Thursday, May 19, 2022

Simple Sympathy Card with Sepia Coloring on Kraft ~ Compassionate Daisies ~ Unity Stamp Co.

 Hello there crafty friend!
Today I'm sharing a card that us cardmakers don't necessarily like to make but sadly they are necessary. So I thought the beautiful new Compassionate Daisies stamp from Unity's new release would be perfect for a very simple and quick sepia colored sympathy card.


I kept the layers very simple with a 4-1/8 x 5-1/8" piece of Kraft card stock with the beautiful daisies and sentiment from the Compassionate Daisies stamped in an alcohol ink friendly ink.


For my sepia coloring I just used four Copic markers ~ E50, E53, E55, and E59.


I adhered the daisies panel to a 4-1/4 x 5-1/4" piece of True Black card stock from Papertrey Ink. I adhered the panel to a 4-1/4 x 11" Kraft card base; scored at 5-1/2". I left a bit of Kraft peeking out of the top and bottom of the base. 




Well that's it for me today! Do yourself a favor and go check out all the fab new releases at Unity for the second round of the Birthday Sale!! I'll be back tomorrow with my weekly Christmas card!


Thanks so much for stopping by!
See ya next time.

Inky Hugs,
Crystal


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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Funny Birthday Card ~ Full of Surprises ~ Unity Stamp Co.

 Hello there crafty friend!
The fabulous Birthday Sale at Unity is still on!! Today I'm sharing a cute new release using the new Full of Surprises stamp kit. This bird cracks me up!! I love it so much! And the sentiments are perfect for a funny card!!


It's seemed like a no-brainer to pair this fun bird with the Birthday Party {paper pack} from Unity. I used colors from the papers to coordinate for my coloring.


Here's a quick list of the Copic markers I used:
Bird ~ RV10, RV95, RV34, with a hint of B000 in the feathers on the head
Beak ~ Y11, Y06, Y15
Eyes ~ C00, C2
Ground ~ C00, C3


I die cut the bird with the largest stitched rectangle die from the Scallops & Rectangles {nesting dies} from Unity. I die cut the star pattern paper with the largest scalloped stitched die from the same nesting die set. I adhered those two layers together and then adhered them to a card front of Sweet Sugarplum card stock from Stampin' Up. I used a few scraps for my flags on the card. Adding a couple on both the top and the bottom... I think they're a fun touch to add to a card. And a great way to use those scraps of pattern paper!

Well that's it for me today! Go check out all the fab new releases at Unity for the second round of the Birthday Sale!! I'll be back tomorrow with a super quick and easy sympathy card using another new release from Unity!


Thanks so much for stopping by!
See ya next time.

Inky Hugs,
Crystal


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Monday, May 16, 2022

Membership Monday ~ May 2022 UU You've Got You ~ Unity Stamp Co.

 Hello there crafty friend!
I am back with another Membership Monday post featuring the beautiful Uniquely Unity membership from Unity Stamp Co. The May 2022 Uniquely Unity stamp called You've Got You is a fabulous silhouette stamp!! I had a fun idea to see how it would look with white embossing and black embossing... kinda like a black vs. white embossing showdown. LOL!


Now in retrospect I kinda wish that I had heat embossed with white on black card stock. The white get's lost on the white card stock. I think if I had heat embossed with white on black it would be more prominent. But at the same time the ink blending would have been totally different. Maybe if I have time I'll give it a try for another day.


I just love these colors ink blended together! Even the colors left on the stencil reminded me of a beautiful sunset. I ink blended Saltwater Taffy, Seedless Preserves and Chipped Sapphire Distress Oxide inks for this one.


Unfortunately, I only have one black embossing powder in my stash and that's a very old one from Stampin' Up that's honestly contaminated with glitter and bits of this and that. If you have a wonderful detailed black embossing powder please enable me... I definitely need to get some!!


The color combo on this one reminds me of water. I desperately need to clean my blender brushes but I was so excited that I finally found them in a box that I recently unpacked so I couldn't wait to use them!! It's been so frustrating using one little blending brush for all my colors. I was not looking forward to trying to do that with all the colors I used for these two cards. The struggle is real! LOL!


Here you can see some of the shine of the white embossing on the card front. I really had planned for these cards to be no layer cards, but I always seem to forget how much heat embossing can warp card stock. So after melting the embossing powder for both of these I had to change my plan and cut the card front to slightly smaller panels and adhere them to white A2 top fold card bases.


I wanted to go with a smaller print for the sentiment so the ink blending and silhouette image could be the focus. I chose one of the cute birthday sentiments in the Aging Gorgeously {July 2020 Sentiment Kit}. It's simply stamped with Gina K. Designs Black Amalgam ink. 

