Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Create Flowers Inside & Out: Cutaway Technique Video

Hello! In today's video, I will show you how to do a very simple cutting and stamping technique with my A Year of Flowers sets to bring your floral designs from the outside to the inside of your card for a beautiful reveal.  These sketchy floral images for all seasons in A Year of Flowers 2 will be some of the easiest in your collection to color. You can do this! Please enjoy. 

Tip: Be sure to use a heavy sealed cardstock when doing this technique if using alcohol markers to prevent bleeding through when coloring on both sides. 

(Apologies for all the stumbles.  Too much caffeine today! Doesn't take much, as I am naturally caffeinated) ;)

Gina K. Designs A Year of Flowers 2 (or A Year of Flowers
Gina K. Pure Luxury Base Weight White (4 1/4" x 8 1/2", scored at 4 1/4") Passionate Pink (3 3/4" x 3 3/4") and Cranberry tart 4" x 4") cardstock
Gina K. Back Onyx ink pad
Spectrum Noir markers: BG3, DR4, DR6, CG2, DG3
scissors, adhesive

Thank you for visinting and your comments! Have a blessed Thanksgiving! I am thankful to God for making all my dreams come true. Every one!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Video: Gift Card on a Card with Beyond Baskets 2

Hello! Today I will show you how to make a fun gift card holder on a card!  The container images in my Beyond Baskets 2 set are perfect for presenting gift cards for the upcoming  holidays, a birthday or any gift-giving occasion.  (And this set coordinates with all of my other basket stamp sets, just sayin'!) This is great way to use your designer patterned papers, and I also show you a thrifty tip for creating gift tissue on the fly.  Please enjoy! You can do this gift card on a card using the cardboard box pieces in the set, great for masculine cards. Bonus design in the video showing how to adapt this gift card design using the box and wrapped lid images in the set also, so be sure to watch to the end :)


Gina K. Designs Beyond Baskets 2 stamp set
Gina K. Pure Luxury White (4” x 5 ½”) , Kraft (3 7/8” x 5 1/8”),  Cherry Red (4 ¼” x 11”, scored at 5 ½”) cardstock
Gina K. Knitted Patterns designer paper
Gina K. Cherry Red and Black Onyx ink pads
Spectrum Noir DR5, DR6  markers
Scissors, craft knife, adhesive, foam adhesive squares, tissue or copy paper, bakers twine

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Video: Faux White Washed Wood & Fancy Corners

Hello! In today’s video, I will show you how to create a white washed faux wood grain background with your ink pads and cardstock. This gorgeous, direct to paper technique is perfect for fall and winter, masculine cards, or any time you want add a touch of nature to your project. Festive Frame paired with technique looks like a beveled plaque ready to hang! I also show you how to offset the floral corners in Festive Frame to make an even more abundant arrangement for this frame.  This fancy, multi layered card be made in just 10 minutes! Based on a design I created for my book, Fabulous Stamped Frames, with a few tweaks!)  I am lovin' how these inverted scallops are giving me "holly wreath"! :)

Gina K. Designs Festive Frame stamp set
Gina K. Pure Luxury White (4” x 5 ¼”) , Dark Sage  4 ¼” x 11”, scored at 5 1/2”, and scrap, 3" x 4” for oval die cut), Kraft (4” x 5 ¼”) cardstock
Gina K. White pigment pad, Dark Sage and Kraft premium dye ink pads
Scissors, adhesive, Gina K. Inverted Oval Stackers Nesting dies (2nd and 3rd largest dies), Gina K. Lace Corners die set, die cutting machine, foam squares, adhesive pearls

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Video: Faux Wood Grain and Pieced Panels

Good morning! In today’s video, I will show you a quick and easy faux wood grain technique with ink and cardstock.  This direct to paper technique is so versatile and is great for masculine cards or any time you want to add a touch of texture or nature to your design. The Inspiration Mosaic (clear or rubber-limited stock!) stamp set is perfect for this technique because it looks like joined panels. Changing the direction of the grain, along with some simple paper piecing, creates a very interesting, parquet-like pattern. 

