I'm going to start off with some sympathy cards made with Pure Florals Lily - I actually made two cards:
Stamps: Uniko - Pure Florals Lily
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black; Distress Oxide - Fossilized Amber, Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade, Worn Lipstick; Memento - Gray Flannel
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Stampin' Up! Card - Basic Grey; Tim Holtz Water Colour Card; Clear Embossing Powder; Copics
I cut a panel of water colour card to size and added colour with Distress Oxide inks. I added some ink to my craft mat, spritzed with water and dipped the card in. I dried the ink between layers and built up this lovely warm background of colour. I stamped the large lily with Versafine black ink and heat embossed it with clear powder. I added a touch of colour to the lily with Copic markers. I added a sentiment from the set and layered the finished panel on to dark grey card and attached it to the card. On the inside I cut a mat layer of dark grey card and on the white panel added another sentiment and a partial flower. I'm submitting this card to TIME OUT Challenges - TOC#82 where they want to see flowers.
Next is an even bigger sympathy card, 5" x 7":
Stamps: Uniko - Pure Florals Lily
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black; Distress Oxide - Spiced Marmalade, Worn Lipstick, Faded Jeans, Iced Spruce; Memento - Gray Flannel
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Stampin' Up! Card - Basic Black; Tim Holtz Water Colour Card; Clear Embossing Powder; Copics
I added ink to the water colour card with a sponge applicator and then spritzed the panel with water. I allowed the inks to blend a little and then dried them, spritzing from time to time to create a water droplet pattern. I stamped the lily and heat embossed with clear powder and finished the panel with a sentiment. I layered the panel on black card and attached the whole to the card base. On the inside I cut a mat layer of black card. On the white panel I stamped the lily in grey (second generation image) and added a sentiment on top.
Next is a set of four cards created using the Happy Succulents set:
Stamps: Uniko - Happy Succulents, All Occasion Sentiments #1
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black; Distress Oxide - Peeled Paint, Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade, Wilted Violet
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Crumb Cake, Bermuda Bay, Basic Grey; SU DP - Cajun Craze; Clear Embossing Powder
I used the sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch - CTS#220 for all the cards. For all the cards I stamped the succulent arrangement first in Distress Oxide, which I spritzed with water to allow the dye portion to wick out and then dried. Once completely dry I restamped the image in black. I stamped two of the cards with congratulations in black and heat embossed with clear powder. The other two cards have the greeting Just a Note which I stamped in Distress Oxide and embossed with clear powder. On the coloured cards I simply added a panel of white card on the inside with a simple greeting stamped to match the colour of distress on the front. For the white card I added a mat layer of design paper as well.
Next I have a couple of cards to showcase Background Blocks Horizontal Stripe:
Stamps: Uniko - Background Block Horizontal Stripe, Paradise
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black; Kaleidacolor - Desert Heat
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Pumpkin Pie
This is a nice clean and simple card. I used my MISTI to stamp the stripes. I inked it up with an ombre ink pad going from orange to red - hot, bold and bright. I decided to add the lovely hibiscus flower as a simple outline in black to complement the hot colours. On the inside I cut a mat layer of orange card and on the white panel added a simple greeting. I'm submitting this card to AAA Cards - AAA#89 where they want to see a CAS card that's bright and beautiful.
The next card is also quite CAS, but this time in cool colours:
Stamps: Uniko - Background Block Horizontal Stripe, Explosion!, Explosion Additions! Simply Said
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black; Kaleidacolor - Blue Breeze; Versamark
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Tempting Turquoise; Clear and White Embossing Powder; Vellum
Once again I used an ombre pad - this time going top to bottom. I stamped the words and starburst in Versamark and heat embossed with white powder. I stamped the large WOW on vellum and heat embossed with clear powder and adhered it flat to the card. On the inside I cut mat layer of turquoise card and added a simple greeting along with some smaller starbursts to the white panel.
And last, but not least, I've a couple of cards to showcase Background Blocks Doodle Flower:
Stamps: Uniko - Background Block Doodle Flower, Simply Said
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Black Marker; Martha Stewart Glitter - Lapis Lazuli, Turquoise, Purple Sapphire; Clear Embossing Powder
This is a really clean and simple card, but with lots of glitz and glamour. I stamped the flower panel in black and heat embossed it with clear powder. I used a quickie glue pen to fill in selected areas of the larger flowers and then added glitter. The card really shimmers and sparkles in the light. I added a hand drawn border around the panel and finished with a very simple birthday greeting. I'm submitting this card to CAS on Sunday - CASOS#107 where they want us to use glitter or sequins, and also to MUSE - MUSE#214 where I've picked the colours as my inspiration. I've made this for one of Kat's friends who's having a party today! Kat didn't want anything on the inside - just lots of space for her message.
For my last card, I had another play with Distress oxide inks - I think they are just wonderful!
Stamps: Uniko - Background Blocks Doodle Flower, Happy Succulents
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black; Distress Oxide - Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade, Cracked Pistachio, Broken China
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Basic Black; Clear Embossing Powder
One of the things that is really special about Distress Oxide inks is the way you can layer colours, instead of getting mud!! I love the way you can see the pink on the blue and the blue on the orange! It has a lovely soft look too. Once the panel was completely dry I stamped the flower image and heat embossed it with clear powder. I cut the panel to size and layered it on black card. I attached it to the card off to the side and added a simple sentiment below the panel. The inside has not been completed as yet - I ran out of time!!! I'm submitting this card to Seize the Birthday where they want Anything Goes.
Now, as is tradition with Uniko Releases, there's a Design Team Blog Hop and a Giveaway. For your chance to win the ENTIRE release simply hop along the links below and leave a comment. A winner will be chosen at random from all those leaving comments by midnight (BST) Saturday 14th May.
Finally, before I go - here's a complete look at each set available today:
Background Blocks Doodle Flower
Background Blocks Horizontal Stripe
Pure Florals Lily
It's been a long post - thank you for sticking with me to the end. Not only is today the release of all these lovely sets, but Bev, and some of the Design Team, will be at Port Sunlight for the Happy Stampers Festival. I hope that they all have a fantastic day. Bye for now.