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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Thinking Good Thoughts Growing in Unity - Day 4



Hello! Welcome back to my blog for Day 4 of my week as a GIU girl for Unity Stamp Company!  As you know, I've decided to try a different project type, technique or product type this week.

For today's project, I decided to try my hand at watercoloring with Tim Holtz distress crayons.  I had seen these crayons in the store many times but never really knew what to do with them or how they worked.  Of course, each time, I had to resist the urge to buy them.  I have so many other things I've bought out of curiosity or impulse and never used, so I really am making an effort to try and buy only things I need.  Unfortunately for my pocketbook, all these fun products keep jumping into my cart and the next thing I know, they are coming home with me! What's a crafty girl to do?!

For my GIU Day 4 project, I'm actually breaking out the Tim Holtz distress crayons and trying them out.  Yay for using projects that have just been lying around. right?! I was inspired to try this technique, from watching the quick tip video on Unity Stamp Company's website. (They have tons of quick, fun videos! If you haven't checked them out already, you really need to! Link at the top of thier website at Unity Stamp Company).

I've used the set, Rosey Thoughts, from Unity Stamp Company, for this card.  Both the image and sentiment were stamped with Momento Ink. I used a water brush to color the stamp, as well as to put a light wash of color over the sentiment - One word of advice - Do NOT use this ink for watercoloring! I found that it bled and dulled my colors when watercoloring. This one turned out fine, but I found, later, when working on another project, that Momento Ink tends to bleed with watercoloring - Especially on the more detailed image.  (I could have sworn I read, somewhere, that Momento was the ink to use - Apparantly, I was wrong) Anyway, I since tried Versafine Onyx black ink and It has worked great so far! Lesson learned! Three cheers for experimenting and trying new things!

All papers used are from my stash. I used some green leaves, cut from a swag bought at hobby lobby, to add that extra touch to my card. (The swag - yet another thing that jumped into my cart while there, during a sale - And it begged to come home with me - So I gave in.  Couldn't let the poor thing be homeless, now, could I? Isn't it funny how we, as crafters, hear these voices from all these fun products, and they convince us to buy them and bring them home?  Well, that's my story, anyway, and I'm sticking to it! LOL!  Are any of the rest of you willing to admit that it happens to you, too? =)

Anyway, enough babbling from me.  If you haven't yet, you should really check out Unity Stamp Company, if you love good quality rubber stamps, empowering words and great sentiments! Oh and they even have monthly kit subscriptions, too, if your pocketbook allows for it! You won's be disappointed in any of their products!

I'd love it if you could leave me a comment while you are here.   If I can inspire just one person, with each post, it's such a good feeling. Oh and if you leave a comment on my post today, as well as my other Unity posts this week, you'll have a chance to win a grab bag of stamps from Unity Stamp Company! Two winners will be selected from everyone who comments on all my Unity posts this week!

Now, hope on over and visit this week's other Growing In Unity Girl,Teresa, at Purple Bunny Paper Crafts. She'll be giving away two grab bags of Unity stamps, this week, too!  She will be picking two winners, from her comments as well! 


I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Challenge #276-277 Anything Goes at Word Art Wednesday
Challenge # 187 Photo Inspiration at PINspirational Challenge
Challenge #38 Anything Goes at Lemon Shortbread Challenge
Challenge #338 Anything Goes at Crafty Creations Challenge
Challenge #125 Anything Goes at Inspiration Destination

21 comments:

  1. Hi Sammi! I love the grid on this spectacular card! So beautiful! Congratulations on winning the coffee stamp set at Darkroom Door! I'm so happy for you and know you will love working with the stamps. Hugs, Autumn Clark

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    1. Thank you Autumn! I have sent an email. Cannot wait to get the stamp set and start working with it!

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  2. I just bought the scribble sticks from Dina Wakely, I really do have to open the seal and play with them more....we do like to collect things don't we. Your card is beautiful and I love the paper scraps that you were able to repurpose. TFS.

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  3. This is a great stamp and coloring. When I first saw it, I thought it was paper pieced. I had not seen that stamp before and you used it well.

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  4. Great card, Sammi! I have resisted buying the distress crayons as well. I look at my boxes of distress paints and stains that go unused and convince myself that I don't need them...for now. I thought the same about oxide inks at first, but I've already been convinced that I do, indeed, "need" them. Oh - black inks - I've had to label all of my various black ink pads to remind me what it's use is - good or not good for alcohol markers, good or not good for water coloring...Now I pretty much use Versafine for water color, memento for alcohol. And the rest, of course, sit unused...

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  5. Thanks Samantha for sharing your struggles in trying something new...it makes it less intimidating for those who follow. The results are beautiful; this is a pretty card!!!

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  6. Beautiful card. Love it! I think your not alone when it comes to buying. We all do it. Have things we don't use and then one day find it and know we have to try. Too much fun crafty stuff in the store. :) Wonderful job today.

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  7. I've been wanting to try tim;s crayons for a long time. your card has inspired me to get a few and give them a try. Memento is great for alcohol markers-good to know it doesn't work with water colors.

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  8. I love this card! All the colors and patterns blend together perfectly! Love this flower stamp. It is one of my favs! :)

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  9. I have so much "stuff" it's quite ridiculous! lol I always see things at the craft store that I just "need" and then it sits & sits.
    Your card is just gorgeous! Love the colors. Love the design.

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  10. This is awesome. That flower is beautiful

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  11. Such a pretty card! I like the layers you used and the colors.

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  12. Funny.... Thing seem to jump in my cart too. I found out the hard way about my Momento ink too. It works great for Alcohol markers but not for watercolor. Not that you need an enabler but someone told me about the hybrid ink from My Favorite Things and it works great with water. Glad you gave those markers a try. Your card turned out so pretty.

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  13. Beautiful work! Thanks for joining us at Crafty Creations. Anna-Karin DT

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  14. Wow! I simply LOVE this card! Your interpretation of the flower, colors, shape is BEAUTIFUL!!!! I want to go running to find papers to do this with!!

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  15. Yes! The voices! I have to give homes to the voices that speak to me the loudest. I watched that same quick tip video, I love seeing it in action. Thank you!

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  16. Beautiful card. so beautiful with these papers. fits really well together.

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  17. lovely card....the papers match beautifully

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  18. Oh GIRL I hear you about stuff calling out to you and jumping into your cart!!! Or basket--I'm at Target the other day for milk and wind up with ribbon, washi tape, sequins, glitter and wooden die cuts. I'm innocent they flew in there on their own I swear :D

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  19. Beautiful! Thanks so much for participating in our {PIN}SPIRATIONAL challenge. Hope you participate in our next challenge!! Have a happy crafty day!!!
    Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper

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  20. Wow this is lovely. Thanks for playing at Lemon Shortbread and good luck. Hope to see you back again soon. Bettina DT Member Lemon Shortbread xx

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