Monday, April 14, 2014

Tropical Sunset Card Making Tutorial and Video

Hello! Today I have a card using my Tropical Nature stamp set from Gina K Designs.

Here is the video and to see on Youtube, click here

Start by trimming white cardstock to 3 1/4 by 4 1/2 inches. Then sponge Memento Cantaloupe ink in the center. (Gina K alternative: Sweet Corn)

Sponge Memento Tangelo ink along the bottom of the yellow. (Gina K alternative: Sweet Mango)

Cut a mask using Spellbinders® Classic Circles LG and place over the yellow. Sponge around the mask and from the edges inward using Memento Rose Bud ink. (Gina K alternative: Bubblegum)

Repostion mask lower, overlapping the first location slightly, then sponge around the bottom of the mask using more Rose Bud ink.

Remove the mask and sponge around the outside edges again, this time with Memento Lilac Posies.  (Gina K alternative: Passionate Pink)

Sponge more Tangelo between the two circles.

Mask the top (sky) and sponge along the edge of the mask with Tangelo.

Reposition the mask and sponge Tangelo and Rose Bud inks.

Remove the mask and add lines to the water using Copic markers RV14, YG01 and an opaque white gel pen.

Stamp the palm fronds using Memento Olive Grove ink. (Gina K alternative: Dark Sage)

Stamp the palm trees from the sides using Memento Olive Grove ink.

Color in the tree trunks using YG99 and fill in the palm fronds with YG95. Set background aside.

Stamp the plumeria image using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

Begin coloring using Y17 in the centers of the flowers.

Add YR02.

Blend out from the previous color using YR000.

Add some deeper shading to the lines along each petal.

Shade the foliage using YG99

Then fill in with both YG05 and YG93. After coloring, cut out the image.

Layer the background with Pure Luxury Black Onyx and adhere to a 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 inch Sandy Beach card base. Adhere the flowers to the lower left hand corner, then trim along the edges where the stem and leaf extend.

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

Here are some previous photo tutorials using this stamp set...

Tropical Beach Scene Card

Pineapple Vignette Card

Tranquil Waterfall Card

Inspired Palm Trees Card

Tropical Nature Stamp Set - Gina K Designs
Pure Luxury Cardstock (White, Sandy Beach, Black Onyx) - Gina K Designs
Classic Circles LG Die Template - Spellbinders®
Memento Ink (Tuxedo Black, Cantaloupe, Tangelo, Rose Bud, Lilac Posies, Olive Grove)
Gina K ink alternatives... Sweet Corn, Sweet Mango, Bubblegum Pink, Passionate Pink and Dark Sage
Copic Markers (Y17, YR02, YR000, YR12, YG95, YG99, YG93, RV14)
Paper Trimmer

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Beautiful Iris Card Making Tutorial

Hello there! Today I have a card featuring a beautiful iris image from the Stately Flowers 8 by Melanie Muenchinger.  This stamp set is sold out right now, but it is on order and will be back in stock very soon. You'll be able to find it at this link, when it gets back in stock. The iris image has to be one of my all time favorite stamps. So fun to color!

To make the card, begin by stamping the iris, using Memento Tuxedo Black ink, on white cardstock.

Using Copic markers to color, start with Y17 on the stamina and the bases of the upper petal.

On the petals, blend out slightly using Y21.

Blend out a little further using E00.

Fill in the remainder on all the petals, using RV21.

On the lower petals, use RV14, starting at the outsides and working inward.

Switch to RV17 and again, start at the outside and work inward, stopping sooner than the previous color. Use this marker to add a bit of shading at the ends of the upper petals, too.

Deepen the shading yet again, using RV19. Start at the outside of the petals and work inward, not quite as far as the previous color.

Switch to V09 and add shading only at the very edges, along the stamp lines. Add some to the upper petals, too, but very lightly.  

Use YR14 to add a touch of orange at the base of the upper petal, on the yellow area. Feather in very lightly into the upper areas.

Use YG03 to fill in the entire stem section.

Add YG07 to the lower part of the stem and to the darker parts on the upper stem.

Add a little more shading with YG95. After coloring, cut out the image using scissors.

Cut and emboss Spellbinders® Majestic Labels Eight #3 (with #1 being the smallest die template in the set) from white cardstock. With the die cut still in the die template, sponge around the edges using Gina K Sweet Corn ink. (Memento Cantaloupe alternative).

Then lightly sponge along the bottom and partway up the sides using Gina K Bubblegum Pink ink. (Memento Rose Bud very lightly alternative).

Trim white cardstock to 4 1/4 by 11 and score at 5 1/2 inches. To create the embossed frame,  place Spellbinders A2 Matting Basics A #5 & #6 on the card base front, secure with low tack tape and emboss.

Trim a narrow piece of white cardstock and stamp the sentiment, from Vogue Vases 2, using Gina K Passionate Pink ink. (Memento Rose Bud or Lilac Posies alternative) Trim ends with scissors.

Assemble the card, using adhesive foam squares to adhere the layers.

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

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Tropical Get Well Card Making Tutorial and Video

Hello! We've been finding ourselves talking about vacation ideas lately, so I found myself inspired to create something tropical. I used my Tropical Nature stamp set from Gina K Designs to create this card. (the sentiment is from Vogue Vases 2)

I have a video you can see here, or if you would rather, just click here to see it at Youtube. 

Begin by cutting white cardstock using Spellbinders® Labels Thirty-four. I used the #5 die template, with #1 being the smallest in the set. 

Then sponge Gina K Sweet Corn ink. I used smaller sponge daubers for these first colors, so I would have better control to be able to work in small areas. 

Then sponge Gina K Sweet Mango ink.

Sponge Gina K Bubblegum Pink ink.

Sponge Gina K Blue Raspberry ink.

Sponge using Gina K Ocean Mist ink.

Switch back to Blue Raspberry and sponge again to make the top a little darker.

Use sticky notes to mask all the the very bottom of the die cut and then sponge using Gina K Black Onyx ink.

Remove the mask and stamp the palm trees, from Tropical Nature, using black ink.

Use an N5 Copic marker to fill in the tree trunks.

Then use YG95 to add a bit of color the the palm fronds. Set the die cut aside.

Stamp the leaves using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

Begin coloring the darkest areas using Copic marker YG97.

Add YG95.

Then fill in with YG91. After coloring, trim out the images using scissors. I colored and cut two extra leaves.

Trim white cardstock to 4 by 4 inches and a piece of black cardstock to slightly larger than the white. Adhere the layers and secure to a 5 by 5 inch card base using adhesive foam squares. Stamp the sentiment, from Vogue Vases 2, onto a strip of 3/8 inch cardstock, using Gina K Black ink. Adhere the sentiment and leaves to the card base using more dimensional foam squares.


Tropical Nature and Vogue Vases 2 Stamp Sets - Gina K Designs
White & Black Cardstock - Gina K Designs
Sweet Corn, Sweet Mango, Ocean Mist, Blue Raspberry, Black Onyx Ink - Gina K Designs
Labels Thirty-four Die Template - Spellbinders®
YG91, YG95, YG97, N5 Copic Markers
Adhesive Foam Squares
Tape Runner
Paper Trimmer