Tuesday, December 16, 2014

12 Days of Christmas Video: Stained Glass Technique

Good morning!  Christmas is just a little over a week away!  Our 12 Days of Christmas challenges countdown continues at Gina K. Designs and StampTVDay 3 and I am hosting!  For rules and prize info, see bottom of this post!*
My challenge is to do the stained glass vellum technique on your card or project, and here is a video for you to jump start your mojo! Coloring doesn't get much easier than this, and it looks just like a stained glass image on a frosted window when complete! You'll need some vellum paper (not vellum cardstock), embossing powder and markers for this challenge. You do not need to do the embossed panel underneath, I just kicked it up!

I embossed the poinsettias from A Year of Flowers on the white panel with gold, and then embossed them again on the vellum panel in white.  Coloring with water-based or alcohol markers on the back of the vellum gives it a stained glass look. Greeting from Peace and Joy is stamped in GKD Blue Denim.  Cardstock is Gina K. Pure Lure Luxury Powder Blue, Good as Gold, and WhiteTip: Use A Year of Flowers 2 instead for a more whimsical look, or substitute different floral images and colors but with this same technique and layout to take this design past the winter holidays!

Gina K. Designs A Year of Flowers, Peace and Joy stamp sets
Gina K. Blue Denim and Tsukineko Versamark ink pads
Gina K. Pure Luxury White (3 3/4 x 5"),  Good as Gold (3 7/8" x 5 1/8"), Powder Blue (4 1/4" x 11") cardstock and vellum paper (3 1/2" x 4 3/4")
gold and white embossing powders, heat tool, scratch paper
Optional: brads, piercing tool (and foam mat) or 1/16" hole punch

Use the tag STV14TWELVEDAYS3 when you upload to StampTV for this challenge.  You can view all the entries for this day here. Awesome prize at stake if you complete all 12! :) We hope you have fun getting creative with us and sharing the festive holiday spirit!

By the way, my book A Year of Flowers is now only available as an electronic download here.  Only $3.95!

  *Each challenge is different, and to play along you will need to enter a new card for each challenge in order to be eligible for prizes. You also will need to use Gina K. images and sentiments to be eligible, although any other products may be from any vendor. There is one prize per challenge of a Gina K. Designs stamp set of the winner's choice up to 23.95 value. The winners are chosen by the host/hostesses however they want to choose their winner. There will be a special badge made by Gina for both the STV 12 Days of Christmas event, as well as a special one for those who complete all 12 challenges!  There will also be a Grand Prize of a $50 GKD gift certificate.  One winner will be chosen from among those who play along with all 12 challenges! You may enter the cards you use here for challenges at Stamp TV into other challenges on other stamping sites. You have until December 31st to complete and upload your entries.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Video: Faux Stitched Frame Part 2 and Omission Technique

Hello! I hope you had a great weekend. I am enjoying the Christmas season so much I am about to burst!*
In today’s video, I'll show you how to create a very different faux stitched look from my previous video with the Fabulous Frame when you thump your marker on the diagonal! I also omit the belly band and oval in the frame to give you ideas for how you can customize the frame further with other stamp images. On this sample, I use the magnolia from my Stately Flowers 3 set, accented with some simple Spectrum Noir marker coloring. Please enjoy!

 Fabulous Frame
 Stately Flowers 3 

Gina K. Designs Fabulous Frame, Stately Flowers 3 
Gina K. Pure Luxury Little Boy Blue and White cardstock 
Gina K. Dark Chocolate ink pad 
Spectrum Noir markers: IG2, CG1, EB3, brown brush tip marker (I used Tim Holtz Vintage Photo) 
Optional: Spellbinders Petite Labels dies, die cutting machine, foam squares, adhesive pearls

*I have bought all my Christmas gifts already, shipped most and have mailed out 95% of my cards! It's unusual for me to be so ahead, and feels great.  We had a wonderful Christmas worship service last night at The Quarries Church that will have me singing all week long! We put up our tree yesterday (rest of the decor went up after Thanksgiving) and we baked some adorable Ninjabreadmen last night, only $5 for the mix, decor and cookie cutters at Five Below! (The only have the Walking GingerDead kit pictured online, but we got the ninjas, I promise!)

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Faux Stitched Frame: Thumping Technique Video

 Hello!  Hope you had a wonderful holiday!  In today’s video, I’ll show you how to make the Fabulous Frame look like a stitched frame for your cards and projects with the thumping technique.  All it takes is a brush tip water-based marker!  I also do some simple Spectrum Noir coloring on the pine cone from Stately Flowers 6, and finish the card with some two step stamping with the coordinating Fabulous Frame Fillers images to add more detail and pops of color.  Greeting is from Fabulous Frame Fillers.
Gina K. Designs Fabulous Frame, Fabulous Frame Fillers, Stately Flowers 6
Gina K. Red Hot, Christmas Pine, and Dark Chocolate Ink Pads
Gina K. Pure Luxury White cardstock
Wink of Stella pen, Spectrum Noir markers: EB6, BG5, Blender
Gina K. plaid ribbon, Scor-Buddy, glue dots, scissors

Cardstock is 4 1/4" x 11", scored at 5 1/2"

Stately Flowers 6

 You can also see another coloring tutorial using the Stately Flowers 6 pine cone with my Inspiration Mosaic frame and the spotlighting technique in this video.

