Saturday, 12 May 2018

Uniko - May Release, Design Team Blog Hop & Giveaway ...

.... Hi! We made it. It's Release Day for the new Uniko stamps, stencils and dies. Thank you so much for being with me over the past week. I've got a few new cards to share with you today. I'm going to start with the last card I made - I finished it at 1.00am EDT (that's 6.00am UK time):

Get Well Soon - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Uniko - Just Because, Large Background French Script, Simply Said Blocks II
Inks: Distress Oxides - Twisted Citron, Lucky Clover, Blueprint Sketch; Versafine - Onyx Black; Gina K - Moonlit Fog
Accessories: Gina K Card - Black Onyx; Tim Holtz Watercolour Card; Sheer Shimmer - Sparkle; Clear Embossing Powder; White Lustre Card


The reason I'm so late working on this post is that I spent most of yesterday at Mega Meet in Novi. It's a big stamping/scrapbook show. I was watching Tim Holtz play with his inks, sprays, stamps and stuff, and that's where I got the idea for this card. I cut a panel of watercolour card slightly smaller than the card base and created the background using Tim's Distress Oxides. I really like the way the colours layer. I added another layer to the background by inking up the large French script background in a dark grey and randomly stamped it over the card. I put the panel into the MISTI, dusted it off with an anti-static bag, and stamped the greeting and flower in Versafine black ink. I had to stamp the images a couple of times to fill all the texture on the watercolour card. I used clear powder to heat emboss the images. On the inside of the card, I cut a panel of white card onto which I stamped the floral silhouette in two shades of green and added a greeting. I'm submitting this card to Your Next Stamp - YNS#89 where I've used their colours.

Get Well Soon inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsGet Well Soon sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Next up is a card for Kat - just because:

Bee Amazing - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Uniko - Bee Happy, Originally Organic Additions; Large Background French Script
Inks: Distress - Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Shabby Shutters, Lucky Clover, Tumbled Glass, Blueprint Sketch; Gina K - Christmas Pine, Black Onyx; Memento - London Fog
Dies: Spellbinders Edgeabilities - Classic Triple Scallop (E8-003)
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Gina K Card - Christmas Pine; Vellum; Clear Embossing Powder; Uniko Stencil - Stylised Floral


I think this is my favourite stencil of this release and it works so well with the little bees from Bee Happy. I used distress inks to create an ombre pattern diagonally across the stencil. I attached the panel to the front of a card. I used an edge die to cut the pattern on dark green card. On the white panel, I stamped the French script vertically just for some subtle pattern and then stamped the greeting. I stamped three bees on vellum, heat embossed with clear powder, and fussy cut them out. I adhered the bees to the card and then stamped some more bees at the centre of each flower, they were stamped very lightly. On the inside, I cut a mat layer of dark green card and on the white panel, I stamped the heart and lots of little encouragement words and another little bee. I'm submitting this card to Fab Friday - FABF#137 where I've used their sketch for the layout of this card.

Bee Amazing inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsBee Amazing sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

My last card is a birthday card for our nephew - it'll be in the post today:

Make a Wish - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Uniko - Simply Said Blocks II, Birthday Sentiments, Background Blocks Party Confetti
Inks: Distress - Twisted Citron, Lucky Clover, Blueprint Sketch, Mermaid Lagoon; Gina K - Black Onyx; Versafine - Onyx Black
Dies: Uniko - Explosion! Collection Dies
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Basic Black; Sheer Shimmer - Frost; Clear Embossing Powder; Uniko Stencil - Party Confetti


I used the party confetti stencil and distress inks to colour several pieces of card and then used the Explosion! dies to cut out several shapes. I cut out a number of plain white pieces in order to layer the die cuts and make them thicker. I spritzed the background with frost Sheer Shimmer, attached the explosions bursts and a simple sentiment. On the inside, I cut a panel of white card onto which I stamped the party confetti background block using several shades of distress ink. I finished by adding a bold birthday greeting. I'm submitting this card to CAS-ual Fridays Challenge - CFC#199 where I used their sketch for the layout, and also to Seize the Birthday - STB#1005 for their Anything Goes Birthday. As you can see I've used the same shades of blues and greens as in both my previous cards.

Make a Wish inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsMake a Wish sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Well, that's all the cards I was able to make this time - I really should leave it so late. Please do join our traditional Design Team Blog Hop and Giveaway (prize details can be found on Bev's blog). Here are the links:


Before I go, here a final look at all the new products available today. I've had such fun playing with them.


