Monday, April 20, 2009

Out West - Gina K Designs Preview Day 2

Have you heard the news? I'm a stamp illustrator!!! This secret has been so hard to hold onto, but the day has finally arrived and I can shout it out. LOL. I owe it to Gina K for taking a chance on me and I am so very grateful. Thank you, Gina, more than words can say!

The card above uses two images from my new set (can't believe I just said that!), called Out West. The set is full of western/horse themed images and sentiments, perfect for masculine cards, scrapbook pages or for anyone that loves horses.

If you would like to see more sneak peeks of Out West hop on over to visit the design team and be sure to start at Gina's blog for a chance to win a set!

Carolyn King
Cindy Lawrence
Donna Baker
Erika Martin
Gina Krupsky
Jessica Fick
Joanne Basile
Kurtis Amundson
Melanie Muenchinger
Beverly Cole (Spotlight Designer)
Cathy Tidwell (My Guest Designer)

I would also like to say a big thank you to Cathy Tidwell (aka Catdidit on SCS), for helping me as my guest designer for this month. Cathy will be sharing some fabulous creations all month using my set, so hop on over to her blog to see the magic she has whipped up for you. Be sure to keep checking back, to find out how you can win a free Out West stamp set on Cathy's blog next week!

Another shout out, this time to Melanie Muenchinger for her encouragement and inspiration. I wanna be just like Mel! BTW, Jen Del Muro has been playing along and has a preview with Mel's set Wee Tee's today too!

Asela Hopkins is previewing her new set tonight, also. It is called Friendship's Garden, and if you loved Botanical Dreams (my all time favorite Asela set), then you are going to flip when you see the images in Friendship's Garden. Be sure to visit the team to see what they have created with this set...

Asela Hopkins
Carolyn King
Cindy Lawrence
Donna Baker
Emily Giovanni
Erika Martin
Gina Krupsky
Jessica Fick
Joanne Basile
Kurtis Amundson
Beverly Cole (Spotlight Designer)

And now here are the details on how I made my card...


Stamped the images on Pure Luxury White cardstock, using Memento ink. Then I color the horse with Copic markers, E31, E37, E57 and my colorless blender.

Next I colored the cactus with YG03, YG91, YG93 and YG95.

I used YG91, Y23, W3 and E35 on the grasses and ground.

Because I wanted to sponge the background, I needed to emboss my images with clear embossing powder. First I rubbed the entire paper with my embossing buddy, then I went over the images with my Versa Mark pen and heat embossed with clear EP powder.

After embossing I sponged some So Saffron ink.

Next I worked on the foreground. I masked off the bottom of the cardstock and sponged Apricot Appeal.

More sponging, this time with Creamy Caramel and Chocolate Chip.

Then I put the mask on the bottom, so I could work on the sky. I sponged around the the So Saffron with Really Rust and just a bit of Pumpkin Pie.

Then I added some Bashfull Blue.

And some Not Quite Navy.

Next, I added some tree by inking up an image from Tree Silhouettes, with Saharra Sand and stamping in two places.

The "Dad" stamp is from Rupa Shevde's newest set, being released on Thursday. I stamped it and then cut it using the small oval punch from Stampin' Up. The metal frame and brads are from SU's hodgepodge hardware. On the right side, I added twine and a piece of Nautical Netting, a new product from Gina K availble Thursday night. I attached them with a Making Memories brad.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you have a wonderful day! Come back tomorrow for another preview and be sure to join us at SCS Thursday, from 5 to 7pm central, for the release party!

55 comments:

Melanie said...

let me be the first to say today ho FABULOUS you are! )(((((((((((((((HUGS)))))))))))))

Gina K. said...

Congratulations Rock star! ;) Fabulous set!

Toni K said...

Congratulations! So happy for you! It must be like a dream for you. Your set is awesome. I've seen some of the previews and I love them! Hugs!

Cathy said...

OMG Theresa, how totally cool! Since I used to train race horses and we still have 7, I think this set has my name written all over it. Congratulations, you will be wonderful.

Jami {sgtStamper} said...

Dang girl - this ROCKS!!! I'm gonna need that set for sure!! Love the horse, love the prickly pear, loved the saddle on Gina's blog...can't wait to see them all!! HUGE Congrats to you!!!

NinaB said...

Wow, I've been a frequent visitor, but this is my first time to comment. All I can say is WOW, very impressive!!! You are an excellent illustrator and I love the coloring you did on your card. I can't wait to see the rest of the set and the cards made with them. Congratulations!

Sue said...

