Thursday, July 17, 2014

Gentle Cattails Card Video


Hello there! My new stamp set, Vertical Greetings 2 is sold out, so I pulled out my original, Vertical Greetings stamp set to create this card. I was inspired by a photo I saw online and loved the color combo.


Here is a video to show you how I created the card. If you prefer to watch it on Youtube, you can click through to my channel here.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a great day!


Finished card size - 4 ¼ by 5 ½ inches.

Supplies

Vertical Greetings Stamp Set- Gina K Designs
White, Black Onyx & Sandy Beach Pure Luxury Cardstock - Gina K Designs
Sweet Corn, Black Onyx, Sweet Mango, Honey Mustard, Ocean Mist inks - Gina K Designs
Spellbinders Circle Die Template
Jumbo Sponge Daubers
C3 and N5 Copic Markers
Adhesive Foam Squares
Tape Runner
Paper Trimmer

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Masked Beach Scene Video Tutorial

 Hello! I hope you are all doing well and send belated Independence Day wishes to my fellow Americans. With all the festivities over the weekend and preparing for them during the week before, I neglected to share some exciting news. I've been invited to join the CardMaker Magazine Blog Team for the next six months! I'm so pleased to be a part of the CardMaker Team and thrilled to be sharing my first post on their blog today! If you would like to see the card I shared, click here. If you aren't already a follower of the CardMaker blog, I highly recommend it, so you won't miss anything.

I'm all about masculine cards today. I used my Gone Fishing stamp set for my CardMaker post and on the card above, I used By The Sea 2, along with a sentiment from Vertical Greetings 2.



Here is a video I made to show you how I created the card. If you prefer to watch at Youtube, click here to go to my channel.

Start with a piece of white cardstock, trimmed to 3 ¼ X 4 ¼ inches. Stamp the nautilus shell, from By  The Sea 2, using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I used Spectrum Noir markers to color the image, starting with EB3.

Then blend out from the previous color using FS3.

Fill in most of the way using FS1 and use a blender pen to soften the transition into the highlighted areas.

Stamp the shell onto scratch paper and cut it out to create a mask. Use repositionable tape to secure in place over the original image and begin sponging from the top edge using Gina K Powder Blue ink.

Switch to Gina K Warm Cocoa ink and sponge from the bottom up.

With the mask still in place, stamp the Pompas Grass using Warm Cocoa ink. Then stamp the regular beach grass a few times using Warm Cocoa, but stamp off onto scratch paper first so the image will be lighter.

Remove the mask and create a shadow below the shell using Spectrum marker BG3.

Deepen the shading closer to the shell using BG5.

Use BG1 to soften the edges of the shadow into the background.

To make the foreground look a bit like sand, add dots of color using the fine tips on Memento Markers, Desert Sand, Espresso Truffle and Rich Cocoa.

Stamp the seagulls using Gina K Black Onyx, but stamp off on scratch paper first to make the image appear lighter.

Stamp the sentiment, from Vertical Greetings 2 onto a small piece of ivory cardstock and use a corner rounder punch to round the corners on the right side. Adhere a piece of Pure Luxury Dark Chocolate behind the beach scene and add the sentiment, tucked behind the right side. Add a piece of Kraft behind all the layers and then use adhesive foam squares to adhere to the Sandy Beach card base.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope your day is fantastic!


Finished card size - 5 ½ by 4 ¼ inches

Supplies

By The Sea 2 and Vertical Greetings 2 Stamp Sets - Gina K Designs

Pure Luxury Cardstock (Kraft, White, Ivory, Dark Chocolate, Sandy Beach) - Gina K Designs

Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Powder Blue, Warm Cocoa, Black Onyx Ink - Gina K Designs

Spectrum Noir Markers (EB3, FS3, FS1, BG1, BG3, BG5) - Gina K Designs-

Alternate Copic Suggested Colors (E35, E33, E31, W5, W3, W1)

Memento Markers (Desert Sand, Espresso Truffle, Rich Cocoa)

Adhesive Foam Squares - Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

Tape Runner

Jumbo Sponge Daubers

Corner Rounder Punch

Scissors

Paper Trimmer




Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Emboss Resist Flowers Video

Hello! It's another blog hop day for the Gina K Designs Team. Today we are featuring two new stamp sets, Vertical Greetings 2 and Beth's new Keep Calm set. For my card, I used the emboss resist technique to create a soft background for my image, then popped out the flowers by adding some shading with Copic markers.


Here is a video. If you would prefer to watch at Youtube, you can find it on my channel, here.

Ready for some inspiration? Start here:

Gina K
Beth Silaika - Illustrator Keep Calm
Cathy Tidwell
Debbie Corbari
Karen Day Hightower
Kendra Wietstock
Laurie Schmidlin
Lee Murphy
Sean Fetterman
Tricia Traxler


And our Guest Designers:

Patti J
Sharyn P


Thank you for stopping by. I hope you have a great day!


