Thursday, June 6, 2019

Inspiration Hop, Day 2: Ocean-Minded Card Kit, Whimsical Wildflower Frame and More

Hello, and welcome back to our second day of inspiration hops for the newly released stamp sets and supplies from Gina K. Designs!  We are giving away a $50 gift certificate each day, all you have to do is leave comments on the blog as you hop through, the more comments you leave the more chances you have to win! 
We've worked hard on these cards for you, so please visit every stop, it's worth the journey!
Winner announced on Gina's blog June 14th.

You should be coming from LISA'S blog!


First up, I have some cards with Whimsical Wildflower Frame. There are many ways to use these borders from Hannah's set, but I wanted to use one on each card, in both portrait and landscape layout, to showcase these long greetings.  I chose a different new stencil for each that work well with the style of illustration.  I selected the GKD Stormy Sky ink to go with the "difficulty" greeting (and pink coloring and cardstock so that it's "coming up roses") masking off the center with Purple Tape before blending the inks over the stencil. All my blending is done with the Life Changing Brushes. All brush sets can be found in that link, choose the best assortment for you. :)

For this next card I stamped the other border twice near the top in GKD Jet Black Amalgam ink to make a space for the greeting and then blended some GKD Lucky Clover over the Leafy Stencil very softly to complement the foliage. Don't underestimate the impact you can make from just the teeniest bit of stenciling, it does not always have to be solid, use multiple colors, or cover the entire mat to stand out! So many looks! I kept the coloring very simple as well. Cardstock is GKD white and Peach Bellini. 







Next up, we have the Ocean Minded card kit.  I shared some elements from it in yesterday's hop if you missed it, but today I am focusing on the main stamp set. I used Gina K. Embossing and Watermark ink and Gina K. Clear embossing powder for the wave border and heated. (If you aren't using a white paper, use a white detail powder instead to create the foam, clear works here because of the white mat I started with.  Next time I'm going to try it with Gina's Puffy!! Extra foam! If you use a white, you can emboss after your sponging, but this was a resist technique) Then I blended in some GKD Sandy Beach and Sea Glass ink to create shore and water. Greeting and drawn heart are stamped in GKD Kraft and starfish in GKD Warm Cocoa.

On the second card I did the same, but created a diagonal background with the wave border for two sets of prints to follow along: one human, and one with paws! I offset the greeting with GKD Chocolate Truffle ink to help it pop more and work as a sentiment, rather than something that looked like it was literally written in the sand like the card above.







Next stop is MINDY's blog!


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Thank you for stopping by today and your thoughtful comments! 
Which card do you like best? I wanna know!


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67 comments:

  1. I love all the stencils in this release and like how they fill in the white spaces. Beautiful floral images, too; love the cards.

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  2. The ocean scene is just wonderful. Love the stencils, too.

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  3. I love how you integrated the stencils in with stamping! I don't think I've seen that done before! So pretty!

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  4. So pretty! Love the diagonal beach scene.

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  5. Another day of stunning cards! Love the way you used the new stencils.

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  6. What fabulous cards. Love your walk on the beach card. Thanks for the wonderful inspiration.

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  7. Really love your style, no matter which card you share....thanks for the awesome inspiration!

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  8. Lovely cards! I like your walk on the beach card.

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  9. Love the beach cards.
    All are great. thanks
    for sharing
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  10. I find all these cards so inspirational. Thanks
    Irene

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  11. Love your work. This is the blog site that keeps posting my comments as unknown. I don't know what to do to fix it :( Treva Grett

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    1. Hmmm, weird, thanks for letting me know! I'll check my settings..it doesn't give you an option to sign in with your email or a Google account?

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  12. Oh, Melanie! That last card is inspired! I love it! Although, that is an awfully well=behaved dog. ;)

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    1. Oh, yeah, that would be funny to have the pawprints all willy nilly!

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  13. Gorgeous, sweet cards. I love this kit, particularly the Whimsical Wildflower set -- it's so beautiful.

