Friday, 30 August 2019

Uniko Challenge #54 Winners

Hey!

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 bev@uniko.co.uk 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 jane.taylor52@btinternet.com 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 bev@uniko.co.uk 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 bev@uniko.co.uk 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 bev@uniko.co.uk

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 .......

Sunday, 18 August 2019

DT Inspiration - Use a Stencil with watercolour pencils

Hello and happy weekend to everybody!

It's time for another DT-Inspiration!

As always I made cards with a stencil for you.
This time I used the Uniko Stencil "Scattered Polka Dots".

Let's get started!
I traced the stencil edges with my watercolour pencils on a mix media paper (it's a great paper for different kind of techniques qith many different colours or mediums).
To activate the watercolours I added droplets of clear water on every little circle with a pipette, waited a while and then moved the water very carefully with a small brush to mix every droplet with the solved pigments.

Cause these added waterdrops were so beautiful, I took some photos before and after I mixed the colours.
See it here:
Different shades of blue with waterdrops on top.
The whole blue-dotted paper with waterdrops.
The unsolved and the solved colours with waterdrops on top.
My plan was, to wait until the droplets were dry and then use the paper.
It took a long while (was an over-night-process!) but then all the water was gone and I had little watercoloured dots... They were beautiful, but in my mind were still the pictures of the little "water-hills"... and these flat colour-dots wer not really spectacular!
So I decided to change my plan, added Glossy Accents on the one and clear Nuvo Drops on the other paper and let it dry again.
The result was almost as amazing as the water-version!

I combined both backgrounds with the "Big & Bold Happy Stamps and coordinating Dies" and the second one also with the "Wonderful Day Stamps".
The stamped parts of the sentiments were heat embossed both times.

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For the first card I coloured the front of the happy DieCut word with the same two blue watercolour pencils and added water like I did for the background. To speed the process a bit I used my heat tool to dry the water this time.
I cut and adhered my polka dot background on the cardbase.
Then I adhered the blue "happy" layer on the shadow DieCut of the word and glued it with little dimensional pads on the card front.
To finish the bold word I covered it with glossy accents (like the background dots).
While this layer was drying I stamped and heat embossed the Everything anf adhered it also with dimensional pads on the front of the card.
(The dimensional pads were necessary cause of the dimensional drops of the background.)
 
Finished blue "Happy Everything" card.
Finished blue "Happy Everything" card.
Detail of the blue "Happy Everything" card - DieCut with glossy coating.
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For the second card I coloured the stencil edges in rainbow colours, spread over the page.
I mixed the water and the pigments as I did on the other card, but during the drying process there developed darker rings on the outside. I like this optic, cause it reminds me more on the look of the waterdrops. So I just added the clear Nuvo Drops.

Rainbows always makes me happy, So I included this feeling in my sentiment and heat embossed "Oh happy day!" on a banner-strip of Vellum.
The watercolourd drops were mounted on a bit bigger piece of light green cardstock and then on the card base.

Colourful "Oh happy day!" card
Detail of the different elements.
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I think this technique works great with a stencil with small open areas, but maybe a bigger  pattern will give also great results?! Let's give it a try!
I hope I inspired you to stretch your creative muscles and try (or re-use) a not-so-popular-technique with your stencils! - Would love to read in the comments, what you tried out and which results you got!


Have a great and creative day!

Greetings from Wiebke

Saturday, 17 August 2019

August 2019 Non Release Design Team Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!

Hey & Happy Weekend!

Welcome to the August 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. 

This month I set the challenge of revisiting BIG & BOLD Wish clear stamp set and the coordinating  Designer Dies BIG & BOLD Wish.






As usual we have our GIVEAWAY, so be sure to comment along the hop for your chance to win both the BIG  & BOLD Wish clear stamp set and the coordinating Designer Dies BIG & BOLD Wish. An alternative prize will be offered if the winner already owns these.

You have until midnight BST Saturday 24th August 2019 to comment along the hop.



{Coming Soon!}
 

Wiebke



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

Thanks for joining in on the fun.

Hugs


Thursday, 15 August 2019

DT Inspiration - embossing paste

Hello!
Lindsey here with a little DT inspiration using the recently released Fleur de Lis stencil and embossing paste.
I have to confess to being a little shy when it comes to stencils.  When card-making I invariably turn to my stamps and get inky.  But!  I had a rare day off work the other week and was determined to get out of my comfort zone, so I reached for my stencils and (rather under-utilised) embossing paste.


For my first card, I sprinkled the paste with some iridescent glitter whilst it was still damp.
I love a bit of bling!
I then paired this with the lovely bold bloom from the aptly-named "Beautiful Blooms I" set.


Then a complete change for my second card with some bold masculine colours.


I waited for the embossing paste to dry, then sprinkled over some green and yellow Brushos.
The subtle sprinkled effect was quite nice but not bold enough for my taste so I spritzed the card with some water to get the colours to run and blend into each other.
Fabulously fun and vibrant!


Why not have a go at a technique you don't usually use?
You may be pleasantly surprised.
Hope you have fun!

Monday, 12 August 2019

DT Inspiration...Zoo Fun Cards for Kids

Hello,

Carol here. Welcome to my Uniko Studio DT showcase, where I bring out a few Uniko favourites for a play date.

Today's trio of cards was inspired by my brother's family's recent visit. I had a blast spending 24/7 with my niece and nephew for a few days...and part of our wonderful time together included a trip to the Calgary Zoo.

Zoo + kiddos = incentive to create cards *for* said kiddos! I'll include a few photos of the zoo/our place with the cards; hopefully, they'll know that Aunty c is WILD about them! As for Mr. Zebra...he'll be my card for my brother, whose birthday is coming up quickly.

I brought Doodlebug stickers into the scenes because a) they're adorable and b) they pair wonderfully with Uniko's animal prints/tropical line. Lots more of those in my collection, so you may see more of this combination down the road.

Card 1:

Card 2:

Card 3:

Hope these brought a smile!
 

Friday, 9 August 2019

July 2019 Release WINNERS!

Hey & Happy Friday!

I'm here today to announce the WINNER of the July 2019 Release Day Blog Hop, thank you to everyone who took the time to hop along with us and leave such lovely comments. I know that I speak on behalf of the Uniko Design Team and our Guest Designer Keren, that we appreciate all the lovely comments we receive. 

Okay, so how about a winner?! 

I used google random number generator, it selected lucky comment 17 out of 240 and the lucky winner of comment 17 is...

Awesome release! Love it all! Another triumph Bev. A wonderful hop too - such amazing g inspiration, what a talented team! xxx

Congratulations Chris! 

You have won the ENTRIE July 2019 Release! Please send an email to bev@uniko.co.uk with your postal address, no later than 31st August 2019 and I will get your prize in the post to you.

ALSO....

During the countdown to the release on Day 2 of the Sneak Peeks I had a small comment giveaway to win the 3 Animal Print Stencils. The randomly selected winner from the correct comments is...

Ooo these look fab 😍 giraffe, tiger and zebra right? Xx

Congratulations!

You have won the 3 stencils. Please send an email to bev@uniko.co.uk with your postal address, no later than 31st August 2019 and I will get your prize in the post to you.

Thank you again for joining in on the Uniko Release fun, have a wonderful weekend!

Hugs