Gina K Designs August Release Blog Hop - Day 2


Hold onto your hats for Day 2 of the Gina K Designs August 2018 Release blog hop!


Ok, so I may have had a little too much fun with this. Can you have too much fun cardmaking? Grab some coffee, tea or whatever your prefer and sit back while I showcase some amazing sets today.

This first set is featuring the Skeleton Leaves Incentive stamp set from Gina K Designs. Spend $75 or more and you could earn this stamp set for FREE! Otherwise, you will have to wait til next month to purchase it out right. I have a video showing you the Alcohol Lift Ink Technique with the Skeleton Leaves that you view down below or HERE on my Youtube channel.



I created two backgrounds using Limeade, Sunshine Yellow and Watermelon Alcohol Ink from Tim Holtz. On one card, I wet the Yupo paper with Blending solution then added drops of Alcohol ink and tilted my paper to move it around.  One the second card, I used Isopropyl Alcohol 91% to wet my background and apply my Alcohol Inks to.


Most people avoid using certain colors together because they don't want to get a muddy brown color but it's exactly what I was going for in this project.


It was the perfect mix of colors for my Fall backgrounds! Next, using my Misti tool, I randomly stamped  my Skeleton Leaves on the alcohol background using the Alcohol Lift Ink. Then, I stamped it off onto a piece of white cardstock. You are getting two for one with this ink pad! Be sure to watch the video to see the other backgrounds I created by stamping off. I'll create those into cards at a later time.


This stamp set and Alcohol Lift Ink were a match made in Heaven! Once my backgrounds were complete, I trimmed them down to 4" x 5 1/4" to layer on top of an A2 white cardbase.


I die cut the word Friend and Thankful multiple times from white cardstock to layer and create dimension. The final layer was Gold Glitter Cardstock from Simon Says Stamp which was the perfect finishing touch. The shadow layer is die cut from Gina K Designs Charcoal Brown cardstock.


The sentiments were stamped in embossing ink and heat embossed with White embossing powder. Then trimmed down to add to the front of the card. Don't miss out on the Video! It shows all the steps to using the Alcohol Lift Ink with this beautiful Fall set.

Of course, I couldn't resist playing with the brand new Holiday Wreath Builder. I have a few cards shown below that I created.


This first card is using just a couple images from the set and it's a huge stamp set. I used Grass Green, Christmas Pine, Jelly Bean and Fresh Asparagus for the wreath and Cherry Red for the berries. I layered my card onto a card base measuring 4 1/4" x 4 1/4" from Fresh Asparagus cardstock. The center is also cut from Fresh Asparagus cardstock using the Double Stitched Circle die. The beautiful mixed font sentiment is heat embossed in the center of the die cut circle.

I finished it off with a bow cut from Crimson Glitter Cardstock and Large Bow Die. One last finishing touch is add Nuvo Shimmer to the berries and Tonic Crystal Glaze.


Next up I'm stamping on Kraft cardstock. This time I'm using a variety of images from the Holiday Wreath Builder. I stamped in Cherry Red, Fresh Asparagus, and Warm Cocoa. My card base and center piece is die cut from Ivory Cardstock.


Last but certainly not least, is using the snowflakes from the Holiday Wreath Builder. This time I heat embossed each one with Gold and Silver Embossing Powder. I die cut out the center of the wreath and using a piece of Tranquil Teal as my base, heat embossed the sentiment in the center with White Embossing Powder.


WHEW! That was fun! I hope you enjoyed all of the inspiration I've been showing you. I adore this release and so honored and grateful to Gina for letting me be a part of it. 

Leave a comment on each blog for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to Gina K Designs! I'm a huge fan not only of her images but the cardstock and ink pads as well. Such gorgeous colors and coordinate so well together! 


Gina K.












Here is a Pinterest board you can save for future reference of the Alcohol Lift Ink with the Skeleton Leaves.



Some affiliate links may be used at no cost to you. I've broken down supply lists for the different cards.

Skeleton Leaves Alcohol Lift Ink Supply List



Wreath Builder Supply List



95 comments

  1. Wow...beautiful background for the skeleton leaves and a great technique video, too.

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  2. All of your cards are amazing here. But I love love love the Alcohol Lift cards. Must get my hands on that stuff!

