Thursday, August 31, 2017

A Sticky Atmosphere - Gina K Bloghop & Giveaway

I grew up about 100 miles north of Houston. That part of the state is not designed for people who want any sort of control over their hair. The humidity will make you go right out of your mind. You actually can feel yourself rusting.

When I first moved to Austin I remember thinking how DRY it was. And hot. It took ten minutes to uncurl my hair here, whereas in Bryan if I even walked near a window it would go limp.

Slowly I realized everything is relative. Austin is extremely humid, just not as humid as Bryan. One more reason to move to the desert.

When I first saw atmospheric watercolor - I felt like it was the technique to describe my home town. It looks like the air feels. If you want to see some examples of atmospheric watercolor, this woman has a great collection of it. Everything is sort of melting into its environment, just like we did.

So with our hurricane and the accompanying weather drama I was playing around with atmospheric watercolor - we were stuck inside for days - which, to a crafter is no punishment - and I invented the COOLEST technique! Well I think it's cool. You'll have to see.

What I wanted to do was use Infusions to get an atmospheric look on Gina K.'s new Stitched Leaves Kit which is amazing. But powdered watercolor typically moves around a lot when you spray it and it's hard to just control the shape of it. However, I had a SERIOUS aha moment, which you will see in the video below. What you will NOT see in the video below is all the stupid ways I tried to make it work before my aha.

Now these projects are part of a mini blog hop today with some very special friends, and we have some unbelievable prizes for you - so stay tuned after the cards.

But here are my two takes on atmospheric watercolored leaves - first in traditional colors. Links to specific colors below the cards.
www.understandblue.com




And here - a cooler, more wintery color scheme with more atmosphere. This one is my favorite. Her layering word dies are gorgeous!!
www.understandblue.com





That green and lilac cardstock is actually from Gina's Boho Flowers kit, which I posted about here.

So want to know what I did and how I got the main color to stay in a leaf shape? Check out this video. I will most definitely be using this technique a lot for layering stamps. I call it Sticky Atmospheric Watercolor.


So here is what is in this stunning kit:


http://shrsl.com/jp5g

OH and before I forget - I wanted to tell you - these beautifully engraved bar magnets are now available at My Sweet Petunia. They are super strong, so you no longer need to worry about two of the round magnets snapping together. I LOVE these! They are in her store now - run get some!


http://www.mysweetpetunia.com/product-p/bar-magnet.htm?click=26216


Want to hear something crazy? Gina is giving away FOUR $20 gift certificates for EVERY STOP on our mini hop - all you have to do is comment for your chance to win! So sweet & generous. The winners will be announced September 5th on Gina's blog.

So go get the kit it's live right this second - and the dies come already on a Stamp-n-Storage die card, which makes me sooooo happy!

Here's our little mini hop - be sure and comment on each stop for your chance to win!:

  You are here >>Lydia Fiedler << You are here

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321 comments:

  1. Wow. And more wow. I can't wait to try your technique-just stunning!

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  2. what a great technique and the cards are stunning! TFS

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  3. Oh my goodness. That purple card is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Fabulous card designs, love the layered die cuts too, they just add that extra something to a project!!

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  5. Wow two gorgeous cards! Mother Nature did the first one and I think Jack Frost did the second one! Beautiful technique!

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  6. These cards are beautiful! What a neat technique! Love those aha moments.

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  7. Oh my goodness. Your purple card is gorgeous!

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  8. 😱😱😱 This is genius! I can't wait to try it! ❤️

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  9. Your cards are so beautiful!! I really love the wintry one! Will definitely watch your video to see how you created it!

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  10. Wow that's awesome! That background is stunning and this release is fantastic!

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  11. So elegant and beautiful. Just love the kit. It is perfect for autumn.

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  12. What a great technique! The cards are beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

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  13. Beautiful cards... Amazing backgrounds...

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  14. Beautiful cards...thanks so much for sharing.

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  15. Love your cards Lydia--the colors are stunning!

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  16. Love your color combos on both of these gorgeous cards! The Stitched Leaves kit is fabulous... such beautiful designs!

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  17. Beautiful cards. Love the wintry colors.

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  18. Great technique..I need to try it.

