Stand Tall – Unity Stamp Company

Hi Friends – Hope you had a great weekend! It was a very sunny, hot, and humid weekend here! I love the sunshine… so it felt good! I did have a little more crafty time with the added heat this weekend! Today I am sharing one of the new releases from Unity Stamp Company – Be a Flamingo! I love this set – this set makes me dream of a beach vacation! Be sure to check out the Unity website – for the awesome releases this weekend! There is a set for everyone… Fall, Winter, and a beautiful holiday background stamp too! I have linked them all below!

Let’s get started! I started by stamping the flamingo. I used my Tombow brush pens. I did very simple coloring for the flamingo. I only used 2 colors. I also colored in the palm leaves using a green shade, leaving this coloring very simple. I did add some glitter drops on top of the leaves too. Once my coloring was complete I set the flamingo aside and started to work on my background! I was excited to use my new stencil, a recent purchase from Unity Stamp Company. It is a cloud and wave stencil all in one! I was so excited to use this stencil. I used the following Distress Oxide ink colors for the clouds: Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade, and Squeezed Lemonade! I had fun making clouds – this was new for me! Once my clouds were complete I masked a section on the bottom to add leaves. I created a rectangle shape using washi tape. I used a Simon Says Stamp stencil – Leafy Frames with Lucky Clover and Twisted Citron I wanted to add these leaves to add a tropical feel.

Next up was creating the water and how fun to use this 2 in 1 stencil. I moved my washi rectangle to create the waves. I used Distress Oxide in Salty ocean. I then added Glitter Glaze on top for added shine! Once everything was dry I die cut the card base using the largest of the Gina Marie designs double stitched rectangle. I then used a smaller one for the middle of the card. I then adhered the outer frame to my card base and used foam tape to adhere the middle portion of my card. I glued down the sentiments (this is one large sentiment and I split it into 2 sentiments). I used foam tape for the flamingo too!

I had a lot of fun using this new set! I love the beach, so this set just makes me smile!!!!!!

Be sure to stop by Unity Stamp Company – I have linked each of the new releases below!

Thank you for stopping by! I have listed all the products I used within my post. You can click on any of the links I have shared if you are interested in purchasing the products. The products listed are a compensated affiliate link, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission with no extra cost to you. I really appreciate your support.

A few other AWESOME sale categories in the shop include:

Supplies Used:

  • Stamps:Be a Flamingo
  • Paper: Canson Water Color Cardstock, Bristol Smooth Card stock
  • Coloring Medium: Tombow Brush Pens, Distress Oxides (colors shared above)
  • Other: Cloud and Wave stencil

Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you have a great start to your week!

Crafty Hugs,
Natasha

Happy Release Day – Alex Syberia Design

Hi Friends – I am so excited to share 2 cards I created with Alex Syberia’s July release! The release is so beautiful, you can see the July release and all of her digital stamps in her ETSY shop – be sure to check them out! To celebrate Alex’s new release she is hosting an Instagram hop! I hope you will come join us! You will be able to see all of the beautiful new stamp sets, be inspired by the designers, as well as have a chance to win a gift certificate to her shop! I hope to see you there!

For my first card I am using the Plumeria Card Panel digital stamp. I started by printing my image on Canson Mixed Media paper. I love this card panel image, it is all ready to go to create an A2 sized card. I did want to also share when I work with digital stamps I often print several stamps on one sheet of paper, this is a great way to create multiple cards and to make sure you use a full size piece of paper.

I taped down my panel to my work surface/board and was ready to watercolor. I used a combination of Zig clean color brush markers and Peerless Water colors for this stamped image. I used the following colors:

  • Leaves: Light green 041, yellow green 053, Olive Green 043, Persian Green 033, Peacock 038
  • Flower: Yellow 050, Scarlet Red 023, Dark Pink 027
  • Stem: Mid Brown 065

I worked in layers and allowed my coloring to dry between. Once my coloring was complete I set this aside to dry. To create the background I used an A2 size piece of Bristol Smooth Card stock. I used Distress Oxide in Black Soot to create the background. I added Perfect Pearls as well for added shine. For my sentiments I used the Hugs die from Simon Says stamp and The Gray Muse – You Grow, Girl sentiment strip. I layered the hugs die cut 3x for added dimension. I then fussy cut the stamped image on the top and glued this to my oxide ink blended background. I had fun with this one – it reminds me of the beach!

