Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Video: Simple Watercolored Arranged with Love


Hello! Sorry for no video last week, did you miss me??  Today I will try to make up for it by showing you how to create a simple card that looks like anything but with the intricately detailed Arranged with Love frame stamp and waterbased markers. Blended colors with Zig Clean Color markers and a brush create bold and subtle tones, and the gold embossing makes it extra special.  Watercoloring is both freeing and forgiving, and produces a dramatic, one-of-a-kind card every time! This frame and its year round greetings (now in clear!) work for any season just by changing the color palette. Please enjoy!  If you like coloring *these* flowers, consider A Year of Flowers also,  a must have set for your stamping tool box!!

Also, just a heads up, the video *was* viewing fine for me, but now for some reason it keeps wanting to start in the middle around 7 minutes! ?? PLEASE, just slide the bar back to the beginning at 0:00, it should play fine and in its entirety, does for me (and also tarts properly where it should while I view in all my edit and preview modes!  Don't know what's up with that, I put in a ticket to Youtube!)


Supplies:
Gina K. Designs Arranged with Love stamp set
Gina K. Pure Luxury Tomato Soup cardstock (4 ¼” x 11, scored at 5 ½”) watercolor paper (4” x 5 ¼”)
Versamark ink pad
Zig Clean Color (or waterbased) markers: Bright Yellow, Scarlet Red, Ochre, Mid Green, Dark Oatmeal, Cobalt Blue

Water brush ( or watercolor brush and water), heat gun, gold embossing powder, adhesive


Here is the set I got!  Click thumbnail to view:

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Video: How to Watercolor with Zig Clean Color Markers



Hello! Today I'll show you how to color the embossed dogwood flowers from my Stately Flowers 10 with Zig Clean Color markers and a water brush.  These markers on watercolor paper can go bold or subtle  and allow you to create amazing effects!    This flower branch can be stamped in any corner of your layout for a beautiful, clean and simple design. I shared this card in our hop and got lots of emails to demonstrate it, and I think the one in the video turned out even prettier! Don't overthink the colors, just let the colors run! Please enjoy!  Let me know A or B in the comments!

Best price I've seen on this set, click below!



Supplies: Gina K. Stately Flowers 10 stamp set
Gina K. Pure Luxury Ivory cardstock (4 ¼” x 11”, scored at 5 1/2”), watercolor paper 4” x 5 ¼”
Versamark ink pad
Zig Clean Color markers: Mid Brown, Yellow Green, Light Green, Mid Green, Blue Gray, Cornflour Blue, Persian Blue
Water brush, adhesive pearls, Gina K. Dark Chocolate embossing powder, heat gun, acrylic block


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

The Secret is Out!


It's been hard to keep this a secret, but the secret is out!  
Gina, Theresa, Sean, Karen and I have have arranged a fantastic 3 day even for you in Greendale, WI if you are able to get in on registration!  Check out the amazing line up of events and stampy swag you'll be taking home if you do! We have some other surprised lined up as well, and I can't wait till you see the new stamps we'll be working with you and you'll get for free!  Click on the photo to maximize the details and see the agenda!  Gina said the calls are already coming in since her announcement this morning, but space is limited, so don't delay if you don't want to miss the biggest event Gina K. designs has put together!!  I can't wait to see the roster once spots are confirmed of who I'll be partying and crafting with! Yes!!!

 I've only gotten to meet Gina once in all our time working together, and NEVER met my other team members, so hanging at the store for several days with our StampTV fans is just a dream come true in so many ways! :)  Doesn't hurt that the village of Greendale is historic, perfect for tourists, and beautiful weather and fall colors that time of year.  Counting the seconds till I go on this marvelous adventure!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

StampTV Kit, Day 2: Give Thanks




Good morning! The Cast and Crew for Gina K Designs welcomes you back to another fabulous blog hop celebrating the new Painted Autumn StampTV Kit! We hope to inspire you with some beautiful card projects as you hop along to each of the designer’s blogs! Today, we are featuring the second set in the Painted Autumn StampTV Kit, Give Thanks. In this set, you will find fun and cuddly critters, acorn, leaves and fun sentiments to make the most adorable card projects!  There are so many possibilities with these sets!