As you can see, this set plays well with one of her other popular frame sets, Branching Out! Sponging and masking completes the look. Lots of techniques and tips packed into this video, so please enjoy! Be sure to watch to the end to see how you can later use the extra pieces of the frame to make a second, beautiful project. Note: Inspiration Mosaic stamp set is now available in clear photopolymer and will be demonstrated with the new clear version in videos moving forward. J

These projects today, plus 34 more, for my frame sets are in my book! Purchase Fabulous Stamped Frames book here

Fabulous Stamped Frames book 
Gina K. Designs Inspiration Mosaic, Branching Out stamp sets
Gina K. Pure Luxury Kraft (5 ½” x 11”, scored at 4 ¼”; 2 mats 3 7/8” x 5 1/8”and scrap) and Black Onyx (4” x 5 ¼” and scraps) cardstock
Gina K. Warm Cocoa and Black Onyx premium dye ink pads
Scissors, sticky notes, sponge dauber, adhesive, foam squares

And here is the card I pointed out in the book for your bonus 
"two-fer" project! Pieces are already stamped and woody. Just cut and paste on a black mat. Plant some tulips! (corners from A Beautiful Life, or use A Year of Flowers) :)

Have a beautiful day!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Gina K. Sparkling Christmas Inspiration Hop

Good morning!  Happy November (where has 2015 gone?) The Cast and Crew for Gina K Designs welcomes you to another fabulous Inspiration Blog Hop! This blog hop is for our October Sparkling Christmas StampTV Kit Release, and we hope to inspire you with some beautiful card projections as you hop along in the hop this month.  Please enjoy the gorgeous inspiration samples from the team and then comment on each blog for your chance to win an awesome grab bag of GKD goodies!  To see who won, check the Big News Forum at StampTV a few days after the hop.

Two of today's cards I showed at the release party last week, now with creation details. Two are new! Check it! :)
First, I have a very simple chalkboard design.  Just some White Gina K. Pigment ink and Black Onyx cardstock are all you need. I love wordy cards so I thought these stylized, big greetings along with the longer sentiments would fill the space really nicely, and the fancy borders finish it off.  Base is Cherry Red from the kit.
Next, here is clean and simple design with the reindeer. I just love lots of white space, and white space is perfect for a big expanse of freshly fallen snow!  Be bold and add some foot prints and a shadow (Spectrum Noir IG3), it will make this design spring to life. Base is, again, my favorite Cherry Red! Dot the "i" with some rhinestone bling. Done! (You can't see it from this angle in this photo, but I gently swiped my Wink of Stella glitter pen ALL over the white, so tilt it just right and it's all super sparkly!)

Here is a stepped up version with the reindeer, Santa's sleigh is sure to follow! Still just a single layer! Reindeer is stamped and stamped off in Gina K. Dark Chocolate ink. I added shadows to the reindeer (EB3 and EB5), and footprints are BT4.   Have fun adding some stripes or detail to the open scarves and socks for some individuality (JG5 and DR3).  Sponging and masking with Ocean Mist and Turquoise Sea inks to make a few drifts and cloudy sky really make scene.  Last I added a pearl I colored with the DR3 marker for a nose. Brr, I'm getting cold, are you?

Finally, the silhouette trees in this kit are perfect for a cold, silent starry night, with "the" star!  Stamping the trees all the way around the mat rather than just on the horizon easily create the effect of sitting in the snow looking up or standing in the middle of a clearing, gazing towards the heavens.  I sponged on first Gina K. Lovely Lavender to the middle of the Pure Luxury White mat, followed by Powder Blue, then Blue Denim and Navy inks around the edges.  Adding the Edible Eggplant to the corners and just a touch through the middle adds some mystery and that hazy quality of the milky way. You don't need as many blue inks as this, but it saves time not having to layer as much ink. Also, using both blue and purple tones, instead of just blue really makes the sky richer, and "inkier"! 

Next stamp the trees, both the single and the trio at random in the eggplant, stamping off to create distance, and making sure to vary the placement of trees as you go, some higher or lower or it will look more like a pattern of arrows than trees, know what I mean?  Always stamp silhouettes after sponging to keep images crisp, (unless you are going for a hazy look,  and that can work, too!)  Finally dot a sprinkle of stars with white gel pens (Big Pitt (for the big and Ranger for the tiny) .  I added a few small rays to the one in the middle (a small "x " and a big"+"), in the lightest area of the card (planned!) above the greeting to represent the Christmas star.  Base is Pure Luxury Powder Blue.
I love how it turned out!  You can do this!

Sparkling Christmas StampTV kit

And here are the lovely incentives this month!

If you missed my paper pieced owl cards with these knits, see here. :) 

Need any more convincing this is a great kit you need?  (and I didn't even bust out the included snowflake dies on these cards!) Well, alright then, go see what the rest of the design team has now, they will surely cement your decision, in the best way!  :)

Melanie Muenchinger (you are here!)

Hugs, thanks for hopping with us today!

Friday, October 30, 2015

Gina K. StampTV Kit Now Available!

