Monday, May 22, 2017

Another Fun with Foil Blog Hop!

Hi everyone,

We have received such amazing feedback on the new Foil-Mates line that we have decided to put together another special hop for you today! We are sharing a combination of videos and traditional blog posts and we hope you are inspired to FOIL ALL THE THINGS! :)

The Foil-Mates line contains everything you need to create beautiful cards that shine. Included in the line are beautiful foils by ThermOWeb™ in Gina K. Designs colors, pre-printed sentiments, invitations and backgrounds that bond with the foil when using a laminator, dies that work together to perfectly cut out your sentiments and invitations, and ink, card stock and ribbon that will pull it all together.

I'd like to personally thank ThermOWeb for giving me the opportunity to bring this line to you and for providing my team the beautiful tools to share projects and keep you inspired. 

As you hop through the blogs, make sure you leave a comment because one lucky person will be chosen from all the comments and will take home a $50 Gina K. Designs  Gift Certificate! Look for the winner in the BIG NEWS forum at a few days from now. 

In my post, I wanted to share several of my past videos featuring the different components of this line and how they work. Since these videos are all here in this blog post, you can book mark it and easily find the video you want by stopping by here.

To learn the basics of foiling with the Foil-Mates line, watch this video. This videos how you how to foil and how to use the negative pieces of foil to create additional projects.

To learn fun ways to use the dies from the Foil-Mates line and to see fun inking techniques, watch this video.

And then, to see how to use the new Deco-Foil Transfer Gel with stencil, stamps and glitter, watch this video.


Ready for more inspiration? Start hopping here:

Thank you so much for all of your support! It seems no matter how much of this line we order, it flies right off the shelves! We have lots in stock and lots more on the way including the transfer gel which should arrive within the next couple of days.

Enjoy all of today's inspiration and Happy Stamping!

Gina K.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Guest Designer- Justine Hovey

We have a wonderful guest designer today at Gina K. Designs! 

The talented Justine Hovey has joined us and she is sharing 5 beautiful cards she made using Melanie Muenchinger's A Year of Flowers 2 stamp set! 

These same techniques can be applied to many of the flower sets including the original A Year of Flowers, Pressed Flowers and Melanie's latest Fabulous Flowers for a more petite version of Justine's beautiful cards! 

To see Melanie's entire stamp collection, visit our online store HERE.

You can visit Justine's blog HERE
And you can visit her YouTube Channel HERE

And a HUGE thank you to Justine for sharing her talent with Gina K. Designs today! (I will be adding her video to the library at

Enjoy today's inspiration!

Gina K.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Exciting News and a Special Classroom Series!

We have three winners!
1. Chrisann MajernikMay 4, 2017 at 10:14 AM
Wow! Congrats to you. It's like Charlie's Angels of the cardmaking world! Crossing my fingers for a win 💛
2. Katherine Frasher Schmitt Much easy to leave a comment here! I love online craft classes! On the blog, I scrolled and scrolled to through comments...never did reach the end in order to make my comment there?.just sayin...
3. Joy BlandMay 4, 2017 at 11:43 AM
I absolutely LOVE all three of you gals! Watch your videos all the time. And I love glitter and anything shiny. Would love your classes! I am a 72 year old great gramma and teach all the grandkids and greats crafting!

Please send me your email address so I can forward that onto to customer service at OCC and they can get you set up for your class! You can email me at
Hi Everyone,

OUCH! Did you hear that? THAT was the sound of me pinching myself because I am SO excited to share this news with you about a very special classroom series!

Several months ago, I got a very special email from my friend Jennifer McGuire. She told me that she and her partner Kristina Werner wanted me to be one of the instructors for their Online Card Classes website and asked me if I would participate! 

Of course I said YES! (I'm surprised you didn't hear me!)

I will be teaching one of the courses in the Sparkle & Shine Online Card Class series!

You can register now for the class by clicking here: ONLINE CARD CLASSES

They also have tons of other fabulous classes and these aren't just YouTube videos. These are in depth courses where you will learn at a much deeper level! 

Here is just a little bit about what you get in the SPARKLE & SHINE CLASS:



  • 18+ videos and cards in a variety of styles.
  • PDFs with step-by-step written instructions that you can print out and take anywhere.
  • A forum for discussion between students and teachers
  • A student gallery to show your work!
  • Discount codes for shopping
  • When you register for class, you have lifetime access to all class materials!

