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!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Video: CAS Frame and Borders

Hello!  Hope you had a terrific weekend!  In today's video, I show you how to add simple accents to the stamped Fabulous Frame with my A Year of Borders set . We'll do some masking and add some drop shadows with a marker as well. This clean and simple design could work for any occasion or season when you switch out the borders and colors. Please enjoy!

Gina K. Designs Fabulous Frame, A Year of Borders
Gina K. Pure Luxury White, Kraft and Powder Blue cardstock
Gina K. Dark Chocolate and Versamark ink pads
Spectrum Noir markers: IG2, CR1, BG4 (Copics R22, C3, WG3)
Silver brads, 1/16" circle punch, scissors, adhesive foam, scratch paper for masking

Blue card base: 4 ¼" x 11", scored at 5 ½"
Kraft layer: 4 ¼" by 5 ½", then cut to size after stamping
White scrap:  1" x 2"

Monday, July 14, 2014

Video: Layering Stamped Frames

Good morning!  In today’s video, I show how you can layer two of my different frame stamps over one another to achieve a whole new frame and several new layouts! (Can you believe it? I almost can't either.) The oval stamp in Branching Out nests perfectly into the Fabulous Frame window. Additionally, use the birds, flowers and berries included in Branching Out to accent the stamped frames to suit the season and occasion.

  I love it!!  Please enjoy the video. 


Gina K. Designs Fabulous Frame and Branching Out stamp sets

Gina K. Pure Luxury Charcoal Brown and Tomato Soup Ink pads

Spectrum Noir markers: CG2, CR7, GB7 (Copics: R05, YG95, YR23)

Pure Luxury Kraft cardstock

Adhesive nailheads

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Red Poppies

Hope you had a good weekend!  Here is a card I made with Stately Flowers 1 when I was testing out some Spectrum Noir markers last month.  (I didn't want to post it until the stamps were back in stock.)  Isn't this poppy image gorgeous with these Gina K Journey of the Heart patterned papers?  Base is Pure Luxury Red Hot and I used some red grosgrain from a past StampTV kit.  To create this glowing effect, follow the exact same coloring process that I did with the blue markers in this video but use these for the petals: DR2 and DR3.  For Copics, use R35 and R27.  
Spellbinders die is from Timeless Rectangles.

Thanks for visiting!  
New video with Fabulous Frame posting tomorrow! :)

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Video: Square Frame and Faux Paper Piecing

Good morning!  In today's video, I show you how to adapt the popular and versatile frame in the Fabulous Frame stamp set to square cards, so many more options for your layouts!  
 I also share how to customize one piece of patterned paper to look like several different coordinating patterns with your colored markers.  (The new GKD Ang & Me pack has some great patterns for faux paper piecing!)  

Pair this technique with the frame and you have a paper pieced look without all the cutting and layering.   (I forgot to say in the video, be sure to save the side you cut off to add to another project!)
 Finally, add some butterflies with the coordinating Silhouette Studio cut file (free for a limited time on the StampTV Freebies page, we extended because of the backorder! :). You must be a StampTV member to download the file, but signing up is free. Supply list for card at end of post.
I threw just a touch of "Bring the Bling" on today as well!  This is a full size set like the one above, I just can't maximize this photo as much, just FYI!


Gina K. Designs Fabulous Frame, Bring the Bling

Gina K. Pure Luxury Kraft cardstock

Gina K. Black Onyx ink pad

Spectrum Noir Markers: LG5, IB2, CT2 (Copics: )

Adhesive, foam squares, scissors

Kraft base: 4 1/4" x 8 ½”, scored at 4 ¼”

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Something Blue

Fabulous Frame is humming along! I was sure it would be a hit with our customers since all the frames sets have been so popular in the past, but the response is really kind of blowing my mind!  Thanks so much!  Have you placed your order yet?  Anyone received their stamps?  I can't wait to see your ideas for it in our StampTV gallery. :)

Here is a warm up card I made after the set arrived. At that point I'd cut two sheets of white cardstock into 4 cards and made three in different orientations(which I already posted), so this was the final one with the oval at the bottom (I made the yellow card in Monday's video later). I masked and stamped the flowers in Grass Green into the belly band and sponged over it and then accented with some pearls.  I really like that look!  Something else different in this card from the ones previously shown, is I made the borders different colors.

 Gina K. Fabulous Frame
Gina K. Pure Luxury White cardstock
Gina K. Black Onyx and Grass Green ink pad
Spectrum Noir markers: IG2, TB2, TB4, CG3, CG4 (Copics: C3, B24, G07, YG03, B21)
adhesive pearls

Really excited for my next video, love the idea and I'm choosing the papers and colors today!  Get ready for more versatility! :) Posting soon!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Inspiration Hop, Day 1: Fabulous Frame and Let's Talk

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 and Guest Designers, will inspire you with many beautiful ideas, and as you hop through their blogs, make sure to leave a comment on each 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.

