Monday, May 1, 2017

Gina K. Foil-Mates Day 1: Birthday Essentials and You're Invited!


Good morning! The Cast and Crew for Gina K Designs welcomes you to a very special blog hop celebrating the new line of Foil-Mates products with Gina K Designs and Therm O Web. As of Monday, May 1, the ENTIRE product line of Foil-Mates products are available in the Gina K Designs Store at www.ginakdesigns.com. We are so excited to show you our projects and inspire you to jump into the foil craze!
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Creating cards is never more easy and beautiful when you work with this new line of foil products. From beautiful pre-printed Foil-Mates, to stunning colors of Fancy Foils, when you combine them together the outcome is stunning! Discover how many various combinations of different cards and invitations you are able to create with Gina’s Foil-Mates products. With many of Gina’s most popular signature colors now available in foil, coordinating with Gina K Designs card stock and ink has never been easier!


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 AND!!  Die sets!!! Ahhhh! 
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Join us and discover ideas that you can take away for your own cards and projects! Today we are featuring backgrounds form the various sets and "Birthday Essentials" and "You're Invited" packs.

I'm just gonna say it, FOIL is EVERYTHING right now, and I am a little late joining in the foil game. I bought a couple foil packs  after seeing Gina demo them last October, just a basic gold and a silver, and it was very "wow!", but  I cannot stress enough how amazing and professional this stuff looks in person and how if you are going to delve into foil how much you'll be glad you started with products that ALREADY coordinate with the ink and cardstock colors and motifs you already use and love from Gina K. Designs!  Like, Turquoise Sea foil?!  Yes, please!!!

The strings and dots in this "Dots & Strings" patterned Foil Mate were perfect to suggest a sky full of balloons! Up, up, and away!  I sponged on just a hint of the Turquoise Sea ink for a cloudy sky. I had to use the Circle small set (which are still quite large!)  for this one, too perfect!


 The Passionate Pink foil is SO gorgeous and coordinates perfectly with her ink and cardstock! I snipped some tiny triangles out of the pink and White Pure Luxury to pop up for the "tied parts" of the front balloons.  Foam adhesive is also from Therm O Web. I love how THICK this foam is, creates so much dimension in a snap! 
Here are some different views.

Balloon You're Invited greeting is done with the solid Pink Passionate Foil on the "You're Invited" Foil-Mate. Star pattern on both balloons is the Silver Sequins foil. See how the stars look all rainbow-y and sequined from one angle....?
...and then solid silver from another?!  That is a LOT of look, you don't get all that from just wet embossing! And although it looked black from my top card view, as you can see, the Dots and Strings pattern is ALSO all foiled with the same pink! Yummy!!

Cardstock is Gina K Pure Luxury Passionate Pink, Turquoise Sea, and Wild Lilac.  Foil-Mate background (the white layer) is from Dots and Strings pack and the balloons are die cut with the Circles Small set pack out of the Stars background pack. I sponged on the coordinating Wild Lilac and Passionate Pink inks onto the toner printed cardstock before running it through my laminator with the Silver Sequin Stars foil. 

Next here is a birthday card, I did with *several* foil colors: Wild Lilac, Grass Green, and Turquoise Sea, using just the extra strips that were trimmed from other pieces of foil when I made full mats for other cards! More pics in a sec, but can you see the different colored sections across the bottom in the pic below?



I placed these strips over the Polka Party Foil Mate background, leaving some of the black dotted pattern in between, to mimic the dotted candle pattern in the focal image from the birthday pack, then heated.  I also sponged on some GKD Wild Dandelion ink  to bring in the candle flame color (filled those in with the ink as well) and really make the different foil strip colors contrast and pop.  The candles image looks black from one angle...but then BAM! Turquoise Sea, just like the card base!  I used some of the black gold lined ribbon Gina carries, and tied it to look like a big wrapped package on a card.  The transparent center section of the satin will let all these awesome patterns show THROUGH, so now you have coordinating patterned ribbon, I love that!! 

Birthday Essentials image is cut with one of the new Large Rectangle diesAnd, and! How cute are those star die cuts?? They come with this same rectangle set and are perfectly matchy match with the stars in the greeting, ack!!  I own about a hundred nested die sets, (ahem, I know, don't say it, I've been collecting a loooong time) and I think these are the first to include one or more versatile tiny shapes in the center you can use over and over as embellishments to work with so many designs and occasion, I love it!!  And obviously, she planned these to go with the stars she works into her Foil Mates!  Love the thoughtful planning and even more coordination for all of us!
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More goodness to come TOMORROW using all the new dies, foil, Foil-Mates and cardstock in ink cube packs from Gina K. Designs and Therm O Web! Truly the start of a bee-you-ti-ful partnership and amazing products that take out the extra time and guesswork, enabling us to get busy creating fabulous works of heart and amazing, pulled-together projects!  Tell me how much you love all this stuff below!! :)  I'll show you how to work in some of our stamps tomorrow and Wednesday, stay tuned! 

Please enjoy the gorgeous inspiration samples from the team and then comment on each blog. We will be selecting one lucky commenter at the end of the hop from a combination of all three days of comments and that person will win a $50 Gina K Designs gift certificate! To see who won, check the Big News Forum at StampTV a few days after the hop. Ready for more awesome creations?! Just click on the links below for more from Gina and the Cast & Crew:


Don’t forget to pop over to the Gina K Designs Store and check out all of the new products available this month in the “What’s New” section at http://www.ginakdesigns.com.

Thank you for stopping by!

80 comments:

  1. Oh My--what great cards! Love the Balloons!!!! I am so loving Foil-Mates and need to get them.......

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  2. Melanie! I Love your your cards! So creative and shinny!!! Beautiful creations! <3 :)

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  3. You did a great job. Love them all!

