Friday, February 15, 2019

Coloring a Clowder of Cats Video!



Open Book is back in stock, woo hoo! *Today I am showing you some tricks for coloring some very realistic looking and adorable cats with ease! I think you will love this video! We’ll do some simple masking to make the Open Book cats snuggle, then shadow, add patterns, and finally create a fuzzy texture with a regular pencil. 

This is a very quick card made with minimal supplies and this dozing pair design is sure to be appreciated by any animal lover, friend, family member or your sweetheart. Please enjoy! Let me know in the comments which cat pattern is our favorite and how you would like to see one colored in a future video.  I appreciate your feedback!
Don't forget to stamp the inside!


Supplies:
Gina K. Designs Open Book stamp set
Gina K. Pure Luxury White (4 “ x 5 ¼”) and Sweet Mango (4 ¼” x 11”, scored at 5 ½”) cardstock
Gina K. Jet Black Amalgam ink pad
Alcohol Markers (Spectrum Noir: GG2 (shadow), FS9 (ears, nose and beans), TN2, GB5 (orange tabby fur) and IG8 (tuxedo)
Adhesive, printer paper and scissors for mask, 3”x 4” acrylic block, pencil, black pen or white gel pen optional for touch up

Note: I mentioned an optional white and black pen in the video but did not use. The masking came out perfectly, so no need!  But I had them handy in case I had a "skip”, which could easily be connected by the black pen, or went over the edge of one cat, and needed to be covered with the white. Easy peasy! 😊

Open Book

*I think the set is going to sell out soon again at the rate it's going. Don't delay if you can't wait to play!

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Inspiration Hop, Day 2: Love is All You Need, All Star, and Free set

Welcome back, it's Day 2 of our January Release Inspiration Hops! Today we are sharing ideas for Beth Silaika's All Star  and Emily Loggans' Love is All You Need stamp sets. Be sure to comment on the blogs as you hop through, Gina will select a winner randomly from the comments on Friday for a $50 gift certificate to the store for some crafty shopping. You are not required to comment on every blog to enter, but the more comments you leave, the more chances you have to win.  Let's get to it!

Here is sample I made with Beth's set All Star  and my Open Book set. This fun, colorful star layout reminds me not just of picture books, but of old my sticker collection!  (Lots of Lisa Frank and Mrs. Grossman, remember those??) This card just makes me feel like a kid again, I always had my nose in a book.  Honestly I don't read quite as often now because if I'm going to sit down I need to be crafting, but I'll always love books for the stories that have been read to me, the joy they've brought me and the places they've taken me.
I stamped the different stars in Gina K. Sea Glass, Red Velvet and the line art ones in Jet Black Amalgam, then colored them with alcohol markers.  I had a LARGE bookmark collection as a kid, but dog-eared my pages like this, too (unless they were library books). I love the fonts Beth chose and how these different greetings you can customize fill up the card (or the page in this case) Star stamps are so versatile for holidays, gift wrap, when you need just a bit of something on your card even if it isn't star-themed. I cut it all out and popped it up for dimension. Base is Pure Luxury Warm Cocoa, to represent a desk.
    


I don't have Emily's set or the incentive yet, but they are on the way!  I look forward to using both of them very much and will post samples when I do. Her writing is so beautiful and handwritten sentiments really add a personal touch to your projects.  Here are both sets to see what each include.

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Let's see what the rest of the design team has today! 
Your next stop is Mindy Eggen, but here is the full list if you are just joining in!


Beth Silaika-Illustrator of All Star
Emily Loggans-Illustrator of Love Is All You Need
Melanie-you are here! Thanks for visiting and your comment!


Monday, January 28, 2019

Inspiration, Day 1: Open Book and Today and Always

Hello!  Welcome to Day 1 of our Gina K. January Release Inspiration Hops!  Today we are sharing ideas for my Open Book and Lisa Hetrick's Today and Always stamp sets. Be sure to comment on the blogs as you hop through, Gina will select a winner randomly from the comments on Friday for a $50 gift certificate to the store for some crafty shopping. You are not required to comment on every blog to enter, but the more comments you leave, the more chances you have to win.  Let's get to it!

I am so happy you all are loving Open Book  (and the cat) the way I do! (Wait till you start stamping with them!) First, what's better than one cat? TWO CATS. SNUGGLING!
Can't you hear them purring? Stamp the one that will be in the front first (right) cover with your mask, then ink and stamp again to the left. Tada! I was so happy how *purrfectly* this masking turned out, really looks like two different cats, not a the same image!  (I'll show in a video how to color this ginger tabby and tuxedo, it's easy!)  Base is Pure Luxury Kraft.  You might choose to stamp "friends" from this set for this design instead of "family", both work .... This pair could even be a fun way to recognize a wedding or anniversary! Meow!

Now I made this card the week before the release just as a sample and for no one in particular, but when I was thinking about what to share today, I realized this was the card to send to my friend who Cat, who had to say goodbye to her beautiful gray Shady Lady the other day. ;( I wasn't thinking about "pet sympathy" when I masked the little bunch of flowers under this cat's paws (cover the cat with your stamped mask and then stamp the roses) or chose to color it gray, but I'm so glad I did.  The inside finishes the "Time spent with friends" sentiment: "… is never wasted." I hope this cards reminds her of happy times with her sweet companion. Base is Pure Luxury Dusty Rose. I also stamped the little triangle stamp at the top to dog ear the page.  Trace under it for shadow to add dimension.