For my second card I am using the Beautiful Flowers digital stamp set – slimline panel. As soon as I saw this stamp, I thought of Alex’s dot coloring! Which I truly love and can only hope to learn this technique more over time. You can see card examples by Alex using this technique – I am blown away by her creativity! So here is my attempt….

I printed the slim line panel on Canson Mixed Media paper. To color the 3 floral images I used my Tombow markers. I used: Pink 723, Blue 553, as well as added some Peerless watercolors to deepen the blue color. I completed just a couple layers of color on this card. I set the floral image aside to dry prior to adding the dots.

To create the background I used a piece of watercolor cardstock a little larger than a slimline base. I used my Gansai Tambi watercolors: Rose Madder 34, Rose Madder Deep 36, and some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist (Fuschia) to create the background. I added a few gold splatters to the pink base as well. In person you can see the added shine. I then chose 3 colors of alcohol markers and attempted some dot coloring! I have a log way to go, but it was fun! On Alex’s You Yube channel she does show how she uses this technique! I watched it before trying it! I wanted to add a little extra shine, so I used Stickles in gold and placed this in the center of each flower and added gold glitter on top! It’s super sparkly in person! I then chose the Birthday sentiment from – Gingko Greetings – Unity Stamp Company. I heat embossed this in gold on black cardstock. I adhered my card together and foam mounted my sentiment! I hope this card will brighten someone’s birthday!

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Thank you so much for stopping by! Have a great day and weekend!

Crafty Hugs,

Natasha

NEW Release and Birthday SALE – Unity Stamp Company

Hi friends! Hope you are doing well! It has been very hot here the last 3 days! Which means I did have a bit of extra crafty time! I am super excited to be able to share 3 cards with you using some of the NEW RELEASE at Unity Stamp Company! This new release is beautiful and so much fun! Here is a link to all the new arrivals. Unity is also celebrating their birthday with a site wide SALE.

Let’s get started with 3 of the new stamps released. My first card is using the set Aging Gorgeously – July 2020 Sentiment Kit

For this card I chose to watercolor using my Peerless Watercolors. I love the bold colors in this set. I used the following colors: Jackqueminot Red, Mauve, and Chrome Green Deep. I used 2 layers of color on this floral image. Once my watercoloring was complete I set this aside to dry. A few weeks back I had a fun afternoon and made several backgrounds using alcohol inks and glitter. I tried something different, I placed the alcohol ink on my glass mat, added glitter, placed photo paper on top, then used my brayer. I was excited to see it work. It was a fun way to use the inks, along with photo paper.

I wanted to add a little more dimension to the card. I used a Gina Marie Designs Die – Slanted Brick Background die. I adhered the alcohol background to this die cut and then adhered it to my card base. I fussy cut the floral image and adhered this with foam tape. I then chose this beautiful sentiment from the kit and adhered this with foam tape. I love the added dimension! This set has so many beautiful birthday sentiments – I hope you will check it out!

For my second card I am using the set Words in Bloom. This set was illustrated by my dear friend Sandhya Iyer. When I first saw this set I wanted to create a set of notecards! I think this set would also make a beautiful slimline card, or even added to the outside of an envelope! So many beautiful possibilities with this set!

I started by stamping each of the floral words in this set – you will see each flower has a different sentiment on the stem: Hello, Blessed, Believe, Hope, and Kindness. I did simple coloring on each of the floral images for these cards using my Tombow markers. I then added some Glitter on each floral using Brea Reese liquid glitter. I die cut each floral using a Hero Arts rectangle die and then matted these on black cardstock. To create the background I used the Faithful Letter Background Stamp – Unity Stamp Company. I stamped these on a kraft card base. I wanted to soften the background a bit, I used distress oxide in: Frayed Burlap and Walnut Stain, and of course some gold splatter. I added die cut leaves in coordinating colors to each card. Foam mounted the floral panels and my card was complete.

