The Friends Of Unity Blog Hop ~ October 2022

Happy October 1st! Are you ready for Fall and all that nature has to offer this month?! As the leaves turn their brilliant colors, the days get shorter and the air is crisp. I welcome the idea of more time for papercrafting. “Anything But a Card” is October’s theme. I love this, it reminds me how far and wide these Unity stamps can go in the world of crafting. The projects I am sharing are quick, easy and fun to make, I hope you like them!

  1. Blender brush holder
Not only is this fun to make, but it is so useful too! You can personalize it for your craft room…. any theme, color or size. Here are the steps to create a brush holder. 1. Find a tin that fits what you plan to put inside. For blender brushes, I needed a wide low tin. 2. Using medium weight watercolor paper, measure the height and cut the paper accordingly. 3. Stamp the floral image in gray to create a background and paint it with your chosen colors. 4. Splatter DecoArt metallic acrylic paint in random areas. My paint was a bit too thick so it smudged more than splattered but I love it! 5. Stamp a sentiment in black ink so it stands out from the background. 6. Adhere the finished paper with glue to tin. I used a glue stick. 7. If the paper is not long enough to cover the tin, cut a strip from the same paper to piece in the open area and cover with a piece of washi tape. 8. Grab your blender brushes and see how great they look in the holder!
Another view!
The image is stamped in gray and the sentiment stamped in black. This brings the sentiment front and forward.
Metallic paint in rose gold.
“Sakura” by Ann Corbiere Scott for Unity Stamp Company and the supplies I used to make this brush holder. This stamp is huge and fills up more that an A2 size card!
The watercolor paper I used didn’t quite fit around the tin, so I cut a strip of watercolor paper and adhered washi tape that coordinated with the colors I used.
Look how lovely these brushes are in their new home!

2. Memory Dex file

This is a Memorydex file. It is similar to a Rolodex, but larger and can be used for addresses, recipes, inspirational quotes or for anything you like. How fun would it be to trade files and when you receive your file, you have a great place to display it?! Here are the steps to recreate this card. 1. Die cut the file using watercolor paper. 2. Stamp the image in black Versafine ink and heat emboss with clear powder. 3. Paint the image. 4. Stamp the sentiment in green VersaFine clair ink. 5. Stamp the lower sentiment on black cardstock in Versamark ink and heat emboss in gold powder, 6. Adhere embellishments. Washi tape, heart button and Stickles on the dandelion. 7. Blend Tea Dye Distress ink around the edges of the file. 8. Insert your file in the Memorydex or mail it to a fellow Memorydex friend!
“…every wish” by Phyllis Harris for Unity Stamp Company and some of the supplies I used.
Stickles on the flower to add a dramatic touch.
A close-up of the orange heart button and sentiments in green ink and gold embossing powder
Trade this or create to keep at home with sentiments that make you happy. The files can also act as an be idea book to scroll through during those times when you might have a crafting block or need a little more inspiration!

3. Bookmark

I can’t think of a better project for this time of year than a bookmark. Besides crafting, Fall is a wonderful time to read! Here are the steps to make a bookmark. 1. Die cut a rectangle on heavy cream cardstock. This die is a mini-slimline from Gina Marie Designs. 2. Die cut a larger coordinating one in kraft. 3. Stamp the image in Versafine Clair ink. 3. Heat emboss with clear powder. 4. Stamp leaves to give the scene a Fall look. 5. Ink blend around the edges with Mowed Lawn Distress Ink. 6. Punch a hole at the top and die cut two reinforcement circles. 7. Tie 1mm burlap string at the top. 8. Go get your favorite book and try out your bookmark! Tip: keep embellishments to a minimum as the less bulk the better. Also, heavy ink could bleed onto pages if moisture is present.
“beauty around you” by Phyllis Harris for Unity Stamp Company and supplies I used.
A quote about reading or your favorite author’s quote would be awesome on the front or back of this bookmark.
A close-up, I love the point-of-view from this adorable image.

4. Travertine Drink Coaster

This is literally a five minute project! Why on earth would I use a partially broken tile? I love vintage and imperfections. it has character and is a great conversation piece… maybe?! Steps to create this coaster. 1. Start with a travertine tile or a tile with a rough surface. 1a. Rent a jackhammer to break off the top right corner. 2. Stamp the image with StazOn black ink. This will STAIN your stamp! There is stamp cleaner for this ink but DO NOT USE this CLEANER for CLEAR STAMPS, it will ruin them. 3. Heat set the ink. 4. Paint the image with ink smooshed on a palette, preferably not distress ink. 5. With the thinnest of layers, scrub on DuraClear varnish. Keep applications so light that you cannot see brush lines. 6. Add craft foam, cork, or felt for the back. 7. Grab a cup of coffee and set it on your new coaster. Better yet, make a set of four, wrap up with a ribbon and surprise a friend! One more thing…I use my handmade coasters daily and they are awesome…. strong, sturdy and hold up perfectly.
Supplies I used. The stamp is an Ittty Bitty by Unity Stamp Company called “Your Season”. It also comes with a sentiment.
The shine of the thin coat of varnish.

