The Friends Of Unity Blog Hop • November 2022

Hello Friends! It’s November and this month is all about watercolor! I have to say when I think of watercoloring my first palette of colors that come to mind are dreamy, flowing, soft images…. so I created a few until I came to realize it’s Fall and the holidays are upon us! I changed up my hues and I am sharing holiday cards too. Sometimes creating just takes me away to another place. Does it do that for you too?

Card #1

When I discovered the theme for this month, I immediately thought of watercoloring this image. Tucked away were Staedtler watercolor crayons, never to be thought of until something jogged my memory. How perfect to use them now for the hop! These crayons took me back in time to memories of coloring for hours as a child.

Steps to create this card
1. I began with heat embossing the image with winter white embossing powder on a white card base.
2. Next I scribbled color along the edges of the blossom. I dipped a brush in water and blended the color around.
3. I hot foiled the negative piece of a Poppystamps sentiment using a Pinkfresh solid hot foil plate. The worn look gave it a distressed feel.
4. I stamped the “be” and “extraordinary” sentiments separately by inking directly on the stamp one word at a time. I did this to avoid stamping over the stem.
5. Then I coiled up fishing line and taped it under the area where the sentiment would go.
6. I popped up the “Happy Birthday” sentiment and adhered it to the card front.
7. After that I placed Nuvo glue dots on the card to frame the blossom.
8. Finally I adhered the card front to a light gray card base.

Not exact and overlapping colors, I went with a hot foiled sentiment that has a worn finish paired with an imperfectly stamped sentiment below it.
Supplies I used
“You are Important” by Donna Downey for Unity Stamp Company
Coiled fishing line for a little extra element to mimic the curved lines of the petals.

Card #2

There is something so sweet about these characters. I love the even, thin lines and the tiny close-set eyes. Adorable!

Steps to create this card
1. First I stamped the images in Versafine black ink somewhat evenly spaced and running off the page. I also wanted the reindeer near the center to be a focal point.
2. I chose a holiday color palette and mixtures of these colors to create variations for the clothing, accessories, etc. I painted the images loosely with layers of color, leaving bits of white patches for character. I had fun creating printed dress for Mrs. Kringle!
3. Next I die cut the card front using a Gina Marie die and glued it to a white card base.
4. Then I covered a strip of card stock with washi tape and cut the end at an angle.
5. I stamped the sentiment in Versafine ink and fussy-cut it out along the border.
6. After that I glued the sentiment on the Washi strip and adhered to card front.
7. Finally, I added Stickles on Santa’s hat, the little girl’s barrette, and the nose for “Rudolph”. I also used a gold pen on Santa’s buckle.

“Little North Pole” by Tiffany DeGough for Unity Stamp Company and supplies I used
Watercoloring in uneven layers of color lend so much freedom to the colorist as well as intrigue to the viewer.

Card #3

I often forget that a background can almost always be made with a stamp set. This card makes me happy; the faces are just so sweet and delightful!

Card #3

These butterflies are beautiful and carry a multitude of emotions. To capture the sparkle of the embossing glitter, I snapped this photo at an angle. This image takes me away to another place…

Steps to create this card
1. I stamped this image with black Versafine ink and heat embossed it with Tim Holtz’s Ranger black embossing glitter. Tip: Do not overheat as the glitter may lose its sparkle.
2. Next I chose a color palette of distress inks and began painting the butterflies. A spot of every color on each image emphasizing lights and darks for contrast.
3. I loosely washed color randomly over the background. I tried to keep it looking natural. A lot of water helps to achieve this. Tip: Dark and light areas add depth.
4. Then I adhered the card front to a light blue card base.
5. I stamped the “Miss You” sentiment on a scrap from the watercolor background. I used two inks in brown and orange to give it a two-tone look. I adhered it to the card.
6. I die cut a Gina Marie scalloped border and glued it onto the card front.
7. Finally I adhered iridescent sequins to finish the card.

The iridescent sequins are subtle but so beautiful and enhance the butterflies sparkle without competition.
Supplies I used.
“It’s Been Too Long” by Unity Stamp Company
The sentiment comes with this kit. As I expressed previously, this image could be paired with numerous sentiments for an array of occasions. I just love it!

Card #4

Fruit, pinecones and berries are such a welcoming, timeless holiday sight! I can picture this as a centerpiece on a dining room table. Fresh, hot apple cider is brewing in the kitchen….

