Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Gina K March Release Inspiration Hop Day 3

Hello! It's day three of the new Gina K Designs March Release Inspiration Hops! Today we are featuring three more of the March stamp sets. First up is Cute as a Bug, illustrated by Rupa Shevde. There are so many cute images in this set, it was hard to pick which one to use. More details on this card below.

Next up is the latest set designed by Nina Bracket, Lovely Labels 3. I used the big "hi" sentiment and the argyle label image. I also pulled in a few of the images from the new StampTV kit which work so well with the images in Lovely Labels 3. It's pretty rare that I make a vintage card and this one was fun.

Of course, I had to follow that vintage card up with something a bit more clean and simple. This time I used the same Lovely Labels 3 image (my favorite in the set) and paired it with the curved birthday sentiment. I added a swan from Warm With Love to the center and some Bring the Bling, glossed up with Crystal Lacquer, to embellish.

Next we have Perfect Pennants, designed by Tami Mayberry. These pennants will match perfectly to the new Spellbinders pennant dies. I made a super CAS card for my sample. I lined up each pennant using the guidelines on the acrylic block, then inked them up using Memento Markers. Then I stamped them all at once. After stamping, I used Copic markers to shade the inside and added a self adhesive nail brad between each. The sentiment is also from Perfect Pennants.

For more inspiration, be sure to check out what the rest of the design team has to show you...


To color the grasshopper, I started with my Y17 Copic marker.

Added Y11.

Filled in the rest with YG21.

Added YG23.

Then added YG25.

For the leaf, I started with YG03.

Added YG05.

Then shaded with G07.

I used E37 for the stick pole and W3 to add some shading the leaf under the grasshopper. 

Colored the surrounding water with B00.

Then B02.

Added a shadow under the leaf with N3 and around the grasshopper with C3.

Sponged around the bottom with Memento Bamboo Leaves.

Then added some wispy grass with swipes from my YG23 Copic marker.

Next, I sponged Memento Cantaloupe ink around the top.

I layered with Pure Luxury Fresh Asparagus and used a Wild Dandelion card base. The pattern paper is from the new StampTV kit.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day!

102 comments:

Becky said...

This is adorable Theresa.

Carla S. said...

Love all your samples, Theresa! You worked your magic with all the new sets!

seamom said...

Oh, my! It's like each blog has such great cards! I love your grasshopper card, and thanks for the coloring tutorial...

colleen said...

WOW... thanks for the tutorial... I love watching you work! Love the "scenes" you create in your cards.

catdidit said...

You so rock MF! Such gorgeous coloring and designs T! LOVE them all!

Viv said...

Pure magic!! Your fabulous step by step images have helped me more than you can know! Your cards are fabulous! Viv x

Anita said...

Amazing cards!

Leslie said...

Oh I love the coloring on all your cards and I really appreciate the coloring tutorial! Coloring images is one of the things I find hardest to do so your steps really help- Thank you!!

Melissa said...

Thank you for the step-by-step, I am so new to stamping and I love the help. It looks like something I might actually be able to do!

Marsha said...

Your cards are always stunning! And thank you for your Copic tutorials. They have definitely helped me improve my coloring skills.

Barbara Colbert said...

Loved your cards...great samples of excellent work. Love that grasshopper!

Karen (TLgirl353) said...

Theresa- Thank you for sharing all this inspirations!

Tina Gilliland said...

Love these, Theresa!! Your cards just all seem to GLOW!!

Kathi said...

What an adorable card Theresa! That grasshopper is as cute as a bug!

Miesje said...

Love, love, love them. That bug is adorable - thanks for showing how to color him. Beautiful Theresa!

Debby said...

YOur cards are just toooo cute. Thank you for showing us how you colored the grasshopper....really wonderful coloring job....you go woman.

Tamara said...

you are such a great artist!

pqueenie said...

The simplicity of these cards is great!

Sue said...

These are so adorable. Your colouring instructions are great.

Barb said...

I love these creations---great stamps to use with wonderful labels. More sets to get!

Scrapacat said...

My jaw drops every time I visit your blog. You make such simple strokes with your pens or ink, and it's perfection. I love all of these cards! ♥ky

Lagene said...

WOW! Love each one!!!! Thanks so much for the Copic tutorial with that rafting grasshopper!

