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

The Friends of Unity Blog Hop! ~ April 2022

Hi and a Spring-filled welcome to you! Pattern paper is the theme for April. I was excited to rummage through my collection and get inspired. I have to say, cardmaking with pattern paper creates a wonderful starting point. I pick out a pattern and then paint to match. Everything seems to fall into place!

Card #1 ~ A sweet hello

Pink lemonade just makes me happy! These are the steps I took to create this card. 1. I picked out two coordinating pieces of pattern paper and cut out with a Gina Marie designs die. 2. Next I stamped the image with Versafine ink on watercolor paper and painted it with distress inks. (see picture below for colors) 3. Then I stamped the image again on the top pattern paper. 4. I fussy-cut the watercolored image. I cut off the bow. (the bow on the pattern paper will show when glued onto the paper). 5. I stamped the tag on watercolor paper, painted the heart and popped it up. 6. To finish the card, I used an open dot background stamp on the green paper for bubbles.
I was so excited when I found an old background bubbles stamp to perfectly match the bubbles in the jar!
Happiness Is Homemade” by Graciellie Design for Unity Stamp Company
Supplies I used
So many embellishments can be added to this card. Stickles, sequins, and even crystal lacquer over the jar are a few fun ideas.

Card #2 ~ A brighter day

This card is a little busy but I love the soft color! To create this card, the steps are as follows. 1. I die cut the rose paper with a scalloped edge die by Gina Marie Designs. 2. I stamped the image on heavy cardstock and colored her with Spun Sugar distress ink. I also watercolored her hair, skin and lips. 3. I fussy cut her out, then glued her to the pattern paper. 4. I stamped the sentiment and mounted it on black, leaving a fine border. 5. To finish the card, I tied pink organza ribbon with burlap twine in a sizeable bow.
This girl’s dress reminds me of the organza ribbon I used to embellish the card.
“Heart Full” by Unity Stamp Company
Supplies I used
This card might be a little busy with the pattern I picked out. To offset the business, I chose little color.

Card #3 ~ Dropping in

Another image that makes me smile! That’s pretty good the bunny only takes one arm to hold the umbrella and the other for flowers! Here is how I created this card. 1. First I chose pattern paper with lots variation. I cut a piece to cover the back leaving a fine border. 2. Then I cut 2 strips, one wider for a border and one slightly narrower. (I made sure there was contrast). 3. I die cut a fancy stitched circle out of paper I had previously blended Victorian Velvet distress oxide ink on. 4. I stamped the image and painted the bunny with matching colors. 5. Using a scrap of the paper, I stamped the sentiment and cut it out with tails on each side. 6. Finally, a brad beside the sentiment and Stickles on the flowers for sparkle.
Glitter glue on the flowers and a pewter brad on the sentiment.
“Fall Breeze Bright Leaves” by Lisa Glanz for Unity Stamp Company
Supplies I used
This card is a sweet Happy Easter card! It can also be used for many other occasions too.

Card #4 ~ Berry nice

I don’t know why, but I love strawberries! I probably could have spent more time on crisper edges of this image but I am satisfied how it turned out! Here are the steps to create this card. 1. First I stamped the strawberries on watercolor paper with Sahara Sand ink by Stampin’ Up. *Make sure you can line the image back up in the Misti. 2. Next I colored the image using the no-line coloring technique. 3. Reposition the image in the Misti. Then I inked the leaves and berries with darker green and red mini ink pads directly on the stamp for fine detailing. 4. I die cut the strawberries with a fun circular shape. 5. I picked out a red plaid and fun floral paper for the background and border. 6. I glued the image on the paper. 7. I stamped the sentiments in red and cut them down to size adding brads on opposing sides. 8. I laid washi tape on cardstock and cut it out. I glued it to the top for grounding and contrast. 9. I tied olive and burlap twine with a metal swirl accent to finish the card.
Supplies I used
“The Berry Sweetest” by Joselyn Nielson for Unity Stamp Company
Two sentiments that came in the kit. I decided to use both of them! Brads make another appearance in an oil rubbed bronze look.
Distress the edges of the strawberries image to give a nice vintage look.

I hope you have enjoyed the hop so far. Please let me know your thoughts. I would love to hear which card is your favorite. Also I will randomly pick one person to win a thank you prize for commenting! Below are the friends to continue on the hop.

Crystal

Kim

Rachel (me)

Dawn B.

April

Alaine

Amber

Eileen

Bobbie Sue

Joyce

Robyn

Dawn F.

And now to announce the winner of the March hop ……….Kathy Hering!

