Thursday, June 10, 2021

Watercoloring a dry embossed background

Hi friends!! You can color a dry embossed background, as you would any other image and today I have a fun tutorial to share where I watercolored an intricate 3-D embossed background. 

We are having warm summer weather here and it is amazing to see what happens in nature every day. 

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Layers of ink - Watercoloring a dry embossed background tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Have you seen the new 3-D embossing folders in the Rainbows release by Simon Says Stamp? They are gorgeous and so intricate. I loved the leaves on this Vine Canopy folder and decided to watercolor them with Distress Ink. You can of course also use ordinary watercolor paint.

Layers of ink - Watercoloring a dry embossed background tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I wanted to work on tinted paper and to get that effect in one quick step, I misted the embossing folder with Antique Linen Distress Spray Stain. Mist the paper with water on both sides and emboss. The details in the 3-D folders come out better when the paper you emboss is moist.

Layers of ink - Watercoloring a dry embossed background tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Smear Distress Inks on a non-stick craft sheet and mist with water. Pick up with a paint brush and watercolor the leaves. Work on one area at a time and add darker shades before the lighter shades are dry.

Layers of ink - Watercoloring a dry embossed background tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Add shading with Hickory Smoke and splatter some Distress Ink on the background too.

Layers of ink - Watercoloring a dry embossed background tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The dry embossing in combination with the paint and shading gives an interesting look, with lots of texture.

Layers of ink - Watercoloring a dry embossed background tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The Beautiful sentiment was die cut from the same two Simon Says Stamp cardstock colors as used for the mat and cardbase: Peacock Teal and Mint. The small part of the sentiment was stamped with a stamp from Anna's Flowers.

Layers of ink - Watercoloring a dry embossed background tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The splatters add texture and gives the appearance of more foliage in the background.

Layers of ink - Watercoloring a dry embossed background tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

It is hard to capture all the dimension and the embossed details on a photo.

Layers of ink - Watercoloring a dry embossed background tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

For another example using the Vine Canopy embossing folder, check out my metallic embossed tropical card.



Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by here today! I will see you again tomorrow.

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin

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Monday, June 7, 2021

Birds Mixed Media Art Journal Tutorial

Hi friends! I hope you are well and that you had a good weekend. The sun has been shining here and we spent a lot of time outdoors.



This week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog we have a Mixed Media theme. Since it is the first Monday of a new month, the team is showcasing products by a specific designer/company and this week it is Dina Wakley. You can see Dina's range of paint, media, stamps, stencils and more here. You don't have to use her products to join, but it is always fun if you do. 

It is a new month, so we also have a new guest designer and for June we are welcoming Nikki Acton with her gorgeous blog Addicted to Art. I hope you will stop by to see what she has created for you.

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Layers of ink - Mixed Media Bird Art Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I made a page in Dina's White Journal, which is 6 x 6 and contains thick cotton rag watercolor paper. Two cute birds made their home on the page, from one of my all time favorite sets, the Scribbly Birds.

Layers of ink - Mixed Media Bird Art Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Color the page with mists.

To make a quick and colorful background, I misted the page with Lime and Turquoise Gloss Spray. It is an acrylic paint based spray.

Layers of ink - Mixed Media Bird Art Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Stencil with the Simon Says Stamp Mix and Match Circles stencil.

When the page is dry, sponge white paint through the Simon Says Stamp Mix and Match Circles stencil.

Layers of ink - Mixed Media Bird Art Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Add a little more texture by stamping the Simon Says Stamp Circle Pattern and Halftone Backgrounds.

Layers of ink - Mixed Media Bird Art Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I also added splatters, using my favorite splattering technique. Dip a Scribble Stick in water and flick a paint brush against it.

Layers of ink - Mixed Media Bird Art Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Stamp two Scribbly Birds on watercolor paper.

Layers of ink - Mixed Media Bird Art Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Smear Distress Inks on a non-stick craft sheet, mist with water and watercolor the birds with the ink. You can also use Scribble Sticks.

Layers of ink - Mixed Media Bird Art Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I also added some additional scribbles with a white gel pen and a black pen.

Layers of ink - Mixed Media Bird Art Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The background has lots of texture, even if it is only one layer.

Layers of ink - Mixed Media Bird Art Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The sentiment was stamped with Simon Says Stamp High Dive ink on white paper. I rounded the corners.

Layers of ink - Mixed Media Bird Art Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The birds were loosely painted as blue tit, but with a little more teal than the original birds.

Layers of ink - Mixed Media Bird Art Journal Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I scribbled some branches for the birds to stand on and die cut a sentiment with the Simon Says Stamp The Best die, from the new Rainbows collection.

I hope you will join us this week in our Mixed Media challenge. You have a chance to win a $25 gift voucher to do some fun shopping at Simon Says Stamp. You have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in.






Do you use Instagram? If so please add #sssmchallenge so we can see your entries there too.





Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by here today! 