Many more colors can be used. Keeping it simple, I love the brown, green and black together. If I were to add anything I would color the star. Holiday lights would be awesome too!

That’s it for this time, I am excited to see your projects. Thank you for visiting and please continue on the hop with my friends listed below. Don’t forget to comment on each blog for a chance to win a “thank you” prize. One commenter will be randomly selected to win.

Crystal

Amber

Kim

Rachel(me)

Bobbie Sue

Gaylynn

Dawn F.

Colleen

Eileen

Joyce

Dawn B.

Robyn

The winner from September’s Hop is Andre! Congratulations! Thank you for commenting and please message me your mailing address and I will get your prize sent out to you.

My four projects all at one glance.

Thanks again, I would love to know which is your favorite project and any thoughts or ideas. I so enjoy all your comments. Until next month, have a wonderful October!

I am on Instagram and TikTok @cardartbyrachel. Please follow me for fun short videos of how I make my cards and projects.

Rachel

“As long as autumn lasts, I shall not have hands, canvas and colors enough to paint the beautiful things I see.”
Vincent van Gogh
(more flowers from my backyard)

A Bride and Frankenstein

Greetings! It’s not an ordinary-kind-of-day card, it’s Frankenstein and Corpse bride celebrating their wedding anniversary. This is a mix of many fabulous Poppystamps dies, paper and embellishments.

Please keep reading for directions on how I made this card…if you dare!

1. Die cut the “Whittle Witch” and the “Whittle Creatures” die sets onto watercolor paper or heavy cardstock. Additionally you can die cut an extra forehead for Frankenstein if you want it to stick out!

2. Die cut Frankenstein’s clothes and hair with black, shiny metallic paper from the “Rainbow Reflections Mirror Pad”. Then die cut the Corpse Bride’s dress and shoes with glitter paper from the “Delicate Pastel Glitter Pad”.
3. Color the faces and foreheads of both figures and don’t forget the legs and bangs of the bride. I used markers but watercolor would work just as well.
4. Cut sections from a pale blue organza ribbon for the Corpse Bride’s dress and veil. Witchy tip: cut the dress’ ribbon a little longer to leave room for glue.
5. Cut two shades of pale blue embroidery thread for the Corpse Bride’s hair.

6. Hot foil and die cut the “Best Wishes” sentiment from “Modest Greetings 1” in gold and frame it with a slightly larger piece of cardstock.
7. Die cut the smaller piece of the two “Layer Cake Drip Icing” die set with glitter paper and the spiderweb from “Halloween Assemblage” in cardstock.
8. Cut a rectangle piece of gray cardstock from the Earth Neutral Collection slightly smaller than an A2 card and adhere to a white base.
9. Glue the figures and the coordinating pieces down.
10. Place a “Fairy Jewel” on the sentiment piece to finish the card.

This card was enchanting to craft. It will be perfect for the couple who welcomes a Halloween or Fall themed wedding. I love that it is clean and simple, yet silly and fun. Thank you for visiting and now I am off to another festivity!

Check out Poppystamps.com for all the supplies I used. I am also on Instagram and TikTok @cardartbyrachel with short videos of how I made this card and many others.

Toil and Trouble

Today is going to be a hauntingly great day! Hi, it’s Rachel and I am sharing a little scary, but mostly fun Halloween card. These dies are from the “Whittles” line by Poppystamps. I love them–especially the “Whittle Witch!”

Here are the steps to create this card.

  1. Using watercolorpaper, die cut 2 of each: “Whittle Witch”, Boo Poe Script”, “Halloween Assemblage”, and “Whittle Wood Picture Frames”.
  2. Watercolor the images the colors of your choice.

3. Paint the “Boo Poe Script” sentiment in black distress ink. After that, lay the sentiment in a splatter box and generously splatter watered-down white acrylic paint over the die.

4. Randomly place the spiderweb die cut from the “Halloween Assemblage” dies on a black cardfront measuring approximately 4″ x 5.25″. Then blend white ink over the web to create a background. Uneven spiderweb images five the card character!

5. Glue the witch and the “Whittle Wood Picture Frames” (large frame) on the cardfront.

6. Cut and unravel orange/red/yellow embroidery thread into small pieces. Then glue around the top of the witches head–give her a haircut as needed. The messier the better!

