Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Video: Create a New Frame and Frame Any Image with Triple Play Frame



Hello! Today I give my Triple Play Frame’s frame stamp a workout and a brand new look using the omission technique: inking up just a portion of the frame to create this wonderful open space you can fill with any stamped images, greetings  or embellishments you choose!  And like all my frames, this new open frame you create gives you FOUR new sketches for your landscape and portrait style cards.  A quick and easy way to add structure and style to your designs, this is fabulous for framing up any of the flowers in my Stately Flowers series. Here I demonstrate it with the dogwood from Stately Flowers 10, and share simple coloring with colored pencils.  (Magnolia in my other sample is from Stately Flowers 3) So many possibilities for rocking this “new” frame!  Please enjoy!

Note: My son mixed up some of my pencils, ack!  I realized after recording the 111 brown is from the Marine collection, but the Essentials collection does contain other browns.  No need to get both!

Supplies:
Gina K. Designs Triple Play Frame, Stately Flowers 10 stamp sets
Gina K. Pure Luxury Kraft cardstock 4 ¼” x 11, scored at 5 ½”
Spectrum Noir Professional Colored Pencils-Essentials (brown, green and white)
Gina K acrylic blocks-4” x 6” gridline and round 3.5” gridline

Here is the video I  mentioned for the Whitewash technique with Stately Flowers 7

Wednesday, March 15, 2017



Hello! Today I share how the different arced pieces from my Holiday Frame Fillers can be stamped and stacked to build beautiful thin or thick fancy scalloped borders for your cards!  So many ways to customize these for different holiday and occasions year round!  Please enjoy!

Supplies: 
Gina K. Designs Holiday Frame Fillers stamp set
Gina K. Pure Luxury Heavy Base Weight White 5 ½” x 8 ½”, Layering Weight White (scrap) and Innocent Pink (scrap) cardstock
Gina K. Innocent Pink, Grass Green, and Tsukineko Versafine Onyx Black ink pads
Black pen or Nuvo Crystal Drops-Ebony Black, acrylic blocks, Gina K. Double Stitched circle dies (3rd and 4th die), die cutting machine, adhesive foam squares

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Gina K Designs – StampTV Kit Inspiration Blog Hop – Day 2

Good morning! The Cast and Crew for Gina K Designs welcomes you back to another fabulous blog hop celebrating the new StampTV Kit! We hope to inspire you with some beautiful card projects as you hop along to each of the designer’s blogs!
Illustrator
Today, we are featuring the stamp set called Happy Spring. These stamps are so much fun and versatile! These are perfect for spring!

Bold and Blooming StampTV KitWe are also showcasing the incentive set available this month called Through Thick and Thin. You will be able to create amazing card projects using these beautiful stamp sets! Have fun and be creative!
Incentive Stamp Set- Through Thick and Thin


Please enjoy the gorgeous inspiration samples from the team and then comment on each blog for your chance to win a $20 Gina K Designs gift certificate! To see who won, check the Big News Forum at StampTV a few days after the hop. Ready for some inspiration? Here are a few of the projects I have created for today’s hop, again , only patterned paper, cardstock, stamps and dies form the kit and incentive set!

I was really taken with the sheep instantly and loved how she was sassy kicking up just one little heel. it got me to thinking she could tip toe across these die cut flowers.



Next up, this bunny is taking flight! there re a lot of ways you can use the balloon die cut, but I decided to just stamp the strings on to the background and then die cut three balloons from the patterned paper pack and trim of the string part , popping hem up on foam. This is such a great pack, so many fun prints! For the clouds, I stamped them, cut out, and then flipped them over to omit the outline, adding a little shadow with the GG2 like i used on the die cut bunny.
What a gorgeous incentive set this is! And prefect greetings for your besties! On this card, I mainly sponged but then added a few details with Spectrum Noir markers, like the stem and little darker yellow on the drkest parts of the flower. Not everything has to be perfectly shaded or inside the lines all the time, and I love the glow it creates on this flower and just suggesting color on the leaves! Mat is sponged with Turquoise Sea, Fresh Asparagus, and finally Wild Dandelion, to match the card base. Love these patterned chevron papers!

