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.

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.




Dawn B.



Dawn F.





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~


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)


17 thoughts on “The Friends of Unity Blog Hop ~ June 2022

  1. Another bunch of fabulous cards, Rachel! I love them all but your first card is stunning!!! I love the colors and the design… just awesome!!


  2. That embossing on your mountain scene is spectacular! I never would of thought to do that! So beautiful!


  3. All are amazing in their own right! The mountains are gorgeous….the car card has such a cool effect! The tie card is very rich looking and the gnome…well he’s just sweet!!


  4. They are all fabulous! You knocked it out of the park with the mountain scene! Love the tie card-is awesome too! Great job!


  5. You presented some fantastic cards this month. I like them all, but the mountain one is speaking to me. Although the gnome is a close second. : )


  6. First, I LOVE the mountain card. And I think that the lake and trees just barely visible behind the vellum looks amazing, it completes the picture without seeing all of it. If you know what I mean. Now, ALL of the other cards aren’t shirkers either. I don’t know that I would’ve thought to do the car in different ink colors. The ties are elegant and fun. You also used different techniques on it, pretty cool. The gnome is just perfect. Well done!!


  7. What a handsome set of cards! The first one is gorgeous. I love all the texture. I need this embossing folder now. Lol. The last card is stunning…love the metallics. I really love that background you created on the card with the red, vintage car. So fab!


  8. Amazing cards! I love the texture on your first card and that scene you created is stunning! Love the vintage look of your other 2 cards. And what a darling gnome card. Just wonderful and so creative! Thanks for the inspiration!


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