I am using the “Say it with Love” January 2020 Sentiment kit created by Lisa Arana. The other day I made a bunch of gel press backgrounds/monoprints and was wondering how I could use them or incorporate them with my cards.
They are pretty bold in color and pattern so I decided to make these into envelopes instead. All I need now is a toned-down card with a sweet message.
This an A2 card in landscape orientation with the words stamped with a Misti for good allover coverage. Next, I used a black Micron pen and connected the words with squiggly lines. I used black, gold, and silver pens for a different look. Add the panel to a card stock color that matches the envelope for cohesiveness.
Add some visual interest with “Dots only” dies from Gina Marie Designs. These dies don’t cut the paper but deboss them instead. She has a whole series of these “dots only” dies in all shapes.
These are very simple cards that you can mass-produce and keep handy. Keep the stamp in the Misti and make multiple panels at a time without moving the stamp each time.
Unity has a brand new release today and I am showcasing this gorgeous, large and wordy, Small Details stamp today! I am absolutely in love with this full A2 sized stamp and it can be used in so many ways. Here are just a few… 6 to be exact!
I paired this gorgeous new stamp with the Gracielle Design Unusual day Poppy stamp and colored with Altenew watercolor brushes on watercolor paper.
Here is what I did: Stamp the Small Details stamp with water-resistant black ink, like VersaFine or Altenew Obsidian Pigment ink. Don’t worry if you don’t get a clear impression all over, this adds to the “grungy” look. Next, stamp the large poppy in the corner with the same ink.
I am not a watercolor expert, but I love how this came out. Wet certain areas with water using a clean brush or watercolor pen. Try to imagine what you want your flower to look like. I knew I wanted the majority of this flower to be pink so I added pink to the shadowy/ deeper parts of the flower. Dab off the excess paint and water; this will prevent the colors from turning into brown mud!
Repeat the process in the leftover spaces with orange watercolor. Dab off excess color and blend the two colors with a clean water brush. Lightly dab the paper with a clean towel in the areas where colors are too concentrated. Add white gel pen highlights and some shimmer with a Wink of Stella pen. I added blue to the center of the flower…because I could! 🙂
Two ink-blot looking stamps are included in the floral stamp set and are perfect for this messy card! I added this card to a kraft colored card stock top-folding base because the watercolor paper looked “dirty” next to white cardstock. Add your sentiment made with a Dymo label maker and you are done!
Father’s Day is this weekend and this card is very easy to make for your dad. I used one of my gel plate prints but you can easily make a background using Distress Oxide or Inks, even sprays! Any printed paper would work as well. I know you hoard pretty paper somewhere! 😉
Die cut three sets of letters with these dies (I believe they are MFT Alpha dies) out of heavy cardstock with the Small Details die cut on top. Stack and use liquid glue to move the letters into position.
My last card is the traditional stamp-and- mask techniques.
Stamp the background in a different color, this time to add softness to the card. This girl is from the June Kit of the Month 2020 and colored with Copics. Add dimension with an “emboss only” double-stitched die frame from MFT.
Here are the other three cards. Let me know if you need a tutorial on these!!
I hope you have an amazing weekend and make sure to check out the new releases and fabulous Sale going on!
Every day seems to bring mixed emotions and harder challenges, I feel. Sometimes you just don’t how you feel, right? That’s when you wish that you have the right sentiment to fit on that card that was made out of pure frustration or elation brought on by that particular day.
Here I come to save the day 🙂 (Tra-la-la!)
Now, don’t get me wrong. Unity has some fabulous sentiment kits and amazing wordy stamps for all occasions. But let me show how you to make them more personalized with a Dymo embossing label maker.
I am using the amazing Uniquely Unity Kit (June 2020) for all my cards today. These kits are only $14.99 a month and so much love goes into these kits! You will not be disappointed! I love making use of stark contrasts in my cards. For example, I have a whole bunch of monoprints (made with my gel press) where I used neon acrylic paints. Add a black and white element and you achieved a WOW effect with very minimal effort.