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin

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Saturday, June 5, 2021

Simon Says Stamp Rainbows Blog Hop

Hello stampers! I am very happy to take part in the Simon Says Stamp Rainbows blog hop, to celebrate the new collection. If you follow along in the hop, you should have come here from the very creative Heather Hoffman.

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The Rainbows release is full of versatile stamps, dies, embossing folders, stencils, sequins and paper products. If you use the code ENVIES you can get a pack of Holographic envelopes for free (with purchase). This promotion will expire 6/6 at 11:59 pm or while supplies last.

Simon Says Stamp Rainbows Collection


I made an art journal page and a card for the blog hop and you can find tutorials for both below.

Layers of ink - Sunshine Art Journal Page tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I created a sunny and happy art journal page using the Slimline Sunburst stencil. You can easily turn this design into a card instead. I didn't originally plan to add all the sentiments along the rays, but got that idea when I had stamped the first couple of sentiments.

Layers of ink - Sunshine Art Journal Page tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Start by coating a page with gesso, let it dry and then paint it with Distress Paints. Mist with water so that the paints flow and blend. I worked in the Small Creative Flip Journal.

Layers of ink - Sunshine Art Journal Page tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Place the Slimline Sunburst over the page and apply texture paste through it with a palette knife. Let dry.

Layers of ink - Sunshine Art Journal Page tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Place the stencil back over the design and apply Sizzix 3-D adhesive with a palette knife. Leave to dry for a short while.

Layers of ink - Sunshine Art Journal Page tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Add foil.

Place foil over the design with the shine side up. Press down on the design or rub it with a bone folder. This transfers the foil to the 3-D adhesive

Layers of ink - Sunshine Art Journal Page tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I stamped 'sunny days ahead' from the Hello Sunshine set first, and then just continued adding sentiments all around the sun. I used stamps from Tropical Silhouettes, also from the Rainbows release, and from a bunch of previous Simon Says Stamp sets.

Layers of ink - Sunshine Art Journal Page tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Add some texture with the Halftone Background and High Dive ink.

Layers of ink - Sunshine Art Journal Page tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

This sun stencil is so fun and it looks really nice with the combination of texture paste and foil. 

Layers of ink - Sunshine Art Journal Page tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I had missed a couple of places when I applied the glue and went back later to add more glue, even though I knew there was a risk that it would get a little messy, which it also did. But I was okay with that.

Layers of ink - Sunshine Art Journal Page tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I also stamped the two clouds from Hello Sunshine on white paper and cut them out.

Layers of ink - Sunshine Art Journal Page tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

A few circles were added with a white gel pen.

Layers of ink - Sunshine Art Journal Page tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The The Best die is such a great die and very versatile since you can add lots of different words both before and after. I wrote the word 'time'.

Layers of ink - Sunshine Art Journal Page tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

If I had planned to fill the sun with words, I would have made sure they all started at about the same place, but the slightly larger sentiment stamps didn't fit as close to the sun as I needed to be.

Layers of ink - Metallic Tropical card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

My second card is super shiny and uses the gorgeous Vine Canopy embossing folder together with silver metallic paper for the background. It is a quick way of adding lots of interest. Delicious Monster leaves are a favorite of mine, so I was happy to find them on the Tropical Silhouettes set.

Layers of ink - Metallic Tropical card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Adhere Sizzix Silver Aluminium Adhesive sheet to white cardstock to give it stability. Emboss in the Vine Canopy folder.

Layers of ink - Metallic Tropical card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Ink the flamingo and leaves from Tropical Silhouettes with various Distress Inks. Mist with water and stamp on watercolor paper.

Layers of ink - Metallic Tropical card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The sentiment was die cut from another piece of watercolor paper which had first been colored with the two pink Distress Inks that were used for the flamingo.

Layers of ink - Metallic Tropical card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The sentiment was stamped with Spring Rain ink.

Layers of ink - Metallic Tropical card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

It is difficult to catch the shiny effect of the foil and all the wonderful details on this embossing folder. The leaves have gorgeous embossed veins.

Layers of ink - Metallic Tropical card Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I cut the leaves and flamingo out and glued them to the background. There is a coordinating die set which would work great for this.

Don't miss all the inspiration along the hop. There are of course prizes to be won too, and at each stop on the hop SSS is giving away a $25 coupon, randomly drawn from those who leave a comment. The winners will be posted post on the Simon Says Stamp store blog on Wednesday, the 9th of June.

Your next stop on the hop is Bibi Cameron who will share wonderful inspiration with you.

Here are all the stops along the hop:






Anna-Karin Evaldsson (you are here)











For more Rainbows inspiration, remember to check out the Rainbows gallery at Simon Says Stamp, and if you make something with products from the range, it is fun if you post it in the gallery too. There are galleries for all releases, and for the card kits, full of inspiration. Part one of the blog hop was yesterday, so don't miss all the inspiration there.



Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by here today! 

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin

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