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  4. wow--wonderful cards. I haven't use foil yet.

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  5. Great cards! I love all the colors!

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  6. Love love love the balloons might have to lift that one

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  7. WOW that foil and your designs are AMAZING! Such glorious colors....love your sky filled with balloons, fabulous print on them too!

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  8. What fun cards. You can't get crafters block using this new line!

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  9. Wow, love these cards, as always!

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  10. Fabulous inspiration as always Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful ideas.

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  11. Love the Balloons, Thank you for sharing

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  12. Lovely cards. Thanks for sharing.....

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  13. All the shiny! Love it! These cards are so much fun, and I love the colors. I've loved the look of foil but been too intimidated by it - but these make me feel like I can have all the pretty shiny fun too! Thanks for sharing!

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  14. Wow these cards are stunning. Any person would be over the moon to receive these:)

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  15. Loved them, especially that big balloon one!!

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  16. I am a polka dot nut! Always have been so these truly "hit the spot", Melanie!! Love your cards! Thank you for the inspiration!

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  17. Super cute cards! The foil really makes them pop!

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  18. Beautiful cards, love all the shiny bright color.

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  19. So colorful! Always enjoy your out of the box approach!

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  20. love the triangle under circle to create balloon. clever! Beautiful matching inks to foils.

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  21. Love your cards Mel, so pretty!

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  22. Love the birthday candles! Nice cards!

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  23. I wish I was hosting something, love your invited card. Beautiful!

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  24. Love those big balloons.
    The stars on them and the colors
    are fantastic.
    thanks for sharing some
    wonderful cards.

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  25. WOW! Love the balloons! Love foiling so I'm in heaven - did my order early so wouldn't miss anything! Thanks for sharing!

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  26. Beautiful cards! I love that ribbon and the dies.

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  27. Love the patterned balloons. Great job on all your cards.

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  28. I have to tell you I am excited my birthday is coming up so I may splurge on your stamps and foil mates. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  29. WOW....such fantastic products and fabulous creations!!! You gotta love Gina K. Designs :) Hugs...Janie

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  30. Beautiful cards. The colors you picked were amazing especially the birthday card it just Pops out!!!!! Thank you for sharing your creativity !!!

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  31. Gorgeous cards! This collection is a must have! Those sentiments are awesome! The colors are fabulous. Thanks for sharing your inspiration and talents with us!

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  32. Awesome cards! The balloons are so much fun!

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  33. As always you have created some stunning cards Melanie. Can't wait to try for myself. My friends will be so surprised when they get something that looks as if a professional printer did it.

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  34. Your cards are truly inspirational. This foil will be a big hit.

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  35. I love the dotted design on the yellow. That looks so cool! But I love all that you did with these products.

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  36. I'm having a brain overload from seeing so many great ideals and so many new products, where do I even begin!,

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  37. I always love your cards! Very pretty!

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  38. as usual, you hit it out of the park. Gorgeous cards.

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  39. Your cards are great and I love all of the items in this release and the ribbon is gorgeous.

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  40. Love your cards, Melanie! Just beautiful! Love those balloons!!!

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  41. I love the balloons and the turquoise candles. this is taking foiling to the next step. it's going to be huge! I love all of it.

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  42. Your cards turned out fabulous Melanie!

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  43. Fantastic cards! Those balloons are awesome!!! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  44. These foils are awesome! I love your balloons in the stars pattern and how you made the background of string dots look like sky! Great way to use the leftover strips on the dots and the ribbons are so pretty too. Great job.

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  45. I love how you did the balloons. Your cards are pure gorgeousness, I love shiny LOL

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  46. Great card - loved the invitation for the blog hop!

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  47. Fabulous cards, Melanie! Love how you created balloons for your birthday card!

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  48. Oh my GEEEE - just look at all that shiny goodness. You ROCKED this product, and I bet you had so much FUUUUN! Can't wait to see what you have for us tomorrow!!!

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  49. Loved your birthday candle card! Will try to remember to use different colored strips for my candles too!

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  50. Wow, those are so pretty. I need to order some more, I love the circle background. Thanks for sharing and inspiring us.

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  51. Melanie, thanks for posting to facebook! Your art work is awesome as always.

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  52. These are so stunning Mel! So incredibly beautiful! xoxoxoxo Seanie

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  53. Always inspired by your cards...just love the balloons....

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  54. Ooooh!!! I wondered if I could sponge ink on without disturbing the foil!

    Yes. You did it. And it's beautiful.

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  55. Great idea using the balloons! Your cards always amaze me!

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  56. Just drop dead gorgeous!!! Those balloons are just to die for!! You really knocked it out of the ballpark with these cards Melanie!!! You go girl!!

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  57. Beautiful cards! The balloons are stunning!

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  58. Love the oil and so many colors to choose from, perfect!

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  59. So pretty! Love the balloons❣

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  60. I just can't say enough how much I love all the foiled cards I've seen. Wonderful!

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  61. Beautiful cards! I love how the foil colours coordinate with Gina's cardstock.

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  62. Like the colors you used...pretty!

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  63. I love these! So, if you sponge on the ink after it is foiled, does the ink stick to the foil?

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  64. love your cards.......thanks for the ideas......

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  65. Both cards are wonderful but I especially love that blue and yellow one. It just makes me want to go heat up my mini minc again !!!!

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  67. still yet again another set of beautiful cards... I love these foils and foilables

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  68. Balloons on cards are a favorite of mine!

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  69. Melanie, your cards are beautiful! The invitation makes me want to be invited! I just love all the foiling! Thanks for sharing.

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