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July 2021 Release in Review Brand Ambassador Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!

Hello & Happy Saturday!

Did you see our recent release¬†HERE? With it being a big one for us here at Uniko and not all the Brand Ambassadors got to play with all their goodies straight away, I thought it would be fun to have another Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY ūüéȬ†

Hopefully you have hopped on over from HERE, the start of the hop and if you want to check the products out, they are all still available to purchase HERE on the website.

I’ve made a couple cards to share with you today…

For this first card I combined three of the six clear stamp sets released. I started by partially inking the Background Block Grid and heat embossing with WOW Clear Gloss EP. I wanted a unfinished look so that when I inked blended over the top I could fade it out slightly.

I used Altenew Moss, Olive & Parrot ink colours. Fading out from the bottom left corner with the darkest Moss colour. I’ve then embellished with a trio of Doodle Flowers and a double Simply Said Blocks I and III sentiment and some adhesive gems.

For my second card today I reached for the Stencil Rainbow & Clouds again. I’ve had this card idea stuck in my head and wanted to get it made, so today was the perfect time.

I started by inking up the largest rainbow and die cut it using a Sizzix Heart Die from my stash. I then used white pigment ink to dab the clouds onto my blue mat layer.

I then added a double sentiment from Simply Said Blocks III and finished off with some heart and circle domed embellishments.

Just the two cards from me today. But be sure to check out the rest of the Brand Ambassador blogs for more inspiration using the release.

Don’t forget to comment along the way, I will be¬†randomly selecting one lucky comment winner to win a ¬£20 eGift Certificate. Commenting to be able to win will close at Midnight BST my Sunday 22nd August 2021. The winner will be¬†announced on the blog before the end of August.

Crafty Hugs

July 2021 Reveal, Release Day, Brand Ambassador Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!

Hello & Happy Sunday! 

Yay ūüéČ it’s the day we’ve all been waiting for! Finally I will introduce you to all 6 stamp sets and all 4 stencils in their entirety. They are all available to purchase HERE on the website now. AND we have our usual Brand Ambassador Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!

I have formally introduced all the new products over HERE on the Uniko Blogspot Blog and you will also find the hop list too. But how about some more inspiration I’ve made using some of the products.

First up is another card using the Doodle Flowers clear stamp set.

I didn’t have a layout for this card, I just started stamping and kinda went with the flow. My only starting point was the colours, which are from the current challenge over at CAS Colours & Sketches HERE.

I thought it was a little different and fun to choose these colours and I think it’s turned out pretty nicely. I thought about the sentiments in the set and wanted there to be lots of mix and match choices, just like I have used here.

Next I had a play with the Background Block Layered Modern Floral as I wanted to use it not as a block or pattern, but rather use elements to create a card.

For this card I stamped the floral section of the block in different colours & then set to fussy cutting a selection out. I then used the smaller accent stamps from the set to create a border in black along the right edge of a card panel.

I adhered some of the flowers with double sided tape and some with foam adhesive. The sentiment is from Floral Vines.

Lastly for today I wanted to use the Stencil – Tropical Leaf I and again opted for a slimline card.

With the size of the leaf it lends itself well to a slimline card. Here I have simply layered the leaf and inked with various shades of green. The sentiment is from Doodle Flowers clear stamp set.

That’s all from me today, I will be sharing more with the new release over the coming days/weeks on the blog as there are so many ideas buzzing round my head with them still!

Don’t forget to hop along and to leave a comment on all the¬†stops along the way. I will be¬†randomly selecting one lucky comment winner to win the ENTIRE* release. Commenting to be able to win will close at Midnight BST Sunday 1st August 2021. The winner will be¬†announced on the blog during the first¬†week of August.


Thank you SO much to the Brand Ambassadors and everyone who has joined in on the fun. You really do make these releases so much fun.
Crafty Hugs

Introducing… Doodle Flowers

Welcome to Day 5 and the last of the July 2021 Release Product Introductions. I can’t believe we are introducing the final product. Which means tomorrow is Release Day and all the goodies will be available to purchase on the website.

Today we have another inspiring blog hop and I saved the final floral, Doodle Flowers. You might recognise this flower from the previously released Background Blocks Doodle Flower and the Uniko Stencil Doodle Flowers. With the addition to this set in the mix, it provides even more mix and match options AND I’ve included some mix and match sentiments in a current favourite font!

So let’s get to what I’ve made today…

First up I decided to pair the stamps with the previously released stencil. Here I have used texture paste through the stencil to create the background. I have then added the outline doodle flowers which are stamped, coloured and fussy cut out.

I added one of the mix & match sentiments from the set that I have embossed in white onto scraps of black card. I finished the design off with some black Nuvo Drops.

Next I wanted to use the stamp set by itself and make a one layer card. I like these on hand as they’re mail friendly!

I already had my embossing supplies out on my desk, so I masked a section of my card off, stamped the flowers & leaves from the set & heat embossed white. I then used Distress Oxide Inks in Salvaged Patina and Wilted Violet to blend over the top.

Once I was happy I stamped another of the mix and match sentiments from the set and embellished with a few enamel dots from my stash.

Lastly for today I wanted to pair the set with the Background Block Doodle Flower.

For this I kept it simple. I stamped the block pattern in black and added some colour using Copic Markers. I stamped and fussy cut both the solid doodle flower and leaves from the set, placing them so I knew where to stamp the sentiment from the set.

This set really is good fun and has even more options when paired with the other coordinating products. Be sure to checkout the Brand Ambassador blogs for more inspiration and don’t forget to leave a comment 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… 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 

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 ūüėČ

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 ūüôā
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 

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