Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Inspiration Hop Day 3, "Perfect Pennants", Cute as a Bug", and "Lovely Labels 3"

Welcome to Day 3 of our Gina K Designs Inspiration Hop for our March sets! first set we are sharing today is Nina Brackett's "Lovely Labels 3". I stamped this label and greeting with Vintage Photo Distressing Ink on Pure Luxury Ivory CS. I made the background paper which I think goes very well with these vintage style labels using "Bring the Bling" and distressing inks, let me show you how to create this look with the emboss resist technique!

First ink up the large flourish in both Antique Linen and then Vintage Photo rolled on the edges and stamp into both corners of your ivory mat. Clean your stamp and ink the flourish up again in Versamark and stamps again in both corners, offset from the first flourishes so they branch out the opposite way, but will still have some overlap. As you can see, I left a teensy bit of the dark ink on my Versamarked flourish. That's okay. Gives it a nice patina! Add clear embossing powder and heat.

Now take your jumbo sponge dauber and sponge Antique Linen and Vintage Photo over your embossed araeas to distress the and make your embossing pop. Leave some light areas, you can always add more ink but can't take it away! Isn't that two tone effect with the bling gorgeous?

Here it is matted on another layer of Ivory and Chocolate Brown base with the label popped up over it. I don't have the dies that match this set, so I just free cut with scissors following the edge of the label. I love the shape of this label stamp and the accent details inside it!

Even with the "bling" it still has a great masculine feel, like tooled leather boots! Still a card a lot of ladies (including me!) would also enjoy receiving! :)


Next we have Rupa Shevde's "Cute as a Bug". I love bees! This little guy holding the honey dipper and the sentiment are too sweet! I colored and cut out the bee and then popped him up over this flourish from "Bring the Bling" embossed in Black. Embossing the hearts in back on Red Hot CS to pop over over the flourish and next to the hive were the perfect pops of color and finishing touches! The solid color of the cardstock almost looks like little felt accents when embossed!
I used a glitter pen to highlight the wings and doubled my pop dot stack under the bee to give him some extra lift! Cardstock is Pure Luxury White, Turquoise Sea, and Wild Dandelion. (Didn't rub this card with the anti-static pad before embossing either obviously, I'm going to say that's a dusting of pollen trailing behind, yeah, that's the ticket!!)

Next up we have Tami Mayberry's "Perfect Pennants". I tried to go a little out of the box with it here. Since there are so many things you can make out of triangle shapes, one of the first that came to mind was to make a large scale tiara, fit for a queen (or little princess!) on her special day!

I began by embossing the scalloped "Bring the Bling" border to give it some structure that I stamped in a curve, checking first that the three large triangles would fit across it by laying out the rubber images on top of each other before I started, perfect fit! After embossing and cutting out the large embossed triangles, I stamped out 5 more tiny harlequin patterned ones and embossed some of the hearts and stars from the set as toppers above them before cutting them out and popping them up.

I made a little banner for the "It's your day"! greeting by embossing it onto a strip I notched out at both ends, then snipping off either side and mounting the rectangle slightly above them for a layered look. The black bling dots I embossed and Black Onyx layer provides a little punch of contrast. This DP is from Emily Giovanni's new Quarter sheets "Grunge Damask" digi pack, love these patterns and colors! :)



Please go check out the rest of our teams blogs for more inspiration with these three great sets!

Gina K



Nina Brackett


104 comments:

Becky said...

What fabulous cards!

catdidit said...

all are so awesome Mel, loving that emboss resist, gorgeous bg you created and love the silver embossing!

Nicole said...

Great cards. That tiara is so creative!

Karen (TLgirl353) said...

All of them are fabulous, Melanie.. Thanks for the tutorial too!

Theresa Momber said...

That background on the label card is fabulous! Love each one!!!

Carla S. said...

Fantastic cards with all the sets, Melanie! Love how you incorporated the "bling"!

Tina Gilliland said...

So clever... that crown!! Love the coloring on the bee and the bling on Nina's set!!! Great job, GF!

Lindsay M. said...

WOW! Stunning cards!! You are very talented!!! Amazing colors!!!

lisa808 said...

Love your 'bling' creations. The pennant crown is so creative.

debmiata2001 said...

I am sitting here in amazement. Your coloring on that little tiny bee is amazing. I love your bling stamp and how you used it. The embossing resist is fantastic. Thanks for sharing.

colleen said...

Totally creative way to use the sets! I love the flourishes with them too. Thanks for the tutorial!

Linda said...

Love all three of the cards. The colors are vibrant and the bee is darling. Thanks for sharing.

Linda D.

Anita said...

What a cool tutorial! Amazing cards!

Marsha said...

