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Introducing… Stencils Flower Power #8, Rainbow & Clouds, Squared & Tropical Leaf I

Hello & Happy Friday!

Welcome to Day 4 of the July 2021 Release Product Introductions. I can’t believe it’s Friday already & week 1 of the summer holidays is almost over.

Today we have another inspiring blog hop and we are introducing FOUR new stencil designs. A bit of a mix with hopefully something for everyone.

I have four cards to show you today, so let’s get to it…

First up I have this sparkly colourful card using the Flower Power #8 stencil. I recently purchased the Altenew Detail Blending Brushes and had to give them a whirl by colouring each of the flower segments a different colour!

I then applied some Gina K Designs Glitz Glitter Gel over the top to get this beautiful sparkle. I messed up a little, so I trimmed the flower to go over the edge of my card panel. I added a sentiment from Simply Said Blocks III and a trio of sparkly Nuvo Drops to finish.

Next up is a card using the Rainbow & Clouds stencil. The stencil contains 2 sizes of rainbow and 4 different sized clouds. Here I chose to use the smaller rainbow.

I am slowly stepping outside my comfort zone and this time I used some Gina K Pastillage Texture Paste. I removed the stencil, cleaned & when the paste was dry reapplied the stencil and used the detail blending brush to apply ink.

I love the subtle dimension of this texture paste. For the clouds I used Gina K Designs Glitz Glitter Gel and simply fussy cut the clouds out when dry. Again a sentiment from Simply Said Blocks III and a little glitter heart from my stash finished the card.

Another CAS card up next, this time using the Squared stencil. Again testing out the detail blending brushes I was able to selectively ink various squares to create a frame round my Birthday Wishes sentiment.

I’m looking forward to having another play with this stencil and paring it with Background Builders Squared!

Lastly for today I have another simple design using Tropical Leaf I. Here I used the detail blending brushes to add different shades of green for a interesting effect with it being a CAS design.

This time I added the Thinking of You sentiment from Simply Said Blocks II and a trio of Bottle Green Nuvo Drops to finish.

Just a quick look at all four stencils from me today, I know I will be sharing more in the coming weeks with these as well as all the new products I’ve introduced this week. Be sure to hop around the Brand Ambassador blogs for more inspiration and don’t forget to  leave comments along the way. I will be randomly selecting comments left in the lead up to Release Day on 25th July to win Uniko goodies! 

Until tomorrow, Crafty Hugs 

Introducing… Block Party Summer

Hello & Happy Thursday!

Welcome to Day 3 of the July 2021 Release Product Introductions. Today we have another inspiring blog hop and we are introducing the next addition to the Block Party series, Block Party Summer.

Inspired by my love of Subway Art, I get to combine fun and trendy fonts with images associated with the theme. Drawing from previously released clear stamp sets adds more versatility too.

Hopefully you have hopped on over from HERE, the start of the hop. But, lets have a look at what I’ve created today…

For my first card I wanted to keep things simple and I drew on the surf’s up sentiment, thinking of the waves lapping in at the beach. To create the background I created a wavy edge template and used Altenew’s Sea Shore ink collection to ink blend and create this fun backdrop.

I then simply stamped the block over the top in the darkest shade, Emerald. I decided to keep this card a simple one layer. Perfect for mailing out to a friend and sending them some tropical summer beach vibes.

Next I kept to the one layer again, but this time I wanted to chill out with some simple and vibrant colouring…

Here I stamped the block in black ink and simply coloured in the images using Copic Markers. It made for a relaxing evening as I cooled down from the hot day.

Lastly for today I wanted to use the block in a different way and opted for a landscape slimline design.

Here I stamped the block side by side, altering the part of the image that would be shown. I then heat embossed in clear so that it would show up on the Kraft card stock.

I then stamped just the ice cream section 3 times, coloured the images and fussy cut them out to adhere to the card using foam adhesive. The ‘You’re Sweet’ sentiment is from Pure Florals Cosmos.

