Thursday, April 24, 2014

You're Invited: Gina K. Designs Release Party Tonight and New Video

Welcome to our Illustrator Hop,  giving you a peek at our newest sets releasing tonight at Gina K. Designs at 7PM CST!  So come hop along with us and don't forget to add a comment on each blog.  We will pick a random winner to win an awesome grab bag of Gina K. Design Goodies!!

Today I am showing you how to create guidelines for lining up your stamped letters, as well as lend a notebook or academic quality to your projects. All stamps shown on this project are in my new Lots of Letters 2 set.The solid line works double duty as stems for the flowers and the clear photopolymer stamp allows it to be curved as desired. In the video I use the same design as the teacher one below, but spelled F is for Friend instead, which works for so many occasions.:)  (FYI: Teacher Appreciation week is May 5-9th, so I am ready to go with this making a bunch of this simple design!) ;)

 Note:  I said in the video all the circle elements in Lots of letters 2 fit inside the flower, which of course they do, but I actually meant to say the various circles in my previous set with the lowercase letters, Lots of Letters.

Gina K. Designs Lots of Letters 2
Gina K. Black Onyx, Ocean Mist, Innocent Pink, Grass Green ink pads
Pure Luxury White and Innocent Pink cardstock
Spellbinders On the Edge die

4" x 5 1/4" white mat

I hope you will join us tonight at our release party in the  StampTV Release Party Forum from 7-9 PM Central for full set reveals, contests, new samples, chatting and more!  All new products will be available for purchase at Gina K. Designs at 7PM Central. 

Now please check out more peeks from our illustrators with their newest sets!  Start hopping and be sure to leave a comment!!

See you tonight!  Get ready to get your shop on!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Video: Introducing Lots of Letters 2

Today's video shows a sneak peek of my newest stamp set Lots of Letters 2 from Gina K. Designs. The fun floral border included in the set creates a quick eye-catching layout and provides perfect framing and placement opportunities for the capital letters. I modified the design in the photo to spell out THANK YOU. This set coordinates with my previously released Lots of Letters and the Pretty Patterns and Pretty Patterns 2 stamp sets. Lots of Letters 2 will be available for purchase in the Gina K. Designs store this Thursday night, April 24th! You will love the versatility of this set. Lots more videos and ideas to come, I've already made bunches! :)

Gina K. Designs Lots of Letters 2
Gina K. Black Onyx, Grass Green, Red Hot ink pads
Pure Luxury Black Onyx, White and Red Hot cardstock

4" x 5 1/4" white mat
4 1.4" x 5 1/2" black mat
red A2 cardbase, 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"

Note : In the video, the letters may look off center when I am placing them on the block, but that is the angle of the camera. When placing yours, center them directly over each flower center. As you can see, they are perfectly centered when stamped. :)

Thank for visiting today!  I hope you enjoyed the video, and had a wonderful weekend!  Also, that you are planning to come out our party Thursday night!

PS How excited are you for these new index sheets???

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Easter on the Green


If you live near the Austin area and are looking for something to do tomorrow (Sunday), all are welcome to attend our church's outdoor celebration Easter on the Green from 11:30-3PM, complete with live music, bouncy houses and activities for the kids, egg hunt, food trucks including barbecue, sausage, tacos and shaved ice (nominal charge for food but everything else is free), and prizes.
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Link has address (across Mopac from The Domain) and info, plus a registration form to put your name in the hat for prizes if you wish. Hope to see you!
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 Pray for no rain! :)
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Week from Today: Gina K. Designs Release and Party!

Mark your calendars for next Thursday, because we are rolling out brand new stamps sets for you, plus the release party in out StampTV forum with new samples, chatting and contests!

So excited about my new set, it coordinates with some of my past sets (natch) and will be so useful and versatile!  I made 6 cards the day it arrived and already wrapped up three videos!  The first coming next week, during the sneak peek! :)

Hope you are having a great week and some fun plans for this weekend!

More to come!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Video: Creating a Dimensional Scene (Stamper's Favorites)

Good morning!  Here is my newest video, using Stamper's Favorites.  This set sold out quickly after its release, so I did not get a chance to do any videos for it.  Now that it is back in stock* (yay!), I hope you will enjoy seeing the many techniques I do in this video to create a fast, complete scene.  This card was posted at its release, but I thought it would be a good opportunity to show step by step, as well as add more dimension to one of the birds than I did in the photo below, so be sure to watch until the end!  :) This scene is made up of three images from my  Stamper's Favorites, using simple sponging, Copic coloring and paper tole technique for adding dimension.  I also added one of Theresa's Vertical Greetings.

Try this Google search for hummingbird for color reference

Please enjoy!

Gina K. Designs Stamper's Favorites, Vertical Greetings
Ink: Gina K. Black Onyx and Ocean Mist
Ruby Throated hummingbird (RV25, RV19, YG93, YG97) and Emerald hummingbird (RV25, G05, B06, B37, YG67,) leaves YG67, YG93 and flower (RV25).
Pure Luxury Cardstock: White, Passionate Pink and Black Onyx
Adhesive foam, scissors, sponge dauber

Working on the coloring videos, part 1 will be next!  For the first one, all you will need is a pencil.  I know you have one off those. ;)

* Appreciate your patience waiting for sets that are currently out of stock!  Apologize for the inconvenience, but customers loving our stamps is a very good problem to have.  If you saw Gina's post with updates about stock and shipping, you know things will settle down and the majority of our catalog will be available once again as soon as the warehouse move is complete, which is very soon. 

