Friday, 15 November 2019

Uniko Challenge #56 - Christmas, optional twist Tree


Welcome to the November/December 2019 Uniko Challenge.

We hope you'll find our main theme of Christmas really useful at this time of year and maybe be tempted to play along with our twist of TREE too.

We're really excited to have the brilliant and awesome card maker Nonni as our Guest Designer for this challenge. Check out her amazing card:

How spectacular is that?

And of course the Uniko Brand Ambassadors have also created spectacular inspiration cards to kick start your creativity and get you in the mood to 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.
  • 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 27th December 2019.


Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Brand Ambassador Inspiration - Stenciled Shadow-techniques


I always love to discover new ideas how to use my supplies!

When  I saw some cards with a stamped off-set technique I got the idea to try this also with stencils.
So there we go!


For my first card I used the "Christmas Folk Snowflake Stencil" (was released one year ago).
I added the light grey pumic stone Distress Oxide Ink with my blending brush.
Then I moved the Stencil a bit, adhered it again with the tape and added the red fired brick with another brush.

To finish the cad I cut my stenciled paper fitting to my cardbase, adhered both ends of a piece of ribbbon on the backside, Then I added the stamped sentiment from the new released "Festive Sentiments Outlined" Set on a smaller piece of cardstock, I cut it in a size, fitting to the snowflake pattern. 
In this sentiment I coloured two of the letters with a marker and added an almost white (kind of creamy) enamel dot.
The layer is adhered on the cardbase with a 2 mm dimensional tape.
Stenciled shadow with "Folk Snowflakes"
Stenciled shadow with "Folk Snowflakes"

For the other card I used the technique with a little switch.

I stenciled the snowflakes of the "Let it snow" Stencil in tumbled glass Oxide Ink - again I used my brushes. Then I added Distress micro Glaze on the same position with a small blending tool (I store this one in the glaze container).
Removed and cleaned the stencil, put it back with a little movement and fixed it on the paper again. Then I added the darker shade blueprint sketch Oxide Ink.
The shadow is now more "behind" the first layer of colour.
To finish the card I framed my snowflake layer with a light blue paper and added a strip of the same colour in front with the stamped sentiment of the "Stunning Snowflakes". I also added some white snowflake sequins.

Stenciled shadow with "Let it snow"
Stenciled shadow with "Let it snow"

Hope you like this techniques and give them a try soon!

Hugs & greetings from Wiebke

Monday, 11 November 2019

Brand Ambassador Inspiration - Painting dew drops on stamped images

Hello friends Rahmat here, I am up with a simple card which I was experimenting with water coloring some dew drops on outlined stamped images. I have used Pure Floral Rose for this.

I have shared a timelapse on Instagram @rahmat.ccc of the process. If interested watch here
I stamped the image in distress inks and then drew over some dew drops on the image and did water coloring using liquid watercolors.
I stamped the sentiment from the set Beautiful in black and pink.
I smudged an edge of the base card with the distress ink to create some interest and added the front panel to it to finish off.

I will be trying out more of this, as I surely know there is plenty of room for improvement here with the dew drops.

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

Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Brand Ambassador Inspiration - CAS Christmas Card Trio

Hi, it's Jane here today with some quick, easy and CAS inspiration for your Christmas cards.

Have you reached that panic stage yet? You know one hundred and one things to prepare and the idea of shop bought cards seeming very appealing! Well let me help you out with these super easy and very quick card designs. 

All three of my cards use the same layout, just two stamp sets and a bit of layering and matting.

Stamps: Uniko, Festive Sentiments Outlined, Big & Bold Snow
Inks: Versafine Clair, nocturne; SU, pool party
Card: Papermilldirect, pale turquoise & smooth white
Embellishments: MME, cut & paste enamel dots

I've change the orientation on this middle card, but it's still the same design and still super speedy.

Back to portrait for my last card and it saves even more time by making use of the same stamps and ink colours so you don't have to locate different supplies.

Inks: Versafine Clair, nocturne; SU, old olive
Card: Papermilldirect, mojito cocktail & super smooth white
Embellishments: MME necessities enamel dots; Bling Bling, red gems

Thanks so much for looking today and I really hope you find this post helpful in the run up to Christmas.

And keep crafting!


Friday, 1 November 2019

Uniko Challenge #55 Winners


I'm here today to announce the WINNERS of Challenge #55 Anything Goes, optional twist Autumn 

A huge thank you to everyone who played along with this challenge.

First we have our overall WINNER chosen by the Design Team...

Congratulations Nonni

Here's your winner's badge

You have won a £25 eGift Certificate to spend in the Uniko store. Please contact me at by 15th November 2019.

We would also love to have you join us as our Guest Designer for our next challenge. If you are interested please contact Jane at by 8th November 2019.

 Next up is the random winner who twisted with us....

Congratulations Meg

You have won an in stock £5 clear stamp set from the Uniko store. Please contact me at by the 15th November 2019, with your choice of stamp set and your postal address.

Here is your winners badge:

Then we have our randomly selected winner who used Uniko products on their creation...

Congratulations Sally

You have won an in stock £5 clear stamp set from the Uniko store. Please contact me at by 15th November 2019, with your choice of stamp set and your postal address.

Here is your winners badge:

Now for our Top 3 chosen by the DT and in entry order:

Grand Maple Frame

Congratulations to you all & here is your Top 3 badge:

You have all won 150 loyalty reward points.

Please contact me at

Congratulations to ALL the winners & EVERYONE who joined in with the challenge!

The next Uniko Challenge starts on Friday 15th November.

