Sunday, 17 March 2019

Uniko Studio DT Showcase...So Kind of You

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Carol here once again, with a Uniko Studio DT showcase, where I bring out a few of my Uniko Studio products to give them some extra love! This time, my card was inspired by ultra-talented Kay Miller, with here oh so pretty card here.  Given her's was for a 'case' challenge, I've decided to do precisely that, using some oldies mixed with newbies stamps and dies!

My 'imitation is the greatest form of flattery' creation uses: Flower Power 1Flower Power 3Flower Power 8 (sentiment) and Passiflora stamps and dies.



*Casing*...I LOVE it...especially as doing so inspires me to look at my collection with fresh eyes! 

Wishing you a most wonderful week!

Friday, 15 March 2019

Uniko Challenge #52 - Spring, optional twist Easter

Hey! 

Welcome to the March/April 2019 Uniko Challenge. 

Well the days are getting longer here in the UK and we look forward to warmer weather and more sunshine so our theme for this new challenge reflects that. We'd like your cards to be themed around Spring and if you celebrate Easter why not add our twist to your creations?


 

We have the very talented Monika from Tinker Cards joining us as our Guest Designer for this challenge. Her card is just amazing, so fresh and clean and beautiful!


Awesome isn't it? Be sure to go visit her blog and tell her!

The Uniko DT have also made cards to inspire you to join in and play along.
Are you ready to play?
Well, just in case you need some more incentive to play along with the challenge here are the details of the prizes.
  
THE PRIZES
  • Main Winner Chosen By the DT - £25 eGift Certificate
  • Random Twist Winner - £5 In Stock Clear Stamp Set of Winners Choosing
  • Random Uniko Stamps Winner - £5 In Stock Clear Stamp Set of Winners Choosing
  • Top 3 Chosen By DT - 150 Loyalty Reward Points

You've got plenty of time to play along with this challenge. 

The deadline for submission is midnight (GMT) on Friday 19th April 2019 (7.00pm EDT).

Hugs,


Wednesday, 13 March 2019

DT Inspiration - Stencils and patterned papers

Hello, Wiebke here with a brand new stencil-project for you!

 

Like most of us, I have kind of a "comfort zone" when I create my cards. I use similar materials - most of the time I'm crafting with stamps and stencils, inks and markers and some embellishments.
And sometimes I almost forget there are also other ways to craft...!

A while ago, I recieved a card, made with a mix of patterned papers combined with punched elements, embossing paste, stamping and sewing! Not my own usual style of crafting - but so beautiful! 


So this other card inspired me for my current card!
I tried this new-to-me technique mix and show you the result!

 

I grabbed some patterned papers, cut them in pieces, adhered them onto a thin paper and went to my sewing machine to sew them all together with two different stitching-lines.
The next step was to add three different embossing pastes on the paper. One is an opaque white glossy paste, one a less opaque matte white paste and one a mix of a golden colour and the matte paste. 

I moved both stencils - the Party Confetti Stencil and the Bright Butterflies Stencil - around to get exact the shapes I planned on the different areas. I wanted many of the small hearts! 💕
So it was important to let one paste dry before moving the stencil and start adding the next one to avoid smearing them around!

In the center I kept a free area to add the sentiment "You are Amazing" of the new You are, yes you Stamp Set with white embossing powder (fitting to the glossy white paste).



After everything was finished, I cut the layer down to my card size and adhered it with a strong adhesive tape.
Cause there are so many different materials which give enough interest, I think it's not necessary to add some extra embellishments to a card like this one.

The full list of all supplies you can see on my Blog.




Hope you can give some "new-to-you" techniques a try one day too.
Thanks for stopping by today, have a great day and lots of fun with all your art supplies!

Kind greetings from Wiebke

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Watercoloring on Photo Paper - DT Rahmat

Hello friends, Rahmat here.

I am up with an inspiration, which was actually an experiment for me, but it was a great success, so thought of sharing with you guys here. I have another card and a video on this technique on my blog, so feel free to hop over there to see it.

Below are the inks I had used for stamping and watercoloring the rose and the leaves.  The colors are quite permanent. From my experiment you don't need to seal the paper.

The photo paper I have used is of high quality and bit pricey from Canon. I am not sure how well the technique will be on other photo papers.

The colors dry up in minutes, and if there is any excess water on the paper it floats on the top as clear water, you can wipe it with a dry tissue, the colors wont come off at all.

Do watch my full video on this technique to see everything I am saying to see in action.

Here is the link  to the YouTube video for this technique :
 https://youtu.be/_-wG5Mlm8Yw

I had finished the card with the sentiment from the recently released set - birthday wishes. I also added a few leaf like jewels.





These pictures below shows the beautiful gloss from the photo paper.