That’s all from me today using this stamp, but be sure to hop along around the Brand Ambassador blogs for even more. Don’t forget to  leave comments along the way. I will be randomly selecting comments left in the lead up to Release Day on 25th July to win Uniko goodies!

I hope you’ll pop back tomorrow for the next of the product introductions. 
Crafty Hugs 

Introducing… Background Blocks Layered Floral & Simply Said Blocks III

Hello & Happy Wednesday!

Welcome to Day 2 of the July 2021 Release Product Introductions. We have another inspiring blog hop and we are introducing Background Blocks Layered Floral & Simply Said Blocks III. Hopefully you have hopped on over from HERE, the start of the hop.

I have three cards to share with you today using this stamp set, so let’s get to it.

First up I have this almost one layer card where I have simply stamped the flower part of the block and then the leaf part of the block. I then used one of the Simply Said Block III sentiments, which is adhered using foam adhesive.

For my second card I wanted to create another almost one layer card, this time I wanted a colourful one. To create this I used my stamping tool.

Once I had positioned the stamps in my stamping tool, I inked and stamped each of the flowers individually. With the flowers being fairly far apart from each other there was only minimal masking required.

Once I had stamped the leaves in place, I went in and added some more of the single leaf images in some of the gaps and also added the dot detail. I kept the sentiment the same, but changed the position.

For my last card today I wanted to show how this stamp can be used to fill a card.

I’m slowly getting into the slimline card trend, so tried my hand at this size for the floral pattern. I started by stamping the flowers and then the leaves at one side of the panel. I then alternated and stamped the leaves and then the flowers for spacing and then again to fill the panel.

I finished the card off with another of the Simply Said Block III sentiment and paired it with BIG & BOLD Hello, which is fussy cut and adhered using foam adhesive.

As you can see there are lots of options in how to use this stamp set and I will have more to share later in the week. I know the Brand Ambassadors have lots of inspiration too, so be sure to hop along and see. Don’t forget to  leave comments along the way. I will be randomly selecting comments left in the lead up to Release Day on 25th July to win Uniko goodies! 

Thats all from me , I hop you pop back tomorrow for the next of the product introductions. Crafty Hugs 

Introducing… Background Blocks Grid and Background Blocks Diagonal Stripe

 Hello & Happy Tuesday!

I am so glad you have popped by today as it is the first of the July 2021 Release product introductions. Hopefully you have hopped on over from HERE, the start of the hop.

Today myself and my awesome Brand Ambassadors have an inspiring blog hop and we are introducing Background Blocks Grid and Background Blocks Diagonal Stripe. I am delighted to be expanding this series of stamps with another couple of simple, but fun designs.

First up, let me introduce you to Background Blocks Diagonal Stripe…

For this card I used my stamping tool, masking and a rainbow of colours to get this fun effect. It was a little time consuming, but the results are fun. I couldn’t resist giving you a peek some other things being introduced later this week.

An addition to the Simply Said Blocks series and do you recognise the flowers?

Next up is an abstract kind of card using the Background Block Grid. This was another pretty time consuming design, but again I think it is super striking.

I randomly stamped the block on my base card and then I coloured in alternate squares to create a checkerboard / gingham pattern. I added the BIG & BOLD Happy die cut and another new Simply Said Blocks III sentiment.

That’s all I have to share today using these two new stamps, but there is so much more inspiration on the Brand Ambassador blogs. Be sure to hop along and leave a comment. I will be randomly selecting comments left in the lead up to Release Day on 25th July to win Uniko goodies! 

I hope you pop back tomorrow for the next of the product introductions. 
Crafty Hugs 

Uniko Challenge #66 – Flowers + optional twist Slimline

 Hey!

Welcome to the July/August 2021 Uniko Challenge.
We have the super simple theme of Flowers and an optional twist of Slimline.

We’re delighted to welcome Dhruvika (Cardogram) as our Guest Designer. Dhruvika is very active on Instagram and her wonderful cards can be found HERE.

