GIU Day 3 Using one KOM

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Unity has four different memberships that you can join if you want to get some great new stamps automatically every month.  I joined the Kit of the Month (KOM) last year and really look forward to that package arriving just after the first of the month.  For today I challenged myself to use all of the stamps from a kit that I hadn’t had a chance to use at all.  All the projects today were made using the March 2017 KOM called Pretty Darn Amazing.

Pretty Darn Amazing {kom 3/17}See how many images and sentiments there are.

The idea for this card came from one I saw on the Facebook group Unity {show & tell} that had smoke inked across the top since this figure doesn’t have a top.  I liked that idea and took it just a little further by pulling a cotton ball out and then spraying it with Distress Spray in, appropriately enough, Black Soot.  I colored the image with my Spectrum Noir markers and went around the edge of the card with the blue marker. The patterned paper is from Basic Grey called PB&J.


A close up of the “smoke”

I have done more fussy cutting since I started using Unity stamps than I care to remember.  Some people love fussy cutting, but I am more neutral about actually doing it.  I decided to use my Cricut Explore to do the cutting for me.  There is a great tutorial on the Cricut website (found here ) and also Crafts by Two (found here ) on how to make a cut file for a stamped image.  After playing a little with the size and cutting it out on white cardstock on the Explore, I stamped the image  for this frame using my Stamp-a-ma-jig to line it up on the cut out.  It worked out really well, since I would not have taken the time to do this fine of a fussy cut.  I used Spectrum Noir markers to color it and put a piece of shiny foil cardstock behind the frame to look like a mirror.  You can actually see yourself in it.


I experimented with alcohol inks on a 6 x 6 tumbled tile from a clearance pack I picked up at Lowe’s.  After it dried I stamped it with Staz-on ink and put cork on the back to use as a hot pad.


These tags were made by experimenting with Distress Oxide Ink and putting washi tape at the bottom. I will attach them to homemade goodies at Christmas time.


This card features a paper piecing technique for the heart on the sewing machine.  The paper s from a pack by Carta Bella called Sew Lovely.  It’s like it was made for this stamp kit.


The next two cards use paper from a 6 x 6 pad called Sweater Weather by DCWV. The coloring was done by Spectrum Noir markers. I used some Nesting dies to cut out the mats.


The paper on the inside is part of the paper pad, but looks a lot like it could be a Unity stamp, especially with the heart.


I will admit that there were two sentiments in the kit that I didn’t use, but I did come close to my goal.  – Denise

60 thoughts on “GIU Day 3 Using one KOM

  1. Lol…the first card I kept looking at it before I read what you said. Got a good laugh. Great cards. Great work. Looking forward to tomorrow 🙂


  2. What a great way to use a whole stamp set (well, almost, anyway). They are all lovely.
    I really love the ‘smoke’ you made on the 1st card (that is ME! haha). And also the mushrooms in the cup is a favorite for me.


  3. I love the clean cut of your cards. Some cards that I see are way to cluttered! These ideas are ones that I would actually use. Thank you!


  4. OMGOSH I love these cards….The domestic goddess reminds me of when my daughter was learning to cook. We used to tease her because she burned water….lol I love the teacup with the little house. and your mitten tags. So cute !!


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