Thanks for visiting today!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Mistletoe Card and Removable Ornament

 In today's video, I show you how the reverse masking technique can really add a lot of pop to your stamped images and separate them from a white background, as well as how to make a removable mistletoe ornament with Stately Flowers 5  your recipient can hang from the tree (or door frame for some kisses!)   Easy to do, and the movement of it hanging and ability to remove it make it interactive and so fun. A little gift in itself.  TIP: Add a photo or write the year on the back side.  I forgot to say in the video, after the ornament is removed, it would be nice to have a photo inside to show through the open window!

You can also use two cardstock colors and mix and match the round ornament in the centers!

Well, I wish I'd posted some cards and videos with Stately Flowers 5 earlier this season, but there's still time to make lots of cards and ornaments for your holiday projects with the beautiful mistletoe!  CardMaker featured a gate fold card I made with it on the cover of their Happy Holidays Special Issue, and it is on the newsstands until December 1st!  I hope you pick up a copy!  In addition to very inspiring projects and and techniques, it is filled with bunch of really unique recipes that are new to me and I fully intend to make!  Perfect for snacks, the holiday meal, and gift giving, you've got to check this out out!

Annie's - Celebrating home, family and the creative spirit 

Happy Holidays

As you can see, there is a "Merry Christmas" stamp in this set, but I couldn't find it when it was time to make the card and roll! So the one in my video above  is from the Stamp TV kit, but virtually any greeting and font will work with this realistic mistletoe image.
Gina K. Designs Stately Flowers 5, Winter Cheer StampTV Kit
Gina K. Pure Luxury White cardstock (Kraft optional)
Gina K. Black Onyx and Kraft Ink pads
Spectrum Noir Markers: CG1, CG4, DG3, IG4, Faber Castell Pitt White Pen
die cutting machine, circle die
Gina K red gingham ribbon

Optional: Cropodile and large eyelet 

This set also contains a sunflower which is a favorite image of mine for cardmaking, and you can see how to color it in this video I posted previously.

Have a fabulous day!  Are you ready for Thanksgiving?

Monday, November 17, 2014

Mix it Up Monday Challenge: All Things, Great and Small

Good morning, all!  I'm excited to bring you today's Mix It Up Monday challenge for StampTV.  My challenge is “All Things, Great and Small”.  For this challenge, please incorporate both large stamped images and very small stamped images into your card design.  Whether that be a large focal point and small images to make a background, mixing to create a collage pattern, etc, it’s up to you! Lots of ways to interpret this one!  Images do not have to be from the same set, although this works well for coordination and often sets are planned to include large and small scale images.   

My card uses the tiny images from Fabulous Holiday Fillers to accent the large triangle borders from Lots of Letters 2, which I stamped "stacked" to create a harlequin pattern.  Isn’t that fun with the snowflakes in the centers like medallions and the trees and bells offset?   Cardstock is GKD Pure Luxury Warm Cocoa, Cherry Red, and White.  Ink is GKD Cherry Red, Fresh Asparagus, and Warm Cocoa.

I hope you play along with me this week! I can't wait to see what awesome cards you make! When uploading, remember to use tags, using the key word STV14MON46 and include which stamp sets you used as well.  

See the gallery here:  STV14MON46

See this post for some additional challenge details. 

Thanks so much for joining me, and have a fabulous day!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Video: Holiday Cards That Sing

It's Friday, woot! Early video post! :) In today’s video, I will show you how to spell out a fun greeting with my Lots of Letters 2 set and accents from Fabulous Holiday Fillers. This is a quick card and design that lets you take it “inside” the card for a fun surprise! 

  You can add lots of short words for any occasion in this fun circle border, which adds a pop of color and makes letter placement easy, and the holiday elements can be changed out to work for season.

More winter holiday greetings using Lots of Letters 2 or Lots of Letters (lowercase set):

JOLLY (I accidentally typed "July" on the sheet above, oops!)

In this one, I used some of the different Fabulous Holiday Fillers elements to turn them into hanging ornaments.  To "hang" them, use the dashed and straight line from Lots of Letters 2 or Fabulous Frame Fillers. You could also use a piercing tool or Scor-Bug embosser to create the lines. And for more ideas and videos with Lots of Letters 2 if you missed them the first time around, click here.

