Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Gina K Preview Day 3 - Eclectic Summer STV Kit

Hello Happy Stampers! Today I am previewing the new Eclectic Summer stampTV kit from Gina K Designs. Gina has put together a wonderful kit, filled with two stamp sets, pattern paper, Pure Luxury cardstock, brads, scrumptious ribbon and it all comes with weekly stampTV video tutorials, teaching you wonderful techniques and projects.

You can see more sneak peeks from the stampTV kit by visiting the Gina K Design Team.

Gina Krupsky
Carolyn King
Emily Giovanni
Erika Martin
Jessica Fick
Joanne Basile
Melanie Muenchinger

Melissa Shultz

And now for the details on my card...

I knew I wanted to use the hot air balloon and wanted to have a beautiful blue sunrise background. So I did a Google Image Search for Blue Sunrise and found this photo to use as inspiration.

First I stamped the hot air balloon on Pure Luxury layering cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Then I used Copic markers BG05 and B24 to colored the balloon.

I used N3 and N5 to add shadows to the hot air balloon, then used the blender pen to lift some color from the center of each segment on the balloon, to give it some dimension.

Next, I planned to emboss my image, so I rubbed my embossing buddy over the cardstock and then used my Versa Mark pen to cover the entire image, then heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

Then I sponged the background in. I used Tempting Turquoise in the middle, then added Bashful Blue. Ballet Blue, Lavender Lace and Perfect Plue were used around the edges.

Next, I added some post-its across the cardstock to mask the bottom portion. I used my Pretty in Pink and Blush Blossom ink pads and swiped them across the mask.

Added another mask with torn edges, to simulate the distant hills, then sponged with black ink.

Then I flipped the straight mask around and moved it down a bit so I could do the reflection. I had to tear a new mask for the reflection of the hills, so it would be a mirror image. Then I sponged that with some Pretty in Pink, Going Gray and just a bit of black.

After removing the mask, I did a bit of sponging with Blush Blossom below the reflected hills. I also used a gray Copic marker to add some tiny lines on the top of the hills, to look like the hillside was covered in trees.

I needed to add a reflection of the balloon, so I used a mirror image stamp and stamped the hot air balloon on it, then used that to stamp the reflection.

Yikes, I really messed that up. I stamped the reflection way off to the right of the image. I had invested too much time in this card by now to call it quits (and I didn't have time to make another!), so I used a gray marker and added another segment on the left side of the balloon, so it wouldn't look so drastic. It is still rather offset, but I'm going to use my creative license and call it abstract art. LOL

I added a "thank you" sentiment from Eclectic Summer Sayings (the second set in the kit) and cut it out with Nestabilities, then backed it with a black layer. The main image panel was backed with Pure Luxury Black Onyx and white, then a layer of Pacific Point (SU) and assembled on a card base of Pure Luxury In the Navy (new PL color!).

On the inside of my card I stamped the balloon from Eclectic Summer, using Tempting Turquoise ink and another sentiment from Eclectic Summer Sayings. I accented it with a piece of pattern paper from the new kit and backed with with another piece of the Pacific Point.

That's it for today. Tomorrow there will be two more stamp sets to preview and then at 7pm central there is the release party at the Gina K forums at SCS.

Thanks for visiting and have a happy day!


Cathy said...

Theresa: This is absolutely beautiful. Love the reflected image.

NinaB said...

I love the background, the reflection, everything about this card. And thank you for your tutorial.

Melanie said...

so gorgeous! I feel the cool morning

Deb said...

This is absolutely Gorgeous! I love the step-by-step tutorial too! Thanks for taking the extra time!

Patti J. said...

Sheesh...even your mistakes are a work of art! This is so beautiful! Thanks again for always posting such detailed tutorials with the greatest photo's! Kudo's girl for another masterpiece!

Karen Knegten said...

Theresa- I love it and if you hadn't mentioned the boo-boo, I would have never noticed it. Another gorgeous card, of course!

JazzyH said...

That is stunning!

Jessica said...

Oh my gosh, Theresa! This is so perfect!! Great job!

Anonymous said...

This is an amazingly beautiful card..call it what you want!
Thank you for all your time and effort.. This is truly breathtaking!
Gosh you are good!
Just where have you been hiding??
Inside and out this card is incredible.
your new #1 devoted fan!! :}

Jennie said...

Just a beautiful card! Love the scene you created...What a perfect mirrored image in the water. Thanks for sharing. :o)

catdidit said...

Just stunning Theresa! I would have never noticed the mistake either! LOVE how you have sponged the hills and the sky with the reflection, that is just awesome!!

Casmiles said...

Theresa - that is a beautiful card!!!

Trena in Naperville said...

Beautiful scene!!! Lovely colors!!!

Take care and STAY POSITIVE!

Carolyn King said...

sigh....to sponge like you!


Sue said...

WOW Theresa i luv this what a stunning card, beautiful colours, awesome work, sue.x sorry for lack of comments hope back to normal soon, sue.x

Lori said...

This is so beautiful, Theresa! Can't wait to get this kit and try your tutorial of this one! I just don't have a mirror image plain stamp, humm...

Elena said...

Wow! This card is fantastic! I love the mirrow image on the water! Thank you for the fine tutorial, Theresa!

Sandy Knecht said...

You did it again! This is fabulous. I did catch the offset so shhhh! It's a masterpiece!!!

the PaperTemptress said...

Makes me want to go ballooning again! And personally I don't think the reflection is off, it is just looking at it from an angle LOL! Fabulous tutorial, I just might try this one out but could never do justice to your work!!

the PaperTemptress

Anita said...

Wow! This is so beautiful.

6 wacky women said...

OMW, Theresa....this card is amazing.
The colors are so beautiful. I just love the reflection.

Karen x

Tina Gilliland said...

WOW!!!!! Theresa... this is completely... WOW!!! Great card!!! LOVE the layout and your coloring is GORgus! Hee Hee

Sharri Seffens said...

Theresa, this is stunning!!! I like the abstract art look. I am sure no one would have noticed the mirror image was off if you hadn't pointed it out...I sure didn't, it looked perfect to me!

Shirley said...

Breathtakingly beautiful! I love those colors and the DP you used is perfect for it too!

Heather "Hev" said...

I shouldnt be shocked or surprised at how magnificent this card is!! I mean YOU did make it!!!

How lifelike - magnificent!!

Deb Neerman said...

WoWzA, I totally love this card ... inside and out!!! Amazing coloring ... amazing mirror image ... okay, this card is just amazing!

lisa808 said...

As always, beautiful & amazing.

Stampin' Pam said...

Ok so I was just reading THiS post - I love this card BTW - and it looks like you use a special stamp to make reflected or mirrored images! THAT'S what I just didn't understand - how you get the image mirrored like you did but I think I understand it better now - where do you get such a stamp? I'm going to try it one of these upcoming days off.

Thanks and happy 4th Theresa.
Hugs to you and your family.