7. Layer and glue a second die cut to the “Boo” and the broomstick for extra strength. Then adhere to the frame.

8. For the hat and the caldron, you can either glue a second die cut down as in the previous step, or cut off the area where the pieces overlap the witch. This will be the handle for the caldron and the brim for the hat.

9. Choose different sizes of the “Clear Fairy Drops” and glue for bubbles coming out of the caldron.

10. Glue gold Stickles onto the hat for extra sparkle

11. Adhere the cardfront to a black card base.

The “Whittles” and the new Poppystamps Halloween release are to DIE for! I am over the moon about them!

Have a BOO-tiful day, I will be back soon and until then, BEWARE of more creative posts!

Please follow me on Instagram and TikTok @cardartbyrachel for short videos of how I made this card.

Thanks for stopping by!

The Friends of Unity Blog Hop ~ September 2022

Fall is in the air! Hello to crisp mornings and leaves turning their brilliant, beautiful colors! Welcome to our blog hop and definitely a favorite theme for me! Not a day goes by without many cups of coffee…. and if there is chocolate in our home, I will be inhaling it! My favorite drink has recently become Matcha Lattes, so so good.

Card #1 ~ Miss You!

A hot drink on a cold autumn morning sounds wonderful! This stamp is so beautiful and it takes little time to watercolor. Following are steps to create this card. 1. stamp the image in Versamark Ink. 2. Watercolor the image. 3. Ink blend Oxide ink to resemble sky and lightly spritz with water. 4. Die cut the image with a border die. 5. Stamp the sentiment with black ink and heat emboss with clear powder. 6. Using an embossing ink pen, color over the cup. 7. Sprinkle Distress glaze over the cup and apply heat to emboss. 8. Stamp the heart in distress oxide ink. 9. Wrap 1mm burlap string around the card front and glue it down to a black card base at an angle.
Supplies I used and the stamp set featured is called “Take a Break” by Unity Stamp Company
I watercolored the cup and then glazed it with Tim Holtz powder! I wanted the cup to be the focal point.
A close-up view and I love the open heart in brown distress oxide ink.

Card #2 ~ Vintage Teacups

These teacups say vintage, elegant , fine detail, and light. Steps to create this card. 1. Stamp the image with a medium gray ink. If you only have black you could first stamp the image on a scrap and then without reinking, re-stamp again on card front for a lighter image. 2. Stamp the sentiment slightly overlapping the teacups. 3. Heat emboss the sentiment with clear powder. 4. Washi tape across the top and then again on the bottom leaving a torn area. 5. Sequins for interest. 6. Mount card front to a black border and then adhere to the grey card base.

The few supplies I used and “the little things” itty bitty stamp set by Unity Stamp Company
Elegant and timeless is what I see when I look at these tea cups!
I love the fine detailed font

Card #3 ~ Coffee and a Cinnamon Stick

Fun with texture! This card was fun to add elements and mix patterns and elements. Here is how to create this card. 1. Stamp the coffee cup with Memento ink on pattern paper and fussy cut it out. 2. Stamp the image again on heavy card stock. and cut out. 3. Glue the two pieces together. 4. Emboss a light creme card front. 5. Color the coffee in the cup and the cinnamon stick. 6. Ink blend walnut stain distress ink around the edges of the coffee. 7. Add crystal laquer on the coffee for a shiny effect. 8. Stamp the heart and cut out and color. 9. Paint Pixie Dust on the heart and glue to card. 10. Die cut the shape and stamp the sentiment in brown ink. 11. Ink blend Purely Pomegranate on the sentiment and glue to card. 12. Adhere card front to a kraft base. 13. 2mm burlap string and a button in the lower left corner finishes the card.
Supplies I used and stamps are by Unity Stamp Company
Pixie Dust on the heart and Crystal Laquer on the coffee for a little extra fun
I love cinnamon in my coffee. Mixing it with a cinnamon stick is even better, isn’t it?

Card #4 ~ Coffee to keep you Warm

This border stamp is a definite favorite! The many shapes of coffee cups are incredible. These are the steps to create this card. 1. Stamp the image with green ink and heat emboss with clear powder. 2. Watercolor images with various green and brown colors. 3. Using a crimping tool, run a strip of kraft through it and adhere to card front. This is to resemble corrugated hand protectors on coffee cups! 4. Die cut shape with heavyweight vellum. 5. Stamp the sentiment on pattern paper and die cut with the same shape as the vellum. Trim off the top and bottom. 6. Add a copper brad to the sentiment and glue down to the kraft strip. 7. Glue card front to a kraft card base.
Supplies I used and “Hot Mess” border background stamp by Angie Blom for Unity Stamp Company
A few close-ups. The crimper was fun to dig out to simulate a hand protector on a coffee-to-go. Brads are great because there is no fear of it falling off the card… I sometimes worry about glue holding down embellishments.
Super fun to loosely paint this border stamp. Notice some of the cups actually have coffee in them!
The cards I made for the hop in an evening light. Don’t fall asleep now. (Yawn)

Thank you for joining in the hop. Please keep hopping to the next friend on the list below. Also please comment and I will randomly pick one person to win a “thank you” prize! The winner will be announced next month.