Congratulations Kathy! Please message me your mailing address and I will send your prize. Thank you so much for your comment.

A last look of the four cards I made for the April hop.

Have a wonderful April with blue skies and sunshine. May you find lots of time to craft away with pattern paper. And don’t forget, if you don’t have pattern paper, you can always create your own with background stamps, watercolor paper and paint, or repeating stamped images.

Rachel

You can find me on Tiktok and Instagram @cardartbyrachel for short process videos of how I make my cards.

“Hope is not pretending that troubles don’t exist. It is the hope that they won’t last forever. That hurts will be healed and difficulties overcome. That we will be led out of the darkness and into the sunshine.”

Day 5 ~ Growing in Unity!

you are not alone… The people of Ukraine… my inspiration for this week. Sunflowers, blue and yellow, hope and love. My card for today is the flower of Ukraine and the colors of their flag.

To create this card I stamped the sunflower with Ink on 3, fadeout ink on watercolor paper. This ink is used for no-line water coloring. Next I painted the sunflower. Beginning with the center, I made circles of ground espresso, walnut stain, tea dye, rusty hinge and spiced marmalade. I used mustard seed for the petals. I dotted ground espresso on the center for detail. Then I stamped the same image on a white card base in three areas for the background. I used Versamark ink. A light grey was the result because my ink pad was stained from previous use. Finally, I stamped the sentiment with Hero Arts blue Hawaii ink on a thin strip. I adhered an extra strip to make it stronger and raised.
A few close-ups.The sunflower has a muted effect. A little whimsy, contemporary feel. A bright pop of blue for the sentiment stands out.
I often place sentiments off-center. I feel it makes a more interesting card design. It also provides balance on this card with the two background stamps on the left, and only one on the right.
August 2018 SMAK kit by Unity Stamp Company
Supplies I used
Another look. Stickles glitter glue, sequins, drops, burlap string are a few embellishments that could be added. There are always so many possibilities!

Thank you for spending this week with me. I have enjoyed it! I hope you saw a few techniques and designs you might like to try. I appreciate all of your comments and let me know if you have any questions about how I make my cards. I love talking about stamping and cardmaking.

A million thanks to Unity Stamp Company for giving me the opportunity to share my cards this week. You are a fantastic company with an endless amount of amazing images to create so many wonderful projects. I love the community of friends here that support and inspire!

As I go about my day, I will keep the people of Ukraine in my heart. World peace is what we need and I believe it can happen.

Until next time, take care, stay safe and healthy.

Rachel

Visit me on Instagram and TikTok for fun videos @cardartbyrachel

These are a few more cards I made in support of the people of Ukraine. I ran out of days so I thought I would include them anyway!

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” van Gogh

Day 4 ~Growing in Unity!

Today I am sharing a card depicting a person who I imagine living in a place of freedom. I am reminded every day how grateful I am to be this person. My heart is with the people of Ukraine.

To create this card I stamped the image on white cardstock. Next I ink blended Squeezed Lemonade oxide ink around the girl to become the background. I painted the dress using Prize Ribbon and Blueprint sketch distress inks. And a combination of reds and browns for her hair. Then I stamped the sentiment in black Versafine Ink. I die cut a scalloped frame by Gina Marie designs and glued it to the front. Finally I added a tiny jewel embellishment next to the sentiment for balance and a little extra something!
Loose watercoloring, yet bold and strong.
It is fun to add splotches of color to dream up any pattern on her clothing. I gave the dress a tie-dye appearance!
A sentiment to express care and thoughts to those in need.
What Will Be… Will Be” by Angie Blom for Unity Stamp Company
Supplies I used
A background can be filled in right up to the image, or left with empty space around like this card. Both styles are fantastic and each give a different distinct look.

Thank you for stopping by. I love to hear your thoughts and comments.

That which brings you joy, may your day be filled with an abundance of it.

Rachel

For short videos of cardmaking, please follow me on Instagram and TikTok @cardartbyrachel

A beautiful view I captured outside my window this week.

Day 3 ~ Growing in Unity!

With each new day, I wake up hoping for peace. Today I share another card with thoughts of the people in Ukraine and all over the world during these times of social unrest and atrocities. Sending love, peace, strength and hope….

