Tuesday, May 31, 2011

What's in Store in June?

We are going Shopping in June with a focus on using packaging materials in our art! Join us in our tribute to retail therapy!

Along with our new theme, we are welcoming a brand-new sponsor to Gingersnap Creations - Altered Pages! They have some fabulous prizes in store for you this month! Joining in on our challenge fun this month, the Altered Pages Design Team will be showing you their take on our June challenges on Thursdays throughout the month!


We have the pleasure of once again sharing the art of Kim Dellow with you! She is our fabulous June Muse! We'll be spending more time with Kim over this month, but if you want a peak at her art, you need to visit her blog, Crafty Makes.


Artwork by Kim Dellow

We are also pleased to welcome our Visiting Artists for June who will be sharing their awesome talents and art with us in our challenges! We are delighted to have Jen Slye, Brenda Brown, and Debi Ryan.

For just one month, you have all these great posts and tutorials coming up! What a bargain!

~ our 4 regular challenges: Chestnut Theme, Spicy Supply, Random Redhead and Color and our Once in a Blue Moon challenge returns

~ 4 more wrap-ups with more stunning Ginger Gem art and 4 new Home Page Artists

~ a Muse Spotlight with Kim Dellow, papercrafter extraordinaire

~ an Industry Spotlight interview with Jean, the owner of Altered Pages

~ some fabulous new projects from our Gingers including new posts by Lucy Edmondson, Laura Liddell and Jules Eickmeier

and

~ a great new column by Contributing Artist, Deb Corder

Checking in with our Gingersnappers

Things are never dull with our Yahoo Group members, the Gingersnappers! Every month, we've been having special content just for the Yahoo Group. Last month, we had a great start on our Travel the World Bookmark Exchange!

Artwork by Beverly G.

Artwork by Donna

Artwork by Gerri Herbst

Sign-ups for this exchange will finish up tomorrow! Get in on this great swap today!

If you want to get in on the fun in our GC Yahoo Group or sign up for one of our Art Exchanges, why not become a Gingersnapper yourself and join our group? The membership process is easy and the fellowship is fantastic!

Hope you join us on our Shopping Spree!

Wrap-Up: GC101 - Cowboys and Cowgirls

Y'all really rounded up some great art with our Cowboy and Cowgirl Challenge. Thanks to all who played! Your art was awesome.

Thanks to the Technique Junkie Newsletter for their generous sponsorship of this challenge!

The prize for the Cowboy/Cowgirl challenge is the wonderful Emboss or Die CD from the Technique Junkie newsletter.

Our randomly drawn Home Page Artist this week is

Jeanie Callahan
of
All My Art



Congratulations, Jeanie. Please email us at gingersnapstamp@gmail.com with your contact details by June 21, 2011 to collect your prize.

Your artwork will be showcased on the Home Page of the Gingersnap Creations Yahoo Group as well as on the sidebar on the blog.

Now onto our fabulous Ginger Gems. When each challenge closes, we also pick 10 Ginger Gems - fabulous creations that we feel really exemplify that challenge's objective. The Ginger Gems appear in a slide show in the blog sidebar for the entire week, as well as in this wrap-up post, and their creators have the honor of displaying this Ginger Gems blog badge.


For more information about Ginger Gems and entering our challenges, please visit the FAQ
page.


Our Wild West
Ginger Gems



Artwork by Barbara Washington


Artwork by Silvia/Barnie


Artwork by Lynne M


Artwork by Brenda Brown


Artwork by Suzanne Glazier


Artwork by Dawn


Artwork by Sharon


Artwork by Kendra-Sue


Artwork by Made by Nicole


Artwork by Nancy Johnson

Special Guests

Artwork by Jo Capper-Sandon
Former Ginger


Artwork by Beverly G
Visiting Artist March 2011


Artwork by Jingle
March Muse 2011


Artwork by Valerie-Jael Tups
Visiting Artist April 2011


Artwork by Juliet Arrighi
Muse April 2011


Artwork by Annette Goatley
Current Ginger

Congratulations to all our Ginger Gems this week! We hope you take a minute to stop by their blogs.

