Friday, May 15, 2015

Video: Simple Color Gradient Technique with Wild at Heart

Are you ready for the fastest card ever? in today's video I'll

show you how to make a single or two layer card with my 

Wild at Heart set using a direct to stamp technique that 

creates a gorgeous color gradient or blocking effect with

quick swipes of your colored ink pads. Bold and graphic but 

painterly at the same time, the negative flower images in this

frame seem to magically appear when stamped!


Gina K. Designs Wild at Heart stamp set

Gina K. Pure Luxury Sweet Mango (4 1/4" x 11", scored at 5

 1/2") and Layering Weight

 White (4" x 5 1/4") cardstock 

Gina K. Sweet Mango, passionate Pink, and Charcoal Brown

 ink pads


Have a fabulous weekend!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Video: Direct to Stamp Technique

 In today’s video, I will show you the direct to stamp technique  (DTS), which is drawing or coloring with water-based markers directly on your stamped images before stamping. The bold frame in the Wild at Heart set with its delicate, negative details is perfect for this technique! A marker with a brush tip makes it easy to create a beautiful tapered blade of grass. Butterflies are from A Beautiful Life, also a frame set. TIP: Be sure to swipe quickly when you draw your blades, for smooth, curving arcs, as trying to go more slowly and carefully can result in a more wobbly, wonky blade. 

This frame looks so beautiful on single layer cards with the outline border.

Gina K. Designs A Beautiful Life, Wild at Heart stamp sets 
Gina K. Pure Luxury Heavy Base Weight White cardstock 4 ¼” x 11, scored at 5 ½”, and scrap 
Gina K. Sweet Corn, Black Onyx ink pads 
Spectrum Aqua Markers-Floral collection 
Scissors, Scrapbook Adhesive by 3L foam squares

Hope your week is off to a fabulous start!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Video: Simple Watercoloring with Spectrum Aqua Markers and Stately Flowers 8

Today I demonstrate a watercolor technique with the

 Spectrum Aqua markers on smooth white Pure Luxury

 cardstock. Whether you paint or color with them, these

 waterbased markers can create the bright, vibrant color of

 alcohol markers or a range of pale shades just by mixing

 with a little water. I also add a graphic border to ground the

 floral image from Stately Flowers 8 using my Pretty 

Patterns set in two tones by stamping off.

I will share some direct to stamp techniques with these

markers and my stamp sets soon!


Gina K. Designs Stately Flowers 8, Pretty Patterns stamp


Gin K. Black Onyx, Grass Green ink pads

Gina K. Pure Luxury Heavy Base Weight White cardstock

Spectrum Aqua Artists Markers-Floral Assortment

Waterbrush (or paint brush)

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Mini Hop Winner!

If you didn't see winner of the mini hop from last week posted in out StampTV Forum, here it is:

The winner was chosen randomly from all the comments that

 day, and the winner is:

MyAuntKathApril 21, 2015 at 12:21 PM

Oh, Melanie, these cards are so fascinating! I adore all of

 these. They are so different from any others I have seen. 

Love them all, but the port windows is just a fabulous card! 


Congrats, Kathie, you won the Bring the Bling set! Please 

contact me ASAP with your snail addy so I can put the 

stamps in the mail for you.

Kathie, please contact me by the end of today about the set, otherwise I will need to draw and post a different winner.  Thank you!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Video: Create an Oceanview with Triple Play Frame

Hello! I got *so* many wonderful comments about this card with Triple Play Frame and Gifts from the Sea this week, that I shot a quick video for you to see it come together. I also forgot to add a detailed supply list in my post before, so here it is! (I just made a single layer card on white in the video demonstration, but use a Kraft base plus a 4" x 5 1/4" white mat if you want it to be like the card in the original photo.)

This design is perfect for spring, summer, masculine and travel

cards: Bon Voyage, welcome back, or simply "relax"! Experiment 

with different ink colors to create a sunrise or sunset on the water.

I've also gotten requests for Gifts from the Sea videos, so I hope 

this inspires! Amazing what just a few little images can do to

create a sense of time and place... :)  I hope this also helps to see 

how lovely realistically drawn images look with this clean, graphic



Gina K. Designs Triple Play Frame, Gifts from the Sea stamp sets

Gina K. Pure Luxury Base Weight White cardstock, 5 1/2' x 8 1/2",

 scored at 4 1/4"

Gina K. Moonlit Fog, Ocean Mist ink pads

Spectrum Noir markers: BG2, IG4, EB6

adhesive pearls, scratch paper, 1 1/4" inch circle punch

Thanks for visiting, have a great weekend!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Gina K. Mini Inspiration Hop!

