Friday, 31 March 2023

Uniko 11th Birthday Release In Review and a Brand Ambassador Blog Hop & Giveaway!

Good morning, hope I find you well.
Some of the Brand Ambassadors at Uniko didn't all get their stash for the 11th Birthday release until after the release day due to problems with the Post Office and other things, so we are back with a few more ideas using the release and another chance for you to win with a Blog hop and giveaway! 

I was lucky enough to get most of my stash but not all and have finally got my sticky paws on the fab Falling Hearts Serenade stamp set!
Here's my first card using Spring Botanicals- Crocus, I just love it!!

When we had snow at the beginning of March, the crocuses in the wild area of my garden were in flower, their purple heads just peeking above the 3 inches of lying snow. Once the snow stopped and the sun came out they looked very pretty against the sparkling snow and blue sky, so I decided to have a go at painting them.
A piece of torn copy paper served as a useful mask for the foreground snow and after stamping, decided not use the background technique I used here and here. This time I simply added a wash of Ultramarine watercolour for the sky, leaving a few gaps to give texture. The foreground I left plain to work on later. I then worked on the crocus flowers, removing the masking before adding detail using Zig watercolour pens. To create the snow, I just added shadow with a dry brush and some Payne's Grey watercolour, except on the right where I used a little more water in the mix. One of the blooms didn't work out as I would have liked but the overall effect I'm pleased with. The A5 panel of watercolour paper was trimmed to size and added to an A4 base card. I didn't want to spoil the pic by adding a sentiment, so left it off.

My next card uses the Falling Hearts Serenade stamp as well as a few small hearts from Big and Bold Love.

On an A6 panel of white card, I stamped and heat embossed with white EP the Falling Hearts Serenade quite a few times, filling in the gaps with some smaller hearts. From an A6 panel of masking paper, I die cut a heart to create a frame. The A6 panel was then placed over the stamped panel and the the heart aperture was inked through with Worn Lipstick DI. The heart die cut was then put back into the panel to mask the red heart, the outer panel was removed and the rest of the panel inked with Weathered Wood DI. Once the central heart was removed, I added the fussy cut Happy, Christmas Sentiments, and the Anniversary, Flower Power #7, stamped in black on a white strip of card on foam pads. A few PPP sequins complete the design.

Finally another using the Falling Hearts Serenade stamp set. A simple gold embossed image, a few additional hearts and a sentiment that would serve for a wedding, engagement or anniversary from the Wonderful Day set.

The large stamp was stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with gold EP on a panel of white card, along with a few extra hearts and sentiment. This was then trimmed and added to a panel of gold textured card and then on pads to a 5 x 7 white base card.

So now it's over to you. Just leave a comment here for a chance to win a fab prize, before hopping off to see what the rest of the Brand Ambassadors have made.
Bev is going to choose one lucky winner from the comments, to receive a Uniko Clear Stamp & Stencil Bundle worth a minimum of £30. It will be a mix of the new release featured in the hop with a few of her favourites mixed in too.

Simply leave a comment along all stops of the hop before midnight BST Saturday 8th April 2023 and she will randomly select a lucky winner and announce ASAP after the closing date.

Happy hopping!


  1. the colouring of the crocuses looks great! Thanks for showing. Nicole

  2. Love the gold embossed hearts and I love the first project most with the beautiful sky background surrounded by pretty Crocuses!

  3. Fabulous cards Jules. Beautiful crocuses. X

  4. 2 gorgeous cards Jules. The colouring on the crocuses is fabulous, it really looks like a piece of art.
    Pauline xx

  5. Love these beautiful heart designs! Such pretty cards! The crocus flowers are amazing! Wow!

  6. Wonderful cards Julie, those crocuses are incredible!!

  7. oh wow the crocus card is amazing! Beautiful work with the other cards also.

  8. Your colouring is always beautiful and detailed. Love the heart inked behind the falling hearts too. Beautiful showcase. Thank you & Crafty Hugs Bev


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