The Friends of Unity Blog Hop January 2022 ~ Happy New Year!

CAS is Clean and Simple

Hello and Happy New Year! I hope you bid a fine farewell to 2021 as we look straight ahead to 2022. The cue this month is CAS which stands for “clean and simple.” The best part about this cue, less is more. Most cards in this category I have found to be quick and easy to complete. A few guidelines when making my cards I followed were…leave a large amount of blank space, few layers, and little to no embellishments. Believe you me, it was not easy. I may just have to sneak a few burlap string and glitter on some of these cards when no one is looking!

Card #1

When I met my husband years ago, a new celebration important to his family became part of our tradition. Looking ahead to the Lunar New Year, I thought immediately of this stamp I won from Unity a few years back!
1. I stamped the image on heavy white card stock with Versafine ink. To create dimension, I unevenly applied ink to the stamp.(darker on the sides of each lantern) 2. Next I die cut the image at an angle on a square dotted die. 3. Then I cut a square to create a fine red border. 4. I stamped the sentiment on a strip of black cardstock and heat embossed it with Ranger gold embossing powder. 5. Finally I glued it all together to complete the card.
Supplies I used
Gold embossing powder on black

Card #1 (b)

This card is less bright and dramatic, but I love the rich gold image and red ink on grey.
1. I heat embossed the image with Ranger gold embossing powder. 2. Next I die cut it out with a Gina Marie dotted rectangular die. 3. I glued the die on the center of the card in landscape orientation. 4. Finally I stamped the sentiment in red ink.

Card #1 (c)

This card is mostly white with accents of black, gold and red.
1. I stamped the image directly on the cardbase making sure the ends of the image go off the page. 2. Next I stamped the sentiment in Versamark ink and heat embossed it with Stampstruck gold sparkly embossing powder. 3. I die cut the sentiment with the square dotted die and cut a fine layer border of red to go under it. 4. Finally I adhered the pieces together and that was it!

Card #2

I love this tiny image with a huge message! Colored pencils on kraft are pure magic. The colors seem to glow and illuminate on contact.
1. I die cut the stitched circle border on kraft. 2. Next I lightly penciled in where the circle will be placed on the card base. 3. Then I stamped the image with Versafine Ink and colored it with Berol Prismacolor pencils. Erase the pencil marking. 4. Finally I stamped the sentiment on the front and adhered it to the base.
Prismacolor pencils glow on kraft cardstock
“Create the Future” by Lisa Arana for Unity Stamp Company
This image is one that is so sweet and the sentiment is so inspiringl
Supplies I used. The little bear is an eraser!

Card #3

This card was mostly an experiment. I almost didn’t share it because I am unsure if I like it! I hope you find something about it appealing. I can picture many other color combinations.
1. First I attached the image to my Misti platform. Using four colors, I inked various parts of the image and repeatedly stamped the image. 2. Next I stamped the sentiment three times with different inks and the third I embossed with silver powder allowing the powder to also adhere to part of the heart image. 3. I added a splatter stamp on the top left and bottom of the image. 4. Finally I mounted the image on a white card base.
Silver embossing powder for the sentiment
Supplies I used

Card #4

I love this image! When I asked my daughter for her opinion about the card she said “it took me a second to tell what the picture is.” Maybe that’s ok. It encourages the viewer to take a moment longer to see it! Embossed in white this reminds me of Mark Tobey, an artist noted for his “white writing” style.
1. I stamped the image with Versafine ink and heat embossed it with Brutus Monroe alabaster powder. 2. Next I painted it with distress ink. I painted over it many times to keep the dark color on the edges. This is to define the lines and add contrast. 3. Then I stamped the sentiment with Stampin’ Up basic gray ink. 4. Finally I mounted it on a white card base.
White embossing powder and a charcoal grey sentiment.
Supplies I used