Oh WOW Theresa
you have done it again absolutley STUNNING card, i so luv what you do, brill tutorial as well, sue.x

Diane said...

Gorgeous card...gorgeous designs....I can't wait to see all the set...I predict you will be a top designer...congrats!!!

SueB said...

Congrats on your big news! I saw the saddle over at Gina's blog and it's fab - can't wait to see the rest of the set! TFS and thanx for the blog candy opp!

Roxy said...

WOW! What an amazing card! And just the execution of it, the images......WOW! Congratulations!

Mary Duffek said...

Congrats!!!! The images I've seen are amazing. You are sure to be a success! Can't wait to see the whole set! Beautiful card.

Beverly aka beestamper said...

Theresa!!!! EEEKKK!!! You have created an incredible stamp set! I LOVE it! Not many people can draw horses well - but you ROCK! This card is gorgeous. I love how you created the scene. You need to frame this one, especially since it is your first. Enjoy this moment!!

Patti J. said...

Theresa, I am not one bit surprised (well maybe one bit, as I knew you could color but I didn't know you could draw...) at your rise to fame! I've been telling you for months to remember all of us when you are rich and famous! I am so very proud and happy for you! You are not only talented, but you are one good gal with a lot of heart. Most sincere hugs....and Congrats!!!

Chelsea said...

Congrats!! Your stamps are gorgeous!!! and your card sample is wonderful!!! Can't wait to see the whole set and what else you come up with!

catdidit said...

Congrats to you my friend! I am just thrilled for you, as I told you, I just knew you would rock as an illustrator! It's an honor being you guest designer!

And of course, this card just ROCKS! LOVE that ribbon treatment too, perfect!!

(pssstt, you notice Mel called you a 'ho') hahaha! Just kidding...her typos ya know...crack me up all the time, lmao.

Jessica said...

THUD.... You are so amazing, Theresa!! You know how much I LOVE your set already but if I just saw it with your card today, I'd HAVE to buy it - your card is STUNNING!!! Honestly, it takes my breath away... wow!

Thanks for the photos of how you colored it too. I've been adding all your copic coloring links to our STV Copic forum discussions because they're so helpful.

Linda said...

You are a stamping genius! Great artwork and the copic coloring is something I only WISH I could do so well. Bravo!

Jennie said...

Theresa...this is amazing. Big congrats to you and this set looks fabulous! Girl...YOU can draw! Your card is gorgeous, love all of the sponging .

Jennie said...

Theresa...this is amazing. Big congrats to you and this set looks fabulous! Girl...YOU can draw! Your card is gorgeous, love all of the sponging .

Jennie said...

Theresa...this is amazing. Big congrats to you and this set looks fabulous! Girl...YOU can draw! Your card is gorgeous, love all of the sponging .

Tamara said...

WOW!!!

I am so happy for you! I *love* your blog, and am always soooooo impressed with your cards and the detail you put into each one. It shouldn't surprise me that you can draw, but WOW this set is AMAZING. I have a couple of friends that ride horses, and I think this set will be just the thing.

Thanks so much for sharing your talent with use.

Congratulations on your first Gina K set, I am sure there will be many, many more in your future!

Sandy Knecht said...

Beautiful Card and set!

Karen V said...

I'm so glad your set has finally seen the light and the copics!!!! It's a brilliant set and I can't wait to see more from you! Congrats on your success - it couldn't happen to a nicer person.

Karen

bataylor said...

Can't wait to see the rest. Being from Texas I've searched for Western theme stamps and paper. My family is horse and mule owners. (trail riders,etc) I'm always looking for card ideas. Thanks

lisa808 said...

Wow! Congratulations!!! How did you ever manage to keep from spilling this exciting news?!?!? I am so looking forward to Thursday night. 'See you' then!

Chriss Blagrave said...

Absolutely stunning card! Your images are amazingly realistic. (I saw the boots too on another blog) Congratulations! You are a true artist!

Deb Neerman said...

Wooooohoooooooo! Way to go Theresa! Congratulations of your very own stamp set!!! Sooo happy for you .. and proud!

And omigosh, your drawing skillz are just amazing! WoWzA! This card is simply stunning!!

Til said...

Okay so I always visit Asela's blog and that is how I found you by her and GinaK....I amost can't breath that I LOVE this horse set!!! I HAVE TO HAVE IT! It is definitely on the TOP of my list! Thank you so much for bringing us a horse set....my dd is a HUGE fan of horses, infact we are decorating her room all Cowgirl (she is 20 and developmentally delayed...horses are so good for people with intellectual disabilities) Anyhoo, I am so going to add this to my collection for her!! She will love this! Thank you thank you!!!!!

