Tuesday, June 10, 2014

[Uniko Studio] June 2014 Release - Introducing Paradise - Hummingbird

Hello Uniko Studio fans - thank for all your blog love and sweet comments. I hope you're enjoying the samples so far by the team. So what do you think about this month's release so far? Are you excited? What is your favorite set so far?

Before you make any decisions on your favorite, we're going to show you the last of four sets being released this month.


I decided to work with an unassuming part for yesterday's sneak peek set. So today I thought I'd work with an obvious part of the sneak peek. You know, just to change it up a bit ;)

Is there a kind of card that you dread making? I have one particular kind: for me they are sympathy cards. And I know those are the ones that people need the most, but I don't really know how to express my empathy. Probably because I dread writing something inside of them. What do you say? How do you take the pain or loss away from someone? Most of the words sound so generic, mass-produced, repeated... But alas, when friends of yours lose someone, the right thing is to send them a card and let them know your thoughts are with them. And I have been procrastinating on the ones I should be sending  :*(

So here is my very simple (and yet not very simple) sympathy card.

With Sympathy

I tried photographing this card on white background and it was not very flattering. And the best light in the middle of the night is unfortunately the undergoing kitchen space. But hopefully you get the gist with this card.

It's simple and effective: Versafine Onyx Black on White card stock. It's back to the very beginning where I bought my first black ink pad, bought myself some white card stock, and a clear stamp set...And yet, it can be quite striking, and impacting. What do you think?

I started by making my own frame. I cut a panel to 5.25" x 4". Then measured from each edge 3/8" and made a light pencil park. Then I took a fine liner black pen and drew my frame. After that I took my Prismacolor Double-ended Art Marker and made a thicker border. The next part is to mask off the borders to stamp the bird inside the frame. I decided to use some handy dandy washi tape that was lying around and made sure to tape the edge right up and onto the border, like so...

With Sympathy

One humming bird stamped, one sharp craft knife, and one hour later, and here is the finished product up close.

With Sympathy

To come to think of it, it looks like the sneak peek all over again, doesn't it? But I assure you this one is not a digital file ;) Also another great tip is to use a black marker, fine liner or the brush tip of your Copics, and run it around along the cut edge. It's very hard to cut cleanly, and the cross section of the card stock is white when you cut into it. So running that marker along the cut area jet finishes off the bird more cleanly. 

Just a word of warning that this card is not a quick one, and the tiny bits and pieces are slow to cut out. But I'd like to think it's worth your while.

Hope you liked this rather serious card. I just wanted to show you another aspect how to use your stamps even for those sombre occasion. Make sure to stop by the other girls' blog to see some more upbeat version of this stamp set. 

And make sure to stop by tomorrow, because it's finally Release Day here at Uniko Studio. I'll have something new whipped up by then...Ta for now.



17 comments:

Jane said...

So simple and perfect for the occasion. I too dread making sympathy cards and find it difficult to decide what's appropriate.

Sazzle Dazzle said...

Perfect stamping and colouring and a stunning condolences card with would suit male or female. x

~amy~ said...

This is so striking Ren-Yi...excellent work!

cm said...

Oh my, Ren-yi, you've created a stunning card, well-worth the time invested. I agree - sympathy cards are the most challenging to make, and to send, for the very reason you've cited: what to say to comfort those in need. Your card, with the striking image and layout, says it all. Peaceful, delicate - a gentle card... Hugs~c

loulou said...

Your card was definitely worth the time to do all the fussy cutting. What an absolutely stunning result.

Lynn Hardy said...

Oh - I really like this card! Well done! You have certainly made a very classy card for the situation - and I think that your attention to detail would speak volumes to the receipient and make them feel loved.

Denise Bryant said...

Very elegant and gorgeous card! Takes some patience and a steady hand for all that cutting! Fabulous job!

Craft-E-Place said...

This is stunning. I try not to worry too much about what to write in these situations as I feel sometimes it is just important to let them know they are in your thoughts.
Elaine

Cornelia W said...

Oh, da hast Du aber lang hingearbeitet!! Ganz toll - vielleicht brauchst Du eine Silhouette.... Sollen wir uns wieder einmal treffen? Ich haette Lust darauf!

Handmade Cards by Archana said...

That is really beautiful...lovely fussy cutting.
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Miriam Prantner said...

What a striking card. I love the boldness of the image, these are hard cards to make, but you did a wonderful job with it.

Sarah Gray said...

Your card is beautiful and elegant - perfect for a sympathy card! Such a creative way to use the hummingbird :)

frommycraftroom said...

Tough cards to make. You have done a wonderful job. Great fussy cutting.

worrywort said...

Brilliant, brilliant card. wish I could pin it.

worrywort said...

Brilliant, brilliant card. wish I could pin it.

Mary Borg said...

This is a lovely idea. It's always difficult to come up with a simple but elegant sympathy card.

Beverley said...

Perfectly done & this shows the softer, delicate & meaningful side of this set perfectly. Hugs Bev x

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