Saturday 28 October 2023

Uniko October 2023 Release in Review, Brand Ambassador Blog Hop & Giveaway

Happy Saturday!

Over at Uniko today we have a Release in Review post for the new October 2023 products.  It took a while for the goodies to reach the Design Team so we weren't able to make inspiration projects in time for the introductions at the start of the month.

Bev is holding another blog hop and giveaway, so if you hop along and comment on all the Brand Ambassadors' posts (links over on the main post) you are in with a chance of winning a £20 eGift Card.

Ok, I'll get straight to it with my projects.

For this card I paired some of the new goodies with the Natures Treasures II Stencil...

I wanted to stamp some of the small leaf images inside the leaf stencil so I used a tool for this card that I've not used for light box!!  To make it easier to stamp within the stencil I began by taping the stencil to the panel and then using an embossing tool from the back of the panel to trace around the shape, thereby pushing the cardstock forward so it was raised on the front and more in line with the edges of the stencil.  I grabbed one of my blending brushes and used the residual green ink from one of my previous projects to create the pale green background, and then proceeded to stamp the small leaf images from the new Autumn Serenade Clear Stamp Set.  The 'thanks' is also from this set and the 'for all you do' is from the new Big & Bold - Thank/s/ful Clear Stamp Set.

Materials used:
  • Stamps: Uniko - Autumn Serenade, Big & Bold Thank/s/ful
  • Stencil: Uniko - Natures Treasures II
  • Ink: Altenew - Autumn Blaze, Olive, Mocha, Sea Forest, Marshland; Versafine Clair - Fallen Leaves
  • Die: Create a Smile - Cool Cuts Scalloped Resctangles

Next up is a card using the beautiful Remembrance Clear Stamp set...

The poppy images in this set are just beautiful as they are so I just kept this card super simple.  Just stamped and coloured with Copics.  I chose to go with a blush pink for the petals, I think the pink and peach varieties are stunning.

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Uniko - Remembrance
  • Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Versafine Clair - Nocturne; VersaMagic - Pink Grapefruit
  • Coloured with Copic Markers
  • Die: Create a Smile - Cool Cuts Double Stitched Rectangles

Next up is the new addition to the Big & Bold series...Big & Bold Thank/s/ful

I began by stamping the wreath from the Rustic Wreath Clear Stamp set, also stamped the berries, and then the tiny leaf from the Autumn Serenade Clear Stamp set.  I stamped the 'thank' and the 's', first in grey ink for a slight shadow, then shifted my card slightly before stamping in black.

Materials used:
  • Stamps: Uniko - Big & Bold Thank/s/ful, Rustic Wreath, Autumn Serenade
  • Ink: Altenew - Forest Glades, Moss, Crimson, Silver Lake; Versafine Clair - Nocturne

And finally, I have two cards using the Framed: Snowflakes Clear Stamp set...

I began using one of the trees from the Christmas Pop Trio Stencil and ink blended using Cracked Pistachio Distress ink.  I then used just a section of the large stamp from the Framed Snowflakes set to stamp the background within the stencil.  I completed the card with a sentiment from the Pattern Building Christmas Tree Clear Stamp set and added some gems and a star from my stash.

Materials used:
  • Stamps: Uniko - Framed Snowflakes, Pattern Building Christmas Tree
  • Stencil: Uniko - Christmas Pop Trio
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Cracked Pistachio; Altenew - Hydrangea; Versafine Clair - Nocturne
  • Die: Create a Smile - Cool Cuts Scalloped Rectangles

And I used the Framed Snowflakes again here, paired with a sentiment from the Stunning Snowflakes Clear Stamp Set...

Revisiting an old design layout here.  I used low tack masking tape to create the horizontal mask.  I ink blended using Saltwater Taffy Distress Oxide ink, blending it out in both directions.  I then used the individual snowflakes that come with the Framed Snowflakes stamp set and inked these along the edges of the mask in various colours of pigment ink.  I removed the mask and added a sentiment from the Stunning Snowflakes set and finished with some silver glitter snowflake gems, sparkle was required!

Materials used:
  • Stamps: Uniko - Framed Snowflakes, Stunning Snowflakes
  • Ink: Distress Oxide - Saltwater Taffy, Versa Color - Mint, Lagoon Blue, Altantic, Peony, Petal Pink; Versafine Clair - Nocturne
  • Gems from stash

I hope you enjoy taking a look at all the inspiration from the team, and if you're in the UK, enjoy the extra hour in bed tomorrow!

Saturday 7 October 2023

Uniko October New Release, Brand Ambassador Blog Hop and Giveaway

Good morning!

It's new release day over at Uniko and if you follow the Uniko blog you'll have seen the introductions from Bev throughout this week.

The release will be available to purchase from the Uniko website from this evening at 9pm BST.

There are some great new stamps in this release.  First up is the latest addition to the Framed series: Framed - Snowflakes

Here's the card I made using this set...

Here I used a panel of watercolour paper and heat embossed in white the main frame and a couple of the separate snowflakes.  I used the wet on wet technique, adding water within the confines of the frame and then adding colour from a variety of pink, blue and purple Zig markers.  Once dry I trimmed the panel down and adhered it to a card base.  The sentiment, from the oldie but goodie Stunning Snowflakes set was heat embossed on vellum and wrapped around a strip of pink cardstock.

Materials used:
  • Stamps: Uniko - Framed Snowflakes, Stunning Snowflakes
  • Ink: VersaMark; Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Opaque Bright White

Next up is a beautiful new stamp set called Autumn Serenade, a new addition to the "Serenade" series...

Here's my make using this one...

I began by stamping the main swirl image and heat embossing in gold.  I then masked off a vertical section and ink blended with four shades of Distress Oxide.  The stamped sentiment finished this one.

I just love the shine of the gold with the chalky finish of the oxides. Just remember to give the embossed parts a quick buff with a soft cloth to bring the shine back after inking.

Materials used:
  • Stamps: Uniko - Autumn Serenade
  • Ink: VersaMark; Distress Oxide - Lumberjack Plaid, Vintage Photo, Carved Pumpkin, Pine Needles; Versafine Clair - Fallen Leaves
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Metallic Gold Rich

Bev has now added poppies to her floral collection.  Introducing, Remembrance...

And here's my card...

I stamped the image on some watercolour paper and then, after not using them for ages, decided to add colour with my Brushos.  I carefully sprinkled a teeny amount of the red and spritzed with a water mister.  I then did the same with two shades of green.  Once the panel was completely dry I die cut with a scalloped rectangle and stamped the sentiment before adhering to a card base.

Materials used:
  • Stamps: Uniko - Remembrance
  • Ink: Versafine - Onyx Black; Brushos - Brilliant Red, Emerald Green, Leaf Green
  • Die: Create a Smile - Cool Cuts Scalloped Rectangles

There is also a new addition to the BIG & BOLD series, with BIG & BOLD Thank/s/ful.  Such a useful set and this can also be paired with BIG & BOLD You.

The set also features a two step leaf in both solid and outline form along with a variety of accent sentiments.  The leaf design also co-ordinates with those in the Autumn Serenade set.

Unfortunately, I don't have a sample card to share for this set yet.

Bev will be selecting one lucky winner to win the entire release.  All you need to do is leave some comments over at the main Uniko blog post, here, as well as comments on the Brand Ambassadors' blog posts (linked within that post) and/or social media.  You have until midnight on Saturday 14th October 2023 BST, good luck!

I think you'll agree that Bev has smashed it once again with these new products.

Happy Saturday, I hope you enjoy taking a look at all the inspiration from the team.

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