Last, I stamped this pair of flowers to go with the thick and thin greeting. It is easy to make your own stem with markers pencils, or pens!


Ready for more awesome creations?! Just click on the links below for more from Gina and the Cast & Crew:


Melanie Muenchinger  (you are here!)


Don’t forget to pop over to the Gina K Designs Store and check out all of the new products available this month in the “What’s New” section at http://www.ginakdesigns.com.


Thank you for stopping by and for your comments! have a fabulous week! New video from me tomorrow!!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Gina K Designs – StampTV Kit Inspiration Blog Hop – Day 1

Illustrator


Good morning! The Cast and Crew for Gina K Designs welcomes you to another fabulous blog hop celebrating the new StampTV Kit! We hope to inspire you with some beautiful card projects as you hop along to each of the designer’s blogs! Please enjoy the gorgeous inspiration samples from the team and then comment on each blog for your chance to win a $20 Gina K Designs gift certificate! To see who won, check the Big News Forum at StampTV a few days after the hop. Ready for some inspiration? Let's go!
Bold and Blooming StampTV Kit
Today, we are featuring the first stamp set from the kit called Bold and Blooming. These stamps are so much fun and versatile! These are perfect for spring! You will be able to create amazing card projects using this beautiful stamp set! Have fun and be creative! ALL cardstock, patterned papers, dies and stamps that I used below are in the kit!




These dies and images are so cool! i'm pretty sure they are supposed to be leaves, but all I see is butterfly wings! The Red Hot butterfly is created by stamping and stamping off the large and small leaf, and the Ocean Mist one by stamping and stamping off the smaller leaf and then flipping and repeating. At first this was a flat card, but when you have dies, you really ought to use 'em! It adds so much dimension to the wings, cutting these two pieces. Then those little bold curved pieces make the bodies and antennae, fun!! I added just a portion of the large floral piece to the corner and inside and added just a touch of color. I love it!

Next, I had to use some of the awesome flower dies! I love the different possibilities for the this detailed image with the line, so here I am turning it to use as a stem. I love when greetings are placed on the vertical, just to change things up! I added a die cut leaf (yep, it's a leaf this time) in case it wasn't obvious I was going for a stem!
Flowers are stamped in Ocean Mist and base is Turquoise Sea from the kit, these colors blend so beautifully. Flowers, leaves and fiddle heads are colored with Spectrum Noir.


Last, I guess I also see PETALS, surprise!! Make your own flowers, it's super fun to do. The dies and round flower stamps now work double duty as flower centers, and then just stamp stamp stamp the leaves for some ginormous blooms! Bold, indeed! Base is Fresh Asparagus.


Ready for more awesome creations?! Just click on the links below for more from Gina and the Cast & Crew. And surprise,a few additions for even more inspiration! This month, please welcome Carolyn King as a special guest designer to our blog hop! You may remember that Carolyn has been a member of our team in the past so we are all very excited that she is joining us in March to showcase her talents once again! Also, please welcome our new design team member Rema DeLeeuw. Rema has a fun and clean style and loves to work in watercolors and ink blending. You will instantly fall in love with her projects! Let's go!


Melanie Muenchinger  (you are here!)


Don’t forget to pop over to the Gina K Designs Store and check out all of the new products available this month in the “What’s New” section at http://www.ginakdesigns.com.


Thank you for stopping by and your comments, I love reading them and hearing which cards are your favorites! Check back for more inspiration tomorrow!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Video: Single Layer Beach Scene



Hello! Today I show a simple seashore scene that you can create in minutes with just my Gifts from the Sea stamps and sponge daubers.  This was from my challenge last week, sorry for the delay in posting, I had a terrible cough and recording sooner just wasn't possible!  The textured sand and masked torn waves will take you and your recipient on a virtual walk on the beach!  Please enjoy! I hope you will subscribe to my channel.


