Summer awaits! – June 2021 Friends of Unity Hop is here

The cue this month is Masculine. How awesome it was going through my treasure trove of stamps and picking out the ones that fit this theme. Loving the images, I hope you do too!

This man is holding a heart for someone special! I chose the wood plank background and stamped it with gray on gray cardstock. I fussy-cut the image and loosely watercolored it with distress ink. I chose a sentiment to go with the image, I love the bold font. And to add a bit of interest and texture, I die cut the top right corner, blending inks underneath with gray, blueprint sketch and black soot. I wonder who will receive this heart?!
Another angle
Background stamp by Brutus Monroe and Unity Stamp Company, man image from a KOTM, sentiment from another kit
Supplies I used
Just because
Fishing happens to be a favorite around here… and that’s an understatement! When I saw this image, it immediately went on my wish list. I love the point of view, I can imagine the person sitting right at the edge of the page holding the pole. I stamped the image on a light watercolor paper. I used a Gina Marie die cut for added interest. The entire scene is watercolored with shades of blue and aqua. The sentiment and hooks are popped up… I love the hooks shaped in a heart and why not a knot adhered to the heart?! Finally I framed it onto cream and then a black card base. I left a thin edge to mimic the black lines in the card. Burlap twine, my favorite, to wrap around the top.
Another angle for the angler!
Supplies I used and “Wanna Hook Up” by Tierra Jackson for Unity Stamp Company
One more view
For many, an ice cold beer sounds nice in the summer. For me, a beer takes me down memory lane to “keggers” out in the country during the cold, snowy winter months! I stamped the mug on a separate piece of paper and colored it with Copic markers and fussy-cut it out. To create the background, I stenciled in dots using Tim Holtz distress oxide inks. A bit of blending and spritzing around the edges frames the beer mug. Next I used a stamp to create the top left interest. This could be hand drawn in too! Then to make the foam, I laid the same stencil over cardstock and pressed Versamark ink over it. I heat embossed with puffy embossing powder, repeating this four times. Foam spilling over the side was the look I was trying to achieve! Finally, I stamped the sentiment with Brutus Monroe alabaster embossing powder.
Another angle like looking through beer goggles!
Supplies I used
Beer is for everyone, right?!
Light and airy…. when I think of sailing, I feel calm and relaxed. I chose this sailboat because I love the lines in this image. I heat embossed it with Brutus Monroe alabaster embossing powder on lightweight watercolor paper. Next I watered down distress inks and while I was painting, I tried to keep the colors as light as possible. Then I die cut the window by Gina Marie and added bleached twine. Finally I stamped the sentiment in charcoal and added a clear bubble embellishment for the finish.
Another angle with the waves in motion
Supplies I used
“Set Sail” by Graciellie Designs for Unity Stamp Company
Another look
All four cards for the June hop grouped in one! Just for fun, which is your favorite?!

I hope you are enjoying our June 2021-Friends of Unity Blog Hop. Please visit the next friend on the list. There are lots of great, amazing cards at each stop!






Dawn B.

Bobbie Sue

Rachel (me)


The winner for the May hop is Subhashini S… Congratulations to you! Please message me your mailing address and I will send you your prize.

It was a pleasure to share my cards with you this month. I hope you find fresh new ideas that spark creativity. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Don’t forget to comment. One person will be randomly picked to receive a prize. It will be announced at the next hop.

June is a beautiful month full of sunshine and warmth. May you spend lots of time outdoors and crafting. Stay safe and healthy, see you next time!


You can find me on Instagram and Tik Tok @cardartbyrachel. I post on these platforms often. Hope you get a chance to take a look at these sites.

“The artist sees what others only catch a glimpse of.” Leonardo Da Vinci


24 thoughts on “Summer awaits! – June 2021 Friends of Unity Hop is here

  1. Wow! So many wonderful cards, Rachel! I can’t possibly pick a fave. I do love the die cut in the first card… really adds a great touch to the whole design and the texture in your beer card is perfect! Love them all!


  2. Fabulous bunch of
    cards. I love the
    first one! Great
    design with the
    die cut corner.
    Carla from Arizona


  3. All 4 of your cards are fantastic! The first one (Sending Love) is my favorite… I love the background and the die you used with it.


  4. The sailboat card is so beautiful!! It looks like a painting. And the beer card is awesome! I love the texture of the foam. All of your cards are gorgeous & fabulously designed as always. ❤


  5. Ohhhh, that are all beauties in their own way. 1st, the guy one… I am loving the elegant grunge look. Just learning watercolors and love love love the look of the colors and die cut corner ❤. Then the fishing. I missed they were fishing hooks awwwwwe! Love that! That would be cute just by itself, but the pole has such a gorgeous peacefulness, sooooo beautiful. So Cheers for summer as we follow our dreams. Thanks!


  6. Oh my goodness!! What a great collection of cards you made! Your watercoloring is simply beautiful! I want them all!


  7. Wow! You were really creative with all of these cards. I couldn’t decide on one favorite, but I did especially love the man with the heart and the fishing one, as they both remind me of my own dad, who I truly miss.


  8. All your cards are amazing! I love the background, coloring, and design of your first card. The colors and design of your second card. OH and the texture on your beer mug card is awesome! And the softness and design of your last card is lovely. Wonderful cards. Thanks for the inspiration!


  9. I love both cards using the set sail stamp set and the want to hook up Stamp Set both for men. I don’t have either of them in my stash and now we’ll add them to my ever-growing wishlist LOL thank you for inspiring always.


  10. Love your cards Rachael. Sometimes it is hard to get ideas for them. Thanks for showing us how you do it. 🥰🥰🥰🥰


  11. All four cards are fabulous! But I think the first one is my absolute favorite of them. I love the interest added by die cutting part of that background – such a cool look!


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