Here is one from the release party. I love this little guy! I noticed the pumpkin trio was the perfect width to perch on top of his tail and prized acorn, fun! Had to grab some of the kit's coordinating pumpkin paper and I stamped colored and cut out the single acorn for an embellishment. The oval shadow stamp is so very versatile, as you will see below...



....Ginormous petals!! And a ginormous center to go with, using that circle frame in the set! Good stuff! Base is GKD Sweet Corn and ink is GKD Cherry Red , stamped full strength and stamped off in between for the lighter color. Circle and sentiment are stamped in GKD Black Onyx.  If the letter looks a teeny bit dimensional, I shifted the stamp a hair after stamping and stamped off! Love it! I also used my BG3 Spectrum Noir marker to trace a little shadow on the sides of the stamped petals. Love this single layer design!  beautiful with any color on Pure Luxury White, but I wanted to use some of the pretty colored cardstock included in the kit.


Enjoy the gorgeous inspiration samples from the team and then comment on each blog for your chance to win a $20 Gina K Designs gift certificate! To see who won, check the Big News Forum at StampTV a few days after the hop.






Don’t forget to pop over to the Gina K Designs Store and check out all of the new products available this month in the “What’s New” section at http://www.ginakdesigns.com.


Thank you for stopping by!

Monday, August 29, 2016

StampTV Kit, Day 1: Painted Autumn

Good morning! The Cast and Crew for Gina K Designs welcomes you to another fabulous blog hop celebrating the new Painted Autumn StampTV Kit! We hope to inspire you with some beautiful card projects as you hop along to each of the designer’s blogs! Today, we are featuring one of the stamp sets from the kit, Painted Autumn. In this set, you will find beautiful floral and leaf images where you will be able to create the 3 or 4-step stamping technique! You can create one floral image or an entire bouquet of gorgeous autumn flowers. This set will be great to use all year long!


This is a the first card I made. I just grabbed a stack of pads that coordinated with the colors Gina chose for the kit and went to town! Flowers are stamped in GKD Ocean mist, Sweet Corn, Honey Mustard, Cherry Red, leaves in Fresh Asparagus, (full strength and stamped off) and outlines and branches in Dark Chocolate. Fabulous flowers! Fabulous!! Cardstock from the kit is Pure Luxury Ivory, Ocean Mist, Sweet Corn, and Dark Chocolate. I traced a drop shadow on a couple words (always grateful) that I wanted to stand out, along with the flowers and leaves to make it pop.  Pierced a few holes at corners  and bottom to tie in the stitched ribbon. I love adding teeny details like this, to go with a sentiment like, "There is always something to be thankful for". Pick your fave element and enjoy!

This next card I wanted to show in some colors that aren't in the kit, since these images can be used year round, and two-, three- and four step stamping looks amazing in so many color combos, even unexpected (or unintentional) ones! Now the lavender, lilac, eggplant, was intentional, the Black Onyx on the leaves was not, I grabbed the wrong pad, ack! Let's just say, I am "so thankful" this card worked out! (Since you know I hate to start over) ;) These painterly flowers really do look good in any color.  Base is Ivory and I added some Platinum Pearl Liquid Pearl accents to tie in the champagney-colored Kraft stamping on the leaves. (That also didn't quite turn out like I was expecting, was going for kind of shabby chic country look, but I think it turned out okay!)*


Please enjoy the gorgeous inspiration samples from the team and then comment on each blog for your chance to win a $20 Gina K Designs gift certificate! To see who won, check the Big News Forum at StampTV a few days after the hop.


Ready for more awesome creations?! Just click on the links below for more from Gina and the Cast & Crew:


Don’t forget to pop over to the Gina K Designs Store and check out all of the new products available this month in the “What’s New” section at http://www.ginakdesigns.com.

Thanks for visiting!


* Don't ask me how to get that beautiful pinky purple two step color on the top flower, I can't recreate it! I forgot to clean my stamp after using Cherry Red on the previous card, so that's what stamping it onto the lavender (or lilac??) did. Try at your own risk!