Come by tomorrow for a new Chestnut Theme Challenge.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Sign-Ups Closing for Travel the World Bookmarks

If you haven't signed up for the latest art exchange, "Travel the World" bookmarks, there's still time to get in on the fun!

We are accepting sign-ups through June 1, 2011 for each of our US, UK and Canadian exchange groups.

Specifics
Media: bookmark - any size or format as long as it includes some stamping
Theme: Geographical places like cities, regions or countries
Style: Any but must include some stamping
Number of Pieces: 4 unique for 4 unique
Sign-Ups/Withdrawals: by June 1, 2011
Due Date: June 15, 2011


All the exchange details are on the Gingersnap Creations Yahoo Group.

In order to participate in the exchange, you will need to become a member of the Yahoo Group, so that we can maintain proper communication. The membership process, including a short questionnaire, is quick and easy. Once you've requested membership, be sure to look for your questionnaire in your email and return it to us ASAP so that we can process your request!

All artwork in this post by Sharon Briss.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Amy Kinsch: Scene Stamping

Scenic stamping can be intimidating your first few times trying it. There’s nothing like staring at that blank, white sheet of paper thinking that you’ll make one wrong move and mess the whole thing up. I have a few tricks that should help make scenic stamping a bit easier.

Supplies:
White paper or cardstock
High quality black ink such as Marvy or Vivid.
Fine tip black marker
Acrylic blocks
Post-it notes or other masking paper
Eraser
Pastel chalks
Paper towel
Colored pencils
Beeswax stamps: Chief 962J, Log Ride 162F, Joshua Trail 236K, Joshua Scene 239K, Desert Mountains 1350K, Sloped Hill 1361K, Left Lake Bank 1366J, Cactus Hill 828H, Rock and Tall Grass 1375I and Water Ripples 1119J

I stamped all of the images I thought I might use on a piece of scratch paper and cut each one out. This way I can place the images together and move them around until I’m happy with the outcome and I’ve decided which stamps will get used in my scene.


When stamping a scene you need to stamp your foreground first and in this scene that’s the Chief. One of my tricks for scenic stamping is to stamp the same scene five or six times in assembly line fashion. That way if I blur an image or drop a stamp in the middle and ruin it I have back ups. I’ve stamped the Chief on six different sheets of paper.


Next, I stamp the Chief on a post-it note making sure that I’m up against the sticky edge. Always over cut your mask by just a bit. This helps eliminate the “halo” effect. The mask is placed right on the Chief and the Sloped Hill is stamped over him. Remember also that I’m still stamping on all six sheets of paper and I eliminate any that I make a mistake on as I go.

Next is to continue the overlook by stamping the Cactus Hill so that it matches right up to the end of the Sloped Hill. Here’s where another one of my tricks comes in handy. I mark the edge of the stamp with my fine tip black sharpie so I can see how to line it up when stamping. You can also do this trick on a wood mount stamp but using acrylic blocks makes it that much easier to position. You can see that I have stamped a seamless line.
I’ve used the same marking trick to match up the Rock and Tall Grass to complete the overlook. The foreground is complete.


Now that the entire foreground is stamped, I’m moving into the middle of the scene. I’ve cut masks for all the foreground stamps making sure to over cut them. With the masks in place I stamp the Left Lake Bank. Next, I stamp the Log Ride.


Now, it’s time to check the placement of my last stamps. I use those images I originally cut out so that I can move them around on my stamped artwork to figure out the best positioning. Once I’ve done that, I take a green colored pencil and mark each side (shown with the arrows) which will help me position my stamps. I remove the stamped paper of the Joshua Trail on the left and use my green mark and the stamped paper (left in place) of the Joshua Scene to help me position my stamped image. Once I’ve done that I can remove the stamped Joshua Scene paper and stamp the actual image using my guides again.


Masks are cut of the Joshua Trail and Joshua Scene, put in place and the Desert Mountain is stamped.

At this point, I can start filling in the larger areas with pastel chalk. I take a piece of paper towel, fold it up into a square, rub it on the chalk and use that to rub the chalk onto the paper. By applying it this way you are really getting the chalk into the grain of the paper. This is a really quick and easy way to color the majority of your scene quickly. The other advantages are that pastel chalk blends well and can even be erased if you get color where you don’t want it. Start with your lighter colors first and graduate to the darker colors.

