Saturday, 25 February 2017

Uniko - February & 5th Birthday Release, DT Blog Hop & Giveaway ....

... Hi, I'm back again! This is going to be a picture heavy post - but I do hope you enjoy it! Bev of Uniko is releasing 5 new sets today, so grab a cup of coffee, sit down and enjoy!

I'm starting off with a couple of examples using Block Party Birthday - this is the first of a new style of stamp from Uniko:

Happy Birthday - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Uniko - Block Party Birthday, A Gift for You
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Stampin' Up! Card - Real Red; SU Punch - Hexagon; Zig Clear Color Brushes; Spectrum Noir Sparkle - Clear; Cear Embossing Powder


I stamped this image directly on the card and embossed it with clear powder, and I stamped it again on a piece of scrap card. I punched out three hexagons and coloured them with Zig brushes - no water colouring here, just bold, bright colour. I added sparkle to the open spaces on the main card. I adhered the three coloured hexagons with dimensional gel. I like the spotlight technique. On the inside I cut a mat of red card and on the white panel added some words and a large gift! I'm submitting this card to Seize the Birthday - STB1602 where the theme is Anything Goes.

Happy Birthday inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsHappy Birthday sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

My next card uses only a section of the large stamp:

Happy Birthday 2 - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Uniko - Block Party Birthday, Fontiments Birthday
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black; Memento - Tuxedo Black; SU - Hello Honey
Dies: Die-namics - Basic Stitch Lines, Wonky Stitched Ovals Stax #3
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Hello Honey; Copics; Spectrum Noir Sparkle - Clear


I got the idea of using just a portion from Lindsey.  The layout is based on the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches - FMS#276, the colours are from Colour Throwdown - CTD#431 and I used faux stitching which is the challenge at City Crafter Challenge Blog - CCCB#350. I used my MISTI to stamp the image on some scrap white card, I used Memento as I planned to use Copics to colour the image. After colouring, I put the image back in my MISTI and stamped in Versafine black and embossed the image with clear powder - this gives a really clean, crisp black outline. I selected an area in the image and cut it out with a fancy edge die. I cut a panel of yellow card for the the background and I added faux stitching to the edges. I cut out the left over balloon and adhered it to the panel. On the inside of the card I cut a mat layer of yellow card and added a greeting and some candles to the white panel.

Happy Birthday 2 inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsHappy Birthday 2 sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Next up is a card for one of my friends in the UK:

Bloom - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Uniko - Originally Organic Additions, Flower Power #5
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black
Dies: Lil Inkers - Wonky Stitched Rectangles #4
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Pear Pizzazz; Tim Hotlz Water Colour Card; Zig Clean Colour Brushes; Spectrum Noir Sparkle - Clear; Clear Embossing Powder


I used the colours from the current challenge at Your Next Stamp - YNS#58 and it's based (loosely) on the sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch! - CTS#210. This involved lots of careful stamping, so my MISTI was used a lot! I started by cutting a panel of water colour card with a die. I put that on my card and then started stamping and embossing with clear powder. Once finished, I used my Zig Clean Color brushes and a clear Spectrum Noir brush to add colour. I attached the die cut panel flat to the card and finished the front with a simple greeting and a tiny little flower in the centre. On the inside I cut a mat layer of green card and added a greeting and flower to the white panel.

Bloom inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsBloom sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Next is probably the most clean and simple of my cards:

Smile - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Uniko - Background Block Halftone, Pure Florals Gerbera, All Occasion Sentiments #6
Inks: SU - Cucumber Crush, Watermelon Wonder, Peekaboo Peach; Versafine - Onyx Black
Dies: Lil Inkers - Wonky Stitched Rectangles # 3; Uniko - Gerbera
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Peekaboo Peach; Spectrum Noir Sparkle - Clear


The colours are from CAS Colours & Sketches - CASC&S#211 - love them! I stamped the halftone image on some scrap card and die cut a shaped panel. Next I stamped the gerbera daisy outline and then used the solid image inked up once in peach and once in melon. I used the matching die to cut out the daisy. I finished the front with a simple greeting. On the inside I cut a mat layer of peach card and on the white panel stamped a narrow halftone dot border, an outline gerbera and added a greeting.