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Bonus Video: Paperless Post Inspired Christmas Cards




Hello! Bonus video and projects this week, woo hoo!  Paperless Post reached out asking me to browse their gallery and show their fans a reinterpretation of "Christmas in Summer".  I was happy to oblige, thanks for inquiring about guest designing, what an honor! Paperless Post is a site where you can purchase beautiful, custom greeting cards and invitations to send, snail mail OR electronically. They really know how to step up the style on an e-vite! It is also a fantastic resource for us cardmakers to supplement our cardmaking and get inspiration for handmade and handstamped designs!  Just sayin'!


In today's video,  I share two clean and simple Christmas cards, inspired by two Paperless Post designs I found, using my recently released bestsellers Gifts from the Sea and Festive Frame, now available in clear! You can finish BOTH these holiday cards in less than 10 minutes, easy peasy! Elegant and easy to mass produce. The sand dollar design is so perfect for those of you who have a summertime Christmas in your part of the world!(The starfish would be adorable, too!) Please enjoy this video and browsing Paperless Post's gallery of Christmas cards! Sure to inspire you!

Here are the cards that caught my eye and immediately brought these two stamp sets of mine to mind*:


My card with Festive Frame 
(No, this design isn't summery, but I like it!):

Really perfect match, I thought!



My card with Gifts from the Sea (bringin' the summer, big time!)



 Here is the supply list for both cards:

Supplies:
Gina K. Designs Gifts from the Sea and Festive Frame stamps sets
Gina K. Designs Black Onyx, Fresh Asparagus, Christmas Pine, Dark Chocolate, Moonlit Fog premium dye and White premium pigment ink pads
Gina K. Pure Luxury White ( 5 ½” x 8 ½”, scored at 4 ¼”), Ivory (4 ¼” x 11”, scored at 5 ½” and scrap) and Kraft (4” x 5 ¼”) cardstock
Gold Pearl Liquid Pearls, red bakers twine and embroidery floss, scissors, adhesive, foam squares



Let me know in the comments below which of these cards is your favorite, or your faves in the Paperless Post gallery

Thanks for visiting today, and checking out Paperless Post !  

If you are new to my site, thanks for stopping by and I hope you will subscribe to my Youtube channel. New cardmaking videos every week!

* I would have loved to create some with my new Christmas set I just finished designing, but not yet!  Coming soon!

Monday, August 22, 2016

New Video: Seed Packet Gift Card Holder, No Template Required!


Oopsie! I see the last few weeks of summer I failed to share my most recent videos here! A good reason to subscribe to the channel, though,  I have still been uploading regularly!  Here is the latest and I will backtrack and add the others, (but YOU probably already saw them, right??)  Anyway, this seed packet holder is sooo easy to make, and certainly you can make a little envelope like this without the stamped label image and decorate it some other way, but it make it so much cuter, you know?  I went ahead and kept with the Stately Flowers 10 set and used the dogwood image with the label. Please enjoy!  Pardon me while I go get some Pop Rocks!!) Supply list on the Youtube page :)


Here is a list of fun stuff you can put in these:

Gift card
Mini card or Artist Trading Card
Cash
Pop Rocks
Drink mix
Sequins
Buttons

Glitter
Small, flat (-ish) jewelry: necklace earrings, bracelet

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Inspiration Hop, Day 2: Bella Elephant, My Island, You're So Cool, Sweet Thing, Petite Patisserie

The Cast and Crew for Gina K Designs welcomes you to another fabulous blog hop celebrating the new stamp sets from the July StampTV Release Party! We hope to inspire you with some beautiful card projects as you hop along to each of the designer’s blogs! Today, we are featuring stamp sets by Beth Silaika and Claire Brennan.  Please enjoy the gorgeous inspiration samples from the team and then comment on each blog for your chance to win a $20 Gina K Designs gift certificate! To see who won, check the Big News Forum at StampTV a few days after the hop.

The first set we are featuring is Bella Elephant by Beth Silaika. Beth has created a super cute set with the sweetest images and matching sentiments to make the perfect card project! 

White elephant, ha! Base is Moonlit Fog. Images are stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black and the Spectrum Noir markers I used are: IG2, GG2, GG3, PP1, and CR4. Love the little mouse!
Scene time! It was so fun coloring these cute animals and adding some accessories! You could make more of a scene to ground them, but sometimes I just really like my animals on a white background, like you are reading a sweet picture book, so I just added shadows. Spectrum Noir markers are: DR1, IB2, CG3, DG3, TN6, TN9, GG2, BGR4, IG3, IG4.





