Monday, September 15, 2014

Video: Watercoloring with Ink Pads

Hello! In today’s video, I show you how to easily transform the wintery frame from the Festive Frame stamp set into one perfect for all your fall cards by just the way you color and embellish it with one of my other popular sets, A Year of Leaves.  I’ll be sharing some technique tips for masking, sponging, and watercoloring with your pads and reinkers as well.

I just love how this turned out!  Without all my explanation, it is a 10 minute card!  Thank you to whomever wrote recently requesting this technique, I can't remember who it was, but I enjoyed doing it.  Hope it was helpful!

Gina K. Designs Festive Frame and A Year of Leaves stamp sets
Gina K Pure Luxury Warm Cocoa, Honey Mustard, Heavy Baseweight Ivory or White cardstock
Gina K. Charcoal Brown, Warm Cocoa, Honey Mustard, Grass Green, Cherry Red, Sweet Corn ink pads
waterbrush or watercolor brush, sponge dauber, adhesive and pop dots, scissors, scratch paper (if masking is desired)

Warm Cocoa card base, 4 14” x 11, scored at 5 ½”
Honey Mustard mat: 4 ¼” x 4 ¼”
White mat trimmed to 3 7/8” x 5”, after stamping

Monday, September 8, 2014

Clean and Simple Stamped Wreath

Hello!  Hope you had great weekend! In today’s video, I’ll show you how to stamp up a simple wreath just using the oval and leaf stamps in my Fabulous Frame Fillers. Wreaths are perfect for so many holidays cards, whether open, framing greetings or small images, and can be embellished with punches, pearls or rhinestones or other small stamped images.  The dotted oval adds detail but also is a placement guide for the leaves.

Gina K. Designs Fabulous Frame Fillers, Fabulous Frame (for greeting) stamp sets

Gina K. Designs Pure Luxury White cardstock

Gina K. Tomato Soup, Dark Chocolate Ink pads

Gina K. Tomato Soup Twisted Twine

Gina K Wooden Leaf embellishment

Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Oval die (2 3/8” x 1 ¾”), die cutting machine

Adhesive foam

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Inspiration Hop, Day 2: Always Autumn and The Simple Things StampTV Kit

Good morning! The Cast and Crew for Gina K Designs welcomes you to another fabulous Inspiration Blog Hop! Gina, along with the Cast and Crew, will inspire you with many beautiful ideas, and as you hop through the blogs, make sure to leave a comment on each of them because we will choose a few random comments and those stampers will each win a grab bag of Gina K. Designs products! To see the full list of winners check the Big News Forum at StampTV a few days after the hops.

First, here is a card I made with Theresa's set Always Autumn, using her gorgeous pumpkin arrangement and sentiment.  I used my Fabulous Frame Fillers set to create the framing around the pumpkins, stamping the flourish three times in Gina K. Dark Chocolate ink, then adding the fleur-de-lis to the middle of each, stamping some clusters of leaves at the corners and around the words, and finally stamping the scalloped border on either side of the sentiment.  I love how it turned out, and it is so fun just getting creative with these stamps and making up what works for your layout as you go!  These hand-drawn elements coordinate so nicely with Theresa's hand-drawn images.
Supplies: Spectrum Noir markers: CG2, DG3, GB3, CR10, GB9, OR1, TN6, TN9, BG3 (Copic: E07, YR04, YR07, YR18, Y17, Y15, YG97, YG95, W3)
Gina L. Pure Luxury Fresh Asparagus and Ivory cardstock (from the StampTV kit)

Next, another card with the new StampTV Kit The Simple Things. I am especially loving how well they coordinate with my Fabulous Frame Fillers set, I am so set for Fall! I shrieked a little when I found that both my oval borders fit into this gorgeous label in the kit *and* on the new Vintage Cuts. Eek!