To create this card, I began by stamping the mixed-media style stamp with grey distress ink on the right side of the panel. Next I stamped the large floral image with Versafine ink. I embossed it with clear powder. Using Prize ribbon, I water colored the background adding blotches of color. Next I painted the blossoms with Mustard seed. Then I stamped the sentiment in Versafine ink and the paint splatter image in three areas for balance and grounding. Finally, I used Stickles glitter glue to add that extra special touch!
To add depth to this card, I repeatedly added dark areas in specific areas under the blossoms. I also did the same with the petals, layers of yellow closest to the center.
LIfe is better with friends. I am actually getting together with friends today for coffee. It’s been two years of little social interaction and I want to connect with friends again. It is so good for the soul and helps keep everything in perspective!
Supplies I used. Clear embossing powder highlights the image and also permanently sets the color. If you choose to water-color the background, it will not run.
“better with friends” by Jolande van Oosterhout and Marleen van Meerendonk for Unity Stamp Company

Thank you visiting, I appreciate all of your comments. I hope you get a chance to craft and create today. Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow!

Rachel

I am also on Instagram and TikTok @cardartbyrachel. I post short process videos on these sites for fun and a little extra information on how I make my cards.

“We uplift the world through kindness, through creativity, through Light, through Love.

Laura Jaworski

Day 2 ~ Growing in Unity!

Hello! Today I am sharing a soft and delicate card. An elegant wreath with fine lines and tiny blossoms. Blue and yellow have often been a favorite combination of mine. Not only do these colors remind me of van Gogh, but now the country of Ukraine. When I look at this beautiful image, it is calming and brings some sort of comfort.

To create this card I stamped the image in Stampin’ Up Sahara Sand ink. Next I die cut the image with a Gina Marie stitched border. Then I colored the leaves and blossoms with Copic markers. I wrapped embroidery thread around the front panel along with a sheer organza bow. Finally I added another slightly larger cardstock for a thin border before adhering it to the cream card base.
I didn’t add any embellishments other than the bow, but glitter on the flowers would be an extra touch. Sequins or paint splatters would be awesome too!
A close-up view of the bow. For some reason I have noticed I don’t often center things. I like to set things askew for interest.
Supplies I used
Woodland Wreath by Unity Stamp Co

The font is so fancy and free flowing. I love how it goes perfectly with the image.

Thank you for stopping by! I appreciate it so much. I hope you find a bit of time to create and fill your day with everything that brings you joy.

See you tomorrow!

Rachel

I am also on Instagram and TikTok @cardartbyrachel with short process videos of how I make my cards.

may we allow peace to infiltrate our lives. may we hold on tight to hope. and, take on faith as our armor for everyday living. Lindsey Eryn

Day 1~Growing In Unity!

Hi my name is Rachel! I’m a mom of three young adults and two dogs. I have enjoyed stamping for over 20 years. While looking at card ideas on Pinterest, I discovered Unity Stamp Company. Their unique, wide variety of images are refreshing and beautiful! The community of friends built around Unity is inspiring and supportive. Cardmaking is my escape as I enjoy creating daily. I find this craft relaxing and exhilarating. Thank you for letting me share my cards with you this week!

My heart is heavy for the people of Ukraine. I am choosing this week to share cards that express my support for them. My thoughts of safety, comfort and peace for these people as they go through each day of unimaginable bravery and strength.

To create this card, I die cut a fancy square shape from watercolor paper. Next I stamped the image again on patterned paper and fussy cut out the dress. Then I water-colored the image with distress inks and blended a bit of color around the edges using yellow on the top left for the light source to go with the sentiment. I die cut a scalloped rectangle on patterned paper. I stamped the sentiment on another die cut and blended coordinating inks around the edges in blues and yellows. Finally I added burlap string on the lower half of the card before adhering it to the pale blue card base.
This image is a favorite as the wind in her hair shows movement and she is looking up toward the sky with love and hope.
Supplies I used. Subtle colors of blue and yellow.
…sun upon your face by Phyllis Harris for Unity Stamp Company.
This sentiment seems fitting during a time when it is hard to find the right words.

Have a wonderful day and thank you for visiting. Hope to see you tomorrow!

Rachel

Please visit me on Instagram and TikTok for short fun cardmaking, gardening and videos of my two sweet dogs @cardartbyrachel

The day the power of love overrules the love of power, the world will know peace. Mahatma Ghandi

The Friends of Unity Blog Hop ~ March 2022

Hi and welcome! I am excited to share my cards with you this month. I was challenged with this theme of kraft, black and white. Limited to a “colorless” card made me want to use color! I had to think about technique and design. I love black and white because of the sharp contrast, but adding kraft threw me a bit of a curve ball…. and the funny part is that I love kraft too!

