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

Hello & Happy Sunday! 

Yay šŸŽ‰ 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 theĀ stops along the way. I will beĀ 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 beĀ announced on the blog during the firstĀ week of August.

Thank you SO much to the BrandĀ 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 HugsĀ 

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 šŸ˜‰

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 purchaseĀ HERE.

Thank you so much for joining in on the fun here at Uniko šŸ™‚
Crafty HugsĀ 

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.







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 šŸ˜‰

Hello Distress Oxide inks, it’s been a while šŸ˜‚ 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.







Crafty Hugs 

Uniko Sponsors AAA Cards – Along the Edge with Optional Twist Snowflakes

Happy Sunday!

I’m here today to let you know about the new challenge over at AAA Cards AND Uniko is also the proud sponsor of the challenge, so another opportunity to get yourself some Uniko goodies!

This time they want to see the detail along the edge of your card & there is an optional twist of using snowflakes! Who doesn’t love snowflakes?!

If you know me, I love a snowflake or two, or three! So I had to choose the optional twist and add them to my card today.

I’ve combined a couple of Uniko snowflake goodies along the bottom edge of my card. First, I used the Stencil Let it Snow and then I added some snowflake embellishments using the Stunning Snowflakes clear stamp set. The sentiment is also from this set.

Such a fun challenge! Be sure to head on over HERE to AAA Cards post for all the details and the link up. I look forward to seeing you have some fun with this one and don’t forget to tag Uniko if you share your entry on social media šŸ™‚

Crafty Hugs Bev x

Uniko Challenge #61 – Anything Goes With Optional Twist Thanks

Hey & Happy Friday!

Welcome to the September/October 2020 Uniko Challenge.

This month we have the always popular Anything Goes theme for this challenge and as it’s the time of year when we says thanks for the harvest of Summer and start to think about Thanksgiving we’ve added in the optional twist of Thanks.

We are delighted to welcome Ishani the winner of Uniko Challenge #60 as our Guest Designer. Her card is an autumnal delight of pretty colours and leaves.

I don’t think I have a favourite season, as I always find something I like about each of them! Autumn is the changing of the colours in nature and the low Autumn sun that shines through the tress on an afternoon. So try and picture this in your mind as this is where the inspiration for my card came from.

Like many of the Brand Ambassadors I reached for the Stencil – Natures Treasures II. I inked it up using a Autumn inspired colour combination and to make the background a little less stark white, I blended over the top with Distress Oxide Pumice Stone.

I’ve then stamped the word ‘thank you’ using Alphabet Outlined and then my favourite, fussy cut the letters! I do find fussy cutting relaxing. I’ve then popped each letter up onto the card using 1mm thick foam adhesive.

I’m thankful and blessed with an amazing team of Brand Ambassadors who have hung in there with me & Uniko these past few difficult months and as always they’ve an abundance of inspiration over HERE on the challenge post.

Be Sure to head on over for all beautiful inspiration, details, PRIZES and link up to join in on the fun!

I look forward to seeing you in the gallery šŸ™‚

Crafty Hugs Bev x

Restocks & a Card!


Happy Tuesday, I hope your week has begun well. I’ve been busy here at Uniko HQ getting a lot of the requested restocks ordered and at the weekend the stencil restocks arrived, YAY!

The following stencils are back in stock… Mid Century Modern, Mid Century Modern Squares, Natures Treasures II, Party Confetti, Winter Foliage, Seeing Stars and Abstract Triangles.

AND I am happy that a bunch of clear stamp restocks will be arriving in the studio on 28th July. These include the following… Alphabet Outlined, Anniversaire Arts DĆ©coratifs, Background Blocks Arts DĆ©coratifs, Background Builders Arts DĆ©coratifs, Happy Days, Just Because, Explosion! Explosion Additions, Background Blocks Mid Century Modern, Background Blocks Wonky Stripes and Kindness Blooms. They are all NOW available on backorder for those who want to get their orders in šŸ˜‰

So with all these happy restocks arriving and arriving soon, I was inspired to create…

For the layout of my card I was inspired by the sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches seen HERE and below.

It has been a while since I’ve inked up the Mid Century Modern Squares stencil, so I decided to give it an outing and thought mixing the squares with the triangle layout would give a fun eye catching impact.

I used masking tape to mask the triangle sections one at a time and then simply inked through the stencil with Altenew Aqualicious ink. I then added the HB2U sentiment using the Alphabet Outlined clear stamp set. Which is available on backorder! I stamped the letters using Catherine Pooler Midnight ink, coloured with Copic Markers and fussy cut the letters out.

A fairly quick but fun design that is perfectly suited for those men in our lives!

Thank you for all the lovely orders, it’s Post Office run day this afternoon! I hope I have given you some crafty inspo to dust off those stencils and have fun!

Thanks for stopping by today.

Crafty Hugs Bev x

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