[5.26.17] Unity Stamp Co meets the MISTI

What a fun day on the blog!!! I’m super excited to be a small part of this big, big hop. Unity Stamp Company is hopping with My Sweet Petunia (the maker of the amazing MISTI stamping tool). You really couldn’t get a better match in products. They were just meant to be used together. You should be arriving from Lee Ann Barrett’s blog, if not, you can start at the beginning with My Sweet Petunia. I have a couple of projects to share today, hope you enjoy my cards and a few quick videos too.

A handmade card idea to help create multiple cards with a beautiful watercolor background using spray inks. So easy to do - watch the video on how to recreate this look using Unity Stamp Company stamps and the MISTI tool.

A handmade card idea to help create multiple cards with a beautiful watercolor background using spray inks. So easy to do - watch the video on how to recreate this look using Unity Stamp Company stamps and the MISTI tool. A handmade card idea to help create multiple cards with a beautiful watercolor background using spray inks. So easy to do - watch the video on how to recreate this look using Unity Stamp Company stamps and the MISTI tool.

Wow, this background turned out so vibrant and gorgeous! I usually do a background one at a time per card. Well, I had this brilliant idea to create a watercolor background on a whole sheet of watercolor paper and then cut it up into a bunch of backgrounds. Duh, what took me so long to figure that out? I used them all up in this set of cards, so I need to do this again to have some on hand to play with.

It was super simple to do with 3 different spray inks per color set. The 3 colors just gives some depth and interest to the background. Lay out your large watercolor sheet, spray it generously with water and then spray randomly with your spray inks. Grab your water bottle again and spray until the colors start to move and mix. You don’t want to see any of the spray dots from the spray ink. Gently blot the edges as the water pools and dry with a heat tool if you are impatient like me. Otherwise, you can let it dry by itself.

Once it was dry, I die cut the big sheet into smaller rectangles and stamped some beautiful silhouette flowers on top. Added a sentiment and a bit of background stamping to create a simple, but gorgeous set of cards.

Curious to see how I made this card. I have a quick video that you can watch it here or at Youtube.

The Watercolor Background


Assembling the card using the MISTI

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Using my MISTI and the Unity Stamp Company to mirror a stamped image for this fun card idea.

Ok, get this, Unity now has this amazing STAMPING TOOL! It is brilliant. With this tool, I was able to mirror image my sweet little flamingo so there are two. I can’t wait to play with this tool again as this was my first go around. I have a few tips… 1. Embossing is absolutely necessary. Well, I guess not absolutely necessary, but if you want a nice crisp image, it is best. You can try with ink, but really, it just worked so much better when embossed. 2. Stamp your mirrored image FIRST and then use your normal stamp to line up your second image. This is only necessary if you want them both on a single layer and not fussy cutting the images. 3. A MISTI makes this whole process so much easier, but it isn’t absolutely necessary. I’ll show you how to use the tool on it’s on in a future video.

After I stamped and embossed my little flamingos, I added a heart, colored with some Copic markers and embossed the sentiment in white on a strip of black cardstock. So super cute, right?

Curious to see how I made this card. I have a quick video that you can watch it here or on Youtube.

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Thank you for stopping by and don’t forget… everyone who leaves a comment on all the blogs in the hop will go into a drawing for 3 prize packs from Unity and winner’s choice of an Original or Mini MISTI. Please leave a comment by May 30th at noon central time to be eligible. Winners will be posted on both the Unity Stamp Company and the My Sweet Petunia blogs on May 31st.

I’m excited to send you on your way to the extremely talented Chris Dayton, I just know she has some amazing projects to share today. In case you get lost, here is the whole lineup of bloggers hopping today.

Sympathy Card

Let’s Flamingle Card


  1. stef hughes

    omy! the “sunset” background is gorgeous and i’m a huge fan of flamingoes! love them.

  2. Carol M Martin

    Love the cards and can’t wait to get that new Unity Stamping tool

  3. Bette

    Love your background paper and then use of Misti to do silhouette and words and then mirror image of flamingos…. Beautifully done!

  4. Wanda Rule

    Beautiful backgrounds!

  5. Sundaystamper

    Those backgrounds are fantastic!

    1. Wilma

      absolutely gorgeous…I am s impatient as you are…love my heat tool

  6. Kary

    I Love the beautiful background of the set of cards you created and the sweet flamingos kissing. How Awesome!!

