Monday, September 28, 2009

Gina K Preview - Lord of the Season and Hip to be Square

It's day two of the Gina K Previews and I have samples to share with you from two fabulous new stamp sets...

Lord of the Season - by Nina Brackett

I used Lord of the Season, illustrated by Nina Brackett to make this card. You are going to love this beautiful set of seasonal topiary trees. The images in this set are so elegantly drawn and so charming!

I used Copics to color my image and then pulled out my Quickie Glue Pen and added some Doodblebug Glitter to bling it up just a tad. After coloring, I cut out the image using rectangle nestabilities and then sponged while still in the die, using Pretty in Pink ink. I layered with Pure Luxury Black Onyx, White and a piece of Basic Grey Bittersweet DP.


Hip to be Square - by Melanie Muenchinger

This card features images from Melanie Muenchinger's latest, Hip to be Square. This set has a large "window" background stamp and accompanying images. You are going to love the versatility of this set. I had so much fun making this card! The snowman was created using all separate stamps, so you can move his face around, point his nose in different directions and even tip his hat!

Head over to GinaK's blog to add your comment to her blog entry for a chance to win the new stamp sets being previewed tonight our blogs!

Then, check in with the Illustrators of our two stamp sets featured tonight:
Nina Brackett: Lord of the Season
Melanie Muenchinger: Hip to be Square

Design Team Members participating in the hop tonight:
Carolyn King
Cathy Tidwell
Cindy Lawrence
Donna Baker
Emily Giovanni
Erika Martin
Jessica Fick
Kurtis Amundson
Lee Murphy
Lynn Mercurio

CenterStage Spotlight Designers:
Giovana Smith
Janice Melton

And now here are the details from my snowman card...

I started by stamping the large window stamp.

Then I used post-it notes to mask of the side and bottom of one square and stamped the circle, eyes/mouth, nose and hat. I used the mask because I wanted my snowmen to be peeking out from the squares.

Moved my masks and stamped another snowman.

Moved my mask again and stamped another snowman. This time I stamped the hat so that it wasn't touching his head.

I used a Tuxedo Black Memento marker to draw in his twiggy arms to be waving "hello."

I added a bit of shading using Copic markers, starting with C3 around the outer edges of his head.

Added C1 and then used my blender pen to soften the edges of the marker line.

Used the same colors to do the remaining snowmen.

I used three separate stamps to make the ornament, the circle, the sentiment and the nifty little topper piece. To color, I started with R29 along the outside.

Added R27.

Added R24.

Filled in with R22, leaving just a tiny sliver for a highlight.


I used Crystal Lacquer on the ornament to make it shine and a tiny bow. On the snowmen hats, I added some little green sprigs that were the little punched out pieces from an EK Success corner punch. Then I added some red Stickles for the berries (couldn't get those berries to show up well in the photo). I used a pale blue Copic to add a little shading around the edges of the squares. Layered with Pure Luxury Rocket Red and used a Pure Luxury Base Weight White card base.

Thanks for stopping by. I'll be back tomorrow with a preview of the new StampTV kit! There is still time to enter my blog candy below. Have a great day!

38 comments:

Melanie said...

that tipped hat just cracks me up!!! love your shading on the heads, perfect!!

Lori said...

Your topiary card is gorgeous and snowman card is so fun Theresa!!!! Love love love your tutorials, thank you!!

Anita said...

Beautiful projects!

Payne Holler Cards said...

crazy for those snowmen and love the layout and coloring on the topiary card!!! so appreciate the time you give us on your tutorials!!

Jennie said...

Love these cards Theresa! The snowman one just cracks me up and love the shading on their heads is perfect! Thanks for the tutorial on it, it is so cool how you come up with stuff :o)

Misti said...

Beautiful topiary card & that snowman card is waaaay too cute!!!

Janice M said...

Beautiful cards!! Love how you did the snowmen with the Hip to be square set! Love the pink shading on the topiary card.

joy said...

Love that little snowman, you have made him have such personality! GREAT job!!!

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

Heeheehee!!!! Cuuuuute snowmen!!!! And of course gorgeous pink topiary....I just can't seem to get my sponging smooth without marks in it!!

betty N said...

Love both cards! Your snowman card is SO cute - I love how you drew in his stick arms - great idea!

Giovana said...

The snowman card is just adorable!!! Super duper fun.
Thanks for the inspiration.
God bless
Giovana

Carolina said...

Beautiful cards and as always, amazing step-by-step tutorial!!!

TexasGrammy said...

Oh what fun! Love these creations! You've made the snowman appear to be such a fun little guy!

~Bev

NinaB said...

You are so clever :-). These are both very beautiful.

Granny P said...

Your snowmen are adorable. Looks like they are playing 'boo' as my little grandson calls it.

Lynn Mercurio said...

Oh Theresa, I love your snowman card...how cute he is tipping his hat. You are truly a creative force!

I love the colors of your other card - that Basic Grey paper really looks stunning with this topiary!

asela said...

Cute, cute , cute!

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

Your previews are wonderful, Theresa! Thanks for showing us how you did the snowmen card. It is just adorable.

catdidit said...

I just LOVE that snowman! Awesome on the tipped hat and his twig arms! And the spring topiary, such awesome coloring as usual!

Denise ~ Paper Ponderings said...

LOVE your snowman card. Thanks for all the detail too...just awesome!

Susan said...

LOVE the snowman card. So very clever the way you angled him in the corners and the tipped hat was a stroke of genius. Thanks so much for sharing your talent.

Kay S said...

Theresa - you rock! I love that snowman card and your tutorial is fabulous! Those twiggy arms are so cute and the tipped hat is perfect!

Elena said...

Fantastic cards! The first one is so elegant! Love the ribbon you attached! And what an adorable snowman card! Love it! Love the twiggy arms! So creative!

Virgo5 said...

Totally awesome Theresa! I love the way you positioned the snowmen, makes for a beautiful fun card!

Donna said...

beautiful topiary! I love the snowman tipping his hat- too cute!

Allison said...

You are awesome x 1000! Love the topiary and those snowmen are so inventive!

Season said...

Lovin' those snowmen!! Your shading around the windows and for the ornament look beautiful.

Lori said...

OMGosh! You continue to inspire me, Theresa. I love that snowman, he's a classic. Your shading on the topiary is perfect! One of these days I'll have time to follow a tutorial.

Carolyn King said...

Awesome cards Theresa! I am totally giggling over that oh so clever and perfect snow man card!

Jessica said...

Theresa, you are just TO TALENTED!! If you only knew how many times a day we talk about you at work and fight about who loves you most... lol! I everything you do!!!!

Stampin' Pam said...

Love the cards and the snowman card is just TOO cute - I was way thrilled to know you drew the arms and didn't perfectly line up a "skinny" arm stamp... I am ROFL at Jessica's comment above - Yeah - we ALL love you!! :-)

Deebi27 said...
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Deebi27 said...

The topiary is full of spring time air and your snowman thanks for the tut for such a great card! Your rocked it out again!! *You gave me a great idea for making cards for my classroom friends!

Linda L said...

I love it all!!

Randi said...

Thanks for the tutorials and your cards are great.

Christi said...

Wow! Your Lord of the Season card looks so beautiful & elegant! I love your snowman card! It is so super cute!!!

Kimmiek said...

WICKED COOL Miss T!!
Wowzers...................... I def., need to be your bestes friend so you can rub off on me
Keep em coming.. love the way you share how you color.. You are an isnspiration to me for sure!!

Rose Ann said...

I totally LOVE this, Theresa!!