Today I have another video* for you with my set Fabulous Frame.  I hope it's back in stock very soon, it has been reordered!  Update: This set is currently backordered, which means you *can* order it now! It will take 2-3 weeks to ship, but no additional shipping charges will be incurred when your set ships.  Yay! (Check out my other frame sets if you like this approach to cardmaking, they are all winners!) Lots of techniques in this video: embossing, paper piecing, coloring, and masking!  Doesn't the embossed frame look amazing?  So excited to be able to create embossed frames for lots of quick but fancy cards!

Gina K. Designs Fabulous Frame

Gina K. Pure Luxury Lemon Drop, Lovely Lavender cardstock

Versamark ink pad, Memento Pear Tart pad and marker, Memento Bamboo Leaves marker, Spectrum Noir HB1, HB3 (Copic V12, BV02)

Foam squares, adhesive, heat gun, gold embossing powder, heat gun, scratch paper, scissors

Card base 4 ¼”x 11, scored at 5 ½”

Here is a single layer card I shared on Faebook.  The frame is stamped in Gina K. Black Onyx on Pure Luxury White and then colored with Spectrum Noir markers. Yes, you can color around the frame to look like you have a colored base!  Stamp the flowers directly over the frame, adding black to the borders will cover the stampe dlines where they intersect, no need to mask.  Tip: Color in the black borders last so you don't accidentally drag the black onto your flowers when coloring the flowers or edge of the card. :)

Spectrum Noir Markers: True Black, FS8, CR1, CR3, CG3, CG4 (Copics: 100, R22, RC21, YG03, YG67)

Also, I have chosen a winner at random from my Youtube subscribers, thanks everyone for helping me get to 1000 (way over that now, actually!)  Marianne Grimbly, you have won one of my very favorite sets (and yes, it has a frame), Inspiration Mosaic!  Congrats, and please email me with your address so I can send the set to you. :)  If any of you have not yet subscribed to my channel, please do so as I will have another giveaway soon, next milestone to be announced!
We also have Debbie Corbari's Let's Talk today, to go with all her Divas or just making fun whimsical cards.  So cute! I have a few friends I'd love to send "Say what?!" to!

Let's see what else we have to get the creative juices flowing!  Happy hopping!

 Gina K

 Melanie Muenchinger - Illustrator of Fabulous Frame, you are here!

 Debbie Corbari - Illustrator of Let's Talk

And our fabulous guest designers:

Have a terrific day! 

*This demonstration took much longer than it needed to, I apologize for forgetting to add my flower to the center frame and doing all the embossing at once.  This will save you time! :)

Friday, June 27, 2014

Fabulous Frame Tips

My first frame set available in clear, this is so exciting! Fabulous Frame includes an elegant, timeless frame is sure to become a favorite in your stamp collection.  Use it any time you want to showcase a favorite image or greeting in a very special way.

This frame creates the look of 6 additional layers or more when added to a card base. Labor of love look without the extra time, cost or bulk!

If you a have a Silhouette, be sure to get the Studio cut file this weekend, it is a free download now but will go into our regular stock next week.

Frame measures 4 x 5 1/4".  Use a 4 x6 or 6x 6 block to stamp it, or try a Cuttlebug plate or place it on your work surface as it will stick to a smooth one, but be sure its clean with no bumps underneath that could be picked up in the image.  Lots of options!

Butterflies and flower are included to dress up this frame, but alone it is a beautiful blank slate that is specific to no season or gender.

This frame can turned four ways for gorgeous portrait and landscape layouts.  Frame your favorite large sentiments and image in the oval.

Cut the oval center out  with your image stamped on layer behind it.  Popping up the frame with foam squares creates a beautiful window. Create several reverse masks by putting out the different sections of the frame to layer over the stamped frame to mask off areas for sponging and collage stamping.

Paper piece the different sections.

Color the borders with markers to create a heavily layered look of many cardstocks, in just one layer!

Emboss with metallic powders for a very fancy card.

Stamp the frame in white or ivory on dark cardstocks.

Cut out just the strip and oval to use on other cards like a belly band.  This can be at the top or bottom or third like in the original frame, or centered or slid to whatever point desired.  Turn the belly band sideways on a landscape oriented card to create a fancy label.

Punch out a slit on either side of the oval to thread a ribbon through, the borders above and below will accentuate the ribbon perfectly.