  7. Melinda Feliciano

    Love love love your cards. Thank you for sharing!

  8. angie blom

    so much pretty.. i can’t handle it.. I just love both creations.. love all the tips with using the tools.

  9. Janet Christensen

    Great tip on watercoloring big sheets for backgrounds.

  10. Merika Cheah

    Great job! They are beautiful.

  11. Becky Green

    SUPER TIP with the acetate!!! I LOOOVE the new Mirror Image Tool! THAT is ONE THING I’ve added to my list! LOL SUPER CARDS & VIDEO’S!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You look like you SO ENJOYED the water coloring background too! 😉 LOVE IT!!!

  12. Marsha D


  13. Stephanie Locke

    Love it!!

  14. Betsy

    Love your videos!

  15. Tina DeMatteis

    Love your cards. The flamingo one is really cute!

  16. Char

    Love your cards!

  17. Amy Ismail

    Love your cards Lisa! The background color is stunning. Wow! Thank you for sharing. I always enjoy your videos and cards.

  18. Denise

    OMG…….simply beautiful!

  19. Heather Pickens

    What a stunning background!!!

  20. Mildred Pena

    Gorgeous watercolor backgrounds. Loved the tips.

  21. Dorothy Green

    Love the watercolor background with insightful meadows! So gorgeous! The flamingoes were very cute… lived how you lined them up to kiss!Thanks for sharing!

  22. Lynnette Cyparski

    The backgrounds on the sympathy cards are stunning. So talented.

  23. paula driver

    oh my gosh!! YES YES YES.. I love the idea of doing it on a large piece and then cutting what you need. HOW brillant!!!!! Thank you Thank you thank you for showing the video of how you made these gorgeous cards. I am so ready to get off of work so that I can go home and do this!!!! hurry up 5:00!!!!
    Paula Driver

  24. Debbie Newman

    Your watercolor backgrounds are beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

  25. Debbie Reaves

    Beautiful cards! Love my Misti and Unity Rubber Stamps

  26. Heather Warren

    I love the Silhouette style. Beautiful!

  27. Debbie N.

    Your watercolor backgrounds are beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

  28. Selena Megahan

    Absolutely gorgeous backgrounds on the first card. I love those!! The flamingo card is so fun, I haven’t seen that stamp yet, so fun!!

  29. amee

    Lovely cards! Thx for the inspiration!

  30. Vicky Lee

    Love the watercolor background ❣

  31. Tasha Dawson

    So pretty. Love the looks that the water coloring gave it!

  32. Niece Hartley

    I love these backgrounds and I’m so happy they are watercolors. Those I have I still have to get the distress oxides and I really thought that’s what this was going to be. Beautiful cards Lisa!

  33. Liz Williams

    Your silhouette is just absoltutely gorgeous.

  34. Lisa

    Love the watercolor BGs, love the cards. Great sympathy cards. wonderful videos.

  35. Judy Keener

    Beautiful cards.

  36. Sandy Pellecchia

    On the cards where you created a watercolor background on a whole sheet of watercolor paper and then cut it up into a bunch of backgrounds … GREAT TIP! But also wanted to mention that I love the background stamp inked in white and stamped on the black!

  37. April Rogers

    Love Love LOVE the background papers!!!! What a (slap to the forehead ) moment. lol Thanks so much for your video too. You are greatly appreciated.
    XO April

  38. DeAnn O

    I LOVE the mirror image flamingo card – genius! So cute!

  39. Dale

    I will be doing exactly like you suggested – using a whole sheet of water color paper and getting that tool to make mirror images. Thank you!

  40. Natalie Godfrey

    Really cute cards! Love the colors.

  41. Suz Gray

    I always look forward to visiting your blog. Wow such pretty and different style cards. Thanks for sharing

  42. Janine B

    Your sympathy cards are beautiful. I can imagine a set of those but with different greetings as a gift.

  43. Becca Yahrling

    Gorgeous cards! I need to get out my spray inks and just play with some backgrounds.
    Have to admit, I usually w/c one panel at a time, too. lol

  44. Lisa Wiley

    These are beautiful!

  45. Shannon

    gorgeous water color background, what a gorgeous card! Love how the flamingos look like they are dancing.

  46. Karen Conner`

    Love the mirror imaging and love your beautiful cards!!

