Posts Tagged ‘Gina K’

Tuesday with Tara {take 284} hugs

Tuesday, January 26th, 2021

Happy Tuesday!  Today’s card is celebrating HUGS… something most of us are missing right now, so we’re happy to be sending some paper ones!

I challenged myself to use only images from a single stamp set, Hugs & Wildflowers by Gina K Designs. I’ve had this set for a while, but have only used it a handful of times. It’s quite a large set with a lot of images and words to use, so there are a lot of options!  I saw the large ‘stem’ stamp as a border design for this card, so I stamped it in greens and added some leaves.  Several flowers in this set are two step images, with a solid design you can stamp in color as well as an outline you can stamp over it.

I stamped several wildflowers directly onto my background and then added the largest as a dimensional element with foam squares.  The two partial images on the left side of the card were added as an afterthought, as I just wasn’t pleased with the balance of the layout and the balance of red on my card.  I love the loopy script of the ‘hugs’ word, but the size made it a bit tricky to fit with my design!

All the colors here are Distress Ink, I played with a variety of shades of red & green until I was happy with the mix.  You definitely can see some Crackling Campfire playing with the other colors on this card!   (Ask me if I’m excited about the announcement of a new Distress Color Bundle being released on February 1!  Yes, yes, I am!)

I cut the entire design on white Cardstock out with one of Tim Holtz’s Stacked Deckle dies.  I love the subtle design it adds with a bold black border.   As a finishing touch, I added a bit of Nuvo Glitter drops in Honey Gold to the flower centers and a few other spots around the card, you can never go wrong with a little sparkle!

Hope you like it and have someone you can hug today 🙂

Inky hugs,


Tuesday with Tara {take 282} Illuminating Stencils

Tuesday, January 12th, 2021

Happy Tuesday!  Todays card is inspired by the Random Acts of Cardness word of the day “stencils” and the colors of the year, Illuminating (yellow) and Ultimate Gray.

Each year I try to create a card inspired by the color of the year… and for 2021 there are actually TWO colors to work with!  I started with the broken fence stencil by Picket Fence Studios and figured out the rest of my card from there, layering Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink through the weave texture with a Blending Brush.

I’d been planning to use both the stencil and these Colossal Cone Flowers by Gina K to make a slimline card, but decided to switch to a simpler, standard A2 sized card this time. I embossed the bloom over my background (which was dry, since I had stenciled it the day before & set it aside) in Opaque White Wow Embossing Powder and embossed the sentiment with the same powder on gray card stock. (TIP- Since I don’t have a lot of this paper in my stash, I stamped and cut the sentiment from the center of the piece I was layering over! Looking at my card you would never know there is a cut out from the middle of the gray layer!)

I once again took my blending brush and inked over the embossed area with more Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink, then added a bit of Fossilized Amber to the center of the flower for a bit of contrast.

Lastly, I decided to add a bit of splatter details to my card.  I didn’t have a gray paint, so I used some Perfect Pearls Mist (no longer available, but you can make your own by mixing the powder with water) in Pewter.  It’s a nice rich gray with a touch of shimmer- perfect :).  I also layered a bit of white Nuvo drops for additional shine & texture.  A bit of yellow twine finishes everything off.

I hope my card brings a bit of cheer to your day- I know I’ve been needing some lately!

Inky hugs,



What the Flock?

Sunday, March 22nd, 2020

Hey Crafters!

Anybody else feel like.. What the Flock is going on in the world today?  Well…I am going to embrace the isolation and get to know some crafting materials I haven’t played with before.  Thankfully Scrap’N Stamp is still able to deliver and I ordered some Deco Foil Flock Transfer Sheets.  There are so many fabulous colours to choose from…and of course I ordered as many as I could!

As soon as I saw these I had several ideas come to mind.  The first was to incorporate our current stencil theme and I created a super chic birthday card with the Fleur de Lis stencil from My Favourite Things.  I think this will work really well with any flourish or geometric stencils.

