Friday, March 8, 2019

Unity Blog Post - Watercolor Stamping Quick Card


I'm back with another quick card for you. I try to give you tips on getting a pretty card, done quickly.

The Project

Today I will show you all about watercolor stamping. I used Distress Inks (seriously, what would I do without these babies), but Oxides or watercolor paint on the stamp would work too. Just Becauseis  a great stamp for this technique because of the delicate flowers and the thin lines of rubber.

The Steps

Like I said, I used Distress Ink for this project and a water mister is a must.

Begin by inking the lightest color over the entire stamp.

Add the other two colors, randomly.

Mist with the water sprayer. The key is to get the right amount of water added. You need enough to give that watery look, but still keep definition in the lines of the stamp.

I thought some ink splatters would add interest, so I took my darkest ink, placed some on my mat, added a tiny bit of water, and made splatters with my fan brush. Finally, I added my sentiment and a bit of twine to bring out that beautiful purple.

The Challenge
This week, I challenge you to give watercolor stamping a try.  You can use any variety of inks or watercolors, the choice is yours. Be sure to upload into the challenge album in the Unity Show & Tell group on Facebook by 3/14. There will be a chance at prizes!

I'll be back next week for another Quick Card. Until then, happy stamping.

Saturday, March 2, 2019


Hello, welcome to March! It's just that much closer to Spring arriving, at least in the northern hemisphere.

I thought it was high time to scrap the photos of the college football game that my brother came down from Alaska to attend. We had a ton of fun and ended the evening with a W!

I chose a springish color palette that fit our school's colors and added light, whimsical elements. #FUN, from Hashtag Boywas the perfect little touch for this fun layout.

Uo vs asu framed

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What fun flair will add that perfect touch to your next project? Be sure to check out the shop today.
Until next time, happy crafting!

Friday, March 1, 2019

Unity Blog Post - March Masculine Challenge

Happy March! This month is all about the masculine projects. People often tell of how they struggle with masculine cards, so I thought I'd give some pointers. I love getting grungy, messy, inky, and distressed, and this helps create wonderful masculine work.

The Project (#1)

You get a two for one this week as I will showcase two different techniques. Firstly, I show how I make a distressed card. I simply adore using this fabulous truck, Slowly Turning Classic, for my guy cards. There are many car enthusiasts in my world, how about yours?

The Steps

The background was created using a variety of Distress Ink colors.

Sponge the lightest color over the entire background, working from the outer edges in toward the center, for this gives a cool vignette look.

Use a darker color around the edges to emphasize the vignette. Spritz with water, dabbing up the drops, to leave the aged and worn look.

Further aging can be achieved by smooshing (or pressing) your paper into ink that has been pooled on your mat. Be sure to make you dry your project in between steps or you'll just end up with one puddle, instead of distinct areas of color. Continue adding ink until you are happy with the result.

With the darker colors, don't add as much water so that you are left with smaller spots of "aging". Continue adding ink, both with full water smooshing, dry smooshing, and sponging, until you are happy with your background.

When you are happy with the results, stamp the image onto the background, to capture shadows and such. Stamp the image again, onto a second piece of paper and color with your desired media. Cut out and glue down onto the background, matching up the stamped images.

I decided to add some distressed paper gears. Dip them into wet Distress Ink to gain that base color.

Add rust colored ink. I like the pop of color this step gives and it matches the rusty spots on my truck.

To give them a further corroded look, and to pull out the blue of my truck, I added a blue patina to the gears. Lastly, I stamped a sentiment banner and tucked it in amongst the gears. And there you have a fabulous card that any guy would love.

The Project (#2)

A super distressed look, though cool, takes a bit of time to achieve, so I have brought you a second, pretty quick card.

The Steps

For the background, I used a variety of green distress inks, and the Brutus Monroe Freshly Cutstamp. Patterned paper also works, but I love the trees along with the Angie Guys. This is Brian Guy, one of the growing number of Angie Guys.

To make my background, I inked it with greens, spritzed with water, and then stamped.
Brian Guy was dressed up in some snazzy paper, using the paper piecing technique. I channeled Lisa Arana and used her fabulous sentiment banner, attached with a paperclip. It's such a great idea and works well for a guy card.
I hope you have found some inspiration for the next time you need a masculine card!

The Challenge

The challenge: make a masculine card or other project. Post in the Unity Show & Tell group on Facebook to be in the running for deeply etched red rubber of your very own. This challenge will be open all month.

Be sure to tune in next week for another Quick Card, happy stamping!

