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Thursday, 20 February 2014

Uniko Studio Challenge 7………squealing with delight!!!!

Good Afternoon all,

I am here with a post to introduce my entry for the latest Uniko Studio Challenge. Before I show you, I want to share a revelation I had the other night. I was showing my husband a card I had made for a challenge and he said that he didn't really like it! I then realised, that I didn't very much either…..

It then occurred to me that I don;t want to get in to a cycle of making cards just to fit a challenge, I want to make cards that I love, and only enter them if I love them.

When I saw the challenge for Uniko studio my heart fell when I saw the word 'distressed'…..I just am not a fan at all of that look. I was delighted however when I saw there was also the option of vintage and so that is the road I have gone down.

I typed vintage in to pinterest and lots of florals and lace were coming up and so I began planning in my head what I wanted to achieve.

I wanted to create some 'lace' and so I embossed with paper mania seam foam white on to card. It was nice, but not great. I tried again using vellum (my favourite medium) and this worked a treat. The sea foam white EP goes kind of crackly when it dried which further gave the illusion of lace. I used two different stamps for the lace which worked brilliantly together.

I decided to make a square card, but to give a more vintage effect, I cropped the corners using an art deco corner punch. I LOVED what I was beginning to build up.

Oh, in order to get one of the stone colours for the colour inspiration part of the challenge, I tried tree staining my card thinking that it would give an 'old' look - but this looked rubbish so that idea was scrapped.

Uniko Studio do such beautiful flower stamps and so I decided to use them to introduce the colour inspirations. I used my Spectrum Noir pens to colour in the flowers and leaves.

I decided to add pearls to the centre of the flowers which just really made them pop, but I got a bit carried away and added them to perts of the lace too - I am super pleased with how this looks though!!

I had made a big mistake when using my heat tool on the Vellum, in that I melted a corner of it! I thought I would be able to cover it up, but in fact, I decided to crop the vellum to just the top two thirds of the card and leave the bottom third as the ivory card. I added a ribbon to cover the join and place my flowers off centre. I was actually squealing with delight by this point as I just LOVED it so much.

I was feeling that this was a card that had to go to someone really special and I remembered that Mother's Day is coming up at the end of next month and because she has had a really rough few weeks as you will know from my last post, this just HAD to be a special card for her. I therefore got out my 'Mum' stamp fro Papermania and stamped in a co-ordinating light teal colour. The final touch was to add an extra pearl on the stamped 'Mum.'

I can honestly say, I have never ever been so delighted with a card I have made. I am so excited to share it with you.

Here is my 'Vintage' card……..

I just know my Mum will love this card. I hope you like it too after I built it up so much!!
Any comments so very very much appreciated.
Laura xxxxx

Stamps: Uniko Studio Pure Florals (Chrysanthemum and the leaves), Bright Butterflies (smaller flowers on the lace), and Flower Power 2 (coloured in flowers)
Cardstock: Papermill Direct Smooth Ivory, Vellum from stash.
Inks: Hobbycraft green, Spectrum Noir BT1 & BT2 (leaves), PP3 & PP5 (flowers), Papermania Seafoam White EP.
Embellishments: Ribbon and Pearls from stash.
Tools - We are Memories Corner Stub&Art Deco tool.


  1. Hi Laura, I love the background you have created here, so delicate. Such an elegant card is perfect for Mothers Day, I am sure your Mum will love it. Thanks for stopping by my blog too, your comment has made my day, Cx

  2. One stunningly beautiful card and just perfect for a Mum. x

  3. Laura, this is stunning. I love the soft vintage feel to this & the combination of flowers works beautifully. The pearls add the perfect finishing touch too. I'm super happy that you've joined in on the Uniko Studio Challenge :) Hugs Bev x

  4. Oh my, Laura, This is truly lovely. I'm glad that the distress / vintage didn't stop you. Love the soft look and the vellum. Thanks for playing along with us at Uniko Studio.

  5. Congrats on the win Laura, very well deserved! Cx