It’s the last day of school for The Beans today and I needed some Thank You cards for their teachers, so I thought I’d use the opportunity of making a card for the challenge. This is what I came up with…

It’s been a while since I used the Alphabet Outlined, so I dusted it off to spell out the THANKS part of the message and coloured with Copic Markers. I wanted to keep it modern and graphic, so chose the loopy floral blooms from Kindness Blooms to frame the sentiment.

I decided to keep them simple and stamped in black, just adding a little bit of White Gloss Nuvo Drops to the centres. I finished off with the ‘So Much’ sentiment, which is a peek at something coming in the July Release 😉

Be sure to head on over to the Uniko Blogspot Blog for all the details of the challenge, the prize info and the link up. I look forward to seeing you in the challenge gallery.

Crafty Hugs 

June 2021 Stencil Release, Brand Ambassador Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!

Happy Sunday & Welcome to Uniko’s June 2021Mini Stencil Reveal & Release!

Hopefully you have enjoyed the Sneak Peeks and Introductions to the new products I have shared with you over the past few days. I’ve certainly had fun playing with all the new goodies 😉

All of the NEW products are available for purchase over HERE on the website. An earlier release time then previous releases.

Hopefully you have come on over from HERE, the start of the hop on the Uniko Blogspot Blog. Over there I have formally introduced all the new stencils.


Just a mini stencil release this month, but I am sure if you’ve been joining in with the introduction blog hops, you will agree that it packs a creative punch. In case you need a bit more convincing and inspiration as to how they can be used, be sure to join in on the blog hop.


Don’t forget to comment along the way, as there will be one lucky comment from those left selected to win ALL the stencils released today. You have until 10pm BST Sunday 27th June 2021 to leave a comment. Winner will be announced on the blog on or around the 28th June 2021.

Now, let’s get to the creative inspiration you’ve come here for!

For my first card today I wanted to used the Pure Florals Rose. I had this idea of colouring all the petals in a rainbow of colours. I’d ordered myself the Altenew Detail Blending Brushes and wanted to give them ago. I have to say they are really good and I mainly used the smallest to apply colour to each of the petals.

I then had the idea to turn to a technique to be able to ink the background black, called trapped ink.

Basically once you have applied colour to each of the petals and it has dried. Wipe the stencil over, keep it in place & then using your VersaMark ink pad sponge the ink directly to all of the coloured areas. Remove the stencil and apply clear embossing powder & heat set.

Then directly apply black ink all over the card. The embossing powder will resist the black ink and once all areas are covered you can buff the embossed areas to remove any black. As you can see my embossing wasn’t perfect in a couple areas as the black stayed. But overall it’s a neat technique.

Next I kept things fairly simple for a butterfly card…

For this I wanted to focus solely on the detail stencil of the butterfly. I started by creating a blended background. I used Distress Oxide inks in Festive Berries, Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade and Mustard Seed.

I then placed my detail butterfly stencil and used Nuvo Black Diamond Glimmer Paste through it. Once dry I used the silhouette solid stencil to position and draw in the remainder of the attena.

Lastly for today I decided to do a masculine card & also make a Father’s Day card, seeing as it is Father’s Day today!

This card is based on a similar Father’s Day card I made HERE. This time instead of using the Explosion! Additions stamps, I used the Stencil – Explosion! I also tried my hand at some double stencilling too.

I started by ink blending through the largest explosion on the stencil and before moving onto the next colour on my card, I placed the Mixed Mini Geometric stencil over the top and blended a slightly darker shade.

I really love the effect and will be trying this technique some more. I finished off the card with sentiments from Explosion! Additions and also the word DAD spelled out using Alphabet Outlined.

I hope you have enjoyed my cards today and I am sure you will enjoy the hop too. All the stencils are now available to purchase HERE.

Thank you so much for joining in on the fun here at Uniko 🙂
Crafty Hugs 

Introducing… Stencil English Country Garden Butterflies Bundle

Hello & Happy Saturday!

Welcome back to day 3 and the final introduction of the June 2021 Mini Uniko Stencil Release. Hopefully you have hopped on over from HERE, the start of the hop.

