Friday, October 6, 2017

Growing in Unity ~ Day 5 ~ Seasonal Fun!

Hello! I can't believe that today is the last day for my Growing in Unity week. 
I've had a blast sharing with you all. I am a self proclaimed Unity addict so you can be sure that I'll be blogging more Unity love... hope you'll come by again to check it out.




I am loving the look of the Eclipse cards that I've been seeing so I thought this fabulous background I made would work beautifully with this technique. First, I made the background using the leaves from the September 2016 Moments Between Moments KOM. I stamped them all over a piece of watercolor paper with VersaMark ink and then I heat embossed them with a fine white embossing powder. I then added some color burst pigment and spritzed. I dabbed a lot of the color to keep it soft. Around the leaves I blended in some more yellows and oranges to help the white leaves pop. I die cut the word 'fall' and adhered the pieces back in place, but to give them the Eclipse look I popped up the letters. I then stamped the 'happy birthday' stamp from the Hugs, Kisses & Birthday Wishes sentiment kit masking the birthday portion of the stamp. I used VersaMark and Autumn Rose ink and then heat embossed it with fine clear embossing powder. I adhered it to a layer of Autumn Rose card stock and then adhered the entire piece to a Canyon Clay card base. The last touch to this card was a few drops of Ripened Pumpkin Nuvo crystal drops.




Here's a side view that shows the Eclipse technique a bit better. The effect is so much better in person. I sure had fun making this one!




I've had the layout and design for this card in my mind for so long, I think I've even dreamed about it. Ha! I love Esmerelda Girl!! I knew when I saw this web stencil from Tim Holtz that finally my vision for this card would come to be. I stamped Esmerelda with Memento Tuxedo black ink and colored her in using copic markers. Black copic coloring is a challenge... I think the key is less is more. I didn't even use a black copic on this image. The darkest color I used was N10. Anywho, I got her all colored and set her aside. Now it was time for the background. I did a light blending of the purples and some grey, and then I laid the stencil on top and blended in more purples, grey, and black. I kept the black blending mostly to the edges. Once I was done blending, I went over the web with a clear wink of stella pen. I'm so bummed you can't see it in this picture. 




It was also very hard to get a picture that showed any of the glitter, but you can see a bit of it in the center here. In person, the glitter can be seen throughout the web and I even added some to Esmerelda's belt, hat, and hair. To finish off the card, I layered some fun Halloween papers and the web panel onto a black card base. I then stamped the sentiment with VersaMark and heat embossed some fine silver embossing powder and then I die cut the sentiment out and popped it up on the panel. I also popped up Esmerelda. I absolutely love how this turned out... it's a great feeling when your idea turns out the way you envisioned.



So, I made a Fall card and a Halloween card... now it's time for a pretty Christmas card. I stamped the image and the sentiment from Poinsettia Wishes on watercolor paper using VersaMark ink and heat embossed it with a fine black embossing powder. I watercolored the image using ZIG Clean Color Real Brush pens and my water pen. I die cut the image using the stitched oval die and then mat it on a die cut stitched black oval. I set that aside and searched through my stash of embossing folders... I finally decided the Holly folder would look pretty so I grabbed a piece of white card stock and ran that through my big shot. I lightly sponged on some Festive Berries and Shabby Shutters distress inks. I layered that piece on a black mat and then tied a bow with some black organdy ribbon. I adhered that to the white card base and then popped up the oval piece. Love!! I just love how pretty this one turned out.


 I had so much fun making all of these cards to share with you all. I sure hope you've enjoyed them!

Be sure to check out Berina Febin's post today as well, she's another Growing in Unity girl this week. You can check out her blog ---> here!

Now, don't forget to leave a comment on this post to be entered into a drawing to 
win a grab bag from Unity. I'll be drawing names for 2 lucky winners!!


Thanks for stopping by!!
See ya next time.
~ Crystal

32 comments:

  1. Awesome!! Love the backgrounds on these cards. That really makes the card pop. I have enjoyed following you this past week. Gave me so great ideas to try on my own!

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  2. Fabulous cards! but for me Esmerelda is my favorite!!!
    stamping sue
    http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

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  3. Enjoyed all of your cards this week. Not sure still about the eclipse technique so I'm going to watch a video on that because I find that interesting. Thanks for being our GIU girl this week you did a wonderful job

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  4. What a beautiful way to finish the week. These are all gorgeous. I love the technique used on the first card; it's one I'm wanting to try. The witch is fabulous and the BG awesome!! And of course, the poinsettia is lovely.

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  5. I have enjoyed all of your cards and Pinned them all and am now following your blog for all your other posts!!

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  6. Awesome cards! That witch is fantastic what a great layout! And I LOVE those fall leaves--stunning!

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  7. Enjoyed all your posts....awesome cards!

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  8. I'm going to have to try the eclipse technique! I love the way fall pops on the first card!! The other two are gorgeous - that is my favorite Halloween stamp kit from Unity XD Thanks for sharing this week!

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  9. Love your cards...so beautiful and detailed!

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  10. Your cards are lovely. So glad you had the opportunity to share your creativity with us this week.

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  11. The week is over? Already? Oh no!:( Today's cards are gorgeous again. I love the leaf one and now I need to learn more about the eclipse technique. Thank you Crystal, for sharing your beautiful work!

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  12. Gorgeous cards this week!! Thank you for sharing your cards with us this week. I loved them all.

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  13. 3 very beautifully put together cards!! I especially enjoyed the eclipse technique! Thanks for sharing all this week!!!😊

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  14. These are soo pretty!
    I love all 3 backgrounds. Esmeralda is STUNNING! WOW!
    I've really enjoyed your GIU week Crystal!

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  15. Your cards are beautiful! I really love the Fall one!

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  16. All your cards are awesome Crystal. Can you tell me what a "eclipse" card is? Obviously I am behind the trend on this. Lol

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  17. Awesome cards! Love the witch with the spiderweb background! Awesome coloring! Thanks for a great GIU week!

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  18. Love the hidden sentiment and your Esmeralda. She rocks. Hugz

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  19. I like all your cards. The Halloween one is so awesome. Thank you for all your inspiration this week.

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  20. Love these cards. The leaves are gorgeous. Esmeralda is so awesome. I just ordered her. So now I have a great idea to borrow!

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  21. I love this background technique. I can't wait to try it.

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  23. These cards are amazing! Thanks for inspiring me.

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  24. Wow these are all just fabulous! I love using Wink of Stella as well - it looks great and adds just the right sparkle. :) I have loved all your projects this week!

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  25. I'm not a Halloween girl, but I do love the card you did! That purple is so pretty. The leaves card though.... that made me go "Ooooh!!!" I love everything you make.

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  26. All really beautiful cards. Thoroughly enjoyed all your posts this week!

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  27. Thanks for the idea with the poinsettia card! I have that stamp and have only used it once. I have enjoyed your creations and am now following your blog so I don't miss anything.

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