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May 28, 2009

Gina K Designs: Spots, Stars and Stripes!

This is a preview of "Lazy Days of Summer" which is the new "One Free with Three" set which will be available this evening from Gina K Designs!  

You might notice that between my red white and blue balloon yesterday and then these Nautical Notecards today, that I'm loving the red white and blue color scheme provided in this month's Stamp TV Kit and coordinating digital paper!

Its such a summery and fresh feeling color scheme and I took the opportunity to embrace the white space on this little Nautical Note set. Is it me, or does this paper remind you of a pool cabana?

I did add some fun little details to these cards - I added a strip of the Rocket Red cardstock to both cards which I distressed the edges, then sewed in place.  Then I added strips of the digital paper to the top of each card, and sewed that in place too.  

I printed my digi papers out with Photoshop Elements.  I was able to scale down the patterns to make a mini star paper - I love that having the digital files give me the flexibility to print the patterns out at different sizes depending on the scale I need for my project!  

I used the remnants of each piece to add a little detail to the inside of my cards as well! 

The images are stamped with Memento Ink, then I colored with my Copic Markers, and then added a further POP of color using my Koh-i-noor pencils.  

Remember, if you combine marker and pencil to marker first, then pencil, or else you risk damaging the nib of your marker with the wax from the pencil.  

Also available this evening is a fun set titled "Ribbon Stripes." 

Since I already had a clean little notecard set going on, I thought it would be fun to illustrate how you can use Ribbon Stripes to add a quick bit of detail on cards.  

I'm often have to mass produce cards, and its hard to track down enough of the same piece of designer paper for multiples - I don't always want to use up my ribbon stash.  

And sometimes, admittedly, I need a card in a hurry, (you know, without spending over an hour to design it!!)

I reached for a piece of that luscious Pure Luxury cardstock in Chocolate Kiss.  I also grabbed a 1/4 sheet of my Kraft Cardstock and one of my all time favorite sets "My Cuppa Joe."  

By the way....if you don't have an acrylic block large enough for these long ribbon stripes, then you can use your Cuttlebug embossing plates! I like to line my stamps up on top of my Scor Pal Mat so that I can be sure to have nice straight placement!

With my Scor Pal, I added some embossed lines - one just above the white polka dots, and two much closer together up top. I'm fully kicking myself that I haven't yet picked up a Scor Bug, because that would have been super fun to work with here.  (Note to self, grab one today before everyone buys them tonight with their orders!)

Be sure to join us on the Gina K Designs Splitcoast Member Company Forum from 7-10pm CST on Thursday, May 28th.  Gina has contest questions, challenges, sneak peeks and of course lots of chatter! You're all invited, and we hope you can make it!

To see more previews of both of these new sets, be sure to visit: Gina, Theresa, DonnaCarolyn, Jessica, Erika, Cindy, Melanie, and Melissa

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