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

19 thoughts on “The Friends of Unity Blog Hop ~ August 2022

  1. Oh my gosh, Rachel, I love your witch card!! She looks like she’s up to no good! The moon is awesome, too! Your Thanksgiving card is beautifully colored… I love it! Gorgeous snowflake card… I think I need to case this one!! And your Easter card is super sweet! I was actually thinking about doing an Easter card but ran our of time. Thanks for all the wonderful inspiration!

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  2. Not just one holiday, but four!! They are all fabulous. Love that moon on the Halloween card – really striking! And all those splatters on the beautiful Thanksgiving card is just as yummy as that pretty inking on the Christmas card. And that bunny is the sweetest! (And thanks for picking me for the July hop; I will message you).

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  3. Holy moly wow! The witch took my breath away… I LOVE Halloween (I am our Churches resident witch, tee hee) love your techniques, I must try that moon! But the bunny. What a showpiece! The precious way you combined this cutie with Tim splats is an eye opener. Love these.

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  4. Wow!! You took these stamps and turned them into works of art. The inked backgrounds are gorgeous!! Love the one with the witch and moon, and will have to bookmark it to try later on. The snowflake card is layer upon layer of stamping, inking and embossing…and just spectacular! You always impress me with your offerings and these are exquisite.

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  5. Oh my Rachel you cards are fabulous! I always love anything Halloween but the little house for Thanksgiving is perfect and those snowflakes are spectacular!

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  6. Wow Rachel! These are all so amazing! I love how you made the witch green…so cool! LOVE that moon! Your Thanksgiving card is absolutely gorgeous! I want to go to this house for Thanksgiving dinner. Love the fun background with the cute bunny.

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  7. The technique you used for the moon is awesome and has such a great look to it. I am going to have to try it out.

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  8. Stunning cards! I love them all! That witch card is spooktacular! I love how you transformed the house stamp into a fall setting, just gorgeous. I love red/gold together for Christmas. And such a darling bunny for Easter so cute in pink. Just wonderful cards! Thanks for the inspiration!

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