Crystal

Eileen

Amber

Kim

Bobbie Sue

Rachel(me)

Dawn B.

Gaylynn

April

Colleen

Dawn F.

Robyn

Joyce

Alaine

And the winner from the August Hop is…. Stephanie Puccini! Congratulations Stephanie, thank you so much for your comment, we appreciate it! Please message me your mailing address and I will get your prize in the mail.

Have a wonderful September and take time to enjoy cardmaking as we welcome the new season!

Rachel

Please follow me on Instagram and TikTok @cardartbyrachel where I post videos on how I make these cards!

Blushing Bride” Hydrangea in my backyard

It’s not just about creativity, it is about the person you’re becoming while you’re creating” Charlie Peacock

A Poppystamps Butterfly Wish!

Hello! It’s a beautiful day to share a whimsical butterfly card with you. I love the Poppystamps Stained Glass Butterfly collage and the Large and Small Stained Glass Butterfly and Background. They can be used together or individually.

I chose a soft watercolor background of blue, green and purple swooshes to die cut the Stained Glass butterfly collage from.

Next I die cut the Large and Small Stained Glass butterfly and Background dies from heavy vellum. I glued the wings and antennae over the two butterflies with a glue dot adhering only the center. I also glued a small antenna on the butterfly without the layered wings.

A close-up view showing the dimension created with the wing layers. The vellum gives the butterflies a fluid, dreamy feel.

I chose the “Best Wishes” sentiment from the Modest Greetings 1 Hot Foil Plate and Die. I rolled the plate through the die machine for a letterpress look. Then I mounted the sentiment on a thin frame of the watercolor paper and mounted it again on white cardstock.

I glued two tiny butterflies from the Stained Glass Butterfly collage on the background. Finally I placed Autumn Fairy Jewels around the image for extra sparkle.

I love how this card turned out. It can be used for many occasions. I can’t wait to try more washes of color. Until next post, have a fantastic day!

You can also find me on Instagram and TikTok @cardartbyrachel for short videos of how I make my cards!

A Poppystamps Birthday Treat!

Hi everyone! I am so excited to join the Poppystamps Design Team! Here is a sweet birthday card where The Grand Whittle Ice Cream cone takes center stage. It looks delicious, can you taste it?!I am also using letters from the Happy Birthday Background.

To create this card, I watercolored the ice cream cone combining distress inks and watercolor paints. I placed random blocks of color on the ice cream scoop to give it a textured feel. Next I glued the cone directly on the kraft card base. For the scoop, I glued two layers together, then trimmed off the scalloped portion that meets the cone to keep the image level on the card.

Now the fun is continuing because the letters are making their appearance! With quite a few sizes and fonts to choose from, I had a blast arranging the letters on the card. Finally I came up with a satisfying display. I began by gluing the letter “T” at the bottom of the cone and “P” at the top making sure they fit and were centered on the card. The funny part is when I got to the end, the “Y” in birthday didn’t fit…but instead of panicking, I was able to fix it. I found another “Y” that was a bit more narrow. Thank goodness!

Using a fan-shaped brush, I splattered watered-down white acrylic paint mixed with a hint of green. (Green to tone down the brightness.) I lightly tapped the top of the brush, holding it close to the card to control the amount of paint and placement of the splatters. A one mm thin burlap string tied close to the fold finishes the card!

Here is another card I made, this time using the background part of the Poppystamps Happy Birthday Background. What I love about this most is that every piece of it can be used on more than one card! If you don’t have this die, you have to check it out. It has so many possibilities!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you like this sweet card. The Grand Whittle Ice Cream Cone is one of my favorite dies. I can’t wait to make so many more ice cream flavors. Please let me know if you have any questions. Have a wonderful day!

The Friends of Unity Blog Hop ~ August 2022

Hello! We are super excited to welcome an amazingly talented and crafty friend to our blog hop, Gaylynn Martling!

Now that summer is in full swing, let’s take a detour from this season’s themes of ocean beaches and exotic vacations. Let’s focus in on holidays celebrated throughout the year. There are so many choices!

Card #1 ~ Happy Halloween!