Supplies used:
Gina K. Designs Lots of Letters 2 and Fabulous Holiday Fillers stamp sets
Gina K. Pure Luxury White cardstock
Gina K. Cherry Red, Christmas Pine, Kraft ink
Optional:  patterned papers and colored cardstock

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Winner, Winner..!

The winner of the CardMaker 2015 Calendar from my giveaway is 

Denise Bryant said...
Love the looks of this.... very pretty card! Thanks for sharing the technique! The calendar sounds awesome!
November 10, 2014 at 9:31 PM

Congrats, Denise!  Please email me your snail nail address so I can get it out to you!

Thanks everyone for playing!  I hope you enjoyed the video!  If you have not yet seen, please watch here!  This is such a fast, easy and effective technique!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Resist Technique and a Giveaway!

This giveaway for this post is now closed and winner is posted here. Please enjoy the following video!

  Good morning! Today I will show you how to do a crayon resist technique with my A Year of Flowers 2 set.  The sketchy, whimsical style of these seasonal flowers is perfect for this technique!  You will love having these pops of color on your holiday cards, so easy for mass production.  This technique is traditionally done with a white crayon and glossy cardstock, but I have found that in a pinch, you can substitute regular white cardstock and a white pencil, producing slightly softer but still beautiful results.  Greeting is from Fabulous Holiday Fillers.
I am also giving away one 2015 calendar from CardMaker, which features a resist technique project by me (and cards from other designers you know, like Theresa Momber!)  This 12 month, 12 projects calendar includes detailed instructions for each card, as well as little known holidays in addition to all "the biggies", so fun! Winner will be drawn randomly and announced here Wednesday, November 13th To enter, please leave a comment below.  Subscribers to my blog and Youtube channel get an extra chance.  Sign up today if not already!

CardMaker Calendar 2015


Gina K. Designs A Year of Flowers 2 and Fabulous Holiday Fillers stamp sets

Gina K. Designs  Cherry Red, Black Onyx, and Fresh Asparagus ink pads

Gina K. Designs Pure Luxury Kraft  and White (or glossy) cardstock

Adhesive and foam dots, white crayon or pencil, tissue, sponges, scissors, adhesive pearls 

Thanks for visiting today!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Holly Cascade

Can I say again how glad I am Fabulous Frame is back in stock?!  I will be using it in my video for Tuesday, along with another favorite set!  And I think I may be doing a prize, too! :)

Here is a quick card I made the day I got my Fabulous Holiday Fillers set in the mail and wanted to test out some of the images. (I don't think I've shown you any cards with the snowflake border!) I may have gone a *little* overboard on cascade of holly,  I think less is more, but just to show you another option! I used GKD Cherry Red and Red Hot for the berries and GKD Grass Green and Fresh Asparagus for the holly, both stamped and stamped off. 
This is a single layer card.  

I like this card better in real life: the frame and snowflakes are actually stamped in GKD Navy, but it photographs really dark, looks black. I love the GKD In the Navy cardstock and coordinating ink but I don't use it as often for designs for the blog because it does look so black in my photos.  Anyway, the navy stamping looks really nice with the blue tones in the borders and belly band, softer than with black ink. 

Checking off my Christmas card list, one at a time...!

Have a fabulous weekend!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

O Christmas Trees

Seeing how many Christmas cards I already have made is encouraging, but knowing how many more I'd like to send is a little daunting! So I'm challenging myself to come up with some quick, but still interesting, designs!  I love how this turned out!  I noticed the long triangle border in Lots of Letters 2 set flipped would make a perfect row of graphic trees! I stamped it in GKD Christmas Pine ink directly on a piece of aqua patterned paper from the GKD Winter Cheer paper pack (always love using blue patterned papers for sky! Linking it now I am remind there is aqua snowflake pattern in that pack that would be even more appropriate.  But I like the funkiness of this weave, actually, unexpected!) ) and free cut a very gentle curve on a piece of GKD Pure Luxury White cardstock to mount in front for snow bank.  I stamped on the star, also from Lots of Letters 2, and then added my greeting and 2 step holly bits, both from my new Fabulous Holiday Fillers set.  Card Base is GKD Pure Luxury Cherry Red to match.  

TIP:  You could add more stars to the trees , but to *me*, one is usually more interesting than adding them to all, makes that one extra special.  I offset it rather than stamping it in the middle, to move your eye around the card.

I love little "aha!" moments like this!  That's one reason I love shape stamps so much, and include them in so many of my sets.  So many uses!  I was actually trying to come up with something new for my next video, but this one is so simple, I'm just posting the card and details, no demo necessary, I don't think!  But thank you for pushing me to think outside the box! I love trying to surprise and inspire you all, dear readers!

