Monday, January 19, 2015

Inspiration Hop, Day 1: Stately Flowers 9 and Knit-Wit Diva



Good morning and welcome to another Inspiration hop with the Gina K. Designs team! As you hop through each member's blog, make sure to leave a comment on each of them because we will choose a few random comments and those stampers will each win a grab bag of Gina K. Designs products! To see the full list of winners, check the Big News Forum at StampTV in a few days.
In today's video, I demonstrate the pullin' pastel technique with my Stately Flowers 9 set, using simple sidewalk chalk!   I found a box of chalk at the dollar store for my kids a long time ago, and these work just as well as a chalk palette that has more colors, although you are of course limited to fewer shades.  A box of white pink, blue, green and yellow chalk will take you pretty far when you layer them over different cardstocks!  The invisible Versamark ink sticks to the chalk and pulls it away, hence the name, leaving a beautiful image behind on a muted chalky background.The script and flowers in this set will make *amazing* backgrounds with this technique.  Using the script on one side and the flowers on the other, divided by the ribbon, creates the illusion of more layers on your card. Flowers are colored with Spectrum Noir markers and the colors are listed below.

Supplies: 
Gina K. Designs Stately Flowers 9 stamp set
Gina K. Dark Chocolate and Versamark ink pads
Gina K. Pure Luxury Dark Chocolate (4" x 5 1/4"), White (2 3/4" x 3") and Passionate Pink cardstock (5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored at 4 1/4")
Spectrum Noir markers: 
PP1, PP2, PP6, DR1- petals
CT2 middle
CG2, CG3, CG4, PP2 leaves
EB3, EB6 stem
IG2 shadow
sponge dauber or cotton ball and chalk
Gina K. Chocolate Organza ribbon

Next, we have this darling set "Knit-Wit Diva" by Debbie Corbari. I don't knit, but this set makes me want to. Maybe I can just send cards now, though, with a girl knitting and people will think I can do it all! (This is me, when my hair was longer...) ;)
Debbie, you had me at "Knit-Wit"!  Sooo cute, love the puns, as always! I especially love this knit border in the set!  After stamping the diva in the middle, I started at the top with the border, then did the two sides, then connected them on the bottom. I trimmed down my paper afterwards.  Just right for a 4 1/4" square card! I had fun adding the little stamped button accents and needles to the corners, no 3-D embellishments needed! Finally, coloring everything in, oh boy, I'll try to remember what all I used because I forgot to write them down: Spectrum Noir EB3, EB5, EB6, IB2, IB3, CR10, GB4, BG3,  DR2, FS4, FS3.  The basket is cut out and popped up.
Cardstock is Wild Dandelion, Dark Chocolate, and White.












 Don't forget about the monthly incentives, they look terrific this month!  ( But don't really worry about forgetting them, though, they are immediately added to you qualifying order) :)

Ready for more awesome creations?! Just click on the links below for more from the Illustrators and Design Team!!




Melanie MuenchingerIllustrator of Stately Flowers 9

Debbie CorbariIllustrator of Knit Wit Diva
 

73 comments:

Mrs. GraceWorks said...

I love how you used the knitting as a border! Great idea! Beautiful Stately Flowers card, too. That set is SO fun to color!

Karen Hightower said...

Gorgeous Flower card! I will watch your video as soon as I hop! I love the pink & black. Your Diva is cute. I like the buttons & knitting needles added to the card as well as the knitted frame around her! :)

Debbie Lou said...

Love the stately flower set, and your card is GORGEOUS!

Beth said...

Lovely cards - Love the way you colored the diva! I never think to do anything but blue pants - then I do a blue shirt - ha ha - this time i did a blue shirt and a black pair of yoga pants - but this is fun. Love the knitting needles in the corner! Super cute! And the coloring of your flowers was beautiful - the white space you leave just makes things so beautifully realistic!

Bonnie said...

New technique is so exciting, but will have to watch video after I get done hopping. Beautiful cards, Melanie.

Melinda said...

Melanie, you are excellent with any medium. You inspire me to get out my chalk and follow along. Thanks!

claudia said...

Love all the inspiration!, looking foreward to seeing the rest of the hop. Love the "Knit-Wit" diva set, and love the brightness of your knitted with love card, so cheerful!