 Cardstock is Gina K. Pure Luxury Tomato Soup and Ivory, both included in kit.  Stamping is done in Gina K. Tomato Soup and Dark Chocolate inks. Stitched line goes across the bottom and top with no masking, but add a sticky note to each end when doing the long sides, stamping the border twice on each side.
Spectrum Noir markers: TN6, TN3, FS3, EB5, BG3 (Copic: E35, E08, E95, E49, W3)

Ready for more awesome creations?! Just click on the links below for more inspiration!!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Inspiration Hop, Day 1: The Simple Things StampTV Kit and Fabulous Frame Fillers

Good morning! The Cast and Crew for Gina K Designs welcomes you to another fabulous Inspiration Blog Hop! Gina, along with the Cast and Crew, will inspire you with many beautiful ideas, and as you hop through the blogs, make sure to leave a comment on each of them because we will choose a few random comments and those stampers will each win a grab bag of Gina K. Designs products! To see the full list of winners, check the Big News Forum at StampTV a few days after the hops.
 First, my Fabulous Frame Fillers is a huge hit, thank you!  In the video at the top of this post, I show you how to create beautiful patterned backgrounds using the set's floral corners, as well as tips for filling punches, cut, and die cut shapes. Please enjoy!

Gina K. Designs Fabulous Frame Fillers

Gina K. Fresh Asparagus ink pads

Gina K. Pure Luxury Ivory cardstock

Organdy ribbon

Adhesive pearls, adhesive

Here is a quick card I put together with using one of those Pointed Ovals I stamped on.  Cardstock is Pure Luxury Cranberry Tart.
And because I wanted to show another card using it with Fabulous Frame, I couldn't wait to go ahead and share this Christmas card I made!  It was so fun to make the candy cane inspired pattern with the dotted border in Cherry Red ink and the stamping off technique I demonstrated above. Might have to be my next video!  The curved border was stamped first and used as a guide to stamp my rows, skipping every other dot and starting each border below the dot in the curved border and masking the bottom.  I love how it turned out.  The gold cording I used is one of the free incentives with qualifying purchase this month, a definite must for dressing up holidays cards the next several months!
Even though we stocked up for the release, Fabulous Frame sold out again on Friday, but we have more on order!  Be sure to scroll down to this post to see some tips for using just the fillers that I came up with over the weekend experimenting with the different Fabulous Frame Fillers elements.  This is just part 1 of what will be a very long tip sheet series for this set! There is so much to do with these elements on their own, so I hope you aren't too disappointed if you don't have the frame yet and really enjoy playing with the fillers in the meantime.  (Consider it a warm up for when they both finally meet and then have fun letting them "get to know each other"!) ;)

Next, I love everything about the new StampTV  The Simple Things kit!  Colors, embellishments, and of course, terrific stamps!  You get a traditional autumn set and a whimsical one in the same kit, great "two-fer"! On this card, I stamped and colored the pumpkin first, and then added my Fabulous Frame Filler elements around it in this order: 1. Oval 2. Belly bands 3. Curved border above and below 4. Photo corners 5. Straight border on side using sticky notes to mask ends.
Cardstock is Pure Luxury Ivory and Fresh Asparagus, both from kit.  I used Gina K. Chocolate Brown ink for stamping the pumpkin, all borders, photo corners and greeting, and Gina K. Fresh Asparagus ink to stamp the belly band fillers on either side.
Spectrum Noir markers: OR1, TN6, BG3, GB11 (Copic: W3,  E07, YR18, YG93)

 Ready for more awesome creations?! Just click on the links below for more inspiration!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Fabulous Frame Fillers Tip Sheet: Part 1

Here are some tips to get you started for the Fabulous Frame Fillers. (Some of you might be receiving your sets as early as tomorrow!) I discovered some of these over the weekend while playing around with my stamps. Experimenting on scratch paper (or cardstock for a bigger commitment) can yield some great things!

Stamp either of the two different filler semicircles for the ovals in a row to make a wide or shallow scallop border.  Use one color to make more continuous looking border, or alternate ink colors.

You can make a straight lace border with the group of three flowers stamped end to end.  You can make the lace go around any curve you wish by stamping it in groups and then filling in with one of the three size individual flowers as needed for the smaller gaps.

The scroll image is very flexible.  Use as drawn, above, or have fun creating a deeper or curve or pushing out ends to be straighter when you place it on the block, as shown below (it is stuck to my Scor-Mat to find desired shape to fit this die.)

