Thursday, January 24, 2013

Mix and Match Blog Hop & Tutorial

Hello! The Gina K Designs illustrators are hopping today to share some fun ways to combine the new release stamp sets. Hope you will join us as we Mix and Match! I combined my new set, Birds and Blossoms, with Tami Mayberry's new Simple Hearts set. They are totally different styles, but I love the pairing of the nature images with the graphic background I made using Simple Hearts.

For more inspiration be sure to stop by the other Gina K Designs illustrators blogs…

Becky Oehlers

Beth Silaika

Carolyn King

Debbie Corbari

Melanie Muenchinger

Tami Mayberry


I stamped the bird on a post image using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I didn't worry about getting the complete image stamped because I only intended to use the bird on my card.  I challenged myself to only use three Copic markers to color the bird this time. I started with B24.

Then I went over the blue areas with my blender pen, letting the blue bleed into the white areas.

I added YR65 to the belly.

Then used my blender pen to push in some highlights.

I used B24 again, to deepen the shading.

Then just a bit more shading with C3.  After coloring, I cut out the bird.

Next I cut and embossed Pure Luxury White card stock, using Spellbinders new A2 Curved Matting Basics B, then sponged Gina K Powder Blue ink.

Sponged very lightly with Memento Tuxedo Black just along the bottom.

Stamped one of the silhouette branches with Memento Tuxedo Black.

Then stamped the second branch.

I stamped the branch a few more times, this time using Gina K Powder Blue, to create some background foliage.

My card base is Pure Luxury Powder Blue. I scored my fold line with my Scor-Buddy, then masked off one side using sticky notes. Then I stamped the circles, from Simple Hearts, using Gina K Powder Blue and Ocean Mist inks.

For the sentiment layer, I cut a circle with Spellbinders Classic Circles SM, then sponged Gina K Powder Blue ink around the edges. After removing from the die template, I stamped the sentiment.

I layered with a piece of Pure Luxury Black Onyx, adhered the bird and sentiment layers, then added a few Color Companions buttons to accent.

Thanks for visiting. I hope you have a fabulous day!

153 comments:

Melanie said...

So, so pretty. I really like the black sponging for contrast.

Becky said...

This is beautiful Theresa, love how you did the background, and your bird is colored beautifully.

Debbie Corbari said...

WOW! I LOVE this Theresa!!!! What a great pairing!

Gita said...

Gorgeous card. Love the bird and all the blues.

Lagene said...

OOOOoooo! Beautiful, thanks for the tutorial!

Sean Fetterman said...

This is so beautiful Theresa! It goes without saying that you are the master at coloring and shading! Hugs! Sean

Diana Queen said...

Theresa... as always thank you for taking the time to do such a fabulous step by step coloring tutorial!

This is yet another very beautiful set you've designed for GKD!

Lovely, lovely card! ;D

naneruth said...

Love the coloring of the bird. Nice to see that only a couple colors will make him still look so real. another beautiful card.

lisa808 said...

Beautiful colors and coloring.

Marianne Barkman said...

Stunning card! i love the bird, and the background. Thanks for sharing both your card and the tutorial

wendyp said...

absolutely gorgeous!!!!

Sandy S. said...

Beautiful card!

Teri said...

Everything about this card is GORGEOUS!

Sheri said...

Oh my goodness this is a jaw dropper! I LOVE this card. Partly because you used my very favorite colors. You rocked this one, my friend

catdidit said...

Gorgeous T! The sponging using the black really adds depth! Love it!

Anonymous said...

what an awesome card, thanks for sharing your work!
linda patti tpatti@windstream.net

Kim B said...

Thats very pretty!! Love the tutorial too.

Sandy (Cheesy) said...

Really nice picture tutorial. Your coloring and shading are beautiful. Love this set....the images are so realistic. Need to add to wish list!

BevB said...

Beautiful card and thanks so much for the step by step colouring, it sure does help. Thank you.

Susan Grinder said...

I absolutely adore this card! Great work. :)

Hobbit girl said...

Beautiful card, Theresa! Love the bird and will attempt to color it, thanks to your wonderful step-by-step tutorial!

cjgusloff57 said...

Beautiful card! Do love the bird cards...they work for anyone! Coloring is fantastic as always!

Debbie said...

I love the combinations of the stamps and ink colors. It is a beautiful card and the bird is striking. Just beautiful!

joy said...

Fabulous card - your sense of color and talent for putting them together is amazing!

