Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Sneak Peek Day 3: "Light of the Season" and "Heirloom Ornaments"

Welcome back to our final day of Gina K designs previews, we'll be partying before you know it! First up we have Nina Brackett's "Heirloom Ornaments", which coordinates with the Spellbinders Ornament dies. I will be the first to admit this card may be *wee* bit overdesigned, but I couldn't help myself, when the holidays are coming I gotta bring the bling! You can fill up a background with these bold graphic images quickly, here I used Vivid Inky Blue, Brick and olive and eggplant inks. One fun thing about these ornament shapes you can turn them either way, top or bottom heavy for different looks! Don't forget to add some sparkle with rhinestones and emboss the strings and toppers! Here is another view to show the sparkle. The set includes a little bow tie image but I used these different colored embroidery flosses instead to more color and texture. Cardstock is Pure Luxury Lovely Lavender, Red Hot, White and Silver Lining.

Our final set to preview is Gina K's "Free with Three" set "Light of the Season". This is a great holiday set with classic Christmas images and greetings, as well as... a menorah image and Hanukkah sentiment! I only have one person I make Hanukkah cards for, but that person is pretty important (my stepfather) so although I've never bought a complete Hanukkah set, it is SO nice to have these included when that time of year comes around! :) Traditional Hanukkah colors are silver and blue, so I started my card with Pure Luxury In the Navy, Little Boy Blue, White, and Silver Lining. These deep blues might seem a little less than radiant for "The Festival of Lights", but I'm going to use a couple little tricks to create the illusion of light.
I wanted to represent the 8 candles plus one in the menorah and I thought a gradient look with strips of paper for the candles would be perfect. I sponged the bottom of a 2" x 3" strip of Little Boy Blue CS with Inky Blue first, and then cut strips 1/4" wide, cutting the strip for the Shamash candle, which will be in the center, just a little wider. Then I spaced them evenly across my white mat and glued them down.
I embossed the menorah in Silver, filled it in with Stardust gel pen, and die cut it with a Classic Oval. A little sponging on the bottom of the focal point (not the top to create the effect that the flames illuminate above) I did the same for the sentiment which I die cut with a Classic Long Rectangle but left the embossed Hanukkah part unsponged to make the word look like it was giving off light. Just a few thoughtfully place rhinestones like flames above the candles and straight lines by the sentiment give the card sparkle and elegance but still have a clean, unfussy feel that can be very masculine.
I know my Stepfather is going to be crazy for this card! :) This is a great free set, thanks Gina for thinking of things like this!

Please see more samples of these two new sets from the rest of our fabulous Gina K Designs team!
and another fun blog hop with Carolyn King using the ornaments! :)

See you at the party at StampTV, Thursday Night November 4th, 7PM-10PM CST! Come for as much as you can, thanks for visiting today!

28 comments:

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

Oooooo I am in LOVE with the blingy ornaments and the little bows!!! And what a cool design just perfect for the Hanukkah theme!!!

Sandra said...

wow, great cards!
Sandra

Payne Holler Cards said...

love all those ornaments!!! festive festive festive and your SF is going to really enjoy his card!
looking forward to tomorrow night!

Kay S said...

Fabulous cards, Melanie! No such thing as overdoing the bling with the ornaments - the card is great! Your Hannakuh card is beautiful and I'm sure your SF is go jig to love it.

Tina Gilliland said...

Wonderful wonderful ornament card and the different ribbon/bows on each!! LOVE how you did the blue stripes!

Audrey said...

These cards are wonderful. I love to make holiday cards and especially ones for my Jewish friends and you have given me such great ideas!

thinker said...

I love how the extra thought & detail that went into your Hanukkah card....

ursula Uphof said...

These are such lovely ornaments for the holiday season. Love your cards

emilymomto3boys said...

oh wow - that bright ornament card is just so festive and fun! And the menorah is beautiful!

Anita said...

Amazing cards! I love all the sparkle.

Karen (TLgirl353) said...

Fabulous cards, Melanie. Love how you made the candles and the lights.

Kary said...

Beautiful cards!! Love the ornaments in different colours and the blings. And the Hanukkah card is so elegant!

Theresa Momber said...

What a great look with the ornaments and the Hanukkah card is so elegant and stunning!

Becky said...

How gorgeous!! Love the bling on the ornaments, and love how your did the Hannakuh card, so elegant.

Lindy said...

beautiful, beautiful Hanukkah card... my brother would love it... oh that means another set i want. what's new... LOL

NinaB said...

What a lovely ornament card, Mel. I esp love that you used non traditional colors.

Miesje said...

Amazing Mel! You are right about the illusions of light! Wonderful! See you tonight.

Michelle said...

gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!
TFS!
michelle

Kathy Braun and Lucky said...

These are great cards, love all the colors and the details.

joy said...

The ornament card rocks! I love the bright happy colors - just perfect for the season. The Hanukkah card and comments reflect your respect and admiration for your SF.

Carla (cmsuto) said...

Beautiful cards, Melanie! Love those blingy ornaments and the elegant Hanukkah card!

stampqueen said...

I LOVE the ornament card!!!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!!!
The blue card is very elegant!!!

catdidit said...

Oh I LOVE that first one with all the colorful ornaments and how you hang off the edge a bit, and the 2nd one is such an awesome design! Gorgeous Mel!!

jordanbev5 said...

Love all your details and that you used bright jewel tones! Just beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

Jennie said...

Oh wow Melanie! Love those ornaments and nice designs on both of these!! Looking forward to the party tonight!

Carolina Girl (Cely) said...

Awesome awesome....I too have a few Hanukkah cards to send to some special people. thank you for the inspiration.

Deebi27 said...

This card sings to me as well ass your step-father. Beautiful & elegant!

deebi27 said...

Oops, I should proof before sending...Ii am sooo sorry!