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  3. Outstanding colors! The wreaths are unique and beautiful!

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  4. The leaf card is amazing thanks for sharing the technique. I love the wreath builder.

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  5. I just got my alcohol lift off ink and am very excited to try some of these designs. Thanks for sharing. Perfect timing.

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  7. I always enjoy seeing all your great ideas.

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  8. so many beautiful cards. Love your colorful leaves , and such great ideas with the wreath builder.

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  9. I love this technique and your cards. Can’t wait to get my Skeleton Leaves, too!

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  10. I love the skeleton leaves. You can really go wild with this one! All of the cards are beautiful!

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  11. Just love those skeleton leaves and how you used them.

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  12. Really loving the alcohol lift. Great cards, thanks for sharing.

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  13. The cards with the leaves just glow.
    Beautiful cards. Love the
    wreath cards - wonderful designs.
    thanks for sharing
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  14. Pretty, pretty, pretty! Everything!! Love the bold, vibrant colors of the leaf cards. And I have a thing for wreaths so I love them all! lol

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  15. WOW, that is a great card. It looks so bright and special...

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  16. Awesome cards!!! Colors and details are amazing!!!

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  17. Beautiful cards! Glad you are part of this hop sharing your work.

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  18. All gorgeous cards, especially love the color of the leaves

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  19. Wonderful cards. I love how you did the leaves. Your wreaths are gorgeous. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  20. Thanks for sharing your talent. Your work is such a joy to look at!

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  21. Beautiful colors, love love the leaves.

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  22. I love all your cards and can't wait to settle down and watch your video. Thank you!

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  23. Loved all of your cards! The vibrant colors used on the leaves card are fantastic.

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  24. One of my favorite techniques! I love, love, love the alcohol backgrounds and the cards you created! Stunning! Am in love with both the wreath builder and the skeleton leaves set! I actually earned the leaf set when I placed an order yesterday. Yay me! LOL

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  25. I can't wait to watch your video. I recently discovered our work and knew instantly I would be following you on YouTube. These cards are nothing short of amazing.

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  26. Beautiful cards. I can't wait to try the alcohol lift ink.

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  27. Have not tried the alcohol lift technique, yet. But you did a beautiful job. The little Christmas card wreaths are really cute.

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  28. wow your cards are stunning - lOVE the vibrants colors on the leaf card!!!

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  29. So many beautiful cards! Amazing!!!

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  30. Your leaf cards are just amazing! Great inspiration, thanks

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  31. I love the bright and gorgeous colors of the leaf cards. And, all the wreath ones are so well done too. You certainly are an inspiration!

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  32. So many pretty cards! Makes me want to try alcohol lift inks, a technique I’ve avoided until now. 🙃

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  33. the leaves with the alcohol lift ink are so fantastic - really am going to NEED those stamps and your wreath cards are delightful!

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  34. cool background and leaves effect.

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  35. Your cards are gorgeous. I love the skeleton leaves, and your inked backgrounds are beautiful. Great colors and wonderful design.

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  36. Amazing cards! Wow, you've managed to capture that amazing vibrancy of autumn color we all seek in the fall - stunning! Love the touches of shine you added to your wreaths, perfect festive touch.

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  37. These are extra yummy using the alcohol inks!

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  38. WOW, gorgeous cards! Thank you for sharing :)

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  39. All beautiful cards. Love them all.

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  40. All 3 of your wreath cards are winners! Great color choices. And your Thankful leaves cards are stunning -- those colors are sooo warm and peaceful.

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  41. Oh my goodness I absolutely love these cards love this stamp set!!!

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  42. Fabulous work!! You've got the perfect fall colors in those cards!! Love your cards a lot! :)

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  43. Your fall cards are so vibrant! And I love your wreath cards too!

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  44. JUST WOW! Your fall cards are SO VIVID! And the wreath ones are BEAUTIFUL!

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  45. Your alcohol ink lift technique created such beautiful cards!!!!! II love all of your cards, but those are incredible!

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  46. Beautiful cards with striking backgrounds!

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  47. Fabulous cards and great stamp sets too.

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  48. Oh my gosh those skeleton leaf cards are fabulous! Thanks for the video. I loved it.

