Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Gina K Designs: March "Spring has Sprung" Hop!

The Design Team for Gina K. Designs welcomes you to a fun Spring Has Sprung blog hop. For this hop we will showcase Spring cards and projects with you! The DT Members have all used a wide variety of Gina K. Designs stamp sets to inspire YOU to get inky, too! Come play along with the Current Challenges at Stamp TV!


If you came from Lori McAree 's blog, then you're right where you should be. If not, please go to Stamp TV where you will find a list of all those participating.

Today I have another Clean And Simple card using Wild Flowers, this time with just a butterfly! (There I go using Blue Raspberry again, twice in one week, but I'm pretty sure I've never put it with Innocent Pink!) March is a really busy month for us (hence all the CAS designs!), but also I just love doing quick and easy direct to stamp techniques with bold images! When inking the butterfly begin with yellow Memento Marker (Cantaloupe) at center and work your way out to color each side of the visible spectrum: orange (Tangelo) and then red (Rhubarb Stalk) above, and beneath, green (Cottage Ivy), blue (Bahama Blue) then purple (Grape Jelly). This light to dark coloring process will allow colors to blend evenly and keep you from dirtying up your light markers.

Also, I wanted to show how you can use those little dotty stamps in the set to make a whimsical little trial behind the butterflies! See how they are in a fatter cluster ant one end and go to a point with just one dot? Ink up and stamp one way, then turn the stamp upside down and overlap with the first cluster so they are pointy on the ends and thick in the middle. Repeat until you have the desired trial length, see how that looks so floaty and ethereal?

Finally, because I really wanted the focus of the card to be the colors, I inked up the greeting the same way to emphasize the different words (red for "love" of course, and "laugh" in a rainbow to make it more whimsical!) and stayed away from adding patterned papers. The curved punched corner in Red Hot gives it some pop. Add just a few adhesive rhinestones for sparkle. That's it! happy card!

Now hop on over to Tina Gilliland's blog for more Gina K. goodness!!! Thank you for visiting today!

34 comments:

Lori said...

Mel, I LOVE this card!! Great colors and I love the CAS design!!!

Carolina said...

LOVE that butterfly - marker to stamp technique is just perfect for this set! Thanks for the reminder for sharing this beauty with us!!!

Kathy H said...

Great technique!

Tina said...

Eeeeek!!! You KNOW how much I love my bright colors!!!! FAB design!

alex said...

Such a bright cheery card, love the CAS design :-)

Vicki Dutcher said...

Gorgeousness!

Karen (TLgirl353) said...

I love the way you colored the butterfly- will try this technique!

Becky said...

Love how you colored this butterfly. Great card.

Joni said...

What happy colors. Love that rainbow butterfly.

Donna Phelan said...

Love the brightness of your card, and the trail you created for your butterfly!

Giovana said...

Love all the fun and bright colors Mel!! Beautiful card.

Tami B. said...

I love the coloring on this one. Great job and great card.

Anonymous said...

Just want to let you know that I am a brand new fan. I just received the "A Year of Flowers" book & stamp set from Annie's Attic and after being directed to StampTV, I ordered the additional stamp set from GinaKDesigns. I absolutely love your work and am very anxious to begin my Easter cards, referring constantly to my new book. Now is I can only learn the copic terchniques to enhance your beautiful stamps, I'd be set. Thank you for your gifted creativity.
Jan at scrappingbug@aol.com
P.S. I can't seem to figured out how to send these messages since I don't have a google account of URL. Oh well!

--Marcy said...

It is amazing how you can bring to light so many great new ideas on using the stamps in a different way! Love it!

Ravengirl said...

I love your rainbow butterfly, it's so happy! And the bubbly butterfly trail is very cute too!

Kwright said...

Cute card. Loved the colors of the butterfly. Thanks for sharing!

Kim said...

I love your card. The coloring is awesome! Thank you for sharing. :)

Verna Angerhofer said...

Oh, my this butterfly card is spectacular. And, how clever to show the flight of the butterfly with the dotted images. I am always so happy to see new ways to use this set of stamps. It has become a favorite of mine. Keep the ideas for it's use coming as I love all that you do with the set. Thanks so much!

Jan Castle said...

Really innovative card!

Lynne said...

Very attractive CAS card.

Robin said...

So Pretttty and your tips are always so great!

Crafty Lady said...

This card is absolutely magical.

Gayle said...

Gorgeous colors, Melanie and love that butterfly.

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

Oooo LOVE the variegated color patterns! And the bling of course!

Mama said...

I am a fan of clean and simple. Yours is beautiful!

Ava Gavloski said...

thanks for the detailed tip on the dotti stamps!!! appreciated that tip, my nose was pressed against the computer screen checking it out!!! smile
great vibrant color on your card.
ava

Kris said...

Wowsers! Love it! It is definitely a happy card!

Kris in Alaska
funamom at yahoo dot com

Wendy Thompson said...

Beautiful card thanks for sharing

Joyce T. said...

you might think it's CAS but to the rest of the world . It's AMAZING!

KonaRose said...

You are so inspiring Melanie. Thanks for the great ideas of how to ink up the two different types of stamps, as well as the sentiment! It's like a rainbow danced on top of the card!

Donna Baker said...

gorgeous! love the rainbow & butterfly trail!! genius

Leta said...

so very pretty Melanie...Love the butterfly trail..thanks for sharing (((HUGS)))

Cheryl Wright said...

Love, love, LOVE, this card! And that butterfly trail is awesome!!

pamselinski said...

This card is so stunning. Love that butterfly trail.