Thursday, September 20, 2018

Fall Gift Card Holder Card Tutorial

Hello friends! During my walks, I like to observe, photograph and sometimes also sketch changes in nature, and today I saw that one of my favorite sets of autumn trees had turned color. The three particular trees are always among the first trees to get their autumn shades. Today, I am happy to share another tutorial on the Sizzix blog

Layers of ink - Autumn Card with Gift Card Pocket tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Sizzix dies by Tim Holtz.

I made an autumn card featuring a pocket, which is perfect for a gift card, or a small note or photo. There are also Funky Floral autumn foliage, and a rosette. If you want to make it even more special, put a magnet on the back of the rosette, so that it can be used as an ornament. All the dies that I used are by Tim Holtz. For more rosette inspiration, check out my Rosette Wall-hanger, where I also used some left-overs from this card.

You can find all the steps for this easy card on the Sizzix blog.

Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin

Monday, September 17, 2018

Embossed Acetate Autumn Tag Tutorial

Hi friends! We are having a rainy autumn day here, and I hope everyone who has been in the path of the big storms in different parts of the world are safe. We had a calm and quiet weekend, which included two long walks - Leo loves to walk in tunnels and hear the echo, and in one of the walks, I managed to find four different little tunnels to walk through. We also went to a garden market at a local coffee shop/art gallery.


This week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog, we have an It's a Wrap challenge - you can make your own gift wrap, gift bag or box, or make a tag etc. Lots of options. Don't miss the project by our September guest designer Terelisa Agosti.

Layers of ink - Embossed Acetate Autumn Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson made with Tim Holtz Sizzix dies

Instead of making a gift package or wrapping, I decided to recycle packaging material and make a tag. The tag might later become a part of a gift, but at first, it will be a part of my autumn decorations at home. I like the mix of textures and surfaces. I used mainly products by Tim Holtz here.

Layers of ink - Embossed Acetate Autumn Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, embossing acetate with Sizzix 3D cobbelstones embossing folder

For the background, I used a piece of Sizzix die packaging, which is very sturdy. It was embossed in the cool 3D Cobblestone folder. You can also use Clearly For Art Modeling Film.

Layers of ink - Embossed Acetate Autumn Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, coloring acetate with alcohol ink.

Working on the back of the tag, add layers of alcohol inks until you are happy with the result. I finished it with a tiny bit of Gold Mixative here and there, for a metallic look.

Layers of ink - Embossed Acetate Autumn Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, using Tim Holtz Design Tape.

A second piece of packaging comes from one of Tim Holtz's Christmas idea-ology packages. I forgot to take a photo of the unaltered piece. But I kept the white edges, and added some gesso to the center and then covered it with design tape.

Layers of ink - Embossed Acetate Autumn Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Dab white Distress Paint to the piece and mist with water.

Layers of ink - Embossed Acetate Autumn Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, altered packaging

When dry, add a little Fossilized Amber.

Layers of ink - Embossed Acetate Autumn Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, with Ranger mica spray¨

And give the piece shine with Buttercup Mica Spray.
 Layers of ink - Embossed Acetate Autumn Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, with Tim Holtz Sizzix Fall Foliage

Leaves were die cut from watercolor paper using the Fall Foliage set. Smear Distress Inks on a craft sheet, mist with water and press the shapes into the ink. Repeat with more colors until you are happy.

Layers of ink - Embossed Acetate Autumn Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, with Distress Rock Candy

Smear a little Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint on the leaves and branches, not covering them completely.

Layers of ink - Embossed Acetate Autumn Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

When the crackle paint is dry, rub darker shades of Distress Crayons into the cracks, to make them more visible. I really like the shape of these tall grain pieces.

Layers of ink - Embossed Acetate Autumn Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Tim Holtz Sizzix Funky Foliage

Using the brand new Funky Foliage set, die cut two mushrooms from watercolor paper and colored the pieces as before with Distress Ink.

Layers of ink - Embossed Acetate Autumn Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, die cut mushrooms with Funky Foliage

Glue the shapes together and layer them on top of the leaves and branches. Aren't they cute? They were adhered with foam tape.

