Friday, 13 September 2019

DT Inspiration - layered combinations with Stencil and Stamp

Time is running and and we almost reached the center of September!

Has Friday 13th in your cultural estimation a negative character? Do you believe in superstitions, bad omens or auguries?
I don't! - So today is a perfect day for me to present you my new DT-Inspiration Post!

I made two different cards for different occasions with the same combination of Stencil and Stamp Sets: the popular Mandalas of Uniko. Yes, there are two different products with Mandalas in the Uniko range of products available:
  • the Mehndi Mandala Stencil and 
  • the Marvellous Mehndi Stamp Set
They have almost the same outer shape, but the details are a bit different and even more important: they have different sizes! Great preconditions to give this idea a try, right?

The sentiments are both part of the Wonderful Day Stamp Set.


For the first card I added Oxide Inks with my blending brushes over the Mandala stencil.
I used a bright yellow and orange colour scheme - squeezed lemonade, mustard seed, dried marigold, carved pumpkin and ripe persimmon. The blending brushes make it so easy to get a nice and smooth colour gradient without hard edges!
I started with the light yellow and then got darker with every new layer of colour in the order of the listing above.

Detail of the yellow layered Mandala

After I had cleaned the stencil, I replaced it on my paper, added the stamp (the stencil helped me to get the stamp in the perfect place!) and put all together in my stamping tool, closed the lid and the stamp was on its place!
To fix the paper, you can add temporary adhesive before you put it into the tool or you can fix it carefully with the magnets while you remove the stencil. Try out what works best for you!

Then I simply stamped the smaller Mandala and then also the sentiment in black Ink.
To put some special accents on this simple one layer card I added half-pearls in two sizes (2 mm and 4 mm).


For the second card I used almost the same supplies - just changed the colours into another colour family: blue - tumbled glass and salty ocean.

Again I started to add the colours with the blending brushes, beginning with the lighter tone, tumbled glass, all over the stencil and then darkening the center with salty ocean.
I rotated the combination of stencil and stamp this time a bit. The 'petals' of the stamp are placed now in between the 'petals' of the stencil.

The rest was easy going! I layered the paper on top of two slightly bigger blue papers to get a nice two-coloured frame (yes, it's a heavy card now!). Then I added the heat embossed sentiment with thin 3D pads and embellished the Mandala with some nice rhinestones. There are some round 4 mm gems in an opalescent clear-blue colour and also some tiny little drop-shaped gems in clear and in blue.

Detail of the blue layered Mandala

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To see the full list of all used supplies, please hop directly to my blog.

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Which combination of stencil and stamp do you prefer? The yellow on top-combination or the more masculine blue offset-combination?

I looked through my Uniko stash and found some more combinations of stamps and stencils to give this technique-mix another try.
Would be great to read in the comments which combinations you found and tried!

Have a great and creative day!
Greetings from Wiebke

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

August Non - Release Blog Hop WINNERS!


Oh my... where on earth did Summer go...?!

The last few weeks of Summer went a little crazy. Along with keeping The Beans entertained I was also prepping their 5th Birthday and they also had their first day of school the day after! 

Anyway, I am FINALLY catching up on everything and here today to announce the winners of the August Design Team Non - Release Blog Hop which took place HERE.

Last month my awesome DT revisited BIG & BOLD Wish and the more recent addition to the Designer Dies BIG & BOLD Wish. I seemed to have lost some creative mojo (I think it has escaped to a warmer climate - LOL!) and I am re-sharing this rainbow make from when I released the dies...

If you want to find out more about this card you can see the original post HERE. So, how about some winners, as I am *SO* late announcing I have randomly selected two lucky comments from those left along the hop.

And the winners are...

so beautiful, I love all the stars.

What a fun way to use these great stamps and dies, Julie! Love the brightly coloured candles and the use of so many of the sentiments on the 3rd panel! Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring!

Congratulations Ladies! 

Please send an email to along with your postal address and I will pop your prizes in the mail to you. 

Thank you so much to everyone who joined in on the fun and took the time to comment along the hop.