Clear emboss it for a subtle dry embossed look.

Stamp the included words in the corners, on tags or above and below the oval inside the rectangle strip.

Mix the words with Say it with Flowers sentiments if you have them to create sentiments that are all italicized, plain or a mix.  The fonts are the same but the use of italics is switched which gives you more combinations.  You will love having all these words in clear for perfect alignment on your projects every time!

Greetings will work for all occasions.

Use the hello and from with any of the state names in the Stately Flowers series.

Curve clear greetings to stamp around the perimeter of the oval.

Pop up flower over oval or stamp into background areas to create a coordinating background.

Use all the Stately Flowers inside the oval.

Butterflies coordinate with the larger butterfly in Make a Statement, although they are smaller and not as wide.  Mix up the three sizes on your cards for a gorgeous swarm of butterflies!  They are a perfect accent for any nature or floral cards.

This beautiful flower, White Trillium, is one of the official provincial flowers of Canada, but it grows in other places
around the world and is found in a variety of shades.

Use the butterflies to create scalloped lace borders like I did in this video. Since they are all different sizes, you can use them all on the same card to create a very intricate lace pattern.

Use Versamark ink and pastels for the  popping pastel technique.

Clear emboss the frame and sponge inks over it.

Cut out just the oval to use on other projects anytime you want to frame an image.

Cut off one side of the frame or the other, stopping at the oval and rectangle strip, to place on your cards layered over colored cardstocks, pattern papers or die cut borders for different layouts.  The belly band and oval will fit on a square 4 1/4 inch card.

Layer different shaped die cuts over the oval to create multiple layers and fancy up the oval.

If a more layered look is desired, stamp the frame up to three times and cut it out to pop up in stages.  First the full frame, then the belly band on top an finally the oval.  Wow!  leave the border on each layer you cut.

Embellish the corners or top and bottom of the oval with pearls, rhinestones, brads, fancy punches etc.

Use nature images and sponging to create scenes inside the window or mask off the borders and have a larger scene that extends beyond he oval.

Create dimensional flowers by bending and sculpting the stamped petals with your fingers. Stunning!

Use embossing folders over the frame after stamping.  The texture will look so gorgeous inside these panels.

you're in my thoughts
you're in my prayers
you're in my thoughts & prayers
hello friend
hello from (add state name from Stately Flowers!)
love always
love & blessings
happy birthday
happy holidays
happy anniversary
congrats friend
get well
get well friend
made with love

That's it for now, more to come! This set is flying off the shelves (thank you!) so buy it now if you want it, as clear sets take a few weeks to restock  :)

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Illustrator Hop and Invite to Tonight's Party

Welcome to our Illustrator Hop,  giving you a peek at our newest sets releasing tonight at Gina K. Designs/ StampTV at 7PM CST!  So come hop along with us and don't forget to add a comment on each blog.  We will pick a random winner to win an awesome grab bag of Gina K. Design Goodies!!
I am so excited about my new set Fabulous Frame, and even more excited how excited you all seem to be about the sneak peek of this set and my video, I can feel the love!  Thanks so much!  If you have not yet seen the first video, it really speaks for itself how versatile and easy it will be to make over the top amazing cards with this set. 
  Just one sample this morning, because I want to share some things for the party. ;) I used the reverse masks I showed in my video to stamp the different butterflies in Sweet Mango to the top and bottom areas, and then sponged over Gina K. Red Hot and Sweet Mango inks to create an ombre effect.  Didn't that pattern turn out pretty?  I also stamped the large butterfly into the masked areas of the belly band behind the oval, doesn't that look like lace peeking out?  (If you've watched my video on creating faux lace borders with butterflies, these butterflies will be perfect for that technique.  (Smaller and different proportions, but still have the intricate detail and scalloped shape)
Finally, if you get the Studio cut file, it's easy to have a ton of cut butterflies on hand to add just one or a whole fluttering swarm to your cards.  It will be available as a free download through the weekend on our StampTV Freebies page (must be StampTV member* to download, need Studio software and cutter to run program) and will be added to our store later in regular stock, for the low price of just 99 cents, of course.

I will have a new technique and new video for you on Monday though with the while we hop with the rest of our design team!  Can't wait!  I will be posting my tip sheet for this set tomorrow!

 Now check out what's coming tonight from our other Gina K. Designs Illustrators!  
Gina K. 
Theresa Momber:  Vertical Greetings 2
Debbie Corbari: Let's Talk
Beth Silaika: Keep Calm

Hope to see you at our release party tonight at StampTV!  
If you're a first timer, be sure to watch the video on Gina's blog for a preview of what to expect.

* Signing up is free!