Gina K Designs Blog Hop Day Two

Welcome to day two of the Blog Hop! Today we are celebrating the awesome new Holiday Wreath Builder and the elegant Skeleton Leaves Incentive Stamp Set.

This card gives me serious autumn and winter vibes. I love the color honey mustard so much, I want to use it as one of my wedding colors. All these colors are so warm.

For this card, I stamped all the snowflakes in ink colors from dark to light, making it look somewhat ombré. That was the original intention, but then I accidentally switched the caps on the ink cubes and stamped the smallest snowflake on the outside in powder blue instead of sea glass. I told you guys my brain takes frequent naps. There is SO much sparkle on this card. I used a Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen on each of the snowflakes. I was so sad when I took the picture and tried every angle with my camera in hopes it could somehow capture them. But alas, you will just have to imagine it.

These next cards are featuring the Skeleton Leaves Stamp Set. For my first card, I did a design quite similar to the card on my blog yesterday. I heat embossed the leaves with white embossing powder, and used Distress Oxide Ink to create a colorful background. I added a greeting and it was done!

For my last card, I used the ink blending technique to create a multicolored leaf design. I think it makes them look so realistic and lifelike. I did the same ink blending technique for the greeting.

By the way, I got quite a few comments asking about what kind of flowers are in my “Whimsical Wildflowers” stamp set. Well, there are Dogwoods, Peonies, Sunflowers, and a bud for any kind of flower. The bud could be for any floral, but I made it to reflect a Peony bud. Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions and I’d love to answer them for you.

I absolutely love flowers. I hope to one day open my own flower shop. Daisies are my favorite flower. What’s your favorite? My boyfriend once bought me a whole DAISY TREE and I was so unbelievably happy. Can you imagine a whole tree full with daisies?? Well you don’t have to imagine because I’m including a picture of it. Look at how beautiful this is!! #mostperfectboyfriendever

He also bought me these sunflowers after I first showed him my flower drawings, way before they were made into a stamp set. ❤️

Fun fact: I wrote this post at 2 o’clock this morning. I just got done studying and watching a couple long lectures so I decided it was time to go to bed. I jumped in my bed all cozy and went to set my alarm when I realized the Blog Hop was at 8 this morning! I hadn’t even written the post yet. I got back up and wrote it as fast as I could. So I apologize for any spelling or grammatical errors. I blame them entirely on my lack of sleep, not on my normal lack of grammatical expertise. My college is rewarding work though because I am doing the work I love and am able to interact with people I love. (For those of you who don’t know, I’m going to college for Sign Language Interpreting.)

Go take a look at the amazing projects done by other members of the Gina K. team! Don’t forget to comment on each blog so you are in the running to win a $50 gift certificate for the Gina’s online store.

Thank you for stopping by again! So happy to have the opportunity to create for y’all. I’m going to be drawing lots more things for you, so stay tuned for more!

Love y’all!

Hugs,

Han

Gina K

Beth Silaika

Cathy Tidwell

Donna Idlet

Hannah Schroepfer – You are Here!!

Karen Hightower

Lisa Hetrick

Melanie Muenchinger

Mindy Eggen

Rema DeLeeuw

Sheri Gilson

Susie Moore

Gina K. Designs Blog Hop Day One

Yay!! Another Gina K release! I always do a happy dance whenever there’s a release, but I get even more excited when I get to release a set I designed.

So here it is! My newest stamp set, “Whimsical Wildflowers”.

This set comes complete with a full set of dies so you can cut out all those whimsical florals and leaves.

Next we have “Thankful and Blessed”, a stamp set filled with beautiful hand lettered greetings. I especially LOVE the “You are the Pumpkin to my Spice” greeting. Pumpkin Spice EVERYTHING is so popular right now and it is the most adorable way to tell your special someone how perfect you fit with them.

Disclaimer: Full time college just started up for me again and let me tell you; they have been keeping me BUSY! That as well as working full time. It has been such a busy month for me, so I apologize that I don’t have many cards to show. I will definitely be posting many more.

For this first card, I inked up the small sunflower image and leaf in my set with Versamark ink and heat embossed it with white embossing powder. I then blended various colors of Distress Oxide Inks on Gina K Heavy Base Weight White Paper. I love this paper. It is so smooth and absolutely PERFECT for ink blending.

I stamped one of Emily’s beautiful greetings and popped it up with foam squares near the bottom of the card. Then I adhered it all to a white card base. No layers, because I didn’t want to distract from that pretty ink blending. Super simple card all done!

For this next card, I stamped the Peony and a leaf from my set all over in a random pattern on a piece of white cardstock with Blue Denim Ink. I then cut out Gina’s word die “Thankful” in her Gold Cardstock. I used the shadow die from the Stitched Leaves Die set to create a Blue Denim background for the gold word. I think it added a lot. Plus I didn’t have to worry about how I was going to pop up that thin word die onto my paper, so it was a win win in many instances.

I added the “for all you do” at the bottom and inked it in white pigment ink. I stamped it in white pigment ink instead of embossing it in white for absolutely no reason. I guess it was because the heat gun wasn’t plugged in. Which makes no sense because they are quite easy to plug in. My brain just takes a nap for a second sometimes haha. I finished off the card by giving it a gold layer and slapping it onto a Blue Denim base.

