Friday, 15 January 2021


Good morning, time for a brand new challenge at Uniko.

Here's my inspiration for the latest challenge.

My starting point for this card was my stack of Gelli plate experiments. The background panel used here was cut from a larger piece made by taking a print after the first pull from a stencil overlay, using the Let it Snow stencil. The result is a ghostly, delicate effect that reminded me of frosty mornings like we had last weekend. I decided to use the Snowdrops from Spring Botanicals - Snowdrop, as they are the harbingers of spring and remind us that there is hope of spring after the dark winter days. Very appropriate at the moment I think. They are were also in my mind as I put the bins on the roadside the other day, as there are clumps of snowdrops at the side of the lane just waiting to burst into life.

I stamped the snowdrops and then masked them off before stamping a couple more stems, then used Copics to colour. After fussy cutting, I glued them onto my Gelli plate background and added a torn card snowdrift, allowing the two lowest blooms to hang over. A little bit of Wink of Stella added a bit of sparkle to the snow bank!

My completed panel was added with foam pads over a white linen A6 linen effect base card and a sentiment strip added below, leaving a thin shadow line between the two elements. The sentiment is from the Pure Florals Peony set.

Whilst I had the Snowdrop set out, I decided that I would make another in order to enter Darnell's Twofer Challenge and the Flower Challenge.
Here is what I came up with.

This time I went landscape and one layer for my watercolour interpretation.
No stencil this time but simple masking and heat embossing.
Using masking tape I masked off a border around a piece of mixed media paper and stamped the single spray of flowers with Versamark, then heat embossed with fine white EP.
At first I used a mixture of Chipped Sapphire and Blueprint Sketch for the background but it wasn't deep enough so I went over it with a deep blue Zig marker, blending out with water towards the edges.
The flowers were coloured with Zig markers and blended out with plain water before my sentiment was added and more fine white EP. The sentiment is from the same set as the snowdrops but I cut it up in order to get the placement just right. Carefully removing the masking tape gave the crisp white border. I thought the sentiment was perfect for anyone who needs a lift in these crazy times.

Not sure which one I prefer, they each have something to commend them I think.

OK, that's all from me, please check out the rest of the team and GD over at the Uniko blog, where you'll find all the Ts and Cs.

Joining in over at:-







  1. prachtige kaarten met het sneeuwklokjes
    Groetjes Gerrie

  2. Beautiful backgrounds, Julie. They showcase the snowdrops wonderfully. I'm looking forward to seeing the start of Spring appear in the garden. Hugs Bev x

  3. I couldn't pick a favourite either...they are equally gorgeous!! We planted masses of new snowdrops so are eagerly waiting for them to burst through xx

  4. These are beautiful. I can only imagine how pretty they are in real life. I loved reading your post today and it does bring us hope of better days ahead and warmer days for you. I am so happy to see your card over at Seize the Birthday and thanks for playing along! Take care!

  5. Pretty duo of cards! I do like the darker background a lot! Thanks for joining in at STB

  6. Each of these designs is beautiful and so different from each other, Julie! Love that dark blue background that makes the white flowers pop! So dramatic! And the other, softer look is just as pretty and uplifting! Thanks so much for sharing these different designs with us at The Twofer Challenge!

  7. Fabulous use of the gelly plate to create your background stencilling. Beautiful card. Thanks for playing at AAA Birthday, hope to see you join in with future challenges too. Stay safe and keep crafting!

  8. I love your Gelli plate background Julie! What's good with this technique is that you never know how it will turn out and it will never be twice the same. Thank you for sharing at AAA Birthday! Valérie DT AAA Birthday

  9. You've cheered me up immensely with your darling snowdrop designs, Jules! We are on the edge of our seats here until after Wednesday and I needed the uplift! Your Geli plate background is perfect for your first design and I love all the schparkly snow! But your second design just leaves me in awe as I followed the process. I would have messed it up for sure, but your execution is flawless! Thank you so much for playing in Twofer Card Challenge #34! Take care and keep safe! Hugs, Darnell

  10. These snowdrops are gorgeous and I love that touch of Wink of Stella! Thanks for joining our AAA Birthday challenge!

  11. Such a wonderful duo, delicate and lovely done. Thanks for joining us at ATSM! Hope to see again in the gallery.

  12. Simply lovely, Julie ... both of them! The sparkle of the snowdrops against the soft background and snowy bank is so pretty ... and how bold and dramatic they look with the dark night sky! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Twofer! Anita :)

  13. Such beautiful cards, thanks for sharing with us over at 'The Flower Challenge' ;) Viv DT xx


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