And guess what? I am giving away THREE classes! 

So leave a comment here and I will be choosing three winners tomorrow evening who will win an Online Card Class!

I hope you will join us for this series! We are going to have so much fun together!

Gina K.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Foil-Mates Blog Hop- Day 3

Hi Everyone,
Today is our final day of Blog Hops for our new line of Foil-Mates, however, it is just marking the beginning of my video series using these fun products!

If you head over to StampTV today, you will find my latest video called Foil-Mates- 3 Ways to Use the Dies. If you are reading this here on my blog and not through a Blog Feed, email or Blog reader, you can watch right here on my blog:

In this video, you will learn a few of the many ways to use the new dies that are part of the Foil-Mates line to make beautiful cards that shine!

Here is a photo of the complete set of dies from this collection:

These dies are the most versatile dies I have ever used! They perfectly coordinate with the Foil-Mates Sentiments and Invitations sets plus, they are filled with other fun smaller dies to expand your creativity and options! And, they layer together to form perfect mats while working well with just about all of your stamps to create beautiful framing options.

Here are the projects I am featuring in today's video.

All of these projects were so much fun to create!

And no matter how many times I pull that foil away, I always say "OOOOOHHHHHH" out loud and then laugh at myself. But I can't help it because it NEVER gets old! It's always amazing!

Today, the team has more beautiful Foil-Mates™ projects to share featuring the this new line that I know you will LOVE! As you go through the blogs, leave a comment on each one along with way because we will be picking a winner from all the comments who will win a $50 gift certificate to the Gina K. Designs online store!

You can find the Foil-Mates line at local retailers, you favorite online stores, AND now at,

Ready for more inspiration? You can start hopping here:

Enjoy all of today's inspiration and thanks for coming on this fun, shiny journey with us! Next week, I will be featuring the new Deco-Foil Gel so hold on to your hat! 

Make it a great day and Happy Stamping! 

Gina K.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Foil-Mates Blog Hop- Day 2

Hi Everyone,

Yesterday's blog hop was SO much fun and today, the Cast and Crew for Gina K Designs welcomes you to another day of shine and inspiration!

I am working on a new video that should be ready for you tomorrow featuring some out of the box ways to use the dies, foils and Foil-Mates so stay tuned for that!

In the meantime, I wanted to show you how pretty foil looks when mixed with glitter! I used a little glue and the Gina K. Designs frozen glitter to add some sparkle to this focal image piece from the True Friend Foil-Mates pack.

And in this card, I used the new Deco-Foil Transfer Gel with the Tim Holtz Flourish Stencil and added glitter over the gel to create this background. (I also have a video coming up with tons of fun ways to use the Transfer Gel. It's going to be a very shiny month of May around StampTV!)

Today, the team has more beautiful projects to share featuring the this new line that I know you will LOVE! As you go through the blogs, leave a comment on each one along with way because we will be picking a winner from all the comments who will win a $50 gift certificate to the Gina K. Designs online store!

You can start hopping here:

Enjoy all of today's inspiration and Happy Stamping!
Gina K.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Foil-Mates Blog Hop, Day 1

Hi Everyone!

I have to tell you, this new line with ThermOWeb™ has been over a year in the making! I first came out with  FOIL-MATES™ a long time ago under the name FOILABLES™ when I first started putting them in my StampTV kits. (That was two moves and three warehouses ago!) 

Some time after that, ThermOWeb™ contacted me and we began a year long process putting together this entire line that is now the FOIL-MATES™ brand!

We wanted to make sure that all the retail stores had a chance to get the product into your hands before we carried in our online store. And now, you can also buy it from us at!

I am so beyond grateful to all of the wonderful bloggers, YouTubers and card designers who have created projects and shared them all over social media! I am having a difficult time keeping up with all the posts and thanking each of them indivdually! But from the bottom of my heart, I am so thankful. I am also so grateful to Scott, Lorin, Dawn, Sharon, Julia, Sue, Kat, Joe, and the entire staff at ThermOWeb™ for all their help in launching this line. I wouldn't have known where to start with something this huge! And the stuff that's in the works? Hold on to your hat!

