Friday 30 July 2021

Uniko Challenge, a Reminder

Good morning, just stopping by to  remind you that there is still time to join in the Uniko Flower challenge.
Here's my take.

I had some leftover flowers from this post for the July release so just coloured a few more to match up with this weeks colours at Color Throwdown and used this frame which I'd also made for the release but decided not to use.
After colouring and fussy cutting the flowers, I stacked 4 of my die cut frames together and temporarily attached it to my slimline base card. Using one of the leaflets from the Doodle Flowers set, I stamped a few of them in two shades of green where I was going to place my flowers. Marking the open center of the frame, I carefully removed it and stamped my sentiment, also Doodle Flowers, and then glued the frame in place. My coloured, fussy cut flowers were arranged around the frame and attached, some on foam some not.
That's it from me but please check out the rest of the team here and then why not join in?

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Tuesday 27 July 2021

Christmas in July

 Good morning folks.

It's time for a brand new challenge over at Cardz4Guyz where the theme this time is:-


As I was looking through my bits box the other day for something for another post, when I came across this panel using a Hero Arts stamp, which I thought would work well for the theme.

Nothing much to do other than neaten up the stamped panel, glue it to a blue A6 base card and stamp and emboss the Uniko sentiment.
Simples and another card for the Christmas stash!!
For more masculine inspiration, check out the rest of the team here.

Sunday 25 July 2021

Release Day at Uniko

Good morning. 
It's time for the full release and blog hop at Uniko, so grab a cuppa and settle in.
My first card uses the Doodle Flower set and Squared stencil.

This card started off as a bit of an experiment using alcohol inks on my Gelli plate. You can't take a print directly but have to add a layer of acrylic paint over the top. Check this link on how to do it.
For my panel I used the same purple, deep pink and lime green alcohol inks as in the tutorial and some household emulsion paint that I had under the sink as my craft acrylic had completely dried up from lack of use! 
The flowers from Doodle Flower and BB Doodle Flower, were stamped onto the piece of copy paper I used to dab away the excess once I'd added the stencil, embossed with gold EP and fussy cut before some detail with a couple of Zig Watercolour pens was added.
Likewise, the sentiment was heat embossed with gold EP and sequins added to complete.

My second card featured BB Layered Floral set and my go to layout for using leftover panels.

If you remember this card from Wednesday, you'll recognise the pattern. When I die cut the panel for that card, I had a long thin strip of the stamping left so I turned it into this card. The two narrow pink strips started as a scrap of white card that I dragged a matching pink ink cube down each edge and then trimmed and added to the top white panels. A simple sentiment from the Simply Said Block III stamped in matching ink completes.

The next two cards use the Tropical Leaf stencil, matched with Doodle Flower sentiments.
This card also has a few of fussy cut elements from Block Party Summer and a Toucan from a previously released Paradise set.

On a panel of lime green card. I stenciled the Tropical leaf all over it using Mowed Lawn DI in varying degrees of intensity, cut in half and trimmed down to leave a small border when attached to an A6 white card. 
On a die cut white card panel, I stamped the sentiment then added the other tropical elements and used pads to layer it up over the base.

This second take is the other half of the panel but just a simple gold embossed greeting on dark green and mounted on gold mirror card. Very much a masculine card.

So that's it from me but don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win the WHOLE July release, as you hop along to the other BAs. You have until midnight BST on Sunday August 1st to comment.

Saturday 24 July 2021

Introducing - Doodle Flowers

Today sees the last of the Uniko July release previews.
The final stamp set features elements that may look familiar and so will obviously team up with items you may already have in your stash.

