Sunday, 18 March 2018

Inspiration - Glowing Stars with Stencil and Stamps

Good morning to everybody on a happy sunday!

I'm Wiebke, one of the four girls from the new Stencil-DT and I'm so happy to be part of this great team now!
Since I discovered stencils some years ago I love to play with pastes! Great reason to let out my muddy-me! For a really long time I hadn't recognized it's also possible to use stencils also with other mediums like  inks or pencils... For today I used different stuff - pasts, ink and more.

I wanted to show you something different that hopefully is new to most of you!
Have you ever worked with Glow-in-the-Dark products yet?
What's a perfect shape for glowing products? - Yes! Stars!
Great there are several star stamp sets and also the new star stencil available in the Uniko Store!

In my supplies I have two different  mediums I want to show you here: a "Glow-in-the-Dark Embossing Powder" from Wow! and a "Glow Glitter" from Advantus, which I combined with a translucent embossing paste.

For the first card  I used the new Seeing Stars Stencil with a mix of clear embossing paste and glow glitter. 

It's so easy to combine embossing pasts with colours, glitter or other medias - if you never did it, you should give it a try! Just be brave! The results are even more individual and you can create almost every effect you can imagine!

I started with a small portion of paste and added always a bit of glitter, mixed it in with my palette knife and repeated this several times until I recognized a good, still soft consistency (important: it shouldn't be not too dry - then it might fall of the paper after drying). To get a really good glowing effect I added some more of the glitter on top of every wet star. Some of them I coated with Glossy Accents after their drying time to get different optical dephts for this starry sky (and also to avoid falling off glitter).

When everything was dried I used some Gelatos, a brush and water to colour the background in a watercolour look. I used a lighter and a darker blue and violet (they have no special names, but I have took them out of a set with 12 bright Gelato colours).

I heat embossed my sentiments out of the Set "Reach for the Stars" - the text in white on dark blue cardstock and the Stars in gold on vellum. The vellum I fussycut out, adhered it also on the blue cardstock and fussycut it out again with a visible small blue edge. The starry background is also framed with the blue paper - I adhered both flat on my cardbase. Both sentiment-elements wer adhered with a thin 1 mm foam tape.

On the inside of the card I completed the sentiment in VersaMark - onyx black ink and embellished it with the star trail of the "Reach for the Stars" set in Distress Oxide Ink - fossilized amber .

For my second card I used the "Background Block - Stars" Stamp twice on one paper with Versamark Ink,  and covered it with the "Wow! - Glow-in-the-Dark" regular Embossing Powder and melted it.
You can see the glow in every aggregare state.
My blue paper was blended with blue, black and purple Distress Oxides before I stamped the stars - the embossing powder needn't be used only on white paper.

To create my card I decided to cover the border of my cardbase with a silver hologram  tape - so it's sparkling always - in daylight with the tape, in the dark with the stars!

The Star paper is adhered with a 2 mm 3D-tape on the card base.
To cover the line between the two times stamped BG block I created a banner with the same inks and a sentiment of the "Reach for the Stars" stamp set. After framing it with the holo tape I adhered it flat on the raised background.

To finish the card I used some punched white stars in the left bottom corner and one directly beside my sentiment. This one is also heat embossed with the glow-powder.

Great hologram sparkling

The only problem was, to get good and sharp pictures of the cards when they glow in the dark - also with a tripod! I'm so sorry for this! But they both really do glow beautyfully!
(I'm thankful for every idea about taking better pics in the dark!)

Hope I could inspire you to give this special stuff a try!
On the creativation  2018 were new glowing products released so it might be easier to get them now - hopefully all around the world! (I bought mine one or two years ago and it took a while to find them here in a German online shop without the super-expensive US shipment costs. But it was woth the searching time!)

You will see me again soon with my Reminder Post for the new Uniko Spring Challenge and also with a planned Uniko Blog Hop (pssst - that's a peek right now). - Stay creative!

Greetings from  *Wiebke*

Friday, 16 March 2018

Uniko Challenge #46 - Colours, optional twist Easter

Hey! Welcome to the March/April, 2018 Uniko challenge. 

This month we have a really pretty palette of colours for you to choose from and with Easter looming that's our optional twist.