I was only able to make it to the tail end of our release party last night, but I did manage to show a few cards before peeps left!  Here is one with the new Sparkling Christmas StampTV kit using this festive owl image!  I paper pieced the knit hats using several patterns from the knit prints patterned paper pack, FREE when you place an order of $75 or more! Doesn't that large mat look exactly like I pulled a furry sweater over this card? I used my BG3 Spectrum Noir marker (W5 for Copic users) to draw a shadow to the bottom of the hats to add dimension, this always spices up your paper piecing! Cardstock used here (Prickly Pear, Cherry Red, and White) is included in the kit.
Sparkling Christmas StampTV Kit
I also thought the end of the branch needed a little sumthin' sumthin' so I inked up just the tied bow from my twine border in Triple Play Holiday.  I used the diamond border from that stamp set as well to add more interest to the layers.

Have a great weekend, and a fun, safe Halloween! Inspiration hop with the Gina . design team Monday!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Video: Creating Spinning Elements with Triple Play Frame

Hello! Today I will show you how to make a simple spinner card with my Triple Play Frame and elements from my Triple Play Holiday set.  The frame has the perfect layout and window placement for whatever interactive elements you create, and your recipient will love the motion!   These hanging sentiments are so fun with the patterned paper and all your holiday cards, and an added spinner makes projects special any time of the year. So many possibilities with the images in both of these sets to spin in these windows, sized to fit, for any occasion! Please enjoy! (Sneak peek, too, of the new StampTV kit patterned paper! Coming this Thursday! That's tomorrow!) ;)

Gina K. Designs Triple Play Fillers, Triple Play Holiday stamp sets
Gina K. Cherry Red, Prickly Pear, and Dark Chocolate ink pads
Gina K. Sparkling Christmas patterned paper pack (available Oct. 29th), 4” x 5 ¼” mat
Gina JK. Pure Luxury white cardstock 5 ½” x 8 ½”, scored at 4 ¼”
Spectrum Noir markers GB8 and DR6
Thread, scissors, adhesive, 1 ¼” and 1 3/8” (or 1 ½”) circle punches or dies

Thanks for visiting and for your comments!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Video: Rock and Rolled Vine and Watercoloring with Ink Pads

Hello! In today’s video,  I will show you how to add multiple colors to the vine in Theresa Momber’s Vine & Butterfly set with the rock and roll technique.  The vine in this set nest beautifully inside the stamped frame from Triple Play Frame.  I will show you some easy watercoloring with an ink pad for the butterflies. Berry trio from Triple Play Holiday is the perfect two step accent for pops of color on the vine!  Please enjoy!
Isn't it interesting how purple this blue ink turns when you add water? I love it!

Gina K. Designs Vine & Butterfly, Triple Play Frame, and Triple Play Holiday stamp sets
Gina K. Pure Luxury White (4” x 5 ¼”) and Wild Wisteria (4 ¼” x 11”, scored at 5 ½”) cardstock
Gina K. Black nyx, Blue Denim, Jelly Bean Green and Fresh Asparagus ink pads

Stella glitter pen, adhesive, scissors, foam squares

Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Video: Stamped Raffia, Tips & Tricks!

Hello! In today's video, I'll show you how to create different looks with the raffia stamp in Triple Play Holiday, as well as how to save time and get great results with this image, even when you aren't using it with the coordinating Triple Play Frame. This stamp is so versatile, which quickly and easily adds interest, texture and a faux layer to any project. Perfect for masculine cards, and fabulous year round!

Gina K. Designs Triple Play Holiday stamp set
Gina K. Pure Luxury Cherry Red (5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored at 4 1/4") and white (4" x 5") cardstock
Gina K. Cranberry Tart and Sweet Corn premium ink pads
Gina K. Autumns Wishes patterned paper pack
Spectrum Noir markers BG3, DR3, DR6, CG2, DG3
1 3/8" circle punch (or die), brad, piercing tool or 1/16" hole punch, adhesive, foam square, scissors

Which look is *your* favorite? :)

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Video: Stamping Simple Stitched Vines

Good morning!  Today I'll show you how you can create your own custom vines, like I did on the Jelly Bean Green card earlier this week (thanks for all your comments!) with the stitched elements in my Triple Play Holiday stamp set. This time in some Christmas colors! The clear stitched border is flexible and allows for bending it in the configuration you need for your design, and the included images add beautiful detail, color and balance to your layouts.  This is a 5 minute card, but dding a simple drop shadow with a marker (1 minute!) adds so much dimension, you'll have to touch it believe they aren't raised stitches!  These versatile stamps are must have your projects. Don't you love this look? And so fun to design your own. Greeting is from Beth's This & That. Please enjoy!

