Monday, August 17, 2015

Gina K Back to School Blog Hop!

The Cast and Crew for Gina K Designs welcomes you to a special BACK TO SCHOOL blog hop! Gina, along with the Cast and Crew, will inspire you with many fun cards and projects for your favorite student, their teacher or your friends that are in the teaching profession!

As you hop through Gina and the Cast & Crew blogs, make sure to leave a comment on each of them because we will choose a random comment and that stamper will win their choice of a Gina K Designs stamp set with a value up to $23.95!  To see if you are the winner, check the Big News Forum at StampTV a few days after the hop.  {The blog hop list is at the end of my post}

There are a number of stamp sets from Gina K Designs that you can use to create a welcome, thank you or back to school card. Today, our featured sets are Melanie Muenchinger’s Basket Additions 3 and Beth Silaika’s Keep Calm. There are lots of great images to color and I know you will find the perfect sentiment for Back to School!
For my project, I used Melanie's Basket Additions 3 set with the super cute school image and sentiment peeking out of my pocket card.  Keep scrolling down to see a fun Spectrum Noir Colored Pencil tutorial.



Here's the gift card tab pulled out of the pocket.


Step 1: First I prepared my pocket and insert.  I also stamped my image and trimmed it with scissors.



Step 2: Select colors for the various items of the image - Pencil: 007, 018; Notebook paper - 004; Apple - 25, 28, 33.


Step 3: When coloring the apple, begin with the lightest shade (025) and color the entire apple.  Then add 028 along the edges and slightly toward the middle.  Then add 033 along the outside edge of the apple.


Step 4: Add shades of green on the apple leaf - 045, 048.


Step 5: Color the entire lunch box with the lightest shade of blue 065.  Then add 069 along the edge and toward the middle & 071 along the very edge.


Step 6: Add shades of gray (118, 119) on the handle and edges of the lunch box.


Step 7: Using shades of green (045, 048, 058) to color the notebook.


Step 8: While the colored image looks OK, the color will blend beautifully with Spectrum Noir Blending Solution and paper blending stumps.


Before...



After!!  So much better ... don't you agree?
(by the way, make sure you use a different paper stump for each color family)



Don't forget to visit all of the blog & leave some love for your chance to win!

Melanie Muenchinger – Illustrator of Basket Additions 3
Kendra Wietstock ~ you are here!

89 comments:

Melanie said...

This is a super cute GC holder! Thanks for the tutorial! :)

Beth Fairweather said...

Such a cute and clever teacher gift!!! I really like that trim you added and the colors, sort of like an old fashioned theme, which is way cool!!!

Hugs,
Beth

Janeen said...

What nicely shaped gift envelopes. They will be appreciated

catdidit said...

I LOVE this gift card holder! Wonderful tutorial too!

Karen Hightower said...

What a cute Gift CArd Ho;der! I Love it! Wonderful Tutorial as well… Thanks so much for sharing! :) <3

Cindi Hall said...

I love this gamsol, colored pencil technique!

Judy I, St. Louis MO said...

Wonderful project. I love the gift card pocket. Thanks for the great tutorial.

Cindy Roman-Daversa said...

LOVE the pocket cards! Such a super fantastic idea!

Macimbalo said...

How adorable, and thank you for the instructions!!! Just so stinkin cute!!!!

Cheryl Depler said...

WOW! is all I can say...beautiful!

Bonnie said...

Of course the card holder is over the top but then to get your instructions is super duper.

Angela Hartley said...

so much inspiration from your blog!! wonderful designs!!

Dawn S. said...

Love the idea of a gift card holder. Thanks for the step by step instructions!

nzillingworth said...

GREAT FUN WITH ALL THOSE POCKETS, PRESSIE IN EACH. A CARD THAT JUST KEEPS GIVING. FAB COLOURING/SHADING.

Lisa K said...

The card is nice. I like how things pop out along with a gift card.

Cindyloohoo said...

Love the cards thanks for sharing and for the chance to win

Tami Priebe said...

Love your pocket and thank you for including the tutorial they are extremely helpful.

scrappinmommom said...

What a clever gift card holder. Love using the apples, alphabets, etc. Really nice.

Cammi said...

What a cute idea for a gift card holder! Plus I appreciate the tutorial!

cardscookiecarrotcake said...

Very cute idea! Thanks for the tutorial.

Ann W said...

Love the card holder idea, great examples!

Metty Fredricks said...

Great choices, for ALL ages!

Diana said...

The more I hop the more excited i get. I HAVE to get the set, all of them!

Stephanie said...

I love the teacher gift card idea!

jeb said...

This is absolutely adoraable. Thank you for sharing.

Roberta Eldridge said...

I adore this little gift card! So colorful and so fun!

Deborah Vasel said...

Like the idea of this gift card holder.
It's beautifully designed!

Rita C Jackson said...

I love the idea of putting a gift card in the back to school pocket holder.

Nana Griffin said...

A wonderful job creating this gift card holder.

MsJudyC said...

Cute, cute and more cute!

Sharon Underwood said...

Really cute ideas here! Thanks for the tutorial!

Taylored Just 4U said...

Such a CUTE gift card holder! LOVE everything about it! Thanks for sharing!

Anneke Schep said...

I really like that idea and thank you for the tutorial. Now I know I should use more colors :)

Sheila said...

Love the pocket card and the colors you used on it. That was very nice of you to include the instructions also. Thank you for sharing.

Nikki said...

WOW! Love the gift card holder.

Kathy Krug said...

Thanks for sharing how you created this fun project. Love all the details.

ShelleyV said...

Wow, what a beautiful and practical encouragement for the student, teacher and fellow parent!

Verna Angerhofer said...