Next, Claire Brennan  released four amazingly beautiful stamp sets this month! My Island is like a tropical get-away, Petite
Patisserie is a sweet shop of goodness, So Cool is packed with yummy ice cream treats and Sweet Thing is a cupcake lovers dream! The two I am featuring today are My Island and Petite Patisserie.
Sun block  (ha, pardon the pun!) is stamped in GKD Tomato Soup, background stamped in Sweet Corn and sea block image in Blue Lagoon. Mahalo and palm trees are stamped in Dark Chocolate. Cardstock is Pure Luxury White, Tomato Soup and Blue Lagoon.  Love this bold, graphic design and colors together!


Sentiment and trees are stamped in GKD Black Onyx.  Cardstock is Tomato Soup, Edible Eggplant and Kraft.  Although the eggplant may look black here, this deep purple looks so cool with the Tomato Soup in real life!  Sizzles like a sunset! I brushed on wiink of Stella glitter pen over the palm branches and sponged on the Tomato Soup and Blue Lagoon at the corners, leaving the Kraft open in the middle for the sandy beach. These design just screams "OP" T-shirts from the 80's to me, and that is a god thing! Ahhh!




For this card I shared at our release, I wanted to show you *don't* have to color every little detail in the shop to make an impact!  I used DR6 and DR7 on the door and curtains, and then IG3 for the sign and shadows, and GG3 for the bistro set. For a little dimension on this single layer card, I popped up the sign and adhered a little pink seed bead for the door knob.  Small details like these really make simple designs extra special!


FINALLY! This shop is just the cutest! So fun to color and SO many fun accessories! Reminds me of all the cute Barbie mansions and Play-doh toy bake shops my friends had that I coveted when I was younger, now I have one!  Can fix it up how ever I please, yes, I can! Cardstock is Pure Luxury White and Innocent Pink.
Petite Patisserie- CLEAR


Ready for more awesome creations?! Just click on the links below for more from Gina and the Cast and Crew:



Don’t forget to pop over to the Gina K Designs Store and check out all of the new products available this month in the “What’s New” section at http://www.ginakdesigns.com.

Thank you for stopping by! :)

Monday, August 1, 2016

Inspiration Hop, Day 1: Stately Flowers 10 and French Flair

The Cast and Crew for Gina K Designs welcomes you to another fabulous blog hop celebrating the new stamp sets from the July StampTV Release Party! We hope to inspire you with some beautiful card projects as you hop along to each of the designer’s blogs! Today, we are featuring two stamp sets by
Theresa Momber and myself! Enjoy the gorgeous inspiration samples from the team and then comment on each blog for your chance to win a $20 Gina K Designs gift certificate! To see who won, check the Big News Forum at StampTV a few days after the hop.

The first set we are featuring is French Flair by Theresa Momber. Theresa illustrated this wonderful set that will leave you feeling like you may be in Paris or strolling around a gorgeous vineyard! Oo la la! You will feel so sophisticated creating with this stamp set, for all your favorite ladies, but has some wonderful imagines and greetings for masculine cards, too.

I thought it would be pretty to stamp the wine glass on Kraft cardstock in White Pigment ink, like light shining on the glass, and stamp the "Cheers" like it was etched onto the side.  You can see the hint of script through the clear glass, no need to mask! The script is really a background stamp, but I inked up just a few portions I especially liked, small though they are! Spectrum Noir DR6 and DR7 for the red wine, plus a little of the pigment pad painted on over the coloring with a water brush. Base is Pure Luxury White. Corner flourish is stamped and stamped off in GKD Kraft ink.


I showed this one at the party and it was big hit (with all you wine lovers out there anyway!) I stamped the grapes in GKD Edible Eggplant onto the Pure Luxury Cherry Red mat and sponged more eggplant on the edges.  I stamped the smaller tower in Black Onyx on Moonlit Fog cardstock and cut it out to make a little charm (get it, wine charm??) to tie on the jute. Spectrum Noir markers I used to color the wine glass and grapes are: DR6, DR7, CG3, DG4, BG3, IG3.



