Channeling My Inner Gina

Today I created with a Gina K Designs technique. I had so much learning a new technique and made 8 backgrounds before stopping and cleaning up.

The technique is called Polished Stone. Here is her video:

I used Ranger cardstock with a glossy finish, ink refills, gold shimmer, and 70% rubbing alcohol. I used cotton balls to apply it all over the cardstock. It is addictive, which is why I kept going. I kept trying different colors to see what they looked like. This one has green, Kraft, and the gold all swirled together. I am not sure what kind of black ink really works on this kind of finish. I started with Versafine and after stamping four times, it still wasn’t dark enough for me. I came back with Archival Ink and stamped it another three or four times. I decided to let it go and let it dry. I added it to a gold layer and then on an Ivory card base. I like this technique and really like the finished card. I chose to let the background be with no embellishments.

I stamped the greeting with Gina K Designs Merry and Bright set.

14 thoughts on “Channeling My Inner Gina

  1. Beautiful. Sometimes it’s good to let a beautiful background do all the work. Thanks for providing the link to the video.

    1. Thank you! I was combining two challenges. The MISTI one at SCS called for a greeting and nothing else, so this worked perfect. It is an old video by Gina, but I was needing to learn this technique and she teaches so well. It is fun. I have never sat and just created backgrounds before.

  2. You are a good old dog learning new tricks. Making bg is a great past time, especially if your mojo is absent. Can not wait to see the other colors and how you use them.

  3. This is an awesome background. Thanks for linking back to Gina’s technique. So great that you have other background waiting to be made into cards. The bold sentiment is really all was needed as you didn’t want to cover your background.

    1. Thank you! It was fun creating using what I had. It didn’t match Gina’s exactly but it worked! The glossy cardstock is for alcohol inks. I can’t remember why I even purchased it, but am glad it finally has a use.

  4. Good call to let the background sing along with a sentiment. And what a background. It is beautiful and the fact that you have others just waiting to be used is a great idea.

    1. Thanks! I had so much fun creating something new to me. My daughter came into my room and mentioned a few different colors to mix.

  5. GORGEOUS card, you really nailed that technique! I love your simple design, it really showcases that beautiful background! Lots of wonderful work here, and great take on the challenge. Thanks so much for playing long with us over at Double D, hope to see you back again soon!!
    Judy~ DD DT

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