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  19. Oh my word Lydia ... your cards and your technique are utterly fabulous. I especially love the second one, and I love Gina's set too. I don't have the infusions, but I do have Bisters ... so it is worth a try.

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  20. This project is simply amazing. The kit from Gina K is darling too. So very tempting. Thanks for sharing your new watercolor technique with us, Lydia.

    Meg M.

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  21. Awesome technique! Thanks for sharing...definitely going to try this one.

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  22. Your cards were stunning and I loved the technique! Mine would probably look like big blobs but it looks like it would be so fun to play with.

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  23. Beautiful cards! LOVE Gina's kits, so I'm sure looking forward to getting my happy mail from her next week and playing with this kit myself!!!

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  24. what a beautiful technique to showcase this gorgeous stamp set - love it!

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  25. What a cool technique! And your cards are stunning. Thank you for the tutorial.

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  26. great technique for a wonderful little mini kit. I do really really love the purple one - do you want my address to send it to? :)

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  27. I haven't used Infusions but they give stunning results! Beautiful!

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  28. Great cards. I also love the wintery look.

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  29. Wonderful cards Lydia and love this little hop--not too long!

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  30. Super cool effect ... and thanks for enabling me to check out those awesome color powders

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  31. Lovely cards, and I'm quite ok with another LOL cat being born!!!! I just love Autumn and these cards scream Autumn!!!

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  32. These are beautiful. What a nice set!

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  33. What a fun idea. You did good on this 'new' tech. Thanks.

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  34. What a stunning technique for these awesome stamps! Love this mini-hop :)

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  35. This is an interesting technique. I would never have thought to do this but I think I will give it a try. Thank you for sharing.

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  36. Fabulous backgrounds. Love the winter atmospheric one.

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  37. I love this technique! This is a beautiful set!

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  38. Fabulous--love your atmospheric technique.

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  39. Your card is beautiful! I had never heard of Infusion stains before seeing your video. I love them! So thank you for teaching me something new. 🙂

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  40. Wow! You are so creative. I'm inspired by your amazing techniques. The cards are lovely, and I just Love the Stitched Leaf stamps.

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  41. This technique really makes an impression. Great work!

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  42. This is a beautiful technique. They are beautiful.

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  43. That is incredible! You are a genius.

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  44. The stamp set is beautiful, and what you did was amazing. I've never used powdered water color before. So neat to watch the magic in action. Thanks for sharing.

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  45. Very nice. this looks like a fantastic kit, wish I could afford it. Just bought the last kit and my budget is depleted!

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  46. What a stunning technique- love it and thank you for sharing. Beautiful cards.

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  47. Your cards are beautiful. Thanks for the tutorial on your technique - awesome!

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  48. So gorgeous, what a fabulous technique! Thanks for showing us how!

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  49. You are brilliant! That is an awesome idea. I have a friend that just loves the watercolor powders.
    Your cards are beautiful and your technique is being adopted. Tomorrow is our play date! Yea!

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  50. These are amazingly beautiful cards! I love them! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  51. Your card are stunning!!!! Thank you for sharing your technique.

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  52. Thank you for the tutorial on Sticky Atmospheric Watercolor. I like the way you did the "overstamping" of the leaves. I especially like the colors on the spring leaf card.

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  53. Beautiful cards!! Love that you've used the same stamps both for Fall look and Wintery look.

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  54. What beautiful cards! The wintery card is stunning! Thank you for the video!

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  55. Absolutely beautiful cards. I couldn't pick a favorite because they are both so unique in their own way. First time to you blog and my first time to a blog hop. I will be watching your videos.

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  56. Beautiful! This is a cool technique!

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  57. Your cards are stunning, Lydia. I love the technique and and the results, perfect for Autumn cards. Thanks for sharing your aha moment!

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  58. OMG! Love your cards and this technique! Wow! Now I must have those watercolor powders!!!! Just lovely cards!
    Hugs, Ruthie

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  59. I love the Stitched Leaves set. Your cards are gorgeous.