The second set we are featuring is my Stately Flowers 10. Here is a card with the Dogwood which  I will be demonstrating in an upcoming video, using Zig Clean Color markers and watercolor paper. You can make such gorgeous watery backgrounds with these real brush tip markers!  Base is Pure Luxury White. (Although I think I will be using Ivory, which is a better match for the watercolor paper, and so many of you liked the Ivory version better of last week's video design!)



You can make such gorgeous watery backgrounds with these real brush tip markers!  Base is Pure Luxury White. (Although I think I will be using Ivory, which is a better match for the watercolor paper, and so many of you liked the Ivory version better of last week's video design!) Finish with pearls.

I am so happy with how this Oregon Grape card turned out! Love how the orientation of this flower bunch is just perfectly shaped for nestling into corners.  I will  be demonstrating the coloring for this design in an upcoming video also! The Spectrum Noir markers I used are: Cardstock is Pure Luxury Wild Dandelion and Edible Eggplant. I used the Alison's Ribbon die plate for the trim and I think that detail goes perfectly with these little buds.

Finally, here is a scene I made with the sagebrush image, perfect for high desert and mountain scenes!  I also used one of the butterflies, love having some side facing butterflies to perch on all the flowers in this series. Grass and sponging are with GKD Jellybean, Grass Green and Fresh Asparagus. Sky is GKD Powder Blue and Blue Raspberry, and mountains are sponged in Navy.  The butterflies in this set are glasswings, really spectacular butterflies with clear panes in portions of their wings, like a gorgeous illusion showing flowers, leaves and sky peeking through! This one will be a video demo, too! Dream sentiment is from Theresa's French Flair set.

Please let me know in the comment WHICH of these Stately Flowers 10 videos you want to see FIRST!


Ready for more awesome creations?! Just click on the links below for more from Gina and the Cast  and Crew:



Don’t forget to pop over to the Gina K Designs Store and check out all of the new products available this month in the “What’s New” section at http://www.ginakdesigns.com. Thanks for visiting today, and your comments! 

Hugs and blessings,
 Melanie

Inspiration Hop, Day 1: Stately Flowers 10 and French Flair

The Cast and Crew for Gina K Designs welcomes you to another fabulous blog hop celebrating the new stamp sets from the July StampTV Release Party! We hope to inspire you with some beautiful card projects as you hop along to each of the designer’s blogs! Today, we are featuring two stamp sets by
Theresa Momber and myself! Enjoy the gorgeous inspiration samples from the team and then comment on each blog for your chance to win a $20 Gina K Designs gift certificate! To see who won, check the Big News Forum at StampTV a few days after the hop.

The first set we are featuring is French Flair by Theresa Momber. Theresa illustrated this wonderful set that will leave you feeling like you may be in Paris or strolling around a gorgeous vineyard! Oo la la! You will feel so sophisticated creating with this stamp set, for all your favorite ladies, but has some wonderful imagines and greetings for masculine cards, too.

I thought it would be pretty to stamp the wine glass on Kraft cardstock in White Pigment ink, like light shining on the glass, and stamp the "Cheers" like it was etched onto the side.  You can see the hint of script through the clear glass, no need to mask! The script is really a background stamp, but I inked up just a few portions I especially liked, small though they are! Spectrum Noir DR6 and DR7 for the red wine, plus a little of the pigment pad painted on over the coloring with a water brush. Base is Pure Luxury White. Corner flourish is stamped and stamped off in GKD Kraft ink.


I showed this one at the party and it was big hit (with all you wine lovers out there anyway!) I stamped the grapes in GKD Edible Eggplant onto the Pure Luxury Cherry Red mat and sponged more eggplant on the edges.  I stamped the smaller tower in Black Onyx on Moonlit Fog cardstock and cut it out to make a little charm (get it, wine charm??) to tie on the jute. Spectrum Noir markers I used to color the wine glass and grapes are: DR6, DR7, CG3, DG4, BG3, IG3.