You will also need the Deco Foil Transfer Gel or the Duo Gel  and a laminator (or iron).  With the help of my Wendi Vechhi Make Art Stay-tion and a craft pallet knife I spread a thin layer of the Deco Foil transfer gel evenly over top of the stencil.  I removed the stencil and set the wet stencil piece aside to dry for about an hour. The transfer gel starts off as white and will dry clear.  Remember to wash your stencil with warm soapy water right away.

While the gel is drying I went ahead and prepared the rest of my embellishment pieces by die cutting some elements from mirrored and white cardstock  I also took the time to preheat my laminator for a good 20 minutes.  Once the transfer gel has dried clear, place the Deco Foil Flock sheet fuzzy size down on to the dried transfer gel.  I use parchment paper as my carrier sheet and I ran it through my laminator twice to ensure good adhesion. Then, gently peel back the liner paper off the flocking.

I am so pleased with the outcome of the black flocking on the hot pink cardstock.  It reminds me of the old textured wallpaper that people used to have, so gaudy looking but so awesome at the same time!  I used my Elizabeth Craft rectangle dies to add more interest and a decorative edge.

I found some jewelled ribbon in my ribbon drawer that adds just the right amount of bling to the background and then use Gina K Connect glue to adhere it to the panel, making sure I wrap the ends around to the back.  I secure the panel down onto some Lawn Fawn Black Liquorice cardstock and adhere it to an A2 side folding card base with foam adhesive.

I layer the mirrored and white cardstock element pieces on top of the jewelled ribbon securing the pieces with Be Creative Scor-tape.  During one of my trips to my local dollar store I scored big and found some gorgeous 3D butterfly stickers that worked perfectly for the main element of this card.

I then chose a simple Happy Birthday sentiment in a script font stamping with VersaMark ink onto some more black liquorice cardstock and heat embossed with white embossing powder.

I think this card is so elegant looking and I have someone very special in mind to give this to!

For my next card I wanted to show you that you can use the Deco Foil Gel and flock sheets without stencils as well!  I stamped a background with the ice cream from Lawn Fawn’s Sweetest Flavor and in Hickory Smoke Distress Ink.  I want one of the ice creams to stand out so  I use a paint brush and paint the ice cream mound with the Decal Foil gel.   Again you will know it is ready to flock once the gel dries clear.  This time it was a bit trickier to tell when it was dry as it was on top of white card stock.  I followed the same procedure as my first card, layering the flock fuzzy side down, wrapped in parchment paper and I ran it through the laminator twice.  I must not have put enough of the gel on as it was a bit spotty in areas.  That’s okay though, I used my copic markers to gently darken in the area with a similar colour.  I did very simple colouring and shading and did another black sentiment strip with white embossing.  I layered this panel onto light pink cardstock and used my white gel pen to add a boded of white stitch lines.  To give the ice cream an extra special look I added a tear drop crystal from Studio Katia adhering it with Glossy Accents.  The glossy accents, jewel and flocking made a realistic textured look to the ice cream.

As soon as I saw that Sunshine Yellow flocking I knew exactly what card I wanted to make! I also wanted to try using my Silhouette machine with the flocking. The one thing you want to remember is that you will need to cut the flocking with the white backing piece up.  Otherwise, the blade just scrapes off the flocking.  See the photo below.

I taped down the flocking onto a piece of cardstock with some purple thermoweb tape and then stuck that onto the adhesive carrier sheet.  You do not want to place it down directly onto the adhesive carrier sheet as all your flocking will stick to the sheet!  I cut a simple bunny silhouette shape to create this fun “Peep” card!  I used a copic marker to add the little face, I used several Lawn Fawn products including the sentiment from the Easter Party stamp set, die cut banner from the Double Slider Surprise die set and the Really Rainbow cardstock worked so well as my background.  I love how this one turned out!  So cute!

I can’t wait to use this flocking on other card creations and I hope that these cards inspire you to add some flocking to your cards.

Stay safe and crafty!

Stay safe and crafty!
xoxo, Chala

~Crafting Through the Chaos of Life