Wednesday, January 09, 2008

I won! I won!

German Phrase of the Day: Ich gewann! = I won! Gewann would be pronounced geh vahn. I'm so excited...I won another GinaK designs sketch challenge!! I was so surprised to have a pm from Erika Martin this morning at SCS when I woke up. I really didn't think I would win this time since I had so much trouble designing this card! Much more so than I usually do!! I cut out three different sets of paper before settling on the final card! WOW! Now I get to go shopping!! :-) Oh..and it was the second card with the stars that won.

I thought I would show you another GinaK card today...and I'm going to show you the before and after. This is one I submitted in my attempt at a position as one of Gina's guest designers back in December - using the set I won in the LAST launch party sketch challenge!! The first photo shows the original card. I spent a lot of time getting the colors right on the jeans, the shape of the pocket, and then coloring the phone, applying crystal effects to the screen and gray buttons, etc. I was happy with the quality of the work...but knew it was just so plain. I wanted to add something that wouldn't detract from the main image - and I liked the cuteness of having the phone in a back pocket. Then, early one morning while laying in bed I thought...rhinestones! Like the cute jeans everyone over here wears (and over there too) with the rhinestones on the pockets.

I also wanted to incorporate some ribbon somehow. There was TOO much blue for my taste, and it needed to be livened up some. I looked at different ways to add ribbon, making a Levi tag, a bow, something. Finally, I realized, a BELT! So with those two changes, the card became this! Suddenly, the card had come to life for me. It had more color, and much more pizazz! I loved it! What a fabulous Valentine's day card...especially for a tween!

Now for more details. I started with some Soft Sky, inked up my linen background stamp with Blue Bayou, then stamped off once before stamping on the cardstock. I did this to 2 quarter sheets so I could also make my pocket. Next, I sponged some white craft ink on the cardstock to fade the denim a little more. Once I was satisfied with that, I paper pierced the pocket and did the faux stitching with a More than Mustard marker. To attach the pocket, I used sticky strip along the sides and bottom, but I also put some dimensionals in, because I wanted to to stand up a little away from the card. When I added the belt loops later, I followed the same procedure for stamping and stitching. I just folded in the top and bottom edges and adhere the folded in part....just like on real jeans!

For the phone, I stamped it with Black Stazon on Stamper's Select white cardstock. Then, I watercolored it with Groovy Guava ink and my aquapainter. I made the number buttons a little darker, and tried to give them a little dimension with shading. For the screen and the gray buttons, I added some crystal effects to make them shiny. Then, I stamped the small flower from the Text Messages set with Purely Pomegranate and applied a rhinestone to the center after cutting it out. I attached a loop of silver cord to the back (since I don't have any wire over here, and no jump rings) then slipped it over the phone's antenna. It's not adhered at all...but easily could be with a dimensional or mini glue dot. I just like having it free to swing around - a little bling for my "handy." (That's what they call cell phones over here...funny, huh?)

For the belt, I used some Ribbon Originals ribbon, and the rhinestones are more of my wonderful self-adhesive rhinestones I buy over here at Pipoos. Think I'll have to stock up on those before I leave Europe...they are FUN!

It's amazing to me how little it takes to spruce up a plain Jane card. I am very pleased with the final product, and I hope you've enjoyed reading my thought process behind the whole thing.

Supplies: (all supplies are SU! unless otherwise noted)
Stamps: Text Messages by GinaK Designs
CS: Soft Sky, Blue Bayou, Stamper's Select White from PTI

Ink: Jet Black Stazon,
Blue Bayou, Soft Sky, White Craft, more mustard marker, purely pomegranate
Acc: sponge, aquapainter, dimensionals, crafter's toolkit, ribbon originals, crystal effects, sticky strip, rhinestones from pipoos



  1. And the moral is. . . hard work does have its rewards. What a difference between the first card and the finished one. Still refined, but with so much more class. I LOVE it and you too!

  2. Wow, this card is real great. This is one of my favorites, it is so original. Love your blog.

  3. That is just SOOO cute...I totally know why you won!!!

  4. Congratulations! Your card is so cute!

  5. wow what an awesome card! congratulations, Jana!

  6. Congrats!!! This is the cutest card EVER!!!

  7. This is adorable! Super Super Cute! You're genious!


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