  47. Lena McCullough

    Simply beautiful

  48. Kimberly Rich-Walker

    I love the back ground cards too. Love the colors. Thank you for awesome videos

  49. Teresa Rawnick

    Absolutely Gorgeous. I LOVE these.

  50. elecia betts

    beautiful cards!!!

  51. Brenda Lilley

    Beautiful sympathy cards. Your Flamingle card is super cute. Thanks so much for sharing!

  52. Denise Sayers

    Those watercolor backgrounds are so pretty and the mirror images are cute too.

  53. Valerie Light

    What a great idea of preparing a whole sheet of watercolor paper! You’re a genius! I’m going to do that! Thanks for sharing! Love this card too! The script background and silhouette flowers. Just stunning! The flamingo card is so cute! I MUST not only get a Misti but the mirror image tool!

  54. Beckie Walden

    The kissing flamingos are Adorable! I really like the idea of watercoloring an entire sheet to create backgrounds for multiple cards. Great idea!

  55. Carole Simonetti

    Love the mirror image tool. Just ordered it from Unity

  56. Christy Blade

    Beautiful cards. Thanks for sharing.

  57. RuthJ

    Great tip on watercolor backgrounds! Beautiful cards!!!

  58. SmilynStef

    Love the partial text stamping

  59. Teresa Doyle

    Love all of your cards Lisa, really enjoyed the water coloured background you made. All helpful and inspirational!

  60. Angeline Choo

    Beautiful cards Lisa! Now I need to go get the creative corners 😀

  61. stephanie serrano

    Fantastic cards and advice.

  62. Sherry J Zumpano

    Beautiful background colors.

  63. Lynn Spencer

    Beautiful cards

  64. Tracy A

    The backgrounds you created are beautiful. The really pop against the black.

  65. Denise Bryant

    Awesome cards! Love that silhouette!

  66. Carissa N. Brownlee

    So Pretty. Love that you used Dylusions spray inks – a girl after my own heart. The variety of backgroud color options is also a really great idea!

  67. deborah345

    I really like your sunset card.

  68. Jen Radloff

    Like those backgrounds!!! Gorgeous!

  69. Arianna Barbara

    Wow! Gorgeous cards and colors!!!

  70. Ginger Pelfrey

    Beautiful cards Lisa!! That is such a great tip about creating a whole page for background scenes and then cutting into separate panels! I just love how you use the strips of black paper for your sentiments. Very nice

  71. Mary H

    Great cards!!! I love the watercolor backgrounds!

  72. Kathy J in Ellicott City

    Love your cards! The videos were great also, very helpful!

  73. Kim Leach

    The color wash video was great and the effects stunning!

  74. Mary

    Love the mirror image stamping!

  75. Lynne T.

    I love your beautiful creations.

  76. Shannon Edwards

    Girl! You know I am stealing all these ideas! I’m going to use my Donna Downey kit today and make those silhouette flower cards. Thank you for your constant inspiration and for the best sentiment kits EVER! I need them all.

  77. Sue LD

    Cute mirror image flamingo card and love the watercolor backgrounds on the sympathy cards.

  78. Christy Blade

    Your cards are stunning. I love your use of color. Thanks for sharing.

  79. Mel

    I love the water colour background stunning

  80. Kristen Johnson

    love the flamingo card – so fun!

  81. renee milner

    Great cards! I’m sold on the reverse image stamp, and your sympathy cards are lovely–I’m not good at making them and need all the inspiration I can get for them.

  82. Isabelle

    Awesome cards. Thank you for the videos, that are always useful to learn new techniques.

  83. Mary Holshouser

    The flamingos are darling – love birds.
    The first card is gorgeous. Great
    thanks for sharing.

  84. Meg Crawford

    Love how you created several beautiful backgrounds for the first example on your blog. What a great time saver!

  85. Kelly Brillhart - Sunstamper

    I love silhouette cards and yours is so striking! Thanks!

  86. Sandra Colebank

    Your card is beautiful!

  87. Donna Baker

    So creative with the right tools and techniques. Enjoyed the VIDEO I am a visual learner , so the video on the watercolor background technique was very HELPFUL to me when I am learning new techniques . Just Beautiful …

  88. Gaylynn

    Hi Lisa. I love how you made backgrounds. So stunning. And the flamingos are too cute facing each other. <3 Great videos, as always. 🙂

  89. JANEEN K

    Lisa, I loved your tip for making a full sheet of water color for backgrounds. You’re right, why did we never think of that. I had to try it and loved the results. Your cards are softly gorgeous

  90. Donna

    I watched your video on the Unity site first then watched again here because I love the watercolor backgrounds!!