SofiaS said...

Beautiful , you make it seem so easy! That's why I love watching your videos because I can rewind!

Brandi R said...

Gorgeous cards! LOVE the flower!!! Fantastic set ♥

Becky said...

I loved both cards. Very creative. I will try the pullin' pastels soon.

Kendra said...

STUNNING card! I love this set Melanie!

Tammie Lien said...

Gorgeous cards and your such an inspiration!Love your video's and all that you teach us.AMAZING! xo

Susan said...

The knit border is really creative! I love stamps that add humor to my cards, so this one is fabulous!
Susan Parker

Debbie G said...

Thanks for sharing a new technique to me.

scrappinmommom said...

Melanie, love your card, and can't wait to get my set. I am from MD so the flower set means so much to me. Love your videos.
Thanks always for sharing and inspiring.

Judy I, St. Louis MO said...

Great cards. Love the new Stately set. I can't wait til it arrives. Love how you did the knitted border. Thanks for all the great inspiration.

Dee Earnshaw said...

Love your new set Melanie - really builds upon your other gorgeous sets. As always, I loved your tutorial and coloring technique for your flower card. Beautiful Knit wit card too with a inspirational border. Thank you for sharing these with us.

Ro Donner said...

Love love love the newest Stately Flowers! So glad the Michigan Apple Blossom is now available.

Dorothy De Simone said...

I wish I could do the coloring of the flowers as well as you...beautiful card. As for the knitting that was my craft when I was younger so I love the diva and what she represents. Thanks.

Colleen Howell said...

Great car, love pink

Macimbalo said...

Beautiful cards! Your cards are very inspiring, esp. your coloring.

Marty Keil said...

Great cards. The stamp sets are must haves. Watched your video and left comment on youtube. I'm Marty there. You are an inspiration.

lisa808 said...

Thanks for the video tutorial. Beautiful image and coloring.

Heidi Stamps said...

Fun video. I like the technique. Do you ever use a fixitive, or is it needed?

Great card examples.

Lisa K said...

Love the knitting card! Your set looks great also. I watched the video on Saturday. Now I will have to try that technique.

Sharon said...

Beautiful flowers - as always! Love your designs. And such pretty cards.
How fun the knitting diva is!

BeLinda Andrews said...

Wow ! To ur stunning card . I have fallen in love with not only this stately flower set but all of them . Love the techique of pullin pastels and the way u did the diva card too . Thanks for all the inspiration and videos u do !

Tammy J said...

The top card is gorgeous and I love the colors. Good job. TFS

KT said...

Melanie, Another great video and card. It is always exciting to see your latest designs. Thanks for all the tips. Love the fine detail especially on your flowers. So happy to see my state flower this time.

Kelly said...

Your cards are stunning. I love that flower card--gorgeous!

Verna Angerhofer said...

Gorgeous cards made with these sets. I just love the coloring of your flower and the neat video showing how you did that too.

cardscookiecarrotcake said...

Saw your video on pulling pastels, love it. The knitting diva is just darling. Thanks for the inspiration.

ET said...

I am inspired by the beautiful Stately Flowers set and coloring tips. Your tutorial video is very helpful.

Lynne said...

Super video. Best Stately Flowers yet. Love the pitcher.

Kathy Krug said...

Fabulous card. Loved the video.

clavell said...

Lovely card...love the chalk technique!

Rosa M. Vasquez said...

The flower card is elegant. Lovely colors. I really like the knitter card, also.

Tami Priebe said...

Love watching you use copics I am still learning to use them and your videos are very helpful. Really like learning new techniques too, especially since I have a whole set of chalks that I tend to forget about!! Heading to the craft room shortly :)

Sue D said...

Beautiful floral card and great background technique.
I like the border on your knit card.

lindarhea said...

Love the stamp sets. and the Knit Wit I really like but am a softy for flowers. lol

Donna Phelan said...

I know so many Craft Chics (our local crafting group) who would LOVE this Knit Wit set! Your 1st card is gorgeous, I will watch your video tonight. Thanks so much!

Tracy McBee said...

Lovely card Melanie! Another way to use our chalks! I especially like this technique as the chalk adds an overall softening effect to the floral vocal image.

