Saturday, 6 May 2017

Uniko - May Release, and DT Blog Hop and Giveaway ....

.... Good morning! Today's the day! It's Release Day for the new Uniko sets. I finally got my actual stamps Thursday afternoon, so I spent yesterday making cards - lots and lots of cards!! It was so nice to be able to try out different techniques. I also used it as an opportunity to play with my new Distress Oxides inks - they're fab!

I'm going to start off with some sympathy cards made with Pure Florals Lily - I actually made two cards:

With Heartfelt Sympathy - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Uniko - Pure Florals Lily
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black; Distress Oxide - Fossilized Amber, Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade, Worn Lipstick; Memento - Gray Flannel
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Stampin' Up! Card - Basic Grey; Tim Holtz Water Colour Card; Clear Embossing Powder; Copics


I cut a panel of water colour card to size and added colour with Distress Oxide inks. I added some ink to my craft mat, spritzed with water and dipped the card in. I dried the ink between layers and built up this lovely warm background of colour. I stamped the large lily with Versafine black ink and heat embossed it with clear powder. I added a touch of colour to the lily with Copic markers. I added a sentiment from the set and layered the finished panel on to dark grey card and attached it to the card. On the inside I cut a mat layer of dark grey card and on the white panel added another sentiment and a partial flower. I'm submitting this card to TIME OUT Challenges - TOC#82 where they want to see flowers.

With Heartfelt Sympathy inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsWith Heartfelt Sympathy sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Next is an even bigger sympathy card, 5" x 7":

With Deepest Sympathy - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Uniko - Pure Florals Lily
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black; Distress Oxide - Spiced Marmalade, Worn Lipstick, Faded Jeans, Iced Spruce; Memento - Gray Flannel
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Stampin' Up! Card - Basic Black; Tim Holtz Water Colour Card; Clear Embossing Powder; Copics

I added ink to the water colour card with a sponge applicator and then spritzed the panel with water. I allowed the inks to blend a little and then dried them, spritzing from time to time to create a water droplet pattern. I stamped the lily and heat embossed with clear powder and finished the panel with a sentiment. I layered the panel on black card and attached the whole to the card base. On the inside I cut a mat layer of black card. On the white panel I stamped the lily in grey (second generation image) and added a sentiment on top.

With Deepest Sympathy sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsWith Deepest Sympathy inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Next is a set of four cards created using the Happy Succulents set:

Set of Four - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Uniko - Happy Succulents, All Occasion Sentiments #1
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black; Distress Oxide - Peeled Paint, Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade, Wilted Violet
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Crumb Cake, Bermuda Bay, Basic Grey; SU DP - Cajun Craze; Clear Embossing Powder


I used the sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch - CTS#220 for all the cards. For all the cards I stamped the succulent arrangement first in Distress Oxide, which I spritzed with water to allow the dye portion to wick out and then dried. Once completely dry I restamped the image in black. I stamped two of the cards with congratulations in black and heat embossed with clear powder. The other two cards have the greeting Just a Note which I stamped in Distress Oxide and embossed with clear powder. On the coloured cards I simply added a panel of white card on the inside with a simple greeting stamped to match the colour of distress on the front. For the white card I added a mat layer of design paper as well.

Set of Four inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsSet of Four sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Next I have a couple of cards to showcase Background Blocks Horizontal Stripe:

Aloha - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Uniko - Background Block Horizontal Stripe, Paradise
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black; Kaleidacolor - Desert Heat
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Pumpkin Pie


This is a nice clean and simple card. I used my MISTI to stamp the stripes. I inked it up with an ombre ink pad going from orange to red - hot, bold and bright. I decided to add the lovely hibiscus flower as a simple outline in black to complement the hot colours. On the inside I cut a mat layer of orange card and on the white panel added a simple greeting. I'm submitting this card to AAA Cards - AAA#89 where they want to see a CAS card that's bright and beautiful.

