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Creating Striped Backgrounds with Border Stamps

Today Melanie will show you a simple way to fill your backgrounds with the curved and straight borders from Fabulous Frame Filers, whether you are creating your own patterned papers, single layer card bases or adding to the Fabulous Frame stamp. This is a very festive card that is easily mass produced for the upcoming holidays with no (or very little) layering, requiring minimal cardstock and no extra postage! She’ll do some stamping off to create the two colors of stripes and a little masking. This design can be adapted to other holidays by switching up the border, belly band fillers and colors. Coloring the flower takes 4 minutes. Stamping the background takes minutes and starts 9:00 at in the video.

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Supplies: Gina K. Designs Fabulous Frame and Fabulous Frame Fillers stamp sets
Gina K. Pure Luxury White or Ivory cardstock
Gina K. Cherry Red and Dark Chocolate ink pads
Spectrum Noir markers: DR3, DR7, DG3, BG3, GB8
Copic alternatives: R29, R59, YG95, YG99, Y28, W-3
Scissors for trimming frame, sticky notes for masking

Optional: Gina K. gold cording, adhesive pearls, punch for tag, Cherry Red or Cranberry Tart cardstock for base

*Apologies, I realized after I finished the video that I forgot to add the shadow to the flower with the BG3 marker! Refer to card photo and trace underside the flower and leaves.

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Comment by Melanie, GKD Illustrator/DT on October 1, 2014 at 6:17am

I had to correct some typos :)

And thank you, Bonnie!  To answer your questions, yes, you can certainly use the poinsettia in the frame, but when I plan my videos I try to think about how few sets I can use in it to keep the amount of supplies minimal for the customer so people aren't needing 4 different sets to complete the project, know what I mean? So since the flower is already included in the frame set, I wanted to show that.  But I think maybe a poinsettia coloring video is in order, Christmas coming and all, thanks for suggesting! ;) 

I am hoping the fillers set will be back in stock in about a week based on normal turnaround, but it totally depends on how busy the manufacturer is with other orders if they deliver earlier or later than usual, hope this helps!  I will be sure to update when it is back, I check every day!  (more than once) :)

I am really enjoying the Spectrum Noir.  They are both very good products and I was loyal Copic user for 6 years and didn't imagine needing something else, but after such heavy, heavy use, as I prefer coloring with markers than any other coloring medium, so many of my colors, go-to colors especially, need re-inking.  It was going to be a very big investment to get them, although that would last a long time.  The Spectrum Noir are very affordable and I am happy with how vibrant they are.  Some of the colors are different shades than I had before, which is nice, although on occasion I do find I am "missing" a color I am used to having with Copic since they have a wider array, but I can achieve those in between shades by blending two or more colors, it just takes a little more time.  I hope that helps!  I will continue to provide Copic color suggestions to match the video. Any alcohol marker  brand I believe can achieve similar results, if proper and appropriate technique is applied.  I will also say Spectrum Noir's storage system is the BOMB!   looks sharp, takes very little space, does exactly what it should. I have been using the markers for a few months now and they all in order, all the time, and that is big deal for me, because I am organizationally challenged. :)

Comment by Bonnie L. Carpenter on September 30, 2014 at 2:05pm

Great idea and those packs might be easier to travel with--since I do quite a bit of that.  See, sometimes sharing thoughts can be beneficial.  I attempted to make your moon over the water with the "easy landscape", well you would have chuckled with my outcome.  I really need to practice with a lighter hand.  I had copied one of your others and put it in my photo gallery.  I love all your work

Comment by Melanie, GKD Illustrator/DT on September 30, 2014 at 1:58pm

Thank Margaret, I'm so glad I can help!

Comment by Melanie, GKD Illustrator/DT on September 30, 2014 at 1:55pm

Oh, I didn't think you were criticizing at all, no worries! But I thought it was a good question, because as much as I like to mix sets, I try to do just one or two at most in a video (unless sometimes a specific greeting is needed from a third) and sometimes people might often know my sets well enough to think "Why isn't she adding that, too, that would be perfect!" L) and not know why I chose what I did.

There are things I prefer about Copic's brush tip and Sn bullet tip.  You cannot vary the width with the bullet tip as much as you can with the wide sweep of the brush, like when I have shown making blades of grass on my videos, but in some ways yo have more control with the bullet and can fill in a great deal of space quickly.  The very tippy tip of the brush is actually finer than the tip of the bullet tip, but my son prefers the bullet for drawing and writing, because it's firmer. 250 is a great collection and array of marker colors and I think you are set to color anything for quite awhile.  But if you find a certain color group needing reinking, like for me it was greens, in several shades because I use so many flowers on my cards and they all have leaves, buying a pack of 6 greens for only 11.95 might be a really good way to supplement if you want to try them out.

Comment by Margaret Jenks on September 30, 2014 at 1:51pm

Beautiful Card Melanie, thanks for the clear instructions you are a great teacher,

Comment by Bonnie L. Carpenter on September 30, 2014 at 1:34pm

Melanie:  Thank you for such a detailed response.  I completely understand why you used this flower and in no way was I criticizing you!  I just happened to have your poinsettia flower and I believe the same coloring would look great.  I am so anxious for your filler set, I also have been looking every day. A while back I started with Copics and have about 250 of them.  And your right, storage is a pain in the butt!  I have not checked out the Spectrum storage but I will cringe if it is better.  I have already changed from the hard plastic storage to the black metal rack storage and now have the clear upright storage rack that holds 300 markers.  If anyone is looking for any of the previous storage pieces, let me know.  Looks like the Spectrum has a more pointed tip (which I prefer).  I can't have it all even though I Want It!!!

Comment by Melanie, GKD Illustrator/DT on September 30, 2014 at 1:10pm

It is CG2, Cindy, thank you for catching that omission!

Comment by Cyndi Ruetten on September 30, 2014 at 1:03pm

Melanie - Love your video and beautiful card.  Is the light green Spectrum Noir CG2?  I didn't see it listed.

Comment by Bonnie L. Carpenter on September 30, 2014 at 11:16am

I just love your coloring.  When do you think your accessory stamp set will be back in stock?????  Also, why can you no use your actual poinsettia stamp from your Year of the Flower Set?  Do you prefer the Spectrum Noir over the Copics?

Comment by Becky Evans on September 30, 2014 at 10:54am

I just love these sets.  They are so very versatile!  This is a gorgeous card with the beautiful reds and greens.  Thanks so much!

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