Welcome to my first day of Growing in Unity! I'm excited to start my week off with two cheerful cards that I made using the emboss-resist technique. I'm behind the curve as I'm just now discovering the world of Tim Holtz water-reactive EVERYTHING! Needless to say, as someone who enjoys color and crafting, I'm smitten. Both of these cards were made using Distress Spray Stains.
These cards are simple but I wanted the main focus to be the images and the colors--the sentiment reinforces the happy theme! Emboss-resist is a fun technique that can be used with a variety of stamps and dyes, but I had to try the spray stains. I learned that you can overspray and end up with muddled colors, if the paper gets too saturated the ink will absorb into the cardstock behind the embossed images (in the future I will use colored ink and embossing powder vs clear)... but if you experiment, you can end up with amazing color combinations. I had fun with my trial and error and I look forward to using spray stains on future projects.
I couldn't find the embellishments that I wanted at my local craft stores. While browsing, I found the Perlen-Pen and I used it to make the cute pearl dots on the first card. Very easy to use but it has to set/dry for 12-24 hours. I put my card on a shelf to rest overnight, away from curious fingers. I have a feeling the Perlen-Pens will become cardmaking staples now that I've tried them and realize how easy it is to add simple but cute embellishments. Best of all, I don't have to worry about them falling off in the mail!
I used Bohemian Backgrounds for the background motif on the first card. The sentiment and the dragonfly are from When You Smile, the January 2017 Kit of the Month. I signed up for the KOTM at the end of December 2016 and I'm glad that I did! A variety of new stamps to try out every single month and discounts on the previous KOTMs? Yes, please! Those aren't the only perks--check out the rest and see for yourself if subscribing to the KOTM is for you.
I hope you enjoyed my cards today. I'm excited to share my love of Unity stamps with you this week! Comment on each blog post and when my week is over two lucky commenters will receive a grab bag of 25 random stamps from Unity. If there's anything I love more than my KOTM subscription, it's grab bags. Unity is the best!
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