Good morning!  Gina K. Designs has another mini hop for you! 
Just playing with some of our newest sets and loving that Spring is
in full swing!  Be sure to leave a comment on each blog as you 
hop through because I am giving away a Bring the Bling stamp 

I have gotten many requests for a card (well, a video for a card)
using my Gifts from the Sea (back in stock!), so I stamped up  
one with Triple Play Frame.  I got kind of literal with the 
windows here, don't they work nicely as port holes? Now we're
 cruising! This could be a single layer card if you prefer, with 
the shells cut out and popped up, or you can stamp them directly 
onto the white mat and just color instead. Base is GKD Pure 
Luxury Kraft.

Begin by stamping the frame on the white mat in GKD Moonlit 
Fogthen cover with the top half of the circles with the straight 
edge of some scratch paper. Be sure it is running parallel to frame's 
borders so your horizon doesn't look wonky! Cover with the frame
mask that has the three circles cut out, 
and sponge GKD Ocean Mist ink into the bottom of each 
round section for water. (Disregard theleafy stamped branch you 
see, this mask has obviously been used before!)

Remove the straight edge mask, so that just the mask with the 
three openings is left and lightly sponge more ink to the top section
to create a cloudy sky.  Stamp the birds in Moonlit Fog in one or 
more windows. Remove mask.  Add stamped brads from Triple 
Play Frame between the windows, and the greeting and shells. 
Embellish with pearls if desired.

Here is another spotlighting card I created with Triple Play 
Frame and Elegant Florals 2. I love using the frame's windows to 
color different sections of these tall elegant, flowers!  I masked the 
orchid together to have an extra stem and fill up more of the layout.
Cardstock is GKD Pure Luxury White and Charcoal Brown. 
Colored with Spectrum Noir markers: DG1, DG2, BG6, CR2, 
BP6. I used the mini heart spangles that were the free with 
qualifying purchase Gina offered a few months ago!  Too cute! 
(Using my stuff, take note, lol!)

Finally, I paired up Beth Silaika's Delicate Damask with my 
Triple Play Frame images, as there are so many ways to use the
frame's small elements to jazz up the damask even more! 
Super simple CAS with her border stamped in Black Onyx and 
adding my butterfly (Innocent Pink) and tiny round medallions in

And here I stamped the same border in Grass Green and added my
tiny flowers in Powder Blue above. Just add butterflies and pearls!

Now please enjoy ideas from a few more members of our Gina K.
Designs team!  Be sure to leave a comment on each blog as you 
hop through for your chance to win! Winner will be chosen 
randomly from all the blogs and announced on StampTV on 

Thanks for visiting and happy hopping!  Hope it gets you stamping

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Video: Triple Play Frame Goes Shabby Chic with Fabulous Frame Fillers

Hello!  In today’s video, I will show you how to make a clean and simple single layer card with a shabby chic look by adding elements from my coordinating Fabulous Frame Fillers set to the Triple Play Frame.  The little corner elements nest in between the Triple Play Frame's round windows to accent the belly band, and when added to this frame’s corners, the straight borders in Fabulous Frame Fillers and Fabulous Holiday Fillers are a great fit!

Gina K. Designs Triple Play Frame, Fabulous Frame Fillers
Gina K. Black Onyx, Kraft and Innocent Pink pads
Gina K. Pure Luxury Ivory Heavy Base Weight cardstock
Prima Fancies flowers, silver and gold brads, foam squares and Spectrum Noir markers CR2 and GG2

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Video: Triple Play Frame Your Embellishments

Hello! I hope you all had a blessed Easter! Today I show you how the Triple Play Frame is perfect for framing up your favorite dimensional store-bought or handmade embellishments. Stickers, paper flowers, buttons, and more, the round windows showcase each small piece beautifully, and the tiny stamp images in the set create coordinating finishing touches for a quick and pretty card. Heat embossing the frame and its accents make the card extra special, and creates metallic dimensional borders and panels that layering paper alone can’t achieve.  The greetings from Fabulous Holiday Fillers are a perfect fit, and butterflies from both of these sets make a delicate, subtle border (border not shown in the photo, but demonstrated in the video)

I found these wonderful dimensional stickers at Dollar Tree!  One dollar for a pack of 7, in so many different colors! You need these. I love how the wings are transparent, so lifelike!

