Monday, 10 August 2020

One stencil, 3 techniques - Brand Ambassador Inspiration

 Hello friends Rahmat here, I am up with some inspirations using Uniko Stamps and stencils.

I have used Stylized Florals stencil here for all the cards but with different techniques.

I have used Foil transfer, adding shimmer to transfer gel and used a glimmer paste here.

                            

                              This card is made using Thermoweb transfer gel DUO with Gina K silver sequin foil.

I spread the gel evenly through the stencil and let it dry. It dries clear and tacky, then add the foil and run through the die cutting machine, or you can also apply pressure manually, the gel is tacky enough to get a good transfer. I have used a heart diecut here during the transfer.

I used distress ink Weathered wood with a light hand to ink the base card and added the foiled heart with a foam adhesive, the sentiment is from Always and forever set. I added a foiled strip att he bottom for interest


The second card is made using a translucent glimmer paste, I simply spread the paste evenly through the stencil, and once it was dry, I had die cut the heart and added with a foam adhesive to the base. The base card is inked using distress in worn lipstick with a very gentle hand. The sentiment is from the same set as above. A pink glitter strip is added for some interest.

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The last card is made using the Thermoweb transfer gel with translucent glitter. I spread the gel evenly through the stencil, and then added the glitter and let it dry. Once it was dry, I die cut the heart and added to the base card, the base is inked with distress ink  Hickory smoke, and silver glitter strip to finish it off.


                                   

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

Saturday, 8 August 2020

Brand Ambassador Inspiration - Mono-printing with Stencils

Morning all, Julie here with some ideas to inspire you to get more from your stencils.

With so much time on my hands at the moment, I decided to have a play with my stencils to create some panels using a couple of mono-print techniques.

Here are two panels I made using a technique I saw Jennifer McGuire use on You Tube

I started by inking an A6 panel of white card with lots of Picked Raspberry and Salty Ocean DI. Then I made a hinge with some masking tape and added a plain white A6 panel. Without getting water on the plain panel, I spritzed the inked side then sandwiched the Stylised Floral stencil between and ran it through my die cut machine a few times using the normal die cut set up. Carefully separating the two panels revealed these colourful, fun, textured effects.

Here are a couple of cards I made using each of the panels, I still have a bit left over too for further makes! 


This first card uses a strip of the darker panel slipped behind textured lined panels, a simple stamped, uncoloured small peony bloom from Pure Florals - Peony. I kept it simple and uncoloured so as not to detract from the panel, the sentiment is from Simply Said Blocks.

For the second card I used a panel die cut from the paler print and the same bloom, again not coloured so as not to distract from the background. This time the sentiment from the peony set is stamped on matching linen cardstock.
My final card uses a slightly different technique to create the background. Instead of a piece of white card I added a cut down baby wipe over the stencil in the sandwich and ran it through a few times in the die cut machine as before. This time I rang the changes and used the Fun Flower stencil. The damp baby wipe lifts away the ink where it peeks through the stencil to leave this soft effect. The panel was inked with Tumbled Glass DI this time.

To make the card, I used more sentiments from Pure Floral Peony mounted on deep blue and the small butterfly from English Country Garden, embossed in white on vellum and then die cut. A few clear sparkly sequins complete. The embossed panel was mounted on the same blue card and added to an A6 card base.

That's it from me for this time. I hope I have encouraged you to look at your stencils again, you don't have to use these two, have a play and see what effects you can achieve with what you have.

So until next time, keep safe!





Tuesday, 4 August 2020

Uniko Brand Ambassador Inspiration

Hello everyone! 

It's Jane here today with a little inspiration using some of the gorgeous Uniko stamp sets.

I've taken one sketch and created three different cards to showcase the versatility of Uniko.

Here's the sketch:


And here are the cards I've created:



For Card 1 I used Background Blocks Halftone and Bee Happy


I started by stamping the halftone background and then added the hexagon clusters following the sketch placement. I then stamped, coloured and had cut the two bees, popped them up on foam pads and adhered them on top. The final touch was to add the sentiment banner strip which I cut at an angle rather than the straight edge from the sketch..




A completely different look for a completely different occasion, but still using the sketch as the basis for the placement of elements. 

I started by stamping and colouring the background block and then added the words instead of the two circles - sketches don't require exact matching of shapes as long as the overall look reflects the sketch.

 I finished off with the horizontal strip near the bottom.


Card 3, my personal favourite, uses Background Blocks Pinstripe II and Beautiful


This card was created in a similar fashion to the other two starting with the stamping of the background block and then adding the two circular elements from the sketch popped up onto foam pads. The greeting for this card was added to the bottom horizontal element and I once again trimmed the strip into an angle.


Thanks you so much for taking a look at my cards today, I really appreciate it.

Stay safe and keep crafting!

