Saturday, 11 November 2017

Uniko - Revisit and Blog Hop ...

.... Good morning from an extremely cold and frosty Northville! I'm here this morning with a few projects for the Uniko Revisit and DT Blog Hop.  As well as running Uniko on her own, Bev is the mum to two very active little boys, so generally, we have new releases every other month and, in the off month, we revisit previous releases. This month's revisit is another look at the dies and stencils that were released last month.

I'm starting off with a card that showcases the stencil - Scattered Polka Dots:

Merry Christmas - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Festive Sentiments, Most Wonderful, Stunning Snowflakes
Inks: Stampin' Up! - Emerald Envy, Tranquil Tide; Versamark; Delicata - Silvery Shimmer
Dies: Die-namics - A2 Rectangles Set 1 #10, A2 Stitched Rectangles Set 2 #8
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Silver Mirri Card; SU Card - Tranquil Tide; Silver Embossing Powder; Uniko Stencil - Scattered Polka Dots


I taped the polka dot stencil to white card and sponged on the inks - I used the darker green on one side and the emerald green on the other and blended them together in the centre. I used a stitched edge die to cut out the finished panel. I used a plain die to cut a mat layer of metallic silver mirri card. I positioned the stencilled panel in the MISTI and stamped the sentiment in Versamark and heat embossed with silver powder. I was watching one of Jennifer McGuire's videos earlier this week where she showed her thick embossing technique for sentiments and I used it on this sentiment. I do like the effect. I attached the finished panel to the mirri card with dimensional tape. On the inside, I cut a mat layer of dark green card and on the white panel added a Christmas greeting in green, along with a few silver snowflakes. I'm submitting this card to CAS Colours & Sketches - CASC&S#248 - I just adore the colours!!

Merry Christmas inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsMerry Christmas sq- photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Next up, I have a couple of cards made using the Designer Dies Snowflake Trio:

Season's Greetings - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Uniko - Simply Said Christmas, Stunning Snowflakes
Inks: Gina K - Black Onyx; Distress Oxides - Candied Apple, Fossilized Amber, Salty Ocean
Dies: Uniko - Snowflake Trio
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Gina K Card - Black Onyx; Vellum; Wink of Stella - Clear; Gem; Inkadinkado - Masking Paper


I cut a piece of masking paper to the size of the card base and then die cut the largest snowflake, being very careful to keep all the little pieces. I also die cut another large snowflake from some scrap card. I removed the die cut snowflake mask from the panel and attached it to the front of the card. I used blending foam to add red, yellow, and blue inks, and where they blended it created orange and green. I carefully removed all the masking paper to reveal the finished rainbow snowflake. I die cut a smaller snowflake in vellum, covered it with clear Wink of Stella, added tiny amounts of glossy accents to the small points on the inside star and adhered it on the rainbow snowflake. I finished the front with a single large, clear gem. On the inside, I cut a mat layer of black card and on the white panel stamped a simple greeting and some colourful little snowflakes. I'm submitting this card to AAA Cards - AAA#102 where the team want to see ink blending, and also to Less is More - LIM#353&354 where they want to see Firework colours.

Season's Greetings inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsSeason's Greetings sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

With the left-over die cut snowflake mask, I made another card:

Peace - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Uniko - Stunning Snowflakes
Inks: Gina K - Black Onyx; Distress Oxides - Candied Apple, Fossilized Amber, Salty Ocean
Dies: Uniko - Snowflake Trio; Die-namics - Peace
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Gina K Card - Black Onyx; Wink of Stella - Clear; Glossy Accents


I adhered the snowflake mask to the front of the card and applied distress inks, blending to create a rainbow from red to blue. With the mask in place, I spritzed on some water to create a softly distressed look. I carefully removed the mask to reveal a clean, crisp white snowflake. I die cut the word 'peace' from black card and adhered the letters to the card. I added clear Wink of Stella to each letter and topped it with Glossy Accents - I really like the sparkly, enamelled look that this gives. On the inside, I cut a mat layer of black card and on the white panel stamped a sentiment and added rainbow snowflakes. I'm submitting this card to City Crafter Challenge Blog - CCCB#387 where they want to see the word 'LOVE' or 'PEACE' used. I'm also submitting this is AAA Cards - AAA#102 - there's lots of ink blending on this one!!!

Peace inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsPeace sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

My last card was made using the new Flower Power #1 - #6 Dies, along with the Wonky Stripes Stencil:

Happy Birthday - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Uniko - Flower Power #2, Flower Power #6, Simply Said
Inks: Distress Oxide - Fossilized Amber, Salty Ocean; Gina K - Lipstick, Cherry Red, Black Onyx; Versamark
Dies: Uniko - Flower Power #1 - #6; Die-namics - A2 Rectangles Set 1 #3, A2 Stitched Rectangles Set 2 #3
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Gina K Card - Black Onyx; Uniko Stencil - Wonky Stripes; Clear Embossing Powder


First, I have to give credit to Jane for the idea of using washi tape on the stencil to mask areas. I created the little block pattern by using the masked stencil and blended leftover yellow and blue distress inks, which resulted in this lovely soft green. I used dies to cut a tiny panel in black card and from the stencilled panel. I used the two-step rose from Flower Power #6 and cut it out with the matching die. The leaves are from Flower Power #2. I stamped them in Versamark, heat embossed and used the leaf die (which works for all the Flower Power leaves) to cut them out. I added some sparkle to the leaves. I finished the front with a tiny, simple birthday sentiment. On the inside, I simply added one of the die cut roses. I'm submitting this one to CASology - CAS#274 where the cue word is 'TINY'.