Glenda Lee Nutting said...

I really love the chalk and Versamark technique. Very cool!

Deena Sheranko said...

Love the card and the stamp sets.

Linda said...

Another beautiful flower card. The card you made is absolutely beautiful. I also like your card using the "Knit-Wit Diva" stamp set. So Cute. Thanks for showing the new technique using the chalk. Thanks for sharing.

Linda D.

Diana-Chuck Scott said...

Love the Stately Flowers card! Can't wait until my set arrives. Beautiful cards! And the chalk technique is new for me. Have chalk I purchased years ago so will now have a chance to use it! Lol! Thanks so much for sharing!

Sheila said...

Thoroughly appreciated the video and picked up tips including stamping with chocolate ink (never would have thought of that) to the use of chalk. Well-preented.

I'm going to start knitting this week - taking a class- so the knit stamps are most appealing.

Lee Kendel said...

I love your stamp sets and learn so much from your videos. Thank you.

sally said...

The pullin pastel technique is new to me. Love it.

Helen F. said...

Oh my gosh, Melanie, your Stately Flower set is awesome and that card is so gorgeous! I will take some time to watch your video later and try to absorb your wonderful creativity :-)
Your Diva knitting is adorable too

Sharon Fontenot said...

Love the chocolate ink on chocolate card stock. Such an elegant card.

Susan White said...

Beautiful Card!! I love the apple blossom. I live in Nova Scotia, Canada and have an Apple Blossom Festival every year!! I will have to get this set for the spring :)

Jan Castle said...

Beautifully done!!! Thanks for the chalk idea - will give it a try!
Paper Hugs,
Jan

Judy Woodland said...

Oh my geee - your apple blossom could have been picked right off one our trees!!! Just STUNNING!! And I LOVE your knitting Diva - thanks for the great inspiration!

Iris said...

Gorgeous card and gorgeous stamps.
isoscia at aol dot com

Gayle said...

Beautiful stately flowers card, Melanie and a wonderful video. Thanks.

Sandra Schroeder said...

Love your card and so nice to see someone use SpectrumNoir markers. I love the chalk techniq as well.

Ravengirl said...

Such beautiful new flowers this month! Love them!

cjgusloff57 said...

Lovely Apple Blosom card. Your tutorials are so well done. Knitting Diva is pretty cute too.

Debbie said...

Love your Stately Flowers Series, and love how you always show us such fabulous techniques
upnurse at aol dot com

Dawn S. said...

Great cards! Thanks for showing the technique with sidewalk chalk. I think I may still have some kicking around!

Julie S. said...

Both of these cards are great! Really like that border on the second one!

Loretta Rush said...

Beautiful cards! I like the way you used chalk on the background. Also, the knitted border is really pretty. Thanks so much for sharing!

Jim Burton said...

Melanie,

I have never been much of a "pink girl," or a "flower girl" either. But your flower stamps still inspire me and I am anxious to try. How do you keep the chalk dust from coming off onto everything that touches it?

Linda B

Melanie said...

Hi Linda, if you maximize the screen and watch closely you'll see pink dust accumulating around the mat. The dust gets rubbed away as you swirl the sponge around, which is just leaving color pressed into mat. If you did not use something to rub it in, then it would still be powdery to touch but this way you are good to go. Hope this helps!

Cheryl Depler said...

Yeah, another hop and shop! Great stamp sets, wish I could get all of them! Thanks! Very sweet.

Nana Griffin said...

Another beautiful card and great video. I like the border around the Diva too.

Joann6274 said...

I really love your cards Melanie and I love your eye for design! You always create such beautiful pieces of artwork! Thanks so much for the inspiration!
Hugs,
Jo
♥ Jo's Scrap Shack ♥

Robin said...

These are so pretty. Wonderful flowers and sweet knit card.

terrie said...

Your video on the flower is jsut beautiful...
Your knitting is so cute love the border.
Well done

Lagene said...

Fantastic cards! Thanks somuch for the great video on the pulled chalk technique!

Judy Shuck said...

What beautiful cards!

Tanya said...

LOVE the apple blossom card!! Your videos are always so easy to follow along as well! Can't wait to try this!!