Friday, November 29, 2019

Growing in Unity: Day Five

Welcome to Day Five, the final day of my Unity Stamp Company Growing in Unity week.  I've been sharing projects all week that feature Unity's high quality, red rubber stamps.  If this is the first day you've joined me, please scroll through the previous posts!  If you are a returning visitor, thank you, and welcome back.  Be sure to leave a comment on this week's blog post to be entered for a chance to win one of two fabulous prize packs from Unity Stamp Company.  Winners will be announced on this blog and on the Unity Stamp Company Growing in Unity Facebook page after December 7th.

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day!  In between food and football, we decided to put our Christmas tree!  It was more fun than usual to do that this year.  We were traveling last year at Christmas, so I never put it up at all.  So now, I'm really in the winter and holiday spirit!  (But not enough to brave the malls to go Black Friday shopping. I haven't done that in years.) . But we are all decorated for tomorrow's family post-thanksgiving party.

Since it's now the official winter holiday season, and the weather is transitioning to snow, I have a day full of snowmen to share with you today.  

My first snowman comes from the stamp kit, Winter Frosty.  


This image was stamped on Fabriano Artistico cold press watercolor paper, and watercolored using Distress ink.  


On this card, I decided to split my greeting.  I loved how well this sentiment from the October 2017 S.M.A.K. Kit, Winter Wild, seemed to fit with this snowman from Twinkle, the January 2017 Kit of the Month.



 I used my Dritz quilting plastic template to help me align my sentiment, so I could easily mask half at a time so I could add the first phrase to the front of my colored pencil colored image, and the second phrase to the interior of my card.





 I used both Copic markers and colored pencils to color this sweet snowman image from the September 2018 Kit of the Month, Blessed Fall.




I used my Cut-Align and a craft knife to cut my small sentiment strip from my panel, and a scissor to fussy cut my image out before highlighting it with a circle of snowy patterned paper.


My final card this week uses the snowman from the October 2019 S.M.A.K. Kit, All Bundled Up.  


I wanted to create a very vintage holiday card look, so I used watercolor paper, and a special inking process with my MISTI to create the colorful image with Distress ink.


I used small fingertip sponge daubers to pick up ink from my ink cubes and apply it selectively to areas of my stamp.  It took several layers of ink to build up enough ink on my textured watercolor paper.  Once I had enough ink transferred, I used a slightly wet paintbrush to spread the ink.  I was careful to work only one color at a time and let it dry well before starting another.

I used additional distress ink from my makeshift craft pad palette to darken areas of my image, as well as paint my background.  I used an acrylic stamp block to add the small snowflakes from Wonder, the November 2019, S.M.A.K. kit.  The sentiment was added in black ink, and stamped again and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.


As they say in show business, "that's a wrap!".  This concludes my Growing in Unity week.  I'm grateful for Unity Stamp Company for this opportunity, for all your kind comments, and for you spending a portion of your days with me.

Please come back in a bit over a week to find out if you are one of the Unity Stamp Company prize pack winners from my week!

Have a fantastic weekend!


50 comments:

  1. What awesome wintry wonderland cards ... sorry, travel computer will only let me comment as my husband. Smilynstef at aol dot com

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  2. Snowmen just melt my heart and yours are perfect!

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  4. Snowmen are my favorite! Thank you for sharing another day of awesome cards!

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  5. Love all your snowman card.and really enjoyed your week as GIU GREAT CARDS AND TIPS

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  6. Love snowmen! Thank you for all of your posts this week. I’ve learned a lot!

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  7. I think your card is wonderful. I did a similar technique for my Christmas cards this year with that exact snowman stamp. TFS and have a great weekend.

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  8. I love snowmen! You showcased all of these real well! I especially love the last two cards.

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  9. Oh...such cute snowmen....and lots of good ideas!!!

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  10. These are so delightful! Love them all!

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  11. Your week was awesome! Throughly enjoyed all the cards. Thanks for all the great tips.

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  12. Snowmen are my jam! haha Soooo adorable. The first card is my fave because I love red & teal for Christmas; my fave color combo at the moment. The last one takes me back to the kind of snowmen you'd see on cards when I was a kid (MANY moons ago!). L*O*V*E*D your fabulous week of stunning inspiration (& coloring!).