Tobithia Brown said...

You have amazing talent! I have soooo much too learn. Beautiful card!

JudyO said...

Love all your work Theresa! Thanks so much for sharing how you made you card. You are always so helpful.

Sharon said...

Beautiful card! Like how you made your own background and the fun button embellishments. Coloring on the bird is wonderful.

Virginia Wingo said...

Theresa, you are the best at coloring and shading and I always love watching your step by step designs.

Wanda. said...

Well, who doesn't LOVE a robin? Especially now when we are in the deep freeze here!! Hope none come around yet though! I especially love the background on the beautifully colored robin. It all ties in together so well. TFS

windinstarsranch said...

I really like all the layers in this card both real and created with ink. It is such a beautiful combination...

mamasue123 said...

Oh my lord, what a beautiful card. Thank you for your instructions!

Verna Angerhofer said...

What an absolutely stunning card design. I love the combination you used too. That bird is magnificient and thanks again for sharing how you colored it.

Lee Reed said...

Great idea for a background. It makes that gorgeous bird just pop right out.

Robin & Marianne's Cards said...

love your choice of colors and having the bird off the side gives it even MORE pop...very nice job

marylouh said...

Love the card. Thanks for tips on using the copic markers. I just got mine and haven't really worked with them yet.

Jean McGee said...

Beautiful card in my favorite color. I also enjoy making my DP so I do like how you did yours. Thanks also for your tutorial -I allllllways enjoy them.
Jean McGee

Martina Heß said...

Deine Karte ist traumhaft geworden. Der Vogel wirkt richtig lebendig und die Blautöne gefallen mir super gut.
Vielen Dank für die Anleitung zum colourieren.

Golda said...

Wow! I love bird scene over the fun circle background.

Miriam Prantner said...

This is beautiful! Love the background you created and the coloring on the bird is wonderful!

Kathryn A said...

Beautiful card! I can't wait to get these new inks. And I see that everyone loves your bird!!

Luanna said...

Theresa, you provide so much inspiration for me. I go back to your tutorials time after time. Your card using the two sets is no exception. I love the coloring of the bird and the way you made the background.

Caryn S said...

I'm thrilled to see you use the blending pen. I have seldom used mine on my projects so it's helpful to me to see you make use of it.

Robin Kay T said...

Beautiful! Love the background. Thanks for sharing!

mermaid fenicia said...

That's a lovely card ^_^

Peggy M said...

Wow beautiful card, love your techniques,

Regina said...

The bird is amazing! Love the whole card.

Sue T said...

Very beautiful, love your bird and the background looks great~

Oneofakind said...

I always like your tutorials on how you acheive the look and color of the images. It is so great to see that using the new Gina K inks is no exception to acheiving the look!

Anonymous said...

Theresa, what a beautiful mix and match card idea. Your bird is colored oh so beautiful! Great job. Thank you for your inspiration. Brenda B

Cheryl said...

Love the card, great job!

mtscrapgal said...

Great combining. Love the pretty bird. Thanks

Donna Rinckel said...

Gorgeous card, Theresa! Thanks for the tutorial. I always enjoy looking at how people create. Thanks for the inspiration and the fun blog hop!

Elizabeth said...

Beautiful card. Great use of that stamp set for the background.

Lori Barnett said...

Thank you so much for the step by step visual. I love all the ideas. And your card is beautiful!

Natalie said...

Gorgeous card, thanks for sharing the coloring techniques!

Susie said...

I love birds so this is a great set for me. You did a beautiful job!

jean w. said...

So beautiful Theresa! Love the shades of blue!

Chiari-Life said...

This is amazing! I really love the attention to detail. It's great to see such a detailed tutorial. I found this on pinterest. I will be following from now on:)
I've never used Copic markers before but I've been wanting to try.
-Alicia

MsJudyC said...

Beautiful card and coloring. Thanks for the step-by-step.

Judy I, St. Louis MO said...

Awesome card. Thanks for showing that the bird can be beautifully colored with just the Copics. Love the way you did the circle background. Great inspiration.

Mary said...

Really beautiful card. Your coloring is always top notch. I love creating my own backgrounds so I really dig the background you created for this card!

caterinafmig said...

Another beauty! Thanks for the step-by-step instructions!

Caterina

TammieRD said...

This is beautiful Theresa, love how you did the background, and the blue bird is beautiful. Thanks for sharing

Anonymous said...