Gina K. Designs Triple Play Holiday, This & That stamp sets
Gina K. Pure Luxury Cherry Red (5 ½” x 8 ½”, scored at 4 1/4”) and White cardstock, 4” x 5 ¼”
Gina K.  Cherry Red, Fresh Asparagus, and Prickly Pear ink pads
Spectrum Noir marker: BG3
adhesive, adhesive rhinestone

Friday, October 2, 2015

Gina K. Inspiration Day 3: Wild Blossoms and You've Got a Friend in Me

Good morning! The Cast and Crew for Gina K. Designs welcomes you back for our final Inspiration Hop for our September Release!  Enjoy the gorgeous inspiration samples from the team with exclusive sets Gina used at the Bella conference which can now be yours, too, like you were there! :) Be sure to comment on each blog for your chance to win an awesome grab bag of GKD goodies! !!   To see who won, check the Big News Forum at StampTV a few days after the hop.
Love the sweet images and sentiments in this set in You've Got a Friend in Me! (Can't help but think of "Toy Story" whenever I read or hear that! In the best way possible!) Trees, greeting and twine (from Triple Play Holiday) are stamped in Dark Chocolate, and the stitched row on both layers (love this stamped stitching as an accent, but also to suggest grass) is stamped in Fresh Asparagus.  Leaves are colored with Spectrum Noir markers, OR1, GB8, DR3, GB4, and CG2. I added a drop shadow (BG3) to the twine for dimension and little heart charm (also from Triple Play Holiday), stamped in Red Hot. Cardstock is Pure Luxury White, Kraft and Dark Chocolate.

Next up, we have Wild Blossoms!  Love this single layer card with it's romantic flowering vine!  I stamped the vine in Dark Sage and stamped off to create the lgihter vine.  I two step stamped the different blossoms in Peach Bellini ink and added just a few lines of Spectrum Noir to accent them.  Greeting is stamped in Dark Chocolate. I added some Wink of Stella glitter pen to the blossoms and sponged with the peach and sage inks.  One little adhesive rhinestone, and that's it!

Ready for more creation with these sets! Please enjoy!  Thanks for visiting today!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Gina K. Inspiration Hop Day 2: This & That and Simply The Best

Good morning! The Cast and Crew for Gina K Designs is back with another fabulous Inspiration Blog Hop! More projects for our September Release stamps sets, so please enjoy the gorgeous inspiration samples from the team and then comment on each blog for your chance to win an awesome grab bag of GKD goodies!   To see who won, check the Big News Forum at StampTV a few days after the hop.

I tell you what, the silhouettes in the Simply the Best set just have the coolest, most interesting textures!  I stamped this leaf in both Black Onyx and Grass Green, and then colored the flowers with Spectrum Noir markers, LY3, CT4, GB4.  I accented the flower centers and around the greeting with adhesive rhinestones.

Next in Beth's Silaika's This & That, I love the three big scroll-y ampersands you have to choose from that work with so many different images, and all the fun words in a font that is both classic and modern. Tons of combinations and orientations to be made for your designs with these greetings! These are stamped in Sweet Mango, Wild Lilac, Ocean Mist and Jelly Bean Green. I stamped off the Ocean Mist ampersands so it would be easy to read the overlapping sentiments. Love the circle accents! To finish, I stamped on the bakers twine from Triple Play Holiday (dotting in whit gel pen to the twine on the colored base) and embossed the bottom corner with a dotted folder to add more texture and match the stamping.

A drop shadow on the ampersand by simply tracing with your marker is fast and really makes these sentiments pop. (Video coming up showing you how to create the stitched vines with the Triple Play Holiday set!) Sentiment stamped in Wild Lilac and Black Onyx and flower and vine in Wild Lilac, Prickly Pear, and Fresh Asparagus on Gina K. Pure Luxury Jelly Bean Green cardstock.

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

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Gina K. Inspiration Hop Day 1: Triple Play Holiday and Vine & Butterfly

Good morning! The Cast and Crew for Gina K Designs welcomes you to another fabulous Inspiration Blog Hop! This blog hop is for  our September Release, just in case you didn't get enough inspiration at last night's party! ;) We hope to inspire you with some eye candy as you hop along.  Enjoy the gorgeous inspiration samples from the team and then comment on each blog for your chance to win an awesome grab bag of GKD goodies! Additionally, I will be giving one of these cards away!  Be sure to let me know in the comments *which* is your favorite! To see who won, please check the Big News Forum at StampTV a few days after the hop.