Supplies


Vertical Greetings 2 - Gina K Designs

Black Onyx, Fresh Asparagus, Wild Lilac Inks - Gina K Designs

Versa Mark Clear Ink

Clear Embossing Powder

Copic Markers - V04, BV00, Y17, YG95, YG03 (Spectrum Marker Alternative Suggestions - PL2, LV1, CT2, CG2, CG1)

Wild Lilac, White Cardstock - Gina K Designs

Jumbo Sponge Daubers

Tape Runner

Paper Trimmer

Heat Tool

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Vertical Greetings 2 Card and Blog Hop

 Hello! Today is release day at Gina K Designs. There will be a party at StampTV to celebrate, chat, see design team samples and play in the new release challenges. Here is a look at my new set, Vertical Greetings 2. This is a follow-up to my previous set, Vertical Greetings. I've included more vertical sentiments along with a few fun, whimsical images.

The illustrators have put together a blog hop featuring their new sets. To see their amazing projects and more information about the release, start hopping here:

Gina K
Beth Silaika
Debbie Corbari
Melanie Muenchinger


Here is a video of how I made my card. You can watch here, or head over to my Youtube channel to watch it there.


 To make the background, begin with a piece of white cardstock trimmed to 2 1/4 by 4 inches and sponge in the center using Gina K Sweet Corn ink.

 Sponge around the edges using Gina K Warm Cocoa.

 Sponge around the bottom edge using Gina K Rich Cocoa.

 Stamp the largest Fern branch using Gina K Warm Cocoa ink, stamped off on scratch paper first to make the image lighter. Repeat a few more times.

 Switch to the next largest size and stamp a few more times.

 Using Gina K Rich Cocoa ink, stamp a few times with large and small fern branches, stamping off on scratch paper each time.

 Stamp a large fern leaf using Warm Cocoa at full strength.

 Stamp a small fern branch again using Warm Cocoa,  at full strength.

 Stamp the bird using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

 Begin coloring by filling in with Spectrum Noir TB2.

 Add TB3 into the the darker areas.

 Add TB5 to increase the shading in the dark areas.

 Use GB5 to add dots to the chest.

 Use IG3 to color the beak and legs.

Use EB3 to add some brown to the wings, then using TB2 to soften the the edges of the brown into the highlighted areas.

Layer with Pure Luxury Chocolate Brown and Honey Mustard. Stamp the sentiment on the Honey Mustard layer and adhere all layers to the 4 ¼ by 5 ½ inch card base.

Thanks for visiting. I hope your have a wonderful day!

Supplies

Vertical Greetings 2 - Gina K Designs

Spectrum Noir Markers - Gina K Designs (TN2, TN3, TN5, GB5, IG3, EB3)

Pure Luxury Cardstock - Gina K Designs (White, Dark Chocolate, Honey Mustard)

Gina K Ink (Black Onyx, Sweet Corn, Warm Cocoa, Dark Chocolate)

Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Jumbo Sponge Daubers

Self Adhesive Foam Squares

Brown Burlap String

Scissors

Paper Trimmer

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Purple Hot Air Balloon Card Video Tutorial

Hello! Here is a card featuring images from Up and Away. I used my Spectrum Noir markers again on this one, but I listed some Copic substitutes you can use. Just a reminder, the alternative colors are not necessarily matches, but instead are the Copic colors I would reach for, from my collection, to create a similar look. 


Here is the video. If you would rather see it on Youtube, just click here.

Start by stamping the hot air balloon, from Up and Away, using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

Begin coloring with Spectrum Noir marker (SN), PL5.

Add SN PL4.

Fill in most of the segments using SN PL2, leaving just a few white areas in the largest segments.

Use a Copic colorless blender to smooth out the color into the highlighted areas.

Use SN LV1 to fill in the horizontal bands and basket. After coloring, cut out the image.

Cut and emboss white cardstock using Spellbinders® Floral Ovals #3 die template (with #1 being the smallest die template). Then sponge around the edges using Gina K Sweet Corn ink, with the die cut  still in the die template. (Memento alternative - Cantaloupe)

Then sponge around the edges again, this time with Gina K Innocent Pink ink. (Memento alternative - Angel Pink).

Cut and emboss Sandy Beach cardstock using Spellbinders Sprigs Die D-lite die template, twice. Adhere the die cut branches, in opposite corners, to a 4 ¼ by 5 ½ inch white card base. Stamp the sentiment on a ¾ inch strip of white cardstock, using Gina K Wild Lilac ink. (Memento alternative - Grape Jelly) Trim the ends of the strip of cardstock using scissors, then cut a slightly larger piece from Pure Luxury Wild Lilac cardstock.

