Sunday 27 February 2022

Release Day at Uniko and a BA Blog Hop and Giveaway

Good morning. 
Well the day has finally come when you will be able to get your hands on the 10th Birthday release  from 10am GMT over on the website HERE.
Here are a few more ideas for you, using the new stamps and stencils.

My first card uses BB Splatter and Cogs, with quite a masculine result.


On a panel of black card, I stamped the splatter stamp with Versamark and added platinum EP. Before heat embossing, I brushed away some of the thicker areas, as I only wanted a suggestion of the pattern in the background, before I heat embossed. The BB Cogs was then stamped over the top and embossed using Brass WOW EP. The trimmed down panel was added to an A6 black note card and the Everyday Sentiment added with the same brass EP.

Just to prove that grunge isn't just for masculine cards, here is the same BB Splatter used in the background of this very feminine card.

I used the colours at Color Throwdown, a mix of Altenew Forest Glades and Frayed Leaf ink and matching Copic markers for the leaves and a couple of pinky tones of Copic marker for the rose. The sentiment is from the very useful Everyday Sentiments.
After stamping the BB Splatter image a few times to create my background, I took a scrap die cut circle and inked it with Forest Glades ink, popping it up over the splatter with pads. The fussy cut Pure Florals Rose bloom and leaves were added along with the sentiment banner.

This next card uses the Flower Power#7 stencil and a range of pink DIs. The Everyday Sentiment was stamped on a panel of matching card and embossed with white EP. The colours and pattern remind me of a bedspread that was sold in M&S when I worked there in my holidays in the early 70's!

The finished panel was trimmed and mounted on a scalloped die cut square and inked with Kitch Flamingo DI and added to a white square base card.

My next card is very similar to the introducing post but this time the image is flipped and the panel trimmed to fit a square format, double mounted and added to a base card.


This next card was inspired some retro fabric I saw on Pinterest and another using the Fun Flower stencil and masks and Flower Power#7 stencil and masks.

I arranged the masks over a panel of white card and inked over with Mowed Lawn DI. I then used the masks and stencils to fill in the blooms. Some of the larger bloom masks moved a little but I quite like the white showing through in places. I used a mixture of blue and green DIs for the blooms.
The You from Big n Bold You sentiment set, was stamped and heat embossed with white EP on black and fussy cut, adding the large phrase with white EP on a black banner.

My final card uses the Balloon Frame set for this fun interactive birthday card.

I made one of these surprise pop up cards for a BA post a couple of years ago here and thought I would revisit it and CASE it! The original video by Jennifer McGuire, showing the process for the mechanism can be seen here.
To begin I stamped the panel and infilled the empty space with the small confetti stamp with a light grey ink and coloured using Copic markers.
On the large balloon, I stamped Time To from Birthday Sentiments and Celebrate form the new Everyday Sentiments in Versamark and heat embossed with white EP. The smaller inside balloon uses the same combination of sets to create a different sentiment.
Here's what it looks like in close up when you pull the tab!

So what do you think of the new release?

To celebrate we are having the regular BA blog hop and giveaway to finish of the month in style. 

Bev has one last GIVEAWAY today, simply leave a comment on all of the stops along the hop for your chance to win £10 eGift Code* to spend in store. You have until Midnight Sunday 6th March 2022 to leave your comments.

Due to an unprecedented amount of entries during the month long celebrations and quests, it will take us a little longer to check all of them and randomly select the winners. ALL winners including this GIVEAWAY will be announced here on the blog Monday 7th March 2022.

All the details of all the challenges are on the Uniko blog but here are the links to the other BA's posts for this hop, so you can check out how they have used the new release. So don't forget to leave a comment before you hop along to the other BAs for your chance to win.

 Julie -  you're here
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  1. Wow. Amazing cards. Love the inspiration. I particularly love the feminine use of the splatter. I can see it becoming my new favourite.

  2. What fantastic cards Julie. Love them all but the balloon at the end is magnificent! X

  3. Wowzers, Jules, you've been mega busy with these! I love the splatters with the rose, works so well, and great work with the green/blue flowers, such a striking design. Massive applause for your interactive balloons card, that's fantastic, and I love that you left the confetti background uncoloured, it really makes those bright balloons pop (not literally! lol) x

  4. Such beautiful array of inspirations with fun new release! I adore each one with your striking designs!

  5. Simply spectacular cards one after the other!! I am loving the variety of designs and admiring your talent in creating each of them. The rose is looking really gorgeous!! Thank you so much for sharing with us at the Seize the Birthday challenge!

  6. Wow! A plethora of loveliness! I especially love the pop up clever and I like your vibrant use of colour. x

  7. Wow, what a lovely lot of cards Julie! I especially like the use of the splatter behind the rose and the fun interactive element on your balloon card! ~ Stef

  8. What fabulous cards Julie, I love those very retro looking florals but the balloon card is just brilliant!!

  9. I LOVE them all especially the Life is tough one! Great colors!

  10. Fabulous set of cards to showcase the new release. I love the balloons, and the spatters background stamp is awesome - love the different ways you have used it for masculine and feminine cards.
    Pauline x

  11. Beautiful cards. I like the balloons and the pink flower most.
    Nicole G.

  12. What a showcase of beautiful cards! So impressive to see all of these new products in action! Gorgeous work!

  13. You have so much talent! Could you bottle some and send it my way, please! I am a bit pushed for time but your floral card id absolutely stunning! They are so lucky to have you! Great array of cards all around, Julie! Thanks for linking up at Seize the Birthday!

  14. What a truly amazing set of cards, you have done so well with each one of these and such brilliant inspiration, thank you xx

  15. You have been a very busy cardmaking machine! :-) Love the way you used the throwdown colors in that gorgeous card! Thanks for joining us in the challenge!

  16. Gorgeous cards. The gold embossed cogs on the black look fab. Hugz


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