Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Create Flowers Inside & Out: Cutaway Technique Video

Hello! In today's video, I will show you how to do a very simple cutting and stamping technique with my A Year of Flowers sets to bring your floral designs from the outside to the inside of your card for a beautiful reveal.  These sketchy floral images for all seasons in A Year of Flowers 2 will be some of the easiest in your collection to color. You can do this! Please enjoy. 

Tip: Be sure to use a heavy sealed cardstock when doing this technique if using alcohol markers to prevent bleeding through when coloring on both sides. 

(Apologies for all the stumbles.  Too much caffeine today! Doesn't take much, as I am naturally caffeinated) ;)

Gina K. Designs A Year of Flowers 2 (or A Year of Flowers
Gina K. Pure Luxury Base Weight White (4 1/4" x 8 1/2", scored at 4 1/4") Passionate Pink (3 3/4" x 3 3/4") and Cranberry tart 4" x 4") cardstock
Gina K. Back Onyx ink pad
Spectrum Noir markers: BG3, DR4, DR6, CG2, DG3
scissors, adhesive

Thank you for visinting and your comments! Have a blessed Thanksgiving! I am thankful to God for making all my dreams come true. Every one!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Video: Gift Card on a Card with Beyond Baskets 2

Hello! Today I will show you how to make a fun gift card holder on a card!  The container images in my Beyond Baskets 2 set are perfect for presenting gift cards for the upcoming  holidays, a birthday or any gift-giving occasion.  (And this set coordinates with all of my other basket stamp sets, just sayin'!) This is great way to use your designer patterned papers, and I also show you a thrifty tip for creating gift tissue on the fly.  Please enjoy! You can do this gift card on a card using the cardboard box pieces in the set, great for masculine cards. Bonus design in the video showing how to adapt this gift card design using the box and wrapped lid images in the set also, so be sure to watch to the end :)


Gina K. Designs Beyond Baskets 2 stamp set
Gina K. Pure Luxury White (4” x 5 ½”) , Kraft (3 7/8” x 5 1/8”),  Cherry Red (4 ¼” x 11”, scored at 5 ½”) cardstock
Gina K. Knitted Patterns designer paper
Gina K. Cherry Red and Black Onyx ink pads
Spectrum Noir DR5, DR6  markers
Scissors, craft knife, adhesive, foam adhesive squares, tissue or copy paper, bakers twine

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Video: Faux White Washed Wood & Fancy Corners

Hello! In today’s video, I will show you how to create a white washed faux wood grain background with your ink pads and cardstock. This gorgeous, direct to paper technique is perfect for fall and winter, masculine cards, or any time you want add a touch of nature to your project. Festive Frame paired with technique looks like a beveled plaque ready to hang! I also show you how to offset the floral corners in Festive Frame to make an even more abundant arrangement for this frame.  This fancy, multi layered card be made in just 10 minutes! Based on a design I created for my book, Fabulous Stamped Frames, with a few tweaks!)  I am lovin' how these inverted scallops are giving me "holly wreath"! :)

Gina K. Designs Festive Frame stamp set
Gina K. Pure Luxury White (4” x 5 ¼”) , Dark Sage  4 ¼” x 11”, scored at 5 1/2”, and scrap, 3" x 4” for oval die cut), Kraft (4” x 5 ¼”) cardstock
Gina K. White pigment pad, Dark Sage and Kraft premium dye ink pads
Scissors, adhesive, Gina K. Inverted Oval Stackers Nesting dies (2nd and 3rd largest dies), Gina K. Lace Corners die set, die cutting machine, foam squares, adhesive pearls

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Video: Faux Wood Grain and Pieced Panels

Good morning! In today’s video, I will show you a quick and easy faux wood grain technique with ink and cardstock.  This direct to paper technique is so versatile and is great for masculine cards or any time you want to add a touch of texture or nature to your design. The Inspiration Mosaic (clear or rubber-limited stock!) stamp set is perfect for this technique because it looks like joined panels. Changing the direction of the grain, along with some simple paper piecing, creates a very interesting, parquet-like pattern. 