Layers of ink - Embossed Acetate Autumn Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

The title was die cut from black kraft core cardstock using the Calendar Words Script set.

Layers of ink - Embossed Acetate Autumn Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, with gumdrop hearts

The background panel was stapled to the plastic tag. I also colored a gumdrop heart with alcohol ink and used a Clippings Sticker.

Layers of ink - Embossed Acetate Autumn Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, lace dyed with ink

The lace trim was dyed with Distress Ink.

Layers of ink - Embossed Acetate Autumn Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

The embossed plastic with all the alcohol ink coloring is really yummy and is easy and quick to do. I almost didn't want to cover any of it up.

Layers of ink - Embossed Acetate Autumn Tag Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I hope you enjoyed this post and that it inspired you to recycle some packaging. Packaging is often quite sturdy and can be a great surface to alter.


The STAMPtember® celebrations are continuing at Simon Says Stamp, with surprises and happenings almost every day. You can see the whole wonderful STAMPtember® release here

I hope you will join us this week in our It's a Wrap challenge. As always, you have a chance to win a $50 gift voucher to do some fun shopping at Simon Says Stamp. You have until next Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in.




Don't forget to follow Simon Says Stamp on Instagram, they post great stuff daily. 




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Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my blog today!  

Happy stamping!

Anna-Karin

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Wrapped Leather Journal

Hi friends! During September, the Eileen Hull Inspiration Team is sharing Fall-o-Ween projects. It's such a beautiful time of the year. Don't miss all the inspiration posted by the team this month.

Layers of ink - Wrapped Leather Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I have been wanting to make a wrapped journal for myself, after having given away all the wrapped journals that I have made so far. When we visited an historical theme market recently, I came across a pile of scrap leather. After having looked through the entire pile to find a piece that was the right size for a wrapped journal, I found this pretty yellow/beige piece.This is a quick and easy project and if you can also use faux leather, or mat board covered with patterned paper or cardstock. The finished journal measures 4.7 x 5.1 in folded.

Layers of ink - Wrapped Leather Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Eileen Hull Sizzix dies

I started by test cutting just a tiny piece of leather, to make sure that the scorelines of the Wrapped Journal die wouldn't cut through the leather. I only had enough leather for one cover and I didn't want to mess it up. I die cut it with the outside up, so that the scorelines are actually on the inside. If you use mat board, die cut it the other way around.

Layers of ink - Wrapped Leather Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Eileen Hull Sizzix dies

I used Eileen's Heart & Soul Flower and Spring Leaves Bigz dies to die cut flowers and leaves from various tiny pieces of leather which I have had in my stash for years. When typing up this post, I saw that the flower die that I used is retired, but Eileen has many flower dies that you can use instead.

Layers of ink - Wrapped Leather Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Eileen Hull Sizzix dies

I also die cut a title using the Journaling Words set from thick felt.

Layers of ink - Wrapped Leather Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Eileen Hull Sizzix dies

The signatures are very easy to do. I want this to be a sketch/notebook, so I used one of my favorite sketch papers. Mine are about 7.7 x 4.7 in (19.5 x 12 cm) and fold in half. Arrange in four signatures of about 6 papers each. Stitch down the center. You can also leave the papers lose or use staples.

Layers of ink - Wrapped Leather Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Eileen Hull Sizzix dies

I couldn't quite decide what do do on the inside. I wanted the covers to be flexible, but I think using only the leather, would have made it too soft, especially at the spine. Instead I used the Wrapped Journal die to die cut an inner cover from Sizzix Paper Leather, which is very flexible, but still strong. The paper leather isn't big enough for the journal, so you'll have do die cut two pieces. You could also use cardstock. 

Layers of ink - Wrapped Leather Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Eileen Hull Sizzix dies

I stitched the paper leather to the cover and got a border at the same time. My sewing isn't perfect, but that isn't what I was aiming for. I should have adhered the paper leather better to the inside before sewing, because I had to trim off some of the edges since it shifted a little.

Layers of ink - Wrapped Leather Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Eileen Hull Sizzix dies

You can bind the journal in different ways - check the die packaging for ideas. I used a piece of black elastic string and did a simple bind.

