Hello…in a different way!

Happy Friday !

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.

Until next time then!
You can still find all my cards on Facebook or Instagram

Much Love,
Charmaine

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 🙂 (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!

Charmaine
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