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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Day 3 Sneak Peek of Gina K's New Releases!

I am so excited to show you previews of two stamp sets being released by Gina K. Designs August 27! The first set is called Elegant Verses as designed by Nina Brackett. The sentiments are so lovely and are a perfect companion with Nina's Elegant Posts stamp set also available from Gina K. Designs. For my previews today, however, I've paired Nina's sentiments with another stamp set designed by Gina herself called Tropical Blooms. These are solid floral, leaf, and stem images that you can use in so many ways. I've created three cards with three different techniques to show the versatility. However, I'm only going to show you two of the cards for now and save the third one for the release party Thursday night (more details on the release are below).

For my first card, I used the paper tole technique. I stamped the image in each color three times, hand cut them, and then layered them. You know how some images can be so tedious to cut out? Not these! They were quick to do! And isn't that sentiment so perfect with these images? Serene and lovely, I say!



I also sprinkled glitter in the center of each top-layered flower for some added glitz. I love shades of purple and turquoise together. My photo corners were made with the polished stone technique---a tutorial Gina has available on StampTV. Now, if you haven't discovered StampTV yet, please be sure to do so here. It rocks!!!

You can see the layering better in this photo. I absolutely love the dimension of this technique, and it's not too bulky for mailing purposes!



For my second card, I wanted to show how you can also use these images to create your own designer paper, as well as making it the focal point on your card! As you can see, I stamped the Tropical Bloom in various shades of caribbean, turquoise, and teal and then I stamped another one of Nina's Elegant Verses onto the background as well. I stamped and cut out one more bloom, adding some dazzling diamonds to the embossed heat and stick powder, and put a black brad in the center. The black ribbon I used is a luxurious satin and just adds a flair of elegance. I also sponged the outer edges of the card with a sponge dauber.



Here's a close up of the bloom I sprinkled with dazzling diamonds. It's so beautiful and just sparkles in real life.



To see more inspiration with the stamps previewed today, visit Gina's blog, the illustrator of Tropical Blooms as well as Theresa Momber, the illustrator of Autumn Beauty, and Nina Bracket , the illustrator of Elegant Verses.

For even more projects with tonight's two stamp sets, these Senior Design Team Members are participating in previews today: Asela, Carolyn, Cindy, Donna, Emily, Erika Jessica, Kurtis, Lee, Lynn, and Melanie as well as our CenterStage Spotlight Design Team members:Shelly Wilson and Charlene Merrick

Our Release Party starts Thursday night at 7 pm CST. Please join us for contests questions, challenges, lots of chatter as well as a ton more samples shared by the Senior Design team members and our CenterStage Spotlight team too. See you tomorrow night!


28 comments:

Donna said...

BEAUTIFUL cards! I love the bright colors & the handmade dp on the 2nd one ROCKS!!

Theresa Momber said...

Charlene, these are beautiful! Love that popped up flowers. Great idea with the sentiments.

Tina Gilliland said...

Charlene!!! BEAUTIFUL cards!!! You did a fantastic job with both sets and I LOVE the dimensions!!

Carolyn King said...

Great job on these Charlene. I LOVE how you paired these sets together....and the colors you used are so fresh and fun!!! You did a fantastic job this month, girlie.

Jessica said...

Wow, Charlene! I adore your cards (I knew I would!! lol!) You showcasesd these sets so well!!

We are so lucky to have you on the CSS team this month!!

Sandra said...

wonderful job! I enjoyed my visit.
Sandra

vdutchr said...

Charlene!!! BEAUTIFUL job! That blue card is stunning! Love the photos also - very cool! Good job!

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

Ohhh I love the colorful blooms!! And the bg with the verse is just amazing!!!

Silke said...

Both cards are soooo beautiful - Charlene!!! Awesome sneak peeks!!!
Hugs ~S~

Melanie said...

wow those colors really pop!

Lynn Mercurio said...

Beautiful...so much dimension and sparkle...I love them!

StampOwl said...

fabulous cards Charlene

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

Great cards, Charlene! Love the colors you used!

Carla (cmsuto) said...

Gorgeous cards, Charlene! I love the color combos you used! So much dimension and sparkle, too! Awesome previews!

Kurtis said...

Love the glitter!

Pat (mspfd) said...

These cards are amazing! The colors, design and details are perfect!

JazzyH said...

Pretty!

Mothermark said...

Whoo Hoo! Lucky Gina K to have the likes of you showcasing her new stuff! These are just awesome Bertie! I love, love, love them. The images and sentiments are so cool! The colors you chose are such fun!

And......your pictures just rock too! You did good....how fun and what an honor this is for you! You deserve it and have done the whole design team proud! You go girl!

redwasher1 said...

Charlene I just love your cards and the special effects!! Great job on the preview.

Pat (mspfd) said...

Thanks Charlene for leaving such a lovely comment. Hope you can join us this week for Twisted Thursday!

Sharri Seffens said...

Charlene, both cards are gorgeous! Great job!

Traci M said...

Charlene, Congratulations on this honor...you always do beautiful work, and I love the way your mind works on paper...these are bright and bold and beautiful!!
Maybe I can check in with all the chatter tonight!

Stamp Talk with Tosh said...

LOVE what you've done with this set Charlene!! Your flowers are stunning! I love the sparkle!! And the collage of flowers and sentiment on the second is fabulous!!

Joanne (jojot) said...

Bertie you rock.....these are just fabulous...and give us so many ideas on how this set can be used...and oh so dazzlingly.....tfs, gf

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Oh I just love love love the colors you used on both these. And popping up and out the flowers is such a great touch!

Francie G. said...

You really razzle dazzled them, GF! Wonderful, Charlene! Way to go!

Judy Rozema said...

Just gorgeous cards!

Jenny Gropp said...

Absolutely Beautifully done!