Here are a few other cards I made.

Monochromatic Florals

I call this one: “Muddy Garden” haha

Go take a look at the amazing projects done by other members of the Gina K. team! Don’t forget to comment on each blog so you are in the running to win a $50 gift certificate for the Gina’s online store.

Thank you all so much for stopping by! So excited to keep creating things for y’all!

Hugs,

Han

Hannah Schroepfer – You are Here!!

Gina K

Beth Silaika

Cathy Tidwell

Donna Idlet

Karen Hightower

Lisa Hetrick

Melanie Muenchinger

Mindy Eggen

Rema DeLeeuw

Sheri Gilson

Susie Moore

Gina K. Designs May Blog Hop Day 2

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I can’t believe the day finally came! Today I am able to share with you all what I have been working on. I am so excited to be a part of Gina K’s Illustration Team!
Big News!! Gina K. is giving away $25 gift certificates to the Gina K. Designs store. You must comment on all the blogs to be entered! Good luck!

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For this card, I am featuring my new “Sending A Llama Love” Stamp Set and the Mirror Stamping and Die Cutting Technique.

I learned this technique from Jennifer McGuire. Here is a link to watch the tutorial. I won’t even try to explain it myself; she will do a much better job LOL.
I stamped both of my llamas on Canson Watercolor Paper in Gina’s new Amalgam Ink. This has become my absolute favorite Ink. It is compatible with watercolors, alcohol markers, and colored pencils with gamsol. It is literally one ink that does it all!
I die cut both of the llamas (see Jennifer’s video on how I die cut the mirror image), and then watercolored them with my Prima Marketing Watercolor Pan Sets. I wanted them to look somewhat fluffy, so I dabbed my brush on the paper multiple times in various colors to get the fluffy, textured look.
I stuck both llamas on Kraft cardstock using some foam squares to give the card dimension. I then die cut a small heart from a set of Lawn Fawn dies and adhered it in between the llamas. It makes them look like they’re kissing! 😍 I stamped some of the jewelry and accessories that I drew in my set, and dressed up the cute little llamas.
I took a ruler and drew some lines in a black Micron pen to add more detail to the card. I added a cutesy greeting and the card was done!

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For this next card, I used my “Stuck On You” Stamp Set. I stamped my images in Amalgam Ink on Canson watercolor paper, and colored them with Prima Marketing Watercolors. The pink really makes the green pop! 😍

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Go take a look at the other beautiful projects done by other members of the Gina K. team! Don’t forget to comment on each blog so you are in the running to win the $25 gift certificate for the Gina’s online store.

Thank you all so much for stopping by! So excited to keep creating things for y’all!

Hugs,
Hannah

 

Gina K.

Hannah Schroepfer – You Are Here

Arjita Singh – Up Next

Cathy Tidwell

Donna Idlet

Karen Hightower

Laurie Schmidlin

Rema DeLeeuw

Sheri Gilson

Susie Moore

Emily Schroepfer

The Journey Begins!

Hello everyone! My name is Hannah and I am a self taught artist born and raised in the Midwest. I live in a small country town in Wisconsin where the smell of sweet peas and cows make you feel at home.

I graduated high school when I was 16 years old. While I was still in school, I got a job doing costumer service at Gina K Designs, and working at her beautiful retail store, Village Paper and Ink. I also design and illustrate for Gina, which is yet another creative outlet for me. My first stamp sets are coming out on May 10th, so stay tuned! I go to college online at Piedmont International University where I am studying American Sign Language Interpreting.

I have been drawing all my life. I doodle anywhere I can get my hands on a piece of paper and a pencil. I work with many different mediums, but my favorites have to be graphite and watercolor. Graphite pencils are limited by their lack of color, but I find that limitation challenging. It forces the artist to go deep and create with intensity and imagination. Watercolor has life of its own. When you apply paint to watercolor paper, it moves. You add more paint or more water, and again the watercolor responds with a swirl. Painting with watercolor is a dance; it’s a relationship between the paint and the artist.

I am also an avid writer. I have completed two books throughout the years, and I am working on another one. My favorite definition of a writer is: “an artist of the written word”. You can be an artist in many forms, not just with a paintbrush and canvas. In my opinion, an artist is anyone who is able, through virtue of imagination, to create something beautiful with their work. Art is freedom and expression, in every aspect of life.

I do a bulk of my drawings on my iPad Pro using my Apple Pencil. It is extremely handy to whip out on the go, and not have to bring a whole case full of pencils and paper. My background in digital art is literally negative zero. I am a big ambassador for using non-technological items whenever you can, but I saw numerous artists using it and it inspired me. Their art was so beautiful and it didn’t even look digital! So I ended up breaking down and purchasing an iPad Pro. Here are just a few of the drawings I have done on my iPad.

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I am not a professional by any mean, I just want to share in my artistic journey with you. My grammar is not perfect (I have an addiction to commas and adding them after everything, no matter, if, it, makes, sense, or, not,) but perhaps you could learn something from my crazy, scattered mind.

Please follow my Instagram page @hanlynart. Thanks for following along! Love y’all!

Hugs,
Hannah