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  49. Love the alcohol ink lift technique and the beautiful fall card you created! Amazing job!

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  50. Absolutely love what you did with the skeleton leaves and the wreath builder. So wonderful!

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  51. I've not tried the alcohol ink lift technique but your results are truly beautiful!

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  52. Oh MY! I just LOVE those leaf cards, especially that one with the green on top! Beautiful!!! Keep wanting to get some of those inks and all...but never have the money, but darn, this sure makes me want to even more! LOL Just beautiful!!! Can not wait till I can get my hands on those leaves...maybe I can do something similar with distress oxides! :-))

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  53. Beautiful, vibrant cards. Thank you for sharing

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  54. Such beautiful cards! I especially love the leaf cards the colors are great and so vibrant!

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  55. Beautiful cards! I love how the leaves turn out using the alcohol lift ink pad.
    Thanks so much for sharing...

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  56. Your cards are gorgeous and thank you for the video tutorial!

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  57. Gorgeous cards!!! I love the colors you used!!! And the Wreath cards are so awesome!

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  58. The tutorial is so amazing, as are the new skeleton leaves!

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  59. Love them all! Thanks for sharing

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  60. Another great release. Those leaves are amazing and love the wreath builder set too. Just lovely cards. Thank you for the inspiration!

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  61. What an awesome technique and beautiful result using the alcohol inks with the leaves. I like the way you made two cards stamping with the lifted inks. So many wreath ideas...I love how this set can make such different looking wreaths. Fabulous job.
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  62. Mindy, another fabulous post as Gina's guest! Those leaf cards using alcohol inks are stunning. Will watch the video when I recharge my iPad. Love those wreaths you created also. Beautifully done and so inspiring!

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  63. These cards certainly speak to a vibrant autumn.

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  64. WOW!! Absolutely gorgeous creations.

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  65. Beautiful cards! I love the gorgeous alcohol ink cards. They almost seem to glow!

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  66. Gorgeous cards! I love your wreaths!

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  67. The skeleton leaves are my favorite! Well done!

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  68. I cannot seem to get enough of the holiday wreath builder designss, and your skeleton leaves cards look amazing. I'm eagerly waiting for my alcohol lift ink to make its way to Greece.

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  69. Wow your backgrounds are stunnnnnnning! Your cards with the skeleton Leaves make me excited for this set. And your wreaths .... Gorgeous. That red bow just icing on the cake. Very nice

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  70. Wow! so many beautiful examples. I am particularly fond of the three wreath builder cards and the colors on the leaf cards is outstanding. Thank you for sharing your talent.

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  71. Wow! so many beautiful examples. I am particularly fond of the three wreath builder cards and the colors on the leaf cards is outstanding. Thank you for sharing your talent.

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  72. I made a comment but can't find it on the list. Loved the three holiday wreath cards and the wow factor on the leaf cards.

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  73. I made a comment but can't find it on the list. Loved the three holiday wreath cards and the wow factor on the leaf cards.

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  74. Mindy those alcohol ink backgrounds are the best I've seen yet. Stunning!

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  75. Stunning! I can see you had great fun making these cards. I love your backgrounds, they are so vibrant. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  76. These by far are my favorite cards! Absolutely beautiful.

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  77. Gorgeous effects with the lift ink and your wreath cards are so classy. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  78. Beautiful cards, thanks for the inspiration

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  79. Your cards are so beautiful! These new products look wonderful. I love that you’re able to get 2 cards with the alcohol lift technique :)

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  80. Stunning cards!! Thank you for sharing your great ideas.

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  81. SQUEAL!! Just BEAUTIFUL!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

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  82. Absolutely fabulous cards! LOVE the leaves and your gorgeous colors! And the Holiday Wreath Builder set is awesome! My favorite! And I love the cards you made with it!

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  83. The autumn leaf background is stunning--your other cards are terrific too, but that one just took my breath away! Excellent job!

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  84. Again today all your cards are just soooo beautiful !! How you used the colours on the two first cards with the leaves, that’s stunning !! Thanks for sharing !
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  85. Talking about a WOW factor! Your design is so vibrant and cheerful. It brings joy to whoever receives it. Thank you.

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