First up, I have a few samples with my new Triple Play Holiday! It coordinates with the Triple Play Frame, but can do so much more. I am loving all the little bits! 

Who's ready to get started on Christmas cards?  The wreaths, two step images, and and homespun elements in this set make accenting the frame a snap!  Twine!!  Jingle bells!!

I showed this single layer Kraft design at the party. The embroidery combos are truly endless!  Now you can have a homespun stitched look on any card, frame or no,  in any ink pads you choose! I love "no sew"!

 Here is another single layer card. I am so stinkin' excited about this raffia wrap!  The raffia is drawn to look like it is just wrapping around the edges of that layer in the frame, see? here I stamped it in Charcoal Brown and colored it with Spectrum Noir FS1 and GB1 markers. Tracing the underside with a BG3 marker to create a drop shadow adds a lot, but I will show in a video how to create even more dimension on the raffia than I did here, for even more realism, and it's really easy!  Love how the leaves fit in the windows and the smaller two step versions work as accents or a charm (stamped in Tomato Soup ink)  The diamond border is a filler for the open border in Triple Play Fillers, and is a great way to fill in this smaller section. I also added a few stitched to the belly band, to add interest.
And finally I wanted to show one with the leaves again and the dahlia, also fits in the round windows, but no frame this time.  There is a lot of shading in this line art flower, so it's incredibly easy to color.  Begin by stamping the flowers in Dark Chocolate, then the leaves around them in the chocolate and also Grass Green, add the smaller leaves and now you have a vine! I sponged on both inks around the edges. Next, I used a water brush and painted on a bit of Peach Bellini ink to the flower, and a little green and the peach on the leaves.  I'll admit I dropped a huge spot of water (lower left, huge!!) so this was the perfect to time to "just add water" and do some more drops and make it look intentional.  That is the beauty of watercolor: messy, and beautiful, just like life!  So don't throw it away, go with it!  I love how this adds age and romance to the design.  Greeting is from Beth's This &That (our hop tomorrow!)

 If you missed my intro video and single layer cupcake card (mmm, cupcakes!), please be sure to scroll down to the post below. :)  That's all i'm showing now because I have lots of videos already recorded and need to save some surprises! ;)

The next set we are showcasing is Theresa Momber's Vine & Butterfly. I love this rectangular vine stamp!  There are so many ways to configure it on a card, and lots of inky techniques to try. 

Here is a very simple one I did just inking up one piece of the vine by tapping on my ink pads. An easy way to add flourishes on your cards, anywhere you need them.  Sky is sponged with Gina K. Sweet Mango and Dusty Rose. Cardstock is Gina K. Pure Luxury White, Black Onyx and Ocean Mist.  Love the "You've got this"!

I shared this card last night. I inked up the vine image in Jelly Bean Green (and tapped a little of Fresh Asparagus and Grass Green on before stamping to add some different shades) over the stamped Triple Play Frame (this vine fits in there so nicely!) and stamped on the stitched berries from my new Triple Play Holiday set in Blue Denim ink. (I have a wisteria pad but look how nice and purple the Denim ink paints with water!) Next I stamped the butterflies in Black Onyx, cut them out, and water colored them with the Blue Denim ink pad. Finally I popped them up with foam squares and brushed on just a bit of the Wink of Stella glitter pen. Card base is Pure Luxury Wild Wisteria.

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

Allie Gower

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

You're Invited! Gina K. Release Party

Here is my newest video, in case you haven't seen it yet!  Check out all the elements in my newest set, Triple Play Holiday, available tonight at 7PM CST!  This single layer card can be made in just a few minutes with this set and Triple Play Frame!  I am so excited to see all the ideas the design team has for this plus our other new stamps sets at the party tonight on StampTV!  Come for inspiration, chat, contests and prizes!  A ton of fun!  Tuesday night 7-8 PM CST!  See you there!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Video: Fun Year Round with A Year of Flowers 2

Here is my latest video. Fun Year Round sold out a few hours after posting (!), but we will get more in stock soon. A Year of Flowers 2 is still in stock.  :)

TIP: Someone made the wonderful suggestion after watching how pretty this design also would be in red and green with the poinsettia from that set for Christmas, so I think I will have to make one like that next time I sit down to craft (and turn it landscape style, just to be different).  I'd also substitute the circle burst for the chunky geometric ones you see, here, since they make me think of sparkles, falling snow, champagne bubbles, etc! Can you picture it?

Description and supply list are on the Youtube page. Please enjoy!  

Hope your weekend is fabulous so far!