Card #1 ~ Good Times

This card reminds me of a dance party where these two are getting to know each other. I thought it might be fun to use the 2nd generation technique where an image is inked once and stamped repeatedly without reinking.
To create this card I stamped the man and woman silhouette images with Hero Hues unicorn kraft ink. Next the images can be stamped immediately on the base without reinking. (For this card, I actually reinked the images and stamped on a separate scrap once to throw out the darkest. I did this because I wanted to place the original images exactly where I wanted them and inadvertently cleaned off the ink to do this.) Then I stamped the sentiment, cut it into two, and added a very thin border of kraft. I glued them at an angle to create a sense of movement. Finally I added iridescent sequins.
A thin accent of kraft bordering the sentiment.
“Your My Happy” Layers of Life by Unity Stamp Company
The second man is tilted forward a bit. This was unplanned and I was going to start over but decided it adds interest and breaks up the repeated lines!

Card #2 ~ A Beautiful Birthday

This card is traditional. A beautiful floral image does not need a whole lot. I love that it is a corner image and so large as if it is blooming in front of our eyes!
To create this card I stamped the floral image on white cardstock. Next I framed it on black paper. Then I adhered it to the kraft card base. I embossed the sentiment in white on black and popped it up with dimensionals. Finally I tied a bow with two lengths of burlap string and added a clear jewel embellishment.

A close-up. I love the detail of this floral image.
“Wildflower” Corner by Unity Stamp Company
Black and white cards are sharp and bold with the contrast. Kraft adds a touch of an organic natural element.

Card #3 ~ Those were the days!

This card is inspired by vintage photographs. I took a summer scene and turned it into a cloudy evening for something different, unique and interesting!
To create this card I stamped the image in Versamark Ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. Next I ink blended Hero Hues unicorn kraft ink over the top. Then I die cut the image to give it a torn look and framed it up with white and kraft. Finally I used one layer of burlap string and placed the bow on the lower portion of the card for balance. I also went over the figures with a black marker to make the images stand out.
“Good Day Sun Shine” by Authentique Paper for Unity Stamp Company
A look at the children close up. It was fun experimenting with how much white ink to leave or to wipe away.
A mix of past and present. I love this sentiment with two fonts, I only used half because the other part reads “sun shine” and I didn’t feel this card displayed that kind of a day. We can leave that up to the viewer to decide!

Card #4 ~ Typewritten love and friendship

This typewriter is amazing and has so many possibilities. I love the size and the detailed lines.
To create this card I stamped the image with Versafine ink on kraft. Next I stamped the sentiment in the middle of the card with Versamark ink. Then I sprinkled white embossing powder over the sentiment and let it go over onto the image. Versafine ink can be used for embossing, I often forget! I might have forgotten on this card….happy accident! Then I ink blended black soot around the edge of the card and painted a shadow for the typewriter. Finally I stamped the sentiment at the top in black and saved the last word for the lower right corner. I also added a clear bubble embellishment to finish the card.
“Our Blooming Story” by Angie Blom for Unity Stamp Company
This sentiment might be difficult to read. I love the effect! I separated the sentiment and stamped at top and bottom in black.
This image is really large and I just love the flowers popping out of the top of the vintage typewriter!
Supplies I used. I put them all together in one frame because the items I used to create overlapped and repeated for most of the cards.
My cards for this month. Kraft, Black and White.

I hope you found some new and fun ideas to try out with this color scheme. Please comment below and hop along with our Friends of Unity! I will choose one person to receive a thank you prize for joining us! The winner will be announced at next month’s hop.

Crystal

Eileen

Rachel (me)

April

Colleen

Dawn F.

Amber

Kim

Joyce

Dawn B.

Alaine

Robyn

And now to announce the winner for February, Amanda Rhodes! Congratulations Amanda! Please message me your mailing address and I will get your prize in the mail! Thank you so much for participating, we appreciate you!

As this hop comes to a close, our hearts are heavy with the atrocities taking place in Ukraine. There are no words to express the sadness I am feeling. This card is to show I stand with Ukraine. Please stay strong, I hope for peace…

Thanks for hopping! See you next month. Keep creating beautiful pieces of art.

Rachel

Please check out my short videos on Instagram and TikTok @cardartbyrachel.

“Be brave. Be strong. Be real. Be caring. Be unique. Be creative. Be kind, because life is too short to be anything but this.” Unknown

The Friends of Unity Blog Hop • February 2022!

Welcome! This month’s cue is a sketch. I love this exercise because it gives me an awesome starting point whether I am wrapped up in everyday business, feeling less motivated or maybe having a bit of a “creative block”. This is so helpful to get a jump start on cardmaking! I hope you get a chance to try this sketch out.

Card #1- A surprise special effect that’s out of this world!