Tip: Create your own layered butterflies using the butterfly stamp in this set stamped or embossed on two layers of cardstock, cut out and adhere at the body, then bend the top layer's wings. You can color the underside of each the way I did in the Stained Glass video.


Gina K. Designs Triple Play Frame, Fabulous Holiday Fillers stamp sets

Gina K. Pure Luxury Heavy Base Weight White and Kraft cardstock

Gina K. Black Onyx and Versamark ink pads

Spectrum Noir markers: CR7, LG5, IB2

Fly Stickers 3D butterfly stickers, silver embossing powder, heat gun, scratch paper

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Video: Two Step Stamp a Mini Garden

Good morning! In today’s video, I show you how to quickly create a miniature garden with the tiny two step floral elements in my Triple Play Frame set.  This clean and simple design works for just about any occasion and makes such a sweet statement on a plain white card base.  Masking grounds the scene.  If you want to use the frame, you can stamp small vignettes of the same flowers into each of the round windows using a mask of the frame over the stamped frame. I make just a couple changes during the demonstration to the card you see here. For more greetings and coordinating elements, I also used Fabulous Holiday Fillers set.

Gina K. Designs Triple Play Frame, Fabulous Holiday Fillers stamp sets
Gina K. Pure Luxury Heavy Base Weight White cardstock
Gina K. Grass Green, Red Hot, Wild Lilac, Sweet Mango, Blue Denim, Black Onyx ink pads
Scratch paper for masking, adhesive pearls or rhinestones 

Full disclosure: I stamped that butterfly inside when making my sample before the video to cover a smudge I got on the corner! But yes, it is always a good idea and looks better to use coordinating stamps on the inside of your card! (You've already got your pads and stamps out, so why not? :)

Finally, here is a modified garden design using the frame, which I show at the end of the video. Supplies are basically the same except I stamped the frame in Grass Green on Pure Luxury Ivory cardstock,  and stamp the "brads" in between the windows and at the corners and color the borders with alcohol or water-based markers. So you can stamp the frame in other colors than black or brown and still color it in! But keep in mind, they have to be lighter than the stamped border or else you will have to be *really* precise in your coloring, because any coloring on the border and the line will look a little wonky, know what I mean? Peace is stamped in Red Hot.

Hope you enjoyed this video and projects! As large as the frame is, those other stamps are really tiny but effective!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Triple Play Frame Tip Sheet

Just a few tips for Triple Play Frame to get you started! Several will be demonstrated in videos.  (Some will make more sense seeing it in action!) Refer to photo of the set above when tips describes certain images and combinations. Links have been provided for coordinating sets.

Cut out the middle circles with a 1 1/4" punch or die.  You can cut out the larger circles around that with a 1 1/2" punch or die.

Smaller hearts stamp perfectly into the smaller hearts in the border and nest into the larger hearts in the border leaving a small rim. Add interest to the border by two step stamping them in at random or in a pattern, and alternate coloring in the remaining hearts with different colored markers or pencils. Add highlights to the hearts' humps with a paint, glitter or gel pen.

Turn the frame in 4 different directions for 4 different layouts.

Create custom borders and background stamping the different small images.

Add the small seasonal elements to the middle of the small open circle to make themed stamped "brads" for the frame or other projects to coordinate with your designs.

Stamp the small images like a flower, heart or butterfly to substitute for the O in hope love and joy.

Use the large floral heart and butterfly with coordinating elements in Fabulous Frame Fillers for fancier coordinated designs in the Fabulous Frame or Triple Play Frame frames.

Make a mini landscape or bunch of flowers with the two and three step floral elements: stem (flexible, can be stamped to lean either way), small leaf for the stem, large fern, and three small flower silhouettes as toppers. You can also make them growing inside the circle frames or rooting at the corner or along the largest frame section of as a border. (This is shown in next video!)

Color in the borders for a more layered look. Use all one color for a monochromatic look use different colors for the outer frame, the belly band and the circle rims.  You can even divide up the outer border by using a different color for the left and right side.

Leave borders uncolored for a more subtle, embossed look.  Stamping the border in Versamark or tone on tone will be the most subtle but will still lend structure and design to your card and help in placement of images.