For this slimline card I've used the fussy cut flowers from the BB Doodle Flower stamp to add to the large matching one from the newly released Doodle Flowers.
The layout was influenced by this card that popped into my FB feed, the postage stamp die cut frames are from a Cuttlebug die from well over 15 yrs ago so is probably discontinued now! The sentiment comes with the set too, three large words and lots of smaller ones to make your own sentiments, so versatile.
On some Copic friendly card, I stamped the BB Doodle Flower a couple of times as well as the outline large flower from Doodle Flowers, coloured with Copic markers and fussy cut them. The frames were cut and arranged into a pleasing design, glued where they crossed then I added matching die cuts cut from fun foam, trimming away the excess where they overlapped. Before adding these frames to my card, I marked where the openings were with a pencil line, removed them and stamped my sentiment.
When this was dry, I added the joined frames and fussy cut flowers. I've just noticed that one of the tiny flowers is missing, must have fallen of as I went to take a photo!

Check out the rest of the team for more ideas and leave a comment for a chance to win some Uniko goodies.

So that's all from me for the introductions, tomorrow we'll have the full release on reveal. As usual, we will have the BA blog hop and giveaway and you'll also be able to buy them on the Uniko website.

Friday 23 July 2021

Introducing - Stencils, Flower Power #8, Rainbow & Clouds, Squared & Tropical Leaf I

Today sees the Uniko girls introduce the brand new stencils that Bev has designed. This first card uses the Rainbow and Clouds stencil.

I used the large rainbow from the stencil and using some masking paper, I blocked out each arch in turn so that I could use a different colour for each one. I used Distress Inks in, Picked Raspberry, Dried Marigold, Twisted Citron , Salty Ocean and Wilted Violet to create the rainbow on a panel of white card. When the rainbow was finished, I added a sentiment from the Beautiful stamp set in Altenew's Pure Graphite, then used an MFT die to cut the scalloped edges.
On a scrap of white card, I traced 3 of the clouds and fussy cut them out. The left hand and smallest I popped up on pads, the other I glued flat over the rainbow. The finished panel was then popped up on pads over a white A6 base card.

My second card features the Squared stencil.

To start I stamped an A6 panel of card with Versamark and the BB Halftone a couple of times. When the stencil is inked with DI, the subtle stamping will show through.
After I was sure that the Versamark was completely dry, I inked through the stencil in Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers and Salty Ocean DI onto the stamped panel, adding extra squares where appropriate.
Using the HAPPY die from Big and Bold Happy stamp and die set, I cut into the panel, then again with some fun foam, stacked up the die cuts and replaced them into the opening to create this camouflage effect. The small bits from the A and Ps were added carefully too. The birthday from the same set was stamped on black and heat embossed with white EP, trimmed and added. The finished panel was trimmed down and added to a white linen effect base card. 

I'm playing with the same technique on this card. Instead of the BB Halftone stamp I used BB Scattered Polka Dots and the new Flower Power #8 stencil.


After stamping the BB in Versamark onto white card and leaving to dry, I added a soft covering of Picked Raspberry DI over the whole panel. I then placed the stencil so that half of the bloom filled one half of the card and inked using more Picked Raspberry and some Wilted Violet DI over the central area of the bloom. I repeated the stencilling at the other end of the panel, trimmed it down and added my sentiment, from my stash and a couple of strips of holographic card and some silver gems. The completed panel was then added to a white base card.

My final card features the Tropical Leaf stencil.

This has two parts to it, the stencil and the cut out mask.
For the background panel I got inky with my Gelli plate and both the stencil and mask and some green DIs and DOxs. 
I made lots of backgrounds whilst playing, more of them later, but I chose this one to sit behind a die cut frame onto which I added a fussy cut image of the mask, which I used to draw around. The sentiment is from the new Simply Said Blocks III stamped with Bundled Sage DOx.

So that's it for today, I'm sure you'll agree that these stencils are going to be a very useful addition to anyone's stash.
Check out what the rest of the team have been up to with these fab ne stencils and leave a comment for a chance to win some Uniko goodies.

We'll be back tomorrow with another new stamp set introduction, see you then.

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Thursday 22 July 2021

Introducing - Block Party Summer

Morning all, I'm back with more from Uniko's July release. Summer, is the latest addition to the Uniko Block Party collection, it's a large stamp made up of text and images just like the others.

