Friday 29 May 2020

Uniko Challenge Reminder #59 - Anything Goes + optional twist Bright & Happy


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

We have a super easy theme of Anything Goes with the optional twist of Bright & Happy

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 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 Viv as our Guest Designer and she has created another incredibly beautiful card to inspire you to play along.


The Uniko Brand Ambassadors have also been super busy creating 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.  

  • 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 19th June 2020 (7.00pm EDT).


Wednesday 27 May 2020

Brand Ambassador Inspiration - Tropical birthday

Bonjour !

Izzy here. Today I'm going to show you the card that I made inspired by two challenges. The sketch of the CAS(E) this Sketch challenge and the theme of the Seize the birthday challenge. 

To make it I used 3 stamp sets with tropical images. Love how well they go together !

Here is my card.

I started by blending two green shades of Distress inks on a white card stock. Then I stamped the background stamp over.

With colour pencils, I filled in the leaves in order to add even more green shades. I flat adhered the panel on a double white card according the sketch.

On white scraps of paper, I stamped the flower and the leave. I coloured them with colour pencils and I fussy cut them.

I stamped and I white heat embossed a sentiment on a strip of vellum that I glued on the card. And to finish I adhered the leave and the flower with Glue Dots.

That's all for me today. I hope I inspired you. Thanks so much for visiting Uniko ! 

Take care, stay safe at home and have fun crafting !

Saturday 23 May 2020

Brand Ambassador Inspiration - florals your way

Hello friends, I am up with a few floral cars using Uniko goodies today.
I had colored these using the Prisamcolor pencils.

These were stamped the flowers from Originally Organic set in the Lawn Fawn Grey ink and the coloring was done using the pencils.
I stamped a bold thank you sentiment from All Occasions set here.
I dabbed the base with pine needle DI to create some interest and added a white strip over that.


This was stamped the Happy Succulents using the grey ink from Lawn fawn and the color pencils color very well over the grey, I managed to achieve the no line coloring look here. The colored front is added to a white base and a few jewels to finish off the card. The sentiments is from the Pure floral - Peony set.
 I did add a white strip at the bottom to create some interest on this card.

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

Wednesday 20 May 2020

Brand Ambassador Inspiration- A Masculine Birthday Card

Good morning folks, Julie here with another Brand Ambassador post.
Today I would like to share this masculine, CAS card with you and the steps I used to create it.

I don't know about you but I'm starting to run out of my favourite cardstock, so I decided that I would use some of my odds and ends that I save from other projects and some larger A4 sheets that have been in the stash for more than 7 years! So I started with a small panel of white card from the scrap box, which I taped under my abstract triangles stencil.

I found it easiest to stick it from the back with masking tape, so needed to add a little talc to stop the sticky tape from catching on my MISTI when stamping. The stencil was then placed in my MISTI and I then stamped the largest of the sentiments from Birthday Wishes set repeatedly through the stencil with black ink. As the ink will sit on the stencil, take are not to smudge the residue when moving your stamp around. 
I carefully removed the tape from one edge of the stencil and placed a panel of scrap paper under it and carefully rubbed away the excess ink with a cloth. The stencil was still attached by one side so it acted like a hinge allowing the stencil to remain in place. After carefully removing the scrap paper, I placed the stencil back over the inked panel and replaced the tape and inked through with Salty Ocean DI. Once dry I carefully removed any excess ink from the stencil before placing the Scattered Polka dot stencil over and securing.

Blueprint Sketch DI was then added through the two stencils to create yet another layer.

The photo above shows what the panel looked like after the polka dot stencil was removed.

Finally, the Abstract triangle stencil was removed to reveal the finished panel.

When using small patterned panels, I find a piece of copy paper cut to size very useful, allowing you to position each of the elements before adding to the final base card. You can roughly plan the final design without ruining your base card.
I trimmed a panel of textured card to create two panels, adding two strips of scrap card inked with Blueprint Sketch and stamping Happy Birthday from Simply Said in black before popping up them over the stenciled panel on the copy paper with fun foam. The base card was made from the same textured white card.

The instructions sound quite complicated but I do encourage you to have a play, use up your scraps like me. 

That's all from me for the mo, so stay safe and well until next time.

Friday 15 May 2020

Uniko Challenge #59 - Anything Goes + optional twist Bright & Happy


Welcome to the May/June 2020 Uniko Challenge.

Have you been struggling with creativity during the lockdown? Or are you filling the time crafting away a huge stash of cards? Whichever we hope our Anything Goes and optional twist of Bright and Happy will inspire you to join in and play along.

We have Viv joining us as our Guest Designer for this challenge and she has definitely embraced the bright and happy with her card!


Viv's card make you feel more cheerful immediately! If you get time it would be wonderful if you'd pop over to her blog and leave her a lovely comment - HERE.

