Sunday, June 27, 2010

Gina K Preview - Aloha, Fun Year Round and Stitches

Hello! Today is the first day of previews for the Gina K Designs release this coming Thursday! We are previewing three news sets today and first up is my new set, called Aloha. I really loved drawing these tropical themed images and couldn't wait to do a tropical sunset using the palm tree and hammock. (step by step photos below)

Next is a super fun new set, from Melanie Muenchinger, called Fun Year Round. When I started this card, I planned to just color in a few circles and layer circles over some of the others, but once I started coloring, I just couldn't stop. I love to color and had so much fun making this card!

I stamped the large background image and colored in almost all the circles, then I used many of the included accessory stamps, included in the set, and stamped in coordinating colors. Then I layered with Pure Luxury Passionate Pink and used a Black Onyx cardbase.

Next up is Tami Mayberry's awesome new set, In Stitches. This set is filled with a variety of sewing machine border stitches that you are going to love! I used the straight stitch border to make this CAS card. These borders are perfect for making quick, elegant cards, simply by stamping horizontally across the cardbase and accenting with a simple silhouette image and sentiment.

For even more samples with the stamp sets being previewed today, check out these designer's links:
We'd also like to invite you to attend our Release Party this Thursday, July 1st starting at 7 pm central on StampTV! There will be challenges, contest questions, and more samples from our designers on all the new stamp sets being released this month! We'd love to have you join in on the fun!


To make the background for the tropical card, I sponged Memento Cantaloupe.

Then sponged Memento Angel Pink, above and below the Cantaloupe.

Sponged Memento Desert Sand over the pink.

Sponged in around the edges with Memento Rhubarb Stalk.

Then sponged over the Rhubarb Stalk with Memento Potter's Clay.

Then I used Post-it Notes to mask off the top, and sponged more Potter's Clay along the horizon line.

Used a torn Post-it Note and sponged with Rich Cocoa to make a dune.

Sponged a little Tuxedo Black to shad the corner of the dune.

More torn Post-it Notes to make the water line. I sponged just a tiny bit of Rich Cocoa and Potter's Clay.

Then I stamped the palm tree, twice using Tuxedo Black ink. Since I knew I was adding the hammock, I stamped the first back and to the left a little ways and then stamped the second lower and to the right, to appear closer.

I could have used my Stamp-a-ma-jig and stamped the hammock first, then the palm trees, for perfect spacing, but I am lazy. So I just made sure I got the palm trees "close" to the right distance apart and when I inked up the hammock, I left the either side un-inked. Here you can see that leaving the ends un-inked gave me a little flexibility on the placement of the hammock.

Then I just used a marker to extent the ends of the hammock to the palm trees to finish the look.

I used Copics, N7 and N5 to shade the tree trunks and add a little shading to the plants and palm fronds.

I used the texture stamp, included in the Aloha set, to add some clouds. I inked the image up with Memento Potter's Clay and then filled in with my E53 Copic.

Used E37 and E49 to added shading to the water line and horizon line.

Used E37 and my white gel pen to add some waves to the water.

I layered the card with Pure Luxury Black Onyx and used a Tan Leather card base. Here is the photo I used for inspiration on this card. Someone asked the other day how I come up with my card ideas and I find most from photos I see online. That purple card from Friday was inspired by this photo.

Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to stop by tomorrow for more previews. Have a great day!

38 comments:

Giovana said...

Theresa, you are amazing!! Love it!

Paula Laird said...

Absolutely breathtaking!

Kay S said...

Oh, my gosh, Theresa! That sunset card is among the most gorgeous cards I have ever seen! Amazing! Love the circles card, also! So fun!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Such a FUN FUN set!! My favorite the beach.....

Kary said...

Theresa - fantastic sunset card!! Really, really awesome!! Love, love it!

Selma said...

Theresa, this is breathtakingly beautiful. You are just amazing. This is another set I'll need for sure! I'm so anxious to see the rest it.

Pat (mspfd) said...

What wonderful samples. Your aloha card is drop dead gorgeous. It is so perfect, at first I thought it was a photograph!