You've outdone yourself. Gorgeous!Kathy Bosi

Harriet Hensley said...

love your card and the stamp set....

nancy said...

You are such a great teacher!!! Thanks for taking the time to show how to color and what to use with each step!!

Kathy Berger said...

I love the subtle background created with the circles from the Simple Hearts set; it sets off the beautiful bird perfectly. I really love this card!

Tami Mayberry said...

I always love to see your sponging and coloring!! :) The blue is so pretty!

Caroline said...

Love your bird! What a beautiful card.

Janet Baldwin said...

This card just comes together perfectly.

Karen B said...

Beautiful card. I a getting inspired to use birds on more of my card.

Anonymous said...

Incredible pictures and art work. Thank you for sharing. I look forward to what you have created each day.
Tish
cattish@verizon.net

Kim said...

Just beautiful and I do love how you made the background. What a great combination.

Anonymous said...

Your card is gorgeous. I love it. Louise

Cards By Betty said...

The coloring on the bird is great I am still learning but you are an inspiration

Pam Zirbel said...

Gorgeous! I was never really a blue color person, but lately, I have been using them! I keep forgetting to stamp my own background..you would think after seeing yours and others....I would try it!! Next card!!

Shari M said...

Beautiful. Love it.

LaurieJ said...

Beautiful! The combo works really well together.

Barbara said...

Oh so beautiful. Thanks for the details for coloring too.

Linda said...

Absolutely beautiful. Love the colors and your coloring is great. Thanks for sharing.

Linda D.

Fiorella said...

I love all the shades of blue and your card makes me smile. What a wonderful coloring! Thanks for the tutorial

Marilyn said...

Love, love your card.

Michell said...

Theresa - I love all your cards & since I'm a newbie on coloring, your tutorials are super helpful. Thanks for sharing your amazing work.

Connie Ludgate said...

Gorgeous card. Love the bird.

woofpak said...

Really like the circle background.

Rosy Newlun said...

Hi, Theresa - just love how you build and build and build onto your creations! The colors are supremely beautiful and I love your birdie!!!!!

Robin said...

Thanks for the tutorial. Your shading is gorgeous!

Sylvia said...

Theresa, I love the colors and how you paired both stamp sets. Great ideas.

Karen said...

Really Pretty love the color combination with the circles.

Kerry said...

I adore the way you colour, and I love seeing how you've used the various sponging techniques on your cards!! It's so inspiring!

Diane Geddes said...

so beautiful

cardkat said...

Beautiful card and great coloring lesson.

Suzanne said...

I love all things Gina K. I've been teaching myself to color - I don't have any copics and my coloring isn't anything compared to this!!

Michele Clay said...

Absolutely love this. Thanks so much for showing each step. I haven't delved into the Copic markers yet!

Jeanne Kouyeas said...

Wow, another gorgeous bird. Your cards is so pretty - this is a great blog hop for some gorgeous inspriation. This card makes me think of Spring when it is snowing out. ;-)

Judy Woodland said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS card Theresa. Your bluebird is beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration!

Ava Gavloski said...

such a well crafted card. wonderfully designed and great showcasing the options with these stamps
ava g

Pattie J. said...

love this image and the beautiful coloring, Your tutorials are so welcome, with you talented creations. I look forward to them each day. thank you for the inspiration....LOL

RuthAnn said...

This is a beautiful card, the coloring and Gina K.'s new inks, and the use of color companions, makes this card. Thanks for sharing.

Anita Braddock said...

Beautiful cards love the colors and the Details are Amazing. love the added Buttons. thanks for sharing.

Sharyn Polesel said...

Your blue bird card is absolutely beautiful! I wish I could color with my copics that way.

Lori Arnett said...

Hi. I just love the bird on your card. Thanks for the step by step coloring instructions they are very helpful.

Cheryl O said...

Every aspect of this card is just so stunning, yet simple. It all ties together beautifully! You have such a way with your creativity....it's enviable.

Jean said...

Absolutely beautiful!

Linda E said...

Theresa, your coloring of the bird with just 3 colors is really wonderful. I like the contrast of the graphic background with nature as you do. Thanks for sharing your ideas and giving me a chance to win some stamps.

Sandy said...

What a beautiful card.

Susan said...

What a beautiful card!

Gayle said...

Love your background with the circles and your bird is just beautifully colored.

Sue D said...

Such beautiful coloring and shading--I always appreciate your tutorials.

featherlanecardsgifts said...