The Uniko Brand Ambassadors have also been busy creating inspirational projects to fire up your imagination. Check them out!


{Coming Soon!}




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. 

Due to the current chaos around the world and here in the UK, I have temporarily reduced the value of the prizes. This is so that I can keep my small business afloat during these uncertain times. I hope you understand and will still join in on the fun.

Thank you for your continued support & joining in on the fun at Uniko.
  • Main Winner Chosen By the DT - £15 eGift Certificate
  • Random Twist Winner - £5 eGift Certificate
  • Random Uniko Stamps Winner - £5 eGift Certificate
  • 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 June 2020.

Crafty Hugs,

Thursday 14 May 2020

Brand Ambassador Inspiration - happy & colourful


Wiebke here with a happy and colourful post to brighten your day!

It's also a happy bithday surprise for Beverley!
I'm so 
to have you in my life! 😘

I made this bunch of clean and simple cards in a really short time! How I did it? By using all the "left overs" to create second cards!

The materials for all four cards are similar:
  • a self made rainbow-colour paper
    made of multimedia paper (it doesn't warp as much as normal cardstock when it get's wet) & Ranger Distress Oxide Inks (and a blending brush or tool) & a clear iridescent embossing paste (just added a thin layer with a palette knife)
    To create this paper you'll need a bit of time, but below I have some alternative ideas!
  • the Big & Bold Happy Dies
  • fitting stamps - I used Big & Bold Happy, Happy Days and bee Happy (guess why! 😉)

To avoid lots of glue-time for the thin areas I used adhesive sheets, but needed a bit of glue here and there anyway!

For the first two cards I cut out the bigger "shadow" word of my sparkling paper first, then placed the smaller die on this hello and cut again to create the thin edge of the word. - This was the difficult part - to line it up exactly for an even edge!
But with the help of some low-tack painters tape (I used the pink one from Tesa) it wasn't a real problem! 

The rest was easy!
To adhere the thin layer in the original shape and without wonky lines I used the other one as guide before I adhered it on a second cardbase.
All sentiments were stamped in black ink. I love to use my stamping tool for these jobs - You can position all the stamps perfectly with the gridlines on the lid and you can stamp twice for a perfect black impression without any problems of missplacing!

The black lines of the box are drawn with a thin black marker and and a T-ruler.
The small butterflies I punched out of the scraps of the sparkling paper and placed them as a fluttering crowd above the word die cut.


Here on the next picture you can see in the reflection, how much this selfmade paper is sparkling! (It's always hard for me to catch this with a camera.)

For the second two cards I directly cut out the smaller die of the sparkling paper. 
On the cardbase I brushed the same colours I used before to create the sparkling paper, but with a lighter hand for a softer, less intense shadeing.
The more intense happy on a white shadow paper I placed there, added the two sentiment-parts and the card was finished!

The last card is made of the leftover again. I cut out the "frame" with a knife and a metallic ruler, rounded the corners by hand and adhered it on the cardbase.
This time I used the cute bee insted of a sentiment - just as a "be(e) happy".


Hope you like this idea of making quick'n'easy cards!

Some more ideas to stretch this technique:  

You needn't use a selfmade sparkling rainbow-paper.  
You can also use 
  • a patterned paper or 
  • a monochromatic shading
  • a paper with or without sparkling
  • ...
When you havn't a iridescent embossing paste, use
  • a sparkling embossing powder
  • a sparkling spray (maybe selfmade with some mica powder)
  • a thin layer of glitter glue or glossy accents (maybe with some glitter?)
  • ...
When you hon't want to make "happy" cards, use one of the other Uniko Big & Bold die sets!
"wish" or "snow".

Thanks for looking by today!   💓💛💚💙💜
Have a great and creative time and be happy!

Hugs Wiebke

Friday 8 May 2020

Brand Ambassador Inspiration : Pure Florals

Bonjour !

Izzy here. Today I'm going to show you some cards I made few months ago to offer my friend for the New Year. 

I made a bunch of them with the Pure Florals collection, keeping the same design and only changing the colour of the background.


To make the cards, I die cut white panels with a die and I determined where to make the coloured backgrounds placing the stamps on the panels. 

Then I put some Brushos powders and spritzed with water until I covered the panel according each flower.

Once the panels dry, I stamped the flowers with matching coloured inks...

...and then I stamped again with Versamark in order to heat embossed with clear powder.

To finish I adhered the panels on double white card and I made stickers with sentiments from the Simply Said set.

As it was a gift, I also made envelopes to match with each card by stamping part of the flower on the top left corner.


Some closer pictures to show you the touches of glitter I added to highlight the flowers even more.

That's all for me today ! Thanks so much for stopping by. Take care, stay safe at home and give your Uniko stamps some love...It's the best way for me to keep sane !