A coffee and a witch make quite a combination! Here are the steps to create this card. 1. I stamped the image with black Versafine ink on watercolor paper. 2. I heat embossed her with clear embossing powder. 3. Next I watercolored the witch with purple, green and orange. Lots of fun, festive colors! 4. I punched out a circle to use as a stencil, I set the circle aside. I placed the stencil where I wanted to create a full moon and blended squeezed lemonade inside. 5. Then I laid the circle cutout over the moon as a mask and blended chipped sapphire and black soot distress ink for the background. 6. I removed the cutout and misted water over the chipped sapphire allowing it to bleed into the moon, a cool effect! 7. After dry, I painted in areas of carved pumpkin on the moon. 8. I die cut a border by Gina Marie Designs. 9. Then I heat embossed a sentiment with Ranger gold embossing powder on a strip of black cardstock. 10. Finally I heat embossed a second sentiment with winter white embossing powder directly on the card.
A close-up. Stickles gold glitter glue on the hat is an extra bit of bling.
“A Real Witch” by Angie Blom for Unity Stamp Co.
Supplies I used
I love that the outline of the moon can be seen as if the darkness is ever changing and moving.

Card #2 ~ Happy Thanksgiving!

This house is perfect to create a fall scene. I thought how awesome it would be to send as a Thanksgiving card! 1. I stamped this image on watercolor paper with black onyx Versafine ink. 2. Next I painted the home and surrounding background with Tim Holtz distress inks. 3. I splattered watered down distress inks in fall colors over the trees. (you can cover the house to control how much splatters you want on the image.) 4. I stamped the lower sentiment in Hero Arts tangerine ink. 5. Using the same ink, I stamped the sentiment and roughed up the edges. I mounted them on a fine border of dark brown. 6. Finally, a Nuvo drop finishes the card in the lower left corner.
A close-up. The lower sentiment is a bit hard to read. Next card I will change that but I do love the orange ink!
Supplies I used
Warm Wishes for your Home” by Unity Stamp Company
A final look at the little house on the hill. I wonder what kind of fun is happening in there on this day?!

Card #3 ~ Happy Holidays!

I love how festive I feel when I look at this card! It is super easy to make. The timeliest part is waiting for it to dry. 1. I stamped the snowflakes in Versamark ink and heat embossed them with clear embossing powder. 2. I brushed on candied apple distress ink with various amounts of water. I let it dry naturally and the feathering effect is gorgeous. 3. I stamped the same three snowflakes with red distress ink and added bits of water so the color would bleed. 4. I stamped the sentiment in Versamark ink and heat embossed it with Ranger gold embossing powder. 5. I added paint around the sentiment to make it more visible and to bring out the beautiful gold. I also added color to the center of the snowflakes to highlight the details and to create contrast.
A close -up of the gold embossed sentiment over the deep red hue. It is so warm and inviting.
“Conspiracy of Love” by Unity Stamp Company, Kit of the Month
Supplies I used
In a different light
A view of whimsical, fantastical magic the holidays bring!

Card #4 ~ Happy Easter!

A card with a bunny to celebrate Easter! 1. I stamped the bunny on heavy cardstock and colored it with markers. I used a dot technique for texture and less precise blending. 2. I fussy-cut out the bunny. (I cut off the whiskers and will restamp them later in the process.) 3. Next I blended Tim Holtz kitsch flamingo distress oxide ink in the center of a white card base. 3. I die cut a spiral and splatter shape by Tim Holtz. I glued them on the background. 4. Then I stamped the bunny image over the die to allow the whiskers to be visible. I lined up the whiskers and glued the bunny down. 5. I stamped the sentiment in black onyx Versafine ink and added a pink organza ribbon to complete the card. Oh, I can’t forget the fruit punch Stickles for that special touch of sparkle on the bunny’s heart!
Die-cuts in fun shapes adds character and interest.
A close-up of the heart that sparkles and shines!
Supplies I used
You’ve got HEART” by Tracy Malnofski for Unity Stamp Co
One more view of the bunny. Organza ribbon is timeless and goes great with the vintage bunny who has a patch underneath the heart.

Thank you for stopping here on the hop. Below is the list of Unity friends to visit along the way. Please comment for the chance to win a fun “thank you” prize! A random person will be chosen and announced at the September blog hop.

And now, the winner from the July hop is……..beccab33324!!! Congratulations to you, please message me your mailing address and I will send your prize in the mail! Thank you for commenting and hopping with us.

Crystal

Eileen

April

Amber

Rachel (me)

Dawn F.

Colleen

Kim

Gaylynn

Robyn

I hope you enjoyed the “Holidays” theme as much as I did! Until next month, stay safe and healthy. Wishing you wonderful summer days ahead and I hope you find a few minutes to craft in between the activities of the season!

Rachel

Please follow me on Instagram and TikTok @cardartbyrachel for videos of how I make these cards. The videos will be posted during the month of August.

This Fuschia is just about to bloom in my backyard.