This print reminded me of the beautiful sunsets we see here in South Carolina and I needed a sentiment to fit its vibrancy. I perused Pinterest and found this one (Also, would you like to see this in red rubber?? 😉 ) The Unity stamp was inked with Altenew’s Obsydian blank ink that delivers that crisp look and then I used my Scan N Cut to cut it out for me. I cut the inside of the print twice with two different sized rectangles dies. Glue the flower to the inside of the outer layer and then pop it up with foam tape. Glue the most inside colored print in the center of the card base. This label maker’s tape has adhesive to the back, so just space it out and adhere to the card.
I made extra stamp cutouts and positioned them overlapping each other to form a square. This is a 5×7 card paired with another monoprint. Since orange is the color of Faith, I thought that this sentiment would fit perfectly.
My last card comes from inspiration from my son. This is his favorite song from the Trolls movie and he always dances like a mad man when it comes on. The clever design of the stamp with the line underneath made for a perfect anchor to place “in a pocket”
I paired this monoprint with a Darice striped embossing folder and it actually started coming apart by itself. Well, use what you have, right? I glued all the pieces onto the A2 card and tucked that stamp right into that gap. I wanted to use some foam tape to pop it up, but the paper was too fragile. But it worked out great! You can also add names or type sentiments in a different language to these cards to personalize them even more. Another tool in your arsenal! And what about all that patterned paper you have been hoarding???? These would work perfectly together!
I hope this will spark some creativity for you this weekend when life gets you down! Chin up, girls!
I love making cards, no, I am obsessed with making cards. But when I HAVE to make a card, I struggle BIG TIME. I had to make a card for a friend whose daughter is getting married this weekend and I put it off until yesterday! Nothing like procrastination, huh??
The bride will have light pink peonies in her bouquet, so I decided on using the Peony Hugs stamp set. And I knew it had to be bigger than an A2 card, so I chose an A7 ( 5×7) card. (Just make sure you have that size envelope in your house!!) I cut and folded a piece of Neenah Solar White 110lbs card stock as the base and placed a piece of acetate with silver foil dots (from A.C Moore) over it. Use double-sided tape in the middle of the card because this will be covered up.
Next, I stamped and silver heat embossed (Hero Arts Silver EP) two peonies on white vellum. Heat the vellum at an angle to prevent warping. Carefully cut these out on the outside of the embossed line. I tried to color the peonies with a Copic marker but stamped and cut this same stamp in pink card stock instead. This way both peonies are identical in color.
For the center, I used Heffy Doodles Skinny rectangles and cut a frame out of white card stock. Don’t stack the frames because you will need the flowers to be flat on the card. Next, cut a matching rectangle out of Neenah Desert Storm card stock (or Kraft) and glue these together.
Adhere the peonies to the corners of the white frame and let the vellum leaves fill the brown space in the center. You can use double-sided tape for these as well. The letters are three stacks deep adhered with liquid glue. This glue will give you a little longer time to reposition if need be. The top letter layer is out of silver card stock. I used Tim Holtz Sizzix Classic Upper and Classic Lower Thinlits for the names.
I hope you like the post and card just like my friend does. And I have to give a huge shoutout to the Unity design team for helping me put this card together! I was struggling, BIG TIME! Thanks, girls!
I hope you had a great week and have plans for relaxation this weekend. Maybe some crafting as well? And have you seen the new red rubber releases over at Unity Stamp Co??? What do you think of those pretty dragonflies?? See how I create a peekaboo card using Vellum.
I am going back to work at the hospital on Monday and I wanted to make a card for my coworker who is near and dear to my heart. I want her to know that I missed seeing her and that I am in serious need of adult conversation!
Here is what I did:
This is still a traditional top folding card with a place for a stamped sentiment inside, but with the vellum, it creates an illusion of just having two layers.