The second set we are featuring is my Stately Flowers 10. Here is a card with the Dogwood which  I will be demonstrating in an upcoming video, using Zig Clean Color markers and watercolor paper. You can make such gorgeous watery backgrounds with these real brush tip markers!  Base is Pure Luxury White. (Although I think I will be using Ivory, which is a better match for the watercolor paper, and so many of you liked the Ivory version better of last week's video design!)



You can make such gorgeous watery backgrounds with these real brush tip markers!  Base is Pure Luxury White. (Although I think I will be using Ivory, which is a better match for the watercolor paper, and so many of you liked the Ivory version better of last week's video design!) Finish with pearls.

I am so happy with how this Oregon Grape card turned out! Love how the orientation of this flower bunch is just perfectly shaped for nestling into corners.  I will  be demonstrating the coloring for this design in an upcoming video also! The Spectrum Noir markers I used are: Cardstock is Pure Luxury Wild Dandelion and Edible Eggplant. I used the Alison's Ribbon die plate for the trim and I think that detail goes perfectly with these little buds.

Finally, here is a scene I made with the sagebrush image, perfect for high desert and mountain scenes!  I also used one of the butterflies, love having some side facing butterflies to perch on all the flowers in this series. Grass and sponging are with GKD Jellybean, Grass Green and Fresh Asparagus. Sky is GKD Powder Blue and Blue Raspberry, and mountains are sponged in Navy.  The butterflies in this set are glasswings, really spectacular butterflies with clear panes in portions of their wings, like a gorgeous illusion showing flowers, leaves and sky peeking through! This one will be a video demo, too! Dream sentiment is from Theresa's French Flair set.

Please let me know in the comment WHICH of these Stately Flowers 10 videos you want to see FIRST!


Ready for more awesome creations?! Just click on the links below for more from Gina and the Cast  and Crew:



Don’t forget to pop over to the Gina K Designs Store and check out all of the new products available this month in the “What’s New” section at http://www.ginakdesigns.com. Thanks for visiting today, and your comments! 

Hugs and blessings,
 Melanie

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Video: Introducing Stately Flowers 10



Hello! Today I'm introducing my newest set Stately Flowers 10 and how to make a gorgeous single layer card with ANY of the flowers from the Stately series and this new vintage seed packet image, perfectly sized for focal points on your A2 sized cards, shakers, and more!  I also show you how to reverse mask with it and simple coloring for the dogwood with alcohol markers. Please enjoy! And watch me totally confound myself over a marker!!




Sorry again for the confusion over the color in the video!! After much searching it IS supposed to be PP1, just looks much darker on the Ivory cardstock, versus the white I used for the first sample and photo (doh!) It's all good!

Oh! Two things I forgot, I'll blame it on the marker! One is to stamp the large dogwood inside in green like I did on the sample, see in the photo? The other is the single tiny dogwood flower is perfect for stamping on the back of your card like a little logo when you sign your name! :) Ill have to do that in the next video.

Stately Flowers 10 is available for purchase this Thursday, July 29th , 7PM Central at www.ginakdesigns.com !

Supplies:
Gina K Designs Stately Flowers 10
Gina K. Grass Green,  Fresh Asparagus and Memento Tuxedo Black ink pads
Gina K . Pure Luxury Base Weight White (or Ivory) cardstock (4 ¼” x 11”, scored at 5 1/2”)
Spectrum Noir markers: PP1 (or FS6), BP2, BP7, P6, CG1, DG2, DG3, IG4, EB6
Wink of Stella glitter pen, scissors, paper for masking, adhesive pearl

Which image are you most excited about? 

Monday, July 25, 2016

Bonus Video: Past Favorite Sets Now Available in CLEAR!



Hello!  Yes, you read that title right, we are replating a ton of our past rubber sets to clear, woo hoo!  Watch the video to see these brand spankin' new sets, now for purchase, I haven't inked mine yet!  Will be demonstrating all these sets in upcoming videos, but I did place cards at the top corner of the video to direct you to videos I already made with these before using the rubber versions. Please enjoy!  Be sure to leave a comment on the video and like it for a chance to win one of these cards!

Here is a list on order of all the sets and their links in the store (and all are in stock!):












New video posting the peek of my new Stately Flowers 10 set and a card will be up shortly! Release party Thursday night at StampTV! Get your shopping wishlist ready!