Here is a paper piecing sample using the King James New Testament from the Dollar Tree I recommended in my Facebook Live video.  Each page has two columns that fit this stamp perfectly, to have margins on each side and the spine fits in between, allowing one to read it all easily!  (I didn't feel weird tearing it out since this inexpensive version is printed on newsprint, and am using it for the express purpose of wanting to use the text (as I surely would feel uncomfortable pulling apart one of my study Bibles. Not doing it!) I stamped the glasses and flowers right over it without masking because I like the way it looks with the words peeping through. I used a yellow marker to highlight one scripture and mounted it on GKD Pure Luxury Wild Dandelion to match.
No book or cat for this one, just the words!  I thought it would be fun and interesting to emphasize one of the words in the design by circling it (but by no means does it mean I love family, cats or friends less!)  Just sharing a bit of passion for your passion, you know? ;)  I used a fine line aqua colored pen for checking and circling the words on the list, and colored the pen with alcohol markers to match. Base is GKD Pure Luxury Red Velvet to match the stamped heart.

Finally, I made this next card for my son who is turning FOURTEEN in a few weeks! (William!!) Yep, this crossword is from a Dollar Tree crossword book.  Again, the crossword fits perfectly on the page!  You can pick any puzzle in the book to use since without words filled in there's no specific theme, but here's a tip: If you're going to fill it in with your own greeting like I did, just find one that has a spot for your LONGEST word, here I need 8 for BIRTHDAY (it won't be hard to find one, and they will ALL have 3, 4, 5, 6 letter words.) I used the heart image in the set for the "Love", just to be cute and add a pop of red, but you could certainly spell that out instead. Add a pencil stamp, and of course write your words in real pencil to match!  Base is Pure Luxury Wild Dandelion to match. If your recipient would rather DO the puzzle than have a custom greeting, tear out the page with the clues and fold up to include with your card. :)

I hope you noticed I put all the books in slightly different orientations, it is small enough to have some leeway where you put it on your card if you are doing landscape style and want to change it up. I better stop there! I showed more than I should have but just couldn't help it, made so many.  Still so many ideas to come! (Shoot, I didn't post a card with my bookmark, but I'm sure you'll see it once or thrice in the hop) Be sure to tell me what video you'd like FIRST. I plan to post one later today.

Next up we have Lisa's Hetrick's Today and Always. Her "flowy florals" (Lisaspeak, trademark that, Lisa!) are the perfect way to quickly add some beautiful pops of color for an instant modern bouquet (GKD Tangerine Twist, Key Lime, Sea Glass, Turquoise Sea and Pink Passion). 

The pencils from my Open Book set are cut out and shaded after coloring to act as my embellishments, and those make me feel like I just drew all of this meself on the book!  I forgot to take another pic, but I suggest the polka dot border for stamping the flap of your envelopes when you make cards with this, so fun! Base is Pure Luxury Sea Glass. I will have another sample with these two sets in a video because although I kept all the images inside the lines of the pages, I'd like to show a similar design with flowers using a masking technique so they look printed on the page, rather than like sketchbook doodles. Stay tuned!


Now let's go see what the rest of the Gina K. Designs design team has with these two sets! I'll be back tomorrow to showcase stamp sets from Beth and Emily (and of course, Open Book will also be making an appearance, because I can't. STOP. Using it!!)

Melanie-Illustrator of Open Book- you are here!


Please let me know in the comments section below which of these  samples you liked BEST and which video you want to see FIRST demonstrating the technique! (You won't all get your way, but I do wan to know to narrow it down) Thanks so much for visiting today!

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Friday, January 25, 2019

Open Book, Now Available at Gina K. Designs

 

It's here, it's finally here! A stamp set that's about 7 YEARS in the making!  I hope you got to watch me speak with Gina about the set last night (if not, head over to facebook later!) and share a few tips for it, possibilities with this fun book, cat and other elements are unlimited! Open Book  is near and dear to my heart for so many reasons and encompasses a lot of things and activities that bring me the most joy, I hope you feel the same!  Just a couple for today so you can get a better look at what I shared in the video...

If you love to paper piece, these image are must have! The book become so much more than a "blank" book, as you can see here with a word search (made form a real word search) The pen, pencil, bookmark, and glasses look beautiful patterned, too.



And if you love to COLOR, this set is also up your alley (cat! ahem) This was one of Gina's faves, cat being cheeky! (Colored with alcohol markers to look just like kitty I had in high school) Solids, stripes, and calicos, oh my!

Blog hop with the design team on Monday, come back for that!  They are knockin' my socks off for their ideas with it and I know there's more in store! I'm about to burst with all i'm saving for next week and new videos!

Please let me know in the comments what videos YOU would like to see first!  Tip sheet posted shortly!  Here is my affiliate shopping link: Open Book  (I do think this one will go quickly!)  Have a fabulous weekend!  Get excited for new stamps on the way to you,  this one is a dream to make cards with!