Friday, April 4, 2014

Coloring Follow Up

*Thank you everyone* for your specific feedback on my coloring question post.  It really helps.  I know exactly what I'm going to do, just what many of you suggested: a series of short videos with basic principles.  Should be fun.  As always, I will keep it simple.  These will be building blocks you will return to again and again, I know I do, even if I don't think about it anymore. Knowledge is power. :)

Starting next week! Stay tuned!

Have a terrific weekend!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

That Scary Feeling: Please Respond

I often get comments on my posts here or Youtube videos to the tune of coloring (or shading) is "scary" or "intimidating".  Can you help me by posting in the comment section below if you sometimes feel this way:  what to you is intimidating or scary? Is it:

A.  choosing the right colors

B.  blending the colors

C.  knowing where the colors go

D. coloring an unfamiliar image

All feedback or questions is helpful in planning my future coloring videos!  I hope to demystify the process as much as possible.  Although I have enjoyed creating art most of my life, I've had very few formal lessons (6 after school classes in 3rd grade and Art 1 and Art II in high school), but I continue to go back to those basics (yep, the 3rd grade ones, believe it or not) and keep things as simple as possible.  It's fun!  It doesn't have to be hard.  You can do this ;)

Again, thanks so much for your help and encouragement!  I really appreciate all the notes I've been getting about the videos and so glad you are all enjoying them and learning.  The goal now is to make every new project a video.  I am so thankful Gina is broadcasting them on StampTV now on a regular basis to reach a wider audience.  Please subscribe if you have not already, as you will get an alert when I upload a new one.

Have terrific day!  It's almost the weekend :)

Monday, March 31, 2014

Video: Basket Pop Up Card

 Good morning!  I hope you had a terrific weekend!  Today's video is based on a card I created for the book Interactive Cards 2 from Annie's. I use the one basket image from Holiday Basket to make both the lidded basket and the pop up element inside.  Clear stamps make creating this "new image" for the front so easy.  I love the modification, and transitions so well to the pop up reveal of the flowers inside.  For today's demo I use the roses from the set instead of the daisies in the coordinating Spring Basket set.  This design would be terrific for a birthday, or upcoming Easter or Mother's Day card.  Celebrate sentiment is from Theresa's Celebrate the Season and greeting inside is also from Holiday Basket.

Please enjoy!

Gina K.  Designs Holiday Basket
Gina K. Black Onyx ink
Gina K. Pure Luxury cardstock

Score 1 1/4" by 4 1/2" pop up strip at 1" 2", 3" and 4".

You can find this and three more projects from me using stamps from Gina K. Designs in Interactive Cards 2.

Apologies for no photo today:  every time I try to add the photo, Blogger adds it landscape instead of portrait style.  This is a huge problem.  Have no idea why, tried resaving and redoing the photo many times. :(

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Video: Creating Stamped Off Patterns

Hello!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend!  Today’s video shows how easy it is to create patterns with the stamping off technique and my Pretty Patterns 2 set. I haven't used this tile pattern as often as some of the other borders in the set for my samples for you so far, but I love the ombre effect you can make and how clean that looks with the white space in between!  With all those squares, it looks like a lot more than it really is.  I also use my Lots of Letters set to spell out a sentiment on the stair steps created from stamping on a diagonal.  This bright graphic CAS card uses minimal supplies, can be made quickly and can be adapted to any occasion or color palette, working for male or female.  In the video I switch from this birthday design to a baby card.  Please enjoy!

 Gina K Designs Lots of Letters and Pretty Patterns 2
Gina K. Pure Luxury White and Black Onyx
Gina K Sweet Mango and Black Onyx, Memento Lilac Posies ink pads
Long and small gridline blocks

Black top fold card base (4 1/4" x 11", scored at 5 1/2")
4” x 5 1/4" white mat

Make it a wonderful week!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Reverse Masking Background Video

Good morning!

This video demonstrates a reverse masking sponged background using my Branching Out set with the new Shabby Spring StampTV kit.  You will love the versatility and ease of this dramatic technique for your clean and simple projects.  The bird image nests perfectly into the frame stamp’s branches.    

Supplies Used: 
Gina K. Designs Branching Out stamp set, Shabby SpringStampTV Kit
Gina K Pure Luxury Wild Orchid, Charcoal Brown, and White cardstock
Gina K, Charcoal Brown and Sweet Mango pads, Memento Lilac Posies
Sponge daubers, adhesiveSponge daubers, adhesive (permanent for assembling card, and removable for using with the mask, I used Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L EZ Dots Repositionable), orange marker, white gel pen

Wild Orchid top fold base 4 ¼” x 8 ½”, scored at 5 ½”
Charcoal Brown mat: 3 7/8” x 5 1/8”
White mat: 3 ¾” x 5”

Please enjoy!

Would you be interested in purchasing a signed copy of either of my books directly from me, that I could add a personalized message to?  If so, let me know. :)

Have a terrific day!