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Saturday, December 3, 2022

Friends of Unity December Blog Hop

 Hello friends. November just flew by. I can't believe it is almost Christmas. 

So along with the hop Friends of Unity (FOU) are celebrating 5 years of blog hopping with the Unity Stamp Company family and friends! To celebrate, Unity Stamp Co. is giving away three $25 gift certificates. Winners will be randomly chosen on December 10th from those who comment on every blog in the hop! Winners will be announced December 11th on Crystal’s blog and in the Unity Show and Tell Facebook site. 

The Friends of Unity are hopping today with a fun theme of Glitter and Glitz.

I have to confess that I'm not into glitter and have few items in that medium. However, I do like shiny mediums. 

I used this beautiful new image called Greetings this Season. I used soft Copic colors to color this image. Then I pulled out my Gansai Tambi Starry colors and splattered everything with one of the gold colors. I pulled out my Scallops and Rectangles to cut down the panel. I pulled out some beautiful gold card stock from Simon Says Stamp and used the large scallop to cut a panel. I assembled all this on a black card face and attached to a card base. The gold sequins are from This Calls for Confetti.

Here is a little closer view of all the sparkle.

So my next card was an add on. I didn't think I would have time to make a second card but I had to try this idea and I had some snow day time. I am super excited about how it turned out and I wish you could see it in person. It is just so pretty the way it catches the light.

I used the June Rose stamp for the image and the sentiment. I stamped them in embossing ink and embossed them with fine white embossing powder. Then I used my red Deco Foil and my laminator to foil them. I followed Jennifer McGuire's technique in this video. I found that with my Amazon Basic brand laminator I had to change from the 5mil setting to the 3mil setting to keep it from squashing the embossing powder too much and distorting the image. There is a close up of the sentiment both ways below so you can see what I mean.

Can you see the shine here? It's just so pretty in person.

You can see with the 3mil setting the sentiment has much more definition.

Be sure to follow along with my fellow hoppers for lots of shiny inspiration.

Alaine-you are here

Saturday, November 5, 2022

Friends of Unity November Blog Hop

Hello everyone. It's that time again. Friends of Unity are hopping this month to the theme of Watercolor. I will have to admit I find coloring images with watercolor a little challenging compared to my Copic markers. Since Fall has finally come here is the PNW, I decided to play with a new stamp and see what I came up with.

I grabbed the Autumn Wonder set from Unity and two of my Prima Marketing watercolor sets. I used the Odyssey and Terrain color palettes because they seemed to have the colors I was looking for.

I started by doing a wash on a piece of watercolor paper and drying it completely. I placed that in my Misti and centered this leave in the wash. A stamp positioner is crucial for this technique. I wet my brush and put a tiny, tiny bit of water in 3-4 fall leaf like colors. Then is using the same brush without adding any more water, I picked up the colors and "painted" the stamp randomly. Then stamp it down on the wash background. Repeat as needed to get full coverage and build up color. If anything gets too wet, you can pick up the puddle with the tip of a paper towel. Once I liked the color, I wet a deeper brown and brushed it across the whole stamp to get some of that lovely detail to show up better. See the close up below.
This gives some lovely, deep color without having to try and use ink pads to ink up bits of the stamp.
I used a deep brown ink to stamp the sentiment. When it was completely dry, I die cut it in an oval shape and assembled the card. The burlap string is from Unity as well.

Be sure to hope along with the rest of the Friends of Unity crew. You will be sure to find some amazing inspiration.

Alaine-you are here.