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  60. really like that last card. non-traditional colors for autumn but oh so beautiful. shows the versatility of the stamp set

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  61. OMGAWWWD!!!!! That purple card is BEYOND DIVINE!!!!!!!!!! I am SO EXCITED to watch the video!!!!!! #shorthopmakesmehappytoo

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  62. Lots of info today! My favorite is the winters colors as well...and thanks for the heads up on magnets!

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  63. These cards are gorgeous! Love the colors.
    And I'm from Houston so I hear 'ya on the humidity...I think your description of the atmosphere to your colors is spot-on. :)

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  64. OMG!! What a wonderful technique!! It's amazing! It so fits this kit and release. I can also see it being used for snowflakes and such! So beautiful!

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  65. What a truly interesting technique. It's been fun to see all the designs/cards/techniques using the Gina K kit. Thanks.

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  66. I LOVE that winter colored one! Gorgeous!

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  67. I love how the leaves look like they have been laying in a wet fall puddle and are beginning to breakdown. Just gorgeous!

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  68. What a beautiful technique! I hope it works as well for a beginner like me. The Gina K leaves really look beautiful with your technique.

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  69. What an interesting technique. I am already adding to my wish list! Beautiful cards :)

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  70. I love your technique. I will definitely try it out!

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  71. Brilliant! You must have been so excited when your technique worked so perfectly! I'll def. be using this idea. I love how it came out. Love the Gina K leaf set so pretty.

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  72. Beautiful cards and colors which really show off these stamps! Love the watercolor effect!

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  73. I needed stamp CPR after I fell off the chair, your technique FANTASTIC!!!!!!! So perfect for this set. BRAVO👏🏻

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  74. Such pretty cards and I love Gina K products, so exciting!

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  75. Beautiful cards and fantastic technique! I'm definitely going to try it.

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  76. What a great technique. I'll have to give this a try, they turned out so beautiful. Thanks for sharing this with us.

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  77. Wow! Lydia these cards are so so beautiful! I love the technique you used... gonna go watch the video now!

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  78. Whoa, waaaay cool! Not for your hair with the humidity but this technique!!! I love the little tiny dots of color farther away from the images. TFS, Lydia ♥

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  79. Love his use of the watercolor pigments

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  80. Your cards are so 'atmospheric' I feel I could just fall right into them like a pile of leaves raked up on the lawn. Stunning.

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  81. I have never seen that powder used before. Really cool to watch you do it. Thank you for sharing!

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  82. Beautiful technique. Thanks for the great inspiration.

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  83. Love the new set and the awesome ideas.

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  84. Wow! Great technique - beautiful cards.

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  85. Wow, love the colors on that second card. That technique is fabulous!

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  86. Those card are soooo beautiful!

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  87. Wow I love what you made. That blue and purple one was just so different and cool!!!!!

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  88. Love the cards. Love Gina K's new release.

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  89. Those are gorgeous! I just love what you came up with!

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  90. My favorite is the second card. What a stunning use of colors. Love it.

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  91. Stunning cards! Love the winters scene! Thanks for sharing!

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  92. Amazing cards. The purple one is my favorite too. Super cool.

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  93. Great technique. I especially like the blue & purple card. Thank you for the inspiration.

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  94. Love the beautifulcard and your techniques

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  95. Beautiful cards!! Especially like the purple one!

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  96. I couldn't get your video to play, I enjoyed seeing your work. Thank you for sharing.

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  97. Wow! Fabulous effect! I love, these cards. Thank you for the instructions and the chance to win/

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  98. Beautiful cards! Thanks for the introduction to another fun technique!

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  99. That is way cool. Purple is my favorite color. What a versatile way to use these stamps during the different seasons.

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  100. The cool colors are definitely my favorite; blue is my favorite color.

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  101. Blue is my favorite color, so I really like the card with the cool color scheme.

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  102. Wow! Stunning cards and an amazing technique. Had never heard of the Infusions. I'm glad I stopped by. Thank you.

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  103. Your cards are so pretty. Thanks for sharing the cool technique.

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  104. Stunning cards! Thank you for the creative ideas. And thanks to Gina K. for the chance to win!!

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  105. Lovely cards! Thanks for introduction to this technique.

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  106. Lovely cards. Thanks for introducing me to this technique.

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  107. Lovely cards! Thanks for introducing me to a new technique.