I hope you like my inspiration, do let me know in the comments, if you are going to plan the technique.

         Thank you for stopping by, I really appreciate your kind  feedback :) Have a great day!
                                                                     

Saturday, 9 March 2019

March 2019 Non Release Design Team Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!

Hey & Happy Weekend!

Welcome to the March 2019 Non-Release Design Team Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!

For those of you who are new around these parts I will explain what this post is all about...

Here at Uniko HQ it is just myself behind the screen, blogging, designing, packaging stamps & orders through the Uniko online shop, customer service and all the things in between. I *usually* release new product every other month for a number of reasons, but mainly so I can keep up with everything!

On non - release months like this month I like to set myself and the Design Team a challenge to look back at a previously released product and give it some more love. 

With Spring just around the corner here in the Northern Hemisphere, I thought it would be nice to give some fresh inky love to Spring Botanicals Daffodil, Spring Botanicals Snowdrop and Stencil Bright Butterflies.








As usual we have our GIVEAWAY, so be sure to comment along the hop for your chance to win Spring Botanicals Daffodil and Stencil Bright Butterflies (an alternative prize to the same value will be offered if the winner already owns these). You have until Midnight (GMT) Saturday 16th March 2019 to comment, winner will be announced shortly after.

Let's see how the Design Team were inspired to use these revisited products...



Bev







What an inspirational hop, so many new ideas, I hope you all enjoyed it too :)

Thanks for joining in on the fun.
Hugs

Monday, 4 March 2019

7th Birthday February Release Winners!

Hey & Happy March!

I am here today to announce ALL the lucky WINNERS from the 7th Birthday & February Release Celebrations! 

Thank you to everyone who joined in on the fun, celebrating with Uniko and for all the lovely well wishes, support and AWESOME orders :)

Birthday Card Linky Party Winners.

* The Main Winner Chosen By The Design Team is....



Congratulations Janet! 

You have won a £35 eGift Certificate to spend in store. Please email me bev@uniko.co.uk & I will get your code to you!


* The Random Winner who used Uniko Stamps is...



Congratulations Stempelfrida!

You have won an in stock clear stamp set (any value) of your choosing. Please email me bev@uniko.co.uk along with your choice and postal address.


* The Top 4 Chosen By The Design Team (in entry order) are...












Congratulations Ladies! 

You have won an in stock £10 clear stamp set of your choosing. Please email me bev@uniko.co.uk along with your choice and postal addresses.

 • The Randomly Selected Comment from the Design Team Hop...

Wonderful colours on your cards, Rahmat! So soft! Thanks so much for sharing the wonderful inspiration!
Reply

Congratulations Helen!

You have won an in stock £5 clear stamp set of your choosing. Please email me bev@uniko.co.uk along with your choice and postal address.


Release Day Treasure Hunt Winner. 

The aim of the treasure hunt was to find the letter balloons hidden along the Release Day Blog Hop. The balloons were hidden on the following Design Team & Guest Designer Blogs...

Bev - W
Ruth - I
Izzy - B
Jane - I
Linda - S
Sarah P - G
Wiebke - H

And they spell out WISH BIG or BIG WISH! 

Congratulations Shelly Kurth! 

You have won the ENTIRE February 2019 Release & I have emailed you direct.


Release Day Blog Hop Lucky Comment Winner

Radhika Edit  Reply
Amazing set of cards :)
11th February 2019 at 11:31 am

Congratulations Radhika!

You have won all SIX clear stamp sets from the February 2019 Release. Please email me bev@uniko.co.uk along with your postal address to claim your prize!



WIN Stamps for a YEAR WINNER!





Please email me bev@uniko.co.uk along with your postal address to claim your prize!


WOW! That is a lot of WINNERS! I don't think I have missed any prizes out from all the 7th Birthday February Release celebrations ;) 

Thank you again to you ALL for making this such a wonderful celebration.
Hugs


DT Inspiration - Finishing Touches

Hi! It's Jane here today with a few ideas about how to make the recipient of your card love them even more.

Do you remember this set of cards I created for February's new release using the gorgeous Graffiti Texture Background Block stamp?



Well I got to thinking about how I could add some finishing touches to these cards before I sent them out. And this is what I came up with:


I decided to customise the envelopes to match the cards. I masked off the triangle bit of the envelope and stamped using the same ink pads as the cards.


The front of the envelope was stamped in a similar way.  I simply masked off a rectangle to leave a space for the address.


And finally I stamped a matching coloured greeting inside the card using Birthday Wishes. Then I masked off the card to leave an area under the sentiment and used the graffiti stamp.


Here's the links to the stamps I used today:

 BackgroundBlocksGraffitiTexturePP          BirthdayWishesPP

Thanks for looking and I hope you have been inspired to give finishing touches a go.


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