How many of you have pads and cases of designer paper? I have a plethora of paper, and some of it is so dang cute I feel guilty cutting into it. However, when we cut into our supply it makes room for new cute styles. That is why this week’s challenge is to find that perfect paper to go with your Unity stamps to make a project.
I bought the stacks of paper with certain Unity Stamp Co stamps in mind! Does anyone else do that? I saw the Echo Park Coffee stack, and I instantly thought of my Gracielle coffee kits. I found the Zodiac pad and remembered the cute moon and stars stamps I own. My shopping spree gave me so much inspiration to use my Unity stamps.
First up, we have my projects featuring paper from the Okey Dokey set by DCWV. The stack was so dang whimsical that I needed to pair it with all my favorite woodland creatures stamps from Unity.
Okey Dokey Paper by DCWV
The “Lookin’ Foxy” kit by Lisa Arana just kills me every time I see it! After picking out some woodland themed paper from the Okey Dokey paper pad, I colored this little cute with some Prismacolor pencils. A trick I have for the little shadow around some images is to use a light watercolor pencil. I used a teal and gray, and then I took a little colorless blender for watercolor markers to feather it out! The sentiment comes from one of my favorite sentiment kits ever: “Abundant Blessings.”
The second card uses the kits “Showing Up Gnome” and “So Very Much.” Picking the perfect paper doesn’t mean you have to use images that match, although you can. One side had these little mushrooms I fussy cut as my embellishments. So, when I was selecting my background paper, I wanted to match those colors. I thought a stripe would be adorable, and I tried using the hues from the stripes in my coloring.
Zodiac Paper by DCWV
The Zodiac pad was actually kind of difficult to use. I LOVED the paper when I saw it, but then when I went to cut it down to card size it lost some of its cool spaciness. That happens sometimes. Then I remembered, the stamp is the feature of the project. I stamped the image by Angie Blom from “Vibes and Tribes.” A doodle border with stars around the edges and a bit of vellum added visual interest. The sentiment is from “Don’t Give Up.“
Coffee paper by Echo Park
Finally, my most literal card has coffee bean paper! Eek. I loved that so much. I watercolored the frappe from Gracielle’s kit “Stay Strong” and used her sentiment from “One Sip at a Time” inside the cup. Mixing kits is my favorite hobby, and the Gracielle line goes so well together. The background is from Echo Park’s 6X6 Coffee pad.
- Choose: Pick out a Unity Stamp Co. stamp and some matching paper. Remember, the paper could be themed the same, have similar images, or a color scheme that inspires you.
- Create: You can create whatever kind of project you like, but you must use a Unity stamp kit and some kind of designer paper as the feature. As for coloring, use whatever you like, or don’t color the image at all! That part is up to your creativity.
- Post: Make sure to post your creations on the Unity Show and Tell site on Facebook. Add your photo into the Perfect Paper Challenge album for the chance to be selected for a prize!