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  108. Love what you have done with the Gina K stamps, just beautiful! Can't wait to try your technique.

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  109. Sheer brilliance!!! Love it! Though, I would have loved to have seen all the failed attempts too... I love experimentation, especially when it doesn't involve squandering my own supplies ;-) Besides, you are clearly more imaginative that I am anyway. Thank you for sharing your technique!

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  110. What an awesome technique - thank you for sharing. I just have to get this new Gina K kit, too!

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  111. Wow! That's an amazing technique and gorgeous results! Fantastic!

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  112. Wow, what a neat technique! Love your cards and the kit!

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  113. Oh my goodness, how beautiful. Thank you so much for the awesome video and technique.

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  114. Your first card is my most favorite! Just beautiful!

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  115. Such a lovely technique! Gina K is becoming a favorite of mine!

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  116. Love the lavender card best--now to try that technique.

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  117. WOW! I love your favorite one too. This looks like a very fun technique. Can't wait to try this too. Great hop!
    XO April

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  118. Simply amazing cards and technique - how wonderfully clever to think of that!

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  119. Those are amazing cards! I am fond of blue so like that one the best! Will give this technique a try!

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  120. I have never seen these stains before. Thank you for sharing them! I agree that these word dies are fabulpus!

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  121. Gorgeous, cool technique, love Gina's products.

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  122. I love how different your cards look, even though you are using not just the same stamp sets but actually the same individual stamps. Gorgeous cards. And thanks to Gina for her wonderful generosity in giving away FOUR prizes per blog. Thanks for sharing and for the inspiration!

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  123. Great cards. Very awesome with your technique.

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  124. Ooo...love the blue one! One of my favorite color combos!

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  125. Stunning technique for some incredible cards!

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  126. You inspire me to try this new technique! Love the stamp sets and colors you used. Great cards!

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  127. Prayers for Texas!
    Gorgeous cards! Thank you for the chance to win this awesome giveaway!

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  128. Wow !! These cards are amazing !! And great fall colours.

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  129. Wow..your post has lots of new to me info..and after reading your post I am eager to watch the video ! The cards wonderful :)

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  130. Thanks for showing us another great technique, the results are beautiful

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  131. Another great technique to add! Thanks so much!

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  132. Wow what a great technique, and such gorgeous cards. I do love this set!!

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  133. Love the card and the way you came up with getting the powders to work on the images, awesome job

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  134. Lydia these cards are stunning! What an awesome technique. I love playing around with my powdered pigments. . . now something new to try! Thanks.

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  135. Two awesome cards with gorgeous colours and beautiful leaves!

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  136. Wow! What a cool technique that results in stunning cards! Really beautiful colors!

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  137. Simply stunning cards Lydia and a great video tutorial as always.

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  138. Awesome, I LOVE new techniques! Thanks for sharing this!

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  139. Wow, I've not seen anything like this, and I've been a stamper for almost 20 years. Gorgeous. Thanks for the giveaway too.

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  140. This technique is stunning! So different!

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  141. Thank you for showing us your amazing technique for coloring the beautiful stamps from the Stitched Leaves Mini Kit! Your card is so unique! Love the colors, stamps and technique,

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  142. Wow! Very cool technique. Makes me want some of those powders

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  143. Love this technique, thanks for sharing.

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  144. These are wonderful cards! Neat technique.

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  145. Your cards are so gorgeous...love the colors!

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  146. Ooooh! I love your technique! It caught my eye because I love the technique of stamping with distress inks, misting with water then stamping over the top with solid images but this allows the use of lined images and the fabulous color tones from powder. Great invention! I will be giving it a try for sure. The Infusions look so yummy! The stitched leaves from Gina K are gorgeous!!!

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  147. Wow! Love your beautiful cards! Great creative use of the stamps. Thanks for the video.

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  148. You are amazing! What a beautiful technique!!

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  149. love those stitched leave and your card. thanks as always for sharing.

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  150. I love watercolors and have some Brushos so this technique is so intriguing, I hope to be able to try it this weekend. Gina's mini kit is awesome and going to the top of my wish list. Thanks for posting this technique.