As you've probably noticed the Uniko DT has grown this year with the addition of four talented ladies onto our Stencil Team. So of course there's going to be even more DT inspiration to get your creativity flowing and we also have the most wonderful Guest Designer - Michele - joining in with us for this challenge.

Her winning card from the last challenge had us all swooning here at Uniko and if you go take a peek at her blog you'll discover loads more innovative ideas that are just that little bit different.

Guest Designer - Michele
Isn't this the most amazingly creative use of Uniko stamps and dies?! Do go visit her blog - HERE - and tell her how gorgeous this is!

The Uniko Design team also have some inspiring card ideas to share, be sure to follow the links to their blogs to find out more and I am sure they'd love a nice comment too ;)


Happy Easter - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems 

The eagle eyed of you will have noticed that this is only half of the Uniko DT, but never fear the other half will be here with ideas to inspire you on 30th March with the reminder post.

So are you ready to play along?
Well, just in case you need some more incentive to play along with the challenge here are the details of the prizes.
  • Main Winner Chosen By the DT - £25 eGift Certificate
  • Random Twist Winner - £4 In Stock Clear Stamp Set of Winners Choosing
  • Random Uniko Stamps Winner - £4 In Stock Clear Stamp Set of Winners Choosing
  • Top 3 Chosen By DT - 150 Loyalty Reward Points

You've got plenty of time to play along with this month's challenge. The deadline for submission is midnight (GMT) on Friday 20th April 2018 (7.00pm EDT).


Wednesday, 14 March 2018

DT Inspiration - Wonky Stripes stencil

Happy Wednesday to you ......

Is it really the middle of the week already! 
It's Linda here, with my first Stencil DT Inspiration post for you.  I'm thrilled to be part of the Uniko Team and it's a pleasure to be posting on the blog today.

I've got a really quick and easy design for you, using the fabulous Wonky Stripes stencil along with some Distress Oxide inks

This design is so much fun to use .... creates great backgrounds but, I think it's also a fab design to be the focal point on your cards too.  Change the colours of the inks and you'll get a totally different look each time. Kids will love the bright colours, but go more neutral and you could use it for all those 'hard to make cards for' men!

I've gone with  rainbow colours for my card .... bright and cheery.   Brushed straight through the whole of the stencil, which by the way is a great size ..... 6x6 inches.  I've used the whole design here on a 7x7 card, but you could easily cut it down if you wanted it smaller .... save the poeces for something else!

 I simply added a die cut word to the front, layered a couple of times for dimension

And finished off by adding in a few dots of the Nuvo White Blizzard Glitter Drops.  I love how the different colours of the stripes show through the glitter drops, making them match the stripes that they're on perfectly

For the inside I've used the rainbow colours again to ink up the 'birthday' from the brand new Birthday Sentiments

and completed my greeting using some of the smaller words from the same stamp set.

I hope you've enjoyed my first DT post and that you feel inspired to use your stencils.
Thanks for stopping by .... have a great day

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

CAS Colours & Sketches #263 - Sketch


This month our hostess is Fiona and she started things off with a fun colour combo last week and HERE this week has this super sketch to inspire your CAS card making...

So many wonderful ideas sprung to mind when I sat down to create my card, this sketch has so many options. However, this is how I decided to use it...

I decided to make a one layer card and I also wanted to join in on the current challenge over at AAA Cards HERE, who's current challenge is ombré. 

Life is a Song is one of the February 2018 Release clear stamp sets that I didn't give much inky love to, so I thought I would use it. I used my MISTI to stamp the ombré diagonal lines in opposing corners and also to stamp the ombré music sentiment.

Super simple from me today, but I hope I have inspired you to join in on the challenge?! If you need a little more inspiration, pop on over HERE to see what the CC&S Design Team have created.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, 12 March 2018

6th Birthday & February Release Blog Hop WINNER!!


Sorry I am a day late in announcing the WINNER of the 6th Birthday & February Release Blog Hop, I forgot that it was Mother's Day here in the UK when I selected a date! 

I was so busy having fun and being spoilt with fighting cuddles from the Beans yesterday as they showered me with love on Mother's Day ;) They do every day, but it felt even more special yesterday.

Anyway, let's get back to announcing the winner! helped choose a lucky comment number...

And in order of the blog hop, lucky comment no.40 is....