You can check out my process video for these cards here... Membership Monday | May 2022 Uniquely Unity You've Got You | Unity Stamp Co.





Such a beautiful stamp! I'm seriously having a hard time deciding which card I like more... do you have a favorite?! I love how bold the black is on the first card but the pop of white on the second card is so striking! I don't know that I can pick. Let me know in the comments which is your favorite. You can check out the Uniquely Unity membership over at Unity Stamp Co.


Thanks so much for stopping by!
See ya next time.

Inky Hugs,
Crystal


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Friday, May 13, 2022

{BYSHC} Sketch Challenge 22 ~ Bunny Sweetness ~ Unity Stamp Co.

 Hello there crafty friend!
I'm back with my weekly Christmas card and this time I used a really cute stamp that I just discovered on the Unity website not too long ago. It's amazing to me how many stamps Unity has... that even after shopping and perusing the website for six plus years, I am still discovering stamps I've never seen before. This cutie has been waiting patiently on my desk for a while and I just couldn't wait to ink it up!! It's the Bunny Sweetness stamp from Unity! And it's on sale during their amazing Birthday Sale!! 


I wanted to go with traditional Christmas colors with just a pop of pink. I paired up the stamp with the Simple Vintage Country Christmas papers from Simple Stories. 


Keeping with my traditional Christmas color theme of green and red I also wanted to go with a more traditional paper. I thought the plaid was a great backdrop for the bunny and the polka dots worked well with the polka dots in the bunnies clothes.


Here's a quick list of the Copic markers I used:

Bunny ~ W00, W1, W3, W5, R00, R01, R20
Bunny's Clothes ~ RV10, RV21, RV14, C00, C2, YG11, G24
Candies / Holly ~ C00, C2, R20, R14, R27, YG11, G24, G46
Blanket ~ C00, C2


I fussy cut the bunny leaving a tiny white border around the image. I stamped the sentiment on a scrap of white card stock and then trimmed it with a little flag on the right side. I adhered the sentiment to the back of the fussy cut bunny and then popped them both up with foam tape. To break up all that empty space in the top right corner I added a couple red enamel dots from the Cozy Flannel Gloss enamel dots from Gina Marie Designs. I think these tie in all the polka dots with the bunny's clothes and the papers.



Here's a look at the {BYSHC} Sketch 22 for the month of May!
I hope you'll join us and play along with the sketch! If you're interested in seeing a bit more inspiration for this sketch, check out the amazing inspiration from the design team over on the  {BYSH} Cardmakers blog! I'll be back next Friday with my regular weekly Christmas card using this fun sketch!


Thanks so much for stopping by!
See ya next time.

Inky hugs,
Crystal


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Thursday, May 12, 2022

Quick Birthday Card Set ~ 2-Step Wreath ~ Unity Stamp Co.

 Hello there crafty friend!
Today I'm sharing a quick set of birthday cards that I made using the new 2-Step Wreath from Unity Stamp Co. I've been in serious need of birthday cards lately and I thought this wonderful stamp set would be perfect for some quick cards... and I was SO right!


I thought about making them all the same but I wanted to play with some different colors and see what I liked more. I chose 4 green distress oxide inks along with a purple, a yellow, a pink, and a red.


For my first card I used Bundled Sage and Shaded Lilac Distress Oxide inks. My card stock mat is Almost Amethyst from Stampin' Up.


For my second card I used Mowed Lawn and Mustard Seed Distress Oxide inks. My card stock mat is Dandelion Delight from Stampin' Up.


For my third card I used Twisted Citron and Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide inks.
My card stock mat is Pretty in Pink from Stampin' Up.


For my last card I used Rustic Wilderness and Festive Berries Distress Oxide inks. My card stock mat is Real Red from Stampin' Up.


I stamped the leaves first with the green inks and then stamped the flowers with the other colors. I stamped the sentiment from the Hello Sweetheart Bouquet {May 2020 Sentiment Kit} with Black Amalgam ink from Gina K. Design. I trimmed the card fronts to 3-13/16 x 5-1/16" and then I mat them with coordinating colors of card stock measuring 4 x 5-1/4". I adhered the panels to white A2 top fold card bases. Super simple cards that could be jazzed up with ribbon, enamel dots, or rhinestones. But I think they turned out pretty just how they are.

You can check out my process video for these cards here... Quick Birthday Card Set | 2-Step Wreath | Unity Stamp Co.



Unity's huge Birthday Sale is still happening!! Head over to Unity and see all the fab new releases... including the 2-Step Wreath!! That's it for me today... I'll be back tomorrow with my weekly Christmas card.