Emboss the frame with a heat gun and embossing powder to add dimension and texture and have the frame stand out.

Cut masks to keep with your set to have different open sections of the frame to stamp into, allowing making custom stamped backgrounds for each section: left side, right on one, inner circle openings on another, and finally inside the belly band.

Use any of the straight borders in Fabulous Frame Fillers and Fabulous Holiday Fillers with your Triple Play Frame masks to create dashed dotted etc borders that will go all the way across the new frame around the belly band or along the middle or bottoms of the largest section.  Or, stamp it across the belly band section when covered with the mask to reveal straight borders on the short sides.

Stamp "brads" or small elements in between the circles as accents.  Words can fit in between the round windows as well when the frame is turned portrait style.

Fill in the belly band and oval end cap in Fabulous Holiday Fillers  with the new brad and button accents in Triple Play Frame.

Fill in the curved and straight border in Fabulous Holiday Fillers with all the new round accents in Triple Pay Frame, like the buttons and seasonal "brads".

Use Fabulous Frame Fillers photo corner images in the Triple Play Frames corners.

All the longer sentiments in the Fabulous Holiday Fillers set work in the largest section of Triple Play Frame, either centered or in the corner.

 The small flower and leafy corner accent in Fabulous Frame Fillers first perfectly into the top and bottom sections of the belly band in between the three circle in Triple Play Frame.

All of the "For My" and relationship words "For my Mom" etc from Fabulous Holiday Fillers will fit in the circles in Triple Play Frame.

No coloring needed for these bold images, but lots of coloring oportunities if you want to add into the patterned details on the heart, butterfly, into the patterned hearts inside the deigned brads, border etc.

Create bodies for the large and small butterfly by stamping in the different smaller accents in the set (or from Fabulous Frame Fillers or Fabulous Holiday Fillers) or add using adhesive pearls or rhinestones.

Sentiments to make with just the words in this set:
have hope
have love
have joy
have faith
have peace
big hugs
big wish
wish big
big faith
big thanks 
big baby (hee!)
baby love

Use the asterisk or brads in between the words to accent and separate them.  Doing this repeatedly makes fun borders along the top or bottom: love*love*love* or  love*joy*peace* etc

Use the & sign in the Fabulous Frame set to pair any of these new words together.

Stamp one of the larger images in light ink, and then stamp one of the words over it in a dark ink like black or brown.

Use a sponge dauber or rock and roll a large circle stamp on a pad and stamp as a background to add one of the larger images or the words into to highlight it.

Use all these images in the many circles in the Fun Year Round Frame and vice versa, use the round images from Fun Year Round inside the Triple Play Frames three circle windows and to stamp into the large and small sections of the new frame.

You can also use the new bold images and words to enhance the graphic elements and letters in Lots of Letters and Lots of Letters 2 sets.

Use the small images to make straight or "up and down" borders by stamping them in a row end to end or small space in between.

Not just for Christmas, a number of different elements can be "hung" from the ornament hanger year round.  Two step stamp in a button or seasonal circle to look like ornaments, or stamp in the large flowers etc.  Anything with round edge works! Stamping them in a row makes a very festive border, alone on a CAS card or hung along one of the frame's inner borders.

So many different options for clean and simple cards with all the seasonal images used on their own, no frame required, no limit to what you can do with a few ink pads and clean white or neutral card base!

And more coming soon!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Video: Two Step Stamped Flowers and Reverse Masking

Good morning! In today’s video, I show you how to make a beautiful layered card in minutes with Triple Play Frame using reverse masking and two and three step stamping techniques. A 1¼” circle punch or die is a perfect fit to pop up inside the frame’s three round windows!  If you have no punch or die in that size, simply stamp the frame and cut out the inner circles when you want a coordinating cardstock or patterned paper as filler.


Gina K. Triple Play Frame stamp set

Gina K. Pure Luxury Passionate Pink cardstock (5 ½” x 8 ½”, scored at 4 ¼”), Layering Weight White cardstock (4” x 5 ¼”) and Sweet Mango (4 ¼ x 5 ½”, trimmed down to 3 ¾” x 5” after stamping)

Gina K. Dark Chocolate, Passionate Pink, Turquoise Sea, and Sweet Mango ink pads

Acrylic blocks, scissors and scratch paper

Thanks for visiting and have a fabulous weekend!