Stampin_melissa said...

Congrats! This is just fabulous!

Carolyn King said...

What a stunning creation.....and your set is just outstanding....huge congrats girl!

Carla (cmsuto) said...

Huge congrats, Theresa! Your set is absolutely amazing! Can't wait to see the whole thing! You are so talented! And your card is awesome! Exquisite coloring! Congratulations again!

bobnpatty said...

CONGRATS!!!! Your card made my jaw drop.....so beautiful! I can't wait to see the whole set!

buggin2stamp said...

Wow Theresa, you have got mad skillz when it comes to illustration. The samples using your set are absolutely amazing. Your card is stunning. I love all the sponging. You are the master of sponging. I can't wait to see the whole set on Thursday night.

6 wacky women said...

BRAVO!! Theresa.
Not only are you one of the most amazing card designers, you are now a fabulous stamp illustrator. Your images are fantastic, girl!!
and your card is truly a work of art!!
"Congratulations"!! I am sooo happy for you and your outstanding achievement.

Hugs
Karen x

AG said...

Congratulations! Your new set looks beautiful! LOVE the card you made! You're such a talent!

Lynn Mercurio said...

Congratulations on this announcement...what an artistic secret you are...but it's a secret no longer. Now the world can share in your talent.

jean w. said...

Congratulations Theresa! Wonder horse!

Elena said...

CONGRATULATIONS! Theresa, I am so happy for you! Wow! Your own stamp set! You are incredible! I am so proud of you!
Very beautiful card! Artisitic coloring! And absolutely gorgeous card!

Trena in Naperville said...

Congratulations Theresa!! I have been enjoying your blog and seeing all the beautiful projects you have created. How exciting for you, and Gina K customers (I'm one!)! I wish you the best!

Take care and STAY POSITIVE!

Lori said...

Congratulations!!! Your card is just beautiful, can't wait to see your whole set!

Anonymous said...

I knew you would be a wonderful stamp designer when I saw the card of a deer head you did (last fall I think). I saw the card and immediately looked to see what stamp company the deer was from. But you said you didn't have a stamp so you just drew it. It was amazing. Congratulations on your new stamp set. I can't wait to see the entire set!

Anita said...

Congrats on your first set! This is a wonderful set. Your card is amazing!

craftimamma said...

Hi Theresa. Just wanted to say CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Your success is well deserved.

Lesley Xx

Tracey said...

Congratulations Theresa! SO well deserved! Your card is gorgeous and I just love this set. So perfect for my parents since they have horses!! xx

Joanne B. said...

Theresa, I am SO SO SO very excited for you. This is just beautiful, you did an amazing job!

Stampin' Pam said...

Sorry I'm late with my CONGRATULATIONS! I am so excited for you - I absolutely love your work (and your gantastic sponging) and your design work is no different - it's rockin' awesome!!! I love the theme and the sneak peaks have been wonderful. Your coloring of the horse is stunning. SO--- big KUDOS to you - very excited about your new title and your first stamp set.

Hugs and smiles!

Kathy Kelsheimer said...

WOW, Theresa! Your first stamp set is a MUST HAVE! Good for you!!! shecop@charter.net

Donna said...

Congrats on the new set. I can't beleive how detailed it is. I just love all the sneak peeks! Thanks for sharing.

Sharri Seffens said...

Theresa, Congratulations!!!! I have been waiting to see your new stamp set and it is awesome! I just love it and can not wait to see more sets from you!
You are one talented lady! Enjoy this new title, you more than deserve it girl!
Your card is gorgeous as always! I don't think you could make a bad card if you tried!

Cynthia O. (SCS - Stampinak) said...

Congrats Teresa! Your stamp set is fabulous. We needed a good quality realistic Western stamp set. Your step-by-step on this card is great.

Donna Baker said...

no surprise at all your card is magnificent! congratulations, Mrs. Stamp Illustrator!

Carolina said...

HUGE Congrats Theresa!!! I was jumping out of my skin when I read Gina's announcement...I know this is one of many amazing sets to come. Gorgeous card with it...thanks for the step by step on how you created it!

Mary said...

Just one word. Stunning!

Mary

Heather "Hev" said...

Congratulations on your new venture :)

Your drawings are magnificent and I am so glad Gina has taken you on board :)

All the best for the future and thank you for your inspiration

Hugs Heather

Shirley said...

Gorgeous and beyond!