Following are the steps to create this card
1. First I stamped this image with Versafine ink on watercolor paper.
2. Next I painted the apples using red and green Tim Holtz distress inks. I continued on with the pinecones, leaves and berries. The blossoms, I added a little bit of color for the shadow to enhance the overall white color.
3. I die cut the image with a fancy stitched square die. I love a square card!
4. Then I stamped the sentiment slightly off center. I used “happy holidays” because I thought it encompassed so many holidays during the fall/winter months.
5. I glued the card front on a light gray card base.
6. Finally I double wrapped red string along the fold to finish the card.

Sometimes I like to keep a card simple. This card can be embellished with so many extras. Glossy Accents on the apples, gold glitter on the pinecones, and glitter on the berries and centers of the blossoms. Sequins or drops around the image too!
I was excited to paint these apples my favorite colors as I see them in nature!
I chose a cool green for the leaves to give it an airy, crisp feel.
Supplies I used.
“Winter Apple Blossom” by Graciellie Design for Unity Stamp Company
I thought about grounding this with a shadow or giving it a background. I decided to leave it just the way it was and perhaps I might change my mind or make the next one with those options. Also, I originally had the red string tied in a bow but untied it and kept it simple.
Friends of Unity Blog Hop cards for November 2022 ~ Watercolor

Here are the friends in the hop. I can’t wait for you to see their amazing watercolor cards. Please don’t forget to comment for a chance to win a “thank you” gift. I will announce the winner in the next month’s hop. And now for the winner of October……Glennis F.! Congratulations! Please message me your address and I will get the prize in the mail, thank you so much for your comment. We appreciate you!

Crystal

Amber

Alaine

Bobbie Sue

Kim

April

Gaylynn

Dawn B.

Dawn F.

Joyce

Rachel (me)

Watercoloring offers so many ways to color an image. Light and fluid, dark and intense, even a mix of both. It is forgiving and not exact. I find watercoloring makes setting a mood so much easier than other mediums! Hope you enjoyed the hop.

Until December, have a wonderful month of crafting and cozy days.

Rachel

I’m on Instagram and TikTok @cardartbyrachel. Please follow me for short videos of how I made these cards.

Nature does not hurry and yet everything is accomplished.
Lao Tsu
(Coral Bark Japanese Maple from my backyard)

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22 thoughts on “The Friends Of Unity Blog Hop • November 2022

  1. Lovely cards, Rachel! I love the dreamy colors in your first card! I absolutely adore your second card… all those cuties and your watercoloring is wonderful!

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  2. Wow, Rachel!! Just gorgeous! I can tell you love the medium and what I am most struck by in your cards is the way you used colors and let them work together. For someone who is timid and shies away from watercolors, it’s a great example of confidence in the beauty of the medium!! Thanks for the inspiration! Off to follow you on IG!!

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  3. The first card is so soft and subtle it looked like you colored it on vellum! So pretty! The apples look like I could reach out and touch them! So much depth and dimension! Of course the little people made me smile and the butterflies were amazing!!

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  4. You had me staring at all the details! Love love love them, but that background card taught me so much. So many times I want exactly that when I see a stamp set. Wonderful examples. Happy Fall!

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  5. A lovely variety of cards Rachel, I need to practice my watercolouring more, although I love using my Brusho’s to make backgrounds.
    Thank you for choosing me as your winner for last month. I will message you my address

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  6. Your water coloring is just amazing!! I love all the cards! But card #3 really made me smile with it’s cute characters.

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  7. Thank you so much for all of the inspiration, and especially for giving the steps for creating each card.
    – Teri Kellum

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  8. I love the sweet “background” you created with all of those little characters – its the cutest!
    And card #4 is perfect! Great cards for the hop this month!

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  9. So many beautiful cards! I love both the soft and darker hues. I have always loved the way you watercolor. I am absolutely crazy about your card using Little North Pole! Oh my word it is beyond fabulous!!

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  10. These are all so beautiful but I love the big floral You Are Important since I recently used the same stamp! Love how you divided the sentiment. I also love your Japanese Maple too! Thanks for sharing!

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  11. Wonderful inspiration and SO pretty. I love Unity Stamps and you’ve certainly inspired me. Thanks for sharing your talents.

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  12. Wonderful cards! I love your stamps, designs, and your coloring is amazing! Thanks for the inspiration. Happy Holidays, sweet friend!

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  13. Rachel your cards are always so beautifully done! You are incredibly talented. I’m always excited to see what you’re going to create! You put so much time and effort into your creations and the steps shown. It’s so helpful and inspiring! Your watercoloring is absolutely stunning! I can’t wait to take some of your steps you shared and practice! -April Saran

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