For my last card I am using the beautiful new Succulent Border Background, also illustrated by Sandhya Iyer. I love background stamps! I truly love to color, but wanted to showcase another way to use a background stamp today! Background stamps are so versatile and can be used in so many ways!

Once my image was stamped, I taped the watercolor card stock down to a wood board. I then took out my Nuvo shimmer powders! These are so fun to work with, I love all the different colors within one bottle! I used the colors: Golden Sparkle, Catherine Wheel, and Green Parade. I added a bit of each color to the stamped image and then sprayed water. It’s so fun to see the colors come alive! I have learned it is best to let the colors dry. Initially it looks a bit messy, but it does come together!

Once my panel was dry I did add a bit of color using my zig clean color brush markers. I added colors in different areas to add more interest! I then die cut my panel 2x using a rectangle die cut. I used a foam background under the center panel to add more dimension. I adhered these to my card base. I then die cut a Congrats sentiment 3 times (2x in black and 1x in gold) and stacked these together. I then chose the Celebrating You sentiment from the Aging Gorgeously – July 202 Sentiment Kit , foam mounted this and added a few gold sequins! I hope you like this one too and give this idea a try!

Unity is also celebrating their birthday with an AMAZING site wide sale, as well as a few new crafty products on their store! I hope you will check it out! Here are just a few links:

Thank you for stopping by! I have listed all the products I used within my post. You can click on any of the links I have shared if you are interested in purchasing the products. The products listed are a compensated affiliate link, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission with no extra cost to you. I really appreciate your support.

Have a great afternoon! Crafty Higs,

Natasha

Alex Syberia Designs – June Release

Happy Friday everyone! I am super excited to be a part of Alex Syberia’s June release! I love Alex’s work as a card artist, as well as an artist of her own digital stamps! She truly inspires me as a card maker! Today I will be sharing 3 cards with you using her June release! You can see all of the release at her ETSY shop. Alex is also doing an Instagram hop with her guest designers this month, be sure to visit Alex’s Instagram page for an awesome hop full of her beautiful stamps, as well as tons of inspiration! Alex is giving away 5 – $10 gift certificates to her shop! Come join the fun!

For my first card I am using the Sunflower close up card panel. I LOVE SUNFLOWERS, so I was so excited to work on this card!

I started by printing the card panel on Canson Mixed Media paper. This image was ready to go as a card panel, so I was ready to being my watercoloring! I love making bright cards and I went with BOLD colors and a BOLD background on this one! I used peerless watercolors on the sunflower stamp, as well as the background around my sunflower. I worked in layers on this card and waited for the colors to dry, before adding in another layer of color. I continued this process until my sunflower was complete.

I then followed the same process for the background around the sunflower. I have to admit I did have a few spots that the watercolor ran… but in the end I’m liking all the color! I hope you do too! I stamped the sentiment – Hello Sunshine (Unity Stamp Company – Hello Sunshine Girl) in Versafine black ink and heat embossed it using a clear powder. I added a few black metallic watercolor splatters and mounted the panel on an A2 card base.

I am loving slim line cards – how about you? For my 2nd card I used the Dog Rose Ready Slime line card panel. I love that this panel was ready for me to create and add all the fun color!

I am using Canson Mixed media paper for my stamped image on this card as well. I used my Tombow Dual brush pens. I wanted to create a softer color palette on this card. Between each layer I let the panel dry, then added more color, until it was complete! I then die cut the Big Thanks die – Simon Says stamp. I die cut the black – thanks 1 time and the white 3 times, for added dimension. I then adhered these together and set this aside to dry under an acrylic block. I stamped the sentiment – For Always Being There from the same set (Big Thanks – Simon Says Stamp). I adhered the floral panel to a slim line card base and adhered both sentiments, the smaller strip is adhered with foam adhesive.