Sunday, 8 September 2019

DT inspiration - Getting inspired with challenges

Bonjour !

Izzy here. I hope you are all well after this summer break. Here, a new school year has just started last Monday and so the weekly routine too !

Anyway, I had some time to play in my craft room and today I wanted to share with you the cards I made with the English Country Garden : Butterflies set and its matching dies.

Last month I showed you how I get inspired by the things that surrounded me. This time, for my choices of designs and/or colours, I've been inspired by several currently underway challenges. It's a game I love to play with : to combine several challenges together.

The idea of my first card comes from the Time Out challenge and the word "Rainbow" in their quote...

I stamped all the butterflies in different colours and I cut them with the matching die. Then I place them on my card. Once happy with their placement, I fixed them together with masking tape doing a grid that I placed in my Big Shot with an oval die on top. 

With the masking tape, all the little bits stay attached so I turned them upside down to put adhesive foam behind. Once all covered, I placed them back on the double white card, pressing a little bit to be sure they all adhered well. Then I took off the masking tape and I cut along the edges the parts that go beyond.

The sentiment comes from the Beautiful set.

This results in the second card with the remaining parts of the cutout of the first card...

For this card the sentiment comes from the Simply Said II set.

For my third card I get inspired by the AAA Cards sketch and the colours of the Addicted to CAS challenge...

Once again the butterflies were stamped and cut with the matching die, then I adhered them with glue dots. The sentiment comes from the Flower Power #8 set

My last card is a combo of the Freshly made Sketch and the Colour Throwdown challenges...

For this card, I used the Pure Florals : Peony set to make part of the sketch. I stamped the peony in dark blue over an an iridescent cream card. And this time I used the bigger butterfly of the set.

I stamped it with Versafine blue ink over the same iridescent cream cardstock. The only colours I had in my stash to match the ones of Colour Throwdown were Distress inks. So I tried to use them on this paper as watercolour. And I'm so happy they reacted perfectly with this kind of paper and it even gives a beautiful shimmer to the colours.

You may have a better look on this picture...

For this card, I used a sentiment from the Simply Said Blocks set. 

Et voilà ! That's another way to get inspired for making cards. You will find more details on the inks used on my blog. 

Thanks so much for popping by and have a fabulous day !

Wednesday, 4 September 2019

DT Inspiration - Using a Gelly Plate

Hi! It's Jane here today with a little DT inspiration using Uniko stamps and a gelly plate.

Here's the stamp sets I used:


BIGBOLDHello    BirthdaySentimentsPP

Here's my process:

1. I gathered my supplies

2. I added ink straight from the pads to the gelly plate and spritzed it with water.

3. I used the ink from the gelly plate and the detail stamp from the set to created a random pattern. I also took a print from the gelly plate to create a background on a separate piece of card. (forgot to take a pic, sorry)

4.  I used the outline stamp round the flower details.

5. I used the outline stamp on the background gelly plate print. This was done quite randomly as this  is a negative print and the outline does not fit exactly.

6. I stamped some extra details onto the background print using the smaller stamps from the set.

7. I created three cards using these printed sheets.

My first card uses a panel die cut from the the background print and a camouflaged greeting within this panel. I matted it onto lilac card and added a stamped sentiment.

My second card uses the left over background print with a stamped sentiment inside the negative die cut panel space.

My third card uses the stamped pattern, split into two parts with a die, matted onto lilac card with a ribbon strip and a stamped sentiment.

Here's a last look at the three cards and stamp sets I used:

There are more details about the other supplies I used on my blog - HERE.

Thanks for looking today and keep crafting!

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Friday, 30 August 2019

Uniko Challenge #54 Winners


I'm here today to announce the WINNERS of Challenge #54 Flowers 

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

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

Congratulations Myra

Here's your winner's badge

You have won a £25 eGift Certificate to spend in the Uniko store. Please contact me at by 13th September 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 6th September 2019.

