Sunday, May 23, 2010

Sneak Peek: Beach Bum and Botanicals

Hello! Welcome to our first night of Gina K Designs previews! I don't know where you are or what time it is there as you read this, but the sun is shining with these sets and new Gina K Pure Luxury Wild Dandelion I used in today's samples! My first card uses Rupa's new set "Beach Bum", what a fun set for scrapping vacations! I made a card using the surfboard image stamped onto the Wild Dandelion, Ocean Mist, and another new Pure Luxury color: Sweet Mango. Don't they put you in the mood for summer, hot sun and cool water? I colored the tops of the boards with Copics a shade or two darker than the CS and then created a little scene using jumbo sponge daubers.

I started covering the top third of my Pure Luxury White Mat with scratch paper and sponging in Aqua ink to make the sea and removed. Next I sponged in random areas above with some soft blue ink to make the sky, areas I didn't sponge are the clouds. Then Icut out my surfboards and cut off just the bottoms in a curve to look like they are buried in the sand. I adhered these on top and made a little shadow underneath with a Brick Beige Copic. Last I used a couple stamps from "Gifts from the Sea" to complete the scene: the little seagulls at the top and the speckles, again in Antique Linen ink, to give the sand sponged bottom more texture. I'd love to step into this card right about now! :)

The next sample uses Gina's new "Botanicals" set. The first cards I learned to make so many years ago with stamps were with flowers and script images, and I will never tire of that look, nor will they ever go out of style! These silhouettes are some of my favorites, this one in particular. I started stamping the script, which is the Love Chapter from 1 Corinthians if you look carefully, in Memento Black, then added the flower over it in Black and Vivid Butterscotch.


Using my sponge daubers again, I layered yellow, green and orange ink over the mat, now the whole thing just glows like a summer night! When I sponge I always try to let a little white peek through, plus have dark and light areas, the contrast of colors is so beautiful this way. Mounted on Black Onyx and Wild Dandelion again, plus a little stitched ribbon, this card is about was simple and quick as it gets, still sweet!

TIP: Buying a separate dauber for each color has been such a great investment, being able to use several colors at once to finish my card without needing to clean out the sponge or get the colors muddy makes me want to sponge everything! :)

For more samples with the stamp sets being previewed tonight, check out these Designer's Links:


Please make plans to attend our Release party this Thursday night, May 27th from 7-10 central time which will be held at StampTV. There will be contest questions, challenges, samples from several designers and lots of chatter all leading up to 10pm central, when all the new products and stamp sets previewed this week on our blogs become available online through GinaK Designs store!

30 comments:

catdidit said...

Both are so awesome Mel! Love how the sky is on the first one especially!

Jennie said...

Love these Mel and the sky is beautiful! I concur on having lots of sponges...make is so much easier :o)

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

Oh wow Mel!!! Just beautiful!!! How cool are those surfboards!!!

Valerie said...

Love the sponging detail on the Botanicals card!

Betty Neville said...

Beautiful cards! Love the background you created for the funky surfboards and such wonderful colors on both cards!

Tina Gilliland said...

Just beautiful, GF!! LOVE the colors soooo much.

Linda Beeson said...

I just love those surf boards and the way you colored them.

Kary said...

I love both your cards! The surfboards are amazing, love the colours. Plus I like the sponging on the botanicals set. So, so lovely. ;)

Linda L said...

Very Nice love the boards!

emilymomto3boys said...

very bright and fun, Mel! Love your sand bunches around the boards - great idea!

joy said...

Such beautiful colors! Love the bow tied on the side.

Payne Holler Cards said...

you are soooooo right about sponges!
lovin both cards! great inspiration...

Sharri Seffens said...

Melanie, Beautiful cards! Love your sponging and that you stuck the surfboards in the sand!

Carla (cmsuto) said...

Beautiful cards, Melanie! I love the beach scene you created on the Beach Bum card and the sponged background on the Botanicals card is gorgeous!

Theresa Momber said...

Love both cards, Melanie! Such gorgeous colors. Great beach scene!!!

Shirley said...

Absolutely loved both of your cards...you are so very talented!

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Lorraine said...

Such beautiful cards! Loving the backgrounds & sponging!

Joan Ervin said...

Your cards are sooo beautiful, Mel....I just love the colors and background you created on that awesome beach scene and your botanical silhouettes card is absolutely gorgeous!!!!

colleen said...

I love love LOVE these cards! Love the background on the botanicals one!!!

Donna said...

fabulous cards! love the realistic beach scene!

Miss Boo (a.k.a. jen70) said...

Beautiful cards! Your sponging is wonderful!

Lori said...

Two beautiful samples! Favorite parts: the boards "stuck" into the sand, great scene; the layered ink colors and dauber tip!

Lynn Mercurio said...

Fantastic Mel on both beautiful creations. Your beach scene looks realistic enough to feel the sand between my toes.

Awesome creativity, girl. You ROCK!

buggin2stamp said...

Gorgeous cards Melanie. I love the colors you chose to use on the Botanicals card. Great summer combo.

Susie said...

Wow, I love your botanicals card using the sponging technique! It's just the type of card I love making. I might have to get the new set!!!!!

Juli Smith, SU! Demo said...

Fabulous coloring on the surf board card. They are both great designs.

Bev Gerard said...

You're definitely hot on the custom backgrounds! Beautiful work!

~Bev

Erin Smetak said...

Wow, these are gorgeous! I love the surfboards on the first card, and the background and flowers on the second are just fantastic! I never think to put a background on the side like that! Genius idea!

Lynda said...

Wonderful card, Mel! I create and send in excess of 50 birthday cards in a year. They are my favorite cards to create and I have been known to purchase a stamp set just to create a card that reflects the interests of the receipient. So this set being so versatile may just save me $$! LOL

Jennie said...

Such awesome designs Mel! Love those surfboards and the Botanicals card is GORgeous!