Tuesday, 10 May 2022

Brand Ambassador Inspiration - Passiflora & BB Grid

Hi everyone, 

Steph here with my Uniko Brand Ambassador Inspiration post for May. And I also add that May is my one year anniversary of becoming a Brand Ambassador for the wonderful Uniko. Where has that time gone?! 

This month I’ve dug out the Uniko Passiflora stamp set because it’s one of great beauty but I haven’t played about with it nearly enough. 

I really like florals teamed with geometrics and when I first saw the Uniko Background Blocks Grid stamp it reminded me of garden trellis so I think it’s a perfect match. 

My first card uses the BB Grid stamped twice which rather nicely fits an A6 card front. I stamped my Passiflora in the most common colour way leaving the petals white but adding a purple edge by stamping with the outline stamp only. Each layer of the flower is stamped, cut and adhered using either double sided tape or foam pads for depth. The leaves and ‘twirls’ are stamped in my favourite green and arranged around the florals. An addition of sentiment from the Uniko Floral Vines stamp set, which is raised up on foam pads, and the panel was adhered to a purple card blank. 

My second card uses a single grid which I have offset as I wanted the florals to take up the main focus of the bottom right of the panel. This time I used the colours of a pink Passiflora and again the layers are adhered using both double sided tape and foam pads. 

My final card is a slimline and I wanted the leaves to shine out here. I’ve stamped them in three shades of green before adding the BB Grid along the right hand edge. I then stamped the Passiflora in a purple colour way and one more leaf! I adhered the sentiment using foam pads and then added the leaf on too. After adhering the florals I added some drops of glossy accents to the middle stamen. They look like dew drops in the morning!

All the florals are shaped with the petals curved backwards which has not shown well on the photos but looks great on the cards. 

Thanks for joining me today and I hope you like my three ways with Passiflora. As always I had a lovely time inking these stamps and I know I’ll be coming back to them again soon. 

Much love

Steph x

Friday, 6 May 2022

Inspired by an Instagram Poll!

 Hello & Happy Friday!

The other night I created a series of polls on the Uniko Ltd Instagram stories, as I needed some help sparking some creativity. I've been busy designing new things and finalising the next release coming at the end of May. So my actual creative time has been on a bit of a go slow :(

So I created a series of polls to help inspire me...

First I asked what I should use. Stamps Only, Stencils Only, Clear Stamps & Matching Dies or Combination of All! 

Next I asked who I should create for, Men, Women or Gender Neutral. And then I gave some theme options. Florals, Geometric, Sentiment Only, Combination of All.

Then there were some colour options. Monochrime, Rainbow, Neutrals, Pastels. 

And lastly I gave some card style/size options. Standard C6, Square or Slimline.

If you don't use Instagram, stories stay up for 24 hours and then disappear. Luckily, I can view the results in my insights and could see what had been decided.

A combination of Clear Stamps, Stencils & Dies to create a gender neutral geometric card with a monochromatic colour scheme and a 3 way tie between card size/style!

At first I was a bit, oh no what have I done - haha! But then I got my thinking cap on and had a look through my Uniko goodies and this is what I came up with.

As there was no clear winner for the size and style of card I used the same products, almost the same way to create the same card on each size. 

I started with a standard C6 card.

For my stencil choice I went with the Mid Century Modern Shapes. I used a selection of grey inks from Altenew to ink through various shapes on the stencil, over lapping some to create a cascade effect down the left hand side.

I then selected the Background Block Arts Decoratifs and stamped this in black ink. The hardest part was using a geometric die. I thought about using the Explosion! Designer Dies, but I didn't want to cover up too much of the design.

In the end I decided to use two square dies to create my own frame. This worked well, but the card needed something to finish it off. I decided to use a trio of sentiments from the Simply Said Blocks and Simply Said Blocks II clear stamp sets. A few final Nuvo Drops and I was finished!

I then followed the same process to recreate the design onto a slimline card.

The layout changed slightly to accommodate the elements and for it to flow nicely down the card.

Lastly I created a square card.

It was quite fun to be faced with a challenge. I hadn't really thought of the possible combinations that could occur, but then that was part of the fun! 

So now the question is, which is your favourite of the 3 cards using this combination of products? And did I achieve the brief?

I'd love to know your thoughts. 

Crafty Hugs 

Wednesday, 4 May 2022

Brand Ambassador Inspiration - Using Pure Florals Rose


It's Jane here today sharing a birthday card I created using Pure Florals Rose as a focal point on top of a inked background diamond.

I started by creating a stencil from paper using a square die to create the aperture. I then placed this over the card top and inked through with two shades of distress oxide ink - kitsch flamingo & festive berries.

Before removing the stencil I used the Background Blocks Solid Wonky Stripes stamp placed to one side and stamped it using nocturne Versafine Clair ink.

Next I stamped the smaller outline rose from Pure Florals Rose and cut it out by hand. I popped it up onto foam pads and then attached it on top of the inky diamond. I really love the look of Bev's florals without colour, I think it really showcases the fine detail.

