Monday, April 16, 2018

Growing in Unity Day One

Happy Monday everyone!

This week I am excited to share another 5 days of posts as a GIU, a Growing In Unity girl!  Last year I was fortunate to be selected as a Growing In Unity guest designer, and I was thrilled when the opportunity was available again in 2018!  I will be sharing a post each day this week, Monday through Friday, each day featuring at least one project created using Unity Stamps.

Unity Stamp Company is a family owned company from right here in central Minnesota.  Their company produces very excellent quality red rubber cling mounted stamps, and I love them.  I have had the opportunity to meet several of the company owners and am very proud to call them friends and I love to support them!

Today I have this card and video to share with you.


This card was created on Kraft cardstock, using one of the stamps from the April 2018 Unity Kit of the Month, Eyes of the Beholder and the sentiment from Special Wishes.




I used my Original MISTI to stamp the large rose floral image with Distress Oxide ink.  I also used a small brush to very quickly and easily paint in the image using Distress Oxide ink and Gina K. white pigment ink.

Check out my technique and easy shortcuts and hints here:



Unity Stamps graciously offered prize packs filled with 25 random stamps to two of my blog followers this week.  If you would like to be entered for a chance to win 25 fabulous Unity stamps, please leave a comment! I promise to read every one!

Thanks, and I'll be back tomorrow for Day 2!
Have a great day!


56 comments:

  1. This is gorgeous on kraft! Beautiful technique. Wonderful card!

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  2. Your card is stunning. I love the combination of white on Kraft paper. I think it always makes stark white soft and pretty.

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  3. So beautiful Chris!
    Love the stamp sets and your video

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  4. Simply gorgeous! I love the softness of your oxides on kraft.

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  5. Congratulations on being the designer this week! I love the flower stamp on craft card. The white ink on the flower blossom is so beautiful and really stands out. Thanks for sharing the video too!

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  6. This card is elegant. I love how rich it looks. I will have to try this and thank you so much for the video

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  7. Lovely card! I love the way you painted the image with oxides... beautifully done!

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  8. So pretty! I love your coloring, design, and "makeup" tips. Just wonderful. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  9. That's just beautiful! I would never have thought to apply ink directly to the image with a bruish and no water. Off to Walmart I go to find that little brush. :)

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  10. What a lovely card. Thank you for sharing this technique and for the secret about the brush! Looking forward to your week, Chris.

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  11. So pretty! Thanks for the tips in the video!

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  12. Thanks for the video on how you acquired this terrific look. I love this beautiful card.

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  13. Wow, beautiful and your video was so informative, can’t wait for the rest of your week! 😊

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  14. I love Kraft paper and am always looking for ideas how to use it. Love your card (and your tip using the makeup brush!).

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    1. Nancy, you are one of the winners of my GIU week prizes! I can't find a way to contact or tag on Facebook. Could you please message me?

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  15. I love your finished project! Using a make up brush for small areas is an amazing idea. I will try it soon. Thank you for sharing. Beautiful card.
    --Phaline Mays

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  16. Gorgeous card. Thank you so much for the video.

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  17. Stunning card. Love your techniques.

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  18. Oh what a beautiful card. I love the hint of periwinkle with white. Very pleasant.

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  19. Oh, my! Your card is gorgeous! I love distress oxides, but have never painted with them. I'm going to try it now. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  20. You are so very talented with the way you paint with ink. Love this card you made! Looking forward to following your posts this week!

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  21. Omg! Love this card and especially appreciate your instructions to tie the bow! I also have long nails, acrylics, as when I was going through cancer treatments, my nails basically peeled and snagged Everything! So, acrylics it has been ever since. I love them but do find it hard to do small hand coordination things! Thank you so much! Hugs 🤗

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  22. I like how you used kraft as the background. It looks so earthy and wonderful!!

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  23. oh wow, this is beautiful. Love the flower stamp.

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  24. Hey Chris, I think your card is wonderful! Such a delicate and effective use of color. I have never seen inks of any kind used this way. I learned so much watching your video! I've got to go to Walmart now and get one of those brushes. I'm so excited for my KOTM to get here (mine are delivered the second half of the month). I'm can't wait to see what you have for us the rest of the week!

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  25. Beautiful card. Thanks for the makeup brush tip! Genius!!

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  26. This is amazing! I can't wait to try this technique. And thanks for the new tool ideas! Can't wait to try it. Love this card!

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  27. Fabulous card and thank you for the video to show all the tips you have.

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  28. I loved watching your video - great colouring tips!

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  29. Wow, what a gorgeous card!! Love the muted colors!! Great stamps too!

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  30. I will definitely try this technique. Thank you!

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  31. Gorgeous! I’m going to have to try this.

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  32. Beautiful card. I love anything kraft so I will be trying this

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  33. Appreciate the practical tips! They fit my budget as they’re already in the house. Beautiful card...so lifelike with phenomenal shading!

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  34. OMG this card is so beautiful! I love your technique and thanks for sharing.

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  35. As always, the card is awesome and I love it. I just have one question. Why do you work with your inks to the left and have to cross in front of yourself and your card every time you need to get more ink? Would it not be easier to have your ink to the upper right of your work? Just wondering. Does this take me out of the running for winning a prize? Lol!

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  36. Wow, this is just stunning! What a fabulous image
    this is. What a fabulous KIT!

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  37. I love what you have done with this card!! Absolutely beautiful!!!

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  38. I’m a big fan of kraft paper and this stamp looks amazing. Beautiful card.

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  39. Wonderful card. Love the coloring on kraft and thanks for all the tips.

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  40. The cards are beautiful! This is a set I would love to own!

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  41. Beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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  42. Makeup tools just took on a whole new meaning! I love kraft cards, & this was a technique I NEVER would have imagined myself. Thanks for sharing your knowledge & talent.

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  43. Love your card and really enjoyed your coloring technique. Never used the distress inks to color before, but I will be now! Thank you for showing us your talents!

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  44. Mercy! You make it look so easy. Absolutely gorgeous!

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  45. This is beautiful, Chris! I love watching you paint! And that Marci is a smart gal!

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  46. Just gorgeous. I love Kraft paper and you made this look really beautiful!

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  47. Very pretty! Thanks for sharing!

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  48. I am really loving this look. Beautiful.

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  49. Beautiful! Love it on craftstock.

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  50. Wow such a beautiful card.
    Love how you color on kraft with distress ink.
    Thank you for the inspiration and tips!

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  51. Beautiful !! Your images just leap off the page! I also love that you stamped on paper that is not white ;)

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  52. Your talents are enormous! Thank you for sharing them with us! Love the white on kraft. Very elegant!

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  53. Wow !! This flower is just amazing !!
    [margessw(at)icloud(dot)com]

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