Supplies: 
Gina K. Designs Gifts from the Sea stamp set
Gina K. Pure Luxury Heavy Base Weight White cardstock
Gina K. Moonlit Fog, Dark Chocolate, Edible Eggplant, Tomato Soup, Kraft, Ocean Mist ink pads
Sponge daubers, scratch paper for masking, acrylic block

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Video: Black Embossed Magic with Fabulous Flowers



Hello! Here's the technique and card so many of you have been asking for since  Fabulous Flowers hit the release party a couple weeks ago! Today I  share a twist on the Black Magic Technique that uses your embossing powder and markers instead of pigment ink and pencils!  This technique produces vibrant OR soft color depending on the shades you choose, and creates a very similar look to "Black Magic", but goes super fast with no worry of going outside the lines or making a stray mark, as your alcohol marker ink  just disappears into the black background. Magic, indeed!  Please enjoy!

Note: I am using White pigment ink in the video to show how to build the scene so you can see the images better as I go along, but I recommend Versamark for this technique and your embossing when you recreate the card to create a whiter, more opaque surface for laying down your colors.  The images are subtle like a watermark with Versamark, but *will* be visible to *you* as you stamp out your scene!  Gina K White pigment is a fabulous pad, but it dries a lot during the course of creating the scene, which you want it to do, otherwise it would be smudging like crazy without heat setting, which you don't want!  I hope this makes sense to everyone, they are both great pads and have their specific purposes! :)


Vintage Rose (incentive set) is available FREE for a limited time with a purchase of $75 or more.  After that time, it will go into our regular catalog for purchase.

Supplies:
Gina K. Fabulous Flowers (and Vintage Rose or Scripty Love for sentiment) stamp set
Gina K. Pure Luxury Black Onyx (4” x 5 ¼”) and Lipstick (4 ¼” x 11", scored at 5 ½") cardstock
Tsukineko Versamark (or Gina K White pigment) ink pad
Spectrum Noir markers: BP4, DG2, DG3, GB3, OR3, BP1, PP2 
Heat gun, White embossing powder, adhesive, acrylic block

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Video: Direct to Stamp and Rolling



Hello! Today I have a petite arrangement with my new Fabulous Flowers set. Stamped in bold first for eye popping color, I'll demonstrate how to roll on just a hint of color with the two step line art elements to add dimension, artsy flair and detail that looks like YOU drew it yourself! Please enjoy!



Gina K. Fabulous Flowers stamp set
Gina K. Pure Luxury White (4” x 5 ¼”) and Peach Bellini (4 ¼” x 5 ½’) cardstock
Gina K. Designs Peach Bellini, Lipstick, Dark Chocolate, Fresh Asparagus, Jellybean, Wild Dandelion, Prickly Pear ink pads
Gina K. Stitched (or double stitched) oval dies and die cutting machine, acrylic block, adhesive foam squares
Optional: Spectrum Noir BG 3 marker

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Gina K Designs Inspiration Hop, Day 2: Spring Fling, Springtime Baskets, and Vintage Rose

The Cast and Crew for Gina K Designs welcomes you to another fabulous blog hop celebrating the new stamp release for February by our illustrator team! We hope to inspire you with some beautiful card projects as you hop along to each of the designer’s blogs! Today, we are featuring the stamp sets by Beth Silaika, Claire Brennan and our new Incentive set, Vintage Rose!
Please enjoy the gorgeous inspiration samples from the team and then comment on each blog for your chance to win a $20 Gina K Designs gift certificate! To see who won, check the Big News Forum at StampTV a few days after the hop. Ready for some inspiration?

Here are a few of the projects I have created for today’s hop:

First up, Spring Fling by Beth!! I made this card for my son, because middle school is really tough, but attitude is everything!! I love this little frog and "Think Hoppy!"