Cynthia said...

Lovely cards, Theresa! I especially like the vintage design with Lovely Labels 3.

Giovana said...

Fantastic creations "cousin T". Love, love, love your vintage card!

alienanessa said...

Man, we are all so lucky that you were born, your amazing abilities are beyond inspiring. And I hope that I'm part of thousands who appreciate that you show us how you color images, I mean, that's just going above and beyond, and you deserve a big fat hairy raise!

Deb said...

Wow! So many fabulous designs, and such great variety! Love them all! Yep, I agree with Anessa! Glad you were born! And thankful for your mom too! Hehehe!

harrahx2 said...

I loe the tutorial on coloring. Card is darling!

Carol said...

Really love how you pulled so many sets together on your two label cards.....WOW!

Kay S said...

Fabulous cards, Theresa! I especially like the grasshopper card with the beautiful coloring and the CAS pennant card.

marshmallow12 said...

thanks for the tutorial. I'm jsut getting into copics, and really appreciate any help I can get.

--Marcy said...

I was hoping someone would do the grasshopper! You are amazing!

Penne said...

Beautiful cards, Theresa! Thanks for sharing with us today!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful cards and wonderful coloring tutorial. Your work makes me want each and every set!!
crafty teacher

carrie said...

Great cards! Just love the wonderful, bright colorful cricket card. Such a great saying to go with it.

Debbie Bradford said...

Your label card is the best ever! They are all great.

Charlene said...

Thank you so much for the great coloring tutorial - the time it takes to do that is much appreciated. Absolutely love the "vintage" card you made - to see the "hi" in a vintage label is great!

Crafty Math Chick said...

All of your projects are beautiful Theresa, but believe it or not, I think my favorite it that CAS banner card - something about a rainbow of colors gets me every time. Thanks for another cool tutorial too!

Joni said...

Your cards reminded me of beautifully illustrated children's books. I am adding copics one at a time, which makes it difficult to reproduce the amazing coloring. As always, I appreciate the clean and simple!

Kimberly Johnson said...

Great cards! Love your work!

Lynn B. said...

So grateful for the tutorial. Thanks!

Dr. Jeannette Jones at Stamp to Cope, Inc. said...

It is always inspirational viewing your work. I appreciate the finishing touches that make such a difference. Thanks Jeannette

jan farnworth said...

your grasshopper card is great thanks for the tutorial on how you colored him up.

StampinDi said...

Great cards and wonderful tutorial!

Jenny H. said...

Just beautiful cards! Love the colors and the brightness! Your vintage card is so elegant!

Suzanne J Dean said...

Like I said at the party, your projects always seem to glow from within--gorgeous! Love the vintage feel of that silhouettes card too!
Beautiful projects!

hugz,
Suzanne

Peggy said...

Love the Lovely labels card and the way you make your projects alive with your coloring.
God bless,
PeggyS

StinkerbellSteph said...

Wow!! your cards are lovely and really appreciate the awesome coloring tutorial!

Rosamond Crawley said...

Your cards are awesome, Theresa! And I love the way you demonstrate your coloring for us! Thanks so much for sharing that! It really helps us newbies!

ginalovesdave said...

Beautiful job on the grasshopper! I like the simplicity of the pennant card too.

Big Anne said...

You always have the best tutorials! Your first card really highlights Rupa's new set perfectly.

The details and design elements on your B-day card are so eye-catching. And the swan is so gorgeous as the center of attention!

Your CAS pennant card is so appealing to me . . . and I love the colors you chose for them!

Great samples! TFS!

Lynne said...

They are all great cards. Thanks for the tutorial on copics.

Kaatje said...

love yoru tutorial thanks. and your cards have something unique

Su G said...

Wow great cards and a fabulous coloring tutorial. Thanks for sharing that!

Traci said...

Wow what a process. Nice coloring. Those cards are amazing. Thanks for sharing.

Traci Lord
3team3lord3@comcast.net

Carol said...

Adorable and beautiful cards!

Carol B
ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

peggy wainman said...

I love the clean design of the pennant card with all that great white space!

Gayle C. said...

Adorable, vintage, clean and simple all are beautiful as always.

Nana Connie said...

Your pennants card is so CAS and I really love it! The grasshopper is spectacular (as usual!) and I always appreciate your tutorials so much.

