Growing In Unity Day 2

Today, I’m bringing a couple cards to you that I created using Unity Stamps and my Copic Sketch markers. I just started playing (and accumulating) my Copic markers last year and I have fallen in love with how easy it is to use them! Unity Stamp Co. has so many stamps available with images that are so easy to color.

I started my first card because my husband asked me to make a birthday card for a friend of ours. That’s one of the things I love – being able to create any type of card we need at any point in time!

I recently went through my stamp collection to try and get some semblance of organization. I found quite a few Unity stamps that I either hadn’t used yet, or that I hadn’t used in a while, so I decided to break them out. I started with my July 2017 KOTM, Halo Dirty. There is a gorgeous daisy background stamp that I used as well as 2 different birthday sentiments. I stamped everything with my Versafine Onyx Black ink since it is a Copic-friendly ink. For the Daisy background stamp, I colored the daisy flowers using my Copic markers Y00, Y08, Y11, and YR27. Next, I used a double stitched rectangle die and cut out the background panel and then used the larger double stitched rectangle die from the set to cut out a black matte for the background panel.

AnneMichelle Creates Hummingbird Birthday Card
AnneMichelle Creates Hummingbird Birthday Card

I also pulled in the Perfect Day Hummingbird stamp. I used my Copic markers to color in the hummingbird in the set. For the main part of the body, I used BG13, BG23 and BG49 and for the chest and underwing areas, I used V05, BV08 and B29. After coloring the bird, I fussy cut it out and then used my Tombow brush pen in black N15 to color in around the edge so there wasn’t any white border around my bird.

AnneMichelle Creates: Hummingbird Birthday Card

I thought an action spring card would be a lot of fun and I was able to use a lot of things that I already had in my supplies. I used my Glue dots, a piece of vellum paper and 22 gauge black beading wire to create the spring for my bird. I wrapped the wire around a thick pen 4 full times, then cut the wire with a pair of beading wire cutters. I cut out 1 small circle from my cardstock and 2 small circles out of my vellum. I then attached a glue dot to one side of the cardstock circle and slid it between the bottom & next layer on the spring and pushed it to the bottom of my hummingbird. I then took the 2 vellum circles and put a glue dot one 1 side of each of them and made a sandwich out of the other side of my homemade spring.

AnneMichelle Creates Hummingbird Birthday Card

Once I had the spring on my hummingbird ready, I attached it to the card panel.

AnneMichelle Creates Hummingbird Birthday Card

It was time to add the sentiments. When it comes to birthday cards, I love to stamp a sentiment on the outside and the inside of the card in addition to personalizing the inside with a personal message when I’m ready to send the card out. I was lucky enough to find both of my sentiments in the same July 2017 KOTM from Unity and I love the cheekiness for the inside sentiment! I stamped the inside sentiment on a card base made from 110lb cardstock because I didn’t want the layers from the card panel to mess up my stamping. Once my sentiment was stamped, I adhered the card panel to the card base.

AnneMichelle Creates Hummingbird Birthday Card

I wanted to emboss the outside sentiment because I just love the look of an embossed sentiment! I used my MISTI to stamp the sentiment since I was going to stamp a couple times. After stamping the sentiment in my Versafine onyx black, I then put it back in my MISTI and stamped it with Versamark ink in order to use the clear glitter embossing powder. I always use my reverse tweezers when I’m going to emboss a sentiment strip to avoid burning my fingers!

AnneMichelle Creates Hummingbird Birthday Card

Now it was finally time to embellish! A friend of mine placed a very large order for sequins several years ago and I had never even pulled them out! It was way past time and I had the perfect set to go with my card!! I just used the same glue dots to place them where I wanted on my card.

AnneMichelle Creates Hummingbird Birthday Card

My husband loved the card and we literally placed it in the mail right after I took this final picture!

AnneMichelle Creates Hummingbird Birthday Card

So the hummingbird birthday card came about AFTER I had already created the card I was going to post, so I thought I’d at least show you the other card (which is also going to be mailed out in December). For this card, I used the September 2015 KOTM, Our Heart to Yours, which is full of so many festive goodies. My sentiment and image both came from the same kit. It is truly one of my favorite stamp sets and the I used the girl to really practice coloring with my Copics when I first started using them. I started by stamping the girl and the sentiment with my Versafine onyx black ink. I colored the shirt accents using G07, G24 and YG67, the Christmas ball with R29, R39 and R89, Her skin with E00, E02, and E93 and finally her hair with YR14, YR18, E08 and E18.

AnneMichelle Creates Christmas Girl

Next, I took my Tumbled glass distress oxide and a blending brush and blended in around my image. I went over the Christmas ball with my clear Wink of Stella brush.

AnneMichelle Creates Christmas Girl

I glued a few 5mm red sequins (these are also from that large order I split with a friend a while ago) with Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive.

AnneMichelle Creates Christmas Girl

I mounted the panel onto a green piece of cardstock from my stash using my Scotch foam tape and them adhered the panel onto a 110lb card base.

AnneMichelle Creates Christmas Girl
AnneMichelle Creates Christmas Girl

I had also prepped a couple other images when I wasn’t sure what I would prepare for my final post. Unity has so many gorgeous images!! Here are a couple more that I prepared.

Smile and Move Forward stamp set.

AnneMichelle Creates Floral

Supplies Used: Copic Marker: RV02, RV10, RV55, G07, G24, YG67, BG000.

Otter Love This Much stamp set

AnneMichelle Creates Otter

Supplies used: Copic markers: E25, E29, E34, E43, R29, R39, R89, Distress Oxide: Tumbled Glass.

Pretty As A Peacock stamp set

AnneMichelle Creates Peacock

Supplies used: Copic markers: R05, BV08, BG49, G09

Be sure to go check out Unity Stamp, they are an amazing company with great red rubber stamps good to use with any medium! Also, don’t forget to leave a comment in order to be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a grab bag of 20 Unity stamps!

Published by annemichellecreates

Just a southern empty nester momma who enjoys crafting and DIY-ing.

32 thoughts on “Growing In Unity Day 2

  1. Gorgeous coloring on all of your pretty cards. I emboss everything!! lol LOVE the hummingbird (I am a bird nerd according to my hubby! lol) and the spring action is awesome. She will love that card for sure.

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  2. I love both cards, your coloring is great as is your blending. I don’t have any of these stamps so now I have to go to the website and search for them. I love that your husband asked to make something and that he loved it.

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  3. Thanks for sharing the numbers of the Copic markers that you used on the beautiful cards! I’m still learning how to color with them and every bit of advice helps!!

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  4. Beautiful cards! Love the homemade wobble! I have done that before when I’ve run out of the ready made ones! Love your Christmas girl too! Lovely coloring!

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  5. Great cards. Love the hummingbird “in action.” Great design. However, I took a copic instructional class and they told me Versafine ink is not a Copic friendly ink. It actually could smear, bleed, or feather during coloring, shading or over time. And maybe you’ve been lucky, as I was, but I did find some images did eventually smear or feather. It used to be my go to ink for everything, which still is for anything water color related. But I have found my favorites for copics is Tsukineko’s dye-based Memento Tuxedo Black ink and Gina K Amalgam ink which is great for any medium, alcohol markers or watercoloring. Hope that helps. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  6. What a fantastic collection of cards!!!! I am so glad you taught me how to DIY one of those wobble things – all I need is some heavy gauge wire now. 😁 Thank you! I used your link to buy those metal diecuts and now I need to find those tweezers – great tip for not burning fingers! 🤦😂
    ❤️ Doreen

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