Monday, September 4, 2017

Growing in Unity Gal - Guest Designer

The first time I ever laid eyes on a Unity stamp, I fell in love with the sketchy, pretty designs. My aunt is a Unityaholic and she let me use some of her stamps while I was slowly growing my own collection. 


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It seems like Unity is always having one sale or another and my wallet complains to me every time I go check out their deals (but my heart rejoices... so suck it, wallet!) 

This week, I get the opportunity to be a guest designer for Unity *happy dances* and I'll be sharing a new design every day this week! 

I haven't played much with my Distress Inks lately - gasp! - so I remedied that but doing some Distress Ink watercoloring. 

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I stamped a floral arrangement from the First Friend, Best Friend, Forever set. Next, I smooshed three different colors of pinks onto my craft mat, then used a wet paintbrush to pick up the ink.

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This is why I love Distress Inks - you can stamp with them, but you can also do so many different techniques like watercoloring. 

I also used some Distress blues and greens to color in the leaves and water. 

Since I had a lot of color left over on my craft mat after I was done watercoloring my image, I used the Distress Ink double dipping technique to marble a piece of paper. 

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 I layered my focal image with black, white, and bits of gold, adding in a strip of my marbled panel. I finished it off by stamping a sentiment from the For the Guys stamp set. 

This whole design was inspired by the latest challenge at If you Give a Crafter a Cookie


I loved the combo of patterns and colors going on and HAD to try to replicate that on a card

I'm also going to enter my card over at Seize the Birthday. I'm not using the Aqua/Green optional toppings, but I wanted to play along anyhow. 

Also, if you're feeling like leaving some extra bloggy love today go check out my fellow GIU gal for the week - Rebecca Wong Pui Yee. Who doesn't love a Rebecca?! 

And make sure you leave a comment on my blog!! Unity is giving away two stamp sets to those of you who are kind enough to drop some lines below! 

60 comments:

  1. So pretty with the black and white with the pink.

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  2. Love it! Still trying to figure out colouring in general. So pretty!

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  3. Gorgeous card! Love the pretty pink flowers against the black, white, and gold :)
    I love Unity Stamps!!

    Jeannie T.

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  4. stunning! love the layers and colors :) beautifully designed

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  5. Wow! Really beautiful. I'll have to give watercolor with distress inks. Unity kills my wallet too, but such great stamps, I can't resist!

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  6. Love the layering and colors! Beautiful card!

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  7. Very sweet card withjust pink and green as the basic colours. Love the layout too.

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  8. GORGEOUS!!! I love the green and pink combo!!

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  9. Woo-hoo, so happy to see you as GIU designer this week!
    Two Rebecca's guest designing in one week ... can't ever
    beat that! Love your card! Pink, black & white is one of
    my very fave color combos. And your design is perfection!

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  10. Your blog is really inspiring me to get back in my craft room and start creating! Your card is super-gorgeous. Really love the marbled paper that used the extra ink left on your craft mat! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  11. Love the color combo and the layering, great card!

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  12. Pretty card! Pretty cookies! Love how you used up your ink!!!

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  13. LOVE your watercolouring and that double dipping background makes me happy!!! So vibrant and adorable feel, very feminine! Fabulous card, a great interpretation of that prompt!

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  14. This is so pretty Becca. I haven't tried Unity Stamps yet, but they seem to have some gorgeous designs. I love your cookie inspiration photo too!

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  15. What a pretty little vase of flowers! Wonderfully layered Becca. Love those polka dots!

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  16. Lovely card. Your design and colors are so nice. Thanks for sharing with us. ❤️

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  17. I just found the Unity shop and LOVE it, and your gorgeous card, Fab layout and beautiful pink roses.

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  18. What a gorgeous card. I love all the layering!

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  19. nice job Becca! love how you colored with the distress ink!

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  20. Gorgeous card. Thanks for inspiring & bringing a smile with your humor. I love your style and can't wait to visit your blog often in the future.

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  21. Fabulous card. All those different patters makes it too gorgeous.

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  22. Love the use of all the papers, great way to use all the scraps we have I never thought of that love the flower

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  23. Iys a beautiful cad Becca ,I loved the marbeled piece too :)

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  24. Stunning card! Love the marbled piece!

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  25. Beautiful card! The coloring is lovely. I also really like the gold embellies you used on the left side.

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  26. I really like black and white as accents. Makes everything else pop!

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  27. Right?! Who doesn't love a Rebecca.....😘. I too fell in love with Unity the first time I stumbled across a FB live video. Beautiful card!!! Love all the layers, colors and elements. Looking forward to seeing your daily posts.

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  28. Beautiful technique! I can't wait to try it myself! Love Unity stamps!!

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  29. Beautiful card design. Love the colors for you background paper!

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  30. Such a beautiful card! Pink flowers are my favorites! Love all the patterned papers too!

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  31. Very pretty! I live the black and white with a colorful image. Nice!

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  32. love all the elements you put together--great design!

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  33. Gorgeous card and colorful combo. Love the LO design too❤️ Looking forward to your week of creations!

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  34. Great card! It doesn't get much better than pink and green AND Oxides.

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  35. Always love your backgrounds! How come mine never look so awesome??!!

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  36. Oh Becca!! I just LOVE your colors. I've not used distressed inks as watercolors so now I'm gonna have to!! This turned out so lovely ~ so lovely!! Your background panel is so gorgeous - I can try all day and not get a beautiful splash like that; and your dots and stripes Love!!

    Congrats on your Unity week ~ I know it will be amazing!! Have fun & thanks for the inspiration :)

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  37. Beautiful distress watercoloring, Becca! Congrats on being a guest designer for Unity as well xx

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  38. Nobody but you could have created this card, Becca! Jo x

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  39. Very pretty. Great colour scheme. Hugz

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  40. Stunning and colorful card! Love the layout and colors! Thanks for sharing!
    (Hugs) Cara
    My Creative Chaos {My Personal Blog}

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  41. The accents of gold are wonderful and I love all the layers.

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  42. Love the card and I think it's awesome that it was inspired by cookies!! I like challenges and I'll have to check out some of the links. Thanks!

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  43. Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at If you give a Crafter a Cookie, good luck!!! Amy DT

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  44. Great balance here! Love the layers.

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  45. I love how you used your leftover ink to create your backround paper!

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  46. Love your great layout, so awesome and i specially like your color combination for the card, so sweet and glitter.

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  47. Love the colors and the layout! I never thought to actually paint with them! Thanks for the great idea!

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  48. Thank you for joining us at If you give a Crafter a Cookie, good luck!!! Amy DT


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  49. Congrats! and wow, what a gorgeous card!
    thank you for the tutorial, too!

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  50. What a beautiful card... I enjoy using distress inks, in many ways!
    Thanks for sharing, Cindi

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  51. Such a beautiful card with the distress ink watercoloring technique. Love it, Becca!

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  52. Beautiful beautiful card! And omg I can't wait to see that background used.. that is gorgeous also... congrats on guesting over at Unity... they couldn't have picked better!

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  53. Gorgeous!!! I'm going to have to try that with my distress inks!!! Thanks so much for participating in our IF YOU GIVE A CRAFTER A COOKIE... challenge. Hope you participate in our next challenge!! Have a happy crafty day!!! *If this comment is late I apologize! I’m having major issues lately trying to leave comments due to the stupid ROBOT silliness!!!
    Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper

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  54. Gorgeous watercolouring! The layers and mix of patterns is fantastic too. Thanks for playing along with Seize the Birthday.

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  55. This is AMAZING!! Those roses just POP off that card. I also like how you used the extra ink to make a background paper!!!

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