Tip 2! f you want to incorporate the letters from that set onto this card design somehow, there are 6 trees, perfect for spelling out  "HO HO HO". :)

Have a fabulous day!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Prickly "Pair"

Good morning! Today I am showing one of my favorite cards from ths release that I shared at our party, showcasing Theresa Momber's Peace and Joy and my Fabulous Frame (back in stock, but not for long!) and new Fabulous Holiday Fillers set.  I stamped the pine cone image into the Fabulous Frame and then added some of the new Fabulous Holiday Fillers. I thought the points in the pinking borders (stamped in Dark Chocolate) went really well with the petals of the cone and needles.  Doesn't that look *so sharp* across the top and bottom?!  I love this new border!  Love! I filled in the belly bands with these new ones from the Holiday Fillers set stamped in Grass Green and added the smaller plaid circle inside, again in Dark Chocolate.  I prefer the smaller circles in this belly band to give you that little ring in between the colors.  Just love how masculine all these pieces are, work for so many designs, but then also can go completely flirty and feminine with different color or focal points.  Base is GKD Pure Luxury Prickly Pear. This golden cardstock is so gorgeous for the fall and winter holidays! I colored the borders with Spectrum Noir EB3 and DG3, and stamped the sentiments from Fabulous Holiday Fillers above, thinking this card was perfect for my dad and stepmom.

I want to point out I made a little boo boo in my stamping here, can you spot it?  On the left above the oval, I was off a bit stamping the border.  The fix was to pick up just a little ink with a blender pen from the Dark Chocolate pad I'd stamped the border in and filled in underneath. In real life you wouldn't notice it at all unless I were to point it out!  (Which I wouldn't.  This is just between you and me.) To prevent getting off though with the borders,  you can lay our border down on your already stamped frame and then press your block to it, and then ink it and stamp, this way your border will be really lined up well with the frame you are about to stamp into. :) 

Fabulous Frame

Have a terrific day! 

PS   Pssst.  Fabulous Frame Fillers stock is very low, too, after yesterday's video.  Don't miss it!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

"Crazy Christmas Sweater" Inspired...

Have you been to a Crazy Christmas Sweater party? Do you own one?  You know, with a zillion colors and patterns? :) Well, that's what I was thinking of when I made this card with Fabulous Holiday Fillers!  I don't care for the half circle as a border as much as I like the belly band "scallops" (watch this video), but I am all about trying to create some new looks, as you know.  ;) I have to say, I do really like the little rows of Christmas trees and hearts, that part is my favorite!  The trees and hearts are both stamped off in between to create the lighter shades. I was playing with the washi again, too.  This is a single layer card. 

Inks: GKD Red Hot, Christmas Pine, Fresh Asparagus ink pads
GKD Pure Luxury Base Weight White cardstock

My Christmas card is stash is growing!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Remembering Gina K. Favorites Mini Hop

The giveaway for this hop is closed.  Hope you still enjoy the hop!

Good morning! Today some of us from the Gina K. Designs team are showcasing some past favorite sets from Gina K. illustrators Debbie Corbari and Beth Silaika.  Another mini hop to start your Monday right, we hope it inspires!  Grab your cuppa'!  We also have another prize today: the Fleece Navi-Baa stamp set by Debbie Corbari!  So be sure to comment on the blogs as you hop through for more chances to win!  We will draw a name randomly from one of the blogs and will announce it Tuesday in the StampTV forum.

First I have one with Beth's Deck the Halls. The big bold ornaments in this set are some of the prettiest Christmas stamps I own.  So easy to make really beautiful graphic cards in no time with just a few ink pads for a lot of gorgeous color!  I stamped and stamped off the same ornament in GKD Cherry Red, Fresh Asparagus and finally Blue Raspberry inks on Pure Luxury White cardstock, added a greeting in Black Onyx, then did a quick wrap of gold cording to "string" my ornaments and popped it up on a GKD Pure Luxury Cherry Red card base.  Step it up by adding a pearl or rhinestone or two to accent that pattern on the bulb.  (Actually, think I'll go do that right now...)

Next, I am sharing one with Debbie's Fleece Navi-Baa!  Well, I love Christmas, and I love puns, and I love SHEEP, so this set is a winner times three!  I love how "poseable" these different little sheep appear, so I had to make some framing with the little strand of lights, imagining the "Clark Griswold" places he might take it!  Images are stamped in GKD Black Onyx and colored with my Spectrum Noir markers: BG6 and BG7 for face and ears, DR3, DG3, BT3, GB6 for the lights, and IB2 for shadow and hoof prints in the snow.  Finish with Wink of Stella pen swiped on body and lights.  Cardstock is GKD Pure Luxury White and Grass Green for the base.

Now please continue to enjoy the hop and have a fabulous day!

Debbie Corbari
Beth Silaika
Sean Fetterman 

Laurie Schmidlin
Lee Murphy