Smile inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsSmile sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Now I've a very masculine card for you - it's quite clean and simple too:

Bam! - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Uniko - Explosion Additons, Nautical Treasures, Background Builders Vines
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black; Memento - Tuxedo Black; SU - Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Tempting Turquoise; Vellum; Copics; Clear Embossing Powder; Spectrum Noir Sparkle - Clear

I really like the big dotty explosion stamp and I think it works as a sun! I decided to make a Father's Day card for my stash. I started by cutting a strip of blue card on which I stamped some vines - they look kind of wavy! I stamped the yatch on white card and embossed it with clear powder. I carefully coloured the sails and then used a scalpel to cut the boat out. I wanted to use the large BAM! stamp, but didn't want to obscure the sun, so I stamped it on vellum, heat embossed it and then added some blue ink to the back of the image. Once completely dry, I cut it out and adhered it to the card, adding some sparkle to the letters. I finished the front by adding some decoration to the main sail and a sentiment. On the inside I cut a mat layer of turquoise card and on the white panel stamped a greeting.

Bam! inside- photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsBam! sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

That brings us to the last of the new stamp sets available today - Uniko Style. This is a lovely set and I think you might be surprised how I've used it here:

New Baby - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Uniko - Uniko Style, Sweet Baby
Inks: SU - Smoky Slate, Bashful Blue
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Bashful Blue; SU/Sizzix EF - Chevrons; Spectrum Noir Sparkle - Clear


My inspiration for this card comes from the photo at Addicted to Stamps and More! - ATSM#230. From the photo I've taken the colours - blue, white and grey, the chevrons and the clouds. Who knew that this little outline image in this set would work so well as clouds?? I started by cutting a mat layer of pale blue card - the last of my much loved SU Bashful Blue! I cut a white panel slightly smaller and used my MISTI to position the greeting. I embossed some scrap white card and stamped the outline flower/cloud, then I carefully cut them all out and adhered them to the panel. I added some sparkle around each cloud and finished with some little blue dots! On the inside is a mat of pale blue card, and on the white panel I simply added some baby toys - all sparkly - and an alphabet line!

New Baby inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsNew Baby sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

That brings me to the end of my cards showcasing the new release. And now, as is our tradition at Uniko, we invite you to join the Design Team Blog Hop. Simply hop along the links below and leave a comment as you go for your chance to win the ENTIRE release, plus a couple of extras. A winner will be picked at random from all the comments left along the hop before midnight (GMT) on Saturday 4th March.

Deborah - that's me!

Now before I go, here's a complete look at all the sets available today:


Block Party Birthday

Originally Organic Additions

Background Blocks Halftone


Explosion Additions


Uniko Style

That's all from me today - thanks so much for getting this far - see you soon!

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41 comments:

Lindsey said...

Some fab ideas Deb! Great idea using 'Style' for a baby card, fab explosion with the masculine card & great partial die cuts if the block stamp. Loving the new wonky rectangle dies too 😉 x

Aileen Ryan said...

Ohh my goodness Deborah coming to this page was like walking into a candy store with all the beautiful cards on display. You have highlighted this release to perfection.

Rahmat said...

Stunning showcase Deborah, I love all the cards, so beautiful.

cm said...

I thoroughly enjoyed the cards you created through out the week, so seeing the full reveal showcased in your assortment here is simply the icing on the cake! Fantastic and fabulous in every way; you've captured the versatility of each set marvelously! Your birthday cards, in particular, have really caught my eye...another addition to the shopping list!
Hugs~c

Susan Renshaw said...

What a fabulous set of cards! I love that Birthday block stamp - definitely on my wishlist now I have seen what you have done with it!

vinita jain said...

Wow! You rocked with the new release with a bang! Such wonderful series of inspirations!!!!

SARN said...

So much inspiration and lovely examples here.
LOVE the way you used the "flower" stamp as a cloud alternative. Brilliant!
Hugs, Sarn xxx

Trina P. said...

WOW!😱 Amazing gallery of cards. So much inspiration. Love the explosion set.

karen h said...

Thanks for playing along with us at CC&S! Great job with the colors!

Anonymous said...

Great Cards. I especially like the technique of the first one. Thanks for showing.
Nicole G.

Jane said...

Can't believe how busy you've been Deborah. Amazing showcase of the Uniko release and sure to make these stamps jump onto everyone's wish list. Love how the halftone block looks die cut into that curvy panel, thanks for sharing this one at CC&S.

Dee Earnshaw said...

