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.

Julie -that's me

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  1. All fabulous cards Jules. That rose is stunning! X

  2. Awesome cards! I love these pretty stencils! The rose is spectacular!

  3. Such pretty cards Julie. What amazing blending you achieved on that beautiful butterfly. Lovely layout and the touches of gold. thanks for sharing with us at JUGS this week.

  4. WOW! Your showcase is superb. Love the detail you added to the rose, the technique with the geometrics and the beautiful butterfly. Thank you. Hugs Bev

  5. All of your three cards look beautiful but the one with the butterfly is absolutely stunning. The ink blending is amazing and I love how the butterfly seems to be flying out of the black frame. Thanks so much for joining us at Just Us Girls.

  6. Your cards are so eye-catching! I love that wonderful butterfly taking off across your card and the stunning rose!! Thanks so much for the great inspiration! Stay safe! :)

  7. These cards are all wonderful, and the card for our challenge is particularly special. Love your stenciled rainbow elements. Thanks so much for playing along at Time Out.

  8. What a trio ! The rose card is very eye-catching with the gorgeous colouring details. But one more time, I'm totally in awe with your butterfly card, so striking with the orange over the black. This stencil is definitely a must have and you've showcased it wonderfully !

  9. It is great to see something else as stripes; love the little figures and how the big one is just to be seen like this! Thank you for joining us at TIME OUT!


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