  91. Jeanette Donahoe

    Lisa Ann, what a brilliant idea; I hadn’t thought of that either, and the backgrounds are beautiful. Thanks for sharing. I can’t wait to try it out.

  92. Lisa Lopacinski

    Thanks for sharing these amazing techniques.

  93. Shirley A Hutchins

    Thank you for sharing. Lovely backgrounds that I will surely try.

  94. Dorothy S

    Stunning watercolor bg – I especially like the one that reminds me of a sunset.

  95. Anonymous

    Love the backgrounds. Thanks for the inspiration .

  96. Nancy Deffner

    Lovely cards. I’m going to try the watercolor background soon.

  97. Penny Boren

    Love the backgrounds. Thanks for the inspiration!

  98. Janet Ingraham

    Fabulous silhouette

  99. Chantel Figueroa

    LOL i had this realization the other day too! Why am i doing individual backgrounds? Duh! Love your color choices! I am just now discovering Ranger etc tools…it is very dangerous for my wallet! LOVE your cards and tips!!! Great job!

  100. Laura Mooney

    Those silhouettes are gorgeous! Love the adorable flamingo too

  101. Mary Schaffer

    Love, love, love the flamingo card.

  102. Linda

    Love the watercolor backgrounds. I really think your flamingo card is super cute.

  103. Jennifer Mitten

    Love both card designs! The flamingoes are adorable…

  104. Vencine Martin

    Hi Lisa, I love your cards. Thanks for doing videos. A visual is always so helpful. Beautiful!

  105. Emily Hauschild

    O wow!!!! Love all the pretty Colored backgrounds I’m going to have to try this!!

  106. Patricia M

    I love black flowers agains a color background, it looks so elegant.

  107. Angie

    I loved watching your video on the full sheet of backgrounds! Your cards are stunning!!!

  108. Lorrie Strebel

    Absolutely loved this

  109. Anonymous

    Beautiful backgrounds

  110. Michele K. Henderson

    Beautiful cards! I love love that blended background on your sympathy card. Gorgeous!

  111. Deana Benson

    I love the silhouettes and the mirror image flamingos.

  112. Cheryl Rigney

    Love your cards!!

  113. Debi

    just gorgeous – I love the sympathy card especially – just so lovely – Debi x

  114. Beverly S.

    Love your flamingo card. I have this stamp set and LOVE it! 🙂 Fun blog hop using MISTI and Unity

  115. Lynda

    Stunning card!

  116. MJ

    Beautiful cards!

  117. Martha Roland

    I think of an African sky when I see this flowered card! Beautiful! ♡♡♡

  118. Linda Hott

    Your cards are absolutely awesome!!! I just love them! Your backgrounds are wow on your flowered one (and love the flower stamps) and the flamingo one is adorable!. 🙂 TFS

  119. Liz mca

    Unity stamps is new to me. This hop maybe dangerous. I already have three things on my wishlist

  120. Janet Christensen

    I want to make these.

  121. Robin Bissland

    I really love the background you achieved! I have been wanting to do this for so long, but I have no place to spray the inks. Thank you for sharing!

  122. Marcie

    Love the mirror image card! Thank you for sharing.

  123. Trish F

    Gorgeous cards and love the mirroring technique! Thanks for sharing!

  124. Faye Lambert

    Too cute…Love them all.

  125. Sherry

    Loved your backgrounds – so pretty! I also love the mirror image technique. Great job!

  126. Carissa N. Brownlee

    Absolutely love the variety of color backgrounds you made for the first card. Also REALLY like the embossed words on the black background. Very NICE. I thought I had left a comment the other day but don’t see it listed here, so I will make sure to let you know how cool these are today!

  127. Julie

    Very pretty, Lisa. Sympathy card are never easy for me to make but I really like be your design ❤️

  128. Echo Noble

    Great cards and videos Lisa! I loved your background paired with the Donna Downey and the flamingos kissing, so cute!

  129. Ruby Marchand

    Lovely cards. Great ideas for the background. The cards are amazing. Thanks for sharing

  130. Lucy E.

    Your wildflower cards are all
    so pretty! And those kissing flamingoes
    are adorable!

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