Floral

Introducing… Stencil – Flower Power #1

Welcome Back to day 3 of the Sept/Oct 2021 Release product introductions. Today myself and my awesome Brand Ambassadors have another inspiring blog hop and we are introducing a new stencil, Flower Power #1.

I am delighted to be adding to the Flower Power Stencil line up. The ways the Brand Ambassadors have used this stencil is genius and inspiring, so be sure to hop along with us.

All the products will be available for purchase on Sunday 3rd October at 9am BST. 

Okay, lets get to the good stuff…

This flower has always reminded me of a Poinsettia, so it was only right that I created a modern poinsettia Christmas card.

It took a bit of time to mask the petals in order to be able to add the bottom green layer, but the results were totally worth it!

For the small dots in the centre of the flower I used a stamp from Flower Power #5. You could easily draw them in with a fine liner if you don’t have the stamp. The sentiment is from the new Christmas Sentiments clear stamp set we introduced yesterday.

For my second card today I had to go rainbow…

The masking for this was easier! And doesn’t it look delightful in a rainbow of colours? I used my Concord & 9th inks for this. Again I added the same stamped dots to the centre.

The sentiment is from Floral Vines and I finished off with a trio of Gloss White Nuvo Drops.

If you’ve not seen my earlier post for the Uniko Challenge reminder, be sure to check it out HERE. I have made a third card using this stencil.

Thanks so much for stopping by and for all the lovely comments.

Crafty Hugs 

Uniko Challenge Reminder #67 – Anything Goes + optional twist Autumn Colours

Hello & Happy Friday!

Today I am popping in first with a reminder card that there is still time to join in on the current Uniko Challenge. Though my card ties into my next blog post shortly with the next of the Sept/Oct 2021 Release product introductions ūüėČ

Challenge Guidelines:
* You can use any products/stamps to enter the challenge, but we do LOVE to see you use your Uniko products. Plus, there is an extra chance to win a prize if you do ūüėČ
* Email entries welcome, just email a photo of your card to bev@uniko.co.uk and I will add it to the Uniko Flickr gallery and link up!
* Share the challenge graphic in your post and link back to the challenge if possible ūüėČ

Here’s what I was inspired to make…

I opted for some beautiful warm autumnal colours for my card and using a kraft card base really helps to radiate the warmth. I couldn’t resist using our new Stencil – Flower Power #1 which we are introducing on the blog today.

`It’s fun having these large scale modern flowers and they really do make for a quick card with impact. I used Distress Oxide inks as I think they keep their colour lovely on kraft and coloured card stock. The colours of the flower are Fossilised Amber, Spiced Marmalade and Vintage Photo.

The sentiment I have chosen is from Floral Vines and embossed in white onto a block of brown card. I added a strip of the same colour down the edge of my stencilled mat layer too. I think this adds a little more interest to the overall design.

Now, if you need more incentive to play along with the challenge here are the details of the prizes.

THE PRIZES

Main Winner Chosen By The Brand Ambassadors Р£15 eGift CertificateRandom Twist Winner Р£5 eGift CertificateRandom Uniko Stamps Winner Р£5 eGift CertificateTop 3 Chosen By The Brand Ambassadors Р150 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 22nd October 2021. I look forward to seeing you in the gallery HERE.


Crafty Hugs

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

Uniko Challenge Reminder #66 – Flowers + Optional Twist Slimline

 Hey!

Myself and the Uniko Brand Ambassadors are here today to remind you about the July/ August 2021 Uniko challenge.


Challenge Guidelines:
* You can use any products/stamps to enter the challenge, but we do LOVE to see you use your Uniko products. Plus, there is an extra chance to win a prize if you do ūüėČ
* Email entries welcome, just email a photo of your card to bev@uniko.co.uk and I will add it to the Uniko Flickr gallery and link up!
* Share the challenge graphic in your post and link back to the challenge if possible ūüėČ


We’re delighted to welcome back¬†Dhruvika¬†as our Guest Designer for this reminder post.

How stunning is Dhruvika’s card! If you pop over to her Instagram feed you can see all her other awesome cards too –¬†HERE.

Hopefully you have hopped on over from HERE, where the Uniko Brand Ambassadors have shared inspiration and you will also find the link up and prize information.

Here’s what I was inspired to create…

Not a slimline card this time, but a modern floral one using the newly released Doodle Flowers. I’ve also put in a trio of smaller flowers from the Background Blocks Doodle Flower for a little bit of variety and interest.

I started by stamping the flowers in a trio of Concord & 9th ink colours, Honeysuckle, Buttercup and Oceanside. I then indulged in some relaxing fussy cutting.

To assemble the card I first stamped the sentiment from Floral Vines and then arranged the flowers. I adhered some flat using DST and some with foam adhesive. I then finished off with a few clear rhinestones.

That’s all from me today, but I will be back soon with more to share using the July Release. Until then, thank you for stopping by & I look forward to seeing you in the gallery.

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… 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 

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 ūüėČ

Hello Distress Oxide inks, it’s been a while ūüėā 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 

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