Monday, August 24, 2009

Gina K Preview Day 1 - A Year of Leaves and Fruitful Harvest

Hi! It's preview time for Gina K Designs and tonight we are previewing two new stamp sets.

A Year of Leaves illustrated by Melanie Muenchinger

Melanie has done it again and illustrated another set that will become a staple in every stamper's cupboard. She has created an amazing companion set to A Year of Flowers (one of my all time faves), only this time using leaves. You are going to love this gorgeous collection of leaves that can be used any time of the year, and what a perfect time of the year for this set to come out with autumn fast approaching. It's going to be great for masculine cards, too!

On this card, I used one of the oak leaves, stamped three times and colored with Copics. I then cut out the branches and placed them on my cardstock. Then I drew a cooked line to connect the leaves and another line just parallel to the first, to form a branch. It's really easy to draw a crooked line like that, but if you don't want to, you could always use one of the stems from A Year of Leaves.

I also colored two acorns and cut them out to add to my branch. My background was cut using a rectangle Nestabilities and sponged while still in the die. The sentiment is also from the new A Year of Leaves set.



Fruitful Harvest illustrated by Asela Hopkins

My second card today, features Asela Hopkins new stamp set, Fruitful Harvest. You are going to love the wonderful large images in this set. They are so beautifully detailed and easy to color thanks for Asela's wonderful shading. I have all the details and step by step photos for this card below.

For more inspiration with the stamps previewed today, visit Gina's blog as well as Melanie Muenchinger, the illustrator of Year of Leaves and Asela Hopkins, the illustrator of Fruitful Harvest.
For even more projects with tonight's two stamp sets, these Senior Design Team Members are participating in previews today: Carolyn, Cindy, Donna, Emily, Erika, Kurtis, Jessica, Lee, and Lynn, as well as our CenterStage Spotlight Design Team members: Denise Kelemen and Geri Utterback

Our Release Party will be held once again over on SCS starting at 7pm CST on Thursday, August 27th. There will be contests, challenges, lots of chatter as well as a ton more samples shared by the Senior Design team members and our CenterStage Spotlight team too! You won't want to miss it!

Now for the details about my card...

I started by stamping the pears from Fruitful Harvest, on a piece of Pure Luxury White paper, using Memento Black ink. Then I colored with Copic markers. I used Y21 all over to start.

Added Y23 in the areas I wanted to be darker.

Then added YR12.

Added G91 to give it just a bit of green in the shadows.

Then I added E35 in the areas that I wanted the deepest shading and used Y23 to blend it out.

For the leaves, I used YG99 along the veins.

Worked in some YG95.

Filled in the rest of the leaves with YG03.

Then used YG91 to blend the colors.

For the stem I used E35, E37 and E57.

To create the background panel, I started with a piece of Pure Luxury Ivory paper and sponged Vivid Coffee Bean ink in the center, working my way out.

Then sponged Vivid Tuscan Tan around the outside.

I layered with Pure Luxury Chocolate Kiss (cut with my scallop rectangle Nestabilities) and So Saffron (SU). I stamped the sentiment, also from Fruitful Harvest on So Saffron, then cut it into a strip just under 1/2 inch, and rounded one end with my 1/2 inch circle cutter. That nifty antique pear button if from my friend, Mary Anne (ma54k on STV). It came from her mom's antique button collection. Thanks for the buttons, Mary Anne!

Thanks for visiting. Have a great day!

43 comments:

vdutchr said...

Teresa -you rocked these out! Fabulous job!!

redwasher1 said...

Theresa you did a absolutely beautiful job on both of the cards!

Sharri Seffens said...

Theresa, both cards are stunning!!!

Donna said...

WHOA, Nelly! I ADORE these cards!! The branch & leaves extending out on your first card is amazing...and the depth you achieved with the reverse sponging is pure genius (love that charm too!)

Jennie said...

Love these two card Theresa! WOW, what gorgeousness :o) That pear button is awesome and the perfect accent, sweet of Mary Anne!

Tina Gilliland said...

How wonderful!!! Love how you drew that branch and the pears look like they are antiqued... beautiful!! Great job Theresa!!

joy said...

The pear card is truly art - it needs to be framed. Beautiful job!