Hope to see you come back and join in with the fun :)

Thursday, 31 October 2019

Brand Ambassador Inspiration...Merry & Bright Christmas Snowflakes


Carol here, warmly welcoming you to my Uniko Studio Brand Ambassador showcase, where I bring out a few Uniko favourites for a play date.

As you know, Bev has recently launched a new release, where everything...and I do mean EVERYTHING is absolutely sensational, especially for the rapidly approaching Christmas season.

One of my favourites (okay...they're all favourites) is the new, stylish Sparkling Snowflake die. In my release post, I shared a rustic version of the snowflake; today, I'm going bold, and bright with traditional colours (and a touch of pink, just because)!

I've paired the die with the companion stamps from Stunning Snowflakes and a sentiment built from Festive Sentiments. The snowflake is adhered atop two red snowflakes (the leftovers from my tri-fold card, also shared in my release post) for an additional hint of colour/dimension. 

Hope my card, along with the stunning beauties that have been created by my teammates, inspire you to invite this lovely die into YOUR collection!

Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Brand Ambassador Inspiration - Three the same ..... but different

Happy Wednesday ......

Good morning it's Linda here.  I hope you're having a good week. 
I don't want to cause a panic or anything but ..... eight weeks today and it will be Christmas Day!!!! 
Only EIGHT weeks ....... eeeek!!!!

Luckily my holidays are over, so I can finally start thinking about everything festive.  All the cards and tags that need making, all the presents that need buying .......... and the food!!!!  Is it too early to decorate the tree?  Maybe just a little.

I have made a start on some cards though.  The latest Uniko release is fabulously festive and perfect for the job.
The new Winter Foliage stencil is a great design for making quick and easy cards, that look fabulous.
Here's three simple designs, all the same but each one a little different .......

The finished card size is a cute 5x5 inch square, and there's not much in the way of layers so they're great for posting too!

I cut three squares of white cardstock slightly smaller than the front of my cardblanks, and masked around the edges of each one using low tack stencil tape.
I then used Distress Oxide inks to add just a touch of colour to each of the backgrounds ......... Evergreen Bough (love this colour) applied lightly with a brush

Weathered Wood ...... (another of my favourites). 

This time I used a stencil brush to add the colour, applying the ink in one direction, leaving brush marks to give the look of woodgrain

and finally Peeled Paint, lightly brushed over the card ......... it does look more green in real life!

I then inked through the stencil onto each of the backgrounds.
Different colours on the Evergreen Bough ......... Gathered Twigs for the pine cones, Festives Berries for the berries, Forest Moss for the ivy leaves, Mowed Lawn for the holly and finally Evergreen Bough for the fir

I used just the one colour on the other two ....... Evergreen Bough on top of the Weathered Wood ....

and Gold metallic ink on the Peeled Paint ......

You can see I've added a little crystal glitter to the designs to give the cards some sparkle

and also a few dots of glitter glue here and there and some white enamel accents ....

The new Festive Sentiments Outlined stamp set goes perfectly with the stencil and there's so many sentiments to choose from .......

Heat embossed and then coloured using glitter gel pens ......

Or, simply stamped in black ink and coloured .......

So many options, and so many colours to choose from ..... the choice is all yours.

Thanks for popping by ...... enjoy the rest of your day.

Cheerio until next time .....

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Rahmat - focus on Season of Beauty - October release

Hello friends I am up with a card using the recent release from Uniko - season of beauty.
I have used only the leaf here to create the Poinsettia. I stamped the leaves in distress inks, watercolored with the same ink and fussy cut and crested the flower.

I stamped the sprig on the base and then arranged the flower on top of that.
The sentiment is from the same set.

You still have time to hop along the release hop to win the entire release.

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

Monday, 28 October 2019

More Ideas using Sentiments as a Background - Brand Ambassador Inspiration

Good afternoon folks.
It's Julie here with a few more ideas using sentiments as a background.

On Saturday I shared a card using a panel created with lots of sentiment stamps. As it takes awhile to lay all the sentiments out, it made sense to stamp a load on different coloured card for use later. I even had another go at creating a slightly different one whilst I listened to the footy on a wet Saturday afternoon!

My first card uses one of my first layouts. As you can see there are lots of different fonts and sentiments which I laid out on my MISTI before stamping with Versafine and embossing with clear EP. This example was done on white card and inked over with Salty Ocean DOx in a resist technique.

I used the idea of a bauble, cutting out a circle from the inked panel and the slipped the large Sparkling Snowflake, die cut from holographic card, behind. A little bit of thin silver ribbon and a bow completes. The finished panel was popped up on foam over a white base card.

My second card uses a different layout, this time it has a more horizontal design to accommodate a landscape design.

I used the trapped colour technique to create this background, stamping and embossing as before but this time on a panel of watercolour paper previously inked with Salty Ocean DI that was left to dry well before stamping. After heat embossing, I spritzed the blue panel and then wiped off the ink leaving behind the colour trapped behind the embossing. The top panel was cut with a scalloped edge die and some snowflakes from Stunning Snowflakes were stamped in Salty Ocean and Blueprint Sketch DI. Finally, I popped up the white panel on pads over the inked one on a white base card.

Finally I went all silvery for a change!

This panel was stamped and embossed with clear EP before cutting out the central NOEL with an alphabet die set. After cutting, I added Weathered Wood to the base but left the letters clear. I glued my panel onto a base card then added some grey foam letters and then the white ones on top. To complete I added a small die cut snowflake from the new Big n Bold Snow dies and a few diamante gems.
Three different looks, all from the same starting point. Hope I've given you a few more ideas for your Christmas card making, I've still got a load more to make but I still have plenty of backgrounds to use!