“Create what sets your heart on fire and it will illuminate the path ahead” Karma Voce

The Friends of Unity Blog Hop ~ July 2022

Hi Unity friends! Are you enjoying your summer? Are you crafting away with blue sky days?! We finally got a blast of heat and now it seems summer has arrived. July is all about stencils. I am excited to share my “stenciled” cards and a few new products I am using for the first time.

Card #1 ~ Word stencil and distress texture paste

I love this image and there is no coloring involved. I imagine this vase being a pretty colored glass. I am using two new products to create this! They are Ranger distress opaque texture paste and embossing glaze. I can’t believe I have never tried these awesome products! Following are the steps to create this card.
1. First I applied paste to three of the words on the word stencil with a flat tool. I used enough paste to create texture, but made sure I could still see the outline of the stencil. It takes about 15 minutes to dry. 2. Next I stamped the vase with Versamark ink and heat embossed it with distressed Salty Ocean glaze. The glaze is translucent and the see-through effect is cool. 3. Then I stamped the leaves in Versamark ink and embossed in another glaze, overlapping the leaves one image at a time. 4. I stamped the “Hello” in black and added specks with a stamp and Versamark ink. 5. I punched small holes on both sides of the neck of the bottle. I threaded sage twine through the holes and tied a bow. 6. Finally I added a bit of shading under the bottle with an embossing pen.
A closeup. “Hello” is stamped in black ink. It does not have dimension but has a strong presence.
Everything in Between” Whit Kit November 2020
Supplies I used.
One more look. Embossing glaze is translucent, which means you can stamp and then emboss over it without losing the image! The “H” in hello is visible under the leaves.

Card #2 ~ Tulip stencil, distress texture paste and glitter embossing powder

A favorite image of mine, I think this is the only image I have repeated in all the hops!
1. First I die cut the card front with a stitched slimline die by Gina Marie Designs. 2. Using Mowed Lawn distress ink, I blended the ink onto the leaf stencil. I was careful to create dimension by applying more pressure at the bottom of each stem (dark) and less pressure (light) as I continued up. 3. Next I blended distress oxide ink over the tulip bloom stencil. 4. Then I spread paste over the last layer of the tulip stencil. 5. I sprinkled embossing glitter over the top and let it dry before applying heat. 6. Then I embossed the sentiment on a strip of black with Brutus Monroe Alabaster embossing powder. 7. I adhered iridescent sequins to finish the card.

Supplies I used. The tulip stencil is by Unity Stamp Company.
The paste adds so much texture and character!
Embossing glitter is heated over the dried paste. If the paste is not dry, it will bubble to create another effect.
This is truly a fun and easy card to make with no coloring!

Card #3 ~ Overlapping distress inks

I love this girl image so much. As for the card, it has quite a lot of white space but I feel it draws the viewer in. Following are the steps to create this card.
1. I taped the stencil over the card front and began by blending Peacock Feathers distress ink on the top left corner. I added more color to create a rounded background. 2. Next I stamped the girl on white cardstock. I colored her with distress inks and fussy-cut her out. 3. Then I stamped the sentiment on teal cardstock, heat embossed it in Brutus Monroe alabaster powder, and mounted it on a thin white border. 4. Finally I chose a coordinating washi tape and a bubble embellishment.
A close-up. I chose this image to fussy-cut because of it’s nice, easy defined lines.
…there is you by Phyllis Harris for Unity Stamp Co.
Supplies I used
She is contemplating and deep in thought. I am drawn to images that look up to the sky.

Card #4 ~ Stenciled background

This card was a pleasant surprise. I was playing around with the idea of creating a stenciled background and I love how it turned out! Steps to create this card are as follows.
1. I began with a beautiful lavender cardstock. I blended Peacock Feathers distress ink over the most open image of the peony stencil. 2. Continuing on with the same stencil, I blended oxide inks over the entire card to create a background. 2. Next I lightly sprayed the background with a mist of water until I had the amount of I desired! I used a heat tool from a distance to speed up the drying process. 3. I splattered watered-down white acrylic paint in various size splatters. I felt the red peony lost detail and needed something to break up the undefined lines. 4. I die cut the same shape in two sizes. the larger one in vellum and smaller one in a blush tone cardstock. 5. I stamped the sentiment in Versafine ink and glued it to the vellum. 6. Finally, I blended ground espresso distress oxide ink around the edges.
Supplies I used. The peony stencil is from Unity Stamp Co.
A close-up.
One more look. A fluid, flowy feel.

I hope you try some of these techniques. This was an awesome theme and there is no the limit for creative ideas with stencils! Please keep hopping with our Unity friends! Don’t forget to comment for a chance to win a “thank you” prize! The winner will be announced at the next month’s hop.

Crystal

Amber

Eileen

Kim

Rachel (me)

Dawn F.