The sentiment is from Simply Said Blocks and to finish it all off I matted the whole thing onto a slightly larger card base.

Thanks you so much for looking today, I really appreciate you taking the time.

Stay safe and keep crafting!


Tuesday, 3 May 2022

BA Inspiration, Combining sentiments from more than one set

Good morning all, Julie here with some Brand Ambassador inspiration. 

Do you find masculine cards difficult? I love making cards for blokes just as much as for the girls, until recently the boys outnumbered the girls in our family! My go to style for masculine cards is CAS and the choice of colours also plays a part, bold bright colours work well for masculine cards. So here's a simple idea that you can use over again, just change the sentiment!

Over at Cardz4Guyz their new challenge theme is something beginning with D, so I chose Die Cuts and used some Uniko sentiments to create my card focal point. As I made quite a few extra die cut shapes, I decided to make a few more cards with them and share them with you here.

Here are the first two, the bright one on black I used for the challenge at Cardz4Guyz and the other I made with the more pastel tones on white for a feminine take. The layout of the die cuts is slightly different but the sentiment is the same.

To begin, I selected a few different sentiment stamp sets which I could combine to make my sentiment phrase. For these two cards I selected Everyday Sentiments, Doodle Flowers and Happy Days. Using a speech bubble die set, I cut a load of colourful shapes from card scraps, waste not want not.
On the long speech bubble, I arranged the sentiment then stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with white EP. I find it easiest to use a jig for stamping on small items, so for this I cut the shape from a piece of scrap card which I placed in my MISTI and arranged the sentiment stamps in the opening. Try test stamping on some scrap to ensure you don't waste the die cut!

Using this stamped bubble as the start, I arranged the die cuts over my A6 base cards, trimming off anything that was overhanging. You don't need to make up your own sentiment phrases, there are lots of ready made ones that Bev has released, but I thought it would allow me to fill the long thin speech bubble.

As I had a few leftover die cuts, I went with a different sentiment phrase and layout, this time using a mix of Doodle Flowers and Floral Vines.
It was the same process as for the other two cards, except that the sentiment was in a different place.

This card could be for a male or female recipient really. If you don't have speech bubble dies, you could use other die cut shapes to get the same effect, balloon dies would work well.

OK,  that's all from me for the moment, but I hope I've given you some ideas to create masculine cards and get more use from your sentiment stamps.

Stay safe 'til next time and keep crafting!

Saturday, 30 April 2022

Brand Ambassador Inspiration - Playing with stencils to CASE

 Bonjour !

Izzy here. I must admit that lately my inspiration is not at the top. But I noticed one thing, when I see all the beautiful cards on Instagram, Facebook..., I cannot help to think "oh, I could make this card with such Uniko stamp and/or stencil..". So I pined the picture for a future CASEd card. And this is what I propose you today, some CASEd cards made essentially with stencils.

The first card I CASEd is one from Sidnie of Sldcreations

and here is mine

For her background, Sidnie used a background stamp to make the emboss resist technique with her Distress Oxide inks. I used the Mid Century Modern Squares stencil. I inked it with Versamark and I heat embossed with clear powder. Then I played with the Distress Oxide inks in another combo of colours (Black soot, Chipped sapphire and Peacock feathers).

For the sentiment, I used the BIG & BOLD Happy clear stamp & die bundle. 

For my second card, I CASEd Kristie Goulet from Kreative Kristies

The stamped filigree on Kristie's card made me think to the Fleur de Lis stencil so I used her design to make this card. I paired this stencil with the Nautical Treasures Clear stamp set since it also has a Fleur de lis stamp.

For my third card, I CASEd a Joan Bardee's card (from Dear Paperlicious) that I saw on Instagram.

I love the contrast of the dark background and the flower on top. Embossed background can also be made with stencil and that's what I've done here with the Stylised Floral stencil. For the flower I chose the delicate Floral Vines Clear Stamp Set and I coloured it with markers. It is perfect to frame a sentiment beautifully.

Last but not least, I CASEd Therese Calvird from Lostinpaper

I love so much her combo of colours that I kept it and I used the Mid Century Modern Shapes stencil for the geometric shapes. I also made it a birthday card with the Sentiments Outlined Clear stamp set. To frame this design, I just added some pinstripes on the edges from the Background Blocks Pinstripe Clear stamp.

And that's all for me today. I can't thank enough these wonderful Ladies for inspiring me with their beautiful cards and I hope that may be I inspired you with mine.

Have a lovely weekend and thanks so much for stopping by.

Friday, 29 April 2022

Brand ambassador inspiration - Masculine card set

 Hi there !

Hannelie here today sharing a set of masculine cards using different backgrounds in the same colour scheme :)

First card :

For this card I used :

Second card :

For this card I used :

Third card :

For this card I used :

All the stamping were done with Gina K amalgam black ink , using my misti, and colored with Promarkers.

Thanks for looking !