Thanks so much for stopping by!
See ya next time.

Inky Hugs,
Crystal


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Monday, May 9, 2022

Membership Monday ~ May 2022 BOM Around We Go ~ Unity Stamp Co.

 Hello there crafty friend!
I am back with another fun card for Membership Monday!! This time I've played with the new May 2022 Background of the Month called Around We Go from Unity Stamp Co. When I saw this new background the first thing that came to mind was tree rings... so I thought I'd go with an earthy brown and green card with a tree as my focal piece but I still wanted the cool background to shine.


I ink smooshed a 4-1/4 x 5-1/2" piece of white card stock with Tea Dye, Vintage Photo, Ground Espresso,  and Mowed Lawn Distress Oxide inks. I dried it a bit with my mini Wagner heat tool and then set it aside. I stamped the cute tree from the Angie's Tree stamp kit with Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink on a piece of vellum card stock. I dried it with my heat tool.


Once it was totally dry, I flipped it over and very simply colored up the tree scene with the following Copic markers:

Tree Trunk ~ E35, E59
Leaves ~ YG23, YG17
Hearts ~ R14, R27
Sky ~ B00
Grass ~ YG23


I could have colored up the pretty tree just on white card stock but I love the softness it gives the image when it's colored on vellum. I trimmed the vellum piece to be just slightly smaller than the front of the card base being sure that the tree was on the right side. I die cut the Around We Go background with a circle die from the Additional Circles dies from Waffle Flower. I chose a circle die to compliment the circles in the background. I adhered the background piece over the vellum piece on the card base. I wrapped the front of the card a few times with Ivory May Arts Burlap string and tied a pretty bow. I stamped the sentiment with Wow Clear embossing ink on Close to Cocoa card stock and melted some Alabaster White embossing powder with my Mini Wagner heat tool. I trimmed the sentiment and added some foam tape to the top and bottom of the sentiment and popped it up on the card.


Such a fun background stamp! I just love how my card turned out! You can check out the Background of the Month membership over at Unity Stamp Co.


Thanks so much for stopping by!
See ya next time.

Inky Hugs,
Crystal


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Sunday, May 8, 2022

Follow Your Dreams Gnome Matter What ~ Graduation Gnome ~ Unity Stamp Co.

 Hello there crafty friend!
So super excited to share a cute graduation card with the latest gnome... the Graduation Gnome from Unity Stamp Co. This cutie was just released over at Unity for their big 14th Birthday Sale!! Woohoo! I love this time of year! The Unity Birthday sale is always so awesome!!


I started this card by stamping and coloring up the adorable Graduation Gnome. I then die cut him with the largest stitched scalloped die from the Make a Tag {die set} also from Unity. While I had the die out I also die cut a piece of True Black card stock. Since it was the largest die I wouldn't be able to die cut a tag for a mat but I could offset the same size die behind it which gives it some dimension. 


For my background I die cut a piece of white card stock with the Falling Stars {background die} from Unity. My original plan was to actually use the die cut background as a stencil. I blended Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed and Wild Honey Distress Oxide inks in an ombre style blend over the makeshift stencil but I didn't like how bright the background was... there was too much white. It just wasn't right for the card. When I placed the tags on the yellow ink blended star background though... Bam! It popped! So I went with it and set the stenciled background aside for another day. I adhered the star background to a 4-1/4 x 5-1/2" True Black card front.


I used the following Copic markers to color up this adorable Graduation Gnome:

Skin ~ E000, E00, E11
Beard ~ C00, C3
Graduation Cap ~ N1, N3, N6
Tassel ~ Y06, Y15
Shoes ~ N1, N3, N6
Diploma ~ C00, C3, R14, R27
Grounding ~ N1, N3


To tie in the white of the tag I stamped the sentiment on white card stock and cut it so it wasn't quite centered. I used a couple of the die cut stars as an accent. Since they were die cut before I did the ink blending I just dabbed them in the Squeezed Lemonade and Mustard Seed ink pads to give them a little bit of color. I adhered the trimmed sentiment to a slightly larger strip of True Black card stock and then adhered it to the card front. I adhered the black tag to the back of the gnome tag at an offset angle and then I popped up both with lots of foam tape. So cute and I think this card could be made with any combination of school colors for the graduate in your life.

Have you stopped by Unity to check out the fab new releases and amazing Birthday sale? Oh my gosh... so many new goodies! I was able to get a few fun stamps that have been on my wishlist too!! Yay!
Well, that's it for me today... I'll see ya tomorrow with a fun card for Membership Monday.


Thanks so much for stopping by!
See ya next time.

Inky Hugs,
Crystal


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