I used the Spots and Dots Cuttlebug folder on the GK D Pure Luxury Applemint cardstock to imitate some froggy flesh! :)  I also used GKD Black Onyx, white and Kraft for my card base.  Colored with Spectrum Noir markers.  LG3, LG5, JG2, PP2, and BG3.  Since it's a "boy" card, I just did a button, which works nicely with all the dots.
 I showed this next card at our party. The images were all so cute, I just had to put them all on one (minus the frog which got his own card!)  If you haven't noticed, the solid oval stamp in the set fills these little oval shaped creatures perfectly, not just the egg, so that is a really fun and versatile filler!  I used GKD Wild Dandelion ink on the duck and chick, Moonlit Fog for the bunny, and Lovely Lavender, Applemint, Innocent Pink, and Ocean Mist on the eggs. Then it's just coloring a few details and adding shadows! Cardstock is GKD White and Passionate Pink.

Net we have Claire's beautiful Springtime Baskets !!  I loves me all these two step bits and her thoughtful, tasteful greetings! This first card I thought the basket images and eggs would work so nicely in my Fabulous Frame window.  Love this sentiment to go with the basket of eggs so encouraging!  I refrained form my impulse to mask the different gorgeous eggs into the  open areas, because I wanted the the theme of the card to very simple , appropriate for this sentiment, and less Eastery. I love how the sentiments  and images go beyond Spring and Easter!  I plan to give to one of the ladies in my Bible study.  CR2, CR4, GB8, EB6, BG3 for coloring.
 
Next, isn't this daffodil arrangement so elegant?!  I kept the layout simple to focus on the exquisite detail of the weaving and flowers, and just a strong punch of that sunny yellow paper! Cardstock is GKD Wild Dandelion, Black Onyx, and White.  Spectrum Noir markers CT1, CT4, GB6, LG5 JG2, GG2, IG2, and BG3.


Last, Vintage Rose, one of the best incentive sets evah!! It's free for a limited time with a purchase I'm going to have so much coloring and doing techniques with the beautiful roses in this set.  Cardstock is Honey Mustard and white. I stamped the roses in GKD Dark Sage (so the leaves are already halfway colored!) and colored with Spectrum Noir markers: CR3, CR5 DR1, DG2, DG3, BG3, and BG2 .  Sponging with the sides with Honey Mustard ink gives it a nice glow, adds to the vintage feel and ties it into the base.

Last I made a simple still life with the jar of roses.  I stamped everything in Charcoal Brown and colored with Spectrum Noir markers, same as above.  The base is GKD Fresh Asparagus.

Don't you love these stamp sets?! You will be able to create amazing card projects using each individual set, or by combining the images and sentiments from multiple sets from this release. Have fun and be creative!





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Ready for more?! Just click on the links below for more from Gina and the Cast & Crew….


Beth Silaika - Illustrator for Spring Fling
Don’t forget to pop over to the Gina K Designs Store and check out all of the new products available this month in the “What’s New” section at http://www.ginakdesigns.com.


Thank you for stopping by!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Gina K Designs Inspiration Hop, Day 1: Fabulous Flowers and Framescape: Simply Spring

Good morning, and happy Monday! The Cast and Crew for Gina K Designs welcomes you to another fabulous blog hop celebrating the new stamp release for February by our illustrator team! We hope to inspire you with some beautiful card projects as you hop along to each of the designer’s blogs! Today we are featuring the stamp sets by me and Theresa Momber. Please enjoy some gorgeous designs from our team and then comment on each blog for your chance to win a $20 Gina K Designs gift certificate! To see who won, check the Big News Forum at StampTV a few days after the hop. Now for the cards!

My first card with Fabulous Flowers I just wanted to focus on one little arrangement. I used GKD Red Velvet ink for the bold flowers and stamped off to create the second flower in a lighter coordinating shade. Outline is stamped and stamped off in GKD Cherry Red to be just a hint darker than the Red Velvet for a subtle outline.