Tuesday, 19 April 2022

Brand Ambassador Inspiration - Framed Balloons

Hi everyone, 

Steph here for today’s Uniko Brand Ambassador Inspiration post. I mentioned last month that I wasn’t ready to let go of the birthday spirit and it appears I still have it this month too! I’ve focused my post on the wonderful Uniko Framed Balloons set that was part of the Uniko 10th birthday release.

My first two cards focus on using the full frame and both have been heat embossed. 

This card uses green pearlised card and white embossing powder. I have then added colours, shadows and highlights using colouring pencils. I have given the balloons an extra highlight with a white gel pen. This card has a lovely shimmery finish which does not quite translate on the photo.

Sticking with the green theme (it is my favourite colour after all!), this time I used gold embossing powder. I love how the gold pops on the dark green. On this card I used alcohol markers to add shadows and metallic gel pens to add colour and the balloon highlights. I teamed it with one of the wonderful sentiments from Uniko Anniversaire Arts Decoratifs set. 

Finally I decided to give more focus to the additions in the set as I had not used these in my introduction posts back in February. 

I repeat stamped the confetti and coloured it using alcohol markers. I then cut it into a square before cutting into three triangles. I created a green card blank and cut the front panel into a triangle, reserving the two cut of triangles for the cross over on the card front. I layered my confetti pieces onto the green pieces and adhered to the card front as shown. I added hearts cut from the remaining confetti card and presents stamped and fussy cut. Finally I added the sentiment which I coloured to match and die cut with a fancy die. 

I hope these give you some inspiration of how you can get more from your stamp sets and what different effects you can achieve simply by changing the colour of the card stock, ink or embossing powder.

Thanks for joining me today. 

Much love

Steph x

Sunday, 17 April 2022

Brand Ambassador Inspiration - Flower Power

Good morning

Anita here wishing you a very Happy Easter Sunday.  We've certainly had a glorious couple of days here in the UK so far this bank holiday weekend, Spring has definitely sprung!  I hope you're all having a wonderful weekend, however you're spending it.

Before I get started on my makes, I'd just like to make you aware of a 10% discount code that Bev is kindly offering on all orders this Easter weekend so if you do want to make a purchase, please do use the code easterspecial10 for a discount...

Ok, onto my cards, and I chose to use some of the great Flower Power stamp sets for these.  

First up, a little emboss resist and ink blending...

I stamped the flowers and leaves from the Flower Power #3 stamp set in VersaMark ink onto some white cardstock and heat embossed them with white embossing powder.  I then ink blended with Distress Oxides before cutting with dies from the Designer Dies Flower Power #1 - #6 Collection. I adhered these to the card base, popping the flower heads up on 3D foam and then stamped the sentiment from the Flower Power #4 stamp set onto a die cut sentiment strip.

Next up I created a stamped floral background as my focal point...

These cute little roses and leaves are from the Flower Power #6 stamp set and the flower head is created with two-step stamping.  So I stamped the solid image first in lilac and then over-stamped with the petals image in a darker purple.  I then created a mask to stamp the leaves up against the flower heads.  The sentiment, also from the same stamp set, has been stamped and heat embossed in white on a strip of purple cardstock.  I then adhered the strip to the panel before die cutting the panel with a scalloped rectangle.

For my final card I watercoloured the flowers using watercolour pencils.  Unfortunately, my camera has washed out the colour a little on this one...

On some Strathmore Bristol cardstock I stamped and heat embossed a few flowers at a time, these being from the Flower Power #2 stamp set.  When stamping the subsequent flowers, I brushed away the embossing powder where it overlapped the already embossed flowers, this could also be done with a mask.  I then painted the flowers using a wet brush and picking up the colour from the tips of the pencils.  I made a die cut panel with an aperture and stamped the sentiment, also from the Flower Power #2 set, and adhered the floral panel behind the aperture, before adhering the panel to the card base using fun foam.

As you can see from these, the Flower Power sets are great for mixing and matching, and can used in so many ways.  There are lots of floral elements and numerous sentiments in each set.

Crafty hugs to you all and very best wishes for a Happy Easter Sunday.  Don't eat too much chocolate!  Actually, on second thoughts...you only live once, eat that chocolate and enjoy it!

Friday, 8 April 2022

Uniko Brand Ambassador post : Beautiful Blooms 2 with five different backgrounds

 Hi there!

Hannelie here with a quick and simple set of five cards using Beautiful Blooms 2 with different backgrounds. Always handy to have a set of cards on hand for those unexpected occasions when you need a small gift!

Card #1 :

Card #2 :


Card #3 :

Card #4 :

Card #5 :

It makes a beautiful set! 

I used :

Beautiful-blooms-ii ,  Simply-said-blocks  & Simply-said-blocks-iii  on all the cards

I used my Silhouette cameo to cut out the flowers and leaves and stamped everything with Versafine Black ink, Altenew ink and my Misti stamping tool.

The flowers were popped up with foam squares and embellished with pearls or rhinestones.

Do you have a favorite? I would love to know!

Thanks for popping in today ... hope you leave inspired ♥