Happy Birthday inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsHappy Birthday sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

That's all from me today. Don't forget to visit the rest of the team and follow along with the Blog Hop. Here's the list:

Deborah (that's me!)

Make sure to comment as you go along the Blog Hop for your chance to win ALL the products being revisited. You've got until midnight (GMT), that's 7.00pm EDT in the States, on Sunday 18th November to comment. The winner will be announced on Sunday 19th November.

I do hope you like my creations - let me know which is your favourite. Have a good weekend, see you soon.

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29 comments:

Quillish said...

Lovely cards there Deborah.. the ink blended snowflakes are awesome. The tiny little flower is so cute too!

Raga Senthil said...

Love all your series with snowflakes ornament. Perfect ink blending and vibrant colours.your card with fireworks colour is my favourite. 😍❤️

Maaike Uijthoven said...

I love rainbows and I love snowflakes, together they seem perfect. Thank you for playing with us at AAA cards

cm said...

WOW! You've created an array of stunning cards, Deborah! You've completely mastered the 'thick embossing' technique; I tried but my results were epic disasters. Mr. Recycle Bin had a lot of snacks! Choosing a favourite from this showcase of beauty? Not possible! Love them all (and I'm certainly going to case your idea of using the snowflake as a stencil!).
Hugs~carol

Jane said...

Super post Deborah, fabulous cards. Particularly love the rainbow snowflakes and delighted to see one of them linked up at AAA Cards.

Dee Earnshaw said...

stunning collections of cards - they are all so different and inspiring. Thanks for sharing the ideas with us:)

Joyce said...

Such a bunch of wonderful cards. You've been busy. Love the stunner that you entered at CASology. Thanks so much for playing along at CASology this week.

Beverley said...

Love, LOVE, LOVING your rainbow snowflakes such a wonderful and cheery idea and great techniques too. Your silver embossing on the emerald polka dots is simply to die for and lovely to see you in the CC&S gallery too! I love how you CASED Jane for your final card, I must try the washi tape technique a go myself.
As always a wonderful showcase of Uniko and feeling blessed to have you on my team. Hugs Bev x

Nonni said...

What a wonderful post with lots of card eye candy, great work! I love your fireworks-colored snowflake cards, very unique and fun, the colors look great and I love the CAS designs! The vellum top layer in your first snowflake card was a fab idea, love the look. Thanks for joining us at Less Is More!

Marina said...

Beautiful , colourful cards with great use word dies. Thanks for joining in at City Crafter.

Izzy Scrap said...

What an array of gorgeousness ! Gorgeous colours and great techniques too on each of them ! Love your fireworks coloured snowflake, so beautiful over this white space and with this shimmering Vellum snowflake on top. So glad to see you in the Less is More gallery with this gorgeous card ! Also love your last card, such a CAS design, Love it ! All fabulous ! Have a great Sunday and a fabulous week ! Hugs xx

Craftyfield said...

Funny... I did some double embossing on a sentiment yesterday BEFORE watching Jennifer's video! (all thanks to the stamp positioner, of course!). Lots of great ideas in the samples, the vellum snowflake with Wink of Stella is a particular favourite!

Emily E said...

Wow you have been super busy with all these gorgeous card creations. Thanks for sharing with us at CC&S!

Patricia Hays said...

You have a flurry of terrific festive cards here! I had a feeling you might light the CC&S challenge colors this week. ;) I really like the molten look of the heat embossed sentiment on that card. Thanks for making CC&S part of your crafting time!

karen h said...

Thanks for playing along with us at CC&S! Wonderful card! Love the ombre background!

Marjorie DUMONTIER said...

Oh my !! This is such a beautiful set of cards !! My two favorites are the rainbow snowflake and the "peace card". How did you manage to space your letters so evenly ??

Karthikha said...

WOW! What a fun array of creations! Love the rainbow snowflakes a lot :) Thanks for sharing with us :)

Arianna Barbara said...

Beautiful cards!!! Love your choice of colors! My fav is your first one! Great stencil and green and silver are a wonderful combo!!!

Rahmat said...

Beautiful cards Deborah, I am loving all the rainbow obes, and the green polka dots look fabulous.

cghundley said...

Oh fabulous work
on the cards! Love
the beautiful colors.
Carla from Utah

Sazzle Dazzle said...

Wow, fabulous and truly vibrant and cheery showcase with the uniko revisit Deborah, your inky blending is totally swoon worthy and delighted that you've linked up at Less is More too.

Jacquie Southas said...

What a terrific set of cards! Love the way you used washi to mask the stencil on the flower card! Thanks for sharing with us at CASology this week!

Sue LD said...

Cute polka dots and I like the colorful snowflake cards and sweet flower card.

Craftychris said...

Fabulous polkadot card and the multi colour snowflake is gorgeous! Love the second snowflake card too and the flower card is so sweet! xxx

Rebecca Yahrling said...

Great cards! And so perfect to mass produce any of them. I like that!

Fiona Whitten said...

Wow, lots of fabulous cards. Thanks for sharing on the CC&S challenge.

Lindsey said...

Ooh you have been busy! My fave us the rainbow blended snowflakes - but they're all Fab! Great thick embossing result too x

Mary Holshouser said...

Love the multi-colored snowflakes.
Great projects.
thanks for sharing.

Marianne said...

I love those snowflak cards. Don't you love it when you get to create two cards from one panel?

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