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Coffee Filter Collaboration

Now and again, I join a group of friends to do a collaboration. Sometimes we do a theme. Other times we have a pile of common supplies. This go around, we decided to use coffee filters, or a tea bag. The sky was the limit, no holds barred. I decided to make a canvas to hang in my kitchen because coffee is life.

I took my coffee stained filter, and whilst I sipped the delicious brew that passed through it, I added even more color with my Distress Inks. I set that aside and grunged up my canvas with more Distress Ink and some stamps. Setting that to one side, I stamped this awesome coffee treat stamp Stay Strong, by Unity Stamp Co. I cut the word from coffee related digi paper by Gracielle Designs. I seriously love this paper pack. I found this cute lil wood veneer to go cup and dark "gems" and finally added a piece of flair from A Flair For Buttons, Hello Coffee. It pretty much sums up have I feel about coffee.

Thanks for having a look and I'll see you next time!

Saturday, February 23, 2019

She Declined

Hello, Laura here with you today with a kitty layout for A Flair For Buttons. My cat recently had to have an oral procedure done, under anesthesia. When I went to pick her up, several people told me how funny she had been, under the influence of the drugs. they sent a surgery tech to collect her and suddenly we hear what sounds like 6 cats in an epic brawl. A few minutes later, the tech emerged with my cat and said, "I tried to bandage her IV site. She declined." Yeah, I think we all got that message.
She declined framed

The Got Cat  and Cute Kittyflair set were perfect for my story. The lil kitty is darling and I can just hear the "meow meow meow" as cat cursing at the indignities she was suffering.

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Be sure to visit the shop and find the perfect flair to highlight your stories!
Until next time, happy crafting.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Sir Fox - A Flair For Buttons Layout

Happy Tuesday! Today I'm sharing a layout from my recent trip to Yellowstone, using flair from A Flair For Buttons. If you haven't been there in the winter, you should make it a goal to visit this land of fire and ice. Not only does the steam billow more, but the animals come closer to the rivers that run through the park because they are some of the few that aren't frozen over. Every day we saw coyote, fox, eagles, bison, and all the water fowl.
Sir fox framed
I am bringing you this adorable fox that we saw. He was close and walked right towards us. It was a pretty special moment for our entire group.
I used the fox and heart from the Woodland Creatures flair pack. The fox even has a scarf on!

I hope to bring you more from this amazing trip soon. Until then, pick up this great set and find some critters of your own!
Happy scrapping,

Friday, January 4, 2019

Unity Stamp Co January Challenge

January Challenge
Welcome to January and 2019! Today we take a break from quick cards and visit a more in-depth technique; shaker cards. And so, I will show you how I make these fun, interactive cards.

The Project

The Steps
First, gather your supplies.

I used the Everblooming kit. This stamp makes a great shaker card and what better thing to fill it with, but seeds? It's the dead of Winter, so I couldn't find any flower seeds, but I did find some grass seed and was pleasantly surprised to see that they were partly colored!

Begin by stamping the image. Clair ink is my favorite ink, so crisp and vivid.

Next color or paint the image, if desired.

I chose an image and cut the center out, but you can use a frame die or create your own frame using differing sized dies. Using my X-acto knife, I cut out the center of my seed packet, then used scissors to fine tune my cut.

Apply acetate with some good adhesive. If you don't have acetate, you can use the clear packaging from your supplies, a baggie, or vellum.

After that, create an area for your elements to be able to shake and move. I do this using foam tape.
Quick hint: I get mine from the hardware store. It's cheaper than the craft store!
Be sure to cover the entire area in foam tape, leaving no gaps. However, you can leave them, I suppose, if you really want to deliver a glitter bomb to the recipient. *wink*

Fill the space with whatever you want to shake inside your shaker card. I chose seeds and some glass glitter, for sparkle. Carefully remove the tape backing so your glitter and such doesn't try to escape. Be sure to have a back piece to at the ready to cover the contents.

Adhere to card face and add embellishments and sentiment.

The Challenge
The first post of the month will present a challenge that will be open for the whole month. This will allows you to take some time and try out some new techniques. And so this month I challenge you to make a shaker card or other interactive card or project. I look forward to seeing what you come up with.
Unity Show and Tell
If you aren't part of the Unity Show & Tellgroup, on Facebook, you really should check it out. There is a lot of inspiration and good friends waiting for you. In addition, you'll find challenges, with prizes!

Be sure to visit the Unity Blog for other fantastic post, by amazing artists.