Card #5

A burst of bright yellow to say I forgot and hoping to make up for the shortcoming! This was fun to make. I love how bold the white lightbulb is on the card.
1. I stamped the lightbulb on white cardstock with Versafine Ink. 2. Next I fussy-cut it out and sponged a bit of yellow ink on the filament of the bulb. 3. Then I stenciled the sun rays in with the same yellow ink. It had a bit of orange still left on the sponge from past blending! 4. After that, I masked off part of the sentiment, arranged it on the Misti and stamped it down. I repeated this step with the lower half of the sentiment. 5. Finally I adhered the lightbulb to the card!
“Lightbulb Moment” by Lisa Arana for Unity Stamp Company
Supplies I used
A close-up. I used one sentiment and stamped it in two separate areas by taping off one line at a time.
I love a card base in yellow. It just screams energy and excitement!

Here is the list of the Friends of Unity blog links. Just click on the next person and it will take you right to their blog.



Dawn B.

Dawn F.



Bobbie Sue






Thank you so much for hopping with us! Please don’t forget to leave a comment. I will draw a random person from the comments to receive a “thank you” prize. The winner will be announced on next month’s post.

Now to announce the winner from December….Jenni Shamblin! Congratulations Jenni, please message me your mailing address!

I so enjoyed the clean and simple cue. It’s refreshing getting back to basics and nice when wanting to make multiple cards. Also a true time saver with most of these cards too. Please let me know your thoughts and which one is your favorite. It would be fun to hear your least favorite too!

Please visit me on Instagram and TikTok @cardartbyrachel for short, fun process videos.

More clean and simple cards

One stamp used for 3 different cards

Have a wonderful start to the new year. May you be safe and healthy as we navigate through these winter months!



22 thoughts on “The Friends of Unity Blog Hop January 2022 ~ Happy New Year!

  1. I love all of these!! i love a great C&S card! I think #3 the butterfly is my favorite!! Although the yellow light bulb and the first lantern card are a close second/third! I’m super surprised to see my name down here at the bottom! šŸ™‚ Thanks so much!!


  2. I just LOVE all of these cards – hard to pick a favorite, although I will tell you that little bird on a hill is now in my shopping cart – bonus that it’s on sale, too! I would love to know what kit Card#3 is from. ā¤


  3. This Michigan kid knows the love you send behind the snow safely wish.. you too! Hey, I saw the books right away (and I am not an avid reader), love that result, it’s really stunning and I must try it. Gosh the bird and bulb are really fun. Need a card for someone having surgery MONDAY.. and struggling to find an image… light bulb moment for sure and will use the bulb idea stat!! Holy moly such great inspiration! Thanks.


  4. Wow, lots of great ideas here and you did such a great job on the CAS theme. I know what you mean about adding ‘something’ at a later date … I do that after entering it in a challenge – usually because that little extra something it needed just wouldn’t come to me at the time of the challenge! lol Being a bird nerd, that card is my favorite!!


  5. Clean and simple seems to be your talent and I love them all! My favorite ones though, are the new year designs with the lanterns. The string of lanterns just call for a CAS card!


  6. I loved every one of your gorgeous creations. I honestly have never colored on craft paper with my pencils. You have INKspired me to give it a try! I really loved how vibrant the color was. And those lanterns! What a perfect way to showcase that stamp! Beautiful cards!


  7. Wow, Rachel, you always amaze me with all the cards you create for our hops!! The lantern cards and the lightbulb card are amazing! This Kraft loving gal adores your birdie card… SO cute! The butterfly card is so pretty… but I think the happy place book card is my absolute favorite!! I love the white heat embossed image and the colors!!


  8. Wow! You gave us so many examples on CAS! All are so very different from the others. I especially like #2 & 4. The colors and images speak to me. Well done!!


  9. Rachel, I love all your cards, but the butterfly and bird cards are really speaking to me! Thanks for all the inspiration!


  10. I follow you on TikTok! I love the butterfly card! Iā€™m an overworked nurse, burned out artist and just starting out in card making just to keep the creativity in check. Hopefully I can add some stamps to my collection!


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