For my card I used some white EP to heat emboss the panel onto white card, then added colour with my Gelli plate.
I added Picked Raspberry and Abandoned Coral DI to my plate and blended with the roller before laying the embossed panel, face down onto it, pressing firmly. When you lift the card away the colour is subtly blended, much easier than using blending brushes. To add some more interest, I used a water brush to remove areas of the stamp. Simply paint some water over the areas you want, leave for a minute or two, then pat carefully with a paper towel to lift the ink away. The panel was then trimmed to leave a small border when added to an A6 base card.
A very simple design and quick to create.
For more inspiration on how to use this detailed stamp, check out the rest of the team. 
Leave a comment for a chance to win some Uniko goodies too!

 I'm back tomorrow for some more July release inspiration.

Wednesday 21 July 2021

Introducing Background Blocks Layered Floral and Simply Said Blocks III

Good morning. Time for another reveal at Uniko. Today we are showcasing the new Background Blocks Layered Floral set and Simply Said Blocks III.

Here's a card using the floral set.

This is a two part stamp with a few extra mini stamps. For this card I stamped the floral element in two shades of Pink before adding the foliage stamp with some lime green. This was repeated twice and a few spaces were filled with some more tiny leaves. 
Once the panel was dry, I used a slimline die to cut the frame and center panel. Using the happy die from Big n Bold Happy, I die cut once from the flowery panel and again from pink fun foam, layered the two together and popped them back into the panel, not forgetting the tiny bits from the a and ps. A stamped sentiment from the same Big n Bold set complete the greeting. The frame was attached to the base card and the flower panel added inside.

My second card features Simply Said Blocks III. 

Using the colours from this week's JUGS, a few of the sentiments were stamped, cut out and added to panel with a die cut shaped heart. I used Altenew's Teal Cave, Honey Drizzle and Silver Stone. On a white A6 card, the BB Scattered Hearts was stamped with grey. The completed panel was then added over the top with foam pads. I quite like the unusual colours, it could be used as an anniversary card to a fella, not too mushy!

Well that's it for today but don't forget to check out the rest of the team, comment as you hop along for the chance to win some Uniko goodies.

Julie -
that's me

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Tuesday 20 July 2021

Introducing Background Blocks Grid and and Diagonal Stripes

Good morning.

Two new stamps are revealed today at Uniko, both from the Background Blocks group. When I saw that Bev had released this first design, I was so pleased as I have been looking for some time for such a stamp to enable me to create this pixilated effect.


On a panel of MM paper, I stamped the grid in Altenew's Limestone ink, then stamped and masked this bunch of Cosmos flowers. Using my Zig watercolor markers, I painted each little square. It's a painstaking technique but I love the effect. As it's quite a busy panel I decided to just trim it and mount on a white linen effect base card and a simple sentiment strip from Pure Florals Peony, all on pads.

This a CASe of a card I made more than a couple of years ago using the BB Bold Stripes and the Pure Florals - Gerbera. Stamped image coloured with Copics, masked then over stamped in grey with the BB Diagonal Stripes. A few sequins and sentiment added complete.

Why not check out the rest of the team for more ideas?

Julie -that's me

Don't forget to leave a comment as you visit the BAs as Bev is choosing random comments on the lead up to release day for the chance to win some Uniko goodies!

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Monday 19 July 2021

July release at Uniko - Sneak Peeks

Good morning. 

It's time for a sneaky peek at the new July release from Uniko. 

Bev has come up with a whole raft of new stamps and stencils that will fit perfectly with the previously released sets.

Here are the SIX brand new stamp sets:-



As well as these six stamp sets, there are FOUR brand new stencils in this release.


So what do you think? 
I know I couldn't wait to get started when they landed in my letterbox!
Come back tomorrow as the BAs will be revealing the first of the new stamps, along with some fab inspiration.