Assemble the layers and adhere to the card base using adhesive foam squares. Then adhere the hot air balloon. Add self adhesive gems to embellish.

Thanks for visiting. I hope you have a wonderful day!



Finished card size - 4 ¼ by 5 ½ inches

Supplies

Up and Away stamp Set - Gina K Designs

Spectrum Noir Markers - Gina K Designs (PL5, PL4, PL2, LV1) - alternate Copic colors (V06, V04, V1, BV11)

Spellbinders® Sprigs, Floral Ovals Die Templates

Pure Luxury Cardstock - Gina K Designs (white, Sandy Beach, Wild Lilac)

Gina K Ink (Wild Lilac, Sweet Corn, Innocent Pink)

Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Jumbo Sponge Daubers

Self Adhesive Gems

Scissors

Scor-pal

Scotch Quick Dry Craft Glue

Paper Trimmer

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Sweet Butterfly Card Making Video and Tutorial

Hello! I hope you are all doing well.  I used Signs of Spring for my card again this week and once again Spectrum Noir markers.


Here is a video for you and if you prefer to watch directly at Youtube, just click here.

Tip - When stamping on vellum, it is important to remember that it isn't porous like most cardstock, and you will need give it extra drying time. You can speed the process along if you use a heat gun or blow dryer, but be careful not to over-heat the vellum or you may damage it and have to start over. You can test it to be sure it is dry by carefully turning it onto a clean piece of white paper and pressing down. If you don't see any ink left behind on the white paper, it is most likely dry enough to work with. But I would still be careful not to smudge until the ink has had considerable time to dry. 

So the first thing I did on this card (not pictured) was to stamp the sentiment on a 1 inch strip of vellum. Then I set that aside while I worked on the rest of the card.

Stamp the butterfly, from Signs of Spring, onto white cardstock, using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

Begin coloring with Spectrum Noir OR3 marker, starting at the base of the wings and outward. 

Blend out from the previous color using Spectrum OR2.

Switch to CT4 and blend out from the last color.

Side note -I mentioned in the video that I would have skipped this color if I had it to do over again. What happened is, I set out my colors and grabbed this marker by mistake, when I had intended it to be after the next color because it is lighter. When I switched to the last marker, it was darker than this one, rendering this marker somewhat irrelevant. 

Then fill in with GB5.

Since I had messed up and used a darker than intended color on the outside edges of the wings, I used my Copic blender pen in those areas to push some highlights back in. If you have a Colorless Blender pen, be sure to try it with your Spectrum Noir markers, too. It works just as well with Spectrum markers.

After coloring, use scissors to cut out the image.

These are not exact matches for the Spectrum Noir markers I used, but if I were coloring this butterfly with Copic markers, these are the colors I would most likely use to get similar results - YR07, YR04, Y17, Y21.

 Cut and emboss white cardstock using Spellbinders® A2 Matting Basics A #3 die template (with #1 being the smallest die template in the set). With the die cut still in the die template, sponge around the edges using Gina K Warm Cocoa ink.

 Remove the die cut from the die template and place sticky notes on the side and bottom to mask. Then stamp the branch, twice, using Gina K Fresh Asparagus ink. Remove the mask after stamping.

 Before adhering the butterfly to the background, I used Spectrum FS3 to color over all the little bits of white left from fussy cutting around the antennae and legs. I also used it on the edge of the paper, where I cut around the wings, to cover the white edge left from cutting.

After touching up with the FS3 marker, I used craft glue to adhere the butterfly in place.

If I were using Copics, I would probably reach for E02 or YR12 for this step.

 Trim Kraft cardstock to 3 ¾ by 5 inches and stamp the branch, on opposite corners, using Gina K Fresh Asparagus ink.

Add decorative score lines to the other two corners. I created four score lines on the upper right and two on the lower left.

Adhere the butterfly/die cut layers to the Kraft. Position the vellum with the sentiment centered over the front of the Kraft layer. Fold the sides around and adhere to the back. Add a layer of black cardstock behind the Kraft and used adhesive foam squares to secure to the Fresh Asparagus card base. Finished card size - 4 ¼ by 5 ½ inches.

Thanks for visiting. I hope you have a wonderful day!


Supplies

Signs of Spring Stamp Set - Gina K Designs

Spectrum Noir Markers - Gina K Designs (OR3, OR2, CT4, GB5, FS3)

Spellbinders® A2 Matting Basics A #3 Die Template

Pure Luxury Cardstock - Gina K Designs (Fresh Asparagus, White, Black, Kraft)

Gina K Ink Pads (Black, Warm Cocoa)

Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Copic Colorless Blender Pen

Vellum

Scor-Pal - Scor-Buddy

Tsukineko/ImagineCrafts Jumbo Sponge Dauber

Adhesive 3D Foam Squares

Tape Runner

Scotch Quick Dry Craft Glue

Paper Trimmer

Scissors