Bee Happy


Flower Power #8


Just Because


Large Background French Script


Simply Said Blocks II


Honeycomb Pattern Stencil


Natures Treasures II Stencil


Party Confetti Stencil


Stylised Floral Stencil


Explosion! Collection Dies


Originally Organic Additions Dies

Wow! That was a long post but I think you'll agree that it was worth it. These stamps, dies and stencils are just fabulous. You can purchase them at the Uniko on-line store.

That's all for now - enjoy the Blog Hop! See you again soon.

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27 comments:

Jane said...

Oh wow! Gorgeous backgrounds on the first two and an inpired use of the explosion dies on the last card.

Karthikha said...

Awesome cards! I love all the backgrounds :)

Julie B said...

Well done Deborah, a fab showcase of the all the stamps, stencils and dies. They looked fab on the stall today at Port Sunny and the stall was v busy. :)

Sue D said...

Great variety of cards. Love the background on the first one.

Rebecca Yahrling said...

A lovely array of cards! I'm a huge fan of the French script; it's so pretty! And I, too, love the floral stencil the best.

Heather said...

Wow - so beautiful! What an adorable stamp set, and that stencil is lovely - your coloring is superb! I'm sure Kat will love it! Thanks so much for playing at Fab Friday!

vinita jain said...

I love the presentation of the new release! Well done job! Love the faded background and scripting, absolutely my fave one from all!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

So pretty, the colors you are gorgeous!

cghundley said...

Your cards are lovely
to look at. Love how
you have finished the
insides.
Carla from Utah

Denise Bryant said...

Beautiful cards! I especially love the first one! Great color combo and gorgeous stamps!

Sarah Gray said...

These are fab, Deborah! I love the distress oxide background on your first card with the subtle script and the bees look perfect with the stylised floral. Your idea of using the party confetti with the explosion dies is just inspired! Great ways to mix and match the new release and I am very envious of you getting to see Tim Holtz at Novi too xx

Jane Willis said...

What gorgeous cards! The first is my favourite - that ethereal background is just perfect for the bold silhouette.

Izzy Scrap said...

Wonderful, Deb ! I'm glad you succeeded to make the first card, even if it was a bit late, because it is absolutely stunning ! Your background is so striking. Lucky you were to see Tim Holtz playing with the Oxide and so on ! I also agree with you with the floral stencil, I love it too very much and it indeed matches so well with the Bee happy stamp set. I love the colours combo you chose, I'm sure Kate will love it ! For your last card I would say, great mind think alike because I was about to make the same kind of card with the Party confetti stencil and the explosions dies but I finally didn't have time. So YES, I love your card and the great design ! A wonderful week with all these showcases and so much inspiration for all of us ! Hugs x

Dee Earnshaw said...

awesome cards - love the colors and designs:)

Marjorie DUMONTIER said...

What a cool release !! I love your backgrounds, they’re all very well designed.
[margessw(at)icloud(dot)com]

Arianna Barbara said...

Wow! Beautiful cards!!! I love so much the great background of the first one!!!

Linda said...

WOW! What a fabulous showcase. Love the inky background on the first one, your stenciling looks beautiful on the second and I love how you've used the dies on the last design xx

Carole said...

Fabulous cards...great inspiration with your mixing and matching. lucky you getting to see Tim in action!

Sazzle Dazzle said...

Delicious colour combos here Deborah all fresh and zingy with fun designs to inspire us with too. Great release day showcase x

Anonymous said...

Three fabulous cards.

AndreaH said...

FABULOUS cards. I really like your distressed background and the colours are perfect. Thankyou for the inspiration you have given me. (And everyone else I should think!��)

Lindsey said...

Ooh great showcase of all the new goodies! I love the smooshed green and blue distress oxide BG - gorgeous! Great use of the confetti stencil with the different dies too x

Mary Holshouser said...

I love the background on the first card.
It makes the silhouette of the flowers pop.
The beehive stencil is fantastic. The
bees are happy to have a nice home.
All of the cards are wonderful.
thanks for sharing
txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

Lady Joyful said...

Really fabulous designs, Deborah! Loving this release.

stempelfrida said...

Wow, what a beautiful crowd of cards! I love the ones in yellow, blue and green a lot. They are so nice. I tcannot really say which one I like most. I first thought of the one with the bees, but the ones with the flowers are so nice as well. Thank you for the inspiration.
Kind regards from stempelfrida

Marcia said...

Such fun stamps in this release! Love the backgrounds you created for all the different cards. Thanks so much for sharing with us at the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge.

Bada-Bing Creations said...

I love how the colors blended together! Gorgeous! Thanks for playing at Fab Friday!

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