Friday, August 1, 2014

What's New for August at Gecko Galz


This month Gecko Galz has teamed with itKuPiLLi to show how the two products work together.  I change my blog background ever once in awhile and this is the perfect time to use an itKuPiLLi blog background!

For my design team cross promotion sample, I made a Ballerina Shadowbox.  This is a totally digital composition using images from both companies.

Going totally digital meant I had to remove the backgrounds from the ballerinas.  This was labor intensive. However, these are my most favorite ballerinas from Gecko Galz and I use them often in my work.   I converted all the images to ping files which allows me to layer them and resize them as needed.  If you do not wish to work digitally, you can print out the images in the sizes you want,  fussy cut them and glue them in place.

itKuPiLLi digital paper set called Primavera.
Gecko Galz collage sheets:  Tiny Dancer, Dancing Queen, Vintage Labels

Start with itKuPiLLi digital paper "shadowbox"--a most amazing beautifully designed paper.

Crop, resize and remove backgrounds from 3 ballerinas in Tiny Dancer collage sheet, the pink ballet shoes in Dancing Queen collage sheet, and the Vintage Label.  At this point, I altered the colors on the dresses to match the green Vintage Label and to bring out the pink.

Place all items in shadowbox as shown, adjusting sizes.

Add to the placement from itKuPiLLi the plant, parrot, and heart shaped roses, arranging layers forward and back.  Place itKuPiLLi flower in hand of ballerina.

I added shadowing with my software to bring dimension to the images.

I'm entering this piece in the following challenge:
It's All About the Vintage: Photo Inspiration Challenge


You have a chance to win $25 in Gecko Galz images AND an itKuPPiLi gift pack.  For details and to link up or email your very vintage creation using a Gecko Galz image, head to our Gecko Galz blog HERE.  You have until the end of the month!!!!

I made top folding Victorian bookmark cards for my very vintage design team sample.

Gecko Galz Victorian Bookmarks collage sheet
Beige quality card stock--I used Stampin' Up Very Vanilla
Wink of Stella in pink

Directions:On computer, crop together the top 3 bookmarks.
Print on lower left side of card stock
Score card stock above bookmarks.  You will have a top folding bookmark card. 
Fold card stock in half..  Cut off excess on bottom
Cut in-between bookmarks so that you have 3 cards.
Embellish.  Since I want these to be used as bookmarks, I didn't add any dimensional embellishments.  I just used Wink of Stella which is a glitter brush.  It adds that Victorian flair of some glitter.

I'm entering these in this challenge:
4 Crafty Chicks:  Anything Goes


This is my design team sample using the August Japanese images.

Digital hybrid card

Gecko Galz fly high paper from Mori digital paper pack
Gecko Galz Japanese Traditions collage sheet
cardstock for card base and contrasting color for mat

crop image and apply layers on computer or hand cut mats
place on background patterned paper
apply to mat and then onto card
add flower

Entering this card in the following challenge:
Artistic Inspiration: Challenge 102 Color Theme/Anything Goes

Be sure to check out all the new products, design team inspiration, winners of the July promotions, etc. at our main Gecko Galz website HERE.


There will be 21 blogs to visit with a free collage sheet at each stop.  Lots of tricks and treats!  Be sure to mark your calendar for our huge annual event!


Michele said...

wow Helene! so much beauty -- you've outdone yourself! xo

Carol S said...

Wow, Helene, I love all your pieces! Great work with the digital ballerinas piece!

Wendy said...

Oh my...Helene your August DT Samples are glorious. I love them all. Great use of the Gecko Galz and Itkupilli collage designs and papers. You are so talented!

Electra said...

"Glorious" is the perfect word! Your samples, your blog and your blog are magnificent! Applause from my corner, Helene!

Linda Simpson said...

These are fabulous, I love the gorgeous designs.
Linda xxx

Anonymous said...

Art that is inspirational and productivity which is inspirational.
My absolute favourite piece is your cross-promotion sample for Gecko Galz, it is exquisite.

Danie May said...

All 3 pieces are stunning Helene! I really love your Geisha and the Ballerinas.

fiona walker said...

A beautiful make love the oriental style. Thank you for joining our challenge this week at Artistic Inspirations.
Good luck
Fiona dt. x

DonnaMundinger said...

What fabulous inspiration! Love them all but am especially impressed with your all digital work. Amazing! xxD

Tina Henderson said...

Great project! Love all the detail you have put into this! Thanks for joining us at 4 Craft Chicks this week.
Tina DT

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