But for today, the design team is ready to show you all kind of things you can do with the FOIL-MATES™ brand! Today, I am going to once again share this one minute hyper-speed video with you because you really have to know how easy it is to do this! And then, I will be working on advanced foiling technique videos to share with you throughout the month of May. (There is a lot more you can do with all of this stuff than just make the cards you've seen so far!)

I wanted to break down the line into sections so you can see what it is and how it works together.

The heart and soul of this line is in these fun pre-printed designs. These FOIL-MATES™ were designed and printed for card makers and paper crafters who love to craft but really don't want to run out and buy special printers or design patterns themselves. Although you can use items you print on a laser printer yourself with any of the Deco-Foil™, these are printed with a super high quality toner from a commercial machine that I could actually live in because it's so big and powerful.

The machines are also set to print using a ridiculously dense setting, unlike your local copy store, so there is a much more concentrated amount of toner on these sheets. (Remember, you local copy store is trying to save money on toner, so if you've gotten spotty results making patterns yourself, it could just be that there isn't enough toner on your card stock.)

Quality card stock is another fabulous feature of this product. We print these on the best, smoothest card stock you'll ever find. We use the Gina K. Designs white card stock so the FOIL-MATES™ will not be bumpy or textured at all. That helps the foiling process a lot! AND, the white will match all of your other part of your card if you use the Gina K. Designs white card stock. (And we all know there are a million different shades of white. Just try to match the paint on your white walls and you'll know what I mean.)

These background designs are so fun and can be used for all different occasions! You can also customize them with water based inks like the Gina K. Designs ink cubes. You can also use watercolor paints, alcohol and water based markers, and more prior to adding your foil. So each project can be unique!

There are two different types of focal image sets.

The Sentiments are perfect for Birthdays, Weddings, Anniversaries, Friendship and Support.

The Invitations are great for Birthday Parties, New Years Eve get-togethers, Retirement Parties, Weddings, Showers and of course, Save the Dates! What bride wouldn't love a foiled Save the Date card or Wedding invitation? And you can use the inside FOIL-MATES™ pieces for all the details or you can create them yourself using a laser printer and foil them to match when using the Gina K. Designs Fancy Foils™ or other Deco-foil™ products!

I love the foil colors in this collection!

These colors are exclusive to the Gina K. Designs palette and match perfectly with our card stock, ink pads, ink cubes, reinkers and envelopes! And the Gold and Silver Sequins are a must! They add so much to both bold and delicate background and sentiments. They look just like sparkling diamonds and diamond cut gold!

The ribbon in this line is an old Gina K. Designs favorite and one I could no longer get! But Scott, from ThermOWeb™ found a way to get it custom made for me and now we can all have this beautiful ribbon whenever we want! All you really need is black and white because you can colorize the white to be any Gina K. Designs color with ink pads, ink cubes, alcohol markers or reinkers!

One of the most challenging parts of this collection for me was developing and designing the dies. I wanted to do something that everyone would love but would be a bit unique as well.

Everyone loves stitched dies, especially me! So instead of trying to decide between single stitched and double stitched, I did both. But I made the single stitched versions, 1/8" larger so when you layer them together, you can get a beautiful, thin, shadow layer behind your focal image layer. So these dies are awesome for all your stamped images too!

Instead of nesting all the way down to the dies that you lose on your carpet somewhere, I decided to do the top three sizes to match the FOIL-MATES™ and then add other fun shapes inside. You can cut these shapes with toner paper, patterned paper or card stock and stamp, glitter, flock, foil, and embellish them anyway you want!

I have some fun cards coming for you that feature these different die shapes so stay tuned for that as well!

Here are many of the cards  I have made featuring the FOIL-MATES™ line.

and here are two of my favorites using technique I demonstrated in this video.

So now it's time for day one of foiled inspiration from the team! 

As you go through the blogs, leave a comment on each one along with way because we will be picking a winner from all the comments who will win a $50 gift certificate to the Gina K. Designs online store!

Start hopping here:

Theresa Momber

I hope you've enjoyed today's hop! You can get all of these products now at your local retailer, many online retailers, and now at our online store at

Make it a great day and SHINE ON!
Gina K.