Aloha insde - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsAloha sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

The next card is also quite CAS, but this time in cool colours:

Wow - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Uniko - Background Block Horizontal Stripe, Explosion!, Explosion Additions! Simply Said
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black; Kaleidacolor - Blue Breeze; Versamark
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Tempting Turquoise; Clear and White Embossing Powder; Vellum

Once again I used an ombre pad - this time going top to bottom. I stamped the words and starburst in Versamark and heat embossed with white powder. I stamped the large WOW on vellum and heat embossed with clear powder and adhered it flat to the card. On the inside I cut mat layer of turquoise card and added a simple greeting along with some smaller starbursts to the white panel.

Wow inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

And last, but not least, I've a couple of cards to showcase Background Blocks Doodle Flower:

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

Stamps: Uniko - Background Block Doodle Flower, Simply Said
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Black Marker; Martha Stewart Glitter - Lapis Lazuli, Turquoise, Purple Sapphire; Clear Embossing Powder


This is a really clean and simple card, but with lots of glitz and glamour. I stamped the flower panel in black and heat embossed it with clear powder. I used a quickie glue pen to fill in selected areas of the larger flowers and then added glitter. The card really shimmers and sparkles in the light. I added a hand drawn border around the panel and finished with a very simple birthday greeting. I'm submitting this card to CAS on Sunday - CASOS#107 where they want us to use glitter or sequins, and also to MUSE - MUSE#214 where I've picked the colours as my inspiration. I've made this for one of Kat's friends who's having a party today! Kat didn't want anything on the inside - just lots of space for her message.

For my last card, I had another play with Distress oxide inks - I think they are just wonderful!

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

Stamps: Uniko - Background Blocks Doodle Flower, Happy Succulents
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black; Distress Oxide - Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade, Cracked Pistachio, Broken China
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Basic Black; Clear Embossing Powder

One of the things that is really special about Distress Oxide inks is the way you can layer colours, instead of getting mud!! I love the way you can see the pink on the blue and the blue on the orange! It has a lovely soft look too. Once the panel was completely dry I stamped the flower image and heat embossed it with clear powder. I cut the panel to size and layered it on black card. I attached it to the card off to the side and added a simple sentiment below the panel. The inside has not been completed as yet - I ran out of time!!! I'm submitting this card to Seize the Birthday where they want Anything Goes.

Now, as is tradition with Uniko Releases, there's a Design Team Blog Hop and a Giveaway. For your chance to win the ENTIRE release simply hop along the links below and leave a comment. A winner will be chosen at random from all those leaving comments by midnight (BST) Saturday 14th May.


Finally, before I go - here's a complete look at each set available today:

Background Blocks Doodle Flower


Background Blocks Horizontal Stripe


Happy Succulents


Pure Florals Lily

It's been a long post - thank you for sticking with me to the end. Not only is today the release of all these lovely sets, but Bev, and some of the Design Team, will be at Port Sunlight for the Happy Stampers Festival. I hope that they all have a fantastic day. Bye for now.

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36 comments:

Anouk said...

love the stripes, your card is gorgeous in the blue colors

Sarah Gray said...

My goodness - I am so impressed at how many cards you were able to make in the short time that you had to create with the stamps, Deborah! They are so varied but with your trademark use of techniques and vibrant colours. I love the way that you have used the oxides with the lilies - they look so atmospheric. The different colour ways you have used with the stripes shows how versatile they can be and your succulents card show how that corner stamp is big enough to create a card front with the simple addition of a sentiment. The doodle flowers make me happy and your cards are no exception! Great ideas and super speedy crafting x

Angela Bode said...

Wow!! You have been so busy! What a gorgeous set of cards! I saw your set of four on CTS220 so wanted to come over and take a better look!

Jane said...

Superb showcase Deborah! Love them all and your combinations of Uniko stamps are fabulous. Thanks for linking one up at AAA Cards.

Leigh Penner said...

Beautiful cards!

Dee Earnshaw said...

OMG your cards are so original and fun. Thanks for all the wonderful inspiration:)

cm said...

I've said this repetitively but it bears expression yet again: you create magic with Uniko products and your array here is yet more evidence! WOW...just WOW! Love them all...
Hugs~carol

KJ said...

I love how elegant your cas cards are & I can't wait to get my hands on the oxide inks, yummy!!! Thank you for the inspiration :) x

Ardyth said...