Let me introduce you to the next stencils, English Country Garden Butterflies Bundle…

The bundle consists of two 6 x 6 inch stencils and a mask. Although I have bundled these together, there are lots of creative ways of using them on their own. Just as there is by using them together and combined with the English Country Garden Butterflies clear stamp AND the English Country Garden Butterflies Designer Dies!

Here is how I used them today…

I started off simple for my first card & combined both of the stencils. I started by inking the solid butterfly first with Distress Oxide inks in Mustard Seed, Spiced Pumpkin & Lipstick.

I then placed the detail stencil over the top and used Spiced Pumpkin, Lipstick and Festive Berries. I finished the card with a sentiment from Birthday Sentiments.

So many ideas for these stencils, but lastly for today I wanted to use just the butterfly mask…

I often forget to reach for other colour card, but I am currently going through a phase of using Kraft! I love how Distress Oxide inks still remain bright and vibrant on Kraft.

For this I temporarily adhered the mask and inked around using Salvaged Patina, Wilted Violet & Picked Raspberry. The sentiment is from Simply Said Blocks II and I added a little trio of black Nuvo Drops.

That’s all from me today, but be sure to hop around all of the Brand Ambassador blogs…

This stencil bundle along with the others introduced over the last couple of days will be available for purchase HERE on the website tomorrow Sunday 20th June at 9am BST. 


Be sure to pop back tomorrow for the June 2021 Stencil Release, Brand Ambassador Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!

Crafty Hugs 

Introducing… Stencil Mixed Mini Geometrics

Hello & Happy Friday!

Welcome back to day 2 of the June 2021 Uniko Stencil Release.  If you missed the peeks and news about the release/s I shared Wednesday, be sure to catch up HERE and we also introduced the first stencil and next addition to the Pure Florals collection HERE.

Let me introduce you to the next stencil, Mixed Mini Geometrics…

This is a 6 x 6 inch stencil. It is exactly as its name states a mix of mini geometrics in a random design. Perfect for so many different projects from masculine to florals to focal points and more! 

Let’s see how I’ve used it today…

First up I decided to use it as a colourful backdrop to the floral/foliage silhouette from Just Because.

I love the trend of mixing Geometrics with florals and I felt that the silhouette stamped in black would make a bold statement against a colourful Background. I love how this turned out and also loving the new Distress Oxide ink colour, Salvaged Patina!

For my second card today I kept with the floral / geometric mix, but I kept the geometrics a little more subtle…

I used a bit of masking to create the geometric border down the sides of my card base to frame the focal sentiment panel.

I used a sentiment from Wonderful Day and my MISTI to repeat stamp it down the panel which I have adhered using foam adhesive. I finished the card by accenting it with a bloom from the same Wonderful Day stamp set.


That’s all from me today! Be sure to hop along with the Brand Ambassadors for more inspiration and I do hope you will pop by tomorrow for the next introduction.

Hannelie

Izzy 

Jane 

Julie

Rahmat

Steph

Crafty Hugs 

Introducing… Stencil Pure Florals Rose

Hello & Happy Thursday!

I am delighted you have stopped by today. Hopefully you have hopped on over from HERE, the start of the fun!

I am so excited to be bringing a Mini Uniko Stencil Release this month and today myself and the Uniko Brand Ambassadors get to show you the new stencils in action.

I’m over the moon to be adding these NEW Uniko Stencils to the growing collection. If you missed the peeks and news about the release/s I shared yesterday, be sure to catch up HERE.

Let me introduce you to the next in the Pure Florals collection, Stencil Pure Florals Rose…

This is a 6 x 6 inch stencil, so the bloom is beautifully large like the Chrysanthemum and the Gerbera. And like the others this stencil coordinates with the previously released and popular Pure Florals Rose clear stamp set.

I’ve had SO much fun ‘playing’ with stencils, trying out some mixed media techniques and still keeping a CAS feel with some of them. Like this first card…

For this I used a piece of water colour card. I found some postcard sized pieces, perfect for cards. The make is Langton and the weight is 140g, so nice and sturdy.