Jane
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Friday, 31 July 2020

Uniko Challenge #60 Reminder - In My Garden + optional twist Hot Summer Colours

Hey!

The Uniko Brand Ambassadors and our Guest Designer are here today to remind you about the July/August 2020 Uniko challenge.

We have a super easy theme of In My garden with the optional twist of Hot Summer Colours


Challenge Guidelines:

* You can use any products/stamps to enter the challenge, but we do LOVE to see you use your Uniko products. Plus, there is an extra chance to win a prize if you do ;)

* Email entries welcome, just email a photo of your card to bev@uniko.co.uk and I will add it to the Uniko Flickr gallery and link up!

* Share the challenge graphic in your post and link back to the challenge if possible ;)

We're super delighted to welcome back Anushree as our Guest Designer and she has created another incredibly beautiful card to inspire you to play along. 

Guest Designer - Anushree

Isn't that just the most amazing and beautiful card ever!

The Uniko Brand Ambassadors have also been super busy creating awesome cards to give you ideas and spark your creativity. 



Now, if you need more incentive to play along with the challenge here are the details of the prizes.  

THE PRIZES
  • Main Winner Chosen By The Brand Ambassadors - £15 eGift Certificate
  • Random Twist Winner - £5 eGift Certificate
  • Random Uniko Stamps Winner - £5 eGift Certificate
  • Top 3 Chosen By The Brand Ambassadors - 150 Loyalty Reward Points

You've got plenty of time to play along with this month's challenge. The deadline for submission is midnight (GMT) on Friday 28th August 2020 (7.00pm EDT).

Hugs




Thursday, 23 July 2020

Uniko Brand Ambassador Inspiration: Inspired by Twofer Challenge Card #29~Butterflies...English Country Garden Note and Birthday

Hello,

Carol here, welcoming you to my Uniko Brand Ambassador post, where I'm defaulting to what I do in missing-mojo situations: drawing inspiration from other designers or, in this case, from challenges.  Today, my muse is none other than Twofer Card Challenge #29, where this month's theme is Butterflies!  A perfect opportunity to use the lovely English Country Garden stamps & dies to create two cards, with two different designs, for two different occasions.  



Here they are....


My first card features an alcohol inked background, with some gold alloy added for extra shimmer, as a canvas for a gold-embossed three-layer vellum butterfly. The sentiment, also gold embossed, is from Simply Said.


I am completely (as in totally, full-on) smitten with slimline cards, so I *had* to make one! Here, I prisma pencil coloured three butterflies, die cut and positioned them inside the circles, then added a birthday sentiment from Simply Said.


Here they are again...the shimmer of the alloy and pearlized inks is soooo pretty.


Hopefully, I've inspired you to use your Uniko butterflies in different ways, for different challenges/occasions! They really are wonderfully versatile!

Wednesday, 22 July 2020

Brand Ambassador Inspiration, English Country Garden stamps and dies

Morning all, Julie here with another Brand Ambassador inspiration post.
Last month I used the English Country Garden stamps and matching dies to create a couple of cards, this month I'm back with a couple more.


I've used the large butterfly die from the set to first to cut out a vellum butterfly which I then stamped and embossed and secondly created a mask and inked and stamped through it.

Here's the first inspired by this card I saved ages ago.


I loved the movement that the die cut sweep created. Using an Avery Elle curved die to create the sweep out of linen effect card, an inset panel was added, made by inking a panel of white card with Picked Raspberry and Seedless Preserve DOx, splashes of water and over stamping with the large butterfly in the same colours of DI. The sentiment from Pure Florals - Peony, was stamped in the same two colours for the large 'sending' and black for the small one. I heat embossed the lighter pink with clear EP before moving slightly to create the shadow by stamping again with the darker pink ink, it creates a subtle 3D effect. A few PP sequins complete.

Wild flowers were the inspiration for my second card.


The technique used here has been around for ages, all I did was cut a piece of copy paper the same size as my base card, then cut out the butterfly using the same large die. The resultant mask was then taped over the card and the background inking added using Salty Ocean and Mowed Lawn.
I used the small elements from Organic Wishes to stamp the silhouettes in black before removing the mask and stamping the sentiment from English Country Garden.

That's about it from me today, hope I've inspired you to look at your stamps ad dies in different ways and have a go yourself, this month's challenge is all about the garden, so why not join in!?

See you back here again soon.


Monday, 20 July 2020

Brand Ambassador Inspiration - Peony bouquet

Hello friends Rahmat here with another Inspiration using the Hello Lovely stamp set.

I used the dusty concord distress ink to stamp the image and then I inked up the panel and added some splatters to the inking.
The image was colored using Prismacolor pencils, mostly I have left it as white to stand out against the inked background.


I used the sentiment from the same set and added these using foam adhesive. I also added 2 think strips at the top and bottom to create some interest. A few jewels to finish off the card.

I hope you like the inspiration.

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