After laying out where my my mat would be on the base, I stamped up some more flowers and leaves to create a little border peeking out. I did the same on my envelope and inside the card (and one bud on the back where I sign my name!) Added skinny strip of Ocean Mist to enhance the stamped water filler in the vase. it is SO fun to put these tiny blooms anywhere (and everywhere!!) You could do a clean and simple single layer card with just this little vase arrangement if you want, but it was fun going a bit further with some layers and more stamping! Centers are stamped in GKD Sweet Mango, leaves and stems in GKD Grass Green, and water in Ocean Mist.

For this next card, I just played around with using the flowers as accents and the doodle bits to frame up this popped up sentiment from Scripty Love.  Isn't that border across the top and bottom fun?  I dotted every other loop with the Ebony Black Nuvo Crystal Drops for shine and more dimensions.  Dies I used are GKD Inverted Scalloped Ovals and Stitched Ovals. Oh, I almost forgot to point out, you can make BIG daisy-like petals with the different leaves, like I did with the red! :) Create your own flowers!


Here is one I made since I hadn't used the lily yet in a sample (and hadn't used any purple), aren't these flower "centers" stamped in GKD Wild Dandelion fun being flowers of their own, and a great match for this Gina K. patterned paper?!  To fill in the line art stamped vase, I inked up the bold filler vase with lavender and then swiped my lilac pad across and stamped. Lot sf irect to stamp possibilities to add multiple colors, hand-drawn detail and cool ombre effects with these bold vases! I created my own coordinating embellishment using the larger stem, leaf and lily images from my A Year of Flowers 2 set.  (I used Spectrum Noir markers to color in the larger lily) A Year of Flowers 2 is not currently in stock, but on order, and will be back in time for the next kit release in a couple weeks! Put it on your wishlist! :) Cardstock is GKD Pure Luxury Wild Lilac, Lovely Lavender and White.

Some of my favorites I've made so far with this new set, though, I'm not showing YET because I really want to demonstrate the design and technique in videos the next few weeks!  Gotta leave some surprises! Trust me, FUN stuff, soon, soon!  

Next up, we have Theresa's new Framescape: Simply Spring!  I like this one even better the first, and that's saying a LOT, because both are fantastic!  Here I created a night sky by sponging GKD Blue Denim and GKD Navy ink at the corners (masking with sticky notes) and having the balloons reflecting on water instead of coloring like a grassy meadow.  I looked at a few photos of hot air balloons over water to help me determine how to make them glow and the colored ripple trail they would cast from their fire.  I'll admit, I didn't create the "glow" of these illuminated balloons exactly to my liking, but even so, I still think it looks really cool!!  I also sketched in just some blurry tree reflections, and then, just add stars! (white gel pen) Card base is GKD Pure Luxury Lipstick.



Finally, here is the card I showed at our release party, I just LOVE this one!  Ink sponging and  card base are GKD Blue Raspberry, and grass is sponged with GKD Jellybean.  After sponging the sky, I left an open white space and ran my Faber-Castell Pitt White Artist pen out in rays from that area, over the blue ink, to look like a burst of sun.  After  coloring the bushy areas with Spectrum Noir CG4, I used this same white paint pen to create some open areas in the bushes so I could dot on red, pink and yellow with my markers that would really pop and show up over my dark green coloring . Drawing a quick shadow "puddle" with a gray marker or pencil under your girl running will create a lot of light instantly in this scene! Dies again are GKD Inverted Scalloped Ovals and Stitched Ovals.






Framescape- Simply Spring- CLEAR


Ready for more from our team?! Just click on the links below for more from Gina and the Cast & Crew:


Melanie Muenchinger  - Illustrator for Fabulous Flowers (you are here!)
Theresa Momber  - Illustrator for Framescape – Simply Spring

Don’t forget to pop over to the Gina K Designs Store and check out all of the new products available this month in the “What’s New” section at http://www.ginakdesigns.com.


Thank you for stopping by! See you tomorrow as we showcase three more new stamp sets! And then a new video and tip sheet from me for Fabulous Flowers on Wednesday!

PS I didn't realize until this morning I never posted my video from last week here on my blog! Oops! Here it is if you missed:


And one more from the party!! Lots of requests for a video on this one, so look for that!

Praying you have a blessed day!