I’ve colored in the foreground ground and the desert floor and mountains with pastel chalk but I decided to add some texture into the river. Everything is masked again and I only inked up the bottom portion of the Water Ripples stamp and I only stamped it a few times here and there. To complete the backside of the river bank I took a dark brown pencil and drew it in using a heavy hand.


I filled in the river with pastel chalks. At this point all the large areas are colored in and it’s time to move on to colored pencils for the smaller areas. Use a few shades for each image you are coloring in such as the grass or rocks. This helps to make it all look more natural. I also did shading and added texture with the pencils in the large areas already colored in with pastel chalks.

Additional Tips:
Stamp on a large sheet of paper keeping your scene in the middle as I’ve done here. That way you have the edges to touch and if you transfer ink from your fingers onto the paper it won’t matter.

Use one of your discarded scenes to try different colors on before actually coloring in your scene. I used one of mine to practice drawing in the back side of the river bank.

Use an eraser or a piece of rubber to erase any pastel chalk in unwanted areas.

Marvy or Vivid are nice high quality inks and won’t bleed. Some inks have a high water content and detailed images can appear mottled and messy instead of crisp.

Go over your black stamped lines with colored pencils to help blend everything in and make it look more natural.

You can use a fixative if you like on your finished scene to “set” your pastel chalk.

Try and imagine how the sun and shadows affect lighting and colors when coloring in your scene.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Denim, Rust and Dust with the Technique Junkies

The Technique Junkies wrap-up their visit to Gingersnap Creation and the Wild West. Before they go, they've going out in glorious cowboy fashion with our new Color Challenge - Denim, Rust and Dust.

Artwork by Pat Huntoon
using the Faux Denim
from the Dec 07/Jan 2008 Technique Junkie Newsletter


Artwork by Beth Norman
using the Faux Denim
from the Dec 07/Jan 2008 Technique Junkie Newsletter


Artwork by Judy Jackson
using the Faux Denim technique from the
from the Dec 07/Jan 2008 Technique Junkie Newsletter


Artwork by Holly Brown
using the Faux Denim technique from the
from the Dec 07/Jan 2008 Technique Junkie Newsletter


Artwork by Ann Clack
using the Faux Denim technique from the
from the Dec 07/Jan 2008 Technique Junkie Newsletter


Artwork by Donna Doquette
using the Faux Denim technique from the
from the Dec 07/Jan 2008 Technique Junkie Newsletter


Artwork by Jane Bossi
using the Faux Denim technique from the
from the Dec 07/Jan 2008 Technique Junkie Newsletter
and doing a "Sneak Peak" of Stamped Corked Frames in the
soon-to-be-released Technique Junkie Stampbooking CD

We hope you'll all play along too!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Wrap-Up - GC100: Red and Gold

All the Gingersnappers really stepped up to this challenge and its rich color scheme. Thanks to all who submitted! Your art was beautiful.

The randomly drawn Home Page Artist this week is

PsyPenguin
of
Mindform



Congratulations, PsyPenguin. Your artwork will be showcased on the Home Page of the Gingersnap Creations Yahoo Group as well as on the sidebar on the blog.

Now onto our fabulous Ginger Gems. When each challenge closes, we also pick 10 Ginger Gems - fabulous creations that we feel really exemplify that challenge's objective. The Ginger Gems appear in a slide show in the blog sidebar for the entire week, as well as in this wrap-up post, and their creators have the honor of displaying this Ginger Gems blog badge.

For more information about Ginger Gems and entering our challenges, please visit the FAQ page.

Our Bold and Beautiful Ginger Gems

Artwork by Silvia/Barnie


Artwork by Cgra


Artwork by Michele


Artwork by Jeanie Callaghan


Artwork by Gayle Page-Robak


Artwork by Von


Artwork by Donna


Artwork by Jack


Artwork by Zuzu


Artwork by Katia Sleepless


Special Guests

Artwork by Beverly G
Visiting Artist March 2011


Artwork by Valerie-Jael Tups
Visiting Artist April 2011

Congratulations to all our Ginger Gems this week! We hope you take a minute to stop by their blogs.

Come by tomorrow for a new Color Challenge.

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