Layers of ink - Wrapped Leather Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with glass beads

Two glass beads were tied to the end of the strings.
 Layers of ink - Wrapped Leather Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, signatures and binding

Simply slip the signatures under the elastic bands. I like that I can take signatures out and also replace them when they are full. It makes the journal last a lot longer too.

Layers of ink - Wrapped Leather Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with leather leaves and flowers

Layer the leather leaves and flower on the cover and place a small felt circle in the center. 

Layers of ink - Wrapped Leather Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Eileen Hull Sizzix dies

Glue the felt word to the cover.

 Layers of ink - Wrapped Leather Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Eileen Hull Sizzix dies

To tie my journal, I made a super simple little belt, using a left over piece of leather, left on the one side when die cutting the journal. I found a buckle in my stash, made three holes and set eyelets in them. You can do a neater belt if you want to. I didn't even make sure it was the same width all the way.

Layers of ink - Wrapped Leather Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Eileen Hull Sizzix dies

The wrapped journal can be wrapped in two ways. Here I folded in the right hand flap first. You can do it the other way around too.

Layers of ink - Wrapped Leather Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Eileen Hull Sizzix dies

Then just add the simple belt, or tie with a piece of ribbon or string.

Layers of ink - Wrapped Leather Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Eileen Hull Sizzix dies

The wrapped journal has a very nice and chunky feel to it and I am happy with how my leather journal turned out. It would make a great gift too, but I am keeping this one for myself, since I have given away my previous wrapped journals. If you want more wrapped journal inspiration and tutorials, you can check them out: Wrapped Journal and Blue Textured Wrapped Journal.

Layers of ink - Wrapped Leather Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Eileen Hull Sizzix dies

Here's a look on the inside. You can also add pockets to the inside covers, if you want to.

Layers of ink - Wrapped Leather Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Eileen Hull Sizzix dies

I didn't add any details to the back, but you can of course decorate it too.

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my blog today!  

Happy stamping!

Anna-Karin

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Monday, September 10, 2018

Mixed Media Layers with Stencils and Stamps

Hello crafters! It is Monday again, and we had a nice weekend full of activities. A new play ground was opened and the kids absolutely loved it. We also had elections yesterday, and I took a lovely forest walk after voting, photographing mushrooms and other signs of autumn. On top of that, we visited some farm animals, built lego, and made apple mash and apple pie (I got lots of apples from friends). It's a big apple year here this year, and the trees are full of apples. Our favorite way of eating apple mash is to take it from the freezer and let it defrost a little bit, but to eat it before it has defrosted completely. I think we discovered this as children, when we were too impatient for the apple mash to defrost before eating it.

Our theme this week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog is: Use More Than One Stencil. Fun! Don't miss the project by our September guest designer Terelisa Agosti.

Layers of ink - Mixed Media Layers with Stencils and Stamps Canvas Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, with acrylic paint.

I made this canvas as a birthday gift to a good friend of mine. Dancing is one of her big interest, so it was easy to pick the theme for the canvas, which is also full of significant little details and words. I also used a color combo that I know that she likes. The background is built up with layers of acrylic paint, stenciling and stamping. You can of course use the techniques for any type of theme. The canvas is 33 x 24 cm or 13 x 9.5 in.

Layers of ink - Mixed Media Layers with Stencils and Stamps Canvas Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Dina Wakley Ranger Studio paints

Start by coating a canvas with gesso. When the gesso is dry, paint it with acrylic paints. I used Dina Wakley's paint and also added some of her Glazing Medium to the paint, which gives you a little more time before the paint dries. Before the paint is completely dry, use various stencils and rub through them with a slightly moist cloth. This will remove paint. To make it easier to rub, I placed a Sizzix L Bigz die under the canvas. You can also use a book. The big dots come from the SSS Irregular Dots stencil.

Layers of ink - Mixed Media Layers with Stencils and Stamps Canvas Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

The easiest way to stamp on a flexible surface such as a canvas, is to stamp the images on tissue paper first. Stamp on the glossy side of the paper with a waterproof ink. I used stamps by Dina Wakley and Tim Holtz. The women come from Dina's Silhouetted Women set.