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

Oh My Jiminy Golly Whizbang!!!!!!! How do you do it??? Freakin' AMAZING!!!!!!!!!

Anita said...

Another amazing set! I love the beach. Amazing cards!

joy said...

What a wonderful card!! You are incredible, girl!

Carolina said...

Gorgeous cards and thanks for another fab tutorial...you seriously are THE Coloring queen Theresa!

Corina Stewart said...

Theresa your sponging and colouring take my breath away time and time again, you are a wonderful artist

Neesey said...

This card is amazing. I could just picture myself there. I love this set so far. Can't wait to see more.

stampqueen said...

Love the sunset card and the circles card - both wioth bright vibrant colors.

JaniceAileen said...

I knew you would make amazing sunset scenes with your Aloha set! Just breath taking! Love the fun feel of your second card, too!

Carla (cmsuto) said...

Fantastic cards, Theresa! Your tropical sunset scene is amazing! Love your new set!

Melanie said...

great tip on stringing the hammock!
I love your new set, I will be makign plenty of hammock scnees too but knew mine wouldn't come close to yours today1 fantastic ork1 love you other peeks too, love your shading of the circles!

scalder said...

WOW, just plain WOW!! Your new stamp set looks fabulous!! Thanks for the technique steps too, I'm such a clutz when it comes to backgrounds:(

akagreenhouse said...

Both of these cards are fabulous! I can't decide which one I like best. They are both just beautiful.

catdidit said...

as the very first comment says, you are amazing T!! I love your creations, the master at work! And your stamp set is just too much fun!!

Starla said...

DROP DEAD GORGEOUS!! I can't wait to get this set in my hands!!

Tina Gilliland said...

OMGosh Theresa... these are ALL just FANTABULOUS!!!!!!!!!! You make it look so easy! Love the sunset and the bright colors of card with Melanie's set... and the wonderful simplicity of Tami's set. Ugh... why oh why do I look at your site? LOL You KNOW I MUST have NOW!!! *smile*

SherylH said...

This card is amazing Theresa -- when I first opened your post I thought that you had actually stamped over a photo image. Great job on the background shading.

Sue Alger said...

Oh I can just imagine myself on the hammock. This card could be used for so many sentiments. Beautiful, Beautiful, Just Beautiful!!

Carolyn King said...

ummmm yeah.....cannot take my eyes off the aloha card! fabullllllllouuuuuuuuuus!

Sharon Harnist said...

This sample is EXACTLY what I pictured for your great new set, Theresa -- just fabulous! LOVE your Fun Year Round sample -- such gorgeous vivid colors!

Tammy T said...

Wow, what a Stunning card! Love your card and your new set. My parents spend their summers at the beach and i will get some use out of your set! Thanks for sharing it with us!

Janine said...

Wow this is terrific - can you please whisk me away there!

Jennie said...

THUD...what a scene Theresa...Oh you are the QUEEN of the scene. Your other cards are fab too but my oh my, I want to be where the palm trees are :o) Fabulous new set!

Stampin' Pam said...

You are amazing Theresa - just amazing. I am soooooo awed by your scenes... beyond fabulous.

Cammy said...

This is just absolutely stunning! Your scenes are so beautiful!

Lynn Mercurio said...

Wow Theresa...this beach scene is suitable for framing...looks like a picture. Awesome job on all of your creative projects today!

Roz Willoughby said...

Absolutely fantastic...best card I've seen lately...congrats!!

Erika Martin - Stampin' Mama said...

Ah, I wondered how to put the hammock between the two trees! Brilliant!

Jessica said...

Oh Theresa! Your set is so lovely and your card for the hop really showcased the set so well! LOVE it!

Pati said...

Wow, this looks amazing! So real, like a photo! Thanks for showing how you did it!

Miesje said...

You are an artist! A very talented artist! I tried to do that and can't! Yipes - you make is look easy but it is not - you must have that inner talent - you got it gf! This is amazing!

Danielle said...

What a absolute beautiful card This is the most beautiful card I've seen Thanks for sharing and showing us your beautiful card