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

Congratulations Milla

You have won an in stock £5 clear stamp set from the Uniko store. Please contact me at by the 13th September 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 Jen

You have won an in stock £5 clear stamp set from the Uniko store. Please contact me at by 13th July 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:

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 20th September.

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

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

DT Inspiration - Using the Mehndi Mandela Stencil as Background

Good morning Uniko fans, Julie here with a little bit of DT inspiration.
Today I'm giving some love to the Mehndi Mandela stencil and the fab Pure Florals - Rose stamp set.
I just love these glorious blooms and they are so great to colour, whether with paints or pens.

I chose to use Copics for this card, using RV000, RV02 and RV55 for the roses and YG01, YG25 and YG67 for the leaves. 
After stamping with Memento Tuxedo Black on Copic friendly white card, I coloured the outlines, then fussy cut each bloom and leaf cluster.
On a panel of dark grey card I overlaid the stencil in the bottom right corner and inked with Hickory Smoke DI.

The flowers and leaves were then arranged over the stencilled panel. I have just recently added some Gladwrap to my stash after seeing it used on YouTube. It's a slightly tacky foodwrap which clings to most things including die cuts and other small cut outs as well as itself!
So after cutting out a small panel of the stuff, I carefully overlaid it onto my spray and gently pressed all over. Rather gingerly I lifted off the Gladwrap and miraculously the arrangement came with it!
Flipping it over, I glued the over lapping pieces with liquid glue and then added glue to the rest of the spray. Without removing the Gladwrap, I placed it and the spray over the stencilled background and pressed in place, then left it to dry. 
When it was dry, I carefully removed the Gladwrap and added some sequins and a simple white greeting from Pure Florals Peony, stamped in black on white card. 
I did trim some of the overhang away so it would sit squarely.

So that's about it from me, hope I've inspired you to get those colouring pens out and have a go!

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

DT Inspiration - a rainbow of colour

Happy Tuesday to you ......

I hope your week has got off to a good start.
It's Linda here, with a little inspiration for you using a rainbow of colour and the Uniko Party Confetti stencil

I'm loving rainbow colours at the moment, they make such happy looking cards. And they work so well with stencil designs.
Perfect for birthday cards .... great for kids, both young and old.   But, what about party invites, Christmas (dare I say it!) and even New Year celebrations too.
But hey! ...... let's not get too far ahead shall we.  I've got a holiday to go on before I start my festive preparations ...... lets just stick with birthdays for now shall we!

The Party Confetti stencil looks so pretty in rainbow colours.  I simply laid it over a piece of white cardstock and then used Distress Oxide inks - Picked Rapsberry, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Twisted Citron and Salty Ocean.

Have you spotted my little happy accident?
Who forgot to cover the bottom of her card?  Ooops!

I got a little carried away brushing my rainbow stripes.  The top was OK there was stencil tape there but, I did manage to get ink over the bottom of the stencil.
No time to start again so, I decided to make it look part of the design, by adding more of the colours over the bottom edge ..... what do think? I really like it!

I  used the Uniko BIG & BOLD Happy Designer Die to add my sentiment ....

Cut from black and white cardstock.  The white I coloured using the same Distress Oxides as I used through the stencil, and then I added a touch of sparkle with a Shimmer Embossing Powder from WOW! over the top

I then layered this onto the black one, slightly offsetting it to give a shadow effect.

I finished off the sentiment using one of the stamps from Uniko's Birthday Sentiments clear stamp set, simply stamped onto a snippet of white card, and cut into a little banner.  And I also added a few dots of glitter glue here and there for a little more sparkle

When I'd finished I noticed there was quite a lot of ink left on the stencil.  Now I don't like to waste my inks so, I spritzed over with some water, grabbed a piece of white card and laid it on the top. I applied a little pressure over the whole of the stencil and then ...... this was the result

A pretty monoprint that I can use on another card ...... I do like a twofer!

Thanks for popping by ..... enjoy the rest of your day.
I'm off to finish tidying my craft room.  Over the weekend I decided I wanted to change things around a little in there ..... not one of my better ideas!  It turned into a bigger job than I thought!!

Cheerio until next time .......