Friday, May 15, 2015

Growing In Unity Day 5- Reach for the Stars


Hello, Friends!

Welcome to the fifth and final day on Life with a Wiener Dog where I am the Growing in Unity Gal.  Thank you to Unity for allowing me to have this opportunity.  It's been a lot of fun!  Thank you to all of you who have visited my blog.  Don't forget, if you leave a comment on every day, two random people will win a grab bag of 25 free stamps from Unity.  Frankfurter and I will announce the winners on Saturday.  Be sure to come back and see one more Unity card and if you are one of the lucky two winners!
Today's card features the stamp set, "Reach for the Stars" which was created by Phyllis Harris.  All Phyllis Harris stamp kits are on sale for $10 this weekend at Unity.  There are several other stamps on sale at, too, so be sure to check them out.
I saved this card for last because the Phyllis Harris stamp kits are probably my very favorite stamps at Unity.  I have a bunch of their whimsical, pun stamps.  They have tons of beautiful stamps.  Their kits of the month are awesome.  They have itty bitty stamps that can be purchased on sale for less than $5.00 usually that have a single stamp or a stamp with a sentiment that are great.  Phyllis Harris designs my favorite stamps, though.  Usually, because the ones I buy have a dog in them or are religious.  That's not a big surprise, is it?
This is a great stamp, though, so I wanted to add it to my collection.  I used blue painters tape and taped a piece of watercolor paper to a heat resistant wooden cutting board.  Then, I stamped this image on the watercolor paper in VersaMark ink and then embossed it in black embossing powder.  I lightly wet the part of the image I was working on with a small spray bottle.  To watercolor it, I used dye ink pads.  I pressed an ink pad onto an acrylic block and using an aqua brush to pick up the color.  Then I used my aqua brush to fill in the embossed areas.  When the entire picture was dry, I masked, or covered, part of the picture so I could add the stars.  Using a stencil, I used a silver glitter paste to put stars in the sky.  When the glitter paste was dry, I gently removed the painters tape which had held the picture still and helped keep it from warping from the water.  There was some warping but not nearly as much as if I hadn't taped it down.  I trimmed the edge so only the watercolor picture showed, mounted the watercolor paper on beige paper and then a card base that was navy blue. 
Inside, I added another piece of beige paper and stamped "Reach for the STARS!" which was included in the stamp kit.  I punched two stars so the navy blue cardstock could show through and my card was complete.  I can use this card for someone graduating high school or college, someone starting a new job, or any other new beginning in life. 
I love the stars and the texture that the glitter paste adds to the front of this card.  I also love the white cat because we had a white cat named Tinkerbell when I was growing up.
Thank you, again, for allowing me to be your Growing in Unity Gal this week.  I hope you have enjoyed the variety of cards I have made.  On the left side of my blog, you will find a list of cards on my blog by the company that created the stamps I used for them.  If you are interested in seeing more of my cards featuring Unity stamps, you can find a list of them there.  If you enjoyed my cards, I'd love to have you subscribe to my blog.  Those links are also on the left.
Don't forget to leave a comment on my Growing in Unity Blog posts and come back tomorrow to see if you are one of the two people chosen for a free gift bag of 25 stamps from Unity Stamp Company! 
Happy Stamping!
   I used the following products to make this card:
Reach for the Stars by Unity Stamp Company
VersaMark Ink Pad by Tsukineko
Classic Ink Pads by Stampin' Up
Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock by Ranger
Very Vanilla and Night of Navy Card Stock by Stampin' Up
Aqua Brush
Mini Mister by Ranger
Acrylic Block (any will work)
Scotch Safe Release Painter's Masking Tape by 3M
Stars Pattern Stencil by Hero Arts
Black Opaque Zing Embossing Powder by American Crafts
Silver Ferro Metal Effect Texture Paste by Viva Décor
Star Punch by EK Success
Embossing Heat Tool by Stampabilities


ionabunny said...

Love this stamp. Great card. Thanks for sharing this week. Hugz

Kris B said...

Beautiful card! Love the embossed stars! Wonderful water coloring! I am using this stamp for a graduation card, thanks for the inspiration! Thanks for a great GIU week, I've enjoyed your posts so much I am now a follower!

Denise Bryant said...

Pretty card! I love this sweet Phyllis Harris stamp! Great job on the background with those pretty stars too!
Thanks for a great GIU week!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful card. My favorite stamps, Phyllyis Harris. Thanks for all inspiration this week.

Unknown said...

Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.

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Unknown said...

This is perfect for a graduation card! I love Phyllis Harris stamps too & this is one to add to my Unity collection. Beautiful cards & inspiration this week!

Becca Yahrling said...

Thank you so much for your step by step! It has given me inspiration to try this. I love how you embossed the stamp in black first and then filled in. It just gives it great dimension. I've enjoyed all your creations this week! :-)

heidiscoll said...

Great card! Love this stamp too. Thanks for great instructions on your techniques. :)

Cynthia said...

This is stunning, Angela. Thanks for the inspiration this week!

Mary Holshouser said...

there is so much depth to the sky. The coloring is wonderful.
Love the little girl.
thanks for a great week of highlighting Unity stamps.

Sweet April said...

Such a beautiful,peaceful,marvelous card.Love the color and expression of it.Thanks I've learned so many techniques.Blessings to Frank and you.

Brandi R said...

wow! Has it been a whole week already?
Love this card. What a precious image and love how you did the background. The whole thing is simply wonderful ♥

Gaylynn said...

I like how you captured the night time scene so beautifully. :)

Teresa Doyle said...

This is a sweet card Angela. I really love it.
I have been following your work all week and you made a great Unity Girl. I had to subscribe so I could continue to follow your awesome work. Thanks so much for the great tutorial today.

anderyn said...

I got this stamp because I love my three kitties, but haven't used it yet. This is a really lovely inspiration.

Now.... if only someone would do a dog set with a Belgian malinois, I could stamp my dog too. :-)

Janis said...

Absolutely wonderful card!! Love your technique with this background and image. Also love that she has a kitty with her. :)
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com

Sue D said...

Love the starry sky!

D- said...

Thanks for sharing your sweet card.
Congrats on your GIU honor.
Crafty hugs,

sharon g said...

Your sky looks great--I like how the stars look. It's all really cute...

Alyson Esposito said...

Love the card. Phyllis Harris is one of my favorite stamp designers. <3

Unknown said...

Love this stamp and I love your card! Thanks for sharing!!!

Ruby said...

Lovely cards. Thanks for sharing this week.

Darnell said...

You did such an exception job as The Gal, Angela! They must be so tickled with all your beautiful creations!! I hope you all recover from the flu soon! Hugs, Darnell

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