Use individual elements to make all sorts of fancy custom borders inside your different shaped die cuts.  Video for this tomorrow! (or you can go peek on Youtube now)

Stamp the belly band fillers in a row to create a negative scallop, like in sample above.

Repeat stamping the plain photo corner in a row to make a chevron or herringbone inspired border or pattern.  Stamp a row in reverse to create a diamond pattern.

Add flowers in clumps around the lace curved border to add a pop of color and make it fancier. 

Color in the open stamped flowers.

Stamp the different flower and leave pieces to make large arrangements inside the oval.  Color.

Stamp one of the ovals vertically, add the bold filler at top and bottom and then fill in center with the different straight borders in different colors to create… a big beautiful Easter egg!

More to come, have some Labor Day celebrating to do!  Hope you had a great weekend!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Fabulous Frame Fillers Now Available

Fabulous Frame Fillers is now available for purchase!   This set is never leaving my desk, I'm just sayin'.  Scallops? Check!  Dots? Check.  Dashes? Check! Oval frames? Check!  Flowers? Check! Stuff for when your card needs a little sumthin' sumthin'? Check!! We are burning through the stock even faster than we did with Fabulous Frame* (we were ready with a LOT more than last time to try and meet the demand) but don't delay!  I have some great videos planned and want you stamping along with me. ;)  Be sure to leave comments if there are specific things you'd like to see demonstrated.
I hope you were able to see all the beautiful designs the Gina K. Design team made for our party.  If not, you can see them in the party chat thread on StampTV, as well as more in our Inspiration Hop next Tuesday.  Each person who used had a different vision for and it was able to completely make their cards their own style with these stamps, and that is, "fabulous". :)

Above is a card I made with the The Simple Things StampTV Kit's two-step Tree and sentiment and just the Fabulous Frame Fillers, no frame here.  It's really fun to just start stamping the elements and see where it goes.  Tip: Always start with your largest element, here the dashed oval, where your focal point will be, and work outward to finally the smallest details. Cardstock is Pure Luxury Fresh Asparagus from the kit and inks are Gina K. Dark Chocolate and Fresh Asparagus.  I colored the little adhesive pearls with a red alcohol marker to look like apples, and used a white pen to add dots to the scalloped border and centers of the brown stamped flowers.

Have a wonderful weekend!  Hope you get a little time to stamp!  I would love to hear in the comments section: what pieces in the set are you most excited about/ excited to use?

* Stock is getting low on this one (peeps throwing it in the cart with the fillers if they didn't already have it) so don't miss that if you are wanting to use them together.  Of course, we will order more, but I know excited stampers aren't the most patient when it comes to waiting for more stamps. ;)  Thanks for loving these sets so much!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

You're Invited: Gina K. Designs Release Party Tonight

Good morning! I am so excited about our release party tonight, probably more than I have been for one in some time, and that's hard to do!  Really eager to see all the creative uses for my  new Fabulous Frame Fillers set from our team and show you what else I've come up with! Some I will be saving for our hops next week, I have used it on every card I've made the past few days (10 cards!)

Here is a super simple one I made just using the little floral corners to create a pattern and stamping off.  (Is this too basic for a video? Let me know!) :)  Be sure to check out my video from Tuesday if you missed it.  This set stamps like a dream!  You can make this one in 5 minutes.  Ribbon and cardstock are from the new kit coming out. TIP: Stamp this same pattern tone on tone on colored cardstock and it will look like you got a new embossing folder.  :)

Check out a sneak peek of Theresa's new set Always Autumn in her latest video.  I will be hopping along with the team with this set and mine next Tuesday and Wednesday*!  (I used the same pumpkins on my card, too, love!) And the StampTV kit on both days.  You will love how well it coordinates with Fabulous Frame and this new Fillers sets. :)

Finally, can you believe all these sneak peek products Gina has been teasing us with?  I don't even know what all is going to be in there, but I haven't bought any crafty stuff for awhile, so I will definitely be shopping at 7! Twine, Washi and Stella pens! Oh my!

