Recently I was asked to showcase my favorite stamp set from Your Next Stamp. Hands down my favorite stamp would be their Magical Unicorn stamp. I love all things unicorn and I generally try to get my grubby hands on every unicorn (and gnome) stamp set there is. YSN’s Magical Unicorn is simply one of my favorites because it reminds me of my Lisa Frank loving days. Remember Lisa Frank, everything was BRIGHT and there were unicorns, leopards, and dolphins on everyone’s Trapper Keepers? I simply can’t look at this unicorn without thinking about Lisa Frank unicorns.

I’ve colored several of these Magical Unicorns in a Lisa Frank fashion, but when I was asked to create a few new cards I decided to challenge myself. What would this unicorn look like if I didn’t color it in BRIGHT rainbows? Could I even do that? I LOVE sticking rainbows in everything I can. Well, I avoided BRIGHT, but I didn’t quite avoid using the Rainbow die from Taylored Expressions. 😉 I mean, how could you not combine the Magical Unicorn die with that Rainbow die?!?!?!?

To make these cards I started with coloring three different unicorns without knowing exactly what I’d do with them. The various Copics I used for these three unicorns were B00, BO2, BV00, BV13, C2, C4, G13, N1, RV63, RV66, Y02, Y18, YG25, YR12, YR68, and the colorless blender. I had stamped the images on some Solar White Neenah 110lb cardstock using my Misti and left the stamp exactly as originally placed while I colored the unicorns. When they were colored I placed two unicorns back into my Misti and stamped them again with some Versafine ink so that I could apply some A’la Mode sparkle embossing powder, it added an incredible shine! Unfortunately, I started cutting out the blue unicorn before I could re-Misti it again. 🙁 But all was not lost, using a paintbrush I applied Versafine ink to the mane and tail of it! I used the same sparkle embossing powder so that all of the unicorn’s hair shimmered! Both the horns and the hooves of these unicorns were colored with a silver Gelli Roll pen.

There is a die for this unicorn, but I don’t have it, I had to fussy cut all three unicorns out.

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Look at the shimmer in that outline!

For the card above I used Taylored Expression’s Rainbow Cutting Plate to cut a rainbow out of vellum. Carefully, I colored the rainbow portions of the dies in pastel Copic colors and set it aside. I cut another panel out of Neenah Solar White 80lb cardstock, setting aside the rainbow portion to use for later purposes. I wanted to keep the outline of the die cut white. Using a base panel of Neenah Solar White 80lb I placed another cut of the rainbow die cut down, masking everything off so that I only colored the sky areas with Distress Ink in Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean.

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Creative masking.

 

Then I started putting the card together, the white border of the rainbow and the velum rainbow bits, using my TOMBOW stamp runner.

At this point,  I decided that it would be fun if the sentiment of the card was curved on the same curve as the rainbow. This was a tiny bit tricky as the sentiment from the stamp set wanted to stay straight. To achieve the curve I placed one of the set-aside rainbow arcs on my Misti, then laid one of my grid overlays over that. The grid is made of the same material as overhead projector plastic, I was able to press the sentiment stamp down carefully so that the curve would stay until I adhered it to my Misti lid.

 

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Getting a curve on a straight sentiment.

This sentiment was stamped black and then embossed with the same glimmer embossing powder as the outline of the unicorn.

To finish it off I added sequins from three different sequin packs from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards and a felt border using Die-Namics Stitched Rectangle Frames from My Favorite Things. The whole card base is an A2 sized cut of Neenah Solar White in 110lb cardstock. I just LOVE how it turned out!

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The next card I made used the gray/pink unicorn. I simply embossed a heart background using a Darice embossing folder, rubbed some Versafine ink on the raised areas and then heat embossed the same sparkle embossing powder on the hearts and dots. This panel was then adhered to some random matching pink cardstock and then layered onto more Neenah Solar White 110lb paper. This card couldn’t have been easier to make.

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For the final card, I decided to make a shaker card. I cut three panels of Spellbinders Shapeablities Glass Effects Die, one out of Neenah Solar White 80lb paper and two out of white craft foam. I cut some of the white lines of foam out of one of the layers, to help facilitate sequin movement without losing stability. The white foam sections I glued together with Ranger’s Multi Medium Matte, the cardstock panel I secured a clear sheet of plastic (paper protector) with Score-Pal double sided tape. I set that bit aside while working on the panel of paper that this would be glued too.

Next, I took a 4.25″x5.5″ panel of Neenah Solar White 110lb white cardstock and applied some Nuvo Glimmer Paste in Moonstone. Again, using Ranger’s Multi Medium Matte, I glued the foam section onto the panel with the dry Glimmer Paste. Then the fun part! I added sequins of three different sequin mixes from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards!

I rubbed the plastic/cardstock panel, the top of my card, with my embossing buddy and then glued that down to the foam using more Multi Medium Matte. I weighted this down and allowed everything to dry before adding my sentiment and unicorn with yet more Multi Medium Matte. The sentiment panel was colored with Distress Inks in Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean, the colors matched the blues in my unicorn almost perfectly! All of this was added to an A2 sized card base created out of Neenah Solar White 110lb.

Remember, the mane and the tail of this unicorn are heat embossed with a shimmery embossing powder, the back of the card panel had shimmery Glimmer Paste added to it, and then there are the sequins. All of this adds up to a very sparkly shaker card!

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I hope you like these three similar, yet different, cards! Thank you for viewing!

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