Adorable, Melanie. Love your cards.

Barbara Colbert said...

Fabulous job!!! Love the bling in the background for the labels...really compliments that stamp welll....and the other 2 -- wonderful...cute as a bug and is SO cute and the pennants..hmm?? Good possibilities!

Tamara said...

Love it! The Bling markers and That Bumble Bee

Miesje said...

Fantabulous! If that is not a word it should be! I love how you did that first card - gotta try that!

Leslie said...

Oh your cards are wonderful but I fell totally in love with the antique one- it is a great card for both men and women and I need a lot like it! Thanks so much for the steps you show on how to do it!

Debby said...

Thank you for showing us your technique for the first card. I love it and maybe I can even do it..All of your creations are fantastic.

pqueenie said...

Your cards are terrific !

Donna said...

Fun projects, Mel! Love all these sets! And your bling set fits right in! Thanks for the inspiration!

Barb said...

I love these creations---great stamps to use with wonderful labels. More sets to get!

Anonymous said...

Love your cards. That bee image is so cute.
crafty teacher

Erin Smetak said...

Your cards are awesome! Love the bring the bling stamp! And the pennants! So cool that you created a crown!

Giovana said...

Beautiful cards Melanie!!

Scrapacat said...

So smart to do a 2-color resist, and that bee card is so cute! The pennant card would be perfect for a silver anniversary, too. ♥ky

harrahx2 said...

What a creative use of the banners! Adorable and all your projects really rock.

Lagene said...

Love your "masculine" yet blingy card! And the bee is so cool! Love the banner with vintage feel!

Kathi said...

Great cards - thanks for wonderful ideas!

seamom said...

Your cards are wonderful! No way I can pick a favorite. Such talent seemingly knows no limit!

--Marcy said...

Learned, was inspired, and laughted! You nailed them all!

Carol said...

Great tutorial on the first card, lol.

Kay S said...

Wow! Fabulous cards, especially that first one done in the shades of brown/beige. Thanks for sharing the tutorial on how you did the bling swirls on it. Cuteness abounds on the bee card! Love it!!

Melissa said...

thanks for the idea on creating the background paper, add it to the list of things that I have to try after this hop!

Penne said...

Fabulous cards, Melanie! I just have to have the cute as a bug set. Thanks for sharing with us today! You are so incredibly talented...

Diane K. said...

Oh THAT'S how you use "Bring the Bling" . Ingenuity at it's best. I could do that with a metallic powder! Well, your cards do justice to the stamp sets. Really fabulous, Melanie

Debbie Bradford said...

The embossing on the pennants is fabulous! What great cards!

Crafty Math Chick said...

I like how you combined your new Bring on the Bling set with the other being sneaked today - it shows how well so many of Gina's sets coordinate with one another. Love the monochromatic style of the first card and your silver embossing in the last one too.

Ravengirl said...

Very cool! The tiara has won my heart!

Lynn B. said...

Combining the bling stamps with the bee is inspired! SO cute!

Paper Fun said...

Great job with the sets.

Donna said...

look out Theresa with your sponge work! fun bee & party hat card!

Jenny H. said...

Love the dimension you were able to create with the bling flourishes! Creative and inspiring cards! Thanks for sharing.

Sue said...

Your cards are fabulous. Thank you for the wonderful techniques.

StinkerbellSteph said...

So pretty! Love the spirals behind the bee.

Suzanne J Dean said...

Oh wow love the reverse embossed technique on that first card--beautiful! And your bee card just makes ya smile :) Gorgeous cards Melanie!

hugz,
Suzanne

Peggy said...

Fabulous cards. God bless.
PeggyS

Paula Laird said...

Love all of these! The emboss resist background is fantastic, love your crown card - such a great idea for the pennants!, and the coloring on your bee is superb!

Rosamond Crawley said...

I love all of your cards Melanie! Thanks for sharing.

Traci said...

Fab cards. Love that purple. Thanks for sharing. ;0)

Traci Lord
3team3lord3@comcast.net

ginalovesdave said...

They are beautiful as usual!!

Kaatje said...

fantastic cards and perfect mixing of all the stampcollections

Lynne said...

Bling and pennants, what a great combination.

Su G said...

all the cards are great, but I love the pennant crown you made. It is awesome, with the embossing and all the details. Thanks for sharing.

jan farnworth said...

your cards are just to die for love the honey bee one to cute

Carol said...

Adorable and beautiful cards!

Carol B
ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

Vicki Dutcher said...

Even though bling isn't today, I am thoroughly enjoying seeing ALL the different ways it can be used! Emboss resist--I NEVER would of gone there! I will now :)
Great colored buy
Awesome CAS pennant!