Here is a closer look….

For my last card – I used the Happy Sunflower Stamp. I did work with this image in word a bit, as I wanted to create a slim line card with this stamp as well. Once my image was ready, I printed this on Canson Mixed Media paper and watercolored this image using Peerless Watercolors.

I loved watercoloring this image! I followed a similar pattern as shared with the 2 cards above, giving time to dry between layers. Once my flower was done I set the panel aside to dry. I then started to work on my background the panel. I had so much fun with this… I used my Gansai Tambi watercolors to create the effect using yellow #43, blue #62, #63, gold #91, and White #906. I put all the colors on my glass mat with a little water and “smooshed” the paper on the glass mat. I then dried the background using my heat tool. I completed this process several times until I had the colors I was looking for. I love the added gold sparkle too! I placed the background under some heavy books for the night to “flatten” the panel.

I then used my Brother Scan and cut to “fussy” cut the sunflower. Then I added gold & white splatters to the sunflower. I may have added a few too many! Ooops! I also stamped the sentiment – Simon Says Stamp on black card stock using white embossing powder. Once everything was dry I put my card together and adhered the sentiment with foam tape for a little extra dimension.

I hope you enjoyed seeing 3 of the new June Release stamps from Alex Syberia! Be sure to visit her ETSY shop for the June release and more beautiful stamps!

Check out Alex’s BLOG for some amazing inspiration as well!

Don’t forget to join the Insta Hop – be sure to comment for a chance to win a gift certificate to her shop!

Have a great day everyone!

Crafty Hugs,

Natasha

Thinking of You – Rachel Vass Designs

Hi everyone – it is release day over at Rachel Vass Designs. Rachel’s newest digital stamp set is called – Mock Orange Blossom. This set is beautiful, you can check it out here.

I started by working with my image within word. It is fun to resize the image, this allows you to create many different types of cards using 1 stamp set. For my card I used 2 branches. I printed my images on Canson Mixed Media paper. I used my Tombow markers to color in my image. When working on Canson mixed media I place the color on my glass mat and then I pick up the coloring using a water brush. I have found this to work the best, as well as allow the coloring to dry between the layers. I added serval layers of color and completed the coloring by adding some shading to the nooks and crannies. I also used a white gel pen on the flower stamens to allow those to “pop” out.

When my coloring was complete I used my Brother Scan and Cut to “fussy cut” my branches. I added foam tape to both of my branches, as well as the sentiment and set them aside. I then created a water color background on Canson Water Color card stock. Once my card panel was dry, I adhered this to an A2 sized card, adhered my images, as well as my sentiment. I added a few sequins for added shine at the end.

I hope you enjoyed this card! If you haven’t tried digital stamps yet, I would encourage you to try them! Visit Rachel Vass Designs to see this new release plus many other beautiful sets!

Supplies Used:

  • Stamp: Mock Orange Blossom
  • Coloring Medium: Tombow Markers
  • Paper: Canson Mixed Media, Canson Watercolor Card stock, Recollections 100 for card base
  • Other: Sequins

Have a great rest of your Saturday! Crafty Hugs,

Natasha

Unity Stamp Company… New Release

Hi everyone! I hope you are doing well and staying healthy! I am excited to share with you beautiful new stamp sets that have released from Unity Stamp Company! I had so much fun creating with these new sets. These new stamps were so fun to color and have such a whimsical feel to them!

For my first card I am using Humble Places by artist Phyllis Harris.

I started by stamping on Canson Mixed media paper, I wanted to create a notecard using this stamp. So I left the front with the image only for now and may add a sentiment later on. I wanted to create a whimsical, water color look for this adorable stamp! As soon as I saw this girl, I fell in love with the stamp! She is the sweetest…. don’t you think? I colored her using Tombow markers. When working with my Tombow markers I place the color on my glass mat and pick up the color using my water brush pen. I added serval layers of color until my coloring was complete. I do wait between layers so my coloring does take me some time. I find this truly makes the watercoloring have better results in the end. I die cut my panel using a Hero Arts nested rectangle, then I used a Gina Marie Designs Only Pierced Dots nested rectangle to add a little interest. I glued the panel onto a black card base and added a few flower sequins and added Stickles to the center of each floral. I hope she brightened your day!