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  13. Your snowman cards are great! Thanks for a wonderful week of projects. You are so very talented!

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  14. I love snowmen, and Unity has some great ones! And of course, yours are beautiful!

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  15. You have created some wonderful cards today! (And I love snowmen.) Your watercoloring is amazing. I'm hoping to try the no line technique after the holidays. Thank you for sharing your talent this week!

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  16. I love your cards. Just found unity stamps as I am fairly new to card making. Awesome site.

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  17. Wow, your coloring really brings them to LIFE!

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  18. Snowmen are my favorite. What a wonderful week full of images and ideas. Thank you for sharing your talent with us.

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  19. I watch all of your posts and cards that you make. They are absolutely stunning.

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  20. What a sweet and somehow sentimental group of cards! Great week!

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  21. Wow! I'm glad that I have some of these sets, so I can make this card. Great card, and I love your technique with the daubers. Love it!

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  22. I love your series of snowmen cards! What a great finale! Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful cards this week!!!❤️

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  23. I love seeing the different techniques you have shown throughout the week! It is such a great way to learn as a newbie <3

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  24. Your cards have been wonderful thanks for an awesome week

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  25. wow...what a great week as a Unity gal....jampacked with inspiration and organization loved it!!

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  26. Beautiful snowmen. I’ve enjoyed your whole week. Just gorgeous!

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  27. Your cards are beautiful! The Frosty card is my absolute favorite for the week! You have a wonderful talent for watercolor. Thank you for sharing this week.

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  28. Love these beautiful snowman images! Gorgeous cards!
    Thanks for a fabulous GIU week!

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  29. I simply love the water colored snowman from November SMAK! I've been toiling over what to do with hi ... now I'm inspired and I'll miss your GIU posts. Thank you.

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  30. Fabulous snowmen! Thank you for a very inspiring week

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  31. Adorable snowmen cards!!! Thanks for a great GIU week!

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  32. I love your snowman cards! And your helpful tips are filed!! I have learned so much again this week! Thank you for sharing!

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  33. Wow! I have so enjoyed all of your creative cards this week as well your storage tips! I especially like the In the Meadow card and the way you cut your sentiment around the shape of the letters for the one you split for the inside and the outside. Thank you for your inspiration this week!

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  34. All of these snowmen cards are adorable but I MUST HAVE that Vintage SMAK snowman. Loved your themed week! Tips and amazing creations. Thank you!!

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  35. I love snowmen, and you have just reinforced it! Your creations are adorable!

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  36. Such wonderful cards you have created this week - all so beautiful! Have really enjoyed your tips, tricks, hints & other information...they have been quite helpful.

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  37. Lovely, lovely, lovely cards, I hope the one receiving the last card has the sense to frame it and use it AS a Christmas decoration

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  38. I love the last snowman card. Very pretty.

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  39. Your cards never disappoint! I love all of these wonderful snowman cards. You are truly an artist.

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  40. Beautiful cards all week. Thank you for sharing.

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  41. Just darling. I love seeing all the different snowmen and different designs. Thanks for an inspirational week! Loved it!

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  42. Chris, your cards are always so amazing! I love each one...thanks for all the techniques!

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  43. Exceptional, every one of them!!! Thanks for all your inspiration.

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  44. Awesome cards! I love love love the last snowman and all it’s vintage goodness!Thanks, for all the great tips this week!

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  45. Your whole week has been fantastic. Thank you for the technique shown on the last snowman. I love all of them.

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  46. I’ve enjoyed seeing your creations, they are beautiful!! I love snowmen!
    Stay safe out there, we are up in Aitkin and they are predicting a foot of snow! 😳 Guess we’ll see!

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  47. I’ve enjoyed following your blog on all these cards! They’re darling! Thanks for sharing the technique tips, I’m looking forward to trying them myself!

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  48. Adorable snowmen!! What I love the most about your amazing coloring and painting talent is that you make each of the images look so simple and sweet! Thanks for sharing a beautiful week!

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  49. These snowmen cards are just the best. I love them all and especially the last one. Thanks for such a great week of wonderful inspiring cards and ideas!

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  50. Have so enjoyed seeing your lovely cards.
    Thanks for all the tips and techniques.

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