Layers of ink - Mixed Media Layers with Stencils and Stamps Canvas Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Stamping on tissue paper also makes it easy to plan the design. Tear around the images and move them around until you are happy. A torn edge disappears much easier than an edge cut with scissors.

Layers of ink - Mixed Media Layers with Stencils and Stamps Canvas Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Use gloss multi medium to adhere the tissue paper to the background, working one image at a time. First, paint a thin layer of gloss multi medium where you want to place the image. Carefully place the image and then add another layer of medium on top. As you can see, some of the edges disappeared completely, others are more visible - it depends on the color of the paint underneath. We will eventually make them all disappear.

Layers of ink - Mixed Media Layers with Stencils and Stamps Canvas Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I stamped the background with a circle stamp and various musical note stamps.


Using the same paints as before, I painted over the areas where the tissue was still visible, and also added more stenciling through a bubble, brick, art definition, and a musical notes stencil.

Layers of ink - Mixed Media Layers with Stencils and Stamps Canvas Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, embossing paste through a stencil

I really like Dina's Halves stencil and here I applied Embossing Paste through it. Let dry.

Layers of ink - Mixed Media Layers with Stencils and Stamps Canvas Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, dictionary butterflies

Place the stencil back on top of the halves and paint them purple. When the paint is dry, add a shadow with a Black Soot marker, blending with your finger. Place the stencil back over the halves and stamp them with a script stamp and black ink. I forgot to take a photo of these two steps.

Layers of ink - Mixed Media Layers with Stencils and Stamps Canvas Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

At this stage, I felt that the canvas needed more white, and I rubbed white paint through Tim's Linen stencil. I also die cut butterflies with the Springtime Side-Order set, picking words related to dance and music in an old word book. I also added more stamping, using small words from Dina's All The Gals set, which fit the theme of the canvas.

Layers of ink - Mixed Media Layers with Stencils and Stamps Canvas Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with stamps by Dina Wakley

This is one of my favourite sentiment stamps, I've used it in my art journals too.

Layers of ink - Mixed Media Layers with Stencils and Stamps Dance Canvas Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson. Dance is the hidden language.

I looked for a quote about dancing, and thought this one fitted well. The fun dance step stamp comes from Tim's Purely Random set.

Layers of ink - Mixed Media Layers with Stencils and Stamps Canvas Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

To ground the dancers to the canvas, I simply added a floor and a small shadow underneath them.

Layers of ink - Mixed Media Layers with Stencils and Stamps Canvas Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, stamping on tissue paper technique.

You can add more stamping or stenciling where you feel that something is missing, or to cover up mistakes.

Layers of ink - Mixed Media Layers with Stencils and Stamps Canvas Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson, with Tim Holtz Sizzix Broadway

The title was die cut from mat board using Tim Holtz's Broadway Alpha Sizzix die, and painted pink.

Layers of ink - Mixed Media Layers with Stencils and Stamps Canvas Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

There are also some white stencil swirls. I love these small word stamps and reach for them often.

Layers of ink - Mixed Media Layers with Stencils and Stamps Canvas Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Building up layers with stencils and stamps is a lot of fun and makes for an interesting looking background.

Layers of ink - Mixed Media Layers with Stencils and Stamps Canvas Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I also extended the design to the edges of the canvas. This is even more fun if you'd have a deep edge canvas.

Layers of ink - Mixed Media Layers with Stencils and Stamps Canvas Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

At first I was just going to use two women on the canvas, but three looked so much better, so I repeated this shape twice.



The STAMPtember® celebrations are continuing at Simon Says Stamp, with surprises and happenings almost every day. You can see the whole wonderful STAMPtember® release here

I hope you will join us this week in our Use More Than One Stencil challenge and in celebrating STAMPtember®. As always, you have a chance to win a $50 gift voucher to do some fun shopping at Simon Says Stamp. You have until next Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in.




Don't forget to follow Simon Says Stamp on Instagram, they post great stuff daily. 




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 visit my blog today!  

Happy stamping!

Anna-Karin

Supplies:

* Please note: the links are affiliate links, for which I receive a small percentage of sales generated by the link, at no extra cost to you.