Friday, February 3, 2012

Inspiration Hop, Day 3: Free wth Three "Fresh Start"

Good morning, so glad you're back! Welcome to our final day of inspiration hops! Is this a cute set, or what? "Fresh Start" is free, this month only, when you buy any other three sets from Gina K Designs. I actually used every image in the set on the card below, (and just one of the greetings, got a baby shower coming up!) they work so well together!
The color palette was inspired by one of Gina K's new custom designer paper packs, Pure Luxury Red Carpet, I use these colors together all the time, and they match some of my favorite Pure Luxury cardstocks! After selecting the red, chocolate and aqua pattern, I drew further inspiration from all the dots for my design as well as the little red leaves, shaped just like the birdy's wing... :)
Bold stamps are so fun to kiss with textures and patterns, so I stamped my bird and nest once with Memento Rich Cocoa, and then, without cleaning the nest stamp, pressed the flower pot image that was inked with the same color directly onto the rubber, and then stamped. Now the first dark image serves as my base for paper piecing and layering, and the flower stamped nest will be cut out and popped up over it.
I cleaned the image and stamped it in red and aqua to make the other layers, love the dimension and different pops of color! I inked up the love tree with my markers to stamp on the Ocean Mist layer. I also added little Turquoise Sea cardstock accents by using the negative cut out pieces from the Classic Scallop Edgeabilities die, placing them exactly where I wanted below the matted DP layer.
Red Hot layer is embossed with Spots and Dots CB folder. Button accent is from the Pure Luxury Turquoise assortment. Card also uses Chocolate Brown.
Enjoy hopping with the rest of our Gina K Designs team for more inspiration with these new stamps! Leave comments along the way to enter to win a grab bag full of Gina K stamp images, the more you leave, the better your chances of winning! Two winners will be randomly chosen!

Thanks for visiting! Have a terrific weekend!

68 comments:

Theresa Momber said...

Awesome card, Mel! Love all the details and how you brought out the colors from the DP.

Jennie said...

Eeeks, LOVE how you did the nest Mel!!! Super duper creative my friend.

Susan said...

You are much more patient than I. All that layering would drive me nuts. But it is beautiful!

Olga said...

Very nice Melanie! Thanks for the little tutorial.

Shawnee said...

I love the colors you used on this card and how you popped up the bird. This is a beautiful card.

Patricia said...

I love this card. I have already ordered this paper because I love aqua & red. You have done a great job with this stamp & papers. Your extra steps & patience paid off.

naoompje said...

Love those colors beautiful card.

Riette said...

I need to check out kissing more - it looks awesome.

Teri said...

Absolutely adorable! Love the color combo!

Lee Reed said...

Love the combination of these colors and a big WOW on the layering.

dklessig said...

Beautiful card!

Elizabeth said...

What an interesting layout. I would not have thought of it. I also love the kissing technique you used.

--Marcy said...

Wow - clever!

ibalady said...

great use of the negative space from the nesties. its amazing the amount of details in making your card.you achieved such dimension and use of the DP red carpet colors are awesome. you sure make it look easy

Joyce T. said...

cute and love the color choices

Golda said...

I love all your color and that nest is fantastic.

mermaid fenicia said...

That's a lovely card ^-^

Susan said...

Absolutely love this card from the layout to the colors. Awesome job!

naneruth said...

Cool way to paper piece! Lovely card.

ecclesp said...

Whoa...another great stamping technique! How do you come up with all of these ideas!!! Fantastic., Patsy

Sue D said...

Fabulous card using all the images!

Julie said...

Beautiful!!

Margaret said...

There are so many things to see on your card. I love how you popped many of the elements up and stamped on the nest. What an awesome card!

alex said...

Wonderful card, and tutorial, thank you :-)

Kay S said...

SO cute! Love hoe you did the nest and I'm loving that great paper pack. Can't wait to get my stamp set and the paper. Thanks for some great inspiration for using both!

Gvendalen said...

Awesome card!

Sharon said...

What an amazing card! Great technique!

lakergirl said...