For my second card I am using the new Happiness by Choice – by Phyllis Harris.

I also fell in love with this girl! She is just so peaceful and beautiful at the same time! I followed a similar process with this stamp as card 1. I stamped on Canson Mixed Media paper and colored using my Tombow markers. I allowed the stamped image to dry between layers. To complete my coloring I added Bre Reese Liquid Glitter to her dress! Every girl needs some sparkle, right! Once my coloring was complete I die cut my stamped image using a Double Stiched In and Out Circle die by Gina Marie Designs. I used a background from my stash I had created a little while back. I wanted the green on the bottom to compliment the grass and the purple in the top portion to pull out color from her dress. I used foam tape to adhere the circle and the beautiful stamped sentiment from this set. You can see her sparkly dress in a quick video I am sharing on my instagram page.

For my 3rd card I am sharing Hope and Strength by Graciellie Design. This set recently released as a digital stamp and is now available in red rubber. This set comes with 2 dragon flies (see set for measurements of dragonflies).

For my last card I followed the same process for coloring the dragonfly as shared above for both cards. I wanted this dragonfly to be super sparkly…. I embossed the entire butterfly using WOW Embossing glitter – Fairy Dust! I used a sentiment from the set and foam mounted the dragonfly and the sentiment onto an alcohol ink card panel. I also glued a bit of chunky glitter to the card panel as well for added shine! My card panel was added to a black card base.

Unity Stamp Company also released two more beautiful stamp sets, as well as patterned paper!

There is also an AMAZING sale happening to CELEBRATE Whitney’s BIRTHDAY – see all items on sale here!!!!!

Thank you for stopping by! I am listing all the products I have used below. You can click on any of the links I have shared if you are interested in purchasing the products. The products listed are a compensated affiliate link, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission with no extra cost to you. I really appreciate your support.

Supplies Used:

I hope you are doing well and having some time to craft! Crafty Hugs,

Natasha

Romantic Ruffle – New Release Rachel Vass Designs

Hi Everyone! I hope your weekend is off to a good start and this post finds you doing well! Most importantly healthy! Today I am back sharing a new release called Romantic Ruffle by Rachel Vass Designs. You can check out this gorgeous new image and of course all her beautiful digital stamps at her ETSY shop.

If you have been following me for awhile, when I work with digital images I often use Canson Mixed Media paper. I have found this paper to be the best for me when working with digital images. I wanted the focal point to be this beautiful bloom, so I resized the image and then printed. I colored this beautiful bloom using shades of blue, purple, and red. I added colors in layers until my flower was complete. I used gold perfect pearls for the center of my flower.

I used a piece of watercolor card stock to create the background. I used my distress inks to create an ink smooshed background. I added splatters using gold watercolors. I foam mounted my floral, adhered my sentiment, and added a few sequins, and my card was complete. I do wish I would have foam mounted my sentiment, but that is ok right….

Have a beautiful day and stay healthy my friends!

Crafty Hugs,

Natasha

Madame Dahila – Alex Syberia Design

Hi everyone – I am super excited to be guest designing for Alex Syberia’s newest release! I have been a huge fan of her work and to be guest designing for her, just makes so happy! This new release is full of amazing stamp sets and you will be able to shop here. In the store you can see each of the beautiful new sets being released! I created 3 cards for this release and will be sharing them with you over the next few days! Be sure to visit instagram for beautiful inspiration, as well as Alex’s blog. Be prepared to stay awhile at her blog, it is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!

For my first card I am using the Madame Dahlia card panel from the release. I printed my stamp on Bristol smooth cardstock. I find I don’t create too many blue florals, so I wanted to try something new. I used a mix of 2 blues and a green for my floral. I continued to add color until I was seeing my vision. I then added some deep blue with colored pencils in the nooks and crannies.