Donna Phelan said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE your vintage card, Theresa. GORGEOUS!!

Linda said...

Oh my gosh. I love the grasshopper. He is so cute and love the coloring. Also love the other cards. Thanks for sharing.

Linda D.

Mélyane said...

WOW! I love your cards! Thanks for the colouring technic!!! Thanks for sharing!!

Ravengirl said...

Wow, wow, wow! These all look great! I think I love the ultra-CAS card with the pennants the best!

Chris said...

Awesome cards, as usual, Theresa! I love how you used Nina's label on the swan card. The bug card is so realistic. Thanks for sharing.

Ashley Stover said...

So adorable, the pennants is my favorite, I just love a clean, elegant card!

Anonymous said...

thanks for the great tutorial and sharing your talents!
linda patti tpatti@windstream.net

Bonnie said...

I'm really loving the snail cards. Seems I go for "cute" most the time. I like simplicity which really draws your eyes to the stamp used.

Sue D said...

Great projects! I always appreciate your coloring tips.

Monica said...

I think you are one of the most fabulous colorers out there. Your projects are nothing less than gorgeous each and every one.. clean and simple..elegant or rustic!

Cindy Lou said...

Wonderful card, I just love this Cute as a Bug set! Your tutorial is great! Thanks for sharing :) Blessings

Sue VanDeVusse said...

Wow! I love how you used so many different styles on your cards and each one is amazing!

Paula Laird said...

So, so fabulous!

Sue Bridges said...

As usual, a knock out!Love them!

Sparklemint - Lisa said...

awesome job...and thanks for step by step. learned a lot!

Donna said...

Theresa, all your cards are great, for some reason I really like the pennant card, so crisp and clean and just wonderful. All others are pretty as well, this one just stands out to me, as well as the cricket Birthday card!! Such a coloring job on tha one!!
Great work!!

naneruth said...

Another lovely card!

Jenny McGee said...

Love all your cute cards.

Janeen said...

i'm so happy you used the grasshopper. and i really like your banner card

LynneM said...

cute - thanks for the tutorial!

Joan said...

What a wonderful diverse group of images. Thanks for the coloring lesson. You inspire me.

Tessa said...

These are all absolutely stunning! Thanks so much for the detailed pictures of the copic coloring! I am just learning how to color with them!

Mrs Ham said...

Theresa you cards are fabulous. My fav is the 1st one. I love the scene you create. Wonderful

Judy said...

Fabulous job, TFS

sprgstn16 said...

Thanks again for the step-by-step directions. I love seeing how you make your cards come to life. I love how you used the patterned paper from the new set too!

Gladys R. said...

All your cards are adorable.
Such beautiful colors.

Neesey said...

thank you for showing us how to color this cute lil critter! It's just adorable.

Golda said...

Great cards! They are elegant and adorable. Thanks for the coloring information.

Susan said...

Great cards Theresa! I've never seen a grasshopper so elegantly displayed!

Marsha said...

Just incredible.

Peggy said...

Love the cards and the great tutorial on coloring the grasshopper. Thank you!

Sandra said...

thanks for all the inspiration!
Sandra ltb

Kris said...

Love your step by steps! TFS!

Kris in Alaska
funamom at yahoo dot com

Jan Castle said...

I must be missing something because I don't see my post...so here I am again...guess it did not go thru. Love each of your cards...the coloring is wonderful!
Jan Castle

Kim Marie said...

whoa! You had me at the first card! Your work always inspires, thank you!!
Blessings!
Kim Marie

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

I really love the HI card. Scrumptious.

Clare said...

What cute cards! Love the hopper!

Beastybunny said...

Great work. I love the colors and layouts. Just fantastic.

Sharon Harnist said...

Fabulous technique on your grasshopper card, Theresa, your vintage card is stunning! How fun that your beautiful swan fits in Nina's Label stamp, and I love the clean look of your pennant card!

Lorraine said...

Absolutely gorgeous creations! Thanks for the inspiration!

Casmiles said...

Theresa - these are all wonderful! I can't decide which one I like best...

lisa808 said...

That little guy is so cute!

Leanne said...

Your coloring is superb

JessicaK said...

Adorable set, that grasshopper in particular is just too too cute.