Deb Neerman said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!! So beautiful and so beautifully colored!

Love the leaves ... and the fruit. This looks to be yet another wonderful Gina K release!

Hope all is well with you, Kiddo!?!

~Hugs, Deb

Denise said...

Theresa, I just love both of your cards - so gorgeous. Grandmom's button looks perfect on your pear card :)

Payne Holler Cards said...

just beautiful cards - Mary Anne is so sweet to share something so special. lol
Linda

Sandra said...

wonderful! Thanks for the tips.
Sandra

Patti J. said...

Again, so beautiful. Your coloring and sponging gives such a three dimensional look, and adds such depth to your cards. Gorgeous!!! And wowzers - what a fab button!!! Perfect for this card! Good job Mary Anne!

Karen Knegten said...

Theresa- I am in awe. Your coloring is just beautiful. I really like both of these cards, but love the one with the pears.

Giovana said...

Both cards are just perfect!!
God bless
Giovana

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

Gorgeous cards.

Pam said...

Both of your cards are gorgeous, but the one with the pear is just striking!
~Pam
http://stampsinc.blogspot.com/

"Tillymint" said...

Beautiful Card Theresa - your colouring as always is just perfect!!!!

Anesha said...

Two wonderful cards, love how your get such dimension by your shading. Anesha

Miss Boo (a.k.a. jen70) said...

Your cards are stunning!

Lynn Mercurio said...

Holy cow - both creations are just stunning! Such wonderful sponging really make these images POP! AWESOME!

asela Hopkins said...

Beautiful! Love your tutorials.

Shelly W said...

Wow!! Stunning!! Beautiful!!!!!

JazzyH said...

I love how the leaves are hanging out. Great cards!

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

What a wonderful surprise! These cards are so beautiful! I am grinning from ear to ear.

Carla (cmsuto) said...

OMGosh, Theresa! Your cards are both absolutely stunning! Exquisite coloring and wonderful layouts, as always! TFS!

Joanne B. said...

Just GORGEOUS Theresa!

Elena said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Love new stamps!

Kurtis said...

Beautiful Cards Theresa!

Melanie said...

Im nutty for your acorns!!! excellent branch!! :)

that rich brown sponging behind the pears makes them all the more juicy, just beautiful!

Kay S said...

Gorgeous cards, Theresa! I am totally loving these new sets -- big surprise, don't I always?! Thanks for the step by step coloring instructions on the pear card. As always, you've done a beautiful job with your cards.

Sherry said...

Your cards are absolutely Spectacular! So pretty how you've got the leaves falling off the edges like that, love the dimension and the colors are so warm! Oh how real those pears look, great coloring and layering and such a wonderful button in the corner! FAB-ulous cards!!

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

Holy Shmokies Theresa!!!! I love the leaves....what a soft card. And those Pears!!!! Now I am loving the chance to get some practice coloring in....and your tutorials are always just so amazing and helpful!!! That card with that fabulous antique button is just PEARfection!!!

Charlene Merrick (LilLuvsStampin) said...

THUD!!! These are stunningly GORGEOUS, Theresa! Your coloring is out of this world; thank you for sharing your technique!

Charlene said...

Another beautiful card. Your colors just floor me they are put together so well.

Carolyn King said...

GORGEOUS cards Theresa. They are both beautiful and your coloring is amazing. I especially love how you put the leaves and acorns on a branch...looks great!

Allison said...

As always, there is just so much dimension you achieve in your coloring! Love the autumnal vibe...and again, I am green with envy!

Lori said...

Your coloring is so beautiful, Theresa! Great cards, and that pear button is so cool.

Silke said...

Fabulous card - Theresa!!! Your coloring skills are awesome - GF!!!
Hugs ~S~

Maria Levine said...

Beautiful stuff! Great job!

Randi said...

Outstanding! You've got skills!!!!!

Jessica said...

SHUT UP!!! You are just too good, Theresa!! I LOVE how both of your cards just glow... they are amazing! Thank you so much for sharing the step by step photos... it's such a cool way to see the progression of your cards!

Mary said...

Your cards are always stunning!These two are no exception. I appreciate your sharing your step bt step photos on how you made your card.

Mary

Shannon said...

I'm just speechless!!!! Your cards are just more and more stunning every day.