Adorable card (as usual)~
Your set is just beautiful- where do you think up all these ideas! You girls must be in high gear all the time...Kim

Nanette said...

Awesome card! I love how you kissed the stamps and made it look like a different stamp.

Angie said...

Beautiful card again Melanie! love the way you added the flowers on on the nest clever idea! Also love the paper pattern!

Donna Phelan said...

Creative nest! Love the Red Carpet papers you used, they look GREAT!

mitz said...

...who woulda thought -- baby -- but it works perfectly.. such wonderful color choices.. mitz_zee@yahoodotcom

Georgia said...

Love they way you used the 3 stamps. I have always liked the "kissing" technique.

Caryn S said...

This is the fourth time in the past couple of days that I have seen this color combination (I wonder if that means something?). Great stamping and piecing techniques.

Kay said...

What a clever and very interesting layout! I love how everyone sees something different in an image. Great for us newbies to get the creative juices going!

Ravengirl said...

This is cute! I love all the variation you did with that image!

Trisha said...

Wow, Melanie. You did a perfectly wonderful job of incorporating almost the entire stamp set. Great card and lovely design. patnbobcuddy at gmail dot com

Jennifer said...

What a cute, fun and sweet stamp set! Love the baby birds and the DP!

Hugs, Jennifer

lindagrady said...

Just love the color combo; reminds me of a patriotic card. Very cheerful.

Anonymous said...

First I read that the card was for a baby shower then when I saw the card I had to laugh when I saw the sentiment you chose. That was a fun/great idea and how appropriate. TFS!!
Jean McGee

Tami B. said...

Great color combo and beautiful papers.

Crafty Math Chick said...

Wonderful effect stamping the nest like that! I think the Red Carpet collection is my favorite one in Gina's new release, I love all the reds and light blues.

Gayle said...

Love the extra touches you took for the simple stamp...lovely, Melanie.

Judy I said...

Great card.Love the colors and the all the detail.

Donna Baker said...

I love the kissed nest, how fun!

lisa808 said...

Fun images & color combo.

Vicki Dutcher said...

Great job! Love the dual stamping

Pat Jandacek said...

Really wonderful color and pattern selections. TFS

Billie Dee said...

Very colorful!

Cheryl Winget said...

Beautiful card. Love the color combo and the effect of kissing the next stamp. It really adds that extra special detail.

zehra said...

I loved this card and your tutorial is great

Wendy Thompson said...

Awesome card, thanks so much for showing how it can be done.

Lagene said...

Absolutely love the colors & your design!

Kris said...

Awesome kissing! ;o) Thanks for sharing your creativity with us!

Kris in Alaska
funamom at yahoo dot com

ddlady said...

Melanie, love the red & turquoise together. Great card!

Pati said...

Cute card, I like the colors!

Pam Zirbel 'One Woman Creations' said...

Ohhh!! Love this color combo! Funny how I never think of using turq, red together! Hmmmm!

cjgusloff57 said...

Cute, bright card! Great new papers.

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

Wonderful card. I love how you 'stamped' on the nest.

Anita Braddock said...

What a Beautiful Card love the new stamps the colors and papers are great. love the layering and the Button is great, thanks for sharing
abbraddock@msn.com

KonaRose said...

Hi, Melanie, thank you so much for giving me new ideas about using different stamps to 'kiss' the original bold stamp! Can't wait to try it, and to get your Year of Flowers soon in the mail-&loving your book - hugs, Rosy

CTgirl said...

This is so lovely!! I just love the colours!
Thanks for the inspiration!

wanda said...

wow very nice card!!! love all the elements: the patterns, shapes, shading of inks, the button. Really REALLY nice! thanks

Designs By Sky said...

Cute card! I love all your stamp sets. TFS

Verna Angerhofer said...

What a delightful card. Love your use of the images and those beautiful papers.

Debbie Rogers said...

Loads of layers...so cute Mel!

Betty Neville said...

Super card Melanie! Love the colors and the layered multi-colored look!

Anne said...

Loved the card and really love the stamp set!!!