Saturday 14 August 2021

Uniko's July release in review

Today the Uniko Brand Ambassadors are revisiting the July release to share a few more ideas using some of those stamps and stencils, as well as showing how to incorporate other Uniko sets. There's also a chance to win by commenting along the way.

So this is my first card to inspire you.

For this card I've used Block Party Summer as a background combined with elements from the Paradise stamp set and a sentiment from Simply Said Blocks III.
I played around with a new technique when I first got hold of the stamp that I saw Jennifer McGuire using. I stamped the background with Versamark and heat embossed with white EP on MM paper.
Using some DI inks in Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean and Mermaid Lagoon, I added colour straight from the pad randomly over the embossing. I then spritzed it with water containing some perfect pearls and set it aside to dry. Once it was really dry, I sandwiched it between a couple of pieces of typing paper and ironed over a towel to remove the embossing. Only use the paper once or you may transfer embossing where you don't want!
The end result left a soft, shimmery panel that is completely flat. I didn't use this panel for the release day as I wasn't sure how to use it but I then picked up on the tropical bloom in the background stamp and used the toucan and foliage from the Paradise set and the tropical flower from Block Party Summer to create the design. These elements I coloured with Copics, fussy cut them and added to a die cut aperture in my now trimmed down panel. A sentiment was stamped in black, trimmed and added to complete the coloured elements. The finished panel was added to a white linen effect base card on pads.

My second card focuses on the BB Grid stamp which I used to create a subtle background for the peonies from Hello Lovely.

To start, I stamped the large spray from Hello Lovely onto a panel of white card and them made a mask for it which I fussy cut. After placing the mask over the stamped image, I stamped the grid over the panel with Versamark ink. I wasn't too bothered about completely covering the stamp with ink as I was aiming for a shabby chic look on the finished panel. I then added white EP, removing where not required with a soft paint brush, and heat embossed. I got slightly carried away with this section and forgot to remove the grid pattern from around where I was going to stamp the greeting!
I then removed the mask and coloured the flowers using coral coloured Zig Markers. Using the plain acetate backing of the BB Grid stamp, I added some Zig marker and added some clean water, then used the acetate to stamp colour over the panel, adding more when required and also to deepen the colour in  certain areas. When satisfied with the coverage I added some splatter in the green and coral over the whole panel. Finally I stamped the greeting, from Wonderful Day.
I used an ancient peach coloured base card which I trimmed to size and added Abandoned Coral DI around the edge before adding my trimmed down panel, leaving a border all around.

My final card features BB Layered Floral and a sentiment from Simply Said III.

Instead of stamping a solid image, I tried a faux layered effect by adding a partial inked flower over the original stamped image and blended it out with a damp paint brush. I rather like the subtle effect this gives you.
I used the reds from Altenew's Red Cosmos and the greens were from Tropical Forest.
Over at The Flower Challenge they want us to use dies along with flowers, so as we don't have a matching die cut, I used a stacked pierced rectangle set from Avery Elle to die cut my finished panel.
I also cut some pink fun foam and mounted two of the layers before adding them back onto a white note card. A sentiment strip stamped in a matching coral pink completes.

To see the full July release, check out the Uniko blog
To see what the other Brand Ambassadors have come up with check out the links below.

Don't forget to leave a comment on all the stops along the hop. Bev will be randomly selecting one lucky comment winner to win a £20 eGift Certificate. Commenting to be able to win will close at Midnight BST my Sunday 22nd August 2021. The winner will be announced on the blog before the end of August.

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  1. Fabulous cards Jules. I love the Toucan through the aperture. And the subtle use of the grid stamp is fantastic. X

  2. Julie, this creation is just perfect, love your colouring and how you used the die cutting. Thank you so much for joining us at The Flower Challenge and we hope to see you there again soon. Aileen DesignTeam

  3. These are gorgeous designs! I LOVE the toucan and the way you layered the frames

  4. All of your cards are wonderful. I'm partial to the Layered Floral one. I have yet to do that kind of card!

  5. These are really fabulous Julie, I love the summer block background and I seem to recall doing the ironing technique years ago with a Christmas tree stamp, seems like it has evolved over the years!! The pink and green really caight my eye too xx

  6. *caught*...touch typing boo boo!!

  7. Wow! I jsut love all these amazing cards Julie!! Your toucan card is stunning!! So ggod to be reminded of some of the different and very clever techniques we sometimes forget!! Thanks for the great inspirataion. Stay safe! :)

  8. As I read through this entire post I felt like I just attended an advanced art class! I am so impressed with your process on all of these cards and each one is just fabulous too! Thanks for all the inspiration and putting so much time and effort into your post! You are a very versatile card maker that dabs in a bit of everything!

  9. Fabulous cards, all so imaginative and different...geat use of the grid background...looks so different, Like the peeking toucan and the fab frames in the last one. Wonderful!

  10. The first card is just stunning!! I love that block party summer stamp AND I am a bird nerd. lol Love all that inky goodness on the 2nd card and the design technique you used on the last card is so awesome.

  11. Fabulous cards using the new Uniko release, Jules! All three are wonderful designs. Especially love your last card with the layered die-cuts. Thanks for joining us at The Flower Challenge! xx

  12. Julie, I've loved all the cards you've created using that amazing grid stamp - even tried to recreate one, to no avail!! I'll leave that in your very capable hands!
    Your beautifully colors flowers are perfect for this layered frame die-cut look - thanks so much for playing along at The Flower Challenge!

  13. Awesome cards! Love the toucan with the Block Party Summer design! Beautiful floral cards too!


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