As you can see, this set plays well with one of her other popular frame sets, Branching Out! Sponging and masking completes the look. Lots of techniques and tips packed into this video, so please enjoy! Be sure to watch to the end to see how you can later use the extra pieces of the frame to make a second, beautiful project. Note: Inspiration Mosaic stamp set is now available in clear photopolymer and will be demonstrated with the new clear version in videos moving forward. J

These projects today, plus 34 more, for my frame sets are in my book! Purchase Fabulous Stamped Frames book here

Fabulous Stamped Frames book 
Gina K. Designs Inspiration Mosaic, Branching Out stamp sets
Gina K. Pure Luxury Kraft (5 ½” x 11”, scored at 4 ¼”; 2 mats 3 7/8” x 5 1/8”and scrap) and Black Onyx (4” x 5 ¼” and scraps) cardstock
Gina K. Warm Cocoa and Black Onyx premium dye ink pads
Scissors, sticky notes, sponge dauber, adhesive, foam squares

And here is the card I pointed out in the book for your bonus 
"two-fer" project! Pieces are already stamped and woody. Just cut and paste on a black mat. Plant some tulips! (corners from A Beautiful Life, or use A Year of Flowers) :)

Have a beautiful day!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Gina K. Sparkling Christmas Inspiration Hop

Good morning!  Happy November (where has 2015 gone?) The Cast and Crew for Gina K Designs welcomes you to another fabulous Inspiration Blog Hop! This blog hop is for our October Sparkling Christmas StampTV Kit Release, and we hope to inspire you with some beautiful card projections as you hop along in the hop this month.  Please enjoy the gorgeous inspiration samples from the team and then comment on each blog for your chance to win an awesome grab bag of GKD goodies!  To see who won, check the Big News Forum at StampTV a few days after the hop.

Two of today's cards I showed at the release party last week, now with creation details. Two are new! Check it! :)
First, I have a very simple chalkboard design.  Just some White Gina K. Pigment ink and Black Onyx cardstock are all you need. I love wordy cards so I thought these stylized, big greetings along with the longer sentiments would fill the space really nicely, and the fancy borders finish it off.  Base is Cherry Red from the kit.
Next, here is clean and simple design with the reindeer. I just love lots of white space, and white space is perfect for a big expanse of freshly fallen snow!  Be bold and add some foot prints and a shadow (Spectrum Noir IG3), it will make this design spring to life. Base is, again, my favorite Cherry Red! Dot the "i" with some rhinestone bling. Done! (You can't see it from this angle in this photo, but I gently swiped my Wink of Stella glitter pen ALL over the white, so tilt it just right and it's all super sparkly!)

Here is a stepped up version with the reindeer, Santa's sleigh is sure to follow! Still just a single layer! Reindeer is stamped and stamped off in Gina K. Dark Chocolate ink. I added shadows to the reindeer (EB3 and EB5), and footprints are BT4.   Have fun adding some stripes or detail to the open scarves and socks for some individuality (JG5 and DR3).  Sponging and masking with Ocean Mist and Turquoise Sea inks to make a few drifts and cloudy sky really make scene.  Last I added a pearl I colored with the DR3 marker for a nose. Brr, I'm getting cold, are you?

Finally, the silhouette trees in this kit are perfect for a cold, silent starry night, with "the" star!  Stamping the trees all the way around the mat rather than just on the horizon easily create the effect of sitting in the snow looking up or standing in the middle of a clearing, gazing towards the heavens.  I sponged on first Gina K. Lovely Lavender to the middle of the Pure Luxury White mat, followed by Powder Blue, then Blue Denim and Navy inks around the edges.  Adding the Edible Eggplant to the corners and just a touch through the middle adds some mystery and that hazy quality of the milky way. You don't need as many blue inks as this, but it saves time not having to layer as much ink. Also, using both blue and purple tones, instead of just blue really makes the sky richer, and "inkier"! 

Next stamp the trees, both the single and the trio at random in the eggplant, stamping off to create distance, and making sure to vary the placement of trees as you go, some higher or lower or it will look more like a pattern of arrows than trees, know what I mean?  Always stamp silhouettes after sponging to keep images crisp, (unless you are going for a hazy look,  and that can work, too!)  Finally dot a sprinkle of stars with white gel pens (Big Pitt (for the big and Ranger for the tiny) .  I added a few small rays to the one in the middle (a small "x " and a big"+"), in the lightest area of the card (planned!) above the greeting to represent the Christmas star.  Base is Pure Luxury Powder Blue.
I love how it turned out!  You can do this!

Sparkling Christmas StampTV kit

And here are the lovely incentives this month!

If you missed my paper pieced owl cards with these knits, see here. :) 

Need any more convincing this is a great kit you need?  (and I didn't even bust out the included snowflake dies on these cards!) Well, alright then, go see what the rest of the design team has now, they will surely cement your decision, in the best way!  :)

Melanie Muenchinger (you are here!)

Hugs, thanks for hopping with us today!