Wow! I need the whole release (thanks so much! lol!). Love how you incorporated the Muse card inspiration - thanks for joining us this week!

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

Swoon worthy cards! Those background you created for the pretty Lily stamp and the stripes are amazing!!!!

Susan said...

Wow you have been busy! Such pretty cards!

Daffodil Cards said...

WOW! you have been a busy girl, all of them are FABULOUS, great design and colours.
Faith
x

Craftychris said...

Wow! So many wonderful cards! xxx

Quillish said...

Lovely cards.. I love your CAS style!

Anne said...

I adore your Lily cards, how you resisted the temptation to colour in the lillies but made them so serene using beautiful background colours,superb! I like all your cards, so many of them! Bravo!

Mary Holshouser said...

I love the day lily. the shading
in the background filled in the colors
so well. The blues on the stripes is
so pretty. (that's my favorite color).
the different colored backgrounds on the succulents
cards really make the cards look unique.
thanks for sharing.

shona.chambers@orcon.net.nz said...

Absolutely amazing Deborah!! Your colouring of the lilies took my breath away!

Estelle TBT said...

Beautiful showcase with so many elegante cards!
Your take on Anita's Muse card is fabulous. Love those pretty flowers.

Sazzle Dazzle said...

WOW! Debs you've worked you little socks off to create all these beauties in such a short space of time! A fantastic explosion of colour and talent and you've showcased not only the new sets to perfection but also how incredible versatile they are in working with other previous ones. Just brilliant! x

Sazzle Dazzle said...

Ooops! Ps! Just realised you've shared your aloha beauty over at AAA cards which works brilliantly for bright and beautiful. Thanks for joining us this week.

McStamper said...

Thanks so much for the awesome inspiration with the new stamps. Your cards are wonderful.

The Crafty Critter said...

Such beautiful cards! I love the glitter flower background and the embossing you have done! That lily stamp set needs to join my stash! Thank you for the inspiration!
-Miranda

Izzy Scrap said...

OMG Deborah ! What a fantastic showcase of all the new release, you really impressed me !I love them all but I especially love the Aloha card with this gorgeous and bright striped background ! Thanks so much for sharing and for inspiring.

Carole said...

GOSH! You have been on a mission my girl! these are all so wonderful and you have showcased these stamps and given us lots of inspiration on how to use them.Truly wonderful!...can't pick a favourite.

Ardyth said...

Came back to let you know that I've just ordered the whole. darn. release. Thanks to you! lol! Go collect your commission cheque!

Denise Bryant said...

Beautiful cards! I really love that fabulous lily and the background stripes! Awesome release!

Mirella said...

Woooow, so many amazing cards, fabulous inspiration! I love the stripes and the lilies, so I'm glad you showcased these a lot! :-)

Neets B said...

A gorgeous showcase of these fabulous new stamps, Deborah. Adore that lily stamp. And I love the doodle flower background stamp too. Love that you used the colours and playing along at Muse this week, Anita x

Rebecca Yahrling said...

Wow! Lots of beautiful cards here. I really love the
set of notecards you made and the different colors. Love
the color you used on the white card, so pretty.

Arianna Barbara said...

Wow! Beautiful cards and colors!!!

Stefanie White said...

Wow, I really enjoyed your cards. The background stripe with the ombré ink stood out to me as did the first card with he distress ink painted backgrounds. Really great cards!

JoAnn said...

Lovely cards Debby. Love your use of the oxide inks. Thanks so much for sharing your birthday card with us at Seize the Birthday.

Gerrina said...

Looks like you fad such great fun using the new Uniko stamps! So much inspiration and beautiful stamping as always! Thank you for joining us at TIME OUT again!

Joyce said...

My goodness. You have been busy. Each and every card is an absolute masterpiece. Thanks so much for playing along at Time Out.

Lindsey said...

Wow busy busy! A wonderful selection of cards and so hard to pick a favourite ...I think it could be the blue Awesome, but then again I love the hand doodled edge and highlighted blue doodle flowers, oh and I Also love the Aloha card! X

Preeti D. (aka Preety) said...

wow so many gorgeous cards :) loved them all! the backgrounds are really gorgeous. thanks for sharing
hugs
preeti

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