Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Divalicious Birthday

Good morning! Did you get the new StampTV kit? Look at how terrific it goes with the Knit-wit Diva!
Isn't this birthday sentiment from the Birthday Essentialss StampTV Kit adorable?  I love how the swirl creates a tiered cake shape and I noticed how perfect it would be in front of the seated Knit-Wit Diva!  Make a wish!  Just cut around it and pop up so she's positioned to blow out the candles.  Colored with Spectrum Noir markers to look like one of my besties with a February birthday (and since I made it *weeks* ago for the release, forgot I made this specifically for her and gave her a *different* card last week when it rolled around! Oops! I'm ready for next year. Better put it in an envy with do not open til 2016 and give it to her now!)  Cardstock is Gina K. Pure Luxury White and Black Onyx.

Have a fabulous day!!!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Video: Coloring with Sponges: Reverse Masking

Good morning! In today’s video, I'll show you how to reverse mask large stamped flowers with ink and sponges for quick pops of color and a gorgeous blended look!  Trace with water-based or alcohol markers and glitter to add more detail and shimmer.

 A wonderful and versatile go-to for backgrounds or a single image, this technique works great with the large scale floral images in all my Stately Flowers sets, as well as A Year of Flowers and A Year of Flowers 2.  When you've already invested in ink pads that coordinate with your paper, you really don't need a lot of markers (unless you want them, of course!)

I used the camellia from my Stately Flowers 2. (I love the flowers and greeting in this set.) I am so ready for spring after all the wet rainy weather we've had the past few weeks, and was inspired by some lovely, springy prints in bright colors I saw at the mall recently! It was a good reminder you don't *always* need to have realistic shading as your goal; get a little artsy sometimes and be bolder. Have fun!


Gina K. Designs Stately Flowers 2

Gina K. Black Onyx, Passionate Pink, Sweet Mango ink pads

Gina K. Pure Luxury Sweet Mango (4 1/4" x 11, scored at 5 1/2") and White cardstock (4" x 5 1/4")

Spectrum Noir markers; CG3, CG4, CR10, BP4

Wink of Stella Clear Glitter pen, Scissors , scratch paper, adhesive

Monday, February 23, 2015

Video: Paper Piecing Tricks

 Hello! Today I’ll show you how to properly paper piece just part of an image, and add realistic shading. Today’s tips are especially helpful when putting two different stamp images together, like flowers (from Stately Flowers 1) and a container (pitcher from Stately Flowers 9, cropped differently once again for a new look).  I also do some simple Spectrum Noir coloring and sponging to ground the image. Please enjoy!

Gina K . Designs Stately Flowers 1 (violet), Stately Flowers 9 (pitcher and greeting)
Gina K. Black onyx, Wild Lilac ink pads
Gina K. Pure Luxury Black Onyx (4” x 5 1/4” and 4” x 3 1/8”), White (3 7/8” x 3”) and Jelly Bean Green (5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”)

Gina K. Autumn Landscape patterned paper (3 7/8” x 5 1/8” and scrap)

Spectrum Noir markers: GG2, GG3, CG3, CG4, HB3, CT2

Sponge dauber, scratch paper, scissors, Gina K. Wild Lilac Twisted Twine, hole punch, adhesive, foam adhesive squares

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Birthday Air Mail

Good morning, thanks for all the wonderful feedback on this week's video!  I couldn't help but my notice when I received my Birthday Essentials StampTV kit how nicely these two trio images lined up!  Place the greeting in the center to cover that the lines don't match up exactly, don't make yourself crazy trying.  A floating banner (popped up with foam adhesive) did the trick :)

This is colored with Spectrum Noir markers, using the blender to make the dots on the package, and simple sponging with GKD Ocean Mist ink to create a perfect sky.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Video: Torn Edges, Two Ways

Hello!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend! In today's video, I'll show you how to create a faux torn edge with sponging, ink and the script stamp from Stately Flowers 9  to create a little page reveal.  This technique is so easy and produces a wonderful illusion of layering and texture.  You can instead stamp textures or images over this sponged edge, but the script adds some romance. (With the vine running along it, it almost looks like a crumbling wall) Additionally, I tore the mat to reveal more of the flowers stamped tone on tone.  If you're going to tear mat, have something interesting to see underneath! :) All these elements create a wonderful and trendy collage feel, but no cutting and only two mats!  I also do some simple Spectrum Noir coloring, and recommend some Copic alternatives.

Isn't the Dark Sage beautiful here?  And I love this little flourish with all my "Statelys"! See all my Stately Flowers sets here

Gina K. Designs 
Stately Flowers 9 and Elegant Flourishes stamp sets
Gina K Pure Luxury White and Dark Sage cardstock
Gina K. Warm Cocoa, Black Onyx, Dark Sage ink pads
Spectrum Noir markers:EB1, BG1, DG2, DG4 (Copic alternatives: G85, YG95, G99, E31)
Scratch paper, sponge dauber

Thanks for watching today!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Video: No Line Coloring

Good morning! Today, I'll show you how to do the no line coloring technique with my Stately Flowers 9  set using a light colored ink pad and alcohol markers. (When I say in the video you can use alcohol markers as well, sorry for any confusion, Spectrum Noir are alcohol, I meant "any other alcohol markers", like Copic or Bic) This beautiful technique results in what looks like a painting and is especially lovely for floral images.  A bit of sponging and your still life is now in a windowsill. I also show how to invert the pitcher image from the same set to create a vase, doubling the versatility of this container image for all your cards and projects.  Isn't that cool?  Didn't notice it until after I received my stamps. :)  Love it when that happens.

