Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Inspiration Wednesday

Hi there Sharon here and I'd like to show you a card inspired by some recent KOTM and SMAK kits. You can really mix and match the kits to go together perfectly.

The trainers and sentiment come from the January KOTM, When You Smile. I coloured the trainers with Copics and then went over the whole of them with vintage photo distress ink for a more distressed look. The sentiment was stamped onto white card and then distress ink all over. I then made a little frame by tearing and distressing a little of the paper I'd used underneath the curls.


The heart comes from the December KOTM {Always Been You} I paper pieced the heart and then used the "cracked glass" effect on it. To do this you need to use ultra thick embossing powder. Heat up 3 layers onto your piece and then put it in the freezer for about 5 mins. Take it out and bend it a little all over, this makes the layers crack and you get a nice destressed effect. 


For the background papers I used a nice sheet of written, distressed paper and distressed it a bit more by curling it up and going over it with distress ink in vintage photo. I added some turquoise paper underneath to show through. I then stamped onto the paper with 2 images ( the newspaper print and the coffee rings) from the November SMAK kit Forget The Past. I stamped randomly in vintage photo ink and then clear embossed to make them stand out. 

So as you can see the different kits really do go well with each other. I hope I've inspired you to get out ALL your kits and have a go. We'd love to see your projects on our Show & Tell Facebook page.

Have a lovely day

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

DT Tuesday with Video Tutorials

H-E-LL-O! It's my first blog post of the year on the Unity Stamp Company blog and I wanted to make it count. It’s been around 8 months since I made a video, so I decided to capture three for this post. Yay! Craft-ee video goals! I made one art journal page using 6 Unity Stamp Company stamps from this month’s SMAK kit.

Mostly I use mixed media techniques in my crafting of art journal pages, canvases, rolodex, and scrapbooks. Creating backgrounds is one of the most important steps of the process, SO . . .

In the first video, I use an old book page as a background by demonstrating how to “peel” the book page, add some acrylic paint on top, and then a light wash over that. This is easy I promise and helps to inspire the final results. Try not to overdo this step. YOU keep it easy.

Supplies for this video:
90lb Mixed Media paper
Page from book
Masking Tape
Shipping Tape
Gel Medium
Paint Brush
Acrylic Paint (or Tim Holtz Distress Paint)
Paper towel
Heat Tool (not necessary--just let air dry)

In the next video, I demonstrate how to adhere stamped tissue paper on top of your art journal background—specifically the background I made in the previous video. To continue the art journal process, I also adhere a paper-pieced sentiment and butterfly on top of the stamped tissue paper and background. Why use stamped tissue paper you ask? Why not just stamp on top? Well, you can, of course. I like to use stamped tissue paper because I don’t trust MY stamping on top of the background and I like how the tissue paper fades on top of the background. Sometimes the tissue paper will add a bit of texture.

Supplies for this video:
Unity Stamp Company's SMAK Kit of January 2017
Tissue Paper
Stazon Ink
Gel Medium
Paint Brush
Heat Tool (not necessary--just let air dry)
Glue to adhere sentiment and butterfly

In the final video, I demonstrate how to “finish” the art journal page with a chunky/grungy, dark inked edge using black soot distress ink and one of your old rundown sponge daubers. If I’m inking any edge, I always use a rundown dauber. In the video, I show a close-up of my rundown dauber. It’s appreciated. It's also helpful to have a wood board, cutting board, etc., to place your project on, so you can edge the project effectively.

Supplies for this video:
Black Soot Distress Ink
one of your old rundown sponge daubers (must)
wood board or cutting board, etc.

And here’s the final result of the three techniques above.

Here’s a peek at this month’s SMAK Kit.

MOST IMPORTANT NOTE: Perfection is not the flavor of art journaling, so please strive for fun instead and SHARE your fun with others.

Linda Pekrul shared this mixed media layout below using an AngieGirl that helps documents the story of her dog. This is a very inspirational layout for all pet lovers.

Here's a link to Linda’s blog post where she provides more details:
Please express some admiration for her and her beloved Oakley. Also, her project is posted on Unity’s Show-and-Tell Facebook page. Scroll through, find it, and leave some love there, too.

I hope you all had fun on the blog today!

Monday, January 16, 2017

KOTM Monday with Kary

Hi, this is Kary kicking off the week with a Kit of the Month project.  
Hope you had a good weekend!  I sure did, it was quiet but I had a lot of fun with this month's KOTM - When You Smile.


I adore the little bird and the inspiring sentiment. 

Here's my card:

The bird was colored using Copic markers and I happily added colors which I'm sure are never found in a real life bird :)

A simple card and so fast to create.

This is what I love most about KOTM, all the stamps and sentiments work so well together.
If you would like to know more about this special monthly kit, please click here.

I promise you will love it!!

Happy stamping and have a great day!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Stamp of the Week

Hi Unity friends. It's Sunday and you know what that means...

A new Unity Stamp of the Week!

Your Happy Cake created by Angie Blom

This image is a perfect way to say "May your day be Happy" 

Here are a few samples we created with this cute new image.

by Angie Blom

and one from me

Unity's Stamp of the Week Subscription is a fabulous way to have a variety of beautiful artwork delivered to your door each week for only $7.69. Yes, that includes shipping! 
{SOTW is no longer offered to International customers due to high shipping costs. Our apologies.}

Have a great day!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Only 2 more days for this gorgeous girl!!

Hi Peeps!!
Only 2 more days to sign up for this darling Angie Girl named Isla!

 She is so fun to water color!
$7.69 a week and you get SOTW delivered right to your door.  
That sentiment is FANTASTIC! Have WE told YOU lately that YOU are amazing??  Well YOU are!!!
Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

DT Tuesday with Angeline

Hi Unity Friends :)
Angeline here to share with you a card I made using the NEW "Chapter One" stamp.
This stamp is PERFECT for those of us who love Coffee or Books. Such a fun stamp!

Unity Stamp: DT Tuesday with Angeline - Drink, Read & Be Happy #unitystampco #scrappyscrappy #stamp #stamping #card #cardmaking #papercraft #chapterone #happynewyear #watercolor

I colored the stamp using my Zig Clean Color Real brush pens, adding water to make it look like watercolor. Then I paired it with my really vintage Webster's Pages patterned paper -- which matched this stamp !

Unity Stamp: DT Tuesday with Angeline - Drink, Read & Be Happy #unitystampco #scrappyscrappy #stamp #stamping #card #cardmaking #papercraft #chapterone #happynewyear #watercolor

Now it's time to showcase some of the projects I spotted over at the Unity {Show & Tell} Facebook page. 
Click HERE to join in the FUN!
~ Stephanie Seelye ~

~ Mechele Rodriguez Rezac ~

~ Donna K Baes ~

Thanks for stopping by
Wishing all of you a Happy NEW Year!

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Monday, January 9, 2017

KOM Monday

Are you loving the new Kit of the Month?
Every stamp is amazing in this one!!

Here is a card using that cute bird!!

I can't wait to see what you all create with this kit.

Don't forget to share your projects with us on the Facebook Unity Show and Tell page.

Here is the info on joining this club if you aren't a member yet.

Enjoy your day!!

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