Sunday, April 23, 2017

Graduation and a Hop!




It is that time of year for me, again. Unity Blog Hop time!  I'm always so excited to join other crafters in these blog hops. They are fun and they expand my horizons as far as card style and stamping techniques.




I used Unity's  April Graduation Bundle  to create both these cards.





I figured with graduation season right around the corner it might be a good time to get a few cards made for my stash. 

I watched a Unity tip video a while back and saw one of the designers use Prisma Color Pencils on Vellum and I wanted to try that. The female graduate card is created using this technique. I only colored the cap and gown on this image and left he rest without color. When I layered it over this beautiful patterned paper by Pink Paislee (the Take me Away pack), I loved how the yellow stripe showed through the vellum creating a soft skin tone.  

The sentiment and image are heat embossed because this ink was taking a long time to dry and I wanted to move on, so a dusting of clear embossing powder over the black ink and a quick melt with the heat tool and I was able to move on. A few sequins from a Lucy's card mix (pastel paradise) and this card front was done. 


I finished the inside with a die cut panel, strip of patterned paper and an additional sentiment. 






The second card I created was a masculine version. I wanted to use the same colored pencils but this time used smooth white card stock to stamp and color my image on. I did use the same wonky stitched rectangle die from Gina Marie to cut the main panel that I used on the vellum from the previous card. 


The patterned paper is from a Paper House Color Ways pack. I die cut the sentiment panel with a SSS stitched banner die. I did more coloring on the image on this card than the previous. I added the pop of blue and yellow on a mono-chromatic card to draw the eye in. 

I finished the inside with a panel die cut with the same rectangle die and an additional sentiment. 




If you'd like to catch up on my Growing in Unity week you can start here: Unicorns and Rainbows GIU Day 1  from there you can visit the other 4 posts from my week.


Remember, this blog post is a part of a blog hop put on by Unity Stamp Company. Be sure to visit the links below for a chance to win!

You can find the other participants at the following blogs:



85 comments:

  1. I love the cards! Thank you for sharing and inspiring!

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  2. Beautiful cards!! I really need to try and stamp on vellum!!!
    One more thing to do today, thanks for the inspiration!!

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    1. I haven't used vellum as much as I'd like... it is on my continue to experiment list

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  3. I love the graduation bundle. Mine is in the mail right now and I can't wait to get my hands on it. Your cards are great. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. There were so many great stamps in the bundle

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  4. Great cards. Love the coloring on vellum

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  5. Great cards! I haven't tried to stamp on vellum yet, but each card I see makes me want to do it more and more! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Well done on your graduation cards!
    stamping sue
    http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

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  7. Love them! Keep up the great work !

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  8. Very nice graduation cards! There doesn't seem to be a lot of stamps for this occasion. To me anyway! Need to look into these! Thank you!

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    1. I agree, not too many stamps for graduation out there.

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  9. Beautiful cards - any grad would be thrilled to get one of these..

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  10. Oh, both of these are lovely but I really like how you stamped and coloured on vellum. Great technique. Hugz

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  11. Nice! Another technique I will have to try =)

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  12. Great cards. Loved them both. Thanks for sharing!!

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  13. Very nice. Love the vellum look.

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  14. I love that boy graduate card. I kind of want to copy it...

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  15. This hop is making me realize how underutilized my Prismacolors really are. I am going to have to break them out again and play. I love how the black gown has a distressed look to it. Both cards are great!

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    1. I don't use mine enough either. And I clearly still need to practice with them.

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  16. I have to say that I really love the way you use the color choices in both of these grad cards. You have a great sense of blending the colors together to make it work. Thank you for sharing. Hugs sweetie

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    1. thank you so much! make me blush. ;)

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  17. Lovely cards! My 2nd eldest nephew is graduating this year (I used the owl from Owl See You which had never been inked up before). And next year, we'll have three graduates!

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    1. great set. I have a few sets that haven't seen ink yet. oops. I must correct that.

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  18. Very nice graduation cards. I don't have any graduations this year but either of these would make great cards.

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  19. Wonderful graduation cards. I really like the coloring on vellum.

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    1. thank you, it was a neat technique to try

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  20. Great job... I love these cards!

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  21. Love both your grad cards! I like the machine stitching and how you coloured both! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. isn't that die awesome. I love what it does to the card, instant personality.

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  22. I don't have any grads this year.....but, if I did! Love your cards!

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  23. I love the vellum overlay look. Beautiful cards.

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    1. once I saw that particular dp i needed to do something so it showed through and vellum was the perfect solution

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  24. Great set of cards, Renee. The vellum overlay is a fun idea!

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  25. These are great cards! The vellum overlay looks great! I will probably need to make a few cards myself so this gives me inspiration! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. thank you Valerie, I look forward to your projects.

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  26. I love the vellum stamping! Great idea.

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  27. love the vellum usage with the colourful background...great job!

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    1. thank you. it was really neat how it worked out.

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  28. Your graduation card is perfect. Nice design!

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  29. What a fun graduation card. Love the image.

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  30. Awesome cards. Thanks for the inspiration

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  31. Love your grad cards. These ideas are just what I am looking for!!! thanks so much for sharing:)

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  32. Those are lovely! I love coloring on vellum. Elegant look. TFS!

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  33. love the way the prismacolor pencils look on the vellum -must try that now, lol!

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  34. Beautiful cards! Your coloring is very beautiful. I love the sentiments on them both.

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  35. Great cards and the stitched die frames really set them off.

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  36. I'm making graduation cards with these sets too! I love them!

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  37. I need this bundle because I do have graduations coming up. Thanks for sharing!

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  38. Lovely! I am digging the stamping on the vellum. It's lovely.

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  39. I love your stitch die! Fabulous coloring.

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  40. Oooohhhh I just received my Grad stamps and love this idea!!! Thank you for sharing!

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  41. I love the velum and colored pencil technique. You did an awesome job!

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