Friday, March 29, 2019

Page Turner: Interactive Open Book Card Video

This latest Open Book design is so simple to recreate, and doubles or triples your pages to stamp on, thus expanding your greeting, image and technique possibilities for a card your recipient truly will FLIP for! (pardon the pun)

 I used Fabulous Rose Frame set to decorate the pages because the rose frame fills it so quickly and the different greeting options allow you to put different ones that will make sense on each spread that flows to the next.  Small bold images add pops of color.  You can add more coloring to the line art images if you like, which I will do, but today I mainly just wanted to show how to construct, stamp and anchor the turning page (two ways, so be sure to watch to the end!) Please enjoy!


Gina K. Designs Open Book, Fabulous Rose Frame stamp sets
Gina K. Designs Jet Black Amalgam, Wild Dandelion, Jellybean Green, Soft Stone Ink pads
Gina K. Gina K. Pure Luxury White (2 mats, 4” x 5 ¼”), Wild Dandelion (A2 base, 5 ½” x 8 ½”, scored at 4 ¼” cardstock
Scissors, scoring board, Gina K. tape runner adhesive and foam squares or needle, thread, and foam craft mat or mouse mad, yellow, green and gray marker (Spectrum Noir CT4, IG4, IG5, LG5)

Friday, March 8, 2019

Video: No Line Coloring and Line Art Sketchbook Look

Today’s creation whisks you outside to a peaceful afternoon sketching in a lovely garden! The realism of the flowers in Stately Flowers 11 are just right for some no line coloring with our new Amalgam inks, and the book and pencil stamps from Open Book * are perfect to finish the illusion when you stamp the flowers again on the page in a pencil or ink pen color.  In this video, I’ll demonstrate the no line coloring and some simple sponging and adding grass to complete the scene.  Can you feel a gentle breeze?  Be sure to watch to the end for some variations I suggest for changing this design.

PS OOPS! I am SO SORRY I forgot to add the grass in my demo, ackk! A s you can see that detail really adds a LOT to this scene.  It took me 10 seconds after I’ve finished taping to figure out what was missing, lol! I promise it’s very simple: just do short flicking strokes with the 2 lightest greens (here CG1, CG2) using your brush of bullet tip marker, starting at the edge of the book and working outward, so it tapers off. Just like a blade of grass. Easy peasy! Using more than one color for the blades will add a lot of depth.

*In stock as of today, but if it happens to be out of stock when you view, please hit "notify me" button for an email when they are back, we will be getting more!

Gina K. Designs Open Book, Stately Flowers 11 stamp sets 
Gina K. Designs ink pads: Jellybean and Ocean Mist dye for sponging, Warm Glow Amalgam for no line, Soft Stone Amalgam for pencil and sketch, Jet Black Amalgam for book 
Gina K. Designs White (3 3/4” x 5”), Black Onyx (3 7/8” x 51/8”), Ocean Mist or (Dusty Rose) cardstock
Spectrum Noir alcohol markers: CG1, CG2, DG3 (leaves), FS6, CR6, CR8 (petals), IG2, IG4, FS9 (pencil)
Large and small acrylic block or MISTI, scissors and copy paper for creating the book mask, jumbo sponge daubers, white pen, Tidy Towel, adhesive

 Please let me know in the comments which is your favorite. I hope you enjoy this video and post your own creations with Open Book on social media and our community gallery online, I’d love to see your ideas and works of heart!

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Monday, March 4, 2019

Video: Paper Piecing Open Book, 4 Ways

Hello! here is the video  I shared last week showing my paper piecing tips and tricks for the Open Book set!  Some of these ideas you may have seen in our facebook Live on release night, but I shared a lot more), just from having more time to experiment and play!  (and all the audio will be synched up this time lol!) This image is so easy to piece (with no tiny areas to cut or carefully add adhesive to) and it packs such a punch, looks like whatever kind of book you are trying to create, right down to the texture of the paper! Watch to the end as I have a fifth way I mention but do not show, I love it, though, and will try to make soon! I hope one of more of YOU will try it out and share with all of us if you are inspired by the perfect book! Please enjoy! Let me know in the comments your favorite way to paper piece the Open Book image, OR your favorite accessory in the set.

Gina K. Open Book stamp set
Gina K. Pure Luxury White or neutral cardstock for stamped mat, colored A2 sized card base over your choice (to match your markers or patterned paper you are piecing)
Gina K. Jet Black Amalgam Ink pad
Books wider than the Open Book top pages (4 1/2” or more) Word Search, Crossword Puzzles, New Testament, and journaling book all from Dollar Tree
Gray pencil or marker for adding shadows (Spectrum Noir IB3), marker for coloring bookmarks pen, etc. of your choice
Adhesive, Tidy towel, MISTI and or acrylic blocks