Wow, these samples are just so creative and inspiring. It makes me want all these wonderful new stamps LOL!!!

Beverley said...

Oh my WOW! It looks like you really had fun with this release and what an amazing showcase. I can't choose a fave, but I especially like your first Block Party Birthday card with the spotlighting technique and colours. Your Originally Organic Additions card with the wonderful layout, colours and sparkle and your baby card, I was wondering if someone would use the Uniko Style set for clouds ;) Thank you for all your hard work this week and showcasing Uniko to the max. Hugs Bev x

Sazzle Dazzle said...

WOW! you have been one super busy bee Deborah with this stunning little gallery of Uniko makes. I love all the different combos of colours and mix-match with other older sets. You've showcased Uniko's versatility to the max! x

Sarah Gray said...

What an amazing selection of creations to celebrate the Uniko release, Deborah! I love the hexagon spotlights on your first card...definitely something that I shall try. The floral heart card is so pretty and the clouds are clever on the baby card. You have combined the stamps in great ways with other Uniko sets and I am thoroughly inspired :)

Carole said...

Wow! What a feast for the eyes! They are all so gorgeous and I do like how you have used the flowers as clouds...ingenious.

Kathyk said...

Just hopped across from Uniko to admire more of yoyur handiwork Debs - FAB makes with these super new release images

Kathyk

samantha's cards said...

An amazing gallery of cards, your Smile card it lovely. Thanks for joining us at CC&S.

Jen Brum said...

What a lovely group of cards! You've been busy! Love the bright colours! Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

Denise Bryant said...

Awesome cards! Enjoying these new designs... Originally Organic Additions is a favorite!

Preeti D. (aka Preety) said...

wow! what a superb new release :) and i love your beautiful array of cards, so pretty

Ros Crawford said...

Wow! They are all fabulous!! Thanks so much for playing along at CCCB!!

Shabneez said...

Fabulous samples Deborah - I love the new releases and your inspirational cards are wonderful.

Barbara said...

I was very interested in the first card as it was your entry in Seize the Birthday Challenge. I never though of using the hexagon to spotlight the colors. This is fantastic and I am going to file that idea away to be used on my cards. I love how you took a very busy design and made a quick card that anyone could do and have it look wonderful. I sure enjoy all of the other cards in this blog post as well. Thanks for playing along with us at Seize the Birthday.
Barbara DT member

Mary Holshouser said...

the cards are fantastic.
I love the first two - the
partial coloring on the first
and the use of part of the
sentiment on the second was
a great idea.
the red daisy and the uncolored
portion used on the inside of
the card was wonderful.
thanks for sharing so much
inspiration.

Rebecca Yahrling said...

Wow, fabulous cards, all of them!!
I love the block party birthday stamp and how
you used it on both cards, but especially the
oval shape with a balloon floating up. Genius!

Jane Willis said...

What a brilliant selection of cards, and the section die cut from the big birthday collage is a fantastic idea
Jane

Wendy McKeown said...

Wow. Such beautiful clever cards. Love how you've mixed everything up.

Linda Callahan said...

Wow these are amazing! Glad you sjared one at FMS!

Emily E said...

Wow you have been busy. What a beautiful selection of cards - thanks for joining in at CC&S this week!

Amy Ottmers said...

Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at ATSM, good luck!!! Amy DT

baileyrosy.com said...

Great inspiration with the new stamps each one so differently and cleverly used. Lots of fantastic colouring and great versatility. Thanks so much for playing along at CCCB for the stitch challenge this week.

Marie

Mirella said...

Wow that's a whole load of inspiration! I like all the cards you made, they all have a unique appearance & showcase the new stamps beautifully. Thanks for sharing!

Kleri F said...

Great cards!Especially the floral ones are my fav!

Leigh Penner said...

Wonderful cards!

Rema said...

Awesome CAS card! Thanks for playing along with us at ATSM.

Arianna Barbara said...

Wow!!! Stunning cards!!! Love this release!!!

Fiona Whitten said...

Love your cards. Thanks for joining us on this week's CC&S challenge.

Steph Mortimer said...

Some great cards! I really like your use of the Uniko Style for the clouds on the baby card!!

Izzy Scrap said...

WOW, Bev could not hope for a better representation of her new collection! What a wonderful showcase for Uniko! Your cards are all beautiful and I can not say which one I prefer! Thank you for sharing and for all this incredible inspiration.

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