Great card designs and so glad you used the colored pencils. I need to get busy and use mine more.

Rose said...

Wow I just loved the gift card holder. Great card! Thank you

Paula Kysilka said...

Great idea that can be used year round. I have the gamsol on my wish list, thanks for your tutorial.
Paula

Diana-Chuck Scott said...

Great cards! Love the gift card and also the awesome tutorial. Thanks for sharing!

Linda said...

your project way to cute I love it! it reminds me teacher beefier case LOL!

Pat said...

Super Cute cards. Nice idea about the gift card and tutorial.

Lana Ellis said...

This would make an awesome teacher gift! Thanks for sharing!

Judy Woodland said...

What a lovely idea to give a teacher a gift card. Your holder is so cute, and I really appreciate your little tutorial about how to put it together. Thanks for the great inspiration!

Sandy M said...

Super cute cards. And thanks for the tutorial on pencils. I will make use of it for sure.

MJR said...

I bet a teacher would really appreciate this

El Ivens said...

Love the gift card holder. What teacher wouldn't love that.

Cindy Arnold said...

That's so clever! Thanks for the steps.

Loretta Rush said...

The GC holders are so cute! Love the envelopes. I appreciate your colored pencil tutorial also. Thanks so much for sharing!

Linda said...

You have really outdone yourself. These projects are outstanding and what teacher would not appreciate them. Thanks for the tutorial and sharing them with us.

Linda D.

Christina Young said...

Great card holders!

Tracy McBee said...

Holy smokes Kendra! This gift card holder is so stinkin cute! Always lookin for ways to use the SN pencils! Thanks!

Donna Phelan said...

LOVE the pocket gift card holder, that would work for every Holiday and Celebration! TFS!!!

Sue In't Veld said...

Very cute gift card holder! Any teacher would love to receive it!

CountessLaurie said...

Great tutorial. I love how you blended! Thanks for sharing!

Sharon Fontenot said...

Love the gift card holders. There are a lot of surprises in this card. I am a fan of cards with lots of components. Thanks for the apple coloring tutorial. It is hard to find good colored pencil tutorials.

lisa808 said...

So cute and clever--I love gift card holder ideas.

sillygirl said...

Great gift card holder! Thanks for showing us how!

Sandra Schroeder said...

Very cute teacher gift card holder. And Starbucks is a perfect stop for on the way to a classroom full of children.

STAMPING SAM said...

Need all the Back To School cards I can get...Kids start on Wednesday! Thanks!

Sabrina said...

What fabulous gift holders!!!

Linda S said...

Kendra, I am always looking for "anything but a card" ideas, and giftcard holders are *always* in season (especially since the ones available to buy in the stores are so expensive -- I think they must price them based on how cute they are!). I also so appreciate all of your coloring tutorials, and am anxious for the day that I can afford such toys - ahem I mean tools.

snkplssskin said...

This is soooooo cute!!! LiaS

Tina Gostling said...

This is my kind of inspiration..step by step! Thank you so much!

Sharon said...

Awesome tutorial! Awesome colouring! Awesome project!

Debby said...

Love your work and thanks for sharing your color pencil knowledge!

Dee Earnshaw said...

Very creative teacher's gift card holder. Thank you for sharing this with us and love the bonus tutorial you have given as well:)

ktmoore1960 said...

The gift card holder is fabulous. I love the envelope!! Great inspiration Kendra. I appreciate you teaching to bless the teachers (and students).

Vickie Livingston said...

Wish someone would give me a gift card! We, teachers, started back to school today & our poppets come next Monday.

Sharon Kent said...

Love your gift card holder.

Carol March said...

Just love the gift card for solder kids in school. we tend to forget them when school starts

Glenda Lee Nutting said...

I love the step-by-step lesson on coloring. Thank you,

Robin said...

So cute and sweet!

marilynwillauer said...

Super cute!!! There sure are a lot of grateful parents out here, how thoughtful!!!

Sue D said...

Great coloring and love the scalloped edges of your pocket card.

Donna Przybylowski said...

Kendra just love your cards, I love using the Kraft paper, and also the use of the colored pencil, I have to get mine out, I forget how enjoyable it is to use them. Wonderful work on your cards, thanks for sharing,
hugs,
Donna

Rosy Newlun said...

I am just blown away!!! Look at the delightful designs you've used!!! I love the scalloped pocket, the krafty color lace and oh, my - look at the second one! Please let us know where you got the apple dp from (cause if it's from Gina, I will kick myself for missing out on it!) Thank you for all the wonderful inspiration. This is quite a blog hop!!!!

Gloria Magdaleno said...

Thank you so much for the tutorial. Colored pencils is by far my most favorite way to color. Love your project!!

Beaumonde Designs said...

Simply amazing!!! Love love the awesome idea and your coloring is awesome! Have to try the Spectrum pencils! - Payel (Beau Monde Designs)

Chrissy Allen said...

Love the gift card inspiration. Thanks.

Carole Renneker said...

Fantastic GC holder and so beautifully colored. Thanks for the inspiration and the tutorial.

Lori Barnett said...

My goodness! How cute is that?!!! Great gift card holder!

Allie Gower said...

What a great idea for presenting a gift card! The coloring is fabulous too, of course!

Kind Regards,
Allie Gower

Jeff Towers said...

What a great way to buy the teacher a cup of coffee. The tutorial is full of terrific information ! Thanks

Di said...

You are a great teacher. Thank you.

Beth said...

great job coloring! Thanks for the toot!

mtscrapgal said...

Terrific ideas for giving gift cards. Any teacher would love these. Thanks.

ehbost said...

This pocket card will wow any teacher. The gift card is an added plus. Thanks for the coloring tips.

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