Joyce

Alaine

Dawn B.

Robyn

And now to announce the winner from the June hop is………..Dawn Braddock!!! Congratulations Dawn, please message me your mailing address and I will send out your prize! Thank you for your comments, we really appreciate the support and kindness.

Stencils are versatile, easy and fun to use! These the cards for this month’s hop.

If you get a chance, please let me know which card you liked the most. I love your feedback!

Until next month, enjoy summer, the warm nights and sunny days. My favorite thing this time of year is to see the surprises popping up in my garden, it is ever-changing.

Stay safe and healthy!

Rachel

For short videos on how I made these cards, check out my instagram and tiktok @cardartbyrachel. I post videos throughout the month!

Forty Heroes rose from my garden, named in memory of the crew and passengers of flight 93 on September 11, 2001.

What if art was not measured by quantity but ricochets?

What if art was not measured?

Ocean Vuong

The Friends of Unity Blog Hop ~ June 2022

Hi and welcome! This month is all about masculine cards. I enjoyed looking in my stash for images I thought would fit this theme. I came up with a few different styles and techniques to keep things fresh and exciting! I hope you like them. One thing I learned is that I definitely need to make more masculine cards. Sometimes I get caught up in one theme and forget to create others. This got me out and broadened my paths of adventurous creations!

Card #1

I received the mountains and the tree images in a grab bag! I couldn’t wait to play with them. Following are the steps to create this card. 1. First I stamped the mountains with purple ink. 2. Next I stamped the trees using green and brown inks. 3. I watercolored the mountains with mostly browns and purples. I left one side for the light source and remnants of snow. 4. I blended blues for the sky and then browns around the entire border of the card. 5. I painted a lake but t covered it up with the sentiment embossed in black on thick vellum. I wasn’t convinced I liked the lake! 5. Finally I used photo corners and twine in natural and olive.
This close-up view shows the natural way the vellum and card front are not flat but are loosely glued in the centers so the edges are free to turn up.
Supplies I used
Unity Stamp Company stamps and embossing folder
Strength grows in the moments when you think you cannot go on but you keep going anyway. This sentiment is so powerful, I thought it paired nicely with the majestic purple mountains.

Card #2

A bit of a mixed media feel was the thought behind this card. 1, Using a kraft card front narrower than the standard card size, I blended walnut stain distress ink over a Tim Holtz clock stencil. 2. Next I stamped the car image with distress oxide ink. I was careful to leave the image in the Misti in case I needed to restamp the image. I was so glad I thought ahead because I did just that! With early espresso, I inked up the edges on the car. Without doing this, the details were barely visible. 3. Then I die cut a red and brown patterned paper with a Gina Marie Designs die. I glued the image front over the pattern paper. 5. I stamped the sentiment in Versafine ink. 6. Black Nuvo drops to finish the card.
A close-up.
Supplies I used
SMAK May 2020 (radiate joy)

Another view and this picture was taken during a different time of day than the previous ones. Lighting really changes the look.

Card #3

A sophisticated tie card for a special someone. The steps to create this card are as follows. 1. I die cut the black card front with a Gina Marie border. 2. Next I stamped the ties in Ranger gold embossing powder. 3. Then I watercolored the ties with Korembi metallic watercolor paints. 4. I stamped the sentiment with Versamark ink and embossed it with satin pearl powder on a banner die. 5. Finally I mounted the black card front on blue-grey cardstock to add an extra border and adhered it to the white card base.
A close-up displaying the quality of metallic watercolor paints! The sentiment is embossed in pearl powder.
KOTM May 2020 (beginning of anything)
Supplies I used

Black and gold give the image a rich, warm, classic yet modern feel. I absolutely love this sentiment and it could be for a father, a brother, a cousin, a friend….

Card #4

A little whimsy, a little earthy and so much to love! There truly is gnome one like him! 1. I stamped the gnome on a white card front with Versafine ink and die cut it out with a Gina Marie stitched die. 2.Next I watercolored the gnome with distress inks. For the tree I used 2-3 different green inks. This gives the image depth and interest. 3. Then I stamped the sentiment in Versafine ink. 4. Finally I mounted it on patterned paper and then again on a creme card base.
A close-up and I painted with the light source in the center of the gnome.
“Lending your Ear” by Angie Blom for Unity Stamp Co.
Supplies I used
I love this sentiment and a birthday sentiment in another font could be added too!

I had fun but it’s almost time to hop to the next person, Kim. Please don’t forget to comment for a chance to win a “thank you” prize. One person who comments will be randomly drawn and announced on next month’s hop. And now to announce the winner from May’s hop …….. Angela Hall!!! Congratulations Angela! Please message me your mailing address so I can send your prize in the mail.

