Friends of Unity Blog Hop - Stenciled Card

 Hello again!  

Summer has arrived (it's a Long Weekend here - and I know for you in the US it's the biggest summer celebration for you as well- Happy 4th of July a wee bit early!) 

Welcome back to another Friends of Unity Blog Hop! Crystal was up first to kick things off and she always inspires me! (If you missed her post - you can find her HERE!

This month our cue is stencils - and Unity has added this fast, fun and easy-on-the-wallet crafty item to their website! yay! But - oddly enough, I do not have a Unity stencil in my stash of goodies (I guess that means I can  go shopping,  right?)  😉 So I created some cards using my Unity stamps and some great stencils I have that work perfectly ! 

First  - a little experiment - since I don't have a single Unity stencil ...  I decided to try my hand at making one using one of our dies - and this was the result! 

I used the sweet little mouse and sentiment from Wishing and Wishing.... and I had a fun stencil from Tim Holtz to create that gorgeous moon ... so with that gorgorgeous night sky I layered my Distress Inks in Broken China, Cracked Pistachio, Salty Ocean and Faded Jeans. 

It was so much fun to layer this night sky! 

I even added a touch of Distress Oxide and some splashes of water to make those stars...

 but here is where I wanted to experiment - I used the Falling Stars Background die to make my own stencil using a piece of thicker acetate. 

The result was ok - but definietely next time a piece of thicker acetate is going to be better! 

I was excited to use some texture paste and add those stars to my night sky - it shows you that making your OWN stencil with a die works wiith practice! 

Next up - I had a blast making this get well card to cheer up a friend who just recently went through a surgery! This Unity set is called Speedy, and this card really didn't take long at all - I simply broke out the Distress Inks/Oxides and blended my own unique panel with Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers and Cracked Pistachio to name a few!

 I had a dies from SU! that made the perfect underwater theme, and the stencil layer on the base is from Honey Bee stamps (the stencil is called River Rocks) :) 

I also layered some color and used the stencil on the inside of the card as well - I hope it brightens her day! 

Finally a bit of floral inspiration for you - I paired a favorite stamp of mine
called Falling Into Place, and I colored it up using my Copics.

This butterfly was only attached by one wing and I left the other suspended to give a bit of dimension. 

My Tim Holtz classic stencil called Layering Plaid was used on only a portion of the card (the ink is Sahara Sand from SU!) Just a few enamel dots as embellishments and this card was complete. 

Thanks so much for stopping by, be sure to let me know you were here... and I do hope you love all of the designs our group worked on this month to inspire you! Next stop along our Hop is 


Peace, Love n' Ink



  1. Amazing cards, Amber! I love your DIY stencil for the first card... that galaxy sky is GORGEOUS!! Wow! I just got that TH moon stencil... you've inspired me to pull it out and play! I adore your turtle card and the butterfly card is perfect with just a touch of plaid!

  2. Love your cards, Amber! My favorite is the turtle card… just gorgeous and so special for a friend in need!

  3. Your cards are beautiful! I love how creative you are making your own stencil. It turned out awesome and I am going to try this. I love your coloring and the sentiment goes so perfectly in the moon. The second card is amazing blending perfection! I love the die and stencil patterns.The last card is so fun pairing the butterfly with the plaid pattern. I love it!

  4. The cards are all fantastic. I especially love the little turtle. Your coloring is very nice!

    Linda Abel

  5. That little turtle card has my heart!
    Fab cards, friend!! ...and how dang crafty are youuu, huh, to be making your own stencils! WTG!! ;)

  6. Brilliant idea to make your own stencils, a great result!

  7. Your cards are so wonderful! I love all of your backgrounds. That turtle is my fave - he's so sweet and I love the scene you created for him.

  8. That starry sky and moon! Talks to my soul, and the mouse, so stinking cute. The turtle is amazing. Becca is right, the scene is so sweet. Your butterfly is elegant and ready to fly!

  9. Lovely cards and
    fabulous way to
    make your own
    Carla from Arizona

  10. Simply splendid!
    stamping sue

  11. So creative to make your own stencil! Worked well with your card design! Love all your stencil applications! The turtle card is awesome!

  12. Wow! You did an amazing job in showcasing your stencils. I especially like the turtle card with it's coloring and dimension.

  13. Wow! These are all so amazing! Love how you made your own stencil and thanks for sharing how you did it. I LOVE your moon. LOVE all the details on your Speedy card and your butterfly card is gorgeous!

  14. Stunning cards!!! I love how you created your own stencil from the stars die, very creative and an amazing card. Your ink blending on your first 2 cards is gorgeous. I love the lil turtle, the cut out and all the details. And that butterfly is gorgeous and paired beautifully with the plaid stencil. Thanks for the inspiration!

  15. Gorgeous cards! Making a stencil with a die is a great idea.

  16. Hey, neat idea. These cards are so colorful. I'm new to stencils, but looooove the results (even the handmade)


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