Monday, April 3, 2017

Growing in Unity Day 1

Good Morning and Happy Monday.

This week I am the one of two Unity gals sharing projects for the Unity Stamp Company.  
I am sharing the week with the talented Samantha Jackson-Houp.  

I hope you find some wonderful inspiration this week.  

Also be sure to leave a comment each day because 
there will some lucky winners of a Unity Grab bag.  

This is the 4th year I have been a GIU Gal and
 I am honored to be a part of such a wonderful group of crafters.  

For my project today I wanted to try a technique I have not tried.   
Stamping on vellum.  

 I chose to go with the birdcage image from the


I took a class at last years Scrapbook Expo and we were given some vellum flowers to work with.
They were stamped and embossed using embossing enamel and
we colored them on the back with chalk ink.
So, of course I need to buy some of the enamel.  

On thing I discovered was that your images can't have too much detail.  
If they do the chunky enamel will blend the lines together.  
I also found that each of the enamel colors I purchased were not were not the same.
Some colors the chuck were large and some were smaller 
I found that the the colors that had smaller chunk worked better

Next challenge was to color the image.
  I first tried to color on the back with my alcohol markers.
   That left streaks that showed through and the color was not as vibrant as I wanted.
I then tried the Spectrum Noir Sparkle markers.  
I discovered I could color and even blend colors a little better.  
These I used these markers on the front of the image
 and I could clean off any color I got on the embossing.  
And the color was nice and vibrant.  
I just had to let the color dry for a little while.  

The first card I used the first image I colored.  
The bird cage is colored with a very dark purple alcohol marker.
The flowers and bird was colored using the sparkle markers on the front.  
To be sure there was sparkle on the bird cage I used a clear sparkle marker on the front.

The second card I only colored on the front using the glitter markers.

I went with lighter colors so that I do some blending with the markers.

I mounted the image with a pattern background.  
I like the softening effect of the vellum and it adds to the dimension of the projet. 

I finished off the center of the flowers with a enamel dots
on the first card and some jewels on the second.

Please take a moment to see what Samantha has made today.

And don't forget to comment each day.

Thank you for stopping by.


I will be entering the first card in the following challenges


  1. Beautiful card Teresa! I'm so thrilled to be sharing Growing in Unity week with you! I'm not following your blog, too!

  2. Beautiful cards. I like the velum and don't use it enough myself, but when I see cards like this, I go back to it.

  3. Nice cards :) I've been wanting to try stamping on vellum and I haven't tried it yet. Thanks for the tips you found that work well! :) I'll definitely have to give this a try now.

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    1. Congrats. You are one of the winners of the Unity Grab Bag. Please contact me with your mailing address

  5. These are both so pretty!! I love the vellum design with the texty BG. Such pretty designs! I've done this before, but need to do more because it's such a pretty technique (especially for a non-colorer like me!). Really looking forward to your GIU week. :-)

  6. oh my I have to go check out that KOM....these hops always cost me money!!!! love it on vellum

  7. Very pretty! I love this birdcage image!

  8. Your cards are so pretty! I really like the first one a lot :)

  9. So pretty. Love how they pop off the page. And that stamp set is so pretty too. Great choice.

  10. Teresa, the effect of the chunky enamel embossing powder is So Cool!!! . Are the gold flecks part of the enamel, or did you add them after? Thanks for the caution about choosing a simpler lined image with chunky enamel and your process with the colouring. I always learn something new to try. :) Looking forward to what else you will show us this week!

    1. Hi Dorthy. The gold flecks are part of the enamel. I use the shabby white and the shabby pink. Both are from Stampendous.

  11. These cards are gorgeous! I love the bird cage stamp and now want the kit! Lol. The colors are amazing on these cards! Thank you so much for sharing. :)

  12. Congrats on being a GIU girl! I like that you used an older kotm to create your card. Really pretty!

  13. Like the technique and the look it gives the card.

  14. Beautiful. I love working with vellum.

  15. I just love the soft vintage feel you achieved. I look forward to your creations this week!

  16. Really pretty. Love the speckled look of the embossing.

  17. OK Vellum - look out, here I come. Thanks for the inspiration!

  18. I can't wait to try this. What a cool technique! Thanks for sharing.

  19. WOW-these are gorgeous. I really want to try this technique-thank you for the great tutorial!

  20. Beautiful cards! Such a lovely image! Wonderful designs!

    Thank you very much for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!


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  22. They are both lovely. I love the look of stamping on vellum. It can be tricky to color vellum but you did a wonderful job.

  23. Love the pretty color combos and layering! Love the vellum layers, as it always adds such a great look!

  24. Gorgeous. I just love the colors.

  25. I love the look of colored vellum. Super sweet cards

  26. I bought some vellum months ago with the intention to try this technique and still haven't done it. Thanks for the visual inspiration and the explanation about the different coloring options...that might save me a few botched attempts :-) Love the colors.

  27. I love the way you colored this card.

  28. what a stunning card! So many elements and detail! Lovely!

  29. I've never seen this technique! So interesting, must try asap

  30. This is one of my favorite stamp collections! Beautiful idea with the vellum. Loved your week, hard for me to find time to visit, but this morning the kids were out, and my coffee & I have so enjoyed the quiet conversation, and inspiration!! Thanks & have a great day :)

  31. Gorgeous cards!! I will try that technique with those markers!!