Thanks so much for giving us a step by step on your card! I'm just starting with copics and can use all the help I can get!

mskitty6667 said...

The tutorial was a great help. I am loving the copic markers for coloring. Just love your coloring techniques.

Sharon said...

This is like a competition of stunningingly beautiful life like birds! Your colouring ALWAYS amazes me! Love the background too

Beth said...

FUN FUN FUN! Love the blue bird and the circles!

Lynne said...

Wonderful coloring tutorial. Beautiful card.

janey said...

Thank you for showing us how you colored the bird...always interested in seeing 'how to' step by step. The outcome was a very natural looking bird. Thanks

Designs By Sky said...

beautiful card with great background, tfs

Rosie Guiher said...

Wow this card is just beautifully done. Love how you colored the bird. Thanks for showing how you did the coloring. And using the black to make it pop is a neat idea. Thanks for sharing.

Effie said...

your cards are great!

Donna Simonson said...

This is a beautiful card, like the other ones I've seem from you on Gina K Designs. Thank you for the inspiration, ideas, and techniques!

Ravengirl said...

Beautiful! I love the circle background you created for your bird!

Anonymous said...

Your card is just fabulous. I love how you colored the bird on this card. Thanks for sharing.

Joan
MN

Vanessa said...

Like usual, your coloring is always beautiful! Nice to mix up the natural look with the graphic image. The greeting on the circle really ties it all together. By the way, I love that greeting. All things really do grow with love.

Claire Spielman said...

Amazing coloring on this bluebird. I'm totally envious...thanks for sharing your talents!

Beverly Perdue said...

Theresa, I am such a fan of your card style. Your cards are incredibly beautiful. I have tried to recreate them, but they are not as good as yours. The bird looks real and I think the graphic background is a nice touch. Thanks so much for sharing and for the detailed tutorial.

Julie S. said...

This is such a beautiful card, I like all the blue. Thanks for sharing!

Kellie 0:) said...

Love your card. Thanks for sharing

~ Connie said...

BEAUTIFUL ... so many great tech's to make this wonderful bird come alive! I always look forward to seeing what you will come up with next for me to CASE! Thanks for sharing your artwork and talent.

mamablitger said...

As with all your cards and tutorials this is just amazing ! Oh gosh....you make so extremely beautiful cards. You are so clever and creative. Thank you so much for sharing your talents with us !!!
Hugs from SPAIN

Sue Bridges said...

Beautiful and very inspirational

Betty Neville said...

Gorgeous card! Beautiful job coloring, and that background is very cool!

Jill said...

Beautiful card. I love how you colored the bird. Thank you so much for sharing.

ScrappyKsue said...

I LOVE the background on this. So cute! Love the colors too.

sghay said...

Gorgeous, as always.

Kitty said...

I love your card especially the way you did the background. I don't think I would of thought to do that.

Kathleen

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Diana said...

Wow. So inspirational!

Rosie said...

Love your bluebird card.

Donna Phelan said...

FAB U LOUS!!!! I swear I am going to sit down and follow another one of your tutes from start to finish.....tried it once with a sea scape I think and ended up in a cornfield.....true story! :)

katherine M. said...

I love your coloring. I have a lot to learn from.

Natasha said...

As always this is a gorgeous card Theresa, I always love the way you go through the steps too. TFS xNx

Pat Jandacek said...

Your card is beautiful - I'm coming back to study your tutorial when I have more time. TFS

Sherry said...

What a gorgeous card the bird rocks...thanks so much for sharing the coloring directions with us.

Kris in Alaska said...

I just love your posts because you tell me how you do such fabulous work!

Kris in Alaska
funamom at yahoo dot com

Ashley Nguyen Newell said...

This is gorgeous! Your tutorials are always the best!

Carolyn King said...

Gorgeous card Theresa and love how you did the background on it!!

PiscesGirl said...

Wonderful tutorial, love this mix and match.

Jan Castle said...

Simply Beautiful!!! Thanks so much for explaining how you did it!
Paper Hugs,
Jan

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Mary Roberson said...

Hi Theresa,

Thanks for showing us the tutorial on the bird. I've always enjoyed your work. I really liked your other projects too. The scootin' by girl is just too fun-gotta love her!

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naneruth said...

This is so very lovely Theresa. I would love to see a sample using the silhouette bird. Hope you can include one in the near future. Love all your ideas!

bluemoonbyniteatyahoodotcom said...

Gorgeous bluebird! Your cards are always amazing.