Gina K. Stately Flowers 9
Spectrum Noir markers: OR1, OR2, GB3, CG1, CG2, CG4, PL4, HB2
Gina K. Sweet Corn, Blue Raspberry, Ocean Mist and
Black Onyx ink pads
Cardstock: Gina K. Pure Luxury White (3" x 4 1/4"), Fresh Asparagus (3 1/4" x 4 1/2") Sweet Mango (3 1/4" x 4"), Wild Orchid (4" x 5 1/4"), Turquoise Sea (4 1/4" x 11", scored at 5 1/2")
sponge dauber, Gina K. Fresh Asparagus ribbon, slit punch, Darice Dandelion embossing folder

Thank you for watching today!  Have a terrific weekend!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Video: Can You "Pitcher" It? Stately Flowers 9

In today’s video, I'll show you how to color the Black-Eyed Susans from Stately Flowers 9 with alcohol markers, plus several tips for working with the stamp set’s pitcher image.  The pitcher works with so many other images and just a few simple tricks will make it come to life, becoming one of the most versatile images you own, especially when making floral cards.  Lots of go-to techniques here today!

Gina K Designs Stately Flowers 9
Gina K,. Dark Chocolate, Sweet Corn, and Kraft ink pads
Gina K. Pure Luxury Little Boy Blue (4 ¼” x 11”, scored at 5 ½”), Dark Chocolate (4” x 5 ¼”), and White Layering Weight  (3 ¾” x 5” mat and scrap for pitcher) cardstocks
Spectrum Noir markers: CG2, CG4,BG2, EB3, EB5, EB6, GB4, GB6, and CT3
Faber-Castell Big White Artist Pen
Scissors, adhesives, sponge dauber, and scratch paper

Monday, January 26, 2015

Video: Rockin' the Vintage Look

Today I show how to use the rock n' roll technique with the script from my Stately Flowers 9 set along with some simple sponging to create a beautiful vintage patina on your mats.  I also show how to color the peony from the same stamp set with Spectrum Noir markers.  Please enjoy! 


Gina K. Designs Stately Flowers 9 stamp set
Gina K. Pure Luxury White (3 1/8" x 3 3/4"), Wild Lilac (scrap for die cut), Wild Orchid (3 1/4" x 4"), and Lovely Lavender cardstock (A2 sized)
Gina K. Black Onyx, Wild Lilac, Kraft ink pads
Spectrum Noir markers: GG2 (shadow), CG2, CG4 (leaves), LV1, HB1, PL3 (petals), LY3, DR6 (center)
butterfly die (from Gina K. Birthday Essentials StampTV kit) and die cutting machine
adhesive, adhesive pearls and adhesive foam, sponge dauber

See more of my Stately Flowers sets here. They all play nicely together and would look fabulous with these techniques!

Thanks you for watching and visiting today!  I hope you had a fabulous weekend and this week is off to a great start!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Inspiration Hop, Day 2: Northwoods 2 Birthday Blessings StampTV Kit

Good morning, everyone! Welcome back to another Inspiration Hop with the Gina K. Designs team. As you hop through each member's blog, make sure to leave a comment on each of them because we will choose a few random comments and those stampers will each win a grab bag of Gina K. Designs products! To see the full list of winners, check the Big News Forum at StampTV in a few days. The first set we are showcasing is Theresa Momber's Northwoods 2.
I doubt this is what Theresa had in mind when she put these two bears in Northwoods 2, but after looking at the stamps for a minute and drawing from my own experiences it seem natural for this mother and child to go climbing.  It makes me a little verklempt to remember two things as I made this for my son: the sweet picture books about baby animals I used to read him, and the times he loved just being out in nature with me, whether it was on a simple outing or our own yard.  It brings me a lot of happiness and gratitude, but is also bittersweet how much things have changed as they grow up.  (I handle it better some days than others, you know? Sniff!)  Anyway, it came out exactly as I imagined.  Just simple sponging in Gina K. Ocean Mist ink for the sky to really focus on the moment. I reverse stamped the baby bear using an acrylic block and then filled in any blotchy areas with Spectrum Noir EB3, and then colored the tree with EC3, EB6, TN3, CG3, and CG4.  Images and greeting stamped in Gina K. Dark Chocolate.  Cardstock is Gina K. Pure Luxury White, Dark Chocolate, and Sandy Beach.

Next up we have the Birthday Essentials StampTV Kit.
Lovin' the dies!  I used them on both cards today in different ways and they make clean and simple cards so easy and quick. I cut several butterflies with the die from StampTV Kit out of a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of white cardstock, and then layered a piece of GKD Shabby Spring patterned paper the same size under it.  (Save those white butterflies you cut out for another project!)  I cut one final one from the same patterned paper to add dimension, bent it, and accented with adhesive pearls.
I stamped the heart branch twice in the GKD Fresh Asparagus, and then the larger leafy images in the corners in GKD Grass Green.  Bird is stamped in GKD Dark Chocolate, cut with the coordinating die and colored Spectrum Noir TB3.  Color in a kraft-y ink for a more matchy-match, subtle look or pick a bright color like this blue to really pop!  Cardbase is GKD Kraft.
Birthday Essentials StampTV Kit
I hope you are enjoying our hop today! These are great sets! Have fun shopping and earning the free incentives. :)

Ready for more awesome creations?! Just click on the links below for more from the Illustrators and Design Team!!

Theresa MomberIllustrator of Northwoods 2

Melanie Muenchinger (you are here!)