[5.22.2014] unity thursday fun

Unity Thursday

Time for some more THURSDAY fun with the Unity design team.  If you haven’t been hopping along, all the action starts on the Unity blog.  There’s always fun stuff going on.

We are celebrating BIG TIME!!!  We’ve hit the BIG 20,000 on the UNITY Facebook page!!!  THIS itty bitty I’m using today is part of the sale.  Woo hoo.


I needed a quick birthday card for my brother-in-law, who just so happens to be older, wiser & better in every way.  Ha.

For my watercolor set up, I use the glass from a dollar store frame (with taped edges for security) and then painters tape to hold my watercolor paper down flat as I color and while it dries.  Keeps everything all nice and secure.  You can see how that works in my video below.  I added a little salt at the end to see what it does to the watercolor.  I like the little bit of speckle.  Unfortunately,  I had to run to the kitchen and find it in order to use it.  My paint dried up a little too much, so I’ll have to try it again sometime.

Here is the Assemble This! Snippet video showing how I created the watercolor color blocked background with a little salt.  You’ll see how I started out trying to mask off a circle before watercoloring.  I wasn’t happy with the way the color bled under the mask, so  I ended up covering it up with a popped up circle instead.  No worries, it is all good, just how things go sometimes.  Ha.

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  1. Ruby M

    Very cute card. Love the stamp.

  2. Rebecca

    This is good when you really in rush, thanks for sharing.

  3. Cynthia O.

    Really fun design, Lisa.

  4. rachel

    very pretty, lisa! love how the salt reacts with your watercolor. and that stamp is just so cute

  5. Cindy Wirl

    Thanks for the inspiration, your card is so cute!

  6. Riette

    Loving that background!

  7. Chrisann

    So pretty, and I love how quickly you were able to put it together. I like a good video 🙂

  8. Crystal r

    Very adorable card, he will love it!

  9. Lindsey

    Beauty of a card, Lisa — the colourful background with the b&w image is perfect!

  10. Berina Febin

    nice card!!! lovely image…
    Moxie Craftie

  11. Sue D

    Very cute–love the owl and this sentiment. I like how you created the background.

  12. Crystal T

    Awesome card! Love how it turned out.

  13. Miwa

    What a lovely watercolor background for a fab card!

  14. Julie Urban

    LOVEIT…thx 4 the video!

  15. Lyn Kaufmann

    Great card and so easy really! Thanks for the quick video.

  16. Candy M.

    What an adorable card! 🙂

  17. Gaylynn

    Great card for him, I think. Fun video. I need to get one of those tools to line up my stamps better. 🙂

  18. Anne

    That’s a really cute card. Every time I see that owl I smile. Now I can see how it looks all inked up. Pretty background and fun video. Thanks

  19. Helen

    Always need ideas for quick cards. Like the color background and then the crisp black and white image!

  20. karenladd

    Love the sweeps of watercolor and this is one of my favorite owl stamps! Love the look with salt on the watercolor to give texture!

  21. Linda hotwheels

    Your cards look so sweet and warm and peaceful

  22. stampnk

    Love the crisp black and white stamping with the watercolor!!

  23. Christina's Creations

    Ooh, the salty speckly background is such a cool idea, I’ll have to try that! Love the watercolor strips.

  24. Kailash

    Love the trendy and artsy design, cool card!!!

  25. beaglefest

    I love the salt technique! That is a must try technique-your card is gorgeous, btw!

  26. Helen B.

    Beautiful! I just love this card.

  27. Holly M.

    lovely card

  28. Kris B

    Wonderful technique! My watercolors should arrive tomorrow, can’t wait to play and try this! Great card!

  29. Dawn Fields

    Great card for your brother-in-law!

  30. Donna K

    What a fun technique! So fun how we can fix a spot that we aren’t happy with and no one is the “wiser” unless we tell them. Thanks for the tip on using the salt too…fun stuff, Lisa!

  31. Pam foy

    Like the watercolour technique.

  32. memalagene

    Super cool wise owl card, love how you fixed the focal circle!

  33. scrapunzel1

    Such a fun card! Hugs~Patti

  34. Marcy H.

    Love the background! Nice card.

  35. S. Patterson

    Hi! If you “mask” the area you don’t want paint on, with rubber cement, you’ll get the result you were looking for. Once dry,the cement just rubs off leaving that area paint free!
    Your card is adorable, and it’s good to show how to fix the little boo-boos that happen!

    1. Lisa Arana

      That is a fabulous idea, I’ll have to try that in the future too!

  36. cal8007

    Thanks for showing that sometimes we need to find a solution to a project we don’t like and it’s all good anyway!! The recipient will love it!

  37. Flo

    Cute card. Very nice for anybody.

  38. Jennifer Mitten

    What a cute, wise owl! Great technique…

  39. Toni K

    Adorable card!

  40. Kary

    I LOVE this cool card, Lisa!! I have to take out my watercolours to play with some time 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend! Thanks for all you do, Lisa xxx

  41. Angeline Choo

    Cute card and video Lisa!! Love the technique.

  42. lisascreativenicheLisa l.

    Hehehe this is awesome! I love the background!

  43. Young nancy

    Great card, I’ve been playing with water colors lately so the more ideas the better!

  44. Dr. Ivy

    Very fun card. Thanks for video.

  45. Chris Locke

    Who doesn’t love an owl in glasses! Very cute!!

  46. Angie

    Pretty card! Thanks for sharing your technique too.

  47. Shannon J

    I could not love this more! Going to check out the video now!

  48. Riti


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