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  14. Some more beautiful cards. Love the daintiness of the Whimsical Wildflower set and the greetings. Still really love that Ocean Minded card kit too!!

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  15. Beautiful cards Melanie! I love the beach one with the dog footsteps.

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  16. love the cards, especially the one with paw prints

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  17. I love the beachy cards!! I also like the creative way you used the stencils with the wildflower stamp.

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  18. Beautiful cards! I love the one with the footprints and paw prints. When I saw the paw prints and footprints in that set, this is the idea I had in my head so I'm so happy you showed us this card. Now I can see how cute it can be.

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  19. Your cards make me realize I need some vitamin sea! Thanks!

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  20. Wonderful cards great use of stencils with the flower stamp

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  21. I absolutely love your cards! I thing the one with the footprints and paws is my favorite but I love all of them. I get so inspired when I see what people do on these blog hops.

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  22. Beautiful cards Melanie. You have used these sets so well.

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  23. Such beautiful cards! Love your colors. Both stamp sets are amazing...
    Thanks for sharing.

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  24. Gorgeous! I Love how you colored the flowers and your beach cards are FABULOUS!

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  25. This was one of those times when I liked each card even better than the last! Your floral cards are very different from each other with great use of the stencils. I absolutely love, love, love your beach cards!!!!!

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  26. The wildflower frame is gorgeous. Love the beach cards as well. Must haves!

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  27. Wonderful cards. Love the backgrounds, flowers and beach scenes.

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  28. The waves stamp on the diagonal looks very realistic

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  29. Liked the flower and stencil card. Awesome use of stencil.

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  30. Love all of your cards. The stamp kit looks like a lot of fun.

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  31. Such fun sets! Love the cards! Stunning!!Thank you for the inspiration!

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  32. Such fun sets! Love the cards! Thank you for the inspiration!

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  33. stunning cards...so much so I ordered the kit today!!! cant wait to start playing!!!

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  34. The way you used the background stencils on the whimsical wildflower boarder is gorgeous, and the ocean minded cards are so pretty and inspiring I can’t wait to start playing with it ! Thank you for the beautiful cards

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  35. I love the wildflower frame cards. They are colored beautifully. I also love the beach cards. Isn’t that wave stamp amazing? Your beachy scenes look so real.

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  36. I love how you colored the flowers. :)

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  37. Gorgeous cards! I had just about talked myself out of needing everything in this release, and now I'm wavering!

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  38. The ocean kit is very clever and fun! Fabulous cards!

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  39. Love how you colored the flowers. Great backgrounds.

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  40. Gorgeous cards with these beautiful new designs!

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  41. Love the beautiful cards you created!

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  42. These are all beautiful, but my favorite is the one with two sets of foot/paw prints!

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  43. Gorgeous flower stamps, love how you have used the stencils with it and your oceanside cards are wonderful, love the one with the human and dog foot prints!

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  44. Fantastic card.. love the beach cards.. wonderful background..

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  45. Gray, pink, and green. Fantastic card.

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  46. Loving these ideas. So crafty.

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  47. I am so fond of the beach cards.

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  48. Great beach cards and always enjoy seeing your work

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  49. It was such a pleasure to see your work for the very first time.

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  50. Your cards I loved but my favorite were ones using Whimsical Wildflowers frame. Endless possibilities using...

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  51. Gorgeous and playful. Beautiful cards and such lovely designs.

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  52. Beautiful cards! Love this new release!

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  53. Absolute stunning cards Melanie. If I didn't love the Whimsical Wildflower Frame stamps set already I would fell for it after seeing what you made with this stamp set.
    Thank you so much for sharing your stunning inspiration.

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  54. Stunning cards as always Melanie!

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  55. Hi Melanie :) You've got wedding palette down to a T in your first card...sooooo dreamy!!! All of your cards are inspirationally encouraging! Thanks for sharing them and the inspiration with us :)

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  56. all your cards are so beautiful! thanks for sharing your talent

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  58. Your cards are absolutely beautiful! So much detail! You are very talented!!!

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