Growing In Unity Blog Hop

Welcome to the Growing in Unity Blog Hop.  This is the start of the blog, so make sure you follow the links at the end of this post to see all of the participants.  Leave a comment and you could win a prize package from Unity Stamp Company.  They are always a wonderful assortment of stamps that I am positive you would love.  Comment on everyone’s blog to increase your chances to win.


It is such a busy season, that I only had time to make a couple of cards.  Lucky for me that using Unity stamps makes it really easy to do this quickly.  I signed up for the KOM just a little over a year ago and while I love it, I don’t always get a chance to use many of the stamps before the next kit comes.  I am challenging myself to use more of them in the coming year.  For these two cards, I went back to the November 2016 KOM called Midnight Kisses.  I had only used two stamps in this kit since I received it last year, so I used images and sentiments that I haven’t inked up before.



I am so excited that I actually have made a New Year’s card in time to send it out this year.  I stamped the girl and sentiment with Versamark on black card stock and heat embossed them with gold. I cut them out freehand so that I had room to position them on an A-2 size card base.  I backed the images with Foiled Velum by DCWV.  For the inside, I also used Versamark and gold heat embossing.  The star background was stamped three times across the top to cover it all.  I really like the gold and black together.


InsideComfrot_insideFor this second card, I stamped with Versafine ink on water color paper and then used Distress Ink and a wet brush to color the image.  I used Mustard Seed, Fossilized Amber, Rusty Hinge, and Bundled Sage.  I also put a faint wash of gray around the whole image to make it pop.  I have seen people use this technique and it really works well. I stamped the sentiment on the same water color paper and cut around it with an oval die.  I brushed around the edge with the Fossilized Amber and then wet it slightly with a wet brush. I did the same technique for the inside.  The background paper is from an Authentique 6 x 6 paper pack called Latest and Greatest.

I ended up using a total of 9 stamps from the KOM that I used and there were still a lot I didn’t use because there are so many in those kits.  Keep hopping along and be sure to comment to enter for the prizes. If you want to see my original GIU posts, just look in the November archives on the right hand side of this page.

Your next stop is Lori.

Here is the full line-up in case you get lost.

Denise      ⇐ You are here.

Lori   ⇐ Go here next




40 thoughts on “Growing In Unity Blog Hop

  1. Had a little trouble finding where to post. Love your New Years card, simply stunning and I really like that you show the inside of your cards. The 🌟 stars on the inside really made this card, what a surprise!! Your second card is just as beautiful.


  2. Oh! Your New Years card is stunning! I love gold on black. Your water coloring is so pretty… I need to ink up that flower! Thanks for the inspiration!


  3. I truly lo b e both cards and i love yor process the grey really made those flowers pop (like you said) but i really like the look of it many blessings


  4. Beautiful cards! Love the gold embossing on black. What a statement! The sympathy card is so nice. The flowers are beautiful, and the sentiments are perfect!


  5. Love a Happy New Year card…..sometimes we card makers don’t always get Christmas ones out in time…..points finger at herself!!!!….that’s why I love this image….


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