Growing In Unity – Day 5

Thank you so much for sharing my Unity creations this week.  Being a Growing in Unity gal has been so much fun and rewarding.  Remember to comment on each day’s blog and get your entries to win a collection of 25 random stamps from Unity Stamp Co.  Here are links to the previous days in case you missed them.
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4

Today I decided to do a set of cards using the May 2017 Kit of the Month.  The kits come with such a wonderful variety of stamps and you can use them in so many ways.  The card backgrounds are done in the watercolor technique with both Distress Inks and Distress Oxide Inks.  The cards are from Ken Oliver, and are watercolor paper prestitched onto kraft 5 x 7 card bases. There are 6 in the package.  The stitched on look is a nice presentation for watercolor cards.

This is the May 2017 KotM – I used 5 focus stamps and sentiments from this set.MAY-2017-FREE-YOUR-DREAMS

Here is a closer look at each card

Day5b  Day5d
The butterfly card was done using Oxide Inks using the Acrylic Block technique – thus the bright colors. The birds were done with Distress Inks.  I pressed the inks onto my craft mat, spritzed with water; and then pulled the watercolor paper through it.  Some of the ink got onto the Kraft cardstock so I ran washi tape around the edges.  Oh I love those little birds!   On both cards I stamped in Versafine Black ink and embossed the designs.

day5e   Day5c
For the girl card, I put some Distress Ink on the acrylic block and then used a large paint brush with water to apply a wash to the card.  The flower card was done with the Distress Oxide Inks on a large acrylic block and pressed onto the watercolor paper.  The girl was stamped in black ink and embossed in clear, with the sentiment white embossed on a vellum strip.  I stamped and white embossed the flowers, but was not happy that it blended too much into the background.  Luckily, I have some Wink of Stella in various colors so I filled in the petals.  Sparkly!

day5fThis card was done with the Distress Oxide inks on a very big acrylic block with wavy finger holds around the outside.  It made a cool effect and I stamped the water filled vases and flowers  in Versafine black and embossed.  I added some extra color to the flowers by pressing the oxide inks on my block and using a water brush to add extra colors to the petals.

So that is the end of my week.  Thank you so much for joining me here and all your wonderful comments.    Check back on Monday , I should have the 2 winners posted then.  Good luck to all of you.

Hugs – Mary Kay

Products Used:
Unity May 2017 Kit of the Month
Ken Oliver Water Media cards
Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks
Versafine Black Ink







  1. I love that you used all the stamps from one kit. I had just decided last night that I was going to do this with my new kit. Use all the stamps in one sitting for a set of cards. Yours are fabulous and give me a lot of inspiration.

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  2. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. I love your work, Mary Kay. Your use of color is magnifique! Thanks for sharing! I can tell you put your heart and soul into each card this week! What a treat for us all!

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  3. What a beautiful set of cards! I love all the images in this awesome KOM.
    Thank YOU for sharing your creative talents with us this week! ❤

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  4. I already made today’s comment but I went back and looked at the blogs of the other four days —wow, I do love what you did with them. Such beautiful cards. Thank you.

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  5. What lovely cards. Love the hug in a mug sentiment. Your acrylic black background with the wavy lines is super. I have really enjoyed your cards this week.

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  6. What a great use of washi tape!! It makes such a nice frame. I also just adore your backgrounds….all of them! Thanks for letting us see your handiwork this week…

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  7. Wow! I really love your cards Mary Kay! Did you pre-stitch the cards or did you buy them pre-stitched? I own a few Dies that create a faux stitched boarder, but I’ve never actually used a sewing machine to stitch a card. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely blog and card creations. Really enjoyed it!

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  8. I think your cards are so pretty. I haven’t started with watercolors yet as I am new to card making. I just saw your post today and can’t wait to see your other work. Thank you.

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  9. What a gorgeous set!! I love the butterfly card you created. I love how you paired the sentiments with the different images. This is such a great stamp set.


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