Charlene said...

Thanks for more ideas on the bling stamp set!

Gayle C. said...

Awesome cards and really like your added "Bring the Bling" on them.

Donna Phelan said...

Love how you used the Pendants to make a Crown, Melanie, Simply FABULOUS!!!

Sue D said...

Great cards--I really like the emboss resist on the first.

a said...

Great cards, love the colors!

Mélyane said...

Wow! I love how you used the pennants for the last card!!! Gorgeous!!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

Anonymous said...

i love love love the new sets, and your projects using them are awesome!
linda patti tpatti@windstream.net

Monica said...

Melanie.. what a brilliant job on the "Tiara"! That is just the cutest!! Love the bee card ... well I love them all.

Bonnie said...

Great cards all of them. Loving the bug set.

StampinDi said...

Fantabulous cards! Love them all!

Nana Connie said...

Wonderful use of the Bling set combined with the first two cards! Love the crown/tiara. What great inspiration you've given us today. Thanks.

Sue VanDeVusse said...

I love how you turned those pennants into a crown. Your bee card is just too cute, love how you added your new bling set. That first card with it's distressed background is gorgeous!

Sparklemint - Lisa said...

wow! lotsa food for thought. gorgeous :)

cgargus said...

Great cards! Love the tutorial with the bling it on set! Thanks for sharing.

Sue Bridges said...

Very cute and inspirational!

Cindy Lou said...

Beautiful cards, love your little tut on emboss resist. Thanks for sharing :)

naneruth said...

Love all three of the cards.

LynneM said...

cute cute ! and thanks for the tutorial

Donna said...

Terrific work, love your design on them all, just wonderful!!!

Deebi27 said...

I am seeing that bling eberywhere am waiting foor mine to arrive, Brin it on! Your Lovely Label card is soo perfect for my hubby...thanks for the tutorial on it! You Rock!

Janeen said...

What a great idea for the bling and i love your little bee with the hearts.

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

Ooooo LA LA LA LA!!!!!!!!!!!! I swear the Bleeng set is the most versatile set EVER created!!!!!!!!!!! I absolutely ADORE your creativity and these cards are just amazing!!

Jenny McGee said...

Awesome cards. I love how you used the bling set on all your cards. That set is very versatile.

Chris said...

Awesome cards! The continuing samples of ways to use Bring the Bling are great! I absolutely LOVE the card you made using Tami's Perfect Pennants! I am so going to have to case that when I get that set. Just gorgeous! Thanks for sharing all your talents!

Cynthia said...

Fabulous designs, Melanie! I especially like your card with "Cute as a Bug".

Joan said...

Oh what wonderful cards. They are terrific. Thanks for the directions and inspiration.

Judy said...

What a great job, you have been busy with the bling. Love the bee card and the pennants embossed with silver.

sprgstn16 said...

Love your take on the pennants stamp set!

carrie said...

Super cards! I really like how you created the background for the first card.

Neesey said...

Most beautimus cards. I am truly enjoying this hop. I just ordered the bling set. I can't wait to try it out.

Susan said...

Thanks for sharing three unique cards with us!

Golda said...

Those are fantastic cards!

Marsha said...

What wonderful takes using these sets. They are fabulous.

Peggy said...

Again all of the cards are outstanding. Love your creativity.
Thanks for sharing.

Sandra said...

oh Melanie - these are beautiful!
Sandra ltb

Kris said...

Love them all! TFS!

Kris in Alaska
funamom at yahoo dot com

Jan Castle said...

I see you are mixing and matching the sets...love it! Wonderful cards!

Kim Marie said...

Mel, I've been a fan of your work forever and still marvel at your endless creativity and joyous spirit in every project! wonderful as always!
Blessings!
Kim Marie

Deb said...

Love 'em, Melanie! I always love learning your techniques and seeing your amazingly creative ideas. I love the tiara! So fun! That little blushing bee is adorable, and the bling is gorgeous!

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

I LOVE the browns on the first card, and the crown you made from the banner pieces. Cool.

Beastybunny said...

Great Cards. Just love them.

Sharon Harnist said...

Absolutely love the resist technique with your bling set, Mel! And a crown/tiara out of the pennants? Absolute genius!!

DottyA Cards & Things said...

Love this stamp set...and your card is beautiful!

Lorraine said...

Beautiful cards! Love the colors and designs!

Casmiles said...

I love the bee card - he's so CUTE. And the elegance with the silver on the penant card ~ very nice.

JessicaK said...

Oooh, thank you so much for the mini tutorial on your bling cards; awesome technique and beautiful effect.

Karen Denson said...

Beautiful cards. I love how you turned the pennants upside down to make party hats. very clever.