Crystal

Amber

Eileen

Dawn B.

Rachel(me)

Kim

Dawn F.

Colleen

Alaine

Joyce

Robyn

Thank you again for joining us. I hope you found some new ideas for your future cardmaking endeavors. Until next month, may you take part in lots of wonderful things that fills you up with happiness, joy, peace and love. For me, this means I will be either in my craft room cardmaking or my backyard gardening!

Stay safe and healthy~

Rachel

I am also on Instagram and TikTok @cardartbyrachel with short videos of how I made these cards. I also post videos of my backyard and my sweet, beloved dogs!

A look at the four cards I made for the hop!
“Beautiful are those who be themselves”
Risbah Singh

(Delphinium blossom from my garden)

The Friends of Unity Blog Hop ~ May 2022!

Hello friends! Happy Spring! Even though the birds start chirping very early in the morning, I love the sound of it. Mornings are my favorite time of day. The theme this month reminds me of nature and all the flowers blooming and beautiful winged creatures surrounding my garden.

Card #1 ~ The expression on this sweet bird’s face is too adorable to pass up! These are the steps I took to create this card. 1. First I stamped the bird on watercolor paper. 2. Next I painted the image using distress inks. 3. Then I cut out the paper with a Gina Marie scalloped border die and adhered it to the light turquoise base. 4. I embossed the sentiment with winter white powder on brown cardstock. 5. Finally I glued iridescent sequins to finish the card!
A close-up
Beginning Today” by Tierra Jackson for Unity Stamp Co
Supplies I used
Another view!
Card #2 ~ I have only made a few shaker cards ever. I love how this turned out! Following are the steps to create this card. 1. I stamped the image on white cardstock and colored the musical birds with copic markers. 2. I die cut a wonky stitched patterned around the image. 3. Next I filled a plastic sleeve with sequins and cut it down to size, taping the open side closed. 4. Then I die cut a yellow textured cardfront with a larger oval wonky stitched die. 5. I repeated step 4 with a scrap piece of cardstock to add more depth and space for the sequins to move. 6. Using double sided tape, I adhered the card front. 7. Burlap string and a sentiment framed in red with roughed up edges, finishes the card.
Peek-a-boo, I see you! The sequins are almost as big as the chicks!
“Note this Birdie” by Tierra Jackson for Unity
Supplies I used
A shaker card adds a bit of fun and motion for the recipient!
Card #3 ~ An owl graduation! Here are the steps to create this card. 1. I stamped the owl with Gina K. Amalgam ink and colored it with Copic markers. 2. Next I dry embossed a pattern on cream cardstock and die cut it with a curved edge. 3. Then I blended ink on the curved edge for depth and interest. 5. I stamped two sentiments and framed them in navy and white cardstock. 6. Charcoal grey string to finish the card.
A close-up!
“Owl Graduate” by Lisa Arana for Unity Stamp Co
Supplies I used
Whoo is ready to celebrate?!
Card #4 ~ I absolutely love this butterfly! It is so beautiful with flowers on one side and wings on the other. Following are the steps to create this card. 1. I stamped the image with Versamark ink. This created a watermark look. 2. Next I colored the butterfly with Prismacolor pencils. I used greens, teals, blues and purples. A colorless blender is a must have to blend layers of color over one another. 3. Then I stamped the sentiment and cut it out with a pretty die. 4. I blended Unicorn ink over the edges of the sentiment and the card for interest and also to soften the appearance. 6. Clear, iridescent sequins to finish the card!
A close-up
“Falling into Place” by Sandhya Iyer for Unity
Supplies I used
Colored pencils on a darker cardstock have a beautiful effect! White really shows up and adds so much depth.

Thank you for hopping with the Friends of Unity! There is alot more feathered fun ahead. Don’t forget to comment for your chance to win a “thank you” prize. I will randomly draw one person’s name and announce the winner on next month’s blog!

Crystal

Amber

Eileen

Dawn F.

Rachel(me)

April

Bobbie Sue

Colleen

Kim

Joyce

Dawn B.

Robyn

And now the winner for last month’s hop is…….Wilma DeGraffenreid! Congratulations Wilma! Please message me your mailing address and I will send your prize in the mail. Thank you so much for commenting!

The four cards I created for the month of May! Which one is your favorite?

I had a wonderful time choosing images with wings! I hope you get a chance to create a winged card too! I think the reason I’m fascinated with birds is that they can fly and see a whole different perspective than from where I stand. What an awesome power to soar and dive in the open sky! Until June, I hope you stay safe and healthy as we enjoy Spring showers and May flowers!

Rachel

Please visit me on Instagram and TikTok @cardartbyrachel for posts and short videos of how I made these cards and many more.

“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer –

it sings because it has a song.”

– Chinese proverb