Thursday, February 23, 2017

Step Into Spring Tree Card

Hi friends! I have a tutorial on the Sizzix blog today, for a happy card which I really enjoyed making. When I typed up my Sizzix post over the weekend, spring was in the air here. I knew that was a little early, and now we have snow again. But sunny days, and longer days every week. 

Layers of ink - Step Into Spring Tree Card by Anna-Karin with Sizzix dies by Stephanie Barnard

I used new dies by Stephanie Barnard, with most of the shapes coming from the Tree Step-Ups Card set. I love to make cards with interesting shapes and these step-up cards are such fun. They are also fun for the recipient and can be displayed like home decor pieces. Stephanie's card sets always include so many great shapes and details, which can also be used for other projects. I also used the Horizontal Drop-ins Card Front, Banners Drop-ins, and Word Circles.

All the colouring was done with Distress Inks, using Sizzix Inksheets and Tim Holtz Distress Micro Glaze for a resist effect. To twist the wire for the sun, I used Eileen Hull's great Twist & Style tool. You can see another example of it in my Felt & Wire Flowers tutorial.

To see the full tutorial, and lots of close-ups, head over to the Sizzix blog.

Thank you so much for stepping by today!

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin 

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Explore, Discover, Create Journal Page

Hi and welcome! I hope you had a good weekend. We had a fun weekend with birthday parties for Anton and lots of activities. It is Monday again, and this week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge blog with have a Transport theme. Fun!



Again, don't miss checking out our guest designer this month, Nicola from Paper Profusion.

Layers of ink - Explore, Discover, Create Journal Page by Anna-Karin with stamps by Tim Holtz

I made an art journal page this week in my square Dylusions journal. I love to cycle and I am looking forward to spring so that I can take my bike out on the roads again, until then, a journal page had to be enough. I gave it a theme around the stamp about time, which I really like, and added both stamped, die-cut and rub-on words to support the theme.

Layers of ink - Explore, Discover, Create Journal Page by Anna-Karin with stamps by Tim Holtz

The background was first white embossed with Tim Holtz great Halftone stamp. I also stamped the bikes and the main sentiment first, before inking. The page was inked with various Distress Inks.

Layers of ink - Explore, Discover, Create Journal Page by Anna-Karin with stamps by Tim Holtz

The bike was stamped three times. I wanted a road to ground the bikes to the page and used my ruler and Jet Black ink to stamp grunge lines under the bikes. I also added an Industrious sticker.

Layers of ink - Explore, Discover, Create Journal Page by Anna-Karin with stamps by Tim Holtz

Below the bikes, underneath the surface (or the road), I white embossed a bunch of clocks and compasses before inking. I made the page darker on this part of it, since it has to do with the workings beneath the surface. The gears die cut with Tim's Gearhead die set had already been misted, for another project, and I glued some of them on here.

Layers of ink - Explore, Discover, Create Journal Page by Anna-Karin with stamps by Tim Holtz

After inking the page, I misted it with the Brushed Pewter Mica Spray. It doesn't show well on the photos, but gives it a great shine. I love arrows, and made my own by combining industrious border stickers with photo corners.

Layers of ink - Explore, Discover, Create Journal Page by Anna-Karin with stamps by Tim Holtz

I also stamped the background with a brick stamp and Mermaid Lagoon ink, and added rub on sentiments, as well as a couple of butterflies. I also splattered the background with water, as you can see here.

Layers of ink - Explore, Discover, Create Journal Page by Anna-Karin with stamps by Tim Holtz

'Explore' had been die-cut and misted in the same way as the gears. The arrow was stamped with Watering Can.

Layers of ink - Explore, Discover, Create Journal Page by Anna-Karin with stamps by Tim Holtz

Here's a better look at the main quote. I really like it and have used it before.

Layers of ink - Explore, Discover, Create Journal Page by Anna-Karin with stamps by Tim Holtz

More clocks, gears, compasses and sentiments.

Layers of ink - Explore, Discover, Create Journal Page by Anna-Karin with stamps by Tim Holtz

I don't know if you can better see the gold shine on the gears on this photo, also from Mica Spray (Tarnished Brass).

Layers of ink - Explore, Discover, Create Journal Page by Anna-Karin with stamps by Tim Holtz

And here's a look at the silver Mica spray on the background.

I really hope you will join us in our Transport challenge. As every week, you have a chance to win a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp. You have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in.


If you want to, follow Simon Says Stamp on Instagram, they post great stuff daily. 


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Thank you so much for visiting today! 

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin

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