Small Details, exponential opportunities!

Happy Friday!

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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!!

Hope and Strength on Acetate with Distress Oxide Spray background
Stamp with stitched die on Kraft, Tim Holtz Thinlits Alphas

I hope you have an amazing weekend and make sure to check out the
new releases and fabulous Sale going on!

Charmaine 
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Make Uniquely You cards

Hey! Hey! It’s Friday!

How are you doing today?

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ (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?? ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) 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!

Charmaine
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Too glam! Guest designing for Sassy & Crafty

Welcome back to another guest designing opportunity for Sassy and Crafty! This post is dedicated to the other glam girl that is part of the Own it stamp set.

Here is what I did:

The A2 background is the result of a marathon gelli press printing evening. I used a few acrylic paints and various stencils to get the variations seen on the background. I cut out a triangle on the bottom right corner as big as the girl, and then set it aside.

I stamped the girl with Gina K designs Black Amalgam ink with a Misti. Remember to keep the stamp in the Misti to re-stamp with a darker ink in the end.

Coloring the girl is similar to last week’s:
Skin E4, E11, E000
Hair: E09, E07, E79
Shirt: BG13
Background: BG000
I used Gold Wink of Stella for handles of the makeup brushes.

Sentiment: Sunny Stamps Studio flag banner, adhere foam tape underneath for dimension.
Ink: Altenew Black Obsidian pigment ink.

Finish the card by re-stamping the girl with Altenew Obsidian ink and aligning the colorful background over her. Glue the two pieces together. Cut off the excess paper, adhere to a 4.25 x 5.5 top folding card and position the sentiment on the card.

I hope you like this glam girl and will support Amy and Beth over at Sassy & Crafty! Go Small!!

Happy day!

Charmaine
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No coloring Mother’s Day card

Happy Friday!

I had a request to remake a card I posted this week on the Unity Stamp Company Show and Tell page, and I am happy to tell you that I even made a video to go along with it!

This card does not involve any coloring, but rather uses your colorful stamp pads instead. This card is very simple to put together once you have all your pieces ready to go.

Supplies: Another name for Love stamp set
Gina K Designs ink pads; Sea Glass and Passionate Pink
ย Versafine Clair Cheerful yellow.
Altenew Obsidian Pigment ink for the flowers
Altenew Dotted Swirls Debossing Cover plate
Lawn Fawn Stitched rectangle frame
Reverse Confetti “Mom”

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Thank you for watching!!! Have a great weekend.

Charmaine
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