Hello Happy Stampers! Today I am previewing the new Eclectic Summer stampTV kit from Gina K Designs. Gina has put together a wonderful kit, filled with two stamp sets, pattern paper, Pure Luxury cardstock, brads, scrumptious ribbon and it all comes with weekly stampTV video tutorials, teaching you wonderful techniques and projects.
You can see more sneak peeks from the stampTV kit by visiting the Gina K Design Team.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
And now for the details on my card...
I knew I wanted to use the hot air balloon and wanted to have a beautiful blue sunrise background. So I did a Google Image Search for Blue Sunrise and found this photo to use as inspiration.
First I stamped the hot air balloon on Pure Luxury layering cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Then I used Copic markers BG05 and B24 to colored the balloon.
I used N3 and N5 to add shadows to the hot air balloon, then used the blender pen to lift some color from the center of each segment on the balloon, to give it some dimension.
Next, I planned to emboss my image, so I rubbed my embossing buddy over the cardstock and then used my Versa Mark pen to cover the entire image, then heat embossed with clear embossing powder.
Then I sponged the background in. I used Tempting Turquoise in the middle, then added Bashful Blue. Ballet Blue, Lavender Lace and Perfect Plue were used around the edges.
Next, I added some post-its across the cardstock to mask the bottom portion. I used my Pretty in Pink and Blush Blossom ink pads and swiped them across the mask.
Added another mask with torn edges, to simulate the distant hills, then sponged with black ink.
Then I flipped the straight mask around and moved it down a bit so I could do the reflection. I had to tear a new mask for the reflection of the hills, so it would be a mirror image. Then I sponged that with some Pretty in Pink, Going Gray and just a bit of black.
After removing the mask, I did a bit of sponging with Blush Blossom below the reflected hills. I also used a gray Copic marker to add some tiny lines on the top of the hills, to look like the hillside was covered in trees.
I needed to add a reflection of the balloon, so I used a mirror image stamp and stamped the hot air balloon on it, then used that to stamp the reflection.
Yikes, I really messed that up. I stamped the reflection way off to the right of the image. I had invested too much time in this card by now to call it quits (and I didn't have time to make another!), so I used a gray marker and added another segment on the left side of the balloon, so it wouldn't look so drastic. It is still rather offset, but I'm going to use my creative license and call it abstract art. LOL
I added a "thank you" sentiment from Eclectic Summer Sayings (the second set in the kit) and cut it out with Nestabilities, then backed it with a black layer. The main image panel was backed with Pure Luxury Black Onyx and white, then a layer of Pacific Point (SU) and assembled on a card base of Pure Luxury In the Navy (new PL color!).
On the inside of my card I stamped the balloon from Eclectic Summer, using Tempting Turquoise ink and another sentiment from Eclectic Summer Sayings. I accented it with a piece of pattern paper from the new kit and backed with with another piece of the Pacific Point.
That's it for today. Tomorrow there will be two more stamp sets to preview and then at 7pm central there is the release party at the Gina K forums at SCS.
Thanks for visiting and have a happy day!