WOW Metallic Gold Rich Super Fine embossing powder
Distress Oxides Shabby Shutters and Mowed Lawn
Smooth Bristal A2 sized card stock
Top folding A2 landscape orientation card
Vellum (5 1/2″ x 5″)
Stamp and cut out two dragonflies, I used my Scan ‘N Cut to save time. Color these ( I used Copics) and set aside. Next, cover the Bristol Smooth paper (or any paper that will blend well with distress oxides) with variations of Shabby Shutters and Mowed Lawn. This will give the page some depth/light interest. Place your colored paper in the Misti and use your antistatic tool all over the paper. Stamp the Botanical Background with Versamark and apply the Gold Embossing powder all over. Heat set this and adhere to the front of the top folding landscape card.
Measure your vellum over the embossed area/card so that you have a “lip” on the back of the card of about 3/4″. Position the dragonflies in such a way that there is a spot for a sentiment on the left side of the vellum. Place the sentiment in the Misti over the vellum, use antistatic powder, and stamp with Versamark. Heat emboss with the same gold embossing powder. I used double-sided tape to secure the vellum to the back of the card.
Finish the card with applying dimensional foam squares to the back of the “front” dragonfly and regular double-sided tape for the inside dragonfly.
Now you have two dragonflies looking for one another in a garden! At least that’s what happened in my mind! Please let me know if you have any questions!!!
I hope you all had a great week and are ready for a quick and fun video on how to make backgrounds using a gel plate. I just discovered this gem of a technique so I am not even going to pretend I know what I am doing! But, sit back and relax. Enjoy this 5-minute video and watch how I use this Unity Stamp three times and get three different looks. I have helpful tips at the end of the post.
Here are my supplies I used:
(Disclaimer: I bought these off the shelf without doing any research on brands/products/performance, but they all worked great!)
It is such a happy Friday because Unity Stamp Company is releasing RUBBER STAMPS today! I am so happy to show you one of the fabulous stamp sets available for purchase.
I am also trying something new for me, a Slimline card. I don’t have any fancy dies for this so anyone can make this card today. This stamp set is named Possible not Easy and designed by our newest team member, Sandhya Iyer. Make sure to show her some love!
Here is what I did: Slimline cards are 8 1/2″ tall by 3 1/2″ wide and they will neatly fit into Number 10 envelopes with room to spare. Fold one 8 1/2″ x 11″ Neenah 110lbs cardstock in half and cut off the excess card stock. Now, let’s add a pretty and dimensional background by using an embossing folder on a separate 8 1/2 x 3 1/2 piece of card stock. So how are you suppose to emboss an entire 8 1/2 long piece of paper with a 6×6 embossing folder? After I used an Echo Park diamond weave folder and ran it through my Gemini Jr, I just turned my paper around and lined the paper up with the existing embossed diamonds. Adhere this to the front of the card base with double-sided tape.
Now for the fun part. Stamp several flowers on heavy card stock, like110 lbs paper, because once these are cut out, they tend to be a little flimsy. Good card stock prevents the flowers from curling. I also used Copic friendly ink like the Gina K Designs Amalgam ink. Choose a patterned paper that is not too busy but will still make your flowers the main attraction. Stamp and cut these frames, three to be exact.
I colored the flowers with Copics using three shades of yellow (color dark to light) and I used two shades of green for the leaves.
The “Joy” sentiment is part of the Simon Says Stamp “Joyful” die and I cut three of these, stacked and glued together. Adhere the three squiggly squares evenly spaced to the card base. Finally, position the flowers offsetting two of them and one smack in the middle.
Two more cards were made using this stamp set and I must say, this set is definitely going in my favorites pile.
I want to spread some joy to celebrate Unity’s joy today. In the spirit of joy and giving, I am gifting this slimline card to someone leaving a comment on the blog post posted by Unity Stamp Company on the Show and Tell Page. Tag me to tell me what you think of this card!