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Saturday, October 2, 2021

Friends of Unity October Blog Hop

 Hello everyone. Welcome to October. I'm a cool weather kind of girl so I am loving the cooler days and the rain. The first of October also means it's time for the Friends of Unity to hop and share some projects using stamps form our favorite stamp company, Unity Stamp Co.

This month our cue is Techniques. Hopefully you will find some inspiration in my project and I know you will love all the rest. Be sure to hop along with all of us. You can find the hop list down below.

I chose to give stamp kissing a try. I will tell you right now, I wouldn't have even tried this without my lovely Misti stamping tool.

I started with the wonderful set Say it Big and picked the birthday saying. I always need birthday cards. I placed the stamp in my Misti in the center of a 4"x5" piece of card stock. I placed this up from the bottom because I knew I was going to need the space for the kissing technique. I inked it up with Distress Oxide ink in salvaged patina. I stamped this twice to get good coverage. Now this is the important part.  Leave the paper and the stamp in the Misti in the exact same place. Do not pull them out.

I used the background stamp Distressed Dots for the next part. I placed that in my Misti so that it would cover the birthday stamp. I just laid it over the paper I had stamped on, you can see it peeking out at the top. I inked this up with Distress Oxide ink in peacock feathers and slowly closed the door to the Misti. 

Because these are both nice, thick red rubber stamps, the door doesn't close all the way. I just very carefully pushed down on the edge until both stamps were touching. I wanted to make sure to get good coverage so I inked the background stamp again and repeated that step before moving on.

You can see that I have just the dots on this stamp now. Remove the background stamp from the Misti without disturbing the paper below and stamp away. 

The results are a fabulous polka dot look on that great big birthday stamp. I fussy cut it out, but you can just cut it down to a small rectangle or use the cut file from Unity. And then I had to mat it black so I fussy cut that too. Don't look too close. 

I finished the card by stamping a background with the same Distressed Dots stamp. I inked it first in peacock feathers and stamped. Then I cleaned the stamp and inked it with salvaged patina so soften the color a bit. I cut the panel down and wrapped the black string around it and popped the birthday panel up with foam tape. I matted the card base in black and stamped the word Happy from the set to finish it all off.

Now don't forget to hop along and check out all the fabulous techniques from everyone else.

Alaine-you are here

Saturday, September 4, 2021

Friends of Unity September Blog Hop

 Hello everyone. It's that time of month again where the Friends of Unity hop.

I am excited for this month. Our theme is a Color Challenge of Sage, White and Kraft. We would love for everyone to join in using their Unity Stamp co stamps.

I was able to make a couple of cards this month. My first one is pretty simple and I think would make a great masculine birthday card.

I started this card by blending Distress ink in Bundled Sage over an A2 panel. I splashed some water on to get those great oxide spots this ink is so perfect for. Once it was dry, I placed it in my Misti and stamped the new Topography background stamp in the same color. I stamped it a couple of times to get good impression and to build up the color just a bit for that tone on tone look. I blended the same in on a scrap of paper and stamped the gnome from Gnome-one Like You onto it. I then stamped it on Neenah Desert Storm and on white. I fussy cut the various pieces and reassembled it as a paper pieced image. I used the Happy Birthday dies from Chic Script Salutations die set also from Unity Stamp Co. I layered it all up with Neenah Desert Storm card stock.

I have to admit that I am totally in love with the background stamp I used on this card. You may see it many more times. I stamped the Tin Tile background stamp on Neenah Desert Storm cardstock with Versamark ink and heat embossed it with white embossing powder. I cut this down with a stitched rectangle die.  I then stamped the image and sentiment from Bloom from Within in the Distress Oxide Bundled Sage color. I used my Misti and stamped the color a couple of times. I left the image and panel in place and stamped again with Versamark ink and heat embossed it all with clear embossing powder. I popped this panel up with foam tape and placed the whole thing on a white card blank.

Be sure to hop along with the rest of the team. Also be sure to join in and share your cards made with this awesome color combo.

Alaine-you are here