Release party details:

  StampTV Release Party Forum from 7-9 PM Central for full set reveals, contests, new samples, chatting and more!  All new products will be available for purchase at Gina K. Designs at 7PM Central. Don't worry if you can't make the whole party, jump in and say "hi" whenever you can!  As always, the threads will remain for several days so you can read the whole party transcript if you like and all the beautiful samples, great way to enjoy the party on your own schedule over a cuppa'.  I always have to check it out the next morning myself  to see what happened after I went to bed and who stayed up the latest, hee! Okay, I'm off to finish my cut file! Yes, I've been having too much fun making cards and waited till the last minute this time.


*We pushed back a day so everyone can enjoy the holiday!  Have a terrific three day weekend, whatever you do!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Video: Introducing Fabulous Frame Fillers

Good morning!  Today I'm giving you a tour of my newest stamp set from Gina K. Designs, Fabulous Frame Fillers.  This set was made to give you the ability to add custom detail to my Fabulous Frame stamp for an endless variety of looks, but the individual stamps can also do so much on their own without the frame! If you like two step stamping, making your own pattern combinations, or just dressing your cards up, this must have set of borders and accents is for you! After I finish my walk through of the set, these cards takes less than 10 minutes to make.  Love it!  (At the end of the video, you will also a peek of a card with it that does not use the Fabulous Frame set.)
Fabulous Frame Fillers can be purchased starting August 28th, 7PM CST at Gina K. Designs.

Stamps: Gina K. Designs Fabulous Frame, Fabulous Frame Fillers
Gina K. Pure Luxury Honey Mustard and White cardstock
Gina K. Chocolate Brown ink pad
Spectrum Noir markers EB2, EB3, EB4 (Copic: E43, E37, E39 )
Scissors adhesive foam, acrylic blocks, Scor-Buddy

I hope you can join us for the release party this Thursday night at StampTV!  contests, prizes, samples form and chatting with the GKD team! Be there!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Catching Up! Floral Lattice

Hello! I'm sorry I didn't get a blog post up for my video last week (we were on vacation), but, you probably already watched it through StampTV.  If not here it is.

Thank you for all the emails and wonderful feedback, I'm glad so so many of you are excited about these cards and technique!  A Year of Flowers 2 sold out yesterday (this happens often after a video posts and people are anxious to recreate), but more will be on the way.  A Year of Flowers (used on sample on the right) is still in stock.

Also, still copies left of the book I reference in it at Annie's, the price can't be beat! A Year of Flowers: Creatively Stamped Cards for Every Occasion

I'm wracking my brain trying to get my next video done for you!  I *know* I had some good ideas while we were the beach, but I guess I was so relaxed I forgot, lol! I can't say I'm having a hard time getting inspired, though, because truly what I really want to work with right now is my new set releasing August 28th, but that would be too early to show you, no videos yet!  It is worth the wait, I promise!  Feel free to leave some ideas below for what you'd like to see in my videos the next couple weeks and maybe I can accomodate! Thanks!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Video: Fabulous Frame with Stately Flowers Series

Hello!  Hope you had a terrific weekend!  In today’s video, I show you a simple layout to show off the flowers in my Stately Flowers series along with their names in my Fabulous Frame.  (Fabulous Frame is now sold out but we will be getting more soon, I promise!)

 This layout works with other images, too.  I show how to mask the cascading floral background an image from Stately Flowers 4 and color the rhododendron with alcohol markers. Please enjoy! Refer to card photo above for a closeup of my coloring.
Important: Although I used the rubber version in the video, THIS SET IS NOW SOLD AS A CLEAR PHOTOPOLYMER SET! :)

Gina K. Fabulous Frame, Stately Flowers 4 stamp sets
Gina K. Pure Luxury Heavy Baseweight and layering weight White, Lovely Lavender cardstock
Gina K. Black Onyx, Wild Lilac ink pads
Spectrum Noir markers: HB1, HB2, HB3, PL4, CG3, CG4 (Copics: V12, B66, V15,V09 YG23, YG67))
Gin K. White organdy ribbon, adhesive pearls, foam tape, adhesive, sticky notes for masking
Optional: Stately Flower 4 Studio cut file
 Trivia: Stately Flowers 4 was the first in the Stately series to include butterflies!