heat embossed with white EP, before inking with Salty Ocean DI to create the sky. It may be May but here in the UK we've had some freakish weather, 4 season's all in one day, including hailstones and snow, so it was fresh in my mind!
I'm still on my use it up crusade, so I found this little penguin left over from a sheet of LOTV digis I printed off over Christmas and coloured him with Copics before fussy cutting him.
Rather than use a simple greeting banner, I cut another scrap of white card to represent a snowy landscape and glued my penguin to that, adding the sentiment to one side.
I trimmed the inked panel down to size, added the penguin and then the finished panel to an A6 top fold white note card, following the sketch at Less is More.

So what will you do, we'd love to see your ideas in the Cardz4Guyz gallery. If you want more inspiration, check out the rest of the team here.

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Sunday, 16 May 2021

Color Hues #18

 Good afternoon peeps. We are half way through the month so its time for a brand new colour combo from Color Hues. Here's my take on the new colours.

I love these AI ladies, they are great characters and come with some equally fun and snarky sentiments.
This old biddy from their Never Too Old Laugh Lines set, was stamped then coloured with Copic markers and fussy cut. I must admit Copic isn't awash with teal colours so I used a mixture of Blue/greens and actual green to get the right colour.
I embossed a panel of white card with a really old Cuttlebug number EF and added the sentiment across the bottom, with the fussy cut lady stood to one side. She reminds me of an English teacher from my grammar school days, Miss Ruff. She taught spoken English to us 'garls' in the first form and I can still hear her rolling her Rs and enunciating her words clearly, we were obviously oiks and needed polishing into ladies! She walked into class with her arms clasped under her ample bosom, greeted us with a 'Good morning garls', sat at the desk and released her hands to allow the bosoms to fall onto the desktop! How we didn't all burst out laughing I don't know but perhaps we weren't the complete oiks she thought we were!!!
Anyway, enough of my reminiscences, where will these new colours take you?
There's plenty of fab inspiration over at the Color Hues blog from the rest of the DT and our GD, should you need it.

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