Glow-in-the-dark embossing powder!!! What will they come up with next?! I was over the moon when I got this product and it’s my first time using it.
These are the steps to create this card. 1. I masked the balloon with tape. 2. Next I stamped the image with Versafine black ink on watercolor paper. I heat embossed it with clear powder. This set the image. 3. Then I stamped and embossed the balloon with Lawn Fawn Glow in the dark powder! I can’t say enough about how much fun this effect is! 4. With metallic paints, I colored the space alien and then regular green for the cute monster. Metallic paints really add a space-like touch! 5. Then I loosely blended distress oxide inks for the sky and planet. 6. I die cut the scene with a Gina Marie die. 7. I added a white strip of card stock with coordinating washi tape 8. Finally I stamped the sentiment right on the tape. A little crooked, I decided to keep it and add white dots as if it was supposed to be that way! (tip-the ink smeared a bit so next time I will try stazon ink and heat set it).
Actually the final step is holding the balloon up to a light. Then take it to a dark room to see the glow! Awesome!
Supplies I used
“Other Worldly Greetings” by Unity Stamp Company
Metallic watercolor on the alien’s suit! It really looks awesome in person and not so messy. :) Also I used vellum to extend the sentiment strip so that you could see the image underneath it.
Glow in the dark powder in action! This is a game changer for sure.
I stamped the top sentiment directly on the washi tape. It isn’t straight but I liked it and added white dots to take on a wavy look. Also I would use Stazon ink next time so it doesn’t smudge.

Card #2 – An elegant thinking of you

I love this floral and the hardest part was deciding what color my irises were going to be. I decided on my favorite color blue!
1. I die cut the watercolor paper with a beautiful Gina Marie Die. 2. Next I stamped the image with Versafine ink and painted it with blueprint sketch distress inks. 3. Then I used a larger matching die and using one side of it, I cut a strip for the top of the card. 4. I stamped the sentiment on a piece of white paper, I watercolored prize ribbon over it and also mounted it on white. 5. Finally I tied ivory burlap string on the strip of paper and blended it with the same blue ink. I glued down just the top portion to give it a valance-like feel!

This reminds me of an eyelet valance!
Supplies I used
“Care and Hope Iris” by Sandya Iyer for Unity Stamp Company

A card to send to almost anyone anytime when they need that little pick-me-up!

Card #3 – A sentimental Valentine’s Day card

A vintage kind of feel. I used two sets to make this card. 1. I tore the cardstock in a rectangular shape and stamped the envelope image on it. 2.
Next I ink blended the edges with distress ink. 3. I stamped the quill pen in Versafine ink and embossed it with sparkly black glitter! 4. I die cut out an area at the top for interest and added red paper underneath. This step may have been skipped as it is hard to see. 5. Then I heat embossed the “your story” sentiment in maroon. 6. Using vellum I stamped the “Love” sentiment and heat embossed it with gold. Three layers for thickness, I wrapped it around the edges and taped it to the back. 7. I added washi tape for interest and also to keep the vellum in place. 8. A cut out heart from a scrap of silver glitter foam added a sparkling final accent.
The feather pen embossed with sparkly black glitter powder.
Gold embossed love sentiment on vellum and a silver glitter heart cut from foam.
“All the Stories” and a layers of life kit by Unity Stamp Company
Supplies I used
A take on Valentine’s day or great for any lovely occasion!

Card #4 – A worldy illusion

Maybe this is a window into the world?! A color palette with a very earthy natural feel.
1. First I taped the stencil on a white card base and blended oxide ink over the sphere. I used shabby shutters oxide ink on the remaining areas. This stencil is amazing and offers a 3D illusion. 2. Next I stamped the world image in vintage photo and embossed it with clear powder. 3. I die cut a woodgrain frame by Hero Arts. It was a scrap with splattered white acrylic paint on it. 4. With gray washi tape, I covered a strip of white card stock and tied an olive organza ribbon on to soften the card. 5. Finally I stamped the sentiment and die cut a curvy edge. I blended coordinating colors around the edges.
I clear embossed the world to set the image and bring texture so it doesn’t disappear behind the frame.
Supplies I used
“Love brings you home” by Erin Schreiner for Unity Stamp Company
I love the sphere stencil! It is an optical illusion (Op Art) of a sphere with a strong 3D quality. You can reach out and grab it!

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Until March brings us back together, may you stay safe and healthy while creating tons of amazing and beautiful cards. I am so very hopeful for all that comes with thoughts of spring and the beautiful blue skies that surround.

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Happy crafting my friends!

Rachel