(2014 c62) Unity Magic of Christmas

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAToday’s tag card uses Unity Stamp Co.’s Magic of Christmas heat embossed with white,  I punched a couple of circles and overlapped to create the moon shape and masked it off.  Then I sponged Tim Holtz Distress Ink inside a mask I made by cutting the tree shape with Spellbinders Nested Pennants into clear plastic packaging so that I can easily see through the edges when i sponge the ink in the negative space.  Then I used the triangle and masked the tree while I sponged the sky with several colors of Distress Ink. I flicked drops of water to create the mottled drops.

Challenges Entered:

SimonSays:  (M) To the Moon

UnityStampCo.: Friends With Flair Friday

(2014 c61) Floating Snowflake Ornament

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABack side is seen on the right > > > >

Sandwich ingredients: 2 silver cardstock frames, 2 plastic circles, 2 snowflakes, string, star, Stickles.

Sandwich How To:   This ornament was made by cutting the snowflakes with Snowflakes #3  by SIZZIX with a dark and light blue cardstock from DCWV Shimmers Stack cardstock and glued together so the opposite color accents on each side.   This was glued with a tiny dot on the side seen on the left to a circle of re-purposed clear plastic packaging material that was cut with Standard Circles Large by Spellbinders.  Next glue the silver frame to the smooth outside of the plastic (that was cut by taping the same die plus the next smaller together for cutting the frames).

Turn over and glue the second plastic circle with a narrow bead close to the edge to the snowflake circle so that the snowflake is sandwiched within the plastic.  Apply the ends of the silver string to the plastic and finally the second Stickled frame and if you want to cover the tiny dot of glue on the first side, apply a tiny jewel like I did with the star in the center.

Challenges Entered:

SimonSays: Ornament

AnythingButACard:  Ch #41 – Anything Goes

(2014 c60) Unity Mixed Media – Tissue


Today’s card started by using the Itty Bitty stamp by Unity Stamp Co, called Graffiti Art.  Since it is Itty Bitty  and measures about 2.25″ x 3.75″ I stamped the kraft cardstock several times turning my stamp this way and that. I used Versamark Ink and heat embossed with Gold EP.  I then took my Artist Loft Pearlescent watercolors found at Michaels and did a color was over the background.  When it was dry it was wrinkly and warped, so I cut a piece of re-purposed cardboard from a cereal box and glued  together with Matte Multi Medium.  It helps to use a brayer for several minutes to work out all the bubbles and wrinkles and then place under a stack of heavy books to dry.

I then stamped the focal Ellie Girl  by Unity Stamp Co. with Versamark Ink onto Tissue Paper and heat embossed with Black EP.  Then I colored on the back side with Sharpie Markers.  I then wet the paper (with a paintbrush dipped in water) very close to the embossed edges and carefully tore away the excess paper right up close to the embossed edge.    I applied this with Matte Medium on top of the background.  The sentiment from Unity Stamp Co. called Basically Said was done the same way as Ellie.
Challenges Entered:
SimonSays:  Thinking of You
MixedMediaMonthlyChallenge:  Ch. #6 – Stamps
WordArtWednesday:  Anything Goes
UnityStamp: Friends With Flair Friday

(2014 c59) GinaK Designs One of my oldest stampsets


Today’s card was made with one stamp (the doilie) from one of my oldest stampsets called Nana’s Needlework by Nina Bracket from GinaK Designs.  It is no longer available for sale.  I love the old fashioned doily, I remember my grandmother and aunt crocheting these.

I stamped the doily on light blue cardstock & heat embossed with clear EP and then sponged the sky with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink by Ranger.  I highlighted the center of the large doily on the background and stamped 3 more centers of the doily and cut out and highlighted with Clear Wink of Stella also.  They made great snowflakes!

All trees were made from the same doily stamp and heat embossed with white onto green paper and strategiclly cut apart.  For the central tree I cut the sides with my Fiskars paper cutter and then fussy cut around the top of the center of the doily so it looks like a star on the tree.  I also masked and stamped another row of scallops and mounted it on top of a wider  piece of doily to make the tree taller.  The rest of the doily was cut for the rest of the trees (That is why they have round little tops because the big tree’s star cut out left that shape)  I highlighted the trees with Glitter Green Wink of Stella

I cut my snow hills with dies from Lawn Fawn called Forrest Boarder and Stitched Hillside Boarders

Challenges Entered:

StampTV:  STV14MON43 – Use Stamp Set from the Past

SimonSays:  (Mon) Good Ol Days

ModSquadChallenge:  Grandma’s Attic – Grab a Doily

DieCutDivas:  Any Holiday

MoxieFabWorld:  Tree-Mendous Tree

CraftAScene:  Trees, Trees, Trees

(2014 c58) Unity Stamped Tissue on Watercolor BG


For my grandaughter birthday card I started by coloring the background with watercolors on watercolor paper.  Then I used the Technique of stamping on tissue paper and coloring on the back side with Sharpie markers. I Stamped with And For A Moment by Unity Stamp Co.   Then I applied the image to the water color background with Matte Medium.  You can see more instructions for this Technique on a previous post I did as seen HERE.  Today’s tissue image did not need the white gesso applied behind it like the previous example.  I just love how the green background shows through the tissue under the horse’s belly.

Challenges Entered:

SimonSays:  (Wed. Anything Goes)

MixedMedia:  Ch.#6 – Use Stamps

Unity:  Friends With Flair

(2014 c57) Unity Tissue on Canvas


I am finding that playing with watercolors, canvas, tissue paper and stamps, coloring with Sharpies, applying with Matte Medium  is a huge TREAT for me after I get home from a long day’s work…..this is so fun and relaxing!

I started by watecoloring the background on a canvas board.  I stamped the two sentiments (from Unity: KOTM May 2012 Love in an Instant) on tissue & decopaged them on the watercolored background.  The girl was stamped with Unity: Your Love Blows Me Away.  The flowers are from Unity: KOTM June 2014 In Love With Love

For details on the process go to my post on another canvas I made Here

Challenges Entered:

SimonSays:  (mon) Treats

TheMixedMediaMonthlyChallenge:  MMMC #6 – Stamps

Unity:  Color Challenge #211601390_10204004269020442_1666499899182210614_n

(2014 c56) Unity “For A Moment”


This is one of my favorite techniques SPONGING BACKGROUNDS for a scene using stamped images.  I Stamped with And For A Moment by Unity Stamp Co. To color the image I used Distress Inks by Ranger to color by smushing stamp onto my craft matt and then picking up with a water bursh.  Then for the background and I used sponges to sponge the sky and ground.  Then I used the brush again to add grass strokes.

POST SCRIPT: 2014-10-25 Em Bday Canvas 2  Birthday Party for grandaughter Em.  Today’s card accompanied gift of canvas that was Posted earlier.  You can see how I made it by clicking the picture on left.

Challenges Entered:  

ModSquad:  Its my Favorite (technique)

SimonSays: (Mon) Anything Goes

(2014 c55) StampTV Merry Christmas


I got my first Lawn Fawn dies and created the hills and river with them.  Loving their dies! I stamped the trees with Versamark Ink on green cardstock. Then I stamped with Life is Good by Teresa Momber found at StampTV and heat embossed with white EP.  The sentiment stamp from Festive Frame by Melanie Muenchinger also found at StampTV.

Challenges Entered:

StampTV:  STV14MON41 – Christmas comes Early

SimonSays:  (Mon) Anything Goes

(2014 c54) Lawn Fawn Dies, MFP Stamps


I got my first dies from Lawn Fawn and I’m so HAPPY!  I cut the Stitched Leaves out of the long white cardstock strip and removed them and sponged with Tim Holtz Distress Inks by Ranger.  Then I cut the Say it - Happy die and removed it and sponged with Fired Brick Distress Ink.  I sponged the cardstock with blue and then re-inserted all the dies.  On the cardbase I stamped Autumn Friendships Mini leaf from Mark’s Finest Papers Then  I sponged around the edges of the cardbase.

Challenges Entered:

DieCutDivas:  Change of Season

SimonSays:  (Mon.) Anything Goes

(2014 c53) Unity Stamping on Tissue Technique


Today I first painted the background onto watercolor paper withOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Artist Loft Pearlescent watercolors found at Michaels . Using Versamark ink I stamped the bird  and flowers both from Dream To Be and sentiment from KOTM June 2014 “In Love With Love” on tissue paper (the kind you put into gift bags). Then I heat embossed with embossing powders.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Next I colored inside the embossed lines on the back side of images with Sharpie pens.  Look at photo below to see how I carefully painted white gesso on the back of each little flower OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAand the bird & leaves to prevent the background colors from showing through the images after adhearing to the background.  As seen in the last picture I adhered with Matte Medium by Claudine Helmuth.

Challenges Entered:

UnityStampCo:What yo Be Inspired Challenge 21

SimonSays:  Show us What You made


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