Steph Mortimer said...
Your daffodils are lovely and you have done a great job with the Chrysathemum stencil. x
February 28, 2018 at 2:43 AM

Congratulations Steph! 

Please email me at along with your postal address by Monday 19th March 2018 to claim your prize. 

Thank you to everyone who joined in on the Birthday & Release Celebrations :)

Saturday, 10 March 2018

DT Inspiration - Ombre

Hi there! It's Jane here today to share some cards I made using Uniko goodies and ombre colours.

We've an ombre challenge going on right now at AAA Cards and both my DT cards make use of my Uniko stash and this is what gave me the idea to create some more to share here on the Uniko blog.

This card uses Background Blocks Wonky Stripes and I Love Tea stamp sets. I heat embossed the stripes and tea cup and coloured them using four shades of brown. I then stamped and heat embossed the flower onto the tea cup. I tried stamping first and then colouring the tea cup, but it got a bit messy with the palest tone, probably there were was the odd bit of embossing powder that hadn't melted.

 I'm thinking  this colour scheme would also work well with the I Love Coffee stamps too.

Stamps: Uniko, Background Blocks Wonky Stripes, I Love Tea
Inks: Versafine clear + Ranger superfine back embossing powder
Pens: Copic, E51, E55, E57, E59

I've picked my favourite balloon from Balloon Bash for my next card and used a bit of masking to create a group of three.

I achieved the ombre effect by using my misti tool and repeatedly stamping each balloon with the ink applied to less parts of the stamp each time.Although there is a choice of two styles of string in this set, I actually drew the strings by hand as I wanted them to tuck in behind where I was going to add the sentiment.

The sentiment is from Birthday Sentiments and I heat embossed it and raised it on foam pads for added dimension.

Stamps: Uniko, Balloon Bash, Birthday Sentiments
Inks: Versafine clear + Ranger superfine black embossing powder; Ranger ditress oxide, candied apple 

My third card uses white embossing powder and the Background Blocks Stars and Reach for the Stars stamp sets.

Once I'd stamped and heat embossed the Background Block I then inked over the top with distress ink starting from the bottom and swiping up the card to achieve the ombre effect. I also gradually inked less far up the card with each re-inking of the blending pad. I wiped over the top gently with a tissue tro remove any excess ink from the embossed stars.

 The sentiment was also stamped and heat embossed in white glitter embossing powder.

Stamps: Uniko, Background Blocks Stars, Reach for the Stars
Ink: Versamark clear + WOW! sparkling snow embossing powder

My final card uses very simple grayscale ombre colours and the very gorgeous Pure Florals: Lily stamps.

 I started by placing a home made circle stencil over the card base and then inked through it with black soot distress ink. I masked off a section using a scrap of paper before applying a second layer. I then moved this mask down for a third layer and repeated this for the fourth layer.

I stamped the lily over the ombre circle and added a sentiment and some gems to finish off.

Stamps: Uniko, Pure Florals: Lily
Inks: Ranger distress, black soot; Memento, tuxedo black
Embellishments: Bling Bling, black gem stones

 That's me all done for today's post. I really hope I may have inspired you to have a go at ombre colours. Thanks so much for looking and keep crafting!

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Tuesday, 6 March 2018

CAS Colours & Sketches #262 - Colours


A new month means a new hostess and Fiona is our hostess for March. As usual we are starting things off HERE with a colour combo...

Well, I admit this colour combo totally stumped me! I really struggle with purples and yellows and the added lime green just added to the lack of creative inspiration. When I have times like this I look through my stamps to see if I am inspired and how I can use the colours easily.

This is what I came up with...

An ultra CAS card using the new Kindness Blooms loopy flower and a sentiment (wonky) from Simply Said Blocks.

I simply stamped the flower onto my white card base and coloured various loops in with Fresh Fig and Lemon Lime Twist Stampin' Up! markers. I then added a enamel dot to the closest match of Crushed Curry to the flower centre. The sentiment is stamped, fussy cut and adhered (wonky) to the card base using foam adhesive.

That's all from me today, I hope thatI have inspired you (a tiny bit) to join in on the challenge?! If you need a little more inspiration, pop on over HERE to see what the CC&S Design Team have created.

Thanks for stopping by!