For this I started out with my stencil on my work space with the design on the opposite side to the direction I wanted the rose to face on my card.

I then used water based markers (I used Stampin’ Up! as I have a good mix of colours) to colour the lines of the stencil and around the outside. No need to be super perfect at this as once you’ve coloured it, you spritz lightly with water.

Before you place your water colour card over the top, you want to give that a light brushing of water to wet the card. This helps transfer the ink a little more.

The result is a beautiful watercolour outline rose, which was lovely, but I felt it needed a little more definition. I placed the clean and dry stencil over the top and used a fine liner to carefully draw inside the stencil. To finish I mounted the piece onto a dark smokey grey card base and added the congratulations sentiment from Simply Said Blocks II.

Lastly for today I had a play with another fun technique and this time I remembered to take some photos of the process 😉

Hello Distress Oxide inks, it’s been a while 😂 This is a shadow stencilling technique and depending on the stencil you use, it can be quite subtle like it has turned out with this design.

Step 1 – Kraft card base. I used a 13 x 13 cm square. Temporarily adhere your card to your work space and place the stencil where you want the design to be. Ink the design with white pigment ink until you are happy with the coverage.

Step 2 – Remove & clean the stencil. Once clean & dry reposition the stencil leaving a small border. I moved mine up by about 1mm and across to the right by 1mm.

Step 3 – Start applying your chosen colours.

I am using Distress Oxide inks in Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade & Mustard Seed. I chose DOI because I find them smoother to blend. Though for this stencil I use sponge daubers instead of a brush as the stencil has large areas with delicate stencil details that can move quite easily.

Apply the colours of ink until you are happy, and then remove the stencil.

Hopefully you can see the subtle white shadow border it leaves on the design.

I kept this card sentiment free and simply mounted the stencilled piece onto a pink and purple card base.

That’s all from me today! Be sure to hop along with the Brand Ambassadors for more inspiration and I do hope you will pop by tomorrow for the next introduction.

Hannelie

Izzy 

Jane 

Julie

Rahmat

Steph


Crafty Hugs 

Uniko Challenge #65 – Anything Goes + Optional Twist Use Die Cuts

 Hey Happy Friday!

Welcome to the May/June 2021 Uniko Challenge. Hopefully you have hopped on over from HERE.


We have the super simple theme of Anything Goes and an optional twist of Use Die Cuts.

This challenge we’re delighted to welcome Elaine as our guest Designer. I’m sure many of you will know her well and been inspired by her wonderful cards. A visit to her blog is always a pleasure, find it HERE.

Such a beautiful card using Uniko’s Pure Florals Peony stamp set.

My card today doesn’t use the optional twist, instead I have been having a creative play with a fun colouring technique.

I recently rediscovered this fun colouring technique through Jennifer McGuire and she shares a fab video HERE. There are so many creative options using it and I think the think I love most about it, you can do it how you want and each time the results will be different depending on the size dots you use.

I think the toughest part of this creative process was choosing a stamp set to use and try it with. For my card today I selected the silhouette from Just Because. I then just went to town with a rainbow of Copic Markers!

Are you ready to play?

Well, just in case you need some more incentive to play along with the challenge here are the details of the prizes.

Due to the current chaos around the world and here in the UK, I have temporarily reduced the value of the prizes. This is so that I can keep my small business afloat during these uncertain times. I hope you understand and will still join in on the fun.

Thank you for your continued support & joining in with the fun at Uniko.
THE PRIZES

  • Main Winner Chosen By the DT – £15 eGift Certificate
  • Random Twist Winner – £5 eGift Certificate
  • Random Uniko Stamps Winner – £5 eGift Certificate
  • Top 3 Chosen By DT – 150 Loyalty Reward Points

There is plenty of time to join and play along with this challenge. The deadline for submission is midnight (GMT) on Friday 25th June 2021. The link up for the challenge can be found HERE.

Crafty Hugs 

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