I then added splatters to the whole panel. I used blue, green, and even a little gold. I then added sentiment from a Hero Arts set I own. I stamped the image and then heat set it using white embossing powder. To complete my card I adhered the sentiment with foam tape and glued my panel onto a black card base. I added a few sequins as well.

I hope you visit Alex’s shop here to see her amazing new release! Have fun shopping!!!!!!!!!

Crafty Hugs,

Natasha

Forest Butterfly – Unity Stamp Company

Hi everyone! I am stopping in with a quick post on day 1 of the coloring challenge! I am so happy to join in the next 30 days of the coloring challenge with Kathy Racoosin. This afternoon I was able to relax and color using the new release from Unity Stamp Company – Forest Butterfly. This new release is from artist Graciellie Design. I love this stamp set and I am so excited to have this in red rubber! My set arrived yesterday and I was so excited to ink it up for day 1 of the challenge! If you are interested in purchasing this set it is still on sale, I would so greatly appreciate you using my affiliate link. Thank you!

I started by stamping the large butterfly on Bristol Smooth card stock. I stamped it in Versafine black ink. I used a combination of colors on this butterfly to create a rainbow image. I had so much fun coloring and enjoyed relaxing! I used both my Zig markers, as well as my Tombow dual brush pens. I used many layers until I achieved the look I was going for. When I was done coloring I added colored pencils to my shadows for further interest and dimension. I then used my scan and cut to trim the butterfly. I added foam tape to the back and set it aside.

For my background I started with a piece of Canson watercolor card stock to create an ink smooshed background. I used Brutus Monroe’s turquoise aqua pigment to create this look. I placed a small amount of color and water on my glass mat, then smooshed the paper on the ink. I moved it around several times to achieve the look. I then added splatters to the panel. I trimmed the panel to create an A2 sized panel and glued this onto my card base. I chose the sentiment from the set and stamped this onto my card panel. I added a few sequins for added sparkle.

I hope this card brings you a smile today! Have a wonderful evening crafty friends!

Thank you so much for your continued support! It means so much to me!

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Crafty Hugs,

Natasha

Do Not Worry – Graciellie Designs

Hi everyone… I hope you are doing well and are adjusting to all the changes that are happening around us. It is so different to be home everyday and not go anywhere unless I have to (grocery store). I am enjoying my time at home with my family, my card making hobby, and I even got into the garden today! I hope you are doing well and healthy! Today I am sharing a beautiful new release from Graciellie Designs… Do Not Worry. This set is beautiful, 2 beautiful images, as well as 7 inspirational sentiments. I hope you will check it out, as well as the sale on her page! Gracie is kindly offering a free gift with an order too! You can see it here, this set is free with a $10 purchase!

I started by printing my image on Canson Mixed Media paper. This is a light weight paper, I don’t use it too often, but I wanted to give it a try. When I use a water based marker on digital images I like to set my card panel aside for 24 hours to ensure it is dry and ready for me to color. This set was so fun to color. I used both images from this set and I layered the one floral branch behind the bird. I used my Tombow dual brush pens to color my images. I used several layers of color on each section.

Once my coloring was complete I did add some colored pencils to the nooks and crannies as well. I also used a black Sakura Micron pen to add more details to the stamen of the flowers. This paper is thin and I don’t use it too often. I did find using a light touch with my markers and my water brush, the color moved really well. I wanted to try it as the paper is thinner and so much easier to print on. I will use it again for sure! I set the panel aside under heavy books for the night to flatten out. Then I cut the panel with a Gina Marie designs die. I adhered the panel to a kraft card panel, then adhered it to my card base. This card was all about the coloring, all one layer. I hope you enjoy it and be sure to check out the new release at Graciellie Designs. Be sure to visit her website as well, so many amazing and beautiful stamps on sale!

Enjoy your evening friends! Crafty Hugs,

Natasha