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  151. Wow! Just double wow! These are so pretty. I love this set of Gina K's. Thank you for sharing.
    P.S. I think your oops before aha would be great videos to share - I find those encouraging & inspiring too.

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  152. Gorgeous cards. Thanks for sharing this technique,it looks like it is a fun way to create very unique cards.

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  153. So fun !I don't own any Gina K but would love to try some!!!💓As always amazing to say the least! Great new products ❤️

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  154. Wow, what a great technique that is. And the cards are just stunning. We don't really have a pretty fall in Florida, which I miss so much. But the card in the video took me back to Fall in New England.

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  155. Love the leaves!! The colors!! Thanks for sharing this great kit with us.

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  156. Wow! Gorgeous cards. I ordered the stitched leaves kit last night, but I can't wait to go home and try this with some of my other stamps. This is a cool technique, and one I will use again. Thanks for sharing.

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  157. Both cards are just beautiful!!

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  158. Beautiful cards! This is such a great mini kit!

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  159. Amazing! I can't wait to watch your video!

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  160. What a great technique! Your cards are lovely. I especially like the second one. Thanks for showing this!

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  161. Can't wait to try this technique. I totally get your issues with your hair in humid weather. If I don't have enough product in mine, I feel like Bozo the clown! Sending prayers to everyone in Texas.

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  162. WOW! What a fun technique to make jaw-dropping cards! This card kit is perfect for it. Thanks for sharing the tutorial, your cards were amazing.

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  163. I don't have any infusions, or any of the other brands of powder dyes. But, this certainly makes me want to get some. Your cards turned out so beautifully, Lydia. Thanks for the video.

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  164. Oh, those colors are MAGNIFICENT! They make those gorgeous leaves look 3d!

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  165. Beautiful cards, Lydia! Those powders are cool!

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  166. This is Gorgeous! I am going to have to give that a try! I love the look and the colors as well! <3

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  167. I love the background in the winter card.
    It gives you the feeling of cold and
    ice.
    We were Winter Texans for many years.
    So sorry to see Texas go through so
    much. Not too long ago it was drought, now it's floods.
    thanks for sharing.

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  168. Stunning creations!! I need that kit!!

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  169. Oh my!!! Awesome cards!!! I'm totally in love for your second one! Simply stunning!!! Great technique!!!

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  170. Well -I just gushed all over YouTube when I watched your video! But - I'll say it again! I love this technique. The resulting images were incredible ! I find this SO exciting! Beautiful stamps, fantastic technique = beautiful cards! Thanks so much for sharing your creativity, vast knowledge and talent! You've made an instant fan!

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  171. Very pretty card! Thanks for sharing.

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  172. I really like your card with the autumn-like colors!

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  173. OH LYDIA! I AM SO GLAD you showed us HOW to use the Paper Artsy Infusion! I've seen them, but didn't know really WHAT they were! You are the first to demonstrate them for me! WHAT A GORGEOUS RESULT!!!!! ON BOTH of your cards!!!!! (My Christmas List is getting LONGER & LONGER! LOL ) The Paper Artsy Infusions are PERFECT for Gina's new stamps!!! SO GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU for showing us!!! ;)

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  174. I really love your second card with the different shade of purple. I have to agree with you with the thankful word die really sets the card off.

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  175. Very cool cards. Love the backgrounds and the white embossing powder.

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  176. Such beautiful cards. You are very talented!

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  177. First..Don't move to the desert LOL, not many Texans! I was in bed watching this last night and I came so close to getting up and doing this! LOVE your idea, love the spotty splattery look.

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  178. I've got to go try this technique but first I need to get me some infusions :-) I'd love to know how you did the lavender and blue card it is beautiful so is the one you videoed. Hugs

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  179. Now I know what I will spend my money on if I ever win the lottery, every Jean Haines cat painting I can get my hands on, I am in love with her art! This is such a cool technique with the Infusions and Versa-Mark and I have both!!! I will be buying the other colors because I suffer from FSS, but they are not very expensive, thank goodness. Your cards are SO beautiful!! The kit has already sold out :(

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  180. Very pretty! Those winter colors are unexpected, yet gorgeous!

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  181. What a cool technique! What would happen if you took the heat gun to it?

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