Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Gina K Preview - Winter Friends and Signed with Love

Hello! Today the Gina K Design team is previewing two more stamp sets. This first is the new "Free with Three" set, called Signed With Love. If you buy any three stamp sets, this set is included for free! It is full of a wonderful variety of sayings, just perfect finishing off any of your projects.

I made some toffee and used it to fill one of the large clear boxes that Gina carries (there is also one included in the Holiday Cheers StampTV Kit. I made a little paper tray to fit the box, lined it with parchment paper and placed my toffee in it, then just slid the tray right into the box.

I stamped the Home For the Holidays stamp with Versa Mark and heat embossed with Ranger Superfine Gold embossing powder. Then I punched it out and layered with Cranberry Tart and Good as Gold Pure Luxury papers. The corner piece was made with Melanie's new Festive Frame stamp, embossed with gold and colored with Copics.

Next up is a super cute new set from Rupa Shevde, called Winter Friends. You are going to love these adorable winter images. As soon as I saw this penguin, I knew I wanted to do a reflection technique with him. All the details on how I made this card are below.

For more inspiration, we have a couple of our Center Stage Spotlight Designers joining in the previews tonight. Here are their blog links:

Then, stop by these GinaK Designers' blog for even more projects with tonight's stamp sets:
Gina Krupksy
Carolyn King
Cathy Tidwell
Cindy Lawrence
Donna Baker
Erika Martin
Emily Giovanni
Jessica Fick
Kurtis Amundson
Lee Murphy
Lynn Mercurio
Nina Brackett
Melanie Muenchinger
Asela Hopkins

Our Release party will be held tomorrow night over on SCS in GinaK's Forum from 7-10 pm CST. We'd love to have you join in the fun! There will be contest questions, challenges, chatter, and lots more samples from our designers throughout the party! I'll be hosting a challenge and hope you'll play along.

To make the penguin card, I first inked up the stamp, leaving the little motion swirls un-inked.

Then I stamped the penguin on my mirror image stamp. I huffed on the image and stamped that on my cardstock.

After stamping the reverse image, I stamped the regular image above it, lining up the skates. I've found that it is usually easier to stamp the reverse image first and then line up the straight image second.

I colored using Copics, starting with N7 on the top image.

Then I added N5, blending out from the previous color and used it in the shadows of my reflection. For a more realistic look, color your reflection lighter that your image.

Added N3 to the top image, leaving a few areas uncolored. Then added it to the reflection where I had used N5 above.

Filled in both images with C1.

Used R27 on the hat.

Added R24, and used it on the reflection, where I had used R27 on the top image.

Added R22 to the reflection.

Used the blender pen on both hats to soften the highlights.

Used B23 to highlight the swirls and E51 & R20 to add some shading to the belly, cheeks and arms.

After coloring, I used my Versa Mark pen to go over the entire images and then heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

I used torn post-it notes to mask off the ice and sponged Bashful Blue.

Sponged Ballet Blue.

Sponged Vivid Inky Blue.

Removed the mask and sponged Bashful Blue around the outer edges. .

Sponged Ballet Blue around the outer edges. I also sponged Vivid Inky Blue around the outer edges, but I didn't get that pictured. I used the mask again in the background and sponged a bit of Bashful Blue to create some faint snow banks.

Used Liquid Applique to make the white parts on the hat look puffy. Added a sentiment from the Winter Friends set, some piercing, and some red brads (from the Holiday Cheers StampTV kit). I layered with Black Onyx and White Pure Luxury cardstock. My card base is another gorgeous new Pure Luxury color, called Smokey Gray. I love this color!

Thank you for visiting me! Have a wonderful day!


Linda L said...

The candy box i beautiful. The chocolate looks yummy. The little penguins are so cute. Thanks for showing how to do a mirrored image. I have been wondering how that was done. Now I see there is a stamp to do it with. Your work is outstanding like always! I love to visit here.

Carolyn King said...

Yummy treat box!!!!!! love how you embellished it with those sets. Your skating card is precious! love his reflection!

JenMarie said...


Selma said...

Love that treat box and your penguin card is so cute. Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

Giovana said...

Awesome card and tutorial!! I have to try this technique too.
Those toffees looks so yummy I am craving right now!! :)

God bless

Tina Gilliland said...

How completely adorable... and that toffee... wow... my fav. Need my address? LOL

Lori said...

Oh the treats look heavenly Theresa and your card rocks!!!!

Melissa Cash said...

Yum-O! I love the toffee candy gift. It is so elegant with the poinsettia image! The penguins are adorable also. You rock girl!

Janice M said...

Super cute card! Love the mirrored image! Your toffee looks yummy too!

Maria Levine said...

That box of toffee is fabulous!! And thos penquins are amazing!

Sharri Seffens said...

Theresa, The treat box with the toffee is awesome and looks so yummy! The penguin card with the reflections is beyond adorable!!

Anita said...

Wow! This is beautiful!

Tinker and JingeBear's Mom said...

Marvelous! Just amazing how much care you put into each of your creations. Perfection!!

joy said...

Wow - did I ever learn something new. I've never heard of a mirror image stamp! Thank you for the tutorial! This is such a beautiful card -- can hardly wait til I get mine. You are such a talented lady -- thank you for sharing your techniques with us.

NinaB said...

I love your winter scene card with that reflection, Theresa. Fabulous, as usual.

asela said...

Perfect! Love all of it, yummy toffee!

Trena in Naperville said...

Adorable Theresa!!

Take care and STAY POSITIVE!

catdidit said...

Oh so yummy, that candy box, make my mouth water! LOL! Ummm the STAMPING did, yep...ANd love your little skating penguin, the coloring rocks!

Melanie said...

I thnk you and I hav the same recipe my English toffe, my holiday favorite i want some right now!! that box is so beautiful with the ribbon and cropped poinsettia corner!! awesome tutorial with the reflection!!

Granny P said...

Wow!Your candy box is mouthwatering and a lovely gift. I be afraid of eating too much while making.
Your little skater is just spectacular. Time to buy a mirror image stamp.

Carla (cmsuto) said...

What beautiful packaging for your toffee! And that reflection card with the penquin is too adorable! Fantastic coloring, as always!

emilymomto3boys said...

Gorgeous! That mirrored penguin is just priceless! Fantastic job - as always!

StampinSher said...

I always enjoy your blog! I love the reflection technique and the care that you show each step of the way of your creations. You are so terrific. Fantastic card.
Thank you so much!

Christi said...

I love your toffee box! It is gorgeous and the toffee looks so yummy! The penguin card is beautiful! I love the reflection in the ice!

Shawna said...

Adorable card!!! You are so talented! Where does one get a mirror image stamp? I have never seen one of those for sale.

Elena said...